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The (New) Private Shoppers’ Club

  By CHELNA KHATAU   Jun 28th 2011 at 6:00AM Style RATED

Reema and Oliver von Quadt


The newest kid on the e-shopping block is Qvendo, a private shopping club for India’s style conscious. Launched this month by Germany-based husband and wife duo Oliver and Reema von Quadt, Qvendo hopes to offer Indians the chance to shop for Western – mostly European – brands at non-astronomical prices.

 

Chelna Khatau

When and why did the idea for Qvendo come about? Why did you choose to launch a shopping website for India?

Reema and Oliver von Quadt

We’re excited members of several private shopping clubs in Europe, because they deliver top brands at great prices. One day in late 2009 the idea was there. We chose India for many reasons: Number one is, we both love India. But the second reason is just as strong: there are by far not enough sources in India to buy western designer brands at reasonable prices. There's a huge demand for it though in the country.

Chelna Khatau

 Who is the Qvendo customer?

Reema and Oliver von Quadt

 Qvendo members love brands and are fashionable but they also know their money's worth. There is no point paying 150% of what a European pays for a brand.

Chelna Khatau

 Can you give an idea of some of the brands members can expect to see on the site?

Reema and Oliver von Quadt

 In our weekly sale campaigns we cover known brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Furla, Joop! and Dolce & Gabbana, but our passion definitely lies in bringing edgy European designer labels to India. There are so many exciting brands out there. The world does not end after the typical 15 brands we all know. But the prices will always be significantly below the EU price tag. Because of the great process, stock is always very limited in volume. This is also why membership slots are very limited.

Chelna Khatau

 Since purchases are shipped from abroad, how do you guarantee quality? Also are customs duties applicable?

Reema and Oliver von Quadt

 We source everything in Europe (and the US), guaranteeing the authenticity of our products. The customer pays one price in the shop, which includes everything. The price we charge is always final. No sudden surcharges or other bad surprises. Guaranteed.

 
At the same time, all products are 100% insured against loss or damage from door to door. You will get 100% cash back.

Chelna Khatau

 Already, there are a couple of websites in India that cater to the luxe shopper. How is Qvendo different?

Reema and Oliver von Quadt

 There are some, but they really only use the same principle. It will not take long to recognise the difference. We will get you brands that are cutting edge in the West and you can't get the labels we will sell at Qvendo anywhere else in India. Also, since we source only at the brand itself or from an authorised reseller, there are no factory rejects. Good Karma.


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