In case you are wondering, "D" is my husband -- Dave Liu! As you've probably noticed, I don't update this blog often but I may post more as I've linked this to my Google+ account.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Outlet Malls

I don't like shopping. No really, it's true. Most people - especially men - don't believe me when I say that, but my husband will readily confirm that statement. The main reasons are (1) it's difficult to find something that fits me (2) I'm ch... er... frugal and (3) it takes so LOOOOONNNNNG to try on clothes. The exception to this rule is when I make my annual trip to Hong Kong. That's when I load up on clothes and SHOES (it's almost impossible to find anything in the U.S. in a size 4.5 or 5.0).

So why am I writing about shopping since I'm not really interested in the topic? Well I recently went to lunch with some folks, and the ladies in the group talked about Kate Spade (did you know that she's related to David Spade?). Kate Spade diaper bags to be precise. Of course, this conversation was way beyond my comprehension since I've been using the same, hardy, well-worn Nine West handbag (I've lost the strap, but that hasn't deterred me from using it) for the past 4 years. My point is this: while I'm oblivious to fashion, there are still plenty of women out there who are single-handledly supporting the consumer spending index, especially the luxury goods portion. And so, my dear friends, this blog is dedicated to you.

WSJ had an article this morning about outlet malls, and how they're attracting more upscale tenants/designers. That's good news to customers of Kate Spade (diaper bag, anyone?), Loro Piana, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Carolina Herrera - newcomers to the outlet mall scene (Donna Karan and Escada are old hats at this). The caveat is that some designers don't necessarily carry the same merchandise in their outlet stores as their regular retail stores. Polo Ralph Lauren outlets, for instance, focus on the designer's moderately priced goods and don't carry the "Purple Label" line. Also, although products are heavily discounted, they're still expensive.

You just knew that somebody would be keeping track of all this, and sure enough, keeps a database of current manufacturer stores listed by outlet center and brand name.

As an added bonus, if you are a Kate Spade fan, and have no desire to search for and visit an outlet that carries her goods, here's a 25% coupon for her products that is valid from May 1, 2003 to May 3, 2003 (read the fine print for any restrictions). Happy shopping!

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