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’...