If you’re dropping a huge chunk of your earnings on some designer goodie, then you better be sure that your purchase is first of all, authentic. There’s nothing more heartbreaking than finding out you’ve been duped! That's why we've selected only the sites we trust to help you procure your heart's deepest designer desires.
Net-a-Porter was founded by Natalie Massenet in 2000, and is best known for its magazine-style presentation. Beautifully shot and highly curated “editorials” show its customers how designer pieces can be worn according to season, mood, or occasion. It has even grown its business to include a print magazine, Porter, as well as a men’s website with a similar ethos, MrPorter.com. And you can opt for "basic packaging"—instead of "signature packaging"—so it comes discreetly in the mail.
Yoox was also founded in 2000 and its mother company merged with Net-a-Porter to form the Yoox Net-a-Porter Group. What sets Yoox apart from the latter is that it carries art, home interiors, and books in addition to discounted designer goods. Note that it does have excellent sales on end-of-season styles.
3. The Outnet
Owned by the Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, The Outnet is where you can get things at a fraction of the cost. Intended to be the most affordable among the three sites, its brand DNA wittily reads “everything reduced but the thrill.” It also lets you know right off the bat that its discounts go as high as 75% off.
In 2008, Farfetch was launched by Jose Neves in London. It boasts of stocking hard-to-find pieces from both established fashion houses and emerging designers. It even has a vintage section that includes Hermes, John Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garcons, and Yves Saint Laurent. How’s that for hard to find?
Loyal followers of “Gossip Girl” should remember this from its overt product placement at the van der Woodsens' during Lily's house arrest—which makes sense because Gilt has established a physical presence in New York City—in Saks Fifth Avenue, no less. When shopping online, be sure to check out "Today's Events" to snag its daily flash sales.
As the name implies, The Real Real sells only genuine second-hand luxury goods from sources that have been vetted and verified by its team of experts. Its stocks are by consignment and you could be one of them should you be in the market. To fund your next purchase perhaps? All you have to do is ship it to its HQ; shipping fees care of The Real Real.
Surprise, surprise! Price tags on Luisaviaroma already include shipping, duty, and import fees, which means you're less likely to get bill shock at checkout. To give you a background on the brand, it's been around since the early 1930s as a concept store in Florence, and online since 1999. It carries Kendall + Kylie, Aquazurra, Fenty x Puma, and Jacquemus.
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