Well, it seems that the European online designer discounter is now open to business in the United States. I checked it out. The prices were reasonable for the brands sold, but not remarkable. Not surprisingly, the Belgian, French, and Japanese designers were the worst deals (I can do much better here at sale time), and the Italian designers were the best deals, although, on average less than 40% off retail - about as good as the holiday sales, and substantially worse than the after Christmas sales. Also, the sale sections don't appear to be open for American business. Surprisingly, the best deals were not on the big ticket items like coats and suits, but on shoes, ties and shirts. I think that their selection of shoes was terrific, as were their inclusion of lesser known designers like Carol Christian Poell. Of course, I'm extremely happy that they include sartorial eye candy by Yamamoto, Margiela and Paul Smith as well as more serviceable pieces by Helmut Lang and mainline designers like Prada, Yves SL, Gucci. The best deals: Costume National. If you want basics with great cutting, this is the brand for you. Just remember that it's generally a good idea to order a size up. Costume National cuts for the extreme ectomorph. I bought an item, just to see how good their fulfillment centers is. Three days from Italy to California. Pretty good time, though the box was a little smushed (the shirt doesn't care. Shoes or a suit might.) Has anyone else visited the site? Comments?
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9/19/02 at 8:50pm