EBay on Monday launched Fashion Outlet, its virtual “outlet shopping mall.”
The firm, once known primarily as an auction site, has shifted gears to include that and more as it aims to be the leading U.S. destination for fashion. The latest launch has more than 200 brands available on the site. Discounts are generally between 20 percent to 65 percent off the retail price.
Some items are made exclusively for the outlet, and the made-for-outlet items reflect competitive pricing that is typically not further discounted. Additional discounts on all items, include MFO items, might be available during promotional periods.
Currently the U.S. outlet site only ships to U.S. addresses. Shoppers at Fashion Outlet can browse by the eBay store or by brand. Those shopping by store are typically shopping a retailer that carries various brands, whereas those browsing by brand will see all options offered including those available at the multibranded retailers on the eBay site.
Factory stores online at the Fashion Outlet include Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Fila, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Reed’s Jewelers and Tommy Hilfiger.
In the women’s section, accessory brands available include Bodhi, Botkier, Elliott Lucca, Fossil, Furla and Kooba. Intimates are represented by Bali, Barely There, Hanes, Jockey, Spanx and Wonderbra. Footwear firms include Bruno Magli, Charles Jourdan, Donald J. Pliner, Frye, Sesto Meucci, Seychelles and Stuart Weitzman.
Women’s apparel brands include A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz, Adrienne Vittadini, Anne Klein, Badgley Mischka, BCBG Max Azria, Christopher Blue, Elie Tahari, Elizabeth and James, Graham & Spencer, James Perse, Joe’s Jeans, Juicy Couture, Miss Sixty, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Rachel Roy, Rainforest, Rebecca Taylor, Robert Rodriguez, Studio 148 by Lafayette New York, Theory and Vivienne Tam.
Men’s brands include Seven For All Mankind, American Essentials, Bobby Jones, Emporio Armani, English Laundry, Hickey Freeman, Robert Graham, Rock & Republic, Timberland, Victorinox and William Rast.
EBay, which has outlet sites for shoppers in the U.K. and Germany, is eyeing similar sites for other countries.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
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