Fashions Best Kept Secret...

United Apparel Liquidators or UAL as it's known, is a small clothing chain based in Nashville, USA. Their flagship store is hidden away in a mall between a nail salon and Chinese take-away and what lies inside is known as fashions best kept secret.

 UAL's Nashville Store - Image: www.racked.com 

UAL's Nashville Store - Image: www.racked.com 

UAL offers their customers off-price garments, similar to stores like TK Maxx but in a boutique setting. If you're anything like me you long to find a designer bargain but rummaging through a bargain bin or through endless rails of mix and match garments doesn't sound so fun! But if the items were perfectly placed and neatly organised and yet still majorly discounted you'd be more than up for it!

The first U.A.L., which opened in Hattiesburg in 1980, was in an unrentable building 10 feet from the railroad tracks. The rumble of passing trains sent women rushing out of the dressing rooms in a startle. The new Brentwood location was formerly a car rental agency, and for some inexplicable reason, a deep-freezer sits in the back room, which the employees use to store shoes.
— Bill and Melody Cohen (nytimes.com)
 Image - Kyle Dean Reinford for the NY Times (nytimes.com)

Image - Kyle Dean Reinford for the NY Times (nytimes.com)

Some of the brands offered include, Balenciaga, Chanel, Givenchy all sold at up to 90% off their original price! The small chain brand does no advertising, just relying on word of mouth and choose to place their stores in small cities where you wouldn't expect to find designer goods! However, their staff are highly knowledgeable of their products, just what you'd expect from a designer boutique! 

 Image - Kyle Dean Reinford for The NY Times (nytimes.com)

Image - Kyle Dean Reinford for The NY Times (nytimes.com)

There are currently 6 stores under the UAL brand, Hettiesberg, New Orleans, Austin and 3 stores in Nashville.

If you're in the States and would love to find a bargain, make sure you pop down and check it out! But if you live a little further a field why not take a look at our own Vintage range