Vente-privee.com Refashions Closeouts

Private sales of designer overstock have been a part of the Paris high-fashion scene for years. This Internet middleman takes the concept online

During frenzied invitation-only clothing sales called ventes privées, chic Parisians strip down to their underwear to try on deeply-discounted designer clothes in bare rooms with cement floors and florescent lighting. After fighting over last season's stilettos and then stuffing as many glamorous gowns as they can grab into extra-strength trash bags, they put back on their street clothes and haul their take to makeshift checkout counters.

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