by The Daily Telegraph, August 16, 2016
London has a new designer shopping outlet to behold; the freshly opened Hackney Walk, now home to covetable brands like Anya Hindmarch and Bally, plus, the jewel in the crown, the first ever discounted MatchesFashion.Com store where bargain price pieces from the online designer store are available in all their real-life glory. Not in the area? Don’t panic. Instead, consult our directory of the UK’s best fashion outlets, from Somerset, to Bicester and beyond…
The new MatchesFashion.com outlet, which opened its doors just a few weeks ago, is a real draw for Hackney Walk, offering brands from Sophia Webster to Mary Katrantzou at up to 60% off. Anya Hindmarch, Aquascutum, Bally, Joseph and Pringle of Scotland have all opened stores here too, with Folli Follie and UGG set to join the discount district in the next few months.
Address: 145-161 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH
The Matchesfashion.com outlet at Hackney Walk
The UK has really upped its efforts in the discount shopping game (outlets and factory stores were born in the USA, you see) and the leader of the Brit pack has always been Bicester . From Stella McCartney to Celine, and all at up to 60% off, the Oxfordshire shopping village now boasts a roster of 130 major designer brands and is a must-visit destination for many tourists seeking a bargain. These shops don’t feel like jumble sales, offering the same luxury shopping experience as you would get in the real, fully-priced world, with clever collaborations and special store events aplenty. Giuseppe Zanotti and French Sole are currently hosting pop ups (open until mid-September) and Parisian label Maje will be joining the line-up permanently in September.
Address: 50 Pingle Drive Bicester Oxfordshire OX26 6WD
The Joseph outlet store in the Hackney Walk district
The Mulberry factory store
In the heart of the Somerset countryside, where Mulberry’s It bags are lovingly manufactured, the brand runs a lesser-known-about factory shop. Prices are 30-50% off of those you’d see in regular stores and the stock is split into three sections; an area for one-off factory samples, one for discontinued styles, and one for ‘seconds’ with slight faults that didn’t quite meet the brand’s standards of perfection .
Address: The Old School House, Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5NF
Another of the big, American-look shopping villages, Chester’s Cheshire Oaks is home to factory stores for many of New York Fashion Week’s biggest designer names – think Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss. It also has a crowd-pleasing high street offering, with Marks & Spencer and Next leading the pack.
Address: Ellesmere Port, CH65 9JJ
High street addict? You’ll be in heaven at Freeport Braintree in Essex. From Kurt Geiger to Ted Baker, there are over 80 different brands in residence. Look out for their special offer coupons online before you go, to help bring those prices down even further.
Address: Charter Way, Chapel Hill, Braintree CM77 8YH
Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays is a great stop for contemporary labels, including Reiss, AllSaints, Jaeger and Lacoste. Stock up on your workwear essentials - with up to 70% off, of course.
Address: Gunwharf Quays House, Portsmouth PO1 3TZ
The Burberry factory store
Merchandise at the official Burberry factory store is reduced by up to 50% and is in plentiful supply, meaning that you could potentially get your hands on a classic trench for around £250. It’s pretty close to the new Hackney Walk district, so will no doubt experience a boost in footfall, too.
Address: 29-31 Chatham Place, London, E9 6LP
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