Web Spy: FashionStake

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I’m a sucker for a great deal. Put me in any store, and I’ll usually head straight for the clearance section first to see what kinds of awesome deals I can score and brag about later to anyone who will listen (“Oh, you like my boots? Thanks! They were on sale for only $25, the last pair, in my size! Isn’t that amazing?” Yes, I’m sort of obnoxious).  The internet has made it even easier to find great deals through designer discount sites—but there’s a new one out there now that might have all the others beat!

Part sample sale site (Rue La La, Gilt Group), part deals site (like Groupon), FashionStake provides its users with deep discounts (usually 40-60% off) on designer clothing and accessories.  However, unlike other sample sale sites, which offer price reductions on last season’s fashion, FashionStake features serious markdowns on next season’s styles. We’re talking stuff that hasn’t even hit stores yet!

And similar to sites like Groupon, FashionStake works through the power of social group-buying—in other words, based on demand.  The deal only goes through if the set minimum number of orders is met, which is how they are able to offer such good values!

Here’s how it works: FashionStake always has a number of different trunk shows going on for different well-established and emerging designers.  As a member of FashionStake (it’s free to sign up), you can preview these collections.  If you see something you like, you have the ability to “pre-order” the item, and your credit card is only charged when (or if) the minimum number of orders is met.  And don’t worry if you see an item you love and the minimum is already met (which happens often on this site because of all the great deals).  You can continue to place orders until the trunk show closes, at which point the item is produced.  Then all you have to do is wait for your new designer clothes to arrive in the mail!

So if you’re into designer fashion, sign up for an account on FashionStake.  You’ll be ahead of the style curve in items no one else even has yet—and you’ll get it all at a great price!

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