The best US online stores for luxury brands – how they can save you money and make your wardrobe sing!
According to a recent Digital Luxury Group report the most sought after American fashion brands fall in the handbags and ready-to-wear categories. Handbags make up over a third of all American fashion brands searches globally and the top 2 most sought after brands are Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs.
The Michael Kors brand was launched in the early 80’s, but in recent years thanks to a slew of public activity including participation in Project Runway the brand has really thrived.
So where can you get hold of these iconic brands?
You’ll probably have come across hundreds of online stores making claims of having the cheapest designer labels, but through our experience, only a few genuine, trusted stores guarantee to deliver quality at the right price.
From Fendi handbags to Gucci shoes to Michael Kors watches, luxury brands are all available at the right price if you know where and when to look.
Here’s a run-down of our most trusted stores with some of our current favourite deals.
Of all our partner stores, Bluefly has the biggest selection of designer labels in one place with a current total of 665 brands available, all at least 40% off retail price. They have many brands you can’t find anywhere else online and some great sale and clearance items. Although they don’t offer free shipping to Australia, even with the addition of shipping costs, there are bargains to be had. Here are a few of our current favourites:
Shipping costs: $40-$70
Shipping time: 7-14 business days
Sales page: Bluefly designer sale
Shopbop is a favourite among astute Australian shoppers as their designer range is vast and always at a discounted rate compared to Australian high street stores. Shopbop also offer free international shipping and from our experience, delivery is usually less than 3 days.
Shipping costs: FREE
Shipping time 3-5 days, usually with you in 3 days
Sales page: Shopbop Sale
Although carrying a smaller range than Bluefly, you can still shop from 200 women’s designer fashion brands curated for weekly style features and trend updates. If you prefer quality over quantity then My Wardrobe has a fine range always on trend. You can also pick up some great pieces in their sales listings.
Shipping costs: Approx. $40
Shipping time: 3-5 days
Sales page: Designer fashion sale
The self-proclaimed premiere online destination for women’s and men’s luxury designer apparel, bags. jewellery and accessories. Forward is a curated site under the guidance of high-end fashion stylist Elyse Walker and boasts some pretty tasty labels and great sale items. While stock can be a bit limited (that is the idea of a curated site) it’s well worth a look to pick up a designer deal – and shipping to Australia is free.
Shipping costs: FREE
Shipping time: 3-6 days
Sales page: Sale
Offering a luxurious and prestigious boutique experience where all of the latest and finest fashion items for men and women can be found, ssense boasts more than 1500 styles crafted by cutting edge fashion designers. You’ll find discounted designer fashion from Alexander McQueen, Diane Von Furstenburg, Elizabeth and James, Marc Jacobs and Versace to name but a few.
A favourite of ours for fashion steals with the likes of Michael Kors, Fendi, Stella McCartney and Burberry, luisviaroma isn’t technically a US online store but it stocks so many of our favourite labels we had to throw it into the mix.
THE OUTNET is the most fashionable fashion outlet. Launched in April 2009 by the people behind NET-A PORTER.COM, THE OUTNET has established itself as the chic, go-to destination for the global, style-conscious shopper looking for the best designer brands at a great price. THE OUTNET stocks a selection of previous season designer fashion from over 200 brands at up to 70% off.
Shipping costs: $28
Shipping time: 4-5 days
Designer page: Designers A-Z
Launched in the summer of 2000 with a commitment to providing the same legendary service found in all Saks Fifth Avenue stores, saks.com offers all customers a stylish yet a personalised online shopping experience. At saks.com, shop for leading designer labels such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Chloe, Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and more.
Shipping costs: $10 on orders over $100 with code AUS13
Shipping time: 5-7 days
Sales page: Save on Designer Apparel