Prada Outlet (Space)

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citychic
New York, NY19 contributions
We recently returned from visiting several cities in Italy as well as Paris, France. Among the ‘must see’ attractions for me in Italy was the mythical Prada outlet in Montevarchi, about 45 minutes to an hour from Florence. If you are a Prada fan (or just love the thrill of the hunt!), it’s definitely worth the trip.

We found the most efficient way to get out there was by taking the train from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station to Montevarchi (Italy train note: the train to the town seemed to only have second-class seats, not first class and second class). At the Montevarchi station, much to my relief, there were two local taxis waiting for passengers. We hopped in; the driver took one glance at us and said “Prada?” (oh yes!). The ride costs about 12 or 15 euros, and I recommend that you arrange with the driver to come back and pick you up after a certain time to either bring you back to Florence or to the train station, it’s just easier! Also, confirm what time the outlet opens; we arrived an hour and a half too early (whoops) and waited outside. Thankfully, there are some benches outside.

True to the stories I’ve heard about this place, the Prada outlet (called “Space” – “Spaccio” is what the Italians call their outlets) was located in a nondescript grey warehouse building with no big (obvious) signage. The first thing you should do is take a number from the silver machine outside; the outlet admits people by number; shop clerks also use that to sort and hold your purchases as you shop. Be sure each person in your party takes a number!

Once you enter: the cosmetics, small cosmetics bags, and sunglasses counter was directly to the left. Womens’ apparel occupies the left side of the store (lots of alcoves full of merchandise). There was also sections with handbags and wallets, and shoes. Men’s took up the right side of the store. Further left was a large room selling items from the Prada sport lines. I’ll note that shop clerks (quite friendly and helpful) gather all of your ‘picks’ from a certain section (i.e. women’s apparel, handbags, etc.) and hold them at the register for you. This works out quite well (or not so well, depending on your shopaholic tendencies) so that you are free to browse some more unencumbered.

Good buys: well-cut mens’ suits (500 euros); women’s long wallets (100 euros) and change purses (50 euros), womens’ basic cashmere sweaters (120-130 euros, in a variety of colors); women’s Prada sport sandals (100 euros, and I had just seen them at Bergdorf’s for $300!); men’s chic lace-up dress shoes for 180 euros. We also spied silk satin zip pouches for 20 euros (they were pale yellow and already slightly stained though, so we passed) as well as small black nylon zip-top cosmetics bags (40 euros; decided the small size was not worth the price). We didn’t find any men’s briefcases or any women’s black nylon bags (yes, I know they may not be the most cutting edge but they make fantastic travel bags). There’s also a little bit of Jil Sander and Miu Miu there too, as Prada also owns those brands.

I believe Space gets merchandise every day, so you never know what you will find. I hear that the deals at the outlet get even better during the sale season - definitely worth another trip.

If you arrive at the outlet and find that you have to wait to be admitted, I suggest you grab a number then head over to the adjacent café, Nonchalance. It’s bright and chic and serves surprisingly good pastries and coffee. I noted that there were also sandwiches and pasta available. The service was quite pleasant and there were nice, clean bathrooms.

Safety tip: we planned to take the train back home and didn’t want to risk visibly carrying lots of Space/Prada shopping bags around, so we brought a large and anonymous collapsible tote with us to hide our purchases. Hey, you never know, right?

-S., NYC
Written June 21, 2006
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Robert D
toronto35 contributions
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I'm a fashion blogger for StyleBlog.ca. So when I went to Florence I had to visit the Prada Outlet. Space is not actually in Florence, it’s located in a small town of Montevarchi, 20-30 minutes away by train. We took the 9am train from Santa Maria Novella (direction to Rome), and then a cab from Montevarchi train station to the outlet. The cab should cost you around 12 EUR each way, cheaper if you share the ride with fellow bargain hunters.

Now this part is very important. Though the doors don’t actually open until 9:30am or 10:30am (see store hours above), once you get to the outlet, before you do anything, make sure to get a number from the machine next to the entrance. It doesn’t matter if you are number 1 or number 21, since it seems that they let around 100 people at a time (or at least that’s what the sign said), as long as you have one of those little pieces of paper, you’ll be able to get in and shop (but then again, it doesn’t hurt to ensure that you get one of the lower digits). Once you have your number, you can sit down at Space Cafe and work on your shopping strategy relax.

So initially, I had strict instructions for le boyfriend on the items that I might want and he needs to grab for me (I don’t mess around), but it turned out that shopping at Space Montevarchi isn’t chaotic at all – no hair pulling in sight. Selection of shoes, clothes, bags and other accessories is quite extensive (much MUCH better than at Foxtown or Woodbury), so unless you’re looking for a specific item, there’s no need to lose your mind and be all shaky and psychotic.

The store is broken up into sections, and you are not allowed to carry items from one section to another. What you need to do is approach a sales associate, hand the most-wanted items over and tell them your number (remember the number you had to get at the beginning?). Now, they will tell you that you’ll have to purchase those items, so make sure you are 99% sure you want to buy them. Though if you change your mind at the end, I doubt they’d make you buy them – my cashier actually asked me if I’m taking all of my items and let me contemplate them for a minute.

Once you’re done shopping, make sure to fill out a tax free form from the cashier to get the portion of the tax refunded to you (you can either mail it out or get it on the spot at designated locations). You can also ask the cashier to call you a cab to get back to the Montevarchi train station.
Written December 3, 2011
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Moomeow
Singapore, Singapore135 contributions
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Having read so many mixed reviews about this outlet, I have decided to take the risk and give it a try today. I took the early train at 9.22am (€5.80) from Florence SMN station to Montevarchi, reach there around 10.20am and took a cab at €3 each and reached the outlet at 10.35am. There was a long queue there already and it was cute to see the Japanese girls running to the queue after alighting from the cab.
We were given a ticket number each at the entrance, the variety is definitely a lot and the staff were patient and polite. I took 3 hours to finish my shopping there, having spent quite some time waiting at the cashier to pay and do tax refund.
We then arranged with the cab driver earlier to take us to The Mall at 1.30pm at €15 each.
The Prada outlet here is much smaller and some sizes ran out. I'm glad that I went to the Space earlier and got most of my stuff there. The other shop that is worth going in here is Gucci. The rest of the shops eg: YSL, Tods, Dior etc has nothing much to offer.
Finally I went back to Florence city by taking a bus (€5 each), you can buy the ticket from the cafe. The ride back was pretty fast about 30 mins, stopped opposite SMN station.
Overall, I think it's best to visit both outlets if you have time and can manage your time well.
Written February 7, 2014
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Deedee
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Horrible/rude customer service, don’t waste your time or money going here.
They follow you around watching you yet never even say hello or ask if you need anything. Everything is picked over and some are even rejects from the factory. Beyond disappointing.
Written June 17, 2021
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Matthew Z
Zurich, Switzerland24 contributions
Couples
Before making a special trip to this outlet mall, be mindful of one major thing.

Every item here is authentically made by Prada, or one of the companies they own (Miu Miu, Church’s, etc.)

But no, Prada did not decide to take thousands of handbags from their boutiques in Milan and mark them down just for you. Instead, about 90% of the merchandise here is made specifically for Prada’s outlet malls.

We did see a few pieces from past season collections but the vast majority is made especially for outlet malls, at much reduced prices than regular Prada, but also at much reduced quality. Sorry not trying to sound snobbish but we own several items from the real stores and the products here are lightyears away in terms of leather quality, stitching, finishing, etc. Plenty of items marked Make in Vietnam....not Italy.

You might have good luck here or find some pieces you like, but honestly I thought the value for money ratio was quite poor. You’re paying for mediocre quality garments and leather goods with Prada logos stamped on everything. Given that most items still cost hundreds of Euros, I think it’s quite a poor investment.
Written May 23, 2021
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FPK1
Chicago, IL2 contributions
Family
This store has been deteriorating over the years. It used to be possible to get some good deals but now prices are high, not much cheaper than regular stores. Also probably the reason why almost no shoppers were there. Waste of time to go there
Written April 13, 2022
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diam0nd_traveller
Zurich, Switzerland79 contributions
Whilst the prices are cheaper than other outlets, with the jackets there was a lack of stock in my size and the same for the trousers, which are no larger than size 38.

In addition, this is extremely difficult to reach, there are no taxis from Montevarchi-Terranuova station and you cannot purchase a ticket on the bus. Always ensure that you purchase a ticket, else you'l be fined.

Overall, a very disappointing trip and a lot of time lost trying to reach it.
Written April 9, 2022
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Sante Z
Rome, Italy8 contributions
Friends
This is not a Prada outlet any longer but one of their regular retail stores with a small discount. Was surprised to visit and see about 10 customers in the outlet. Years ago there were 100’s of people in line. Sure sign that the outlet has lost attraction. Don’t waste your time.
Written May 16, 2022
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Barbara Del Monferato
New York City, NY1 contribution
I used to shop there in the 90s when it was a lot smaller and good deals could be had. All the unsold Prada merchandise in the Italian Prada stores would end up at the outlet and be sold at a steep discount. I bought men's shoes for less than $100 there!
Not anymore.
It's become pretty much a regular Prada store.
Only unsuspecting Far East Asians and Gulf Arabs think they are making a killing.
I know better, I go to Sotto Sotto now.
Written April 21, 2022
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Yeyis
2 contributions
Couples
I went to the Prada Space outlet store May 2022. The store was well presented. I pulled out one of the sweaters on a shelf and a LIVE MOTH FLEW OUT of the sweater. It was disgusting.

Unfortunately I left without buying anything. I wish I knew before driving out for so long.
Written May 30, 2022
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