If you’re a dedicated follower of fashion but your budget is saying more Topshop than Tom Ford, we’ve rounded up the very best designer discount stores where you’ll get more bang for your buck. Forget Prada handbags at dawn and dishevelled clothing rails, these outlets are seriously chic with curated and ever-changing stock. From the London’s best kept sartorial secret to the behemoth that is Bicester, here are the top outlets to add to your shopping list. And with up to 70% off at most of the destinations, you can thank us later.
Quite possibly the coolest discount shopping district in London, Hackney Walk is anything but bargain bin. The renovated Victorian railway arches now play host to some serious names including MATCHESFASHION.COM, Anya Hindmarch, Nike, Zagdig & Voltaire and more. Close by you’ll also find The Box where one-off sample sales take place allowing you to snap up the likes of Anine Bing, Christophier Kane and even interiors discounts from designer brands such as House of Hackney. A must-visit for both guys and girls who fancy shopping up to 70% off.
The Absolute Don of discount shopping, Bicester is quite literally a village dedicated to sartorial savings. Just one hour from London, it’s worth making a day of it to peruse more than 160 boutiques offering up to 60% off all year round. The stores themselves are carefully curated – no elbows at dawn over an overstuffed clothes rail, with designers such as, wait for it, McQueen, Temperley, Balmain, Balenciaga, Stella MCartney, Missoni, Celine, Chloé… we could go on… There’s also a wealth of restaurants, bars and cafes to make a pitstop at, from the Wolseley to Farm Shop and Blondie’s Kitchen. Top tip: Mondays are the best day to visit (the weekend gets very busy) and rumour has it, stock is replenished every Sunday ready for the week ahead.
If you thought the o2 was all gigs and chain restaurants, think again. The recently opened ICON Outlet houses brands such as Adidas, Aspinal of London, Calvin Klein, Nike and Levi’s, all under one roof at up to 70% off. It’s also worth checking out their Paperchase, Moleskin and Hotel Chocolat outlets for gift ideas that won’t break the bank.
Always fancied a classic Burberry trench but can’t face the price tag? Head over to the Burberry Factory Store in Hackney, where you’ll find iconic pieces from the heritage brand, ready-to-wear and a wealth of accessories. The space houses excess stock from previous collections with at least 50% off. Fashion maths: you could pick up a trench for as little as £199.
Founder Roger Saul’s genius idea to turn an old Victorian building in Shepton Mallet, a town where one in four high street shops had closed, into an exciting designer discount emporium paid off. Today there are over 50 designer brands, restaurants, event spaces and even a landscaped garden. Shop up to 70% off the likes of Mulberry, Joseph, MiH Jeans, Whistles and L.K.Bennett, as well as some of our favourite beauty brands from L’Occitane to Neom.
If you needed an excuse to escape the Big Smoke, make it this. Nestled in the idyllic Somerset countryside in a converted school is the Mulberry Factory Shop. Carrying a wide selection of Mulberry accessories and clothing from past seasons, as well as limited edition samples, it’s a treasure-trove for any self-confessed fashion fans.
If you’re after some serious bargains, Wembley’s London Designer Outlet Park offers discount of up to 70% off high street stores like H&M, GAP, M&S, Clarks, Superdry, Next and Jack Wills, as well as more premium brands. With Christmas coming, help Father Christmas out by making a pitstop at the Hamley’s outlet, too.