Friday, 5 October 2012

The Places the Designers wished were kept secret!!!

Like any business they'll be things which sell and things that don't and for any unsold merchandise they'll need an outlet in which to sell it. So where are these places and just how much are we talking?

The Burberry Factory Outlet, Hackney

Any unsold merchandise from the stores comes here and you can find many items 70% off the retail price. All the ranges can pop up on the rails, including a small selection from Burberry Prorsum. 

Beware no fitting rooms
Watch out for  The Burberry Trench Coat, often at a third of the usual price and anything by Burberry Prorsum
Top tip go early to avoid the coach parties and long queues.
The Address: 29-53 Chatham Place, Hackney, London E9 6LP 

Tel: 020 8328 4287
Open Mon-Sat 10am -6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. 

Mulberry Factory Shop, Outside Bath

Where walls of glass shelves support endless bags and purses. Prices are about 40% less for handbags, with clothes with up to 80% off. Purchases are given the full respect with dust bags and proper Mulberry carrier bags.  

Top Tip: Students get 10% discount
The Address: The Old School House, Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet BA4 5NF
Tel: 01749 340583
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm: Sun 11am-5pm

The Kooples, York

The Kooples has become the go to label for sharp tailoring with a vintage-meets-rock 'n' roll edge. The factory store si the label's first, with prices up to 60% off. Check out the hats!

Watch out for the little black dress
Top Tip: Don't leave withoust visiting the Margaret Howell store nearby, with gorgeous classics. 
Address: York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York, YO19 4TA
Tel: 01904 682700
Open: Mon-Sat (excluding Thursday) 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm. 

La Vallee Village, Paris, France

Here you'll find over 90 luxury brands including La Perla, Zadig & Voltaire, M Missoni, Valentino and Sandro - many of which such as Celine and Givenchy have few outlet stores worldwide. 

Watch out for the It Bags
Top Tip: The Cityrams Shopping Express bus service departs twice daily from Place des Pyramides. Take this as it also gets you 10% extra off purchases. 
Address: 3 Cours de la Garonne, Serris 77700
Open: 10am-7pm daily

10 Corso Como Outlet, Milan, Italy



This trendy concept store is one of Milan's best kept secrets. The store sells edgy labels such as Commes des Garcons. With it's practically invisible appearance sells unsold stock at bargain prices.

Watch out for the themed sales held occasionally on days when the store is usually closed
Address: 3 Via Tazzoli, Milan 20154
Tel: 39 2 29 01 51 30
Open: Mon-Sun 11am-7pm



Victoria's Secret Outlet, Florida, USA



With overstocks from the label's mail-order catalogue and retail stores, including clothing, lingerie and beauty products, the brillance here is in the flat-pricing system. They charge the same amount for almosst everything in the store, regardless of the item's original retail price. Currently two items for $15.

Watch out for The Bra's - arguably the best in the world. 
Address: 4959 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819
Tel: 1 407 355 9890
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-9pm. 

Woodbury Commons, Outside New York, USA


Here you'll find all your favourite dream luxury labels including Barneys, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Chloe, Saint Laurent, Gucci, Fendi, Dolce & Gabanna, Prada, Chanel and Valentino.

Watch out for the temporary clearance stores that pop up throughout the year, offering even greater discounts. 
Address: 498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY 10917
Open: 10am-9pm daily. 


Top Tips to bagging yourself a designer bargain: 

1. The best advice is to head towards the fashion capitals, the best merchandise will probably hit the rails around the time of the fashion shows in February/March and September/October. 

2. Many outlets also sell seconds, so inspect everything you buy for faults. 

3. Check return policies - many of these outlets will only offer credit notes, not refunds. 

4. Sign up for outlet malls newsletters before you go. Many will flag up incoming merchandise, offers and money-off vouchers.

5. Some outlets don't have changing rooms, so wear something close-fitting to strip down to if you want to try clothes on

6. Stock changes: don't write off an outlet store just because you find nothing when you go. Return the next week and it might be a different story.