Yes, I am really big on outlet shopping. By that I do not mean those huge outlet ‘villages’ outside cities (which I am scared of), but more like ‘secret tips’ in the middle of the city, which can be easily mistaken for a workshop or a storage place. In order for you to discover them- well, for that one you must have (my) ‘secret talent’ … and years of experience, I guess. But I cannot keep it for myself anymore, so here you go, folks, my favourite spots:
- POOL Outlet, Munich
Don’t mistake this one for the main POOL store in posh Maximilianstrasse in Munich. Here I’ve already got several cool pieces, I guess the most special to me were Martin Margiela boots, which I was eyeing for months in the main store. They have also DSQUARED2, Balmain, Alexander McQueen (and many more) and very good deals for these brands. They have hip clothes for guys there too!
Kreuzstr. 14, 80331 München
- 10 Corso Como, Milan
The main store you can also easily miss in Milan: as the name says, it is places in Como Street 10, but you go around the wall covered with plants and it is a little piece of heaven: a great (expensive!) restaurant and (expensive!) cafe with a great (expensive!) boutique behind. Its spinoff in Via Tazzoli is everything but that experience: my sister, who lives in Milan, first asked me ‘how on earth you found it’. Like, you leave Corso Como, and then you run across a crossroad and then you circle a deserted business building and then you cross some highway (or go underneath) and then you are in an old neighborhood with no people there and then you make some random turns – et voila! Next thing you know – you are flipping though Pradas and Pierre Hardys of this world. To make long story short: I got there Jill Sander winter pants for 10 (ten!) € … yes, you’ve read it right!
Via Tazzoli 3, Milano
- Acne Archive, Stockholm
I have discovered this store only last time when I was in Stockholm. I haven’t bought anything there yet, but I think that this is definitely a must for any future visit there. It offers the pieces from the previous collection for approx. 50% and both guys and girls can find something for themselves there.
Torsgatan 53, Stockholm
- Comme des Garcons, Paris
I haven’t figured out if the store is really an outlet, as I haven’t been there yet, but ever since I have seen the exhibition in Haus der Kunst on Japanese fashion, I am keeping a mental note on this one. I have ‘discovered’ it in this blog and, outside of virtual world, I haven’t visited it yet. However, I am including it here, as I am definitely planning to pilger the place next time when I (if I) visit Paris.
54 rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
Other good deals that are worth mentioning:
- Mytheresa having a (exclusive) clearance sale in (exclusive) hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich: I think that it is enough to say that celebrities like Lothar Matthäus und his-wife-at-a-time Liliana were shopping there. So exclusive it was! (those who lived in Germany in last several years would get the joke)
- My favourite boutique Serie A (now Schwittenberg in the same premises, but similar concept) having a great sale in an art gallery in Glockenbachviertel.
- Once upon the time there was Tangs department store at upscale mall Starhill in Kuala Lumpur. Well, in the weeks of its closing *i*was*there* (students days = plenty of time)
- Sample sales all over New York City… (you see just people queued up outside the store and you know that you found the place)
Message is: open your eyes when you are in the city, read all posters and messages and post-its… cos – you never know… The thing is, there is always a great ‘story behind’ that you can tell and brag about to other people. That’s another plus point.
(However, if you like to shop ‘regular way’ then just skip this post and ignore me alltogether.)