Accessories, Clothing, Fashion, Handbags, Jewelry, Local Finds, Local Gems, Sales, Shoes, Shopping
06 May 2014 / By Antaash Umar
The old adage, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is”, doesn’t always ring true. Case in point: The Fashion Outlets of Chicago (FOC).
FOC has made dreams come true for the savvy bargain shopper. However, many seem intimidated by the high-end designers who have set up shop there. Fashion powerhouses such as Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, and Zegna have settled in at FOC, along with some of the most famous department store outlets such as Barneys New York Warehouse, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth OFF Fifth. Contemporary labels such as Diane von Fürstenberg, Tory Burch, Trina Turk and Vince also offer shoppers heavy discounts on many popular items (some of which are from the current season). Perhaps that’s what sets FOC apart from traditional outlets, which tend to sell mostly odds-and-ends along with the eyebrow-raising items retailers were unable to move at their original locations.
Upon our last visit there, Nikia and I were on a mission to find deals for $100 or less. We wanted to prove to our readers (both men and women) that although many designer labels are typically out of reach for many of us, this is not always the case at the outlet. Not only is it easy to find gems at FOC, it’s even better that you don’t have to dig for them.