Best popular outlet shopping destinations
Whether it is luxury labels, branded apparels, accessories, winter wear or just items to stock your travel luggage, outlet stores are a place that manufacturers or retailers sell ranges that they have excess stock of or are slow moving. This is good news for the shopper because the prices are vastly reduced so you can pick up a bargain. So where are the best places go outlet shopping? (Image credit: http://www.clermontferrandtourism.com/)
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
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New York is always high on a person’s list when thinking of fashion. It doesn’t however mean that you have to pay top dollar. An hour out of Manhattan is Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, a huge outlet with 220 stores. Here you’ll find most of the brands you would see on 5th Avenue, but at a fraction of the price. It’s not just fashion on offer here either. There are children’s stores and high end homewares stores to help your abode look as nice as you do.
Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Tokyo is known for great shopping but before you pack your luggage to the brim whilst shopping in Tokyo, you need to leave space for this. Wander through Ginza and you will see all the big names. It is not however renowned for inexpensive shopping. Just about an hour and a half from Tokyo, near Hakone is Gotemba Premium Outlets. There are buses and trains to get there and some tour companies have packages that include transport from Tokyo and further discount offers. While you can find big brand stores like Gucci, Bally and Jimmy Choo, if you’re looking for something different, there are also some local Japanese brands. The mall is big, divided into east and west, it’s probably best to plan your day. It even has a Ferris wheel for best views of Mt Fuji.
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If you are lucky enough to be in Tuscany and you want to do something other than enjoy the food, wine and scenery, sate your appetite for shopping at The Mall. It boasts brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Coach and Roberto Cavalli. Need a break between stores? The Mall has Gucci Caffè, a rooftop restaurant with 360? views of the surrounding area.
If you’re really keen you can also travel 40 minutes to Space, Montevarchi, home of the Prada Outlet. This giant Prada store lets shoppers in in limited numbers at a time using a number system. Best to arrive early to get a number.
Le Creuset Outlet
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Ever watched a cooking show and seen the chef going from burner to oven with a brightly coloured cast iron pot or pan? Chances are that it was a Le Creuset product. As well as being popular for their high quality and eye-catching colour, Le Creuset products are expensive. Never fear though, as outlet shopping isn’t just for fashion. The Le Creuset Outlet in Calais has a big range of products with up to 50% off regular prices. The store will even respond to emails about stock levels if you have a particular item in mind.
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Easy to access, an hour out of London by train, at its own station, is Bicester Village. There are brands on offer here that you might not find at other outlets, like Ted Baker, Stella McCartney and Thomas Pink. The website has many offers available for different stores, so it’s definitely worth perusing before you go. There are many services available to help your shopping go smoothly, such as luggage storage, currency conversion and hands-free shopping. With hands-free shopping you can buy as much as you like and won’t have to carry it. Once you’ve made a purchase the items will be packed and ready for you to collect on your way out.
FoxTown Factory Store
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When we think of fashion, Switzerland doesn’t necessarily jump to the front of your mind. This shouldn’t be the case for FoxTown though. While it is in Switzerland, it’s on the border of Italy and only an hour from Milan. In fact, it even has a shuttle bus from Milan. It of course has all the iconic brands you would expect like Armani, Burberry and Fendi. And because you are in Switzerland, it’s a perfect excuse to stock on a few pieces of good winter wear. Foxtown also offers restaurants, tailoring services, currency exchange and if you get bored, a casino. Tax free shopping services are available too, so if you are from outside the EU you can claim VAT back at the airport.
Designer Outlet Roermond
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Opened in 2001, Designer Outlet Roermond offer bargain hunters 30-70% discounts with more than 120 shops and over 200 Dutch and international designer brands including Armani, Burberry, Gucci, Nike, Diesel, Mulberry and The Bodyshop. What’s more? Designer Outlet Roermond is situated close to the picturesque city of Roermond with its historic city centre. Only two hours away from Amsterdam Central Station, easily accessible by car and with direct bus connections to Dusseldorf and Brussels, you can combine a fun day out shopping with sightseeing in Roermond and beyond.
Las Vegas North/South Premium Outlet Malls
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You typically do not miss out shopping in a luxury city like Las Vegas. The 2 Premium Outlet Malls are situated in locations Downtown and just south of the Strip. Deciding which mall to visit might be difficult choice as many stores have locations at all of the outlet malls in Las Vegas. Distance alone may be the determining factor, but other things like the weather is also a consideration factor. The mall in Downtown (North) Las Vegas is an airy outdoor mall as opposed to the South Premium Outlets, which is enclosed. During summer, that may be an important factor to consider whether to stay indoors or outdoors for comfort shopping. Popular American brands like Michael Kors, Coach, Polo Ralph and Kate Spade are on discount with up to 70% with a frequent change of new stocks from past seasons. There is also further discount for tourists from time to time, so that is something to watch out for.