We all love a bit of luxe, but we love a bargain more, right? Online shopping has become the ‘new normal’ for almost everything you could possibly consume, but what if you want something special? Gone are the days when you would have to go directly to a Paris, or London flagship; most luxury fashion houses now have their own online stores too. Sadly though, very few do a decent sale and you’re usually limited to this season’s lines. Don’t despair – there’s also an abundance of online stores that carry a multitude of our favourite luxury labels all on one website. Whether you’re looking for new season, past season or pre-owned there are so many options to choose from. But which sites are best for a good bargain, and which ones can you trust? Read on to find my 5 favourite sites for designer discounts!
If you’re a lover of luxury you may turn your nose up at the suggestion of a high street chain that usually leaves you trawling through rails of jumbled-up clothing in the hopes of finding what you want. But when it comes to designer discounts: don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. TK Maxx (TJ Maxx in the US) has been one of my most successful stalking grounds for luxury fashion. Their ‘Gold Label VIP purchase’ pieces curated and separated in most larger stores. Here I’ve found Valentino, Chloe, Givenchy and even Dior. Strangely, not a lot of people seem to know about their equally fruitful website, so designer steals are ripe for the picking if you can check back regularly. Here’s a few of my favourite pieces in stock now:
Note: Not all brands are searchable, such as Dior and Gucci so you’ll need to navigate to the ‘Gold Label’ page to find them. Brands including Versace, Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo and Valentino are searchable as normal though, and stock is updated most days.
The little sister of fashion giant Net-a-Porter, The Outnet has long been my virtual hangout spot of choice for my morning coffee break. It’s pretty much unrivalled for past-season steals and boasts one of the largest brand catalogues on the web. Regular sales are up to 60% off (usually at least 40%) and they also hold special events of 70% and 80% off throughout the year. Shop here for the biggest discounts on Victoria Beckham and a personal favourite of mine, Ganni. They also have a fantastic ‘Editorial’ section that allows you to look through expertly curated collections including ‘wardrobe staples’ and a great shake down of the new season trends paired with items to fool any new season addict. I can also vouch for their excellent customer service should you ever need to get in touch.
The queen of all pre-loved and vintage emporiums, Vestiaire works a little like the traditional designer consignment store, but on a major level. Vestiaire employs a team of experts (often poached from top brands) to help them authenticate items before a sale is allowed. For the most part when you order, the item is sent from the seller to Vestiaire for condition checking and authentication, before being sent on to you. Some sellers gain trusted status and are allowed to ship directly. This includes some renowned vintage boutiques in Paris and Tokyo – meaning you really do have the cream of the crop to choose from. The only problem? There’s so much choice! You do also have to set up an account to view items but believe me, you won’t regret it. My favourite Vestiaire purchase (so far…) is my Chanel chain belt, a steal at just £375. I was even able to speak to them on the phone to ask more questions about it’s authenticity so that I was completely confident. (See here for my post on How to Wear Chain Belts)
Not specifically a site for designer discounts, but when they do a sale, they really do a sale.
Fartech is THE site if you’re looking for a specific item that’s seemingly sold out everywhere. They don’t just work directly with brands, but also with boutiques and department stores around the world to bring you the best stock. Farfetch also handily labels items that are ‘new season’ in case you’re specifically looking for an on-trend bargain. I once found a Marc Jacobs handbag that I fell in love with on Pinterest and couldn’t find anywhere else, so Farfetch is a firm favourite for me.
Like Vestiaire, you need to set up an account to access these sales but’s it’s fast and easy to do. Just type an email and password into the pop-up on the homepage to gain access to an Aladdin’s cave, ripe with up to 80% off. Several timed sales run each day and items are heavily discounted for 15 minutes up to several days. Stock moves quickly so it might also be worth signing up to the email alerts. Not sure yet? How about Tom Ford and Dior sunglasses for £65? Thought so. You’ll also find smaller independent luxury brands such as beautiful cashmere from Forte and specially curated pre-owned collections from Louis Vuitton. Gilt is US based but ships internationally using Borderfree, a service that that makes sure there are no hidden fees before or after checking out so you can shop your international designer discounts with peace of mind!
Noteworthy/Best of the Rest:
- Cruise Fashion Outlet – part of Mike Ashley’s retail empire, you will find some great designer discounts in the little-known Outlet section.
- Hardly Ever Worn It – a London-based designer pre-loved store that’s smaller in stock than Vestiaire but provides amazing service and has a beautiful website that I’ve spent way too much time on.
- Showcase – designer sample sales with a unique calendar feature so that you never miss a brand you love.
- ASOS Marketplace – not the easiest to navigate to from the main ASOS site, but there are some serious vintage sellers on here if you want to find something unique. Think 90s Gucci, reworked Louis Vuitton, Fendi and more.
What are your favourite designer discounts that you’ve ever blagged? Leave me a comment below or drop me a DM here.
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