LOS ANGELES ( TheStreet) -- The best ones are usually located within an hour of the world's fashion capitals in warehouse-style malls that have become a tourist attraction in their own right.Given the global recession, their usual lines and traffic-clogged roads are even worse as couture hunters travel far and wide to scout couture's best bargains. Once limited to names such as Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Armani, high-fashion brands Karl Lagerfeld, Balenciaga and even Chanel have joined the world's best outlet malls. But don't expect to find the outlet addresses on their corporate Web sites -- the luxury labels keep quiet on where to score up to 70% off season-old fashion booty. For Europe's best outlet malls, travel to the retail wonderland known as The Mall in Florence, Italy. Located in the heart of Tuscany, The Mall is housed within a sprawl of warehouse-style buildings in a landscape of gardens and rolling hillside. With thrifty necessities like its own value-added tax refund office and concierge service, The Mall is also home to a fashionable cafe and bar as well a sit-down gourmet restaurant called Dot.com that served local produce, homemade gnocchi or grilled meats. In the stores, you'll find well-stocked outposts of Giorgio Armani, Bottega Veneta, Hogan, Marni and Balenciaga. The mall is surprisingly efficient, offering only high-end fashion labels and none of the usual Burberry and Nike outposts.
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