italist is a Platform for Discovery

italist isn’t just for familiar designers and shapes, but harder-to-find ones too

One of the benefits of our unique retail model is that we have the eye and expertise of hundreds of independent retail buyers in Italy. Collectively, they have decades of experience, always a strong feeling for the next big trends, and a sense of which emerging designers will hit it big.

On italist, we bring that valuable insight to you, offering over 200,000 items from 1,000 international luxury and designer brands—both the ones you know, like Valentino, Givenchy, and Bottega Veneta, as well as relatively unknown names, like Alexandre Vauthier, Gu_de, Paloma Barceló, and Jejia.

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Thanks to our network of partner boutiques and wide product selection, we often have in-stock what others are already sold out of (and won’t have back in stock any time soon). Plus, at a significant savings over other shops:

Looking for…a Jacquemus Le Chiquito bag? When everyone was sold out, we had heron preston on italist

Looking for…Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch clutch (an instant icon)? They go in and out of stock constantly, so if you miss one, check back soon. Oh, and did we mention at a savings of 25%* off list price? That’s shopping at the Italian retail price, with DHL Global Express Shipping straight to you.

Looking for…a men’s Dior Saddle Bag in black calfskin? We’ve got one left in stock (for $2,116 vs. $2,700).

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Looking for…Gucci’s SS20 Disney Mickey Mouse collaboration? We’ve got the women’s t-shirt, pyjama top and trousers set, and 1977 Tennis Sneaker. For men, the hoodie, alpaca-wool sweater, and sneakers are also in stock.

Looking for a unique colorway? We have these Aquazzura Deneuve Flats in a unique black-and-white stripe that are particularly rare.

italist customer Dorothy Wang illustrated perfectly how we do it better: when she couldn’t find the perfect pair of Christian Louboutin So Kate heels in her size, we had them, and they arrived in short order, in time for her big birthday bash!

We’re also one of the few online stores to carry Celine for both women and men! 🙌

A Space to Discover

If it’s unique names you’re after, we’ve got those too. Long before Golden Goose was stocked everywhere, italist had well over fifty of the top models for women and men. At the time (2016), Barneys only had three.

We were also one of the first to carry Amina Muaddi, ever the currently-trending designer in women’s footwear. The same is true for BY FAR handbags and shoes, and cuddly, cozy brand Mou, which we sold a ton of during the cold season. They’re like Uggs, but wayyy better.

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Curious for something similar to Mansur Gavriel? Discover Nico Giani and Marge Sherwood handbags.

Love Tod’s sneakers? Check out their sister brand Hogan. We’ve got the largest selection of Hogan footwear on the web for both women and men.

We’re working everyday to improve your experience, and are so happy you’ve discovered what makes italist better—the top brands, hard to find items and unique discoveries, all at amazing prices!

Read more About italist: Is All Luxury Fashion Made in Italy?, What Packaging Comes with an italist Order?, and Understanding italist Pricing.

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About the Author

Diego Abba is the CEO of, an LA-based luxury goods platform. With extensive leadership experience, Diego has held roles at gaming companies Sleepy Giant as CEO and Activision/Blizzard as VP of Finance. He’s also advised clients in media, technology, and private equity while at Bain & Company. Diego’s expertise spans regions, industries, and functions, with notable speaking engagements as an expert on e-commerce, retail trends, and digital communication. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and is fluent in French and Italian. Find him on LinkedIn.