I’m a sucker for designer kids items! My kids don’t wear designer clothes daily, but I do buy them a few pieces each season. Of course, I never pay retail for them! Since they don’t wear them everyday, I can easily sell when they outgrow them. You can sell them yourself on Poshmark, or consign on The Real Real. Each season, I sell the old to fund the new. Just like I do with my closet. Department stores like Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales usually have some kids items on sale. I linked some of today’s sale picks below. Outside of major department stores these are some places I hunt for deals:
Zappos has deals on kids Gucci, Burberry, and more.
Here are some idea for men’s Valentine’s Day gifts. Grab these Gucci Marmont belts $50 below retail in black, brown, and dark brown. If you were going to buy it, my as well save $50, and super fast shipping. Also, check out these sites for some current deals. Mr. Porter has up to 80% off. Tessabit has 10% off select current season items with code LOVE10 (no tax and free shipping to US.) Giglio has added new men’s items to their outlet section (no tax and free shipping to US.) Italist is always one of my favorite places to hunt around, and Jomashop has some deals on watches, shoes, and Moncler. Farfetch still has 20% off select sale items with code JAN20.
Sales are coming to an end, but still some amazing deals out there! Found these Gucci Marmont belts in dusty pink and ivory. Both under retail and no tax! Love these Balmain tanks for $159 in black and white. Here are some of today’s sale picks and places to shop.
MYTHERESA started an extra 20% sale today with code EXTRA20
FARFETCH has 20% off sale with code JAN20. Lots of exclusions and clothes are your best bet.
I’m the world’s biggest procrastinator and ordered my first holiday gifts yesterday. If you are a last minute shopper, I got you. SSENSE is my go to for last minute shopping. They have the fastest shipping out of any site. Not sure how they do it, but it often comes overnight! They have men’s Gucci Marmont belts in black and brown for $50 under retail. Here are my picks for men and women.
Thank you INTERMIX and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post. All my own picks.
INTERMIX has been one of my favorite sites to shop for years. They have amazing exclusives, their own private label collection, and designers like Jimmy Choo and Golden Goose. I have added some of my current picks below. They are having a great promotion right now where you can get up to 75% off markdowns, and using my code LUXESTYLE15, you can also get 15% off full-priced items from now until 12/31. I grabbed these Paris Texas INTERMIX exclusive sandals, and this Ganni skirt, to add to my current animal print obsession. Their cashmere sweaters are always a favorite of mine- I got this one to pair with my sandals and skirt.
I get asked a lot where to score Golden Goose for less. Sometimes, paying retail is necessary for certain items, but Golden Goose is not one of them. They can always be found for less than US retail prices, even the classics. With prices less in Europe, and no duties under $800, makes finding Golden Goose under retail a breeze. Finding deals under $300 can be a little more difficult, but not impossible. Here are my go to sites for for Golden Goose deals, outside of the major department stores, and not during designer sale time.
Italist is the easiest way to find a lot of current season for less, including men’s and kid’s. Some states pay tax but shipping is free.
Giglio has great sales and often slightly lower retail at times. Duties included and free shipping. Men’s, women’s, and kid’s.
Where do stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Jomashop and other discount sites get their items? How do you know the items on these sites are authentic? How does Costco have Birkin bags and Prada for sale? This is a question I get asked a lot. Often, these items come from what is called the grey market, and all the items are authentic.
The typical chain of retail is designers sells to authorized sellers, such as Nordstrom or smaller boutiques, then direct to customers. In the grey market, those authorized sellers often off-load the merchandise in bulk to grey market sellers. It could be past season merchandise that didn’t sell or current season items. The current season items could be bought direct from the authorized seller. There is no secret the mark-up in fashion is huge.
These authorized sellers only have a limited amount of time to sell items in order to bring in the new, or meet the sale quotas designers have. This is a big chunk of where the grey market sellers get their goods. Authorized sellers need to get rid of unsold items fast and selling them in bulk to 3rd party sellers is the easiest way. Also, the price advantage of items bought from European authorized sellers and sold to the US market is another grey area.
Before I purchase from one of these sites I do lots of research. I check reviews, check if the address and phone number are real, how long have they been in business, and are they active on social media. Remember, I take reviews with a grain of salt. No site is without bad reviews, and people typically only review when they are mad. I look more for reviews if the items are fake, than customer service. Every site has someone claiming fake items are sold, but are there way more positive reviews. If I am ever in doubt, I pay to have the item authenticated. I typically do this for the first and second purchase to make sure. Paying for authenticating is worth the peace of mind.
Is this legal? It’s grey…hahah. Most of the time designers look away and know this is happening. In the end it’s good for their bottom line. If these sites were selling fakes the designers would be coming after them. The fact that they have been around for years without designers harassing them or shutting them down says a lot. The Fashion Law wrote a great article on this subject here.
Christian Louboutin can be hard to find on sale, especially online. They are out there but take a little more digging. Besides all the major department stores, I linked places that I look for sale Loubs below. Shhhh. This is one of my best secrets and it pays off sometimes. I have scored some great deals on Loubs this way. I have no idea why, but sometimes if you google “lastcall.com Christian Louboutin” you will see items on Last Call that are not there if you go straight to the site. Some of them ship and some don’t. If you see a ? on your order email, they won’t ship. A good way to know if they are in stock is if they have whatever the current discount promo is applied. Currently, the ones that have the extra 20% off are the only ones in stock. Some styles will let you check out, but have been there forever, and don’t ship. Happy shopping!
Italist has current season for less and great sales.
Giglio has lower prices and sale pairs are an extra 20% off with code 20MORE.