Steve and I decided to hop on a train to check out the outlet mall at Bicester village last weekend. It was one of those few spontaneous things we've ever done. It's one of his favorite haunts and since it was Father's Day the next day, heck, why not indulge the poor guy. There are many brands, both high end and High St represented there such as Tod's, Dior, Marni, Joseph (which stocks Prada, Giuseppe Zanotti, Zac Posen), Temperley, Jimmy Choo, Petit Bateau, Bonpoint, DvF, Dunhill, Burberry, Zegna, Ferragamo etc.
Hubby managed to stock up on his favorite Dunhill jeans which was reduced to £30 from £120. Much as I love fashion, I hate shopping for anything more than 2 hours. I have the attention span of a 2 year old which is why I love living in the UK. Online shopping! However, I'm like a woman possessed if I'm in the presence of childrenswear or shoes.
My brother called and asked if I could help get his two kids clothes. Children's clothing and footwear are ridiculously priced in New Zealand. The monstrous Baby Factory and Pumpkin Patch literally dominate the market with clothes that fall apart after a few washes and aren't all that cheap either. Oops, and Steve bought Pumpkin Patch shares a few years back so I guess I should wax lyrical about the brand. I went a little crazy in Petit Bateau which had 50% off everything in the store and grabbed every cute dress or cardigan for my little niece. I stocked up a few pieces for L as well. I adore Bonpoint but my practical other self can't see the sense in plonking down hard earned cash for childrenswear that they'll outgrow in 6 months to a year. Ah, the French are so good at making beautiful clothes. I managed to get a much needed polka dot smock top from Bonpoint for myself which was heavily reduced to £29 and a jersey scarf for L (she can't stand woolen scarves).
I felt despondent just looking at racks of beautiful shoes and none in my size. Ever. Instead of getting a Father's Day present for Steve, he bought me a gift. These Tod's sandals came handy when the strap on my Zanotti broke on our way home. There was another 20% reduction on top of the discounted outlet price.