First of all, I have to preface this by saying I'm not an "outlet mall" kind of shopper. I typically have never even had a desire to go to an outlet mall because the times I have gone it almost seemed like left over stuff that were last year's designs that no one really wanted at the retail stores so they brought them to the Outlet Malls.
My experience with Desert Hills Premium Outlets totally changed my opinion and outlook on Outlet Malls. I'm not sure if other outlet malls are anywhere near as good as the brands here but I'd definitely consider giving them another shot after shopping here.
We were in the Palm Springs area on vacation for the week and didn't really have any plans to do any shopping at all in the area. Part of the reason was because we were going to Beverly Hills for 3 days and did some shopping there which is always great. The funny and ironic thing is we ended up buying higher end designer stuff at Desert Hills than we did in Beverly Hills!
We passed this mall on the way to Los Angeles and we noticed a few big names so we said he would hit it on our way back to Palm Desert where we rented a house. There were so many great stores we didn't have time to hit them all! We ended up coming back for a 2nd visit during our vacation.
The first time we came it was during the week and it was very full but no where near as busy as Sunday before Memorial Day weekend. It was absolutely packed! All of the parking lots were completely full! I'm not sure if this is the norm on the weekends but hopefully not. We had to end up parking by the Cabazon Mall in some make shift field parking lot. If it's busy I suggest you immediately just park in this field parking lot next to Cabazon Mall (which is next to Desert Hills). I wasted about 30 minutes just trying to park so I'd recommend you just go there first if it's busy. Then there is a shortcut to the back of the mall so you have easy access to the mall still. Beats the nightmare of trying to find a parking spot if it's busy.
The brands were amazing! We always get Ralph Lauren Polo clothes for our kids as the style and quality are fabulous. The prices were amazing! And the style and selection was better than any retail stores. We were laughing as we saw several things we recently bought for the kids at Nordstroms and it was 50% less than we paid. We ended up getting 5 shopping bags at Ralph Lauren Polo for kids alone. It was very big with great selection to choose from.
We ended up shopping at James Perse, Prada, Ralph Lauren Polo for adults, Armani, Gucci, Nike, Theory, Tory Burch and a few others.
And again, the quality and selection was far better than any retail stores. Not all of the prices were discounted vs. retail so keep that in mind. For example, although my wife found tons of stuff at James Perse, I only found a few shirts. Most of the stuff I liked was the current stuff and the prices were the exact same price at a retail store.
But at Prada I was AMAZED. I didn't even know Prada had outlet stores! The quality and selection was great. I really love Prada stuff and most of my shirts are Prada. I typically have paid $400 for dress shirts and here they were $170! For the same thing. I bought several shirts. $390 sunglasses that I bought for my wife in Europe were only $180 here and she got a pair. The thing to keep in mind is certain stores like Prada have a NO REFUND or NO EXCHANGE whatsoever policy so you better be sure once you buy it you want it. But most of the other stores had a return policy with receipt. So it's best to inquire when you are buying. But I was amazed with the stuff here. I'm not sure I'd buy a $400 dress shirt again after hitting this Outlet store. LOL.
Some stores were ridiculous with a line to enter the store! For example, to enter Tory Burch they had this line with rope since they said only a certain # of people could be in the store at one time. There was no line the first time we went but on Sunday there had to be 35 people waiting in line. I kind of found that comical. But the stuff was pretty good.
My whole outlook on Factory outlet malls has changed after visiting this place. Check out the website for all the stores. Really amazing luxury high end stores. Since we only live 2.5 hours from here we probably will come up a few times of year for Rest and Relaxation and shopping!
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