For the first time all school year, I am enjoying a weekend without grading. On top of being a lot less stressed, it also means that I can finally get to some other tasks that have been on my to do list. One of those jobs is to create my Christmas wish list. My family, like many, exchanges wish lists. They truly help my Christmas shopping as I might know, for example, that my brother loves comic books but would have no idea what he has, what he wants, etc. The same is true when it comes to Duran. My family knows that I’m a big fan but they won’t know what I have or want.
In a sense of perfect timing, Duran Duran announced on their social media that the Duran webshop has a new look and some new items! You can see all the changes for yourself here. This, of course, will be my first stop in creating this year’s list. What is there that I might want?!
Before I dive into the actual products, I did want to comment on the new look. I like it. It seems clean and easy to navigate. One particular feature that I find helpful is that one can search prices in different currency forms. It used to be that when I would shop I would have a currency converter open to translate those British pounds to US dollars. Now, the site does it for me. Of course, purchases will still be processed in GBP but this way people have an idea of cost.
Many of the categories from the old webshop remain including junior, archive, Paper Gods, etc. That said, there is now a “lookbook” which shows the items on actual people. In the past, some fans have been frustrated by who has been shown wearing the items, if the models are young and nothing like the typical fan. I get that, but, for me, I just like seeing what the items would actually look like on. I always recognize that the models for anything might be very different from me. In this case, there are pics of the band themselves or people connected to the band, which I think is cool.
When looking in the new items category, I cannot help but notice that there are some from the Japan shows, including a Japanese Tiger T, a Yokoo poster and a Yokoo T. I have seen some criticism of including those. People assumed that just those in attendance in Japan would be able to purchase them. Again, I get wanting to have something special but I also like that people who weren’t able to attend can still get them. I’m sure that there are some people who even attended to were not able to buy one then but now can. One item that I did look for was a 2018 calendar. I didn’t see one. I hear from some fans that there will be one available for pre-order later in the month, but I don’t know anything about that.
I have to admit that I was surprised by some of the items I found in the archives section. Speaking of calendars, many of the previous years calendars are available to purchase. Likewise, lots of the tour books are available, including All You Need Is Now, Red Carpet Massacre and even the reunion. Likewise, t-shirts from All You Need Is Now, Red Carpet Massacre, Astronaut, the Reunion and even Pop Trash are available. What is fun about some of those items is that they don’t cost as much as the newer items. Be aware, though, that not all sizes might be available.
All in all, I’m pleased with the new webshop. I will definitely be adding a few items on to this year’s wish list. One thing I definitely recommend is getting an account. Please note that everyone needs to do so to order. If you are a member of DuranDuranMusic, you will continue to get the 10% discount, which is sweet. On that note, I’m off to make my list and do a little shopping.