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Suji Kim Collection Factory Outlet

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published January 6th 2015
Looks posh and classy but oh, so cheap

The sign was there. My eyes lit up and I pulled into the large carpark. Huge writing scrawled across the showroom windows. "SALE 50 to 80% OFF."

I checked and double-checked with the lovely Jan who works there.

"We only opened three weeks ago. And yes, the sign stays there. This isn't a one off sale. Our prices will always be half of the marked ticket."

This is a spacious and very upmarket looking establishment. It has large changing rooms with gilded mirrors and a seating area just outside these rooms (with classy French inspired furniture) for frazzled husbands or shopped-out girlfriends.

So you can take your husband and at least offer him a seat while you try on a million things.

Suji Kim stores are quite common in suburban Melbourne. I know there used to be one at Doncaster and there are apparently others at Waverley Gardens, Forest Hill Chase, The Glen, The Pines Epping Plaza, Rosebud Plaza and Highpoint.

But compared to these smallish shops this one in Burwood Road is huge and like a true factory outlet it is connected to their warehouse.

The Suji Kim Collection label generally appeals to the 25 plus age market. Their clothes are made in Korea but styled by European designers. They look quite classy and they do a lot of casual wear, graceful evening wear, mother of the bride type stuff as well as street wear.

A speciality seems to be their scarves which are very light and come in a range of fashion colours in some great designs.

They also do handbags and jewellery. I noticed some of the jewellery (there is a photograph in this article) was going out for from $3 to $5. Given I had just been at Vinnies and paid $6 for a necklace it made me realise just how inexpensive this new jewellery was.

A lot of their tops reminded me a bit of TS but without the price tag. I have written about he TS outlet in Richmond here if you are looking to buy this brand somewhat cheaper.

Suji Kim seemed to have a lot of hip length (or longer) tops, that looked really floaty and summery and of course don't cling where you don't want them to.

All their stuff is non--iron which is another blessing. This is because a lot of their materials are blended. The top I bought was 35% cotton and is very light and airy. It has short sleeves and I could ball it up in my fist and it would come out without a crease. In other words their items would be great if you were travelling. Perhaps not great for the tropics but certainly fabulous for one of the many 25-27 celsius days we get so many of in Victoria.

The top was $24.50 after halving the price tag of $49. Which is what you do with all items in the shop if they are not already been marked down.

Another shopper said in my presence: "This place looks so classy but the prices are really low.". And her words just about sum up the experience of shopping here.

I think this place would be good for a forage every now and again for some super bargains in a classy and spacious store with lots to look at.

The other couple of factory outlets that are top of my hit list at the moment are Mountfords Clearance Centre in the city. I went in there this week and bought a pair of Italian leather handcrafted shoes for $75 reduced down from $445. And I am looking forward to going back to the Sirrico Leather Outlet in South Yarra to find a matching leather handbag.

"My name is Nadine and I'm a shopaholic. And I also write for WeekendNotes."

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Why? Classy shopping experience but not an expensive one
When: Monday to Saturday from 10.30 until 5.30. As this store has just opened you may want to check the opening hours as they may change.
Phone: (03) 9813 0740
Where: Suji Kim Collection Factory Outlet 612 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East
Cost: Clothes from $20, jewellery from $3
Your Comment
I was a strong devotee of Taking Shape - til they closed the Burwood rd outlet, then sold. Since then, nothing has ever fitted or hung properlyon me.
SUJI KIM is stylish, elegant, and is well made, so I hope they accommodate larger women in their ranges now!
by fluffynut (score: 2|937) 2041 days ago
The TS outlet Mollison St in Abbotsford (not Richmond), and the other huge one Sydney Road Campbellfield, both great, and worth the trip. Looking forward to trying Suji Kim, thanks!
by surel (score: 1|14) 2041 days ago
Just a minor amendment - in the body of this article you mention that the shop is in Burwood. It's actually in East Hawthorn, on Burwood Rd, so the location address you gave is correct.
by p_rob (score: 0|7) 2038 days ago
They certainly seem to. There is also the TS outlet in Richmond that has a huge amount of stock.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5927) 2041 days ago
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