Designer Outlets - fashionable niche or premium asset class?

Exploring Designer Outlets as a resilient investment strategy

Why Designer Outlets are a good bet for growth

Real estate markets have faced a precession of ‘black swan’ events over the past eight years from Brexit, Covid, the War in Ukraine and the brutal impact of inflation on purchasing power in 2023, all against a backdrop of structural change in the retail sector. It’s not surprising that essential spending propped up the Christmas trading results, at the expense of discretionary spend, particularly bigger ticket and luxury items.

Certain parts of the retail market have fared better than others, one area is Designer Outlets. This format weathered the storm better than its traditional shopping centre and high street counterparts. We examine the fundamentals from a consumer, occupier and investor perspective below.

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