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Love designer clothes but hate designer price tags? Then listen up.
Designer outlet shopping isn’t what it used to be. Forget rifling through the rails at TK Maxx and think valet parking, champagne dining and better-than-half-price Jimmy Choos. These are the top designer outlets, factory shops and online websites that the UK has to offer…
Designer Outlets in the UK:
Renowned for offering one of the UK’s most luxurious outlet shopping experiences, as well as one of the most affordable, Oxfordshire’s Bicester Village is home to more than 130 boutique stores boasting discounts of up to 60% on everything from Burberry to Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen to Jimmy Choo. Fancy sampling a day in the life of a Hollywood star? Valet parking and ‘hands free’ shopping are on offer to round off your designer shopping experience.
Located 35 minutes from Manchester and 45 minutes from Liverpool, Cheshire Oaks is the UK’s largest multi-store outlet, with over 140 stores. Discounts of up to 60% are available on designer brands including Michael Kors, Mulberry and Lulu Guinness along with premium high street favourites such as Coast, Reiss and Karen Millen.
With brands like Matches, Nike and Pringle of Scotland, this East London hub is perfect for high fashion lovers. Make sure to check out The Box – it’s a simple sale concept store that hosts premium fashion sample sales, catwalk looks and limited edition pieces all up to 80% off.
Situated between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Livingston Designer Outlet houses more than 70 stores beneath its cathedral-inspired glass dome roof, ranging from BOSS and Radley to Ted Baker and French Connection.
Savvy Gloucestershire-based shoppers can pick up a piece of Paul Costelloe at up to 70% off whilst snagging a hefty discount on high street favourites including M&S and Next. The outlet is also home to many sports and leisure brands, such as White Stuff.
Based in an old school building nestled in the Somerset countryside, the Mulberry Factory Shop stocks discontinued designs, seconds and one-off factory specials, available at a 30-50% discount.
Located just a few doors down from Aquascutum’s factory shop on Hackney’s Chatham Place, Burberry’s London outlet store offers discounts of more than 50%.
Online designer outlets
If super-luxe designer ensembles is your thing, or you’re just looking to splurge for a special occasion, then you need to head to The Outset. Net-a-Porter’s offshoot, this discounted website features all of your fashion favourites and at a heavily discounted price. Think Marni, Chloe, D&G and Stella McCartney. We at W&H especially love their in-house brand Iris and Ink.
Quality-checked and authenticated, it’s where the fashion elite sell their not-even-that-old castoffs. Housing all of the top notch designers you can imagine, this site is not for the fashionably faint hearted. You need to move quickly if you want to grab yourself a bargain.