Even those who do not use personal shoppers at home can find their services invaluable abroad. They can introduce the hidden gems of a foreign city: new fashion boutiques, interior design houses, antiques shops, and art galleries. Many of these personal shoppers also serve as concierges who can assist with tasks that range from planning shopping itineraries and arranging after-hours visits to luxury boutiques to making restaurant recommendations and reservations. The following personal shoppers are among the best in their respective countries.
Camilla Yonge, Y.shop
through her arrangements with London’s top hotels, Camilla Yonge offers their guests assistance with shopping in and around the city. “Most out-of-town visitors head straight for Harrods,” says Yonge, a former advertising executive with London Fashion Week, the semiannual runway event where designers premiere their new collections. “I try to direct them to more adventurous parts of the city, such as Savile Row, Notting Hill, Brompton Cross, and New and Old Bond Streets.” Yonge, who is developing a travel guide with Blake’s hotel designer Anouska Hempel, charges an hourly rate of $125 per person and $700 (not including meals and transportation) for an eight-hour day.
Y.shop, +44.7711.277.969, www.y-shop.co.uk
Susan Tabak, Paris Personal Shopper
susan tabak is a self-described Francophile with a love of fashion and travel. For a daily rate of $1,500 per person including lunch (group rates are also available), Tabak escorts visitors on the ultimate insider’s tour of Paris: from the designer shops on the Avenue Montaigne and the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré to the eclectic boutiques of the Marais and Latin Quarter.
Paris Personal Shopper, 212.404.8398, www.parispersonalshopper.com
Sophia Batson, Ottima Moda
as a concierge for American Express Platinum Card members, Sophia Batson gained an encyclopedic knowledge of the finest hotels, restaurants, clubs, and shops in Milan and other popular Italian destinations. Batson’s shopping services, with fees starting at $500 per day for two people, can include sightseeing tours. She is expanding her services to Barcelona, London, Paris, and New York.
Ottima Moda, 917.669.8722