After the Christmas rush has been and gone, the real event that true shopaholics are waiting for begins: the January sales.
With excess Christmas stock to flog and new-season styles to make room for, retailers start offering mega discounts and price cuts across fashion, electronics, jewellery and more. While Australian cities do get in on the action, some of the hottest and most famous January sales happen elsewhere around the world. So, grab your passport, your credit card (find the best option here) and get ready to shop your heart out.
January sales in London
Harrods, Hamleys, Selfridges, John Lewis – British department stores hold some of the biggest January sales. Officially starting on Boxing Day, but with bargains to be had all the way through January, these sales are ideal for price cuts on designer names (think British classics like Burberry and Vivienne Westwood) and high street shops such as Topshop, French Connection and Marks & Spencer.
January sales in London do get hectic though, so plan ahead. What is it you’re looking for? Is it one-of-a-kind pieces and retro garments? Head to Shoreditch, Camden or Brick Lane for vintage finds and indie boutiques. Sportswear, labels and big brands? Hit up Oxford Street (but get there early in the morning). Looking for upmarket stores and luxury items? Try Bond Street for exclusive designer stores.
January sales in New York
When you think of shopping, you can’t help but think of New York City – especially for fashion. Many TV shows and movies have depicted the fashion-savvy city as a shopping and style mecca. From iconic department stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel to young fashion staples like Abercrombie & Fitch, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters, the city is chocka with options. Luckily for us, the city becomes sale central in January, with bargains to bag across Manhattan and beyond.
So what is worth buying in New York? US brands like Calvin Klein, Levi and Nike are worth stocking up on, as they tend to be much cheaper than buying from overseas. Check out the big department stores for mega sales, including discount department store Century 21, which has a clearance of up to 75% off. If you really want to make like a savvy local, head out to Woodbury Common, an outlet village with over 200 stores, including Tommy Hilfiger, Fendi and Kate Spade.
January sales in Paris
Image from Paris Tourism.
The January sales are handled with a little more decorum in chic Paris compared to London and New York – no shoulder-barging to get that Bella Freud sweater in the city of love. Parisian-born author Adriaane Pielou tells The Telegraph “No French person would sleep all night outside Galeries Lafayette the way English people do outside Harrods...” The sales in Paris start later than elsewhere too – generally not until the first week of January. Obviously, Champs Elysees is a must, but where else? Try Rue de Rivoli for some stylish high street favourites such as Mango, Zara and H&M.
If you’re going to buy in Paris, what should you look for? Get a deal from European high street shops, as the prices will always be better than in Australia (depending on the currency conversion, check that first) and of course classic French labels, such as Christian Louboutin and Chloe. Try Rue de Charonne for quirky boutiques and independent sellers.
January sales in Dubai
Shopping mecca Dubai celebrates the sales with an official event. The month-long Dubai Shopping Festival starts on 1 January 2016 and goes until the start of February. In addition to shopping sales, there are also international concerts, musicals, shows, sports and fashion events. The festival sees massive discounts, promotions, competitions and giveaways on everything from jewellery to electronics to clothing.
It’s not just the mega malls that partake; you can get some January bargains from Dubai’s souks too. An added bonus is that January and February are Dubai’s winter months, meaning the weather is more manageable for a beach break too. (Who are we kidding? you’ll be in the air-conditioned mall the whole time.)
January sales online
Don’t have the funds or time to jetset halfway around the world? No problem. You can shop most of these sales online.
- Bag some New York bargains with offers from Macy’s, Saks and Bloomingdales
- Shop London favourites like Topshop and Marks & Spencer
- Buy Parisian labels like Christian Louboutin, Chloe and Claudie Pierlot from David Jones