What Is Black Friday?
Our US neighbours have given us many things - the sitcom that never gets old AKA Friends, Starbucks iced frappuccinos and an addiction to Glossier's Haloscope but one of our most recent favourite imports is the concept of 'Black Friday.' Originating in Philadelphia, the concept and term has slowly made its way to the UK. Held annually the day after Thanksgiving in the US, on the 24th November, Black Friday is essentially the biggest shopping day of the year, with huge discounts across electrics, lifestyle, beauty and best of all fashion too. Last year, in the UK it was estimated that £1.27 billion was spent in the 24 hour period - up 16 per cent on 2015. Further research showed that Britons spent a record £5.8 billion over the four days between Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016. Online retailers took approximately £2.8 billion of this - up 20 per cent from £2.3 billion in 2015, according to the data. So with consumers really embracing the concept, 2017 is set to be even bigger and better, with even more retailers taking part.
Best Black Friday Deals 2017...
Last year there were major savings to be made across clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories, meaning many shoppers took the mantra, one for me, one for a Christmas present. River Island, Urban Outfitters, Guess, Miss Selfridge, House of Fraser, French Connection, Net-a-Porter, all offered 50% off selected lines. Thomas Sabo was giving 60% off selected lines, Monica Vinader 30% while Roland Mouret and Kurt Geiger both offered 20% and The Outnet were offering a whooping 80% off selected items. November is also the ideal time to get those items that you know you'll actually wear for years to come. From a really good pair of black trousers, to the court shoe that will go with everything or a timeless pair of gold hoops, think long-term rather than completely trend-led for the ultimate bang for you buck. Plus with Christmas looming, it gives you the perfect opportunity to start ticking names off your present buying list. Think a cashmere scarf for your granny, a slogan tee for your sister and a totally on-trend oversized tote for your mum.
Best Black Friday Designer Deals
Matches Black Friday deals
Matches is expected to also introduce a sale online across brands like Prada, Victoria Beckham and Louis Vuitton, so if you’re wanting to invest in a designer bag or shoes, then it’s worth holding off until Black Friday, just in case you can get it for a little bit cheaper.
Luisaviaroma Black Friday deals
Last Black Friday, Luisiaviaroma treated us all to an extra 20% off sale items, which was applied at the checkout. So that’s an extra 20% off already reduced items by designers like Helmut Lang, House of Holland, Fenty x Puma, Adidas Originals, Rick Owens and the list goes on.
Shop our edit of the best Luisaviaroma Black Friday deals below.
Net-a-Porter Black Friday deals
The past couple of years, Net-A-Porter offered up to 50% off hundreds of designer items, many of which had been reduced already. This spanned all categories, from clothing to shoes and bags, sunglasses and jewellery. As for designers, well you’re talking about Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, Givenchy and Burberry amongst others. In other words, it’s best best place to find the latest designer drops everyone is dying to own. Shop our edit of the best Net-A-Porter Black Friday deals below (we apologise to your bank manager).
The Outnet Black Friday deals
Farfetch Black Friday deals
Best Black Friday Apple Deals
Apple itself has been known to offer deals on Black Friday, but not every year and they’re not always the same in every country. Many are predicting that this year there will be a one-day deal giving buyers a git-card. The amount on the gift card will depend on the product you buy (a pricey Mac will result in a more valuable gift card, for example), and the gift card can be spend on products from the Apple Store.
Meanwhile, other retailers like Argos, John Lewis and Carphone Warehouse are likely to offer discounts on Apple products and Apple accessories think Macbooks, iPads, iPhones and Apple Watches plus Apple accessories like headphones and chargers.
Best Black Friday Supermarket Deals
Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons all offer discounts too. But it's not just groceries. Think big savings on microwaves, kettles and irons too.