It used to be when you crossed the pond that fashion, jewellery and beauty brands were quite a bit less expensive than they were in the UK, if you could find them here that is. For the moment that’s all changed. And woe is the girl who invests in Bobbi Brown or Trish McEvoy or even Clinique at the beauty counters in the US at the moment. Check your prices ladies – they’re all cheaper in the UK, not forgetting the fact that the prices here have state tax added on at the till.
So if you already have a trip to the US planned and are thinking that shopping should be on the agenda think carefully and shop from brands you can’t find easily in the UK – the same applies to if you want to order from the UK although there duty and shipping costs will kick in as well.
Fashion brands to look out for in the larger department stores such as Nordstrom, Dillards, Macys, Bloomingdales, Saks 5th Avenue. Some of these brands you can find in the UK – such as Lauren Ralph Lauren at House of Fraser and John Lewis. The same applies to J Crew, which you can find at Netaporter.com along with a selection of other US brands.
Lauren Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Chelsea and Violet, Jessica Simpson, Sanctuary – here brands offering a mix of boho looks and sleek day to evening dresses and well worth checking out.
Independent Fashion Brands
You’ll find these on every major shopping high street and at every shopping Mall. They’re good for everything from work-wear to casual wear and frequently have some very good discounts – with the exception of course of the lingerie and sportswear at Victoria’s Secret…..the sportswear range here has grown like topsy so if you’re into fitness and like to be highly visible you should check it out. There are often special offers there as well.
Loft, Anne Taylor, Banana Republic, J Crew, Victoria’s Secret,
Unique Jewellery BrandsBest discovered at upscale stores such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales these jewellery brands are unlikely to be found at any store in the UK. Alexis Bittar is probably the best known. But the other brands such as Freida Rothman and Anna Beck are well worth checking out for high quality fashion jewellery at not bank breaking prices.
Frieda Rothman, Alexis Bittar, Anna Beck, Kendra Scott, Melinda Maria
There are of course thousands of other brands you can find in the US that you won’t in the UK and now that the mainstream brands have become so much more expensive – to UK shoppers at least – because of the exchange rate it’s fun to find items that are not only good valuable not not readily available. Here are some of my favourites. Shoes and bags will follow shortly…..