06 March 2012 by

Revealed: Cut-price Kate Middleton's secret shop!


Remember the fashion frenzy that greeted the Jesire coat-dress Kate Middleton wore to the National Portrait Gallery last month? Not only was the Duchess wearing something from the high street but it was from a label that went bust last March. So how had the Duchess managed to get hold of the defunct dress? Finally Grazia has the answer!

We can reveal that the Duchess of Cambridge sourced the coat-dress from a second-hand dress agency in Berkshire called 'The Stock Exchange'. Close to her family's home in Bucklebury, the shop describes itself as 'the premiere venue for the fashion conscious bargain hunter' and stocks 'nearly new' designer clotjes. According to staff there, Kate sends in an assistant to shop for her. 'She bought the Jesire dress from here - we remember having it in and were really excited when we saw Kate on TV wearing it,' one shop assistant said last week. 'None of the Middletons have ever come into the store thought, so Kate must have a secret shopper. Whoever it is, we hope she contunues shopping here!'


Something tell sus they will. Because The Stock Exchange is certainly a treasure trove of designer bargains, with a Miu Miu skirt with pleated bow for just £40, an Issa dress for £27.60 and a Gucci handbag for £50. In fact, Kate's not the only royal who's used the shop inthe sleepy village of Sunninghall. Sarah Ferguson used to send one of her aides there to shop for her.


It's not the first time the Duchess of Cambridge has gone out of her way to wear discount items. Just last week, Kate stepped out in a two-year-old blue M Missoni coat that she'd bought for a discount price in outlet Bicester Village. ‘Kate bought the dress here,’ an assistant at the Missoni outlet store in Bicester Village revealed to Grazia last week. ‘I didn’t serve her but I think she bought a scarf as well. We were all surprised to see her and it was great to see her wearing it alongside the Queen and Duchess of Cornwall. We’re getting a lot more stock in now from A/W ’10, as we’re expecting a lot of women will want to copy her look.’ Teaming the cut-price coat with the Zara dress she was spotted in the day after her wedding and some Rupert Sanderson Malone pumps she’s also worn previously, it's not hard to see that Kate’s quickly earning the nickname ‘second-hand Duchess’...


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Mary Lewis (Tue Mar 06 15:45:12 GMT 2012): "Second Hand duchess"? PLease - she is a modern woman responding to the current world financial situation with style and should be applauded.
Beth Aldredge Garfinkel (Wed Mar 07 22:44:29 GMT 2012): I think this is GREAT! Spending the crown's money wisely, instead of lavishly, is admirable!
Denise Megrian Alessandrini (Thu Mar 08 00:21:59 GMT 2012): I think this is wonderful. She is setting a great example.
Maureen Hara (Thu Mar 08 08:34:33 GMT 2012): She would look great in anything! Great sense of style!
Eileen Nahum (Thu Mar 08 13:18:13 GMT 2012): The writer (Jo Oliver) should use spell check next time. I counted six mistakes in this article. Any advances on six.. Sloppy journalism.
Kate Battersby (Thu Mar 08 13:26:12 GMT 2012): But you do realise this is the Stock Exchange in Sunninghill?
Eileen Nahum (Thu Mar 08 13:29:58 GMT 2012): Kate Battersby - Of course I realise! Shame she didn't mention it was in Sunninghill instead of Sunninghall. And I had no idea we were close to Kate's home town of Bucklebury! The things you learn from Grazia!
Kate Battersby (Thu Mar 08 13:34:28 GMT 2012): Eileen - we're not very close, I wouldn't say. At least 45 minutes drive.
Eileen Nahum (Thu Mar 08 13:37:32 GMT 2012): Exactly!
Kate Battersby (Thu Mar 08 13:48:49 GMT 2012): Oh I see - sorree. Being dim. But then I've never heard Kate referred to by her allegedly fast-growing nickname of the "second-hand Duchess" either. So an article big on accuracy, all in all.
Leona Alcock Millar (Thu Mar 08 18:27:37 GMT 2012): I think those things that she bought there were very pretty there is nothing wrong with going second hand she knows how to pick & wear it anything she wears she looks beauitful in any out fit she is a princess.
(Tue Mar 13 18:14:05 GMT 2012): I think the dresses were amazing, so what it was bought in a second-hand shop? she really knows how to dress really beautiful for a small prize. An example for everyone!
Cindy Albert (Wed Mar 14 01:30:14 GMT 2012): This is great! If she bought couture, she would be castigated for spending too much and when she saves she is the Second-hand Duchess. Good for her she understands how the world lives.
Beth Aldredge Garfinkel (Fri Mar 16 05:54:23 GMT 2012): Kate Battersby - Kate...apparently you haven't been to the States. 45 minutes is NOTHING. A simple commute here....
Jane Mc Grath (Tue Mar 20 16:40:18 GMT 2012): it's great that she is impacting the economy when just recently I heard clothes shopping was #2 on list of wasting money. I have had great luck in consignment shopping as have my friends.