Last month I found myself going to WINNERS like it’s my job. You see, I found a beautiful croc-embossed circle leather skirt at the College St location, but sadly, it wasn’t in my size. In the past, I’ve had a lot of luck with designer pieces at WINNERS. My fave Runway finds so far include a beautiful Missoni maxi skirt in the brand’s signature zig-zag print, and a sexy draped LBD from Alexander Wang. Each item was purchased at a fraction of its original price, and both are still MVPs in my wardrobe. Knowing that other stores in the city carry pieces from the Runway collection, I knew better than to give up, and so I didn’t.
Over the next few days I visited Bloor St location, where I found an amazing Chloé shearling coat and Versace skort (for $99!!!), Queen St and Portland St location, where I was stunned to find a Chanel bag, and a gorgeous velvet Dolce and Gabbana blazer, Front St location, with a huge variety of designer shoes – Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Lanvin, you name it – but no sight of the coveted Sachin and Babi skirt. As I was about to accept defeat and buy the Chloé coat instead (as a sort of crazy amazing consolation prize), something told me to go back to College St, and so I did.
And what do you know?! The skirt was hanging on the rack, perfect and in my size, just waiting for me to scoop it up! After grabbing it as quickly as I my hands could reach, I simply could not resist checking out what else was new at the Runway department. That day I found the most incredible sparkly tweed Céline coat (which was sadly too small, otherwise this outfit post would have revolved around French outerwear), Fendi accessories, more Chanel pieces (jewellery and bags), and even more designer shoes. But back to the skirt, the one I was trying to hunt down for days, it was finally mine, and so I left other tempting pieces behind (for another time, perhaps), and happily skipped to the cash register. Mission accomplished!
So the moral of the story is: next time you see something you love at WINNERS, but don’t see it in your size, please don’t give up! There are so many locations out there, and with new merchandise arriving daily, you are bound to find your size sooner or later. And even if you don’t, you may just stumble upon other fantastic finds.
More after the jump!