Chic Out­let Shop­ping Vil­lages

Maxx-M - - WHERE TO GO - Text by Grace So­larbe­sain and Den­nis Latif Pho­tos cour­tesy of Chic Out­let Shop­ping

If you are plan­ning a trip to Europe, you will want to check out the Chic Out­let Shop­ping Vil­lages for some re­tail ther­apy. Chic Out­let Shop­ping is a unique shop­ping con­cept cre­ated by Value Re­tail, which draws mil­lions of vis­i­tors from around the world each year. Imag­ine a beau­ti­ful vil­lage con­sist­ing of 60 to 140 in­di­vid­ual bou­tiques sell­ing the top luxury brands, all ar­ranged along an open-air mall de­signed to sat­isfy your deep­est shop­ping de­sires. Chic Out­let Shop­ping Vil­lages of­fer an un­sur­passed re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence – like one-off pieces from luxury brands, items from hard-to-find lo­cal niche brands or the world’s most pres­ti­gious luxury fash­ion and life­style brands such as Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Dolce & Gab­bana, Valentino, Versace and many more. There are nine Chic Out­let Shop­ping Vil­lages in West­ern Europe, each strate­gi­cally placed to at­tract both lo­cal shop­pers and cus­tomers from sur­round­ing coun­tries.

Lon­don

Bices­ter Vil­lage in the UK is a sim­ple trip from both Lon­don and Ox­ford. Dis­cover a re­laxed shop­ping haven in the beau­ti­ful Ox­ford­shire coun­try­side, where spa­cious bou­tiques show­case the world’s lead­ing fash­ion and life­style brands, nor­mally only found in the most ex­clu­sive shop­ping streets, and all of­fer­ing fab­u­lous sav­ings all year round. Shop­ping is pure plea­sure at Bices­ter Vil­lage, where so­phis­ti­cated bou­tiques, spa­cious boule­vards, at­ten­tive ser­vice and a friendly, un­hur­ried at­mos­phere com­bine to of­fer a truly unique re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence. There’s so much to en­joy here, whether it’s brows­ing pres­ti­gious bou­tiques at leisure for great-value buys or sampling fine food and drink in the Vil­lage’s cafés and restau­rants. And with such a rich se­lec­tion of at­trac­tions nearby, from gor­geous scenery, im­pos­ing stately homes and his­toric towns, to Miche­lin-starred restau­rants and so­phis­ti­cated places to stay, it’s easy to cre­ate a mem­o­rable itin­er­ary around a visit to Bices­ter Vil­lage.

Ire­land

Kil­dare Vil­lage is lo­cated less than an hour from Dublin and of­fers Ire­land’s lead­ing luxury out­let shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence. With luxury out­let bou­tiques pro­vid­ing fash­ion and lux­u­ries for the home, Kil­dare Vil­lage of­fers a unique se­lec­tion of Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional brands with sav­ings of up to 60 per cent all year round. Anya Hind­march, Brooks Broth­ers, Cath Kid­ston, DKNY, Furla, Hugo Boss, Juicy Cou­ture, Ken­neth Turner, Lulu Guin­ness, Pan­dora and Wol­ford are just a few of the

in­ter­na­tional brands on of­fer, as well as the bou­tique of Ire­land’s lead­ing in­ter­na­tional designer, Louise Kennedy. Ser­vices at Kil­dare Vil­lage in­clude a Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, tax free shop­ping for vis­i­tors from out­side the Euro­pean Union and a com­pli­men­tary shut­tle ser­vice to the nearby Ir­ish Na­tional Stud & Gar­dens. With a range of restau­rants and cafés, the Vil­lage has be­come a des­ti­na­tion for vis­i­tors seek­ing a su­pe­rior shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence and an en­joy­able day out.

France

La Vallée Vil­lage is the most suc­cess­ful out­let shop­ping des­ti­na­tion in France, and is lo­cated within Dis­ney­land Paris, Europe’s most-vis­ited tourist at­trac­tion. With its pedes­tri­anised street and in­ti­mately scaled build­ings, La Vallée Vil­lage evokes the charm­ing ru­ral towns and vi­lages of the Ile-de-France re­gion. La Vallée Vil­lage is east of cen­tral Paris along the A4 Mo­tor­way. The Vil­lage draws on the Eurostar rail net­work and the TGV high-speed train ser­vice con­nect­ing the Vil­lage to the rest of Europe. It also has di­rect links to Paris and its air­ports, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly. The Vil­lage op­er­ates a daily shut­tle to and from the Dis­ney ho­tels, and its regular and di­rect Shop­ping Ex­press coach runs be­tween cen­tral Paris and the Vil­lage.

Ger­many

Ger­many has two Vil­lages to ex­plore.

In­gol­stadt Vil­lage

In­gol­stadt Vil­lage, a one-hour drive from Mu­nich, is lo­cated in the heart of Bavaria, Ger­many’s wealth­i­est re­gion, close to the Aus­trian and Swiss bor­ders. Known for its beau­ti­ful cas­tles, strik­ing land­scapes, in- no­va­tive in­dus­try and tra­di­tional cul­ture, Bavaria is also Ger­many’s most-vis­ited re­gion. The ar­chi­tec­ture of In­gol­stadt Vil­lage is in­spired by the tra­di­tion of Euro­pean tex­tile mills and industrial es­tates of the late 19th and early 20th cen­turies. With hand-painted de­tail­ing drawn from the Ger­man dec­o­ra­tive arts of the pe­riod, the build­ings and public spa­ces in­ter­weave art and in­dus­try, cre­at­ing a shop­ping venue unique in all of Europe.

Wertheim Vil­lage

Wertheim Vil­lage is sit­u­ated within the pic­turesque wine-grow­ing re­gion of the Tauber Val­ley, and is near Wertheim, recog­nised as one of the coun­try’s most beau­ti­ful towns. The Vil­lage is also lo­cated near the in­ter­sec­tion of the famed Cas­tle Route and the Ro­man­tic Road, two of the most im­por­tant and popular itin­er­ar­ies in Europe. The ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign of Wertheim Vil­lage is a cre­ative in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the re­gional Fran­co­nian style, and makes use of ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails to re­call the his­tor­i­cal build­ing tra­di­tions for which the re­gion is world fa­mous. Var­ied fa­cades, dif­fer­ent roof pro­files, ar­chi­tec­tural or­na­men­ta­tion and rich land­scap­ing pro­vide cus­tomers with an en­gag­ing shop­ping en­vi­ron­ment.

Italy

Fidenza Vil­lage is lo­cated in Emilia Ro­magna, in the heart of the wealth­i­est and most pop­u­lous re­gion of Italy. The Vil­lage is close to Parma, a world-renowned artis­tic and gas­tro­nomic cen­tre. The ar­chi­tec­ture of Fidenza Vil­lage is in­spired by the re­gion’s rich cul­tural her­itage, es­pe­cially well known as the home­land of opera com­poser Giuseppe Verdi. The Vil­lage in­cor­po­rates an in­spired in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the­atri­cal stage sets from a se­lec­tion of Verdi’s op­eras.

Las Rozas Vil­lage

La Roca Vil­lage

Benelux

Spain

There are two Shop­ping vil­lages in Spain, Las Rozas Vil­lage, near Madrid, and La Roca Vil­lage, not far from Barcelona. Las Rozas Vil­lage of­fers the only up-mar­ket luxury out­let op­tions in Spain. Las Rozas Vil­lage was the sec­ond of the Vil­lages to open in Spain. The ar­chi­tec­ture of Las Rozas Vil­lage is de­signed to evoke a col­lage of in­ter­na­tional ar­chi­tec­tural styles, with more than 100 bou­tiques lining open pedes­tri­anised malls. Las Rozas Vil­lage is home to a wealth of revered brands found in Spain’s most pres­ti­gious shop­ping streets, such as Adolfo Dominguez, Armani, Bel­staff, Burberry, Hack­ett, Hugo Boss, Loewe, TAG Heuer and Versace. La Roca Vil­lage was the first of the Vil­lages to open in Spain. In­spired by the his­tor­i­cal Modernista move­ment, the ar­chi­tec­ture of La Roca Vil­lage is an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a tra­di­tional turn-of-the­cen­tury Cata­lan town, com­plete with de­tail­ing in­spired by his­tor­i­cal build­ings in the re­gion. This Vil­lage is home to more than 140 bou­tiques of Cata­lan, Span­ish and in­ter­na­tional fash­ion brands, in­clud­ing Custo Barcelona, Sita Murt, Loewe, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lau­ren, Swarovski and Versace. Maas­meche­len Vil­lage is unique in hav­ing a catch­ment area that spans three coun­tries, cen­tred on the cities of Brussels and An­twerp in Bel­gium, Cologne in Ger­many and Maas­tricht in the Nether­lands. The de­sign of Maas­meche­len Vil­lage cel­e­brates the ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage of the Lim­burg re­gion with build­ings and de­tails in­spired by the ar­ti­san crafts and tra­di­tions of the area.

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