Fancy launch in Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan

Fancy, the US-based social pinboard and e-store for creative gadgets and oddities, looks set to expand and launch in Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan.

Fancy has set up official Twitter accounts for the three nations. @FancyTaiwan, the most talkative of the bunch, popped up yesterday. The American startup has staff and an office in Taiwan, but it’s not clear if the same is true in Singapore and Japan. We’ve reached out to Fancy to learn more.



The site now has bare-bones localised versions in Japanese and Traditional Chinese characters, ripe and ready for e-shoppers in Japan and Taiwan. But all the content is still in English, so it looks pretty beta. Fancy curates quirky designer-oriented content from various other sites such as Amazon, so it’s not guaranteed that an item will be available in all countries – at least not without steep shipping costs.

There’s plenty of competition in this hipster e-commerce sector from sites that work with designers to ship their items, such as Singapore’s Hipvan and Japan’s Monoco. Fab.com has plenty of Asian investment and interest, but has yet to launch in the region.

Fancy is usually compared to Pinterest, as it’s more about curating stuff than actually serving as an e-store. Its $53 million investment this summer values the site at a pie-in-the-sky $600 million.

Share this:
Tags:

About Jessica Priston

Ut tellus dolor, dapibus eget, elementum vel, cursus eleifend, elit. Aenean auctor wisi et urna. Aliquam erat volutpat. Duis ac turpis. Integer rutrum ante eu lacus. Vestibulum libero nisl, porta vel, scelerisque eget, malesuada at, neque. Vivamus eget nibh. Etiam cursus leo vel metus. Nulla facilisi. Aenean nec eros.

  • Website
  • Google+
  • Rss
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Vimeo
  • Youtube
  • Flickr
  • Email

Related News

  • Prada opened freestanding store in Osaka

    Luxury giants Prada opened its first freestanding store in the Japanese city of Osaka on Monday. The store is spread across five levels and 16,145 square feet. The store will stock Prada’s men’s and women’s ready-to-wear lines, l

  • Prada opens new store in Tokyo Japan
    Prada opens new store in Tokyo Japan
    July 01, 2014 5:50 am

    Prada has this week opened a new store in Tokyo, Japan. Located in Ginza’s Chuo Dori St, the new store comprises of: men’s, women’s ready-to-wear, accessories and leather-wear sections over three floors and 1,000 sqm. At pre

  • Louis Vuitton to unveil revamped Matsuya flagship in Ginza

    Louis Vuitton is to unveil its revamped Matsuya flagship in Ginza, Japan next week. "We\'ve never ignored Japan, even with the rise of China. Japan has always been a top market," Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive, told WWD duri

  • Rakuten to introduce cheap smartphone service in Japan

    Japanese e-commerce brand Rakuten Inc has announced it will launch a budget smartphone service that costs roughly a third of the standard monthly fees that Japan’s three main operators charge, in a move that will intensify price competition.