Calvin Klein clothes are in the verge of luxury brands, but not quite yet there. The brand is more than normal premium (that would include Banana Republic), but for me none of the US brands have been able to grow into a real luxury brand such as Prada, Gucci or Louis Vuitton.
Despite or due to that, their outlet store has a number of interesting items. The clothing has better tailoring, especially from European perspective, compared to the "normal" US brands -- that somehow make too wide or otherwise not fitting clothes.
The outlet prices are already quite low, and sale periods can effectively halve them. So expect good deals.
Guess is a brand that I've got a love / hate relationship with. Their brand is so blatantly looking like a cheaper version of Gucci that is advertised with very sexual imagery. This bothers me heavily, and nowadays I've started to frown on Guess' handbags. They just look too cheap to me.
On the other hand, they've got some really nice clothes, and I do own a few Guess t-shirts. Maybe clothes are not that archetypal as bags when defining luxury brands and those brands that would like to cheat their way in to the luxury club, including Guess.
If this does not bother you (which I guess is the case with most of you), the outlet store is an excellent place to buy a lot of young and trendy stuff with quite low prices. They have also a smaller section of children clothing that is worth checking if you have offsprings.
Victorinox makes, at least in my opinion, the best luggage in the world. I've fallen in love with their ballistic nylon series, they are both functional and beautiful.
When founding that they've got an outlet store in Woodbury, we checked it pretty thoroughly -- and bought a new bag to carry all our other finds back to hotel and eventually back to Finland. It is a bit weird to buy European stuff in the US and carry it back to Europe; and save money by doing so. The price of the bag was about half compared to a similar bag in high streets. It was not exactly the same bag, but close enough.
The store is very strong in bags, but there is other paraphernalia, too. Unfortunately, I didn't pay too much attention to them while looking for the bag, so I cannot say more about the selection.
If you are looking for inexpensive children clothing among the Woodbury Commons outlet stores, pop over to Carter's. The whole outlet is packed pretty tight with all kinds of children clothing.
The sheer amount of clothes packed so tightly together makes the whole experience to feel cheap. Maybe that's the purpose, or then they need to utilise the floor square meters as effectively as possible.
The prices are good, but some of the clothes are not. There are items worth buying, but some other clothes look cheap or are of bad quality -- or both.
Banana Republic outlet is an easy place to buy smart clothes while running from outlet to outlet. The stuff is a bit more classy than in GAP, and most people are familiar with Banana Republic's style and design. In a sense, it is a good compromise between price and style, hovering somewhere in between of GAP and Calvin Klein.
The prices can go quite high, for example, an overcoat can easily cost around $150-$200. There is usually a good selection of clothes available for him and her, and also some accessories. No clothing for children, which is a shame.
If you are looking for comfortable clothes and some accessories with reduced prices, GAP Outlet is a worthy destination. It is packed with all kind of stuff with very reduced prices. The outlet in Central Valley is quite big, especially when compared to the other outlets in the area, but the selection is not the greatest.
Thus, you may find a lot of good items or then return with empty hands from the store. They have sections for men, women, children, and babies. There are some accessories, but not that much. The outlet is cheaper compared to the high street stores, but not dirt cheap. We bought five items (clothing) and ended up paying about $75.
Do note that some of the items are specifically (one would not say exclusively here) for the outlet stores only. This might have consequences on the quality or durability of the product. Or then not, I don't have enough experience to be a judge here.
Petit Bateau brings French charm and design to children's clothing. Their range is typically colourful, but still a bit subdued so that the clothes do not jump on your face.
The clothes are usually quite expensive -- especially when compared to GAP Kids or such -- and thus the outlet in Central Valley is worth visiting to grab the stuff with heavy discounts. We ended up buying three products with less than $40. Usually that amount would maybe give you one (or just half an) item. Of course, your mileage may vary depending on the available offers and sale periods.
If you have issues with stinky or too warm feet, Geox might be the answer for you. The Italian shoe company has invented a shoe that has a breathable sole. There are, in fact, small holes at the bottom of the shoe, and still your feet does not get wet in them. The principle is simple: Moisture goes out, but water does not go in -- due to unidirectional membrane inside the shoe.
Geox produces a wide variety of shoes, all with the same kind of sole. Their outlet in Woodbury Commons has a good selection of shoes with discount prices. We usually end up buying their children shoes, as they are good for the feet (as discussed earlier), and they have excellent designs that children love.
Timberland's outlet in Woodbury Common Premium Outlets has been simply the best and also most inexpensive store in my life so far for buying outdoor shoes. Most of the space in the big outlet displays shoes, all kinds of them -- all produced by Timberland, of course.
I'm not sure whether there was some huge clearance sale going on, but during our visit we purchased several pairs of shoes with low, low prices. For example, a pair of Timberland's iconic yellow outdoor shoes for children cost $19.99. Plus taxes, of course. But anyhow, that is outrageously cheap. And there's nothing wrong with the shoes, they are still in good shape after a lot of wear. We ended up buying two sizes. All sizes were available -- which is usually rare in outlet shops.
The store sells also other items, but we found them quite uninspiring after spending half an hour with the shoe selection.
If you are fond of British fashion design, subdues colours, and a specific tartan motif, Burberry might be a good choice for you. Originally established for making overcoats, and then continued with delivering trenchcoats (that were named by trenches they were used in) to British military during World War I. Nowadays they are crème de la crème of British couture.
The airy and very not-outlet-like store has a good selection of clothing for both genders, some shoes and a decent selection of bags. Scarves can be recommended from the selection of accessories. Everything is heavily discounted compared to the high street prices, but they may still be considered expensive compared to the rest of the outlets in the area.
This place is 1 hour from Manhattan. I love this place I really do.They have 220 designer stores here. When I come up here to shop and literally stay from morning to night.
What to buy: Discount designer clothing , shoes and bags. That is what I buy but you can kind find just about anything here.
What to pay: Exspect to spend about $200.00 to $500.00 on yourself for a moderate budget.