Hi guys, welcome to the new post. Today I have something special for you. Who follows me on social networks knows that I got a call couple weeks ago from the McArthurGlen Group of outlets to visit their outlet near Venice – Noventa Di Piave Designer Outlet. I accepted the invitation with great pleasure and on occasion I took the opportunity to refresh my wardrobe.
In this special series of posts there will be three posts, today’s one where you will find out something new about the outlet and a special event known as #FashionFestival and two special outfit post with 4 fashion combinations that will help you to get some ideas for your ideal fashion combination. Before I start, I would like to thank once again my friends from the McArthurGlen Group for the invitation and that you have surprised me with a special visit to the outlet that kept my heart.
Honestly, I can’t remember whether I used to write to you on a blog or on social media before a information that I spent a certain period of my life in Italy. I lived in the area of Veneto in a city that is known as a protector of students, good fun and arts – Padua. What’s the connection with this outlet? Perhaps at first sight that information do not have anything to do with it, but if I tell you that Padova is about a 30-minute drive from Venice, you may associate that little Marko went countless times to an eternal city on the water known as Venice. 🙂
When you are a student, of course you want to dress nice and to be always in trend with the latest fashion trends, but you do not have a lot of money in your pocket, it’s logical to use some other wise ways to get nice things for less money like buying clothing in second hand shops, shopping at outlets or on open markets, the shopping on open markets is especially exciting in Italy when you are trying to find some nice labels for good prices. Each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages, but when you do not have a lot of money, and you are a huge fan of fashion like me, you have to do some “fashion digging” and satisfy your fashion appetites in various ways.
On one occasion when I went to the supermarket to buy something to eat I noticed the ad for the Noventa Di Piave outlet. I wrote in my phone the name of the outlet and as soon as I came home I started with the researching, I was guided by the fact that this outlet advertised in Padova must be somewhere nearby…
After a short researching on the Internet, I decided to take the first weekend off for a day to visit Venice and go to that outlet. I wrote a list of what I need of new things in the wardrobe and left the list on the table near door, until the right time for Venice to come. What would I give for my careless student days to back again when I only had to worry about studying…
Finally that Saturday came, I started my day fresh, restful and full of enthusiasm, I entered the train and started my adventure with 130 euros in pocket just for shopping. I remember that first visit as if it were yesterday, that fear I will not throw money on the shuttle bus to the outlet and maybe I will not find anything that I need, but I decided to try my luck.
Somehow I found the way to a special shuttle bus that drives directly to the outlet, the outlet is relatively close, around thirty minutes drive from Venice. For the first time it is a bit difficult to find a bus stop that goes directly to the outlet, so when you are planning the visit to Noventa Outlet please read carefully this link. There are couple detailed explanations how you can reach the outlet with all kind of transports.
McArthurGlen outlets were not unknown to me, because I went with my parents and sister to a couple of their outlets in other European countries, but this was the first outlet which I found out on my own and that’s why I was most proud at that time.
In their outlets you can always find your favorite brands with constant discounted prices from 30% to 70% throughout the year. Noventa Outlet is special because of its beautiful architectural beauty that is enriched with mosaics and frescoes inspired by Venetian palaces. In Noventa Di Piave outlet you have over 150 stores and I’m sure you can always find something special for yourself or your dear ones.
The Noventa Di Piave Designer Outlet has evolved a lot since my last visit, many new and interesting shops have opened their doors in this paradise for real fashion lovers. My first visit was successful at the Guess store, I managed to catch a good deal and bought jeans, sweatshirts and two t-shirts for 60-70 euros, and in Nike I bought nice sneakers for 60 euros, it was just a fate that only my size left at the time.
After the purchase, I sat down and I wrote down on paper and calculated how much I would pay it all in Serbia and maybe in other countries in Europe and I came to the conclusion that without 300 euros I would not be able to buy all these things in Serbia. A lot of people in Serbia and some European countries have different prejudices about outlet and what kind of things are selling there and also the famous question about the quality of those things.
This time I found my happiness in Cesare Paciotti’s shop and I managed to find several pairs of shoes that can be purchased at significantly cheaper prices than those which are now in Serbia and also in some countries in Europe as well.
I’ll try to explain to you little a bit the concept of sales in outlet. What kind of goods are sold in outlet? Outlets officially sell goods remaining from the previous season, it is sorted and compared to the season that is currently active either for spring / summer or autumn/winter depends on actual collections in official retail stores. Prices in the outlet are officially reduced from 30% to 70%; in some cases, the goods can be reduced by 80% and 90% if they are the last piece or the last pair when we are taking about footwear or some accessories or if the goods are little damaged with some visible signs of sort of damage.
Almost all fashion brands have their own factory outlet stores, from luxury fashion brands such as Prada, Salvatore Feragamo, Dsquared2, Fendi, Burberry and many other luxury brands have their own factory store or outlet channel of sale.
Also, some middle-class brands and street fashion brands have their own outlet stores, so a great balance has been achieved, and everyone can always find something nice at the outlet depends on your budget.
There is an opinion that luxury brands are expensive and outlet … Of course, they are not cheap, but there are certain cases when you can find some things extremely cheap. For that I’m a real fashionable “hunter”. I will tell you my two best experiences, I will not mention the brands, but I will give you the example of prices so you can keep in mind the relationship between price, quality and the benefits of buying as well which is good for you as a buyer.
The first example – a jacket. On one occasion I bought a winter feather winter jacket in one of the McArthurGlen outlets, branded for 150 euros, I also took tax free (VAT Refund for NON EU countries residents) and the jacket eventually cost me 130-135 euros. The first retail price of a jacket in the store was about 2000-2200 euros (I know this information because I know the approximate price), when it came to the outlet, its price was about 1000 euros, there was one size plus plus it had one problem. Zipper was broken, so it was almost impossible to close the jacket, but it remained a slider at least. The jacket was beautiful, the color, the model, it was my size, but with the little problem…
I just sit and think about a little… A nice and high quality winter jacket in Serbia with down feathers, fine wool and cashmere and fur on the hood costs a lot … This jacket costs about 130 euros, the material is good quality, and the zipper is possible to be repaired by a good tailor. I risked it and bought it, as soon as I came to Serbia I fixed my jacket and carried it regularly for 3,4 seasons and I still wear it occasionally. Now it has been in my wardrobe for 8 or 9 years now…
Another example… The finest leather gloves also branded, firm, with the cashmere layer inside special for winter, cost about 250-275 euros in the store, retail price… I paid them just 15 euros, you read it well 15 euros and bought two pairs of them in two different colors. Shoes for winter, retail price of 600-650 euros in official retail store in outlet I found it just for 100 euros, but they were not my size. So, the shoe maker has done its magic and today I am gladly wearing those shoes when it’s cold and slippery on the streets in winter season.
I love beautiful things and I always try to care about them well and keep them for a couple of seasons, no one has found money on the road to be able to buy constantly new things.
The main reason of my visit this time was a celebration of the 10th birthday of the Noventa outlet and to enjoy in the Fashion Festival (#FashionFestival) once again with my friends from the McArthurGlen group. What is the Fashion Festival? Fashion Festival is a special event when selected stores at McArthurGlen outlets on the territory of Italy give special additional discounts up to 70%. This is a great opportunity to use just to refresh your wardrobe and surprise yourself or your dear ones with interesting fashion pieces or some fashion accessories: shoes, some other leather goods, jewelry and other fashionable deacons.
This year I have been invited to be one of the fashion ambassador for Noventa Di Piave Designer outlet and at least with a little help of my dear friends from Noventa Outlet. I tried to give you some inspiration, so I chose 4 dress combinations that I think you should have in the wardrobe this season.
I hope that at least I helped you a bit and you might get ideas for some of your perfect fashion combinations for this autumn/ winter season.
My dear fashionistas, once again we have come to the end of this special post from Italy. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling and shopping. I just can’t wait to show you what my friends from McArthurGlen Noventa Di Piave Designer Outlet and I have prepared for you guys.
How do you like this post? Have you prepared everything for this Fall season? Have you visited this outlet before? If your answer is yes, I would like to hear your experiences. I would like to hear your opinion! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.
As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!
This post is sponsored by McArthurGlen Group and Noventa Di Piave Designer Outlet. I would like to say huge thank you to these brands: Cesare Paciotti, Paul & Shark, Guess, Philipp Plein, Dsquared2 i Coach for all these beautiful combinations and a good time.
For all these wonderful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II.