Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bergdorfs Starts 3rd Markdown 75% Off

Bergdorf Goodman just took its third markdown on Summer merchandise. We love keeping a close eye on these final markdowns because it's a great opportunity to snag high-end luxury merchandise without spending insane amounts of money or dealing with sample sale madness.

Krewe Sunglasses



The discount at Bergdorf Goodman is up to 75% off. Ready-to-wear sports the highest markdowns. We love these Cedric Charlier two-tone denim high-wasted gauchos that are $233 from nearly $900, a blush colored See By Chloe dress with ruffled sleeves is just $121 from $500 and an MSGM off-the-shoulder top with ruffles is only $88 from $355.

Moving on to shoes and bags, the discount hasn't become much better. The markdown is holding steady at 50% off. We are hoping that over the holiday season, there will be an additional discount on footwear. For the meantime, we are keeping a watchful eye on these Miu Miu satin mules and, of course, these Chloe miss-matched sandals.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ssense Discounts Hit 75% Off

Since we've been trolling the same stores for a while, we thought we would look outside our most frequent haunts. Ssense markdowns have hit 75% off and there are lots of great wear-now Summer options that you can snag.






Here is an Erdem dress that's reduced all the way to $471 from $1885, Raf Simons x Adidas high tops are $88 from $350, Isabel Marant rope sandals are $121 from almost $500 and a Rick Owens dress is $235 from $940. We aren't surprised but there is a large amount of Yeezy drastically reduced. We can't say that anything is worthwhile, even at 75% off.

We don't think the discounts will go down any further but some merchandise will continue to be reduced. We already picked up some Kenzo pieces but we wouldn't mind a few more pieces if there is another round of discounts. Sacai also has so many interesting pieces, if they were only discounted a bit more it would bar interesting to try a few.

We will keep you posted if there are any interesting markdowns. For now, have fun browsing.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Manolo's Biggest First Markdown

The Manolo Blahnik's boutique sale kicks off on Monday. Usually, the first markdown is just 30% but this season the discount is 40% off. The second markdown, of 50% off, normally comes a week later but we don't know what will happen considering this most recent shake up.




As far as sales go, the department stores are serving up better discounts. Neiman Marcus just started a promotion where sale merchandise is an additional 33% off. Here is a low heel sandal with pom-poms for $365 from $815, nude BBs are $266 from $600 and these print Birkenstock-like sandals are $356 from $800. Barneys is offering an extra 10% off shoes that are already discounted 60% off. These BBs are about $200 from $600 and these denim style sandals are $300 from $685.

Toward the end of the month, Manlolo adds a third "sticker" markdown where prices start at just $250. You can see our past coverage of Manolo's sticker sales here. We always prefer the boutique final markdown to the sample sale-- at least you get a box with your shoes.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
Abby: 212-582-3007
Monday-Friday 10:30AM-6PM, Sat 10:30- 6PM, Sun 12pm-5pm
The boutique will periodically close from 2pm to 3pm to restock

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.