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I can't find much hope in these replies. Buying planetickets etc. just for shopping seems a bit outrageous to me. I think a stay in Switzerland will be good for my wallet. Anyway I didn't do any clothesshopping since my arrival here.
You should try online shopping, too. You might have to pay some tax/admin if your items are above a certain value (CHF 62 incl postage) but often online prices are far cheaper than the shops so you would still end up paying less even with the taxes/postage.
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Old 14.04.2014, 09:52
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Re: boring clothes

I agree lots of online uk sites deliver here marks and spencer, Dorothy perkins, new look etc and the cost of the customs is worth the money you save and just to have choice.
I also love the weekend shopping I went to Bristol which was fab lovely airport to fly in and out of too. bus direct to town lots of stores and you can get the train to bath too for some sight seeing although I never had time for that. Bristol cheap to stay in single room was 60.00 and it was more than a cupboard. nice breakfast too.
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Old 14.04.2014, 10:04
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Go to New York on a long weekend shopping trip and never, ever look back... FACT!
Can you give an example with dates, flights to/from and shopping places please? It sounds interesting but isnt a bit far for three days?
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Re: boring clothes

I go shopping to the Netherlands and the US (have to go there a couple of times a year for work so I do not spend on the air fare)...
I also go to Barcelona for my online store, sizes are quite tiny though
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I go shopping to the Netherlands and the US (have to go there a couple of times a year for work so I do not spend on the air fare)...
I also go to Barcelona for my online store, sizes are quite tiny though
I also prefer Dutch brands, next to Scandinavian.
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Re: boring clothes

I still shop in the US, or buy stuff online from the US. And, when I'm in London, my favorite US brand has a couple of stores there, and I often catch a decent sale. There is some swiss stuff i like though - underwear and socks. Though oddly, i can get Calida from the US for lower cost - usually overstocks a season later. I think my clothes aren't super exciting, but they're good quality and last for ages.
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I still shop in the US, or buy stuff online from the US. And, when I'm in London, my favorite US brand has a couple of stores there, and I often catch a decent sale. There is some swiss stuff i like though - underwear and socks. Though oddly, i can get Calida from the US for lower cost - usually overstocks a season later. I think my clothes aren't super exciting, but they're good quality and last for ages.
That's true. Calida is very good quality.
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That's true. Calida is very good quality.
actually Calida has some good offers in Foxtown. and I can find some Hanro items in Globus Outlet for even 5fr/item
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Re: boring clothes

hi, I'm a guy and I find clothe shopping in Switzerland absolutely dreadful and boring. So I shop online to a German site that just opened operations in Switzerland. They choose everything for you, match clothes and I just send back for free what I don't like.

No more shopping, cool clothes, and more time to enjoy life. This is for guys only...
www.outfittery.ch/

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hi, I'm a guy and I find clothe shopping in Switzerland absolutely dreadful and boring. So I shop online to a German site that just opened operations in Switzerland. They choose everything for you, match clothes and I just send back for free what I don't like.

No more shopping, cool clothes, and more time to enjoy life. This is for guys only...
www.outfittery.ch/

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psst, German stuff is boring too. The only thing that makes it bearable is that its cheap.
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psst, German stuff is boring too. The only thing that makes it bearable is that its cheap.
haha... well I felt quite cool when I wore them... but I agree. Nothing in comparison to what you can get in London
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Re: boring clothes

I actually do a tour occasionally of the second hand shops in Geneva. I have been able to find some really good bargains. These are shops that don't smell of moth balls. Good quality stuff.

I bought a pair of Diesel jeans the other day for 20 francs. They look like they had been worn about two times and smelt like just out of the washing machine (at 40 degrees!!). But you have to go quite regularly.

There are also posh second hand shops with designer stuff, which i avoid.

Also, here, the Fetes des Rues will be starting. People will be selling off clothes, china etc. Two years ago i got a pair of Raybans for 10 francs.

Lost them two weeks later....
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Re: boring clothes

Jeans, casual wear, specialized items (martial arts and golf gear, hiking gear, weightlifting/gym, etc.) I buy in the US, clothes and shoes.

Calvin Klein fits my body perfectly - I also buy all that in the US.

Work clothes, special occasions, and my "leathers" (handbags, shoes,...) I have always and will continue to buy them in Italy. No matter where I live, nowhere in the world I can find the high quality/affordable price stuff that I can get in my hometown in Northern Italy - I am not talking big shop designers either, just regular stuff.

I always just wait to buy those items whenever I go visit my family, or, whenever a family member comes to visit, they bring me stuff because they know the brands I like and the sizes.
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No matter where I live, nowhere in the world I can find the high quality/affordable price stuff that I can get in my hometown in Northern Italy - I am not talking big shop designers either, just regular stuff.
Please name them, if they have the possibility to buy online! I happen to love Italian styled clothes (and food... and women... and...), but trying to find suitable websites is really rather difficult.

Oh, and H&M are definitely doing something right, kittekat - my dearest dropped a few hundred of my hard earned Francs in there a few weeks ago And then a few hundred of her own heard earned Euros in another H&M further along Bahnhofstrasse There are at least three H&Ms in Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, and the two we went into offered very different product lines, so perhaps you would find something more suitable in one of the other H&Ms.
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Please name them, if they have the possibility to buy online! I happen to love Italian styled clothes (and food... and women... and...), but trying to find suitable websites is really rather difficult.
User, I'll name them, but some of them don't even have a website, forget buying online!!! In the vast majority of cases, we are talking about factory outlets, or family-run businesses who carry their own brands. I am also listing a couple of bigger/more known brands which I really like (e.g. Geox, Nara Camicie).

For the smaller guys, or the national chains, if there is a website, typically it's only in Italian. I'll nonetheless list them to give you an idea of what they have. The bigger guys sell all over the world, have an English website, and you might even be able to buy online. Otherwise, I really suggest renting a car and just going down there for a couple of days over the weekend and shop!

Little Italian lesson - donna (woman), uomo (man), bambino (child), conformate (plus sizes), marchi (brands), negozi (stores), scarpe (shoes), stivali (boots), borse (handbags).

Clothing:
Family Factor
Conbipel
Sorelle Ramonda
Santino Punto Moda
Nara Camicie (I can pull up the US website, but the others seem down - Google it)

Shoes and handbags:
Mazzucchelli calzature
Geox
Apex srl Outlet (if you click this link, there is some info about the store and they indicate a website, but it's not the company website. Their real website is under construction, here).

Happy shopping!
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User, I'll name them, but some of them don't even have a website, forget buying online!!! In the vast majority of cases, we are talking about factory outlets, or family-run businesses who carry their own brands. I am also listing a couple of bigger/more known brands which I really like (e.g. Geox, Nara Camicie).

I remember reading somewhere a while ago (possibly BBC) that famous brands order clothes from a number of factories ad pick one. Others sell the same stuff for cheaper and without the label. But apparently there is some mafia involved.

Is there any truth to this? :-)
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User, I'll name them, but some of them don't even have a website, forget buying online!!!
Thanks And yes, I wondered if that was the case.

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You've read what happened to me in H&M; what are you trying to do to my credit card?!

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Heh. Even I can look at pictures and work that one out (Oh dear. That sounds so much worse than was really meant...)
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Is it just me, or are the clothes sold here in the Basel streets really so dull ? Up till now I have not found a clothes shop I like. I find it all so boring. In Belgium I knew some boutiques I would go to and find the right stuff right away. I never went to H&M, Mango etc. Now I tried some of their stuff on, it doesn't seem to fit. I sometimes have the impression they only sell stuff for 16-year olds. Boring colours too. Where can a serious adult of normal proportions go to for some good quality and not overpriced clothes ?
Zara and Morganne.
Best bet is to head for the UK though..... the loveliest clothes ever.
The lingerie is beautiful there too and not overpriced.


But that reminds me.... I haven't been shopping in 8 months nor have I seen the light of day.. or so it seems


What is the fashion this year ?

T'would seem to me that the windows are full of florals and very sharp bright colors.
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Re: boring clothes

I did this a very long time ago and was organized by a friend. The main shop that stands out in my mind on our trip was to Century 21 in downtown Manhattan.

Whilst such trips are very tiring, it's definitely doable and loads of fun provided you are all of the same mindset and just wanna shop 'til you drop!

Several airlines offer special deals of flights/hotels etc for such trips, especially for Christmas shopping in NYC. Otherwise, just research and make your own itinerary.

Did a quick Google search and found this article from September 2013 giving an example of just such a trip: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifesty...ak-new-2292611

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Can you give an example with dates, flights to/from and shopping places please? It sounds interesting but isnt a bit far for three days?
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I remember reading somewhere a while ago (possibly BBC) that famous brands order clothes from a number of factories ad pick one. Others sell the same stuff for cheaper and without the label. But apparently there is some mafia involved.

Is there any truth to this? :-)
Indeed.

Exemple: LV

LV ordered 400 bags from a manufacturer in China. Manufacturer produce the order and send it to LV. With leftover, produce an other X amount of bags with small different details and ship it to Y to sell them.

Note that this is for all brands.

H&M wants to create his new collection. Send designers to the fashion week around the world, copy the design by sketching, taking pictures in the changing room, buying the garment. Back in the headquarter, the garment is measured, unstitched, etc. design is created with small different changes and cheaper material.

Again, note that all high street brands do that.
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