World's Best Outlet Stores
This may be the summer of high gas prices, but that's not stopping hordes of shoppers from driving for hours -- or in some cases flying across continents -- to visit the world's best outlet stores.In Depth: Affordable Luxury
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Italian Consuela Castiglioni's intellectual, artsy wares are marked down 50% or more at this suburban outlet store. Christine Low, a fashion show director, says, "I am not a very patient shopper, but I end up spending more than two hours every time I am in Milan at the Marni outlet."
For more information, visit: www.marni-international.com.
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Next: Woodbury Common Outlets
Central Valley, N.Y.Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Here you'll find smaller labels like La Perla and Wolford alongside Burberry, Barneys and Chloe. There are also temporary clearance stores that pop-up throughout the year, offering even deeper discounts. For more information visit: www.premiumoutlets.com
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Next: Joyce Warehouse at Horizon Plaza
Hong KongJoyce Warehouse at Horizon Plaza
The discounted version of Joyce Ma's eponymous high-end department store rivals its pricier counterpart in popularity and urban cool. Fashion brands range from Vivienne Westwood to Jimmy Choo. For more information, call 852-2814-8313.
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Next: Gotemba Premium Outlets
Gotemba, JapanGotemba Premium Outlets
In the Tokyo area, Gotemba Premium Outlets boasts stores varying from upscale jeweler Bulgari to mid-level Coach to avant-garde Maison Martin Margiela.
For More Information visit: www.premiumoutlets.co.jp
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Next: Prada/I Pellettieri d'Italia
Montevarchi, ItalyPrada/I Pellettieri d'Italia
The inconsistency of Designer Miuccia Prada's fashion house tends to confuse less-savvy tourists. Shoppers can also find deep discounts--50% or more--on Prada's second-tier line Miu Miu.For more information visit: www.prada.com
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