Best outlet malls in the world
The lure of scoring a bargain on anything, from home decor to designer duds, calls to the shopper in all of us. If you're a discount shopping diva and a jet-setting travel lover too, we rounded up four outlet stores and malls you have to check out. From New York all the way to Japan, each place is worth the trek (and jet-lag!).
These outlets are not for the faint of heart though. Woodbury Common in New York and the Gotemba Premium Outlets in Japan contain more than 200 stores. With the brands ranging from L.L. Bean to Le Crueset and Dolce & Gabbana, you're sure to snag a deal on just about any kind of merchandise. Why pay full price when you can get it for more than half (or up to 70 percent) off?
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets,
This sprawling outlet mall is located less than an hour-and-a-half from New York City, and it's where many Manhattanites flee for the best discount shopping. The mall has 220 stores, ranging from Tommy Hilfiger to Gucci and J.Crew. At Woodbury, you can expect to find clothes, home goods and shoes for up to 65 percent off retail prices. Because of its proximity to the city and its fame (it's been featured in Travel & Leisure and Forbes), it gets crowded. So, the experts suggest getting there early and coming with a shopping plan.
Jeremys, San Francisco
This Bay area staple isn't a mall, but a giant store stockpiled with brands from Ralph Lauren to Manolo Blahnik. What makes Jeremys a must-shop store is the discount. Most of the goods are up to 70 percent off retail price, making even the fanciest of designer duds affordable. Travel & Leisure shopping experts recommend scouring the "as-is" and "slightly damaged" racks because these items are up to 90 percent off retail price. The reason for the low prices lies with the great relationship Jeremys has with high-end retailers like Bergdorf Goodman.
Gotemba Premium Outlets, Shizuoka
This isn't just a big outlet mall; it's the largest one in Japan with more than 200 stores! This gigantic set of stores is located about 60 miles west of Tokyo, so it makes a great day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and still score some fabulous deals. Plus, because Gotemba is owned by a company who also owns malls in the U.S., western sizes are readily available. As if the discounts (more than 25 to 65 percent off) or the rare brand stores (like Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga) weren't enough to bring you here, what about the one-of-a-kind views of Mt. Fuji?
FoxTown Factory Store, Mendrisio
Switzerland is more than just chocolates, skiing and fancy watches. In fact, they also have some pretty fabulous bargain shopping, too! The FoxTown factory store is located just 45 minutes (by train or car) from Milan, Italy, the fashion capitol of the world, so many of Italy's most prized brands have discount stores here, including Missoni and Dolce & Gabbana. The mall is also home to 160 other stores, like 7 For All Mankind Jeans and Jet Set. In addition, there are seven high-end restaurants, bars and even a casino!