November 2, 2009

Discount shopping in Europe: European fashion is now affordable to all


La Vallée Village, Paris
La Vallée Village, Paris
Photo by Parisvision.com

Perhaps it’s the economy post-effect (or should I say, the lasting effect of the August crash of the economy world wide), but not many people dared to spend home finance on shopping, especially when it came to designer's cloths abroad. Well, I’m happy to tell you that shopping in Europe is now affordable to most of us than it’s used to be.

Shopping in Europe is more affordable now than used to be, only one should do the shopping not in major metro cities and/or capitals of Europe, but rather in their suburbs, which are very accessible via public transportation. For example, one can purchase cloths and accessories from last season designer collections on sales for 70 percent off.

Shopping towns and malls, such as Chick Outlet Shopping, are set in very good locales and are planned accordingly so that one could experience a full experience of designer shopping – those sites try to keep the atmosphere of the legend shopping streets and avenues such as Fifth Avenue, and all of those sites hold anywhere from 55 to 100 designer boutiques with discounts. Moreover, those malls (and outlets as we call them in USA) offer discounts year around, so whenever you decide to travel – there would be always discounts.

There are nine shopping “hot spots” in Europe that offer discounts to die for:

1. Bicester Village, London

This shopping location, the town of Bicester Village, has already earned a title of its chick shopping, prominently settling after the famous shopping Bond Street in Engliand. Bicester Village is located about an hour from London, and one can easily reach it by car, bus or train.

One can find outfits for any occasion, be it in homeland, or in England – impress a local British countess with your 60-percet off Mulberry, Pringle of Scotland and Aquascutum outfits.

2. La Vallée Village, Paris

This ‘outlet’ place is a mere 35 minutes away from Paris towards the region of Champagne (which reminds me – one can shop and go to a local village for a glass of bubble). If traveling with kids, one can stop at La Vallee Village on the way from Paris Disneyland, which are very close located to each other.

3. Las Rozas Village, Madrid

Las Rozas Village is just a 30-minutes ride from the center of Madrid. It’s build in Castille architectural style and hosts about 100 elite, designer boutiques with up to 60 percent sales year round.

One can find collections from various seasons from such Spanish designers as Antonio Miro, Andrés Sardá, Pedro del Hierro, Loewe, Hoss Intropia and Roberto Verino, as well as from Carolina Herrera, Versace, Calvin Klein, Hackett, Bimba & Lola, Brooksfield and Gant, Bally, Kipling, and Columbia.

4. La Roca Village, Barcelona

La Roca Village is located on the way to famous beaches of Costa-Brava, about 40 min away from the center of Barcelona. You can find some of the most prominent and beloved Spanish designers such as a leather genius of Farrutx and Loewe, and Petit Bateau, Nanos ad Catimini.

5. Fidenza Village, Italy

Milan is known for one of the best shopping experience in the world, but there is always a “discount” place for the ones who does not want to lag behind the fashion trends. Fidenza Village is located near Milan, and offers about 75 boutiques. And if you’re questioning this season’s trends, check out what is modeled on the runaways of Milan Fashion Weeks.

6. Maasmechelen Village, Brussels

Maasmechelen Village not only offers some of the best worldwide brands, but also offers some of the local “jewels” of Belgian fashion scene – the locals who are set to impress the rest of the world when the times comes. For example, check out Scapa, Rena Lange or Laurèl – something that no one would wear in your home town for a while for sure – dress to impress by Belgian designers.

7. Ingolstadt Village, Munich

Ingolstadt Village offers designers from all around Europe, and other parts of the world. Check out Fred Perry, German’s Strenesse, Aigner, MCM, Féraud, Hanro, and Wolford. Once shopping in Europe, think of all the international shipping fees and taxes you could save, that is if you are traveling light as it is. Always check for your baggage allowance on international flights.

8. Wertheim Village, Frankfurt

Frankfurt is not only known as a financial center, but also as a city which restaurants satisfy a most demanding food gourmet-lover, as well as a city that offers enough shopping to satisfy tastes of a global fashion-trotter. Wertheim Village offers a wide assortment of all brands and styles, from Tommy Hilfiger, Bogner, Puma and Nike Factory Store to Lacoste, Longchamp, Rosenthal and Steiff boutiques.

9. Kildare Village, Dublin

This is the only Irish designer’s retailer center and is located in the center of Dublin. At Kildare Village one can not only find the classics and known global brands, but also designer boutiques of local, Irish talents.

If you know of any other, please let me know. I'd love to hear back from you!

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