Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wearhouse Valentino Clearance Sale: Pictures

It's holiday party season and dressing in another mass retail's designer imposter just isn't the way to kick off the new year. It's time to celebrate and let the real you shine through. Nothing can substitute for being genuine inside and out.



When we are looking for iconic designer pieces without spending all of our future 2018 earnings, we head to Wearhouse, in Great Neck, LI. Wearhouse is a massive retail space that is essentially an designer outlet with all the furnishings of a high-end boutique. There are helpful sales people and even a tailor on premises. This is the place you go to find real couture pieces for elaborate events, a demure cocktail dresses, polished work attire and even some elevated casual wear. (Click for pics.)

What better? Starting Sunday, Wearhouse will be hosting a massive clearance sale where designer clothing and gowns from Valentino, Naeem Khan and Piazza Sempione will all be reduced to 70% off. There will also be assorted shoes, bags and accessories from the same designers, discounted 70% off too. (You can see pictures over here.)

We suggest you take inventory of your 2018 social and travel calendar, and plan accordingly. Who wouldn't rather spend $300 on real Naeem Khan than something Chloe-ish? Keep an eye out for a great selection of coats, which we find nearly irresistible. After all, you can wear anything under a coat and still look New York amazing.

Wearhouse Clearance Sale
Sunday, December 17 through Tuesday, December 19
Sunday 10am-5pm & Monday to Thurs 9:30am-6pm
8 Hicks Lane
Great Neck, NY
516-466-5959

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Weekend Shopping: Finding the Best Discount

We only have a few days of shopping before Christmas. Friday is actually the last day of ground shipping for most retailers. Almost all of our favorite stores have taken a second markdown but discounts vary vastly.

One would expect to universally save 60% off women's clothing but Saks is a little tricky this season. There, designer clothing is reduced 30% to 60% off. The more popular the brand, the lower the Saks discount.

Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. As usual, Barneys is the clear winner across the board. The next and final markdown usually happens mid-January.



Here is your cheat sheet:

French Connection Clearance Sale, On Sale

When you're so busy shopping for other's, it's hard to indulge yourself. Look no further than French Connection if you're interested in a little self-spoiling without compromising your gift list. Right now, you can save an extra 40% off already reduced merchandise. Just use the code FCE40S to engage the promotion.






Over this way, we found a  a full leather biker jacket that comes to just $250 from $598. We've seen synthetic leather jackets that cost twice as much as the original price. Over here is a long cardigan with luxe faux fur sleeves that comes to $84 from $188 and this checked coat is as stylish as can be and comes to $180 from $428.

Beyond stylish basics, French Connection is a great place to pick up something sparkly and festive for the holiday season. The extra 40% off gives you even more reason to celebrate. Check out this high-neck sequined dress that is $120 from $328, this LBD can be accessorized with almost anything and it's $84 from almost $200 or you can go with a draped jumpsuit that is also $84 from $200.

This promotion only runs through TK. We suggest you browse through. Sizes will start to run out quickly.

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Second Markdown Alert: Net A Porter

'Tis the season of markdowns and shopping. Net-A-Porter started their second markdown this morning. The online luxury retailer has reduced prices up to 70% off and many popular style bags and fashion are still in stock.




Among the bag selection, we found lots of popular styles discounted 40% to 50% off. This JW Anderson Pierce bag is reduced to $1200 from $2200. This Mark Cross mini box bag is also discounted 50%, and is $1100 from $2200. One of our favorite bags, the Prada ribbon bag, tat is now discounted 40%. This style style never made it to the sale rack at boutiques, which means it will fly off the racks at this price. We also like the Half-Moon from Victoria Beckham is $860 from $1430.

The discounts on shoes range from 40% to 70% off, with most styles getting the 60% markdown treatment. Among the most heavily reduced shoes are Francesco Russo flared pumps that are $290 from $970 and Alexa Chung embroidered velvet boots are $170 from $555. Other well-discounted shoe options include, Burberry patent and knit ankle boots that are $270 from $800. Those Off-White silver ankle boots we've been watching all season are now $475 from $1200.

The clothing options that are discounted 70% off seem infinite. From an oversized Moschino knit cardigan that's $219 to a Ronald Van Der Kemp's patchwork sweater that's $550 from $1830. A Roksanda blouse is quite striking, and is $300 from nearly $1000. We even found this Proenze jacket that we've been spying and it's now 70% off.

There is nothing warmer than a Prada down jacket and this belted style is reduced 50%. A short version is just $580. We also spotted the hottest coat of the season, Balenciaga's oversized Outerspace jacket (in powder blue). It's reduced 40%.

The new markdowns just launched this morning but we already see items low in stock and selling out. We suggest you pile up that cart and edit before you're done.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

375PopUp: Discounted Chanel, Gucci. Balenciaga, Dior & More

When shopping for discounted designer merchandise, you're almost always looking at items that are several seasons old. This is not the case at our favorite mid-town pop-up store. 375PopUp (rebranded from last year's Luxury 9) has this season's most coveted and rare fashion items at steeply reduced prices.



The store will only be open through Christmas and you're not going to miss this opportunity. During our last visit, we found an assortment of Gucci slides. Leather styles are $550 and fur embellished versions are $650. The sale also has a selection of classic Chanel ballet flats for $550 and Dior J'Adior flats and kitten heels that are 20% off. There are also plenty of Louboutin and Fendi shoes and boots that are 60% off. (You can click here for pictures.)

The bag selection is as impressive as the shoes. Barney's only got eight Balenciaga Graffiti City bags this season. We've been told that the waiting list accumulated to more than 250 people. 375Pop-up has several of these impossible-to-get bags and is discounting them 20% off retail. The store has current season Dior bags, including the Lady Dior, Dioramas, Diorever and J'Adior are all 20% off retail.  Ferragamo bags are 65% to 70% off and Louboutin bags are 70% off retail.

375PopUp also has an insane selection of luxury street wear from brands like Off-White, Palm Angles, Fear of God, Amiri, Marcelo Burlon and Unravel. There are some racks specifically for women but the best selection is unisex. To be honest, if you need a holiday gift for a teenage boy-- this is the place to grab some swag that will send his brain spinning. (We have pictures over here.)

While shopping, we happened upon a small assortment of coats from Mr & Mrs. Italy that are reduced 50% off retail. There are also some specialty limited edition items like Moncler x Off-White. Straight Moncler down jackets and coats are at least 45% off retail.

We are told that 375Pop-up will be closing after Christmas.  Don't hesitate too long.

After you're done shopping, be sure to snag a Diptyque candle on the way out -- they are 35% off. You'll want to remember the sweet smell of a great discount.

375PopUp: Luxury Designer Boutique
Monday-Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday: 11am-3pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday: 11am-8pm
150 East 42nd Street @ Lex

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Bergdorf Goodman's Discount Hits 60% Off

Bergdrof Goodman started their second markdown today. The discounts range up to 60% off. Many handbag styles and shoes are now discounted 50% and most designer clothing is 60% off.





This sale is coming much earlier than usual and we are particularly pleased with the assortment that's still available. Over this way, we found this Valentino small chevron suede Demilune that is reduced to $2500 from about $5000, an Anya Hindmarch convertible bag is about $1000 from $2000 and a Balenciage striped bazar shopper is $925 from over $1800.

The shoe department is still stocked with great options. We love these velvet Miu Miu heels with the oversized jeweled buckle. They are now about $500 from $990. Prada short velvet boots are $440 from $875, Saint Laurent smoking slippers are $400 from $800, Stuart Weitzman rabbit slides are $390 from $775 and metallic Off-White ankle boots are $640 from $1280.

We will be sure to follow up this post with pictures from within the store. For now, we'll continue sorting and browsing to find the best online markdowns.

Manolo Blahnik's First Markdown

For as long as we can remember, we have celebrated the New Year with Manolo Blahnik's first markdown. This week, the luxury footwear brand broke with tradition and started its seasonal boutique markdown, on Monday.




Currently, shoes and boots from the winter collection are discounted to 40% off. This markdown should not cause too much excitement considering that department stores are discounted 50% to 60% off.

Usually, the next price drop happens just a few weeks later. This year, we can't really say what will happen. We will be sure to keep you posted and updated as the boutique's markdowns climb to 75%. That's when we go running. You can click here to see our Manolo closeout coverage from last year were we found lots of ornate and iconic styles for just $250.

For now, you can head to Bergdorf Goodman where a large selection of shoes are discounted 50%. The assortment at Barneys is smaller but the discount is 60%. Alternatively, you can click above to see what we found around the web.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street (b/w 5th and 6th)
Mon-Fri 10:30 to 6:00, Sat 10:30 to 3:30
212-582-3007

Monday, December 11, 2017

Valentino's Rockstud Sample Sale: Pictures Added

Today kicked off Global Fashions multi-brand fashion event, which features their biggest variety of Valentino Rockstud shoes bags and clothing. The sale also includes a variety of Valentino Red, Anya Hindmarch and Marchesa. Discounts are 70% off accessories, shoes and bags, 75% off ready-to-wear and 80% couture gowns. Click here to see some pictures from inside the sale.



Global Fashions Rockstud Warehouse Sale
Monday, December 11 though Thursday, December 14
Monday to Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-2pm
49 West 38th Street

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Barneys Second Markdown Begins


Barneys has been boasting the best markdowns in town on clothing, shoes and handbags. To maintain its competitive edge the store started it's second markdown today.






At this point in sale season, we tend to prefer shopping online for serious shopping. It's just too frustrating to go to a store and find that your size is sold out. We found this Alaia tote that comes to $1400 from over $3300. That's pretty close to 60% off! A Fendi pom-pom style bag is about $1000 from $2150, an Anya Hindmarch bag is $550 from $1345.

The online shoe selection is even better. We are in love with these Alchimia di Ballin high boots that now comes to under $550 from $1300. The heel hight makes them NYC wearable and the architectural detail makes them visually interesting. Ditto goes for these Margiela fold-over boots that are $700 from about $1700. Mules from The Row are about $500 from $1200, which is similar to sample sale pricing! Oh, and these Dries Van Norten velvet boots are my absolute favorites. (Ohhh, yes, I did!)

The clothing discounts are just as good. Here is an oversized Acne brushed cashmere belted coat for $550 from $1300 and a Prada jacket with a fur collar is $1100 from from $2700.

We don't know how long this promotion will last but the official second markdown should happen next week. We expend that the next markdown will be 50% off shoe sand 60% off clothing. The difference is marginal.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Details: Christian Louboutin Sample Sale

Ladies, have you been naughty or nice?

Check your inboxes to find out. Christian Louboutin sent their best friends invitations to its exclusive sample sale. That's right, the sale that everyone loves to hate starts on Tuesday. Remember, the security is tight and there's a clear mean-girls hierarchy to who gets invited to shop first.






The most important Louboutin insiders-- glossy magazine editors and celebrities-- are known to be invited to begin shopping by appointment on the first few days. The sale extends all week as the invited guest list expands to allow general press and "friends and family."

Last season, prices started at just $200 but most styles were priced in the $300-range. The most expensive style shoes were $1000. A majority of the heels and studded variety pumps were priced between $300 and $400. For example, studded kitten heels was $300 and $2300 studded knee high boots were just $600.

If you have an invite (or if you're considering door-busting this sale), we suggest that you start your day early.  Last year, shoppers reported more than 50 people in line by 7:00am.  Be prepared to stand on line, outside, for at least two hours. You will be asked to provide ID when checking in. There is a five pair limit for each shopper.

Those who weren't invited to the sale can now save 40% at Christian Louboutin boutiques, Saks NYC and Barneys. It appears as if all authorized online retailers have removed Louboutin sale styles. Fear not, we found some other-- less obvious-- options to shop for red bottoms online. Use the above scroll to see what we found.

Before you head to the store, you can browse the in-store sale section in this post. Follow along on Instagram to get up-to-the minute updates.

Christian Louboutin Invite Only Sample Sale
Tuesday, December 12 through Friday, December 15
11am to 6pm
307 West 38th Street No. 3 @ 8th Ave.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Rock-Stunning Holiday Warehouse Sale

This holiday season is about to get a lot more sparkle and a whole lot more festive with Global Fashions upcoming sample sale. The official luxury distributor will be hosting a four-day sale, which they promise will be filled with Rock-stunning merchandise.


The inventory assortment will include a variety of Rockstud bags, shoes, clothing and accessories for men and women. We are told that there will even be a scattering of Pierpaolo Piccioli's collection from Fall 2017, including the popular Demilune Bag and selection of Rockstud spike shoes. Discounts will be 70% accessories, shoes and bags, 75% off ready-to-wear and 80% couture gowns.

The sale will include Red Valentino and Missoni too. Also expect to find  a variety of gift items. We love the handprinted Christmas ball that will be just $27 from $90. Shoppers will also find jewelry, wallets and other small accessories priced perfectly as gifts, for others, clients and, of course, yourself.

Global Fashions tells us that this will be the the biggest sale of the year and contain the most current inventory to date. You can head this way to see information from he last sale with pictures. We can attest to the fact that at the last sale the best selection was gone very quickly.

Small print: Brand information and brand names have been specifically omitted to avoid the rathe of angry Italians.

Global Fashions Rockstud Warehouse Sale
Monday, December 11 though Thursday, December 14
Monday to Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-2pm
49 West 38th Street

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Annabelle Fur Sale: New Arrivals

As temperatures are dipping the Annabelle Fur sample sale is heating up. We stocked up on pom-pom hats that start just $25. Fur lined denim jackets and fur lined parkas are also a big hit, in addition to the company's normal luxe furs that are all discounted at least 50% off retail.

Pictures from inside the sale are right here.

We fell in love with a gorgeous slate blue mink coat with removable cashmere arms. We also spotted down coats, which rival the highest quality luxury versions and they are priced under wholesale. Couldn't imagine a more chic way to fight the winter beast.

Annabelle Sample Sale
Friday, December 8
9:30am-6pm
247 West 30th St, 2nd Floor

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Bergdorf Goodman: Extra 20% Off Sale

Bergdrof Goodman just started an exclusive online promotion to VIP shoppers. The sale is an extra 20% off already discounted merchandise, which brings the total markdown to 50% off on many items. The sale is online and only accessible with this private link.




Some of the sale highlights include these Miu Miu fur slides with a jeweled buckle that are $550 from $990 and this Balmain rockstar tee is $260 from $480. A Derek Lam leather jacket is $450 from $760 and a dramatic Andrew Gn black-and-white geometric coat is $1435 from $3000.

Among the bags, there is this Balenciaga scarf bag is $1200 from $2150 and the small version is just $870 after the additional discount. The Balenciaga shopper is $950 from $1700 and this Fendi bag strap is $700 from $1250. A Valentino Demilune, which just debuted this season, is $1450 from $2600.

Again, the sale is only online. We asked, and the store will not price match or participate. We suggest you buy what you like with our private link before the sale goes public. The promotion ends December 10.



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gift Guide: What To Buy Other People

Let's be honest, the best part of the holiday season is buying indulgent things for yourself! Still, there are others who need to be recognized and shown some gifting love. Presenting a truly thoughtful gift is thrilling and gratifying. Finding that special gift, however, can be arduous and strenuous.




We are so thankful that Nordstrom offers such a great selection of thoughtful gift items. We love Kate Spade's adorable collection of winter hats, especially this winky beanie. This Gucci Marmont cross body bag will thrill even the fanciest girl. It's under $1000, so it won't completely deplete the holiday gifting coffers. The Gucci Marmont belt will be equally appreciated and will set you back half the amount of the bag, which means you'll have more money for yourself.

Check out this travel vanity case ($219), which is perfect for the beauty junky- jetsetter. We just wonder if it would be considered a carry-on or a 'personal item.' Speaking of jet set, a new Ramowa ($695) is always a crowd pleaser.

This season, we have been spying for great jewelry finds. We love this simple 14k gold zig-zag stacking ring that's just $150. A similar style vertical heart pendant is just $220.

If you're still stumped, check out Nordstrom's MoMA Design Store. We love this lucite yellow-pink vase $179 and this LED heart light ($69) could brighten anyone's day and is the perfect punctuation for a child's room.

As always, online shoppers should take advantage of Nordstrom's great customer service, which features free shipping and free returns. If only all stores were as easy to shop as Nordstrom.

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Spying Saks Shoe Sale (Pics, Pics, Pics)

The tree is 'lit' and Rock Center is in full Christmas mode. Who could object to a stroll down 5th and over to Saks Fifth Avenue?





It's not quite second markdown time but we couldn't help from taking inventory of all the nice and naughty shoes on sale.  As usual, the sale shoes are displayed on racks according to size. It tends to get a little messy during sale season but the racks seemed more organized than usual.

While browsing, we found thigh-high Balenciaga stretch boots in velvet that are $976 from $1400 and pink knife boots that are $567 from $945. There is a large variety of Manolo Hangisi heels in assorted colors. We were most surprised by the Gucci selection that's still available. Rainbow platform sneakers are $597 from #995, wedge snake sandals are $540 from $900 and Gucci ghost slip-on sneakers are $350 from $580. There are dozens of pictures from the store right this way.

Christian Louboutin shoes are also discounted 40%. A full assortment of pics are here. On the way out, we spotted piled boxes of Vetements x Manolo but they haven't been added to the sale section. Considering how many pairs are still left, we wouldn't be surprised if they hit the racks soon.

The next 'hard' markdown won't be until after Christmas, when the shoe discount will hit 50% off. We expect that there will be a 20% off discount promotion, which will give shoppers a bit of a Christmas second markdown presale opportunity.

Saks Shoes: 646-206-4000



Monday, December 4, 2017

Get Warm at the Annabelle Fur Sample Sale

Staying warm and stylish is never easy when it's very cold. When temperatures drop there is no better way to keep warm than in fur.


Ahead of the first big cold snap, Annabelle is hosting sample sale that's sure to warm your heart, body and wallet. The sale will include a large assortment of of high quality fur coats, vests, jackets and accessories. We are told that prices will be well under wholesale.

The three-day sale will include a variety of luxury furs and outerwear that will be priced at wholesale prices and below. The sale will include fur-lined parkas priced at just $400 and incredible down jackets priced from $200.

The sample sale will also include a vareity of cold winter accessories, like knit hats with fur pom-poms for under $40. (Seems like a perfect holiday gift to me!) Of course, you will also be able to find an assortment of high quality coats ranging from a full mink to fox and other exotic skins.

Once you're geared-up and looking great, it won't matter even if it's cold, cold, freezing.

Annabelle Sample Sale
Wednesday, December 6 through Friday, December 8
9:30am-6pm
247 West 30th St, 2nd Floor

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DECEMBER SAMPLE SALES 🎅🎄🎁

The holiday spirit is in the air. There are festive lights, cheerful music and, yes, plenty of sample sales. The shopping sale calander will hit a crescendo over the next three weeks. It's a good thing because it's the season of giving. There is no better time to buy holiday gifts for yourself and loved ones. Also, keep New Years in mind. It never hurts to pick up something sparkly, especially when there is a great discount.

Below is a list of what we believe to be the best bargain bonanzas of the month. You can continue to check back here and we will add more sales and commentary. Feel free to ask questions, leave feedback and comments below. You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to get quick and immediate updates.




Alice & Olivia
This bi-annual sample sale kicks off on Tuesday. The best part of the sale is that there are real samples at this sale, which will range in price from $29 for leggings to $129 for gowns. Open stock is discounted about 60% to 70% off. We got an early preview of the price list, here. You can click here to see all the pricing at the sale.
Tuesday, December 5 to Sunday, December 10
Tues 8am-8pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm
260 Sample Sale, 260 Fifth Avenue

Kevyn Aucoin & La Perla
What's better than makeup and lingerie? Both make you feel beautiful. Snagging a discount on these luxurious collections is always fun. Just be careful, we've over stocked on makeup before and come to realize that it takes a long time to get through an eyeshadow. Underwear, on the other hand, never too much. Click over to see the price list
Tuesday, December 5 to Sunday, December 10
Tue 10am-8pm, Wed to Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm
260 Sample Sale, 150 Greene Street

Wolford
This showroom sample sale is sure to boast great prices. At the last off-site sale prices started at $18 for tights and stockings with retail values under $100. More expensive tights are $45. We expect that the discounts will even be greater.
Wednesday, December 6 & Thursday December 7
10am-4pm daily
330 Seventh Avenue, suite 1702

Vita Fede Holiday Sale
The sale will boast discounts 50% to 80% off. Prices range from $50 to $200. We imagine there are lots of great gift items from which to choose. Be on the lookout for the brand's classic Titan bracelet, which isn't usually drastically discounted.
Thursday, December 7 & Friday, December 8
10am-7pm, daily
135 West 29th Street, 10th Fl, suite 1005

Altuzarra
Ready-to-wear and leather goods from the fall, winter and pre-fall collections will be discounted up to 90% off retail. This two day sale will take place at the designer's showroom. Expect to find ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags. At the Summer sale bags were priced between $300 and $500, dresses were $125, coats were $200, and ornate gowns were $1000. The most difficult part of shopping this sale is not going home with everything.
Thursday, December 14 through Friday, December 15
8:30am-6:30pm daily
233 Broadway, 14th Floor

Sophia Webster
This one-day sale is usually RSVP only but this season the quirky shoe designer ditched the list. That doesn't mean they got rid of all their terms and conditions. Expect to find shoes priced from $50 to $400. Samples at the last sale were priced from $50 to $80.
Saturday, December 16
10am-5pm
79 Greene Street


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Details Inside the Chanel Presale (Updated-Bergdorf Pics)

The Chanel sale officially goes public on December 7 but insiders 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 Fifth Avenue is 30% off retail.




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 from Bergdorfs.

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 60% off. Stay tuned for updates.

Take note, Barneys is offering an extra 20% off all sale items, which brings the total discount  to 50% off. Loubouitn and Chanel are excluded in that promo but there is still a lot of great temptation.

Bergdorf Goodman: Paul 347-504-3269
Hirshleifers: Tova 516-627-3566
Barneys: Instagram DM Artie
Saks Fifth Avenue: Tirtza 917-544-2987

Bloomingdales: Dean 646-537-5995
Jeffery's:z Kenya 212-206-1272


Friday, December 1, 2017

Louboutin at Bergdorf Goodman

The Louboutin markdown is slated to officially kick off on Friday but stores have been allowing customers to presale purchases. We already did an extensive investigation of the sale styles at Barneys, which will be 40% off but was wowed by the selection at Bergdorf Goodman.





The discount at Bergdofs is just 30% off but the store has many styles that aren't carried at Barneys and have a lot more inventory and sizes than available at the designer's boutique. You can click here to see all the styles that will be included in the Bergdorfs sale. Some highlights include, our favorite Moulamax low boots that will be $685 from nearly $1000. Once du Desert pumps are classic with a twist and come to $625 from $895. (Click here for pictures.)

Louboutin fans will probably be most excited about the sale assortment of sneakers. There are these rainbow spiked sneakers that come to $740 from $1045, fully spiked Roller Boat sneakers that are about $900 from $1300 and full bedazzled Roxxxy sneakers are $1400 from nearly $2000.

The sale is slated to go live in stores and online on Friday. We suggest keeping an eye on the site and swiveling back and forth between Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. (Click here to see pictures from in the store.)

Bergdorf Goodman
Shoes: (text) Paul 347-504-3269

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Madison Ave Sale-ing: Balenciaga, McQueen, Pucci, Stella & Lanvin

It couldn't have been a more perfect day to sale down Madison Avenue. The bright sun, changing leaves and ubiquitous sales make it ideal conditions to browse, shop and absorb all the beauty of luxury fashion.

Today, we collected markdown intelligence from some key Madison Avenue boutiques. The best part is that the weather is supposed to remain cooperative through the weekend. That means holiday shopping will be that more enjoyable.

Take note, most stores have officially started sale season. Discounts range from 30% to 50% off. Some boutiques are offering even better pricing than the department stores. Keep an eye out, the Chanel sale will begin in mid-December. Golden Goose and Mr. & Mrs. Italy claim they will not have any markdowns. (We'll see about that.) See below for details and head to the jump for pictures of our favorite sale items.

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter for pictures and real-time updates.



Alexander McQueen
Expect to snag a discount of 40% off at the McQueen boutique. Shoes and bags are discounted the same amount. We were most taken by the luscious shearling-lined leather coats and jackets. We also loved this collection for these of hardware. Grummets and d-rings add a great edge to what could otherwise be a flat collection.
Erik
212-645-1797

Balenciaga
Who is gaga for Balenciaga? Clearly everyone. The discounts range from 30% to 50% off. The problem is that the boutique sales people can't really tell you which shoe styles are marked down or the prices. Sizes are also sketchy. Clearly this floral print Knife pump is discounted 50% but we were told that there weren't any pumps included in the markdown. It's better to stick to the bags, which are much more straight forward. Be on the look out for the small selection of Graffiti City Bags. They are from the new Spring collection and not on sale but they will be sold out in a flash. Production is really tight and it's currently the hottest bag on the market.
Ian 212-328-1671

Emilio Pucci
You can soak in all the colorful drama of Pucci's mid-century colorful print at 40% off. Bags, shoes and jewelry are also discounted 40%. We always love Pucci's bright solid coats that are trimmed with big fox collars. Online at Saks, you can find some swim suits that are discounted 50% and perfect for winter vacation.
Ivana 212-230-1135

Stella McCartney
You'll find clothing discounted 50% and shoes and bags marked down by 40%. The bag selection isn't terrific in the store. You should head online to see a better assortment. The boutique has an especially great selection of coats and the markdown tops any department store. We love this long check grey coat that's reduced to $900 from $1800 and platform star sneakers are always classic ($540 from $900).
Dana 786-797-5850

Lanvin
Clothing, shoes, jewelry and most bags are discounted 50% at Lanvin. It's hard to find any rays of sunshine within this collection. If you are a sneaker fan there are lots from which to choose. Most styles are on sale for about $300 from $600. This tailored print coat is quite eye-catching.
Devon 646-439-0380


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christian Louboutin Presale

Many stores have started their sales on contemporary and luxury designer merchandise prior to Thanksgiving. Christian Louboutin remains one of those brand's that trails behind the regular markdown schedule. It's always a big mystery as to when Louboutin will begin their sale.



Wonder no more! Presale has started at Barneys, Bergdorf and Saks. The sale will open to the public on December 1. The first markdown discount at Barneys is 40% off the markdown at Saks and Bergdorf is 30%. We got our hands on the confidential lists from each store.

Highlights include, suede spike pumps that come to $657 from about $1100, sequin sneakers are $600 from $1000, glitter slippers are also $480 from $795 and floral print velvet Moulamax boots are $675 from $1100. (Links are in the jump.)

The sale will even include lots of basic styles like these Pagalle Follies in velvet and these basic black pumps with a leather pom-pom. There are also lots of sneakers and flats like these sparkle mid-tops and this lace sneaker.

You can click on the jump to get links to most of the items that will be available during in the markdown. We suggest you contact your Barneys Louboutin sales person right away to begin presaling the 40% off discount. Online shoppers would be wise to purchase now and call for a price adjustment after checking out.

The markdown at the Louboutin boutique is also 40% but customer service is a disaster. We like to stick  with the department stores unless a preferred style is already sold out.


Contacts:

Barneys

Artie: aimshinesky@barneys.com

Bergdorf Goodman
Shoes: (text) Paul 347-504-3269

Saks Fifth Avenue
Contact: Fifth Avenue Club (Eric) 212-753-4000

Louboutin Uptown:
Marina 212-396-1884


Monday, November 27, 2017

A Guide to the Best Markdowns: Saks vs Barneys vs Bergdorfs

Almost all of the seasonal merchandise in department stores are on sale. At most of our local shopping destinations, fall and winter clothing is discounted 40% off but the prices of shoes and handbags vary greatly.






Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Take note that no stores are discounting Chanel, Dior, Louboutin or Celine. If you're looking for Balenciaga or Valentino Bergdorfs has the best selection but Barneys has the best prices.

Here is your discount cheat sheet:



Contacts: Barneys
David- barneysshoeman@gmail.com

Bergdorf Goodman
Handbags & Accessories: Janet_Paszkiewicz@bergdorfgoodman.com
Shoes: Paul_Passarelli@bergdorfgoodman.com

Saks Fifth Avenue
Contact: Fifth Avenue Club (Eric) 212-753-4000

The Best of Cyber Monday

Chances are that you've been shopping or browsing online and offline all weekend. Nonetheless, marketers sill insist that the shopping continues full force though Cyber Monday.

Chuckle as you might, people are clicking and buying more than they are cruising actual stores. Some of the discounts aren't as good as they were over the weekend but some are even better. Be careful, impulse can easily overcome Monday morning shoppers. And whatever you do, don't forget to use the discount code.






ASOS//Cyber Monday 30% off everything
DATE: Until 11.28
CODE: EPIC30
Over/Under Black Friday: Same
Standout Item: Silver puffer $89 from $127

BaubleBar// Save 35% off everything
Date: Until 11.29
CODE: CYBER35
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Discount has gone from 30% to 35% off everything.
STANDOUT Item: Oversized gold plated hoop earrings $48 from $68

Bandier // 25% off Sitewide
DATE: Until 11.27
CODE: No Code
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Same
STANDOUT Item: Koral leggings $71 from $120

French Connection//40% off Everything, 50% Off full price
DATE: Through 11.28
CODE: FCBF40 or FCxLTK
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Full price 50% off is a new addition for Cyber Monday
STANDOUT Item: Fairy Dust sequined dress $199 from $399

J.Crew//40% off plus 10% off until 12pm EST on Cyber Monday
Date: 11/27 12pm EST
CODE: THANKU
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Extra 10% off for Cyber Monday
Standout Item: Kid's Van's Snoopy sneakers $27 from $50

TheOutnet// Final Clearance Sale Extra 50% Off
DATE: TBD
CODE: No Code
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Same
STANDOUT Item: Alexander Wang platforms $165 from $750

MyThereasa// Up to 50% off, Extra 30% Off
Date: TBD
CODE: BLACK30
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Same
STANDOUT Item: Isabel Marant pumps $450 from $625

Nordstrom//Extra 20% off select sale merchandise
DATE: Until 11.28
CODE: None
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Same
STANDOUT Item: Girl's Uggs $69 from $129

StyleBop// Save 25% off full price merchandise
DATE: Until 11.28
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Same
CODE: SAVE25
STANDOUT Item: No21 Velvet Slip-ons $280 from $375

Friday, November 24, 2017

What We Really Bought on Black Friday

Are Black Friday deals really that good? Eh, kind of.

We find that holiday hype and the pent up frustration from family overtime, drives much of our consumerism. After investigating the purchases of friends, family, along with our personal shopping, we began to see some trends.

One is that most of what we really bought on Black Friday were minor purchases. There was no extravagant jewelry, no cars, no mega-expensive handbags. Another theme is that people seemed to purchase the items they needed and were holding back to buy. The third, and final observation, is that Starbucks was consistently more crowded than most any store. People are spending more time browsing in shops and shopping online.




Milly high-wasted dress pants ($310 from $400 or buy Gilt credits for more than 50% off): Incredibly flattering and versatile. Plan on pairing them with Frame gold high-neck blouse($300). Just waiting for the top to go on sale.

Gucci Jordaan Loafers ($695): The last pair in my size that hasn't been price hiked to $730.

Precious Moment girl's jacket ($196 from $280): She needed a new jacket and this brand is priced much higher in US stores.

Girl's J. Crew Coat ($82 from $138): She likes the stars.

Mr & Mrs. Italy fur lined boots ($336 from $480): I fell in love with them while writing this post. This can be a dangerous job.

Eye charm necklace ($55 from $102): Needed to stock up on some girl's birthday gifts.

Celine-esque white pumps ($120 from $150): They aren't practice enough to spend lots of money and I really loved the heel on this version.

Diptyque Scented Oval (5 for $190 from $240) : Always a welcomed holiday gift.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

MyTheresa's Amazing Cyber Weekend

Nobody does European fashion quite like, well, Europeans. The selection is always a little different than what you will find around home and the styling is done with an extra twist of creativity.





We like to surf the European fashion sites whenever we are in need of a little bit of style inspiration. MyTheresa, in particular, offers that special 'Je ne sais quoi' that brings your style game to a whole other rung. Our favorite part of MyTheresa is the great sales, of course!

Right now, shoppers can save 30% off using the code BLACK30. The sale isn't public yet but you can use this private link to start shopping now.

The best part of the sale is that lots of items area already priced less than they would be Stateside. Take a look at these velvet Ellery boots. The retail price is over twice as much from regional retailers. once you take the extra 30% off they come to $560. We've seen similar styles for nearly $1800!

There are other items that are hard to find discounted, like this Loewe Hammock bag that comes to $1000 less than normal and a JW Anderson Pierce bag that's about $1000 from nearly $1500. Over this way is an adorable Alex Chung sweatshirt that's $190 from $260 and Aquazzura suede loafers, which we also don't recall having seen, are $455 from $650.

Mr & Mrs Italy's fur lined coats and jackets haven't even hit markdowns anywhere here yet but MyTheresa has a large assortment that is included in the Black Friday sale. We especially like the fur lined boots ($336 from $480) but aren't sure about how suede will hold up through an NYC winter.  If Mr & Mrs are still priced to high for your budget, opt for Yves Salomon, which is about half the price and also included in the promotion.

Take note, the discount can be applied to items using this link. You can clearly see that the original pricing is better than US retailers and the additional percentage makes shopping overseas extra attractive. We also love that there are no shipping surprises and MyTheresa includes duties and taxes in all its pricing. What's even better? MyTheresa delivers in less than 48-hours! Now, that is service.

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Where to Shop on Black Friday

This week, the biggest friends and family event is Thanksgiving. There are great deals whether you're looking for the excitement of crowds or prefer to shop solo from your computer. Take note, that some of the most attractive promotions are Friday only. Below are our top picks for Black Friday. Rest assured, the deals are almost identical if you are shopping online or if you're thrill seeking in stores.


Shopbop
You'll find discounts upon discounts galore at Shopbop. Sale items are currently discounted up to 75% and most 'full' priced items are 30% off. To sweeten the deal, the site is offering an extra 'buy more, save more' deal where you can save up to an additional 30% off. Use the code MORE17 to activate the extra savings. We have our eyes on these white pumps that we think are even better looking than the Celine version. We just love the heel and they are only $150. A Phillip Lim red cross body is already reduced to $455 from $650 and a smashing red, Giambattista Valli cape dress comes to $700 from $3265.

Neiman Marcus 
For Black Friday only, Neiman Marcus will be offering an additional 33% off sale items. That will bring the total discount on designer fashion to 60% off, which is much more than anyplace else.
We can't say with 100% certainty, which items will be eligible for the additional markdown but we have our eyes on this quilted Saint Laurent bag that is already reduced $1387 from $1850, a mini Dolce & Gabbana bag that's discounted to $417 from $700, velvet Manolo Blahnik BB heels that are $465 from $700 and this red Givenchy dress that's really the perfect shade of the holiday season.
(Bergdorf Goodman won't be offering the same promotion but will offer an additional 20% of sale, starting December 5.)

Saks Fifth Avenue 
Prices for the shopping extravaganza will be reduced up to 60% off if you can get to the store or log in before noon on Friday. An Alice & Olivia print dress is $118 from $300 and Frame high waist jeans are just $66 from $250. Just a warning, the early Saks crowd can be overwhelming. This is one of these days where shopping online can avoid lots of aggravation.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Neiman Marcus Extra 30% Off

At this moment, most people are planning their escapes, their menus or their Thanksgiving outfits. With the distraction of family and holiday it's hard to concentrate on, well, shopping. We suggest you take a moment for yourself right now because we have a scoop that you're not going to want to miss.



Most retailers have discounted designer merchandise to 40% off but we got word about a Neiman Marcus promotion that will top everybody else's sales. For Black Friday only, Neiman Marcus will be offering an additional 33% off sale items. That will bring the total discount on designer fashion to 60% off, which is much more than anyplace else.

We can't say with 100% certainty, which items will be eligible for the additional markdown but we have our eyes on this quilted Saint Laurent bag that is already reduced $1387 from $1850, a mini Dolce & Gabbana bag that's discounted to $417 from $700, velvet Manolo Blahnik BB heels that are $465 from $700 and this red Givenchy dress that's really the perfect shade of the holiday season.

We suggest that you place items in your cart now and check out as soon as the additional discount becomes available. On Saturday, the promotion rolls back to an additional 20% off and by Sunday it's all over. The next 'hard' markdown won't come until December 14.

Wishing you and your loved ones a bounty of cheer,  plenty of pie and much to be thankful for. 
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

French Connection Black Friday Sale

The weather is getting cooler and party season is just around the corner. All of last season's purchases seem, blah. A closet full of nothing to wear has never been such a harsh reality.




This season, we are determined to not be paralyzed by closet fatigue and are sprucing things up. We've found that French Connection is the ideal intersection of price, quality and style. What's even better is that the company is hosting a Black Friday event where everything on the site is be discounted 40% off.

We are told that this is the best sale of the season and we aren't going to spend a moment hesitating. We've been searching for the perfect party outfit and found this head-turning sequin dress that's $136 from $228. As a matter of fact, the entire Party Glamour Collection is pretty amazing.

Over this way we found  a floral print top that works well for day, night, work or Sundays. It is comes to just about $58 from $98. You can top anything off with this check wool coat and create a dramatic outfit ($256 from $428).

What ever you do, don't skip the accessories, shoes and jewelry. We immediately fell in love with these suede blue open-toe booties. They are perfect for adding a splash of color in a sea of black and come to only $94 from $158.

The discount can even be applied to sale items! With prices and style like this, there is really no excuse to subject yourself to your current options. The French Connection Black Friday sale will only run through November 27. After that, you're on your own.

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