MILAN — Price-savvy fashionistas across Europe have had a secret weapon in stocking their closets with end-of-season designer digs:, which is now trying its hand west of the Atlantic.

In just under two years, the Bologna, Italy-based e-commerce site has become a leader in selling off-season women’s and men’s designer apparel and accessories, such as Marni, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Prada and Balenciaga, among others, at reduced prices. Since it went live in September 2000, Yoox has delivered 150,000 units to more than 35,000 customers in 15 European Union nations and currently stocks some 200 designer brands. Now founder and chief executive officer Federico Marchetti is bringing the site to the U.S., where it has initiated testing. Marchetti expects the site to officially launch by yearend.

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