Affordable luxury gift guide 2019 that doesn’t break the bank.
How can we have a luxurious but affordable item? The digital transformation has revolutionized the way we do business, included in Fashion. By offering their products online, some disruptive labels like M. Gemi, DSTLD, Everlane and Strathberry are redefining luxury and offer high-end accessories at more affordable prices. Their secrets: extensive industry knowledge and know-how, an amazing network of artisans, no retail markup, honest pricing structure, and savvy online presence. Today we will highlight these labels, some of which Mode Rsvp proudly partners with.
Everlane – Radical transparency
Everlane, is the most famous online retailer, operating on the same model as M. Gemi and DSTLD. Created in 2010 by Michael Preysman, Everlane sells minimalist clothing and accessories (simple white T-shirts, cashmere turtlenecks and leather jackets and bags) directly to consumers at a fair markup. The mark-up is twice the production cost instead of 8 times the production cost for standard retailers. Source: Inc.
Everlane’s slogan is “Radical Transparency”: transparency on the costs, on the quality and on the production process. Everlane is a role-model in setting up fair prices. Do not expect to pay $300 for a cashmere sweater, they start at $100 at Everlane, which is actually a very fair price for the quality.
See a selection of effortless chic pieces
Read the review of this brand here.
DSTLD – Minimal Luxury
DSTLD (pronounced Distilled) designs and crafts luxury-grade denims and essentials and refuse to work with department stores and retail middlemen, passing on the savings to its customers. The label produces simple design, superior quality, and a pared-down product selection in order to deliver the perfect core wardrobe. In addition, with its concept of moral fiber: DSTLD carefully selects its fabrics and suppliers to bring more sustainability in the apparel industry. You can use the code COMIL20 on DSTLD.com to get 20% off.
My favorite items from DSTLD are definitely their jackets and tees!
Check out my selection below
Check out my reviews of DSTLD (leather jacket, suede jacket, leather skirt).
M. Gemi – Affordable premium footwear
Created in 2014, by Ben Fischman, the former founder and CEO of Rue La La, M. Gemi is redesigning the luxury footwear industry by manufacturing its products in the same factories in Italy that work with luxury brands. M. Gemi defines this positioning as “Postluxury: the best of luxury while presenting a modern approach to pricing and access to goods”.
Gemi provides the US consumers the ability to buy high-end, handcrafted Italian leather shoes at a lower price by optimizing the supply chain, speed-up the prototyping processes, and getting read of wholesale agents. Source: Tech Crunch
I own their chunky heels and I can tell the quality is as good as with renowned Luxury Italian brands. They have a diverse collection of classic loafers, heels, sneakers and boots. New styles are introduced every weeks and it is easy to shop via their mobile app.
Gemi is available online or via its mobile app, they also do pop-up stores from time to time and they recently opened a store in New York.
Check a selection of M. Gemi Winter must-have and use the code JULIAC40 for $40 off.
Strathberry – Affordable Luxury handbag
Strathberry was founded in 2013. They create leather goods, handcrafted in Spain by the finest artisans, using high-quality materials. Strathberry products are defined by clean lines and its signature bar closure.
Check a selection of Strathberry timeless pieces
Read the review of this brand here.
Aurate New York is a fine jewelry online store for effortlessly chic women. Aurate is disrupting the jewelry industry by focussing on high quality, fair pricing, sustainable partnerships, original but effortless chic designs. Check out this blog post to learn more about Aurate.
With an online market growing every year and inspiring digital marketers, these disruptive business models are revolutionizing the world of fashion and pioneer the new way to buy and consume.
Stay tuned for other disruptive labels, coming soon on Mode Rsvp.
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I always save money on sunnies!
Yes it is a must have in California we need a pair every day
Love these sunnies! Great pick
I need those M. Gemi platform heels NOW!!! They look so stylish, chic, and versatile. Thanks for sharing these picks babe! Happy Holidays xo, sharon
Thanks Sharon! I am obsessed with them too! Happy Holidays!
I love the selection you provided 🙂 I have a pair of acetate frames that I adore <3
Thank you! I love acetate frames! No mark on my nose anymore!!
I’m digging those sunnies! I’ve heard a lot of M.Gemi. It looks like great quality. Especially love those booties. I’m all for affordable luxury labels especially because for me it’s not about how much you spend on an item but more of how long it will last and how durable and great the quality is.
Hi Jacqueline, I am so in line with you! M. Gemi is really a great quality (same level as Prada quality to be honest!)!
This is so funny because my best friend just asked me for recs on good male brands to buy some clothing for her boyfriend for Christmas…and I suggested Everlane, too! Great picks, love! xx
Kit | THINGS SHE LOVES
Hi Kit, it is a good advice! Everlane is so perfect and stylish for men! Thanks for sharing, Great minds meet!
There’s nothing better than luxury items that don’t break the bank and wearing these smaller labels mean you have more unique pieces!! I’ll have to check out this sunglasses brand as I love their charity incentive
This is so true! I think uniqueness is also a sign of luxury! Have a great weekend!
Those khaki velvet pumps by M. Gemi are just glorious!!! I am now going to have to check if they ship to the UK… Fingers crossed!
Thanks for sharing Julia.
So many wonderful options. Italian shoes at an affordable price is exactly what I would want. I love the Augustina bags,. The Helmut boots are incredible. I want them now! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Miki! Love the Helmut Boots too!
I LOVE M.Gemi! Loving all of your picks!!
Thank you Kyleigh. M.Gemi is such a great brand
I’ve actually never heard of these brands and love that you’ve introduced them to me doll! Especially love discovering near eyewear brands! <3
Thanks Helen! Love Diff Eyewear each time I wear them I am so happy to see how lightweight and stylish they are
Love the sunnies! Such great picks! xx, Paula, http://www.paulahandrickblog.com
Wow I love these pieces. Especially the Dime sunglasses xx
I’ve never heard of Everlane but I love M. Gemi! Will definitely be checking it out! xx
love that these luxury pieces are available at a good price. Definitely will be looking into some of these for gifts!
Sabrina | Gypsy Tan
Wow! Love that green furry bag and those sunnies! Amazing picks.
I haven’t heard of some of these brands before- excited to check them out! 😀
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So many gorgeous pieces in all of these labels! I’ll have to check them out.
Some amazing options there! 🙂
Thank you for sharing!
These are all great brands. I love Strathberry bags. They’re so pretty, modern and minimal but sleek! 🙂
Thank you Miki! Strathberry is such gem
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