I was told by a salesman at Neiman Marcus Last Call in Franklin Mills several years ago that they do get merchandise made or distributed specifically for the outlet. How can you tell?? Easy, look at the tag! If it is white, it came from one of their regular stores. If the tag is beige then it was made for the outlet (or perhaps I should say more accurately that it didn't come from their regular stores and could have been from an alternate 'distribution channel' as discussed in the Polo thread). Don't know if this still holds true but it did last time I was in Franklin Mills several months ago. Also, the salespeople usually know and will tell you if you are a regular. Certainly the Off Fifth Saks outlet was far superior in the mid-90's compared to today (hey, sounds like I'm just getting old...I believe everything was better back then ).