WD mugshot final_3While everyone is buying the same thing, off-the-rack, down at the corner mall. I want to know where the rest of the world is shopping.

I love embracing my worldly side, using my knowledge of languages and love of travel to discover lesser-known independent labels and designers from abroad.

Many of us want that one-of-a-kind feel. I’ve traveled all over the world and I’m drawn to buying that unique item that will embody or always remind me of a stay in Madrid, Buenos Aires or London… or inspire me to travel there one day.

Today, one-of-a-kind doesn’t necessarily have to mean “vintage,” but that no one around you readily possesses it. You don’t have to worry about going out and someone else wearing it, and you can be sure that when you do wear it, someone will complement you on it and ask… Where did you get it at!?

And that’s how my love and hunt for international lesser-known labels began, more than 10 years ago when I was living in Madrid. Before leaving the U.S., I searched for a pair of simple black slacks to buy. Sounds simple, right?… Well, I went everywhere in Los Angeles. They were either all too big (I am 5’8 and at the time weighed about 115 lbs), not dressy enough or were just what I wanted, would need to be tailored and were selling way too expense at Saks.

I gave up…. until I went into a store my second day in Madrid, called Zara.

I had never heard of this store before, but it looked interesting. I saw some black slacks, was with my friend and said I’d try them on just because she was trying on something – and they fit!!… almost as if they were tailored for me and looked great! Those slacks only cost me $30 US! Til’ this day I still have those slacks (and many other items I bought while there from Zara and other Spanish retailers!) and every time I wear them, I get a complement

… and yes, when asked where I bought them at? I do say with glee and with the memories of Gran Via rushing back, that “I bought them in Spain! ”

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