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COVID-19 UPDATES

25/07/20

BUSINESS UPDATE

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a strange year so far and has thrown up challenges that none of us could have imagined. As a local fashion business we have had to find ways to adapt and move forward in this new climate and wanted to share with you some of the changes we will be making.
Launched in Queens Park in 2004, Iris has been a great presence in some of our gorgeous London villages for over 15 years and you, our loyal customers have been at the heart of it. We will continue to provide you with all the things you love about us but our main focus will move to online with three of our stores remaining in Wimbledon, Battersea and Barnes. For those of you who will no longer be close to a local store we have a host of fabulous ways of bringing the store to you through our Harper concierge service where you can try in the comfort of your own home, and our socially distant styling appointments.
We are very excited about the next phase for Iris and we will continue to bring you the brands that you love and to grow our in-house by iris collection
As ever we are grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming you back in-store and online where our Summer sale has started.

 

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12/06/20

STORE RE-OPENINGS

Dear Iris customers,

We are delighted to announce that we are preparing to re-open some of our stores next week. Barnes will open on Tuesday 16th June and Queens Park on Wednesday 17th June. If you can't or would prefer not to come into our stores, please email either store or customer service to ask any questions about new styles, the fit of clothes, and any other related questions you may have.

We hope that even with these new measures in place you will still be able to have a relaxed and enjoyable shopping experience at Iris.

Opening Hours

Our stores will operate with reduced hours from 11am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday).  If you would like to come in for a one-to-one personal styling appointment outside of these hours (from 9-11am and 4-6pm), please contact the store directly and we can arrange this for you.

One customer at a time

Due to the size and layout of our stores, we can only allow one customer in store at a time. Customers can pre book a 45 minute appointment leaving 15 minutes at the end for our teams to clean and prepare the store for the next customer. To book an appointment please contact:

Barnes: barnes@irisfashion.co.uk 020 8741 0816

Queens Park: queenspark@irisfashion.co.uk  020 7372 1777

You can still enter the store without an appointment, however please be aware that you may have to queue outside due to the one customer limit. On arrival please ring the bell and a member of our team will assist you. 

Are children allowed in? can a customer come in with another member of their household?

Facemasks and Gloves

All team members will be wearing face masks and complimentary masks will be available for you to use, along with hand-sanitizer. When you enter the store you will be asked to use the Hand Sanitiser and / or wear a pair of disposable gloves.

Fitting rooms

Fitting rooms will be available at your request, and you are also welcome to try things on at home. Our extended returns policy will remain in place to make this easier. 

All changing rooms will be cleaned after each client, and our staff will be wearing gloves where appropriate

Enhanced Hygiene Measures

Our teams will be regularly cleaning and wiping down surfaces throughout the day. High usage areas, fitting rooms and card payment terminals will be cleaned after each use. All our teams will be washing their hands regularly throughout the day, and wearing gloves when required. We would ask you to respect social distancing measures and if you are bringing your children to the store with you, they will be asked to use hand sanitiser and also maintain social distancing.

Any items of clothing that are tried on will be steamed and isolated in a separate location off the shop floor for 24 hours, before they can be placed back on the shop floor for customers to look at and try on.

Hand sanitiser will be available at various locations in the store. Cash payments are no longer accepted and receipts can be emailed to you instead of being printed.

Returning an Item

If you wish to return an item to store, there will be a drop off point within the store to do so. Items need to be in perfect condition and not worn or altered. Refunds for web will be processed through web.

Refunds for items bought within store will be refunded with proof of purchase i.e. receipt or email.

In all cases items being returned will be sanitised by steam cleaning and kept off the floor for 24 hours.

 

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07/05/20

BUSINESS UPDATE - WEBSITE

Dear Iris customers,

Having closed our the website on March 31st, we are delighted that it is back up and running and we are open for business.

We are operating with a very small team in an effort to abide by social distancing recommendations, but will endeavour to get your orders dispatched to you as quickly as possible. Our team will be following hygiene guidelines as advised by the government and PHE. ( See our FAQ below for further information)

If you have a return from before we closed and have logged your intent in the online portal, you may now send your items back to our web team at Iris Fashion, 77 High, Wimbledon SW19 5EG. If you have already sent your order back, please bear with us whilst we track it's whereabouts and process your returns and refund.

We would like to say a huge thank-you to you all for patience during this unprecedented time. 

 

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31/03/20

BUSINESS UPDATE - WEBSITE

Dear Iris customers,

Having closed our stores on Friday 20th March, we had hoped to be able to carry on with our online business and fulfil and despatch orders as usual. However, in the interest of all of us we have decided to pause our operations with immediate effect.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and up until recent days; it was not one we thought we would have to make. However, following the lockdown and the ongoing government advise that all non-essential workers should stay at home, we believe it is the right decision for our staff and their families, our customers as well as for the general public. The safest and best course of action for us as a responsible business that cares about its employees and our customers, is to press pause, and do our small part to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Orders

We have already paused the checkout and so no new orders can be placed until further notice. If you have placed an order in the past few days we will despatch your order as usual.

Returns and refunds

If you have already sent a return back to us, please bear with us whilst we process it.

If you are considering a return we ask that you hold on to it until further notice. There is no hurry to get it back to us, as we have extended our returns policy to 40 days. You can register your intent to return an item through our online returns portal and then await further instruction from us when we re-open on where to send the items back to, so we can process your refund. Please see our returns and refunds page for full details of our policy

We appreciate that this decision will not come without inconvenience and for that, we sincerely apologise. If you have any questions please email us at customercare@irisfashion.co.uk and we will respond as soon as possible.

We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we very much look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Love Iris x

 

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22/03/20

BUSINESS UPDATE 

#TogetherAtHome

#YourLocalFashionDestination

Our stores are all now closed until further notice. It’s been an amazing journey over the past 15 years and although we have grown through our website to reach customers beyond our stores, we still feel very connected to our local communities and will strive to re-open when we are advised that it is safe to do so and keep the local shopping flag flying.

This pandemic affects every single one of us and we understand that there are many other priorities on people’s minds, with serious risk to health and livelihoods at stake, but we feel that keeping communities and local businesses thriving and inspired through the good times and the bad helps us all.

With most of us being confined to our homes, we will continue to inspire through our Instagram and communicate and update you through our weekly emails and blogposts. 

If you want to speak with us, call our customer service line or email us customercare@irisfashion.co.uk. We are here if you want to buy, here if you just want to try and here if you want to be inspired. We are #togetherathome.

Whilst our stores are closed, our online team are still operating and our shipping partners are currently maintaining their service. Both are following government and Public heath England guidelines to protect themselves and our customers.

COVID-19 FAQS

We have collated some of our most frequently asked questions below. As this is a constantly evolving situation this page will be updated daily. If your question is not listed below, our customer care team are operating as normal to help.

Can I still place an order online and have it delivered?

Yes, our website is still operating but we have a reduced our shipping options for the time being, but hope to offer all options again sometime soon. We have made all standard UK deliveries free of charge.

Can I still receive delivery of parcels?

Yes. Public Health England (PHE) has advised that people receiving parcels are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is currently understood that these types of viruses don’t survive long on objects such as letters or parcels.

Should I be concerned about touching an order I have received or collected?

Public Health England have said that there’s no current evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted from packages.

What steps have you taken to protect your employees?

The wellbeing of our staff is our number one priority and so all IRIS stores are now closed and our Head Office office staff are now working remotely in line with government advice. Staff in our web operations team have been provided with gloves when handling orders and we continue to monitor the situation closely with all employees.

What if I am self-isolating or do not wish to come into contact with a delivery driver?

Our shipping partner is following all WHO and government health and hygiene guidelines. Additionally, for all customers (including those who are self-isolating) where they need to deliver any parcel that won’t fit through your letterbox, they will place your item at your door. Having knocked on your door, they will then step aside to a safe distance while you retrieve your item. This will ensure your item is delivered securely rather than being left outside.

International deliveries are handled by DHL or your local postal service. Please check with the relevant courier for more information.

Is Deliver to Store option still operating normally?

Our Deliver to store service has been suspended for the time being, but we aim to get it up and running again in some capacity

What if I ordered a parcel to a location I can no longer access? E.g. my office has closed or my chosen click and collection location is now closed.

As the situation with covid-19 evolves, we're increasing our returns deadline to 40 days for the foreseeable future. So if you need to send something back to us but can't get to the Post Office (or don't feel safe doing so), there's no hurry.

If you have ordered to a location you can longer access and the item is successfully delivered, our returns policy has been extended to give you plenty of time to retrieve your parcel. If you require your items more urgently, we would suggest placing another order to your home address.

If the local courier is unable to deliver your item, you will be contacted to arrange redirection of your delivery. Failing this, the parcel will be returned to the depot and held for 18 days before being returned to us. You will then be issued a refund in line with our returns policy. 

If I’m self-isolating, how do I return a product?

We have extended our returns period to 40 days to allow customers the opportunity to return their orders to us.

Will I get my refund as normal?

Yes, however it may take slightly longer than normal. We are working extremely hard to keep running a normal service. If you have any questions regarding your refund, please do not hesitate to contact our customer care team.

 

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20/03/20

BUSINESS UPDATE 

#TogetherAtHome

#YourLocalFashionDestination

As a valued customer and supporter of IRIS we want to keep you updated with our plans to keep trading through this tough time and see us through to the other side.

We have been carefully monitoring the situation with regard to Covid 19 and are taking all the advice being given to us by the Government and health organisations.

We had hoped to keep our stores open as long as possible, whilst taking all necessary precautionary measures. However it is with heavy hearts we have come to the difficult decision that for the time being it is not in the interest of the general public, our much valued customers or our staff to keep our physical stores open during this crisis and so we will be closing all stores until further notice from the end of the day today Friday 20th March.

Whilst our stores are closed, we are lucky enough to have a great team to keep our online business running and our shipping partners are currently maintaining their service and so we will continue to operate with a few changes to shipping options. Please click here for more information.

With stores in several London village locations, we are a business built on a foundation of local shopping and we feel very lucky to be part of the communities we are located in and would like to thank you for your past and continued support.


Love, Iris x

 

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16/03/20

Dear Iris Customer,

We are all experiencing a challenging and unprecedented situation. At IRIS our community and team are at the heart of our business and are our top priority.

We want to let you know that we are following government and WHO guidelines around hygiene and social distancing and as such have introduced a number of preventative measures.

Our retail stores remain open until further notice but any planned in-store events that encourage bigger gatherings have been postponed and we are actively minimising the number of people in-store at any one time. We are taking strong measures to ensure that health and hygiene protocols are met, including daily cleaning procedures to care for the well-being of our teams and community and from immediate effect we will no longer accept cash in store.

We are closely following the advice from WHO and local authorities and will keep you updated on our actions along the way and will take advice and implement any further recommended precautions.

Our online store at www.irisfashion.co.uk is operating as usual and if you are in London our brilliant new Harper concierge service can deliver direct to your door for you to try on in the comfort of your own home. The Harper Style Concierge will wait outside whilst you try on your items and then take away any you do not wish to purchase hassle free. See here for more information on the service.

We would like to thank you for your continued support and custom during this difficult time. You can stay connected with us via Instagram @irisfashion or through our customer service team at customercare@irisfashion.co.uk

Stay safe. We’re all in this together.


Love, Iris x

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