Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Retail Therapy: Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Once upon a time you needed to live in the New York area to be able to get great prices one top designer items. But then came the Internet and online discount stores.

The most famous, of course, is Gilt Groupe. The site offers access to some of the most coveted designer fashion and lifestyle brands at up to 70% off retail. You've got to be quick because each sale only lasts 36-hours.

Today, Gilt founder, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson shares some of her shopping secrets. And you better read carefully because Alexandra is the queen of shopping for online deals. After all, she practically invented them.



What's your most prized deal?
I bought a fabulous black Valentino suede and fur coat with a Swarovski crystal belt on Gilt for $500, original retail $10,000! (Editorial note: How did we miss that?)

Biggest regret that you didn't purchase?
Like Edith Piaf, je ne regrette rien.

This season you are looking for...
Platform heels that are elegant, versatile and yet comfortable.

What's your number one shopping tip?
Ask yourself honestly if you will truly wear something before you buy it!

What's your biggest weakness?
Shoes and handbags

Is there an item for which a shopper should never mind paying full price?
Lingerie

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