There are a few things I am not great at (ok, far more than a few), and one of them is finding deals. Ask anyone that knows me, especially Vlad, and he will tell you that I am the opposite of a deal-finder. It’s not something I am necessarily proud of, it is merely something I haven’t spent more time trying to work on, and because of that, you’ll find me paying full price for nearly everything. That being said, the team from Italist reached out to us recently, and their business model is highly exciting for a designer bag lover.
This past summer, I felt inundated with stories of people who traveled to Europe and boasted about the good price of designer goods they received. Because of the favorable exchange rate, buying a designer bag in Europe has never been more of a deal as an American, and it sometimes felt like a bit of a pang on my side to buy the exact same bag in the US boutique for hundreds more.
Enter Italist. The model of this site is alluring and straightforward. The site offers brand-new, in-season fashion and luxury products from Italian boutiques at up to 40% in savings. The site works with Italian partner boutiques and offers European pricing to orders which are then delivered by global express mail in 2-4 business days. My two major selling points were current, in-season items and savings.
My New Bag
The Italist team wanted us to see how the process worked and generously shared a gift card to purchase something myself. My love for my Bottega Veneta Mini Jodie quickly made it one of the most used bags in my closet, and I was really drawn to the larger Teen size that was recently introduced. When I saw Italist had this lavender option that I had already been obsessing over (Kaitlin and I both love the color purple), I knew this was the bag I’d buy.
The bag arrived in 3 days and was in an Italist box. Inside the box was the Bottega Veneta dust bag with my beautiful new bag. This bag is a stunner, quite a bit larger than its mini counterpart, but if you like the shape of this bag, you’ll love the larger size for its usability.
The Teen Jodie retails in the US for $3,200, but I was able to nab this bag for $2,235.74. With savings of just under $1,000, this is hard to beat. The thing to note is that, unlike retailers with deep inventory, Italist often only has one or a few of each design/color and won’t have every colorway. You’ll want to check back often to see if you can find the color or style you have been looking for.
I feel like one of the cool kids for introducing this site to you all and sharing the savings. While this site isn’t typically focused on deals, finding a deal on a current season bag is a rarity, and Italist is onto something here.