As an avid fashion fan, we enjoy scouring the web for the best finds. There are sites we gravitate to, not just because they stock the most up-to-the-moment merchandise, but also because they offer a great shopping experience, and they have good reputation.
As you know, counterfeit goods are everywhere. It’s an illegal business that has reached $1.2 trillion as of 2018 (BusinessWire). If you are not careful with where you shop, you could end up paying a hefty sum on a counterfeit item. It’s a must to do your research and only shop at reputable websites.
We appreciate beautiful finely-crafted pieces that are of premium quality. More often than not, they come at a price, and this is the reason why we pay for luxury. Below are 11 websites we like going back to for the best in-season or off-season finds.
- Farfetch (www.farfetch.com)
FarFetch is the Amazon of online luxury retail. It is a platform that connects boutiques and brands from different parts of the world to a wide base of high-end clientele. You can also find FarFetch on JD.com, China’s largest online retailer.
Over 500 shops (including Browns, which it acquired in 2015) and 200 brands work with FarFetch to create a vast marketplace of luxury goods, so visiting the website is like going into a candy store filled with countless options.
What to love: There’s a great amount of inventory to choose from, so you can browse ‘til your heart’s content. FarFetch also offers same-day shipping to 10 key locations around the globe (Berlin, London, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Dubai, and Hong Kong). An app is also available for download.
Worth checking out: If you live in New York or London, visit FarFetch’s physical store, which offers an interactive augmented retail experience driven by the company’s proprietary technology that uses customer data to make shopping more personalised. These are located at Browns (in London) and Thom Browne’s flagship store in New York City.
Drawbacks: One drawback is you may occasionally find the same item being offered at different prices depending on the size or availability. The same item may also come at varied prices if they come from different merchants, so it’s better to do your research and compare before going through checkout.
2. Yoox (yoox.com)
Yoox is a major online retailer that offers marked down luxury goods from past seasons. The website houses top brands, as well as cutting edge labels. In 2015, it merged with Net-a-Porter and Yoox’s Federico Marchetti was named CEO, while Natalie Massenet (of NAP) resigned.
What to love: They have a vast catalog of luxury items to choose from – all at very attractive prices. Yoox also offers cash-on-delivery as a form of payment, as well as free returns that can be picked up from your address.
Worth checking out: You can browse through the exclusive limited-edition collections from partnerships with artists and brands. You may also check out the sustainable capsule lines they have at YoOxygen. A case in point is this novel sweatshirt that doubles as sweatpants:
Drawbacks: There’s a reason why the discounts are massive – the majority of Yoox’s inventory are off-season. If you don’t mind the idea of wearing styles from one or two seasons ago, Yoox is a great place to find luxury bargains. And because the amount of merchandise available is extensive, patience is necessary to get the best find.
3. Net-a-Porter (www.netaporter.com)
Net-a-Porter offers luxury goods that are in demand and current. It is the brainchild of Natalie Massenet and is dubbed as the first-ever luxury shopping destination on the web. The company merged with Yoox in 2015 (Reuters) and is now managed by Yoox CEO Federico Marchetti.
What to love: Net-a-Porter’s catalog represents the best of luxury fashion, so going through the website is like browsing a magazine filled with well-known and contemporary labels. They offer 24/7 customer service via phone call, as well as a mobile app you can use to shop while on the go.
Net-a-Porter holds bi-annual sale events to clear its inventory, with discounts that can go as high as 80% off. These events happen every June and January of each year. Net-a-Porter rarely offers coupon codes. And when they do, it is always done a few weeks after a sale event. You can watch out for these coupon codes by subscribing to their newsletter.
What to check out: The site offers insightful videos and content on trends and style through its magazine, Porter. It also has a “What to Wear section” that provides suggestions on how to dress for an occasion.
Drawbacks: Sale events only happen twice a year, so you’ll need to wait if you have no plans of buying that bag at full price. Or, visit their outlet site, The OutNet. There is no Men’s category. However, you can visit Mr. Porter, a website created by Net-a-Porter exclusively for its male clientele. There is no chat support.
4. The Outnet (www.theoutnet.com)
The OutNet is Net-a-Porter’s digital outlet store. It houses off-season inventory and the discounts are much bigger. Like Net-a-Porter, the website’s aesthetic is clean and appealing, with enough editorial content to keep you engaged.
What to love: Discounts on luxury goods of up to 85% off the retail price. The OutNet also holds clearance sales that happen every spring (March) and summer (June). These are events you shouldn’t miss because of the additional discounts. Subscribe to their newsletter so you can get updates. They also have a mobile app you can download which allows you shop on the go.
Worth checking out: IRIS & INK is an exclusive in-house label of timeless pieces that are well-crafted but priced at an accessible range.
Drawbacks: The OutNet sells off-season items. Again, if you don’t mind wearing clothes that are one or two seasons old, then this store will be your best friend. Because this is an outlet store, the sizes available are broken and the inventory is usually low. If you find something worth grabbing, do not hesitate because chances are, it will disappear in a minute. They also don’t offer chat support.
5. MyTheresa (www.mytheresa.com)
MyTheresa is based in Munich and originally started out as a physical store before expanding into e-commerce. This is an advantage for people living within the area who wish to try on an item. The website carries over 200 luxury brands and offers fast worldwide shipping.
What to love: New styles are delivered each week. The store also offers 3-day shipping to anywhere in the world. In addition, they have product categories that some competitors do not offer, such as Baby and Kids. Unlike Net-a-Porter, MyTheresa has a Sale section that is viewable throughout the year.
Worth checking out: Luxury brand collaborations such as the Burberry x MyTheresa collection that is currently available on the site.
Drawbacks: No men’s category. There is no chat support.
6. LuisaViaRoma (www.luisaviaroma.com)
LuisaViaRoma is a 100% privately owned company that started out as a concept boutique before ballooning into a major online destination for luxury goods that include clothing, bags, footwear, jewellery, and designer home items.
What to love: LuisaViaRoma offers free shipping and free returns for a period of 28 days. The store has an extensive collection of luxury items from established brands and rising talents. You can also find Kids and Home items on the site. A downloadable app is available for shopping on the go.
Worth checking out: LuisaViaRoma Sneakers Club gives you access to covetable styles like the Yeezy Boost. You can also earn points and rewards via their Privilege Program. The store recently collaborated with Carine Roitfeld for a “Shop the Runway” collection from brands like Prada, Givenchy, and Margiela.
Drawbacks: Customer support isn’t a 24 hour service.
7. Tiziana Fausti (www.tizianafausti.com)
Tiziana Fausti initially made its presence known through five physical stores across Italy before launching a luxury shopping website. They have a Kids category, which is a plus for fashion-savvy moms.
What to love: The store offers express delivery via DHL and cash-on-delivery as a payment method in select locations.
Worth checking out: The Sale section is a great starting point if you’re on a hunt for one-off vintage pieces that are hard to come by.
Drawbacks: Customer service is not 24/7. Free shipping minimum to some particular countries is high at €1000.
8. 24Sevres (https://www.24s.com/)
24Sevres is a relatively new website launched in 2017 by the Louis Vuitton group. It is the online counterpart to LVMH’s Le Bon Marché boutique in Paris. Much like the physical store, the e-commerce arm offers a plethora of designer merchandise from well-known luxe labels.
What we love: The store offers free express delivery on orders over €200 and free returns. In addition, you can get your order in 3 days if you request the service. Need a discount? Get 15% off on your first purchase when you sign up for their newsletter.
Worth checking out: What makes 24Sevres different from other websites is the offering of exclusive collections from LVMH’s roster of brands like Celine, Valentino, Gucci, Prada, and Chloe. In addition, the SALE section is always a must-check for hidden treasures.
Drawback: The 3-day shipping will cost €25. There is no Men’s category.
9. Italist (www.italist.com)
Italist is a platform that connects Italian boutiques and brands to a customer base that loves Italian-made luxury goods. The company is a tech start-up borne out of Silicon Valley. The company’s goal is to sell only-Italian-made products directly to style-savvy consumers at the best (and we mean the lowest) price. The store has over 150,000 luxury items for Men, Women, and Kids.
What to love: Get 30% off on your first purchase if you sign up for their newsletter. They offer chat support. They also offer free shipping to the US and Canada.
Italist is a genius concept. We all know how buying Italian-made luxury goods will always come out cheaper if you purchase them from the country of origin. Now Italist has made this possible without having to travel all the way to the Mediterranean country.
Worth checking out: FW19/20 collections of select brands are already available for purchase. Drawbacks: There are shipping limitations to certain countries.
10. Moda Operandi (www.modaperandi.com)
If you want to get first dibs on next-season items, Moda Operandi is your answer. You can pre-order a style from a designer’s trunk show, or shop the store’s current merchandise line-up if you don’t have the patience to wait.
What to love: The ability to get your hands on runway pieces ahead of everyone is a plus. Moda Operandi also has personal stylists you can work with if you request the service. The Sale section is a goldmine of luxury items with unbelievable discounts.
Worth checking out: Engaging content that includes style guides. They also have a Bridal Salon for brides-to-be looking for a dress. Drawbacks: Customer support isn’t 24/7.
11. Shopbop (www.shopbop.com)
Shopbop is the website to visit for on-trend pieces from contemporary designers and select high-street labels. The inventory is carefully handpicked to cater to a modern fashionista with discerning taste.
What we love: Free domestic and international shipping on all orders over $100. Most of the items sold on Shopbop are relatively accessible so you get more bang for your buck. Select high-end labels such as Aquazzura and Giuseppe Zanotti are available for those looking for luxury. There is a Sale section offering deep discounts.
Worth checking out: Limited edition collab collections that can only be purchased on the site. You can also find useful content that includes articles on trends and styling guides.
Drawbacks: You won’t find most of the luxury labels (Prada, Chloe, Celine, etc) on this website.