Thursday, June 22, 2017

Net-A-Porter Shoes Hit 70% Off (and Gucci)

If you're a shoe addict, like us, you're going to want to check out Net-A-Porter's shoe selection right now. A large assortment of shoes were given another price cut bringing the total discount to 70% off.





Here are tropical print Sophia Webster sandals discounted to $165 from $550, pom-pom Aquazzura classics reduced to $218 from $725 and these Aquazzura Wild Thing flat sandale are only $176 from $585. We can't believe how many cute pairs of shoes that are just about $200. It really makes you question ever spending any more. As a matter of fact, most of the shoes in the scroll are under $225.

If you get past the shoes that are reduced 70%, you should direct your attention towards these Golden Goose sneakers. They aren't reduced quite as much, but 50% off is still nothing to sneeze at. Speaking of good discounts, there is a whole bounty of past season Gucci shoes also reduced by half.

We encourage you to sort by discount, and then dig for your favorite designers. If you haven't maxed out your shopping cart, you can start to browse the clothing. We did well enough with the shoes-- for today.

The IT-it: Furry Feet

Fluffy footwear become a thing when Alessandro Michele slid a slab of fur into, what's now become, the iconic Gucci fur slide. The new fall collections are filled with furry feet.





We recently spotted, a variety of Miu Miu slides that are all covered with fur. Some are even embellished in jewels and here is a ankle strap pump. Then there is the almost Ugg, Maison Margiela sheepskin fur sneaker-style mule, the Chloe shearling platform slide, Roger Vivier sneak-ery slide that's lined in fur and Fendi has monster slippers, of course.

This daytime look has even tottered it's way into the closets of night-time queens. Proving that fur on anything is worthy for after-dark hours.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Inside Bergdorf's 2nd Markdown (Chanel)

The shoe section of Bergdorf Goodman was a flurry of activity as shoppers took the opportunity to begin the Chanel presale tradition. The current markdown on shoes is 50% off and the Chanel discount is 30%.






Among the Chanel shoes included in the markdown, are several styles of flat sandals, some sneakers and a variety of pumps. Our favorite items in the sale assortment are the classic two-tone nude pumps with a pearl heel. Those are sure to be a sell-out. The next markdown on Chanel is usually 50% and it always seems to happen very quickly. You can see pictures of the assortment in the jump.

Some other shoe brands we saw discounted 50% were Louboutins, Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks, Dior and many more. Here are pictures. Nothing really jumped out at us but there is still a large assortment in every size breakdown.

Upstairs, most clothing brands have been reduced by 60% but some brands like Fendi, Rosie Assouline and Valentino are discounted just 40%. The best selection if reduced clothing is on the third floor. Among the racks, divided by designer, we found some great pieces by Prada, Mary Katrantzou, Delpozo, Mugler and so many more. Pics here.

Third markdown should start next week (maybe Tuesday). We would start stalking items now and pounce when the discount hits 75% off.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Best Online Deals Now

We have spent a lot of time investigating the discounts at our local department stores. Today we are crawling the web, searching for the best deals at some of the great international online stores we sometimes overlook.






One would think that online price comparisons would be easy but e-tailers purposely make it difficult. Instead of one broad markdown, most online stores individually price items according to their inventory levels. It's almost impossible to nail down a discount at destinations like Ssense, MatchesFashion, Forzieri and StyleBop. Generally the discounts at sites range from 30% to 60% off.

Each site has a specialty or an area where they offer a leg-up on the competition. In our case, we look for specific areas to score the best discounts. Keep in mind, Europe usually trails the US in markdowns. Many global sites have not had as many markdowns, but where they lack in discounts they make up for in variety.

We have compiled a list of our favorite fashion websites along with the discount range, and sale highlights. Please share if you think we missed your favorite site or an item that deserves a watchful eye.


Forzieri
Discounts: 25% to 60% Off
I Spy: Les Petits Joueurs bags discounted 50%.

Ssense
Discounts: 30% to 70% off
I Spy: The highest discounts are Balmain./a> We found a denim dress for $600 from nearly $2000. This Junya Watanabe top is pretty fantastic if you have the fashion personality to pull it off.

MatchesFashion
Discounts: Up to 60% off
I spy: Collection items from newer designers like: Duro Olowu, Talitha, Sies Marjan and Sanayi 313.

StyleBop
Discounts: 40% to 60% off
I Spy: A 70% off section were there are some great items, likely from last Summer. We especially like these Jonathan Simkhai shorts that are $119 from $400 and white Vionnet draped pants for $176 from $590.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Chanel Presale Begins Now

The Chanel sale officially goes public on June 22 but those who are in-the-know-- or are insistent with a sales person--can begin presale-ing on Monday. The discount will be 40% on shoes, jewelry and clothing at both Barneys and Chanel boutiques. The discounts at Bloomingdales and Saks will be 30%.






Chanel doesn't authorize retailers to sell it's merchandise online but we curated a selection of pictures sent to us from various sales people and snapped some of our own. You can browse the pictures here or scroll through some unofficial online items. We are awaiting intelligence on which bags and small leather goods that might be discounted.

If you desire a particular item, we suggest contacting a reliable sales person. Last season, was exceptionally difficult for Chanel lovers because very few bags styles went on sale. This season's sale list includes a very nice assortment of Chanel jewelry. The next markdown usually happens pretty quickly and the discount ranges from 50% to 50% off. Stay tuned for updates.

Bergdorf Goodman: Doreen 347-986-9483
Hirshleifers: Tova 516-627-3566
Barneys: Instagram DM Artie
Fifth Avenue Club: Eric 212-753-4000
Jeffery: Michelle 212-206-1272


Friday, June 16, 2017

Best Markdowns to Shop This Weekend

Summer Fridays are officially here and that means that retailers are eager to get shoppers off the beach and into stores-- virtually and physically. There are great sales this weekend. We've listed many of our favorites below.

Take note, the UK version of Net-A-Porter has started it's first markdown. The discount might not be as high as the US site but it's a great second opportunity to snag an item you might have missed. The currency exchange is pretty good and shipping isn't too expensive. The Brit site also has a lot of items that weren't posted to the US version. It's worth a browse.





Bergdorf Goodman
Discount: Shoes & Bags 50% off, Clothing 60% off
Favorite Item: Alexander McQueen dress

Barneys
Discount: Up to 60% off shoes, bags and clothing
Favorite Item: The Row Bindie bag

Farfetch
Discount: Up to 60% off
Favorite Item: Chiara Ferragni winking tee

MatchesFashion
Discount: Up to 60% off
Favorite item: Isabel Marant wide-leg pants

Moda Operandi
Promo: Extra 20% off Sale for a total of up to 75% off
Code: MORE20
Favorite Item: Delpozo cuff jacket

MyTheresa
Discount: Up to 50% off
Favorite item: Saint Laurent suede bag

Neiman Marcus
Promotion: Extra 25% off many sale items (shoes up to 60% off
Favorite Item: Aquazzura wedge sandals

Net-A-Porter
Discount: Up to 70% off
Favorite Item: Jonathan Simkhai hi-low skirt

Saks Fifth Avenue
Discount: Up to 60% off (shoes 55% off, bags, 50% off, clothing 60%)
Favorite Item: Alice & Olivia jumpsuit



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Moda Operandi Serves 75% Off

This week, retailers started their second markdowns but Mode Operandi is adding even more discounts. Through Sunday, you can use the code MORE20 to save an additional 20% off sale items. The extra discount brings the total savings to nearly 75% off, which is hard to beat anywhere else.






We love that this site is very fashion-centric but it also means you have to do a lot of browsing until you hit upon your personal style. Some items we've been stalking include, a Caroline Constas off-the-shoulder dress that comes to about $200 from $500, this dress from MArch11 is versatile and is reduced to about $400 from nearly $1000 and these 'Gomroll' sandals from Giusseppe come to about $290 from nearly $900.

For those hottest days of  Summer we've been on the lookout for stylish draped pants. We love this striped version from Rosie Assouline or this version from Tibi is a lot less expensive and does the trick too. Even these jeans from Frame essentially fall into the drapey category.

Moda's sale season usually runs long into the season. Final markdowns usually hit about 85%. With fashion this expensive, sometimes it pays to wait.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New Arrivals: Valentino Warehouse Sale

That huge Valentino warehouse sale we posted about on Monday, just got another shipment of gorgeous merchandise. (Pictures are here.) Bags and shoes are 70% off retail and clothing is discounted 80%. The sale runs through mid-day Friday. As of now-- there are no lines!

Global Fashions Valentino Warehouse Sale
Tuesday, June 13 though Friday, June 16
Tues. to Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-2pm
49 West 38th Street

Sponsored Mention

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Shopbop: Extra 25% Off Sale

Just in time for the weekend, Shopbop is offering an extra 25% off sale items. The extra discount brings the ultimate markdown to about 85% off. Just use the code SCORE17 at checkout.




The sale officially kicks off tomorrow but we suggest you dig in right now because merchandise will go quickly once the public is let in. For now, you need to use this link to access the additional savings.

This is a great time to grab a new few items for the upcoming Summer weekend. Browsing through the 70% off section, which is final sale, we found an adorable Cynthia Rowley dress that comes to about $100 from $450. (The dress is perfect for daytime with sandals or nighttime with heels.) We  also love this drawstring cotton dress that's $95 from $400.

Outside the most reduced items, we love these frayed hem jeans from 3x1 that come to $150 from $225, Aquazzura Wild Thing slides are about $170 from $475 and Kenzo espadrilles are about $180 from $240.

The sale ends Friday at midnight (PT). This is the best deal you can expect, outside of Shopbop's friends and family sale. If you ask us, it seems like a good opportunity to celebrate Summer.

International Spy: The Best of First Class

Flying is an interesting experience. It's always exciting, a bit stressful and and sometimes horribly annoying. Like many travelers, I taken to arriving at the airport ridiculously early. After all, it's torture to sit in traffic and watch the minute hand advance more quickly than your car. Just the thought of JFK traffic makes me shudder.


Airlines have gotten the message loud and clear and have made a huge effort to capture the audience of waiting travelers. First class travelers, in particular, have an abundance of indulgent pre-departure options. Noteworthy restaurants, bars and boutiques are making big a big splash at airports all over the world. As a matter of fact, arriving to the airport early is becoming something I look forward to and have started to orchestrate as part of my trip.

Foreign carriers have been ahead of the curve in creating a welcoming atmosphere for departing travelers. Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and Lufthansa have all poured hefty amounts of money into revamping and modernizing their First Class lounges.

British Airways made a large investment in updating its U.K. terminals and recently announced a multi-million dollar redesign of New York’s JFK Terminal 7. The new upgrades will include an expedited check-in process with private areas for Club World and First customers, completely revamped lounges with pre-fight dining, and new gate seating.

Most recently, American Airlines launched their Flagship First Dining experience, at JFK airport. First Class travelers get to check-in at an exclusive private area of Terminal 8 and are treated to a unique food and beverage experience. All the food and drink ingredients, including the mixed drinks, are sourced locally and the recipes were conceived by acclaimed regional chefs and mixologists. As a matter of fact, the drink menu was created the famed Pamela Wiznitzer, of the popular Upper East Side bar, Seamstress.

We especially look forward to taking advantage of this airport update when traveling to not-so-far away cities, like London. Getting a wonderful dinner, while on the ground, gives you the opportunity to get a real full nights sleep in the air. (Maybe after just one glass of Champagne!)

American Airline's Flagship First is scheduled to continue its airport concept rollout to include Dallas, LA, Heathrow, Miami and Philly. The food and experience will be different in each city and incorporate local flavors and dishes. (We will follow-up once we experience all seven cities and let you know which one is best. Just kidding!)

American isn't the only, um, American Airline to upgrade. Late last year, United Airlines launched “United Polaris” in effort to transform the business class experience on the ground and in the air. The first Polaris Lounge was launched at Chicago O’Hare, in December. The airline partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue to offer an elevated experience in the air but on the ground travelers are treated to private daybeds, spa showers and premium dining. A Polaris lounge is headed to Newark too but there have been ... "unexpected delays."

As a jaded consumer, it's always refreshing to see updates and increased amenities at an airport (or anywhere for that matter.) I'm excited to see the new trends in elevating the airport experience. Now, if someone could do something about that traffic to JFK I would really be trilled!