Designer Discount Shopping Tips!


Designer discount shopping. Where to buy those designer bargains?  My shopping blog will help! I love shopping in Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton from time to time and have some treasured pieces from many top designers.   A trip to Chanel is a treat  and everything I own has proved to be a great investment and actually increased in value.  A much better investment than money in a bank (this is what I tell my husband anyway!). Read my shopping blogs for tips.


However, I also love shopping for a bargain especially when I travel such a lot.  I own over 100 bikinis and kaftans, and like to get them on sale wherever possible.  These are definitely not investment pieces so get them in the outlets or at sale time.

One of my favourite places to shop, which is not so secret seeing as it is the No.1 destination for Chinese visitors to England!  This is Bicester Outlet Village.  I have written about this before but it is worth revisiting as a big expansion programme is underway right now at the village.


Every favourite store you can imagine is here from Christian Dior, Prada, Burberry to Max Mara and Gucci.  It is situated in Bicester, a market town near Oxford.  It is very easy to get to Bicester if you are staying in London.  Take a look at their website where you can book a seat on their Shopping Express coach which picks you up from all the major hotels in London.  It costs £28 for adults and £20 for children.  It will drop you off with all your shopping bags at your hotel at the end of the day!

 White Company at Bicester Village

My favourite White Company can be found at Bicester.  Shop here by clicking on my link on the right hand side of the page here.

The best time to bag a bargain here is at the end of the sales.   At the end of the January sales and in early July at the end the summer sales.



Where do I sell my Designer clothes, bags and shoes?  I sell some of them here, at Vestiaire Collective.  I give the proceeds to my favourite charity.  They offer a great service selling the stuff and verifying the condition and authenticity before it is sent on to the buyer.  I can recommend this for buying and selling and the service is available in most parts of the world.  Check out their website by clicking on the link.


Valois Vintage is a fabulous luxury resale store or Depot Vente as it is called in french. They check every item for authenticity and condition before they accept it for sale.  You will be assured that it is an original item as described.  If you are selling with them, the service is professional and recommended.

Valois Vintage stands above other Depot Vente second hand resale shops in Paris.  Take a look at their website.

Beware of some Depot Ventes, they are full of fakes at expensive prices!  Unless you really know your stuff, avoid them!  Valois Vintage is totally reliable for genuine designer goods.


Get on the lists for sample sales in Paris and London, if you are visiting either of these cities.  Check out and


I LOVE an auction and buy absolutely everything from auction houses from Diamonds, Hermes bags right through to antique furniture!  I’ll share my favourites with you.

Bonhams Auction house and Montpelianos for lunch next door!

Bonham Auction House – Bonhams, They have auction houses worldwide but you can bid and buy online, watch out for fabulous watches, jewellery and sometimes handbags.


No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Artcurial if they have auction going on at the time.  Perfectly located on the corner of le Champs Elysees and avenue Montaigne, 7 Rond-Pointe, 75008 Paris, in a beautiful belle époque mansion.  They have the best Hermes sales in the world!  Take a look at their website  I have many a beautiful good buy from Artcurial.

Artcurial have a Hermes sale at least twice a year.

Tip: If you buy from an auction remember to take into account the tax and auction house costs!


  1. January 13, 2017 / 9:35 am

    So many great tips! Thanks for sharing. I would love your views on actually investing in Hermès bags… I can easily access pieces (via Amex), my concern is more how do you pick a bag that will go up in value and where are the best places to sell them (I’m Geneva-based). Any tips or advice would be really appreciated!


    • marie
      January 13, 2017 / 12:58 pm

      Thanks Catherine! Good idea, I will add to my blog with some answers to your questions. You cannot go wrong with Kelly and Birkin in my opinion as long as they are in very good condition. Beware fakes though.

  2. January 13, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Lovely post! & I have some tips also for Italian outlets on the outskirts of Florence! Love a good bargain 😉

    • marie
      January 13, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      Oh yes, you just reminded me! Great Designer Sale stores near Milan too! Thanks Ari xx

  3. January 24, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Oh thank you for all the great tips! I was not aware of that outlet in England but will try to visit next time!

    And what a fancy car parked outside the auction…

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