Sunday, April 22, 2018

Forzieri VIP Sale: 40% Off

We are still a few weeks away from the official beginning of pre-sale season. That doesn't mean some retailers won't begin enticing customers with strategic markdowns.

Right now, Forzieri started a designer sale with new markdowns of up to 40% off retail. Use the code VIPSALE at checkout to engage the discount.  Among the newest markdowns is merchandise from Gucci, Balmain, Fendi and Versace.

We found a classic print Versace scarf reduced 20%, which brings the total price to about $300 from $375. Men's ties are about $130 from $165 and there is only one left in this gold and black print. Balmain white leather sneakers are reduced to about $600 from nearly $1000. Christopher Kane bags are discounted 40%. This Devine Og bag, which has a utility-type buckle, comes to $600 from nearly $1000.

The discounts on the Fendi bags aren't very good but if you're going for a "must-have now" even 15% off helps. You'd probably be better off going for a JW Anderson Pierce handbag in a similar color blue, which is discounted 30% off and comes to $1022 from $1459.

The sale runs through the end of the month and ends on April 30. Before you finish shopping, don't forget to browse the housewares. We are always suckers for anything Alessi, especially if it's on sale.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

First Ever M Missoni Sample Sale

We are still wishing for warmer weather but for now we will just shop for Summer until warmer temperatures prevail. Missoni, like no other designer, makes us think of the beaches of Ibiza and St. Tropez. As luck would have it, M. Missoni is having it's first ever dedicated New York sample sale, hosted by Global Fashions.

We caught an early preview of the sale and couldn't be more excited for days filled with beach, sand and lots of zig-zag. Clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories are discounted 70% off and select items are even discounted 80%. Some of the items that caught our eye were a woven maxi dress with a deep v-neck that comes to $360 from $1195, a shorter sun dress is $210 from $695, and a classic zig-zag weave cardigan is $240 from $795. (You can catch pictures of what we found in the jump.)

Among the accessories there are lots of shoes and bags. Most shoes are about $150 from a retail price of $495. Bags are normally around $595 but are reduced to somewhere around $180. (You can see pictures in the jump.)

The sale only runs for four days. Global Fashions also works with Valentino, so be sure to check out what new items that may have come into the shop.

M Missoni Sample Sale
Monday, April 23 through Thursday, April 26
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

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Pregaming: Getting Ready for Spring Markdowns

All these April showers has everyone looking forward to Summer. That means planning your strategy for Summer sale-ing. For the past few weeks, we've seen a plethora of gift card promotions and friends and family sales galore. Coming up this weekend, your set to see a bevy of contemporary brands start discount promotions.

The Neiman Marcus, First Call begins Thursday and shoppers can save up to 40% off regular priced merchandise. Our first purchase will most definitely be a denim skirt with raw edges. This version from 7 for All Mankind is long enough to cover the basics but short enough to keep it interesting.

Over at Bergdorf Goodman, the F5 collections will hit 40% off on April 26. For now, you can take advantage of the current promotion, were all sale items are reduced an additional 20% off. This IRO dress is rescued to $121 from $600, Fendi sunglasses are $141 from $400 and an Alice % Olivia blouse is $82 from $300.

Contemporary fashion mecca, Bloomingdales has already started toying with markdowns. Starting on April 22 you will start seeing lots of 'up to 40% off' promotions and then a savings of $25 off every $100. We find that the Bloomingdales designer exclusives are especially good. Check out this crochet dress with applique or how about some Spiritual Gangster rainbow vibes.

We are still waiting to hear about the contemporary markdowns at Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys but we will keep you posted. As for premium designers, presales usually begin the week before Memorial Day and sale officially breaks after the holiday weekend. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

You're Invited: Lanvin Private Sample Sale 90% Off

Lanvin certainly isn't the same without Albert Elbaz but that makes shopping past season's fashion even more fun. Yesterday, Lanvin started a private, invitation only sample sale and today the company decided to open the sale to Mad-Spy readers only.

The invite above will give you exclusive access to one of our favorite sample sales of the season. Of course, we love this sale because the discounts are great. Clothing is reduced 90% off retail and all other items are discounted 80%. The other reason we love this sale is because of the amazing staff. The sale is very well organized and the sales people are among the sweetest we've ever encountered. Going to the Lanvin sale is like attending private bi-annual reunion.

To be totally truthful, the merchandise selection isn't as amazing as some past sales. There are no bags, shoe sizes are very limited and the jewelry selection is tiny. That being said, we spotted a dreamy wedding gown that comes to about $2200 from $22,000. We spotted this white dress that comes to $400 from about $4000, there was also this jacquard pattern in different styles and some basic a-line dresses. We also found this exact animal print strapless style from 2015, which is very Elbaz.

There is also a great assortment of merchandise for men. We suggest that everyone grab a few bow-ties. You can't go wrong for $25.

The sale runs through Wednesday. We don't expect any additional markdowns, but really, how much more can prices be slashed?

Neiman Marcus Discounts Reach to 80% Off

Over the past few weeks, Neiman Marcus has been adding lots of designer merchandise to it's most reduced category. The discounts top 75% to 80% off and the store just started a promotion where a portion of sale merchandise  is marked an additional 20% off.

Upon browsing, we found a Gucci Bomber jacket already reduced 80% off and with the extra markdown it comes to just $640 from $3200, a Brandon Maxwell cocktail dress is $460 from $2300 and an Alexander McQueen iris print blouse is $378 from $1900. The discount among the shoes isn't quite as high and sizes are scarce but it still makes sense to cherry pick. Chloe fringe sandals are $254 from about $800 and Fenty heels are $156 from $390.

The Neiman Marcus promotion started today and will run through Friday. We suggest you take advantage while the opportunity presents itself. The next big sale won't come until mid-May, when first designer markdown begins.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sephora Insider Event (Re: Sale)

The annual Sephora Beauty Insider sale started this weekend and shoppers can save up to 15% off on all their beauty wants and needs. Access is currently only available to the retailer's most loyal VIB Rouge Members but opens up to the second tier on April 20th. After April 23rd, the sale opens to the public but the discount drops down to 10% to anyone with a lower loyalty status.

In stores, we usually find that a sales person will amend the promotion outside of the given tiered loyalty parameters. Online users can use the code YAYVIB to engage the discount.

Everything sold in retail locations is fair game. We generally suggest to start shopping the gift sets, like this NARS lipstick trio that's $79, a Kevyn Aucoin contour and sculpting set is $65 and a Tatcha Dewy skincare set is $56.

We recommend using this discount opportunity to try out the Dyson hairdryer $399. (It's expensive but it's also easily returnable if you don't love it.) We also suggest testing out products from Drunk Elephant, which is the newest beauty craze that often sells out. Pat McGrath, which launched at Sephora, recently lowered her prices. We would suggest starting with a lipstick or eyeshadow kit.

In years past,  this Sephora event used to accompany a 20% off discount. The good thing is that beauty promotions seem to be occurring more frequently in department stores and at other beauty retailers.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nordstrom: First Round of Markdowns

Everyone is all abuzz about the first ever Nordstrom men's store, which opened on Columbus Circle this week. Unfortunately, us women will need to wait a bit longer to fully engage in the Nordstrom retailing experience here in the city.

For now, we can enjoy Nordstrom's s round of markdowns for the season. Lots of Spring-ish merchandise is reduced 40% to 50% off.

Some of the sale highlights include these Chiara Ferragni heart sneakers are $195 from $325, Hudson high-wasted skinny jeans are $170 from $255, Prada sunglasses are $390 from $650 and this Tracy Reese color block sundress is absolute perfect for strolling the city streets and is only $119 from $298. We aren't always the hugest fan of Marchesa but this 3D gown is a show-stopper. The best part is that it's 60% off.

This markdown just started yesterday. The Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale, when all the designer merchandise goes on sale, is usually the last week of May.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Breaking News: Mansur Gavriel Sample Sale

Mansur Gavriel just announced that they will be hosting their first ever sample sale, later this month. The four day sale will boast great discounts and offer a unique retail sample sale experience.

In true Mansur Gavriel fashion, the brand will create a fully immersive retail environment that features an outdoor environment. The store will be outfitted with trees, flowers and other natural elements. Shoppers will even be assisted by Mansur Gavriel associates.

The discounts will range from 40% to 75% off and include all product categories-- handbags footwear and clothing. Among the sale merchandise will be a patent mini bucket bag in blush reduced 50% and come to just $222 from $445, a suede mini sun bag in brick will be $350 from $695 and a mini lady bag in peony will be $525 from $1050.

From the examples we were given, it appears as if clothing from this past winter season will reduced 60% and shoes will be 70% off.  The shoe selection will include both sandals and more winter appropriate footwear. You can see pictures and pricing examples in the jump.

We don't usually get too excited for sample sales but this one seems like it will be one that's worth the chatter. A great shopping environment, fantastic markdowns and stunning merchandise. Lets just hope they have a good plan to manage the crowds. You wouldn't want long lines to break up this idyllic sample sale with a three hour wait.

Mansur Gabriel Sample Sale
Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22
Thurs to Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
490 Broadway

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Inside the Versace Sample Sale (pics*)

The Versace sale, hosted by 260SampleSale, officially kicks off tomorrow but this evening, there were dozens of eager shoppers browsing and shopping the VIP preview. The good news is that the sale wasn't nearly as crowded as we expected and the discounts were even steeper-- win-win.

The Versace Collection clothing is the best deal at 80% off. Shoes, bags, belts, swim, etc, etc are 70% off. The Versus collection isn't discounted but retail prices are much less. Versus clothing is 75% off and all other categories are discounted 65%.

We started by browsing the best markdowns, in the Versace Collection category. We found a purple puffer coat that comes to $240 from $1400, a printed silk dress is $170 from $850 and leather jackets are about $300 from $1500. There are also several racks of long gowns that range in price from about $3000 to $5000. We found a fur coat for $3400 from $17,000 and a blazer with exaggerated shoulders and rouched sleeves for $420 from $2100. (Pictures weren't allowed at the sale but we were able to stealthy snap a few key items, which can be viewed from this link.)

The sale also includes a large amount of merchandise for men. Versace collection clothing for men is also 80% off. We strongly suggest men browse the suit options. Retail prices generally run from $1200 to $1600 and after the discount suits are just $240 to $320. That's a true deal. There is also a rack of denim with classic Versace prints.  Men can also find classic Versace print ties and bikini swim suits towards the beach of the ground floor shopping area. (Pictures are this way.)

Those with Versace mansion dreams can theoretically design a full table scape of Medusa heads, lions and bright prints. There are full china sets available but it's unclear how many place settings are available in each print. Our guess is that there isn't much. The housewares collection also has a few vases that range in price from $400 to $1400. At just 55% off it doesn't seem like the best of deals.

Downstairs, shoppers can find lots of shoe options for men and women for both Versus and Versace. Sizing is very limited for the the most attractive shoe styles. We are talking about 35s and 41s but those looking for sneakers will be more lucky.

Before anyone gets too excited, lets remember it's not 1996 and Madonna is no longer topping Z100's pop-charts. Instead it's 2018, and Cardi B is on in high rotation on Hits 1 as she rocks Versace on Instagram. Some say Versace is having a comeback moment, but you must be very careful when it comes to styling this 90s fashion hit.

Not all good deals are actually good deals.

Versace Sample Sale
Wednesday, April 11 through Sunday, April 15
Wed to Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm
150 Greene Street

ShopBop VIP Sale Link

The hugely popular Shopbop sale event kicked off today for VIPs. Shoppers can use the code EVENT18 and save up to 20% on orders under $500 and 25% on orders above $500. Of course, there are designer exclusions. Shopbop's list isn't usually very bad but some of the higher end designers aren't participating.

The best part of this sale is that you can apply the discount to previously reduced merchandise. For this reason, we always like to start our browsing in the sale section. We are really into this Milly detachable trench coat that's already reduced to $625 from $900. (It looks a lot like the Calvin Klein collection version, which is over $2500.) Frame jeans with a wide cuff are marked down to $73 from $245 and a rainbow stripped dress from Tome is $717 from $1200.

Another option is to always use the savings to get a jump ahead of the trends. You can catch two trends in one dress with this Tanya Taylor denim off-the-shoulder ruffled dress ($350). We love the color of this Black Halo dress ($345) and we would love to try out this Mira Mikati rainbow hoodie. For shoes, go for the Proenza ruffle sling-backs or No.21 braided mules.

Remember, the trendiest of items go fast at this sale. Better to snatch them up now than to wait until the sale ends on Saturday. Get shopping.