The Green Pebbles Girls are always on the look out for a bargain when it comes to designer bags and clothes (aren't we all these days!) and this year we thought we would combine a well deserved holiday with an even more well deserved shopping spree in Tuscany.
We booked into a most welcoming family-run hotel on top of a Tuscan hill in Poggibonsi (a stone's throw away from stunning Siena and San Giminiano) the beautiful Hotel Villa San Lucchese whose fine dinners and vews across the Tuscan countryside are something we will remember for a lifetime. This allowed us the freedom to ' explore' the sights but also to spend several days going through all the outlets the area is famed for!
Well, what can we say...... THE MALL is probably the designer outlet par excellence. Choose between tens of awesome brands from Alexander McQueen, to Sergio Rossi, to Valentino, Gucci, Fendi, Bottega Veneta and the list just goes on!
The dream outlet for all those PRADA fans out there (except they don't call it an outlet....of course!) , be ready to be pushed left right and centre as the fans try to scramble over you in a bid to get the best item at the best price (sales at Harrods came to mind!). MIU MIU pieces can also be purchased here. Don't expect to find the latest collections of course, but do enjoy the fact that you are getting some great Prada products at the fraction of the cost. No you can't have things shipped overseas..... and they don't have a website (just a facebook page we've linked you to above)....you basically need to book a ticket to Italy - but can you think of a better holiday than, sun, great food, the most amazing sights and ...fabulous shopping!!
Not too far from here you can sometimes catch the PRADA Helicopter at the Prada Tuscan HQ (we did hang around a while too see if we might catch a glimpse of HRH Queen of Fashion Miuccia Prada..... but no such luck!)
In the same region as the others you can also find the Dolce & Gabbana outlet, where you are bound to find last season's (who's complaining!?) items at approximately 50% off their original price tag.
Of course there are many other designer outlets in Tuscany and in other regions of Italy which we did not have a chance to pop to see (time was of the essence and our credit cards were feeling rather hot and bothered by the end of the long weekend!).
Watch this space as we plan our next visit to Italy...... the Le Marche region comes to mind as a possible new adventure.....watch out Mr.Della Valle the Green Pebbles Girls are out on a mission!
Double-digit growth across all geographic regions was powered by 20% sales growth in emerging countries, which now represent nearly 40% of the Luxury Division's sales. Fashion and Leather Goods sales advanced 18% in the first three months of the year
Gucci had a good start to the year, with sales up 12% in comparable terms and 16% on a reported basis. Directly-operated stores once again improved their contribution to revenue, advancing 13% in the quarter, and now accounting for three-fourths of Gucci's total sales.
Online sales surged 30%, continuing to increase as a
proportion of total revenue.
Bottega Veneta delivered another excellent performance in the first quarter of 2012, with revenue jumping 33% on a comparable basis and 39% in reported terms. The brand's outstanding performance spanned all geographic areas:
Western Europe (up 28%),
North America (up 36%), Asia-Pacific (up 45%) and
Japan (up 16%).
Online sales more than doubled compared to the first quarter of 2011!
YVES SAINT LAURENT
Yves Saint Laurent put in a bumper performance in first-quarter 2012,
with sales soaring 40% on a comparable basis and 43% in reported terms, on the back of the successful Autumn/Winter collections as well as the well-received Cruise and women's Spring/Summer collections. Business was buoyant across the board with all regions and distribution channels reporting strong growth on a comparable basis:
Western Europe (up 34%), North America (up 48%), Japan (up 53%) and Asia-Pacific (up 63%). In addition,
royalties rose by around 15% compared to the first quarter of 2011, predominantly from fragrances and beauty.
In the first quarter,
PPR’s Other Luxury Brands posted comparable
sales growth of 20% (71% in reported terms) with all brands and regions contributing to the performance: Western Europe (up 12%), North America (up 33%), Asia-Pacific (up 30% of which China up 28%) and Japan (up 10%).
Momentum remained especially strong for Fashion and Leather Goods, with growth coming in at more than 30% for the quarter, driven by
sparkling performances at both Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, together with another
strong showing at Balenciaga. Brioni, which was fully consolidated in January, also posted double-digit growth. Boucheron showed further improvement, driven by its retail business.
Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco is the star of Gucci's "Forever Now" advertising campaign series conceived by Creative Director Frida Giannini!
The riding wardrobe conceived by Gucci for Charlotte Casiraghi is highly technical but luxurious and features distinctive bearings of Gucci's own heritage, including the iconic green and red as well as the Gucci crest and the finest fabrics.
The video and photography of the campaign was shot by Peter Lindbergh. The director of photography Jean Michel Vecchiet and the soundtrack of the video composed by Charlotte Vecchiet and Paul De Coudenhove.