Bloomingdales – who doesn’t love the little brown bag! Great selection of clothes, bag, shoes, kids and menswear. Sign up to receive discount codes and notices of sales (which are on frequently!) but watch out for the excluded brands. They usually offer only $9.95 shipping to Australia on order over $100 but will offer free shipping time to time. Fab!
Saks Fifth Avenue – the iconic US department stores offers an Australian website so that you can shop in AUD. They offer a great range of designer brands that you will not get in Australia (think Bottega Veneta, Proenza Schouler, Chloe, etc) but watch out for excluded brands like Christian Louboutin, Longchamp and more. Shipping is usually $10 but they offer free shipping from time to time.
Neiman Marcus – another high end department store based in the US offering a wide range of designer brands which
Bloomingdales – who doesn’t love the little brown bag! Plus flat rate shipping fee of $9.95 on orders over $100. Fab!
Saks Fifth Avenue – iconic not to mention great range of designer goods that will overwhelm you and beats any Australian department store (oh wait, there’s only 2!). USD$19.99 flat rate shipping on orders over $99. Note designer exclusions when shipping to Australia.
Neiman Marcus – very similar to Saks. I personally haven’t made purchases internationally, only had items delivered to a US address. Free shipping to Australia which is fabulous but note the designer exclusions when shipping to Australia.
Macy’s – a slightly up-market version of Target and personally would only buy children’s wear or homeware stuff. Ships internationally but no flat rate so need to be careful with the shipping costs.
If you’re drooling over the latest it-bag or wanting to score your first Louboutins but refuse to pay the ridiculously marked up prices here in Australia, check out these sites.
Net-a-Porter – love love this store and have purchased many of my designer items. The Asia-Pacific site which services Australia doesn’t stock Louboutins which suck but they still have a good range of designer brands. You can also buy from the UK site and ship here.
My Theresa – I think it’s a German based store but ships internationally. Great range of Balenciagas. Shipping is pricey but if you’re saving hundreds of dollars, then definitely worth it. They have frequent free shipping offers so keep an eye out for those.
The Outnet – outlet store of Net-a-Porter where past season items end up and therefore cheaper. However, range is limited but if you look hard and often enough, you can find a real gem in there for a bargain price.
Matches Fashion – similar to Net-a-Porter – a UK based store stocking mens and womens designer brands. They have a physical store someone in the UK but not really of interest to me as I’ll never get there! Shipping is also £20 same as NAP and great customer service as well. Some overlapping brands but these guys have a lot more European brands than NAP.
Cultstatus – a Perth based boutique which stocks brands such as Alexander McQueen, the coveted Balenciaga and Givenchy to name a few. The prices are obviously more expensive than buying overseas – having said that, there’s the convenience of local shipping and no customs to worry about. If you know your products and latest prices, you’ll find some items are really competitively priced and worth buying locally.
Jean Brown – a Brisbane based boutique which stocks brands such as Christian Louboutin, Miu Miu, McQueen and Lanvin. Range is limited which is to be expected for Australian stockists. I would only consider buying during sale time and even then you need to look carefully at the prices but at least you get some of your designer brand fix from here.
Forward by Elyse Walker – this is the high end version of Revolve Clothing and sells designer brands like Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta (!!), Jimmy Choo, Valentino, etc. They offer free express shipping on all orders which is great but the only downside is that duties and taxes are not included in the price and if you are buying designer items where it’ll easily exceed $1000, they will hold it at customs until you pay the relevant amount. Still, it’s exciting enough that they ship all these brands – especially Bottega Veneta!
Parlour X – Boutique designer store based in Paddington with an online store as well. Brands include Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent and Valentino. It’s good to see local stores stocking European brands and not just the shoes and accessories line, but the clothes collection as well.
Of course the department stores listed above like Saks and Neiman Marcus will also stock designer items but most won’t ship to Australia so you will have to use a parcel forwarding service. There are also many more sites but I have yet to purchase from there and can’t vouch for it. If I don’t purchase from any of the above sites, I would personally go to the store of the designer brand in mind and buy from there knowing it’s 100% authentic rather than try other websites which I’m not familiar with. Back to my online shopping basics – common sense.
So obviously we can’t stock our entire wardrobe with designer items. Here are some sites for everyday fashion and accessories.
Shopbop – at the top of the list as its my favorite. US store with a fantastic range of clothes, shoes and accessories from designer brands to more affordable street brands and great basics. Really the go to place for me with free shipping over orders over $100. Check out my review of Shopbop.
Revolve Clothing – another great US store with a massive range of clothes! A more affordable range of clothes than Shopbop and of course free shipping on orders over $100.
RobbyIngham.com – the Australian online boutique mycatwalk.com was purchased by Robby Ingham back in late 2012. They have transformed the online store to stock higher end designers like Stella McCarteny, Givenchy, Helmut Lang, Alexander McQueen and Phillip Lim to name a few and cut down on the number of brands stocked. Whilst range is limited and prices are marked-up (approx 30%!!!), it’s still good to see Australian stores stocking these brands for those willing pay a premium for convenience and being able to try it on locally.
Max & Chloe – one stop shop for all your jewellery needs! A US store which carries an endless range of items from the inexpensive everyday items to the very fine jewellery for a special occasion. I think it’s safe to say there’ll be something for everybody in this store and you could probably spend all day browsing. They offer shipping to Australia which is great but it’s not the cheapest – you’re looking at US$25.95. The upside is that it is a flat rate fee but you will need to pay for customs duty if you spend over $1000.’
AusMode.com – stocks a great range of Australian designers such as Sass & Bide, Kirrily Johnston, Camilla & Marc and Dion Lee. They offer free shipping and free returns plus a $25 voucher when you first sign up.
Styletread – Australian online shoe store. Don’t expect anything fancy but has a good range of shoes from brands such as Tony Bianco, Ninewest, RMK and free shipping and returns. Finally we’re catching on!
Topshop and Asos – enough said? Asos now have a warehouse in Australia so shipping is faster. I personally prefer Topshop over Asos but both are good websites for an endless range of clothes, shoes and accessories, mostly from street brands.
Ralph Lauren – when RL has sales on, it is definitely worth having a look as it is sooooo much cheaper than Australia. There is no way I would ever buy RL in Australia again. Mark ups are ridiculous and makes me angry. They don’t ship to Australia but using a parcel forwarding service is definitely worth it if you plan to make a big order.
J.Crew – I really like J.Crew clothes. They have good range of work clothes with varying lengths that caters for petite to tall ladies. They ship to Australia BUT the Australian version of the store charges more than the US store and at a considerable mark-up. So if you can, use the US site and ship to a US address (handy if you know someone over there!) or wait till sales are on plus free shipping.
Birdsnest – Australian online store that stocks a huge range of brands across womenswear (and some kids stuff). It’s a funny one in that it caters for older ladies with brands such as Gordon Smith, Katherine, Sacha Drake as well as really younger girls with brands like Sass, Ladakh, Lee and All About Eve. They have great customer service and shipping is a flat $4.95. Worth a browse.