A Luxurious Bargain

by Danilo Brunetti

Give in to your desires for haute couture fashion, without blowing your entire trip budget. Tiffany Parks explains how.

While strolling the elegant streets at the foot of the Spanish Steps, where boutiques like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Versace display their swoon-worthy products in artfully arranged windows, it can be easy to feel a tug of desire for those deliciously impractical objects. In truth, not many people can afford to drop the price of their entire vacation on a bag, a dress, or a pair of shoes, items that are often only worn for one season and then relegated to the back of the wardrobe. So what is a couture-loving girl on a budget to do?

Luckily, there’s LesLey. This luxury “vintage” boutique is the brainchild of the owner Lesley, who believes
not only that couture clothing and accessories are something that every woman with taste should have the right to own, but also that high-end consignment is another way to protect the environment rom unnecessary waste. LesLey stocks only designer labels, and each item is in impeccable condition and never more than three years old. The pieces have been carefully selected from the wardrobes of Rome’s chicest ladies, or have been featured in fashion shows or TV programs. The prices are slashed by up to 70%, so you really can’t afford not to take a peek. With a good eye and a little bit of luck, shoppers can stumble upon the “it” bag of the moment or any number of unique pieces with which to construct a whole new wardrobe.

LesLey’s philosophy is that a Fendi bag can have more than one life, a pair of divine Louboutin heels can have a second lucky owner, and that little black Chanel dress can be the star of more than one party season.

>Via Lombardia, 38c. Tel 0642020265. >Via Vittoria, 27. Tel 066793646.