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Founded by Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey in 2015, the premium womenswear brand RIXO is known for beautifully curated collections of vintage-inspired pieces with hand-painted clashing prints, vibrant colours, and a fabulous fit. The brand is on a mission to “dress you to feel your very best, in pieces you’ll treasure for years to come.”
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The challenge

Delivering a flexible, modular site on Shopify’s Online Store 2.0.

“Already enjoying the power of Shopify Plus, RIXO were ready for a fresh look that highlighted the modern, premium nature of the brand,” says Kaja Sztuczka, Project Manager at blubolt. “Additionally, RIXO wanted greater creative freedom and flexibility to change the site to drive conversions and boost AOV.”

The solutions

A sophisticated theme design to match RIXO’s elegant vintage aesthetic.

“RIXO is known for its unique vintage-inspired look and great fit, so we applied this to the new Shopify Plus site,” says Madeleine Gale, Senior UX/UI Designer at blubolt. “Thanks to Online Store 2.0’s ‘sections everywhere’, the RIXO team can modify pages as they wish. For example, the stylish shapes seen on different areas of each page can be tailored by section and device.” The blubolt team also enabled RIXO to control the spacing with margins set by section and device for a perfect fit with the content. In addition, RIXO now has the option to add dividing lines (choosing both thickness and colour) to visually separate sections on each page as needed. The resulting design is dynamic and contemporary, just like the brand!

A perfect fit & exclusivity for loyal customers.

“Helping customers find exactly what they’re looking for with an informative, easy and enjoyable shopping experience was a priority for RIXO,” says Tom Bellew, Senior Developer at blubolt. “As such, we walked through every step of the customer journey to unlock settings and add features to deliver this.” For example, rather than employing a generic size guide on the PDP, the blubolt team delivered product-specific sizing and fit information pulled from product metafields. Also, the team delivered ‘style it with’ sliders from Nosto, pre-ordering from Purple Dot, in-store availability from Stofind, and wishlist and back-in-stock notifications from Swym. Additionally, the blubolt team enabled RIXO to create locked collections of products that can only be seen and accessed by the brand’s most loyal customers (those that have accounts and receive emails).

Bringing the store experience to customers at home.

Working closely with Harper Concierge, the team integrated a try-before-you-buy service (London only) to help RIXO elevate its customer experience whilst increasing average transaction values. The Try Before You Buy button was added to the minicart with signposting on the product details page with a “learn more” pop-up. The integration of Harper Concierge was fully custom using their javascript library. blubolt had to integrate with both the cart page and our React mini cart, so the development was in both native Shopify Liquid code, as well as React JS. Read more on the Harper and RIXO integration project here.

New season features & functionality.

To round out a fantastic customer eCommerce experience, the blubolt team added further features and functionality to the new Shopify Plus site. This included a choice of three product stickers on the PLPs using metafields (for example, to highlight extended sizing or RIXO exclusives), Shopify Markets for four locations, and a nifty footer that uses geolocation targeting to show the customer’s nearest RIXO store. The team also enabled the customisation of images for collection pages (RIXO can choose a different collection image using alt tags instead of automatically selecting it) and change the fonts and colours by collection using custom fields.

The RIXO blog - titled The Edits - is another stand-out and fully bespoke area of the site. Its sleek editorial-style posts were achieved with a base template that RIXO can extensively customise with different sections for a magazine look and feel.

Lastly, we used best-in-class tech partners for the project, including Patchworks, Dotdigital for email marketing, Loqate for address validation, Simply Book Me for events, stylists appointment, bridal appointments, and Yotpo for SMS, UGC and reviews focusing on the brand’s #humansofrixo that’s so successful on Instagram.

The results

Custom fit: RIXO’s already winning awards & +78% in ATV.

With a gorgeous bespoke custom theme giving the RIXO team greater creative freedom and flexibility, the team is set for success. We’re also delighted to announce that the new site has already won design awards, including an Honorable Mention from the Awwwards and a Special Kudos award from the CSS Design Awards.

The early results from the Harper Concierge integration are impressive too: 78% increase in average transaction value, a “world-class” Net Promoter Score of 88, a boom in new customers, with 70% of clients via Harper being first-time shoppers, and 34% reduction in the number of ‘No Sale’ orders. 

“The new RIXO website has enhanced our brand and delivered improved functionality,” says Emma Law, Head of eCommerce at RIXO. “We have seen noticeable improvements in conversion and bounce rates combined with positive feedback from customers on the overall website usability and new services (including the successful launch of pre-order and Try Before You Buy!)."

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