>>9773009>Kate Spade doesn't actually have enough leftover to stock all the outlet stores they have, so have this secondary line
I work at KS so I can comment on this a bit.
1) You're correct. Outlet stores get the same stock at retail stores and department stores one year later. For example, March 2017 will hit outlet in March 2018.
But whatever sells out from retail/department stores doesn't get restocked and as a result outlet never gets them because the stock transfer happens after final retail/department store markdowns, which is 4-5 months after a collection is introduced.
2) Outlet isn't always cheaper. Sure the outlet wallets are $98 vs. $198 for a full priced Kate Spade wallet of the same design, but outlet bags, accessories, and non-wallet small leather goods are approximately the same price as retail stores.
3) Outlet has outlet specific styles and product to remain competitive. They also carry full price items (i.e. items from Kate Spade New York, not Kate Spade outlet) that retail/department stores don't carry such as pajamas and slippers, luggage, makeup cases that aren't black/black and white striped, etc.
Items worth buying at outlet:>phone cases (cheaper than retail but the same quality)>clothes (including pajamas. The clothes are transferred from retail stores. If you have a nice outlet, they might even have drastically reduced Madison Ave, which is Kate's luxury line.)>stationary>keychains/charms (cheaper but the enamel ones are approximately the same quality as retail ones)>jewelry (again, mostly transferred from retail stores and outlet pieces are about the same quality anyways) >luggage (the same pieces we sell on our main website. Outlet doesn't have their own luggage line)
Avoid outlet bags and small leather goods like the plague because they're PU/"vegan leather". They are covered under Kate's 1 year warranty but they don't hold up like the nicer quality retail bags do.
Apologies in advance for the long as fuck comment.