Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Calypso 95% Off

We know you're sitting in your office, at a desk or in your cube thinking about your plans for  this evening. Trying not to watch the clock can be a struggle. I'm sorry that I can not get you out of where ever you don't want to be any faster but I can give you an activity.

Head to  Calypso and check the sale section. Items on the site are already reduced 50% to 90% off but if you buy any two items you receive an additional 50% off your total purchase for a savings up to 90%. 




This Arianne Dress was $250 and was reduced to $29. Find another item you like and this dress will come out to just $15! If you're not into clothing there are also handbags, jewelry and baby clothing included in the sale. 

The site is slow but there are lots of pretty colors for over which to contemplate. This should definitely use at least 30 min of your day. No need to thank me.

Happy New Years!

XOXO,
Lila

Monday, December 29, 2008

Anik $59 Cashmere Sweaters

Anik New York has been a fixture of 3rd Avenue and 77th Street for more than 20 years. The style is always simple but timely. The store carries all the staples of a Third Avenue boutique: lots of Theory, premium denim and beaded tanks. The real treasure here is the cashmere, which is privately labeled under the store's brand called Malika.



At full price, most of their cashmere sweaters are a good value at $200 to $400. When their 50% off and 70% off sale takes place it's hard to not overload. Well sale time is upon us and in these economic times people are even doubting $100 cashmere.

This weekend, the Madison Avenue location (at 83rd street) has bins of cashmere sweaters priced at $59! The colors and sizes are limited--camel, gray, navy and chocolate brown in extra small, small and large-- but what more do you really expect? 

In other bins shoppers can find premium long sleeved tees and thermals priced at $29 and pastel rayon/nylon blend fitted sweaters for just $19. Most everything else in the store from Fall/Winter is 50% off but the discounts always go to 70% off as the season progresses. 

Tip: Try and pop over on a weekend because additional discounts are often offered as part of a two-day promotion.

Photo Credit: FashionJunkie.com

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Post-Christmas Round-Up

This year, the sales came fast and furious, but that doesn't mean that all the merchandise is gone. Some stores reduced prices further after Christmas while others are holding out. Whatever inventory is left through February will be reduced at least 70% off. For now, here's the status of your favorite stores.

Bottega Veneta: Ready-to-wear is now 50% off, woven bags are 30% off and non-wovens are 50% off. Our trusted futurist, Faith Popcorn believes that Veneta will be able to withstand the economic downturn because of its understated designer status. I hardly know a person who doesn't have at least two woven bags (present company included) and they are quickly getting boring. This consumerist is in need of something new and exciting.
Tatiana 212-371-5511



Chloe: Before the holidays I took a quick spin and there were only two very bare racks of clothing. In early December, prices were slashed to 70% off. Their aggressive sales seemed to have paid off. If you want Chloe you might have to fish online venues, like Net-A-Porter.
Gisella 212-717-8220

Christian Louboutin: The discount is 40% off and we were assured prices will not go down any lower. Looking for better Loubie deals? Make nice with a department store sales person and have them give you a call when a return in your size comes in.
Erich 212-396-1884

Dolce & Gabbana: We are still kind of bummed that the Friends and Family sale was only 60% off. At least the insider discount is now public. Not that the collection had many standouts, but it's going to take more than 60% off in January to lure shoppers.
Cono 212-249-4100

Dunhil: As the only apparel outlet owned by the Richemont Group (Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC, Panerai and Montblanc), you can expect that these guys really know what men want. Nice watch, great cufflinks, amazing suit! Now you guys can get the fine tailoring you want at 60% off. Dunhill always has an end of season sale but this is on the early side. Maybe, wait it out and prices continue to slip.
Alexander 212-753-9292

Ermenegildo Zegna: Listen-up boys, especially if you're over six feet and under 200 pounds. Zegna's sale is 70% off. Lots of suits left. For those men who don't take hints easily: GO! Go now!
James 212-421-4488

Gucci: The sale is 50% to 60% off, but when was the last time Gucci had a really great collection?
Maura 212-717-2619

Jil Sander: As predicted, Jil Sander ready-to-wear is down to 60% off from 40% off, in November. They did have a great collection and I wouldn't be surprised if not much is left.
Jossiline 212-838-6100


Jimmy Choo: Fall/Winter shoes are up to 65% off. The store even dropped their prices on classic shoes to 30% to 50% off.
Zita 212-759-7078

Michael Kors: Our favorite reality star/fashion designer dropped prices 70% off on clothing and 50% on handbags. In my head, I can hear Michael preaching, "70% off is in the new black."
Caroline 212-452-4685

Prada: Ready-to-wear and bags are down to 50% off. Nobody believes me but I think prices will fall to 70% off like they did in 2004. The SoHo flagship is usually where the US consolidation is done.
Christina 212-327-4200

Valentino: Fall/Winter ready-to-wear is down to 60% off. Accessories are 50% off.
Robert 212-772-6969

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Saks Post-Christmas

Not much left from what I have been told. You can be sure, however, there will be a line to get into the store upon opening at 8:00am.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Off to St. Barths

I'm off to St. Barths with all my Madison Avenue friends. I will be sure to pass on the post-Christmas booty as the phone calls from sales associates come in.



Happy Holidays!
Au Revoir for now.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Oscar de la Renta 70% Off

Few fashion houses are as dreamy as Oscar de la Renta. The New York Times Critical Shopper, Cintra Wilson, recently described the old guard of luxury designers as being "worn exclusively by women so morbidly wealthy that they can wear white satin on the soles of their shoes since their daily walk involves only the floor mats of bulletproof limousines, Hereke silk carpets and the soft, clean heads of the middle class."

This may be true, but a spin through the store is almost like a garment museum. Walking through I hear my mother's voice in my head scolding me for touching everything as a child. But it's so hard to control yourself. The fabrics sometimes feel like they are spun from Rapunzel's golden hair.



This week, however, Oscar made his store a bit more approachable by marking down the Fall/Winter collection to 70% off. The sale also includes the online store. Gowns that were $10,000 are now around $3,000, which is a lot of lettuce out of any one's pocket but a far cry from ten-grand. Remember the dress is hand painted and embroidered!

Century 21 Friends and Family

This one will take you to Christmas:

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Barney's 3rd Markdown

Barney's announced another markdown today where they reduced merchandise up to 75% off. The sale runs from today until Sunday, Dec. 21st. The sale is also running online but Barneys is famous for their--how do we nicely say this--imperfectly developed inventory system. So don't be surprised if order gets canceled hours or even days later. To be safe you might just want to call the store.

From what I hear there's still lots to choose from. I imagine that Barneys will be pretty cleaned out by Sunday. So get there fast and bring cash because the good stuff isn't going to stick around for long when it's being sold at such a steep discount.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Saks Jewelry Sale

We received breaking news this evening:

Saks is running a jewelry sale that has "NEVEEEEER been done before," according to our jewelry spy. The Fifth Avenue department store, along with the Boca and LA outposts are offering 20% off David Yurman (including couture), Faraone Mennella, Temple St. Clair, Roberto Coin, Gurhan, Ippolita, Marco Bicego (we're big fans) and Judith Ripka gold jewelry. Judith Ripka silver jewelry and John Hardy are being discounted 30% off.


This is old fodder, but opening a Saks account can get you an additional 10% off. We are told that there may be more surprises as the story evolves. The sale runs from Thursday, Dec 17 until Christmas Eve.

Oh yeah, Graff is 98% off. JUST KIDDING!
Remember, you heard it here first!

Contact: Raquel 212 940-2131

Century 21 Friends and Family

I wonder if there is anything good left at Century. From now until Sunday friends and family get an additional 25% off.

Donna Karan

Popped into the Donna Karan store only to be pleasantly surprised by the aggressive discount. Bags are 60% off but the styles have little to be desired unless you're into strapping a cinder block to your shoulder. Ready-to-wear is discounted 60% and 75% off.



Although I am probably at least decade younger than their target audience I was appreciative of the versatility of their dresses. Perfect for almost all body shapes and most situations a closet needs at least one Donna Karan dress. The prices hover around $1200 normally and picking up one of these timeless staples for $300 is a valuable find.

Contact: Genie 212-861-1001

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gift Idea: Paige Gamble Atelier

The wonderful thing about Madison is the glittery stores that line the Avenue and the secret hidden gems that are tucked away just above. Paige Gamble Atelier is just one of these jewels. The small but chic handbag showroom/boutique is hidden above the Pucci store on 64th (just steps West of Madison).



These are just not any bags. Paige Gamble Atelier bags are all one-of-a-kind and limited edition clutches and purses made from exquisite exotic skins and adorned with semi-precious gemstones. The marriage of exotic skins, like alligator, crocodile, stingray and python with the extra glamour of stones like jade, pyrite and quartz provides for an offspring that rivals that of Angelina and Brad.

Paige Gamble herself is a Connecticut native who bagged her Wall Street career when she was inspired by a turquoise covered Yves Saint Laurent purse. She says that she fell in love with this jewel adorned bag at first sight. To only find it was sold out everywhere. She scoured eBay and all other likely outlets until she found her dream bag. That is until, it started unraveling. "I was disappointed by the quality and lack of craftsmanship," she explained from her showroom that's more like a grown-up fantasy version of dress-up.



Most of Paige Gamble's purses are made from a single hide, meaning you won't find any distracting seams down the center. She also warns shoppers on how to spot a high quality skin from a lower quality hide. "The skin should never be rough to the touch or flake," she says. A bag that is made out of high quality skins should last years, if not generations.

Unlike most companies specializing in exotics, Paige Gamble is able to keep her bags young and just-- not serious. This is not the Judith Leiber crowd. Rather, think Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. Prices range from $950 to $14,000. For those not interested in taking a four-digit plunge, Paige also offers dramatic headbands ranging in price from $90 to $500.

I don't know about you but Paige's design spin makes me quickly forget about the old and cliché Blurkin. For more information go to paigegamble.com/

Monday, December 15, 2008

YSL 2nd Markdown

When Gucci goes down you always know YSL is going down too. In price, I mean. Most ready-to-wear is 60% off and most bags and shoes are 50% off and more.



The sale is also online but the in-store discount and selection is much more abundant. I suggest waiting two more weeks and the items you love and the the items you're-not-so-sure-about will be less expensive.

Contact: Charles 212-988-3821

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Dolce & Gabbana Friends and Family

One of our all time favorite sales of the year was the Spring Dolce and Gabbana friends and family. The sale was invitation only-- a hard copy was necessary-- and the ENTIRE Spring/Summer collection was 70% off.

Today, 70% off might not sound so novel but in the Wall Street boom economy 70% off was considered a major score. That's why we were super excited to receive an invite to the upcoming Fall/Winter friends and family. Once we got the actual invite, however, it was a bit of a letdown. 



This season's sale is just 60% off! Can you believe that? The store is already on 50% off. I guess us friends aren't worth as much as we were six months ago. Well, the invite is here. The private sale runs from Thursday, Dec. 18th to Saturday, Dec 20th. Enjoy the extra 10%.

We happened to do a one-around the store on Friday and there is still a huge amount of inventory. Just don't be surprised if they reduce prices to 70% off right before or right after Christmas.

Contact: Cono 212-249-4100

Scoop More Discounts?

Last week, Scoop touted it's 60% off price reduction. This week, they are advising of an additional 50% off. I don't know if the final reduction is now 80% with the combined discounts or some other combination of fuzzy math.

You check it out. I'll check it out. Then we will swap sale stories.

ABC Carpet Friends and Family

ABC Carpet is one of those stores that makes you want just about everything in the store. It has a certain magical aura almost like a giant candy store of of home decor. Just don't be surprised if your wallet gets a stomach ach from too much once you get home.

Besides for ABC's renouned prices they are also known for their bi-annual sales. Insanely extravagant items are dramatically reduced twice a year. If you miss those sales you're usually out of luck. However, we have a private friends and family discount that allows for an extra 20% off all week long.

Buy new bedding or deck the hall with boughs of holly. Just don't forget to invite us over for your next blow-out.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Marc Jacobs Mercer Street 90% Off

Seems as if all the Marc Jacobs sales have caused some confusion. The BIG sale is actually at the Mercer street location in the village. The discount is 90% off and the line to get in is as bad as you would expect.

Read this before heading out:

i was outside mercer at 11am. the line is massive, it's all the way down mercer, and around the block, wrapping around the mercer hotel. it's moving 10 feet every 15 minutes and there are just so many people waiting, it must be at least 1 1/2 hours' wait for people who got to the line at 11am prompt. people were leaving the sale with lots of huge, stuffed shopping bags though!

Those who braved the cold were able to score some incredible deals. One woman picked up two bowler style bags, which were $150 each from $1295. Seems like someone who is a bit entrepreneurial and warm blooded could make a killing just waiting in line for shoppers.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Chloe 2nd Markdown

Chloe just announced an additional markdown. Fall/Winter 2008 merchandise was 50% off and is now 70% off. Paraty bags (what are those anways), frangrances and sunglasses are excluded from the sale but there's still lots to choose from.



Christian 212-717-8220

Gucci 2nd Markdown

The Gucci discount still isn't as good as the Saks sale but we're getting close. And think, it's not even Christmas!

Most ready-to-wear, shoes and bags from the Fall/Winter collection are now about 60% off. These 'babouska' boots were a hot ticket in the department stores and are now $559 redcued from $1390.



Shop the sale online or contact Maura 212-717-2619

Marc Jacobs Sale Continues

SoHo is a-buzz because Marc Jacobs store is consolidating all it's Fall/Winter merchandise and blowing it out. Starting (officially) Saturday, Dec 12, bags will be added to the 70% off sale. Some pre-sales were done Thursday but the phone-in orders became too overwhelming considering the inventory hadn't even arrived. The shipment should, however, be in today.

This Blake usually runs for about $1000 and is now $300.



There are many colors and styles on their way. If you're a MJ fan you might want to start lining up outside with a pot of coffee right about ... now.

Contact: Gabby 212 343-1490
163 Mercer Street

Jimmy Choo Sample Sale

Okay, enough email arm twisting. But before you run and wait on line in freezing temperatures, Scoop has Choos and boots for 60% to 75% off.

From the promotional email:
75 % off retail
shoes, boots, bags, and small leather goods
** Damaged bags – start at $175.00
**Damaged shoes – start at $150.00

Yeah because everyone needs to spend money on garbage.

Jimmy Choo Sample Sale
Wednesday, Dec. 17th
1PM to 7PM
236 West 27 street, 14th floor,
Between 7th and 8th Avenues (across the street from FIT)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

National Jean Company 40% Off

The only thing harder than shopping for a bathing suit is shopping for jeans. At least a bathing suit only takes you to the beach or pool area. Jeans need to be worn during the day, a casual night out, with heels, with flats, when it's raining and cold, when it's hot and sunny. You get the picture. They are a staple of our every day life.

So when it comes to picking up a pair there is a reason for distress. Does my butt look flat? Are they too light? Am I spilling out over the top like an over cooked muffin? When i bend down does an audiance get a full moon or just a slither? (Both unacceptable.)

The dread of denim.

Then there's the multitude of brands to choose from: Citizens, Sevens, Rag and Bone, J Brand, Paige, Raven, True Religion, Joes. I personally can't keep up with it all and nor do I want to. For this reason, I look for the store with the most informed sales associates. Yes, Bloomingdales, Barneys, Saks and Bergdorfs all have enough jean stock to pave an interstate highway. But all these department stores are lacking experianced and knowledgeable sales help.

National Jean Company has become my one stop go-to store for all things denim. You tell their sales help exatly what you want-- dark wash, high rise with a slight boot-cut-- and they pull a few suggstions in your size. You try them on and I promise you're out within 20 minutes.

Besides saving you time and anguish National Jean Company is offering customers 40% off eveything in the store from Friday, Dec. 12 to Sunday, Dec 14. That deffinitly comes in handy since the prices of premium jeans are up over 100% in the past four years. That too is about to change!

Click here for store locations.

Jimmy Choo 2nd Markdown

As predicted, the Jimmy Choo 30% off sale has turned into a Jimmy Choo 50% off. What wasn't anticipated is that some classic style shoes and boots are included in the sale. "Even the Rose boots are included in the sale," an informant let us know. 





I personally don't know what the Rose boots are but sounds like a big deal to Jimmy Choo fans. The sale is also running online for those of you who can't get to Madison Avenue.

Contact Zita 212-759-7078

Century 21 Coupon

I don't like to post coupons but I haven't been able to find this promotion anyplace else on the internet. Print out the image below for 25% off anything at Century 21. The additional discount runs from Thursday, Dec. 11 to Sunday, Dec. 14 at all locations.

Bergdorfs: Ignore the Signs

I received many mixed responses to the Bergodorf sale, posted earlier this week. I decided I needed to check it out myself even if it did mean burning an bigger hole in my pocket.

I am so glad I did. Shoes are bags are marked down a straight 40%. That's not really a big discount considering our economic climate. However, if you head to the designer clothing floors you will be happily surprised.



Everywhere you look signs read: Up to 50% off. You need to disregard the signs and read the tags. On the second floor (Dolce, Dior, Gucci, Fendi etc.) I was able to find a variety of clothing marked down more than 70%. For example, a Dolce and Gabbana sweater was originally marked $999 and is now $250. A Gucci blouse was marked $850 to start and is now about $200. My favorite, is a Balenciaga skirt that was $1,275 to start and is now $379. The coordinating shoes can be found in the shoe department but they still need another discount to make the straight-out-of-a-catalogue look worth while.

So remember, when you head to Bergdorfs this week: Look at the tags and ignore the signs.

And the deal gets even sweeter:



Contact: Becca 212-872-8986

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thomas Pink 50% Off and More

Honorary Mad-Spy, Freddy (or HMSF), reports that Thomas Pink is having a blow out sale. Follow up calls reveal that the LVMH-owned company is hosting a 50% off sale. Almost everything in the store is marked down at least half-off.



The best deal, according to our trusty informant, are the cashmere sweaters that were $300 and are now just $115. So boys, stock up on those shirts (and sweaters) and remember that too much starch breaks down the fabric.

Monday, December 8, 2008

DVF Sample Sale

Miss Audrey, an insider at von Furstenberg, sent the below information about a company sample sale. She says, "It may be interesting." In my expereince, the only thing interesting about a DVF sample sale is getting in a day early and getting 90% off retail.

This sale is for up to 75% off and runs from Tuesday, Dec. 9th until Saturday, Dec. 13th. A Racked.com tipster wrote that samples are $40, cocktail dresses are $100 to $150, sweaters are $70, and coats are $280. Even DVF, herself, was onsite for a moment to peruse the racks. If you see Barry please, let him know I would like an office facing West.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Barneys 2nd Markdown

Barneys started their second markdown today. Most sale merchandise is now 60% off. There is still a wide assortment of Fall/Winter shoes, bags and ready-to-wear. Another markdown may come but most of the stuff you want will be gone by then.



Oh, if you're not into the Christmas shopping crowds, the sencond markdown will be reflected online starting tomorrow.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Bergdorf Getting Competitive

I just got this email about Bergdorf starting to reduce prices to 70% off. Get there before lines start to form around the velvet ropes, à la Saks.

Hi!
We started marking some designer clothes to 70% off. It's not official yet, but if it has the sticker price you can purchase it at the discount.


While we're on the topic of Bergdorf Goodman, I'll cut you on a little secret. The men' store across the street has the most amazing cafe. There are hardly ever lines and the male eye candy is delicious.

Big Drop Sale

I got a sale announcement from Big Drop announcing their "Fall/Winter Blowout Sale." I can't tell if it's a breeze-out sale or a real "blow out" so I will leave that distinction to you.

Prices have been reduced 20% on all regularly-priced merchandise and an additional 30% off on all sale items. So men's and women's apparel and accessories are all 20% to 70% off.

Some price examples are as follows: 3.1 Phillip Lim now $160 (reg. $525), an oversized blazer by McQ, now $209 (reg. $646), a lace and silk blouse by Rebecca Taylor now $89 (reg. $230), and skinny jeans by Anlo now $69 (reg. $207).  I can really use some $69 jeans!

 The sale runs from today until Sunday. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Chuckies 50% Off

The buyer at Chuckies New York is always spot on with their selection. They have a knack for picking standouts for the season. it's the store's prices that usually keep shoppers admiring from outside the window.

Well the weather outside is about to get frightful and you might want to consider ducking into Chuckies. The store is currently discounting shoes, boots and handbags 50% off. This amount of discount is usually reserved for after New Years but hard economic times are affecting everyone.

Luca Luca Update

We got an update about the Luca Luca sample sale from their corporate office. The prices are below and details of the site can be found by clicking here. The best bargains come from their runway sample items, which are just $100. Imagine New Years in a Luca Luca runway sample that cost you just $100!

Cruise & Spring/Summer 08 Collections:
Knit Dresses: $120
Day Dresses: $250-$350
Cocktail Dresses: $350-600
Evening Gowns: $650

Pre-Fall & Fall/Winter 08 Collections (Currently in Stores):
Cashmere Dresses: orig. $1,250, now $450
Jersey Dresses: orig. $1,400, now $500
Day Dresses: orig. $1,400-1,800, now $590
Cocktail Dresses: orig. $2,200, now $750
Beaded Cocktail Dresses: orig. $2,950, now $950
Evening Gowns: orig. $3,700-5,500, now $1,500

We also have a bargain rack with runway samples and items from previous seasons selling for $100.

Scoop Slashes Prices

Scoop is finally getting the message that retail industry isn't doing well. I wonder if someone took a blow horn to Stefani Greenfield's ear.  I guess what actually made the Scoop co-founder open her eyes is inconsequential because the store has finally reduced prices to 60% off.



These prices might make Scoop a bit more attractive to frugal shoppers but it's going to take a bit more to lure back their core business-- the newly penny-pinching parent's of over-indulged teens.

Nordstrom Update and Clarification

There seems to be a bit of confusion involving the Nordstorm sale. I followed and it seems as if you have to be a level three card member (spend over $10,000 annually on your Nordstrom card) to receive the additional discount.

Shoppers in Scottsdale, AZ and Portland, OR report back about getting huge discounts, even on Chanel bags. I will continue to follow up on this unfolding story and I apologise in advance for any confusion. 


Here are some discount examples sent to me by witnessed other Mad-Spies:

Chanel is 40% off
Marc Jacobs 40% + 30%
Gucci bags 40% + 30% off
Fendi 40% + 30%

Don't worry. We'll get to the bottom of this!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Giuseppe Zanotti 50% Off

Lucky that Paige Turner and George-- a sales associate at the Madison Avenue Giuseppe boutique-- are like this. We have breaking information that Fall/ Winter shoes are now 50% off original prices.



These mirror embellished ankle boots were $995 but are now less than $500. Imagine walking a mile in these shoes!

Contact: George 212-650-0455

Baccarat Below Wholesale

Baccarat is hosting a recession friendly holiday sample sale at their New Jersey warehouse, in Edison, NJ. The discount is up to 80% off selected stemware, barware, vases, decorative pieces, gift selections and jewelry. The sale runs from Thursday, Dec. 4th until Saturday, Dec. 6th.



Don't think about it Gigi, you already have one!
All sale are final.


Baccarat Sample Sale
Thursday, Dec. 4th until Saturday, Dec. 6th
Thursday hours 12pm to 5om
Friday and Saturday hours 9am to 5pm

36 Mayfield Avenue
Edison, NJ
800.845.1928
Contact: 800.845.1928.

Nordstrom Matches Saks

Here we go again:

The selection may not be as high end as Saks but Nordstrom is matching Saks' pre-Thanksgiving sale buy giving shoppers an additional 50% off merchandise that has already been reduced 40% for a total savings of 70% off. The sale goes through 12/7.

You may not be able to score Louboutins but some stores carry high end brands, like Chloe, Proenza Schouler and Dolce and Gabbana. Locally you can try the Norstrom at Roosevelt Field (516-746-0011) but the best selection is found near company headquarters in Seattle (206-628-2111).

Dolce & Gabbana Reduces Prices Again

Newsflash: Dolce & Gabanna and D&G have reduced the prices of their Fall/Winter 2008 collection from 40% off to 50% off. If there's something you want, get it now. If not, hold off for upcoming friends and family. It's closer then you think!



Contact: Cono 212-249-4100

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sergio Rossi Sample Sale

Last week I heard news that Sergio Rossi is giving up their Madison Avenue location. I didn't think much of it because so many stores are looking to leave their pricey locations, but more on that another day. Then I got information earlier this week about a Sergio Rossi sample sale. Also didn't think much of it.



Then this afternoon I got the below email from a friend. It looks like Sergio Rossi may be going out of business.

re: Sergio Rossi Sample Sale

Metro pavilion 4th floor. All shoes 50/boots 100. Men + women.
Tons of shoes but most of the boots and all accessories gone.
Great sale. Big space + everything organized by size. They are constantly tidying up so it isn't a mess either.
I just left with more shoes than I know what to do with--- and there's no line now!!!!

It was freakin' unbelievable.
How they sold a boot marked $1050 for $100 and shoes marked $590 for $50 is amazing!!! Defies logic...
I want to go back....I can barely carry my bags now.

Xx-C


I must resist. I must resist. I don't know if i can!

Sergio Rossi
Tuesday, Dec. 2nd and Wednesday, Dec 3rd.
8:30am—7pm
Metropolitan Pavilion
123 W 18th St between 6th and 7th Aves, 4th floor

Monday, December 1, 2008

Luca Luca Sample Sale

Luca Luca is hosting their second sample sale since September. This time around the sale is up to 75% off and includes Cruise ‘08, Spring/Summer ‘08, and Pre-Fall ‘08 (which is currently in stores) collections, as well as runway samples, handbags, and shoes.



The sample sale is in their showroom and runs from Wednesday, Dec 3rd until Sunday, Dec 7th. I imagine that if there's something in the store that caught your eye you can find it here for less. The boutique's discount is only up to 50% off and not much was discounted to the max.

As with many sales, the discounts tend to get better as the week wears on. The last two days of the prior sample sale had the steepest discount where pants were all $100 and skirts were BOGO half off. So if you have to, sit on your hands!

Luca Luca
Dec 3rd to Dec 7th
Thursday and Friday, 8:30am to 6:30pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am and 5pm
19 West 36th Street, 4th
212-644-5568

Century 21 Vendor Day

What can be cooler than shopping at Century without the crowds? Getting an additional discount, of course. Tuesday, Dec 2nd marks the annual Century 21 Vendor Day where all of Century's business affiliates receive 40% off.

The sale runs all day but there are specific hours for each merchandise category. For instance, clothing can only be purchased with the vendor coupon after 6pm. To assure that customers don't go crazy there is a $1,600 spending limit and boy does that money fly especially when there's 40% off already fantastic prices.

A coupon is necessary. So be be innovative. I know you can. After all, you were able to talk your way past King at Spy in the 90s.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Retail Downturn and Cyber Monday

Just in case you were out-of-touch enough to think that all this recession talk was being over-hyped-- It's not! This weekend, one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, I headed to one of my favorite stores-- Target.

Every checkout line was manned with a cashier but the shoppers weren't there. When I questioned the woman ringing me up she confessed that management was worried. According to Shyana, each cashier needed to take-in at least $4,000 in receipts per-day or hours their would be cut. This worried Shyana because if her hours were to be cut the holiday season would be a lot less jolly for her children. From shareholders to local cashiers everyone is feeling the pinch of Econ 101.

Speaking of retail sales, today is Cyber Monday! For the most part it's the online version of Black Friday. eStores take this first day back from Thanksgiving weekend to offer special deals to holiday shoppers. Analysts say that online sales could be up in the low double digits on Monday, when shoppers are expected to make additional purchases at work using faster Internet connections.

Here is a link to the stores participating in Cyber Monday. Mad-Spy readers might take notice of eLuxury, which is offering shoppers 25% off on gifts. Most of the deals, however, can be found in the electronic category.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Surprise: Gucci Sale

Last week we were wrote about Gucci's upcoming first markdown. We were told that the sale was not supposed to come until December 1 but as we predicted the sale came earlier. Today shoppers woke up to a surprise Gucci sale. The discount is available online as well as in boutiques.



Like past first markdowns, the discount is 40% off most ready-to-wear, shoes, and handbags. Unlike past years, however, we wouldn't be surprised if second markdown came before the stockings get stuffed.

Contact: Maura 212-717-2619

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Neiman Marcus Black Friday

Neiman Marcus is hooking customers with an additional 40% off clothing and additional 30% off shoes. For some reason handbags are not included in the sale. Most items have already been discounted 30% to 40% off so the final discount ranges from 60% off to 65% off.



For instance, these open toe Louboutins started out at $1,125 but are now $528. Not bad, except that we were able to get the same shoe at the Saks sale for $338. Call us a bit spoiled but those shoes look incredibly more attractive with $200 taken off the price tag. You can get them now while they're hot or wait until the season cools down.

Bendel's Black Friday

In honor of Black Friday, Henri Bendel is doing a two hour sale (8am-10am) where merchandise will be discounted and additional 40% off of markdowns. Our Bendel's spy, James LaPorte says that there is a good amount of Missoni, Williamson, and Michael Kors Collection which is on 40% + 40%. (For all of our non-math majors that's a total of 64% off.) Brands like Milly, Tibi, and Alice and Olivia are also on the same markdown. "A hell of a lot of HB Cashmere Sweaters are also on double," he says.

Sales associates are only suppose to do the extra 40% for two hours, but James is planning on giving it to all his customers for the entire day. So if you're heading to Bendel's it's worth seeking out James.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Century 21 Coupon

Now that we've totally exhausted Saks it's time to move on to other places to find great deals. Century 21 has the designer clothing we love at prices we adore. Over Black Friday weekend the store is offering 20% off a single item. Pick a winner!

Alexander McQeen 40% Off

There is no way to wear McQueen and not have style. Even Jessica Simposn could fit into a fashion crowed if wearing anything A-Queen. Well the store and website started started their fall/winter sale today. Customers can enjoy 40% discounts on womens & mens rtw, shoes, bags, accessories. Ground shipping is free.

Contact: Dafna at 800-307-3150



If there prices are still prhibitive you can always look forward to March when McQueen will launch his exclusive line for Target.

Marc Jacobs 70% Off

A Mad-Spy reader wrote in the following.

Hey, you forgot to mention the Marc Jacobs sale. Fall '08 RTW and shoes are 70% off, and there's still a good selection. I got an amazing coat!I

Thank you for your spy worthy news. However, the Marc Jacobs-Magnolia Bakery-Paris Commune section of the village is just that-- the Village. While we're on the subject, of off location sales please remind me that I need to call Jeffery's. I rarely make it that way but love the merch.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sale Rundown v2

These are the discounts in our neighborhood. None of these sales are as good as those at Saks but now that their inventory has been decimated here's where to go to get the best values. Keep in mind, however, many people overs-hopped at Sakes. I guess at least 20% of the inventory will be coming back so make friends with the sales people so that they keep an eye out for your heart's desire/ Happy shopping!

Bottega Veneta: The sale officially starts on Friday, November 28th but the pre-sale stated today. Fall/Winter 2008 merchandise is 30% off. In stock are large hobos in navy, red, purple and maple.
Tatiana 212-371-5511

Carolina Herrera: The sale is currently underway and reductions are 50% off.



Chanel: The manager, Stephanie, says they haven't been told when the sale will officially start but she can do a "buy and hold." The pre-sale is now 40% off. No handbags or jewelry will be included in the sale but there are lots of shoe styles.
Stephanie 212-535-5505

Chloe: Fall/Winter 2008 is now 50% off. There are no pointy toe flats but lots of other great things. Prices usually don't drop more than this so buy what you want now.
Christian 212-717-8220

Christian Louboutin: The discount is just 40% off and is likely not to change.
Erich 212-396-1884





Dolce & Gabbana: The sale started Friday and Fall/Winter 2008 is now 40% off. In prior seasons prices have dropped to 70% off retail.
Cono 212-249-4100

Emilio Pucci: Fall/Winter merchandise is 40% off.
Brian 212 230-1135

Ermenegildo Zegna: The sale starts on November 28th but pre-sale for "select customers" is underway. The discount is 40% off.
James 212-421-4488

Fendi: The sale is already underway and ready-to-wear and shoes from Fall/Winter 2008 are 40% off and Fendi B. Mix bags are 20% off.
Michelle 973-309-5821


Ferragamo: The sale starts Friday but pre-sale is underway. The discount is 50% off, which is much more than prior season's first markdowns. This Summer, prices never dropped more than 35%.
Nick 212-759-3822

Jil Sander: The sale started Monday and the discount is 40% off. Prices will likely come down to 60% off or more.
Jossiline 212-838-6100



Jimmy Choo: Fall/Winter shoes and handbags are 30% off. They usually drop prices to 50% off when the season really comes to an end.
Zita 212-759-7078

Luca Luca: The sale is underway and Fall/Winter merch ranges from 20% to 50% off. Each piece is being priced individually.
Inci 212-288-9285

Michael Kors: Prices are now 50% off Fall/Winter ready-to-wear, handbags and shoes.
Caroline 212-452-4685

Roberto Cavalli: The current markdown is 40% off but should go down to 50% off as in past seasons.
Sheldon 212-755-7722

Valentino: Fall/Winter ready-to-wear is 40% off. Evening bags are discounted 30% off. As usual day-bags are not included in the sale. As the season ends the markdown usually goes to 60% off.
Robert 212-772-6969


Reports From the Battlefield

One Mad-Spy reader made the rounds today. This is what she reports back:

Saks- If you want bags forget it! Clothes they have pulled more out from the stock rooms and there is still a nice selection. Marco, in Michael Kors mens, is selling at presale prices and letting you take it with you now, worth going to him even if your not shopping mens. Keep it quite though so he does not get in trouble, can't risk loosing that.

Bergdorfs- Still has a nice selection of everything especially bags. Not as big of a discount as Saks but they still have stock and 40% off is still better than retail.

Gucci- If your looking for bags go to Bergdorfs first they have several of the same sale pieces at the same discount without the presale. Leathers are 40% off and monogram is 30%. Shoe selection was just okay. nothing to party about, but I'm not a huge gucci shoe person so that's just my opinion.

Chanel- There are still some sale bags left but they are pretty much all pink.

Barneys- Overall not much going on in the bags and the shoe sizes were limited. Didn't bother with the ready to wear, too tired, Barneys was my last stop of the day.

Sale Rundown v1

The Saks sale saga continues and shopping addicts continue to battle their demons as their credit lines fill up and the merchandise flies off the shelves faster than a Lamborghini at the Grand Prix. At 12am, Monday morning, the Saks online sale was slated to begin. As the time approached the site crashed and shoppers began to get upset. When the technical difficulties ended, there was no additional markdowns to be found. Saks Internet shoppers were left confused and frustrated.
Contact: Franchesco's (shoes) 212-940-5305

Barneys sale started this weekend. Most sale items are 50% off but some co-op jeans are up to 70% off.

On Friday Bergdorfs up-ed their 40% off sale to 50% off.
Contact: Becca on her blackberry: beccalevi@vzw.blackberry.net

Forget about Black Friday, Gucci's sale officially starts, Monday December 1st. Presale is already underway with a discount of 40% off select ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags.
Contact: Maura 212-717-2619

Miu Miu is 40% off bags, shoes and ready-to-wear. There is still a great selection of bags and shoes. Everyone is as Saks opting for the 70% off.
Contact: Judith 212-249-9660

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Prada Presents Pre-sale

The sales associates are desperate and the phone calls are going out en masse. The sale is 40% off and officially begins Thanksgiving. Prices subsequently drop to 50% and in slow years, like 2004, prices were reduced to 70% off in January. The discount includes lots of everything: shoes, bags and ready-to-wear.



Contact: Christina 212-327-4200

Live From Saks

Reports from the sale floor of 5th and 50th are flooding in. It appears as if Christmas is coming early this year and Saks is intent on moving out all in the inventory as soon as possible. The store s currently discounting merch initial 40% plus an additional 50%, which basically comes to about 70%. The additional discount ends Friday (Black Friday) at noon.

Here are some reports:

It's insane! Saks is selling goods at 13 cents on the dollar, according to a source close to company executives.

You can't find anyone to help you. All the sales people are running, says one shopper on the 10022- shoe floor.

One sales associate says, "I've been working here for 13 years and I've never seen a sale like this."


Just remember, Louboutins are not comfortable to wear on a breadline.

Updated Observations:

Merchandise is steadily being brought out from the stock rooms. It seems as if there is more than enough to go around. After all, that's the reason why they are having the sale.

One woman had 20 to 30 pair of shoes stacked to be brought out to her car. Her pile included Louboutins, Viviers and Chloes.

The Chanel boutique is starting its sale Friday morning. Call Endo (212-940-4347) first thing in the morning if there's something you have your eye on. Classic bags, of course, will not be on sale. Think fashion Fall 2008 if you're looking for a discount.

Employee s are worried. Prices cut this low could mean job cuts are next.

The Bergdorf's sale is still just 40% off but they have a history of holding out.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

YSL Starts First Markdown

YSL is about ready to announce their first markdown. ready-to-wear will be 40% off and shoes and accessories will be 30% to 35% off. The sale officially starts Friday but we are told that they will start ringing customers up tomorrow.

I think we will wait until YSL does their second markdown before we do any serious shopping. While on the topic: What was up with those atrocious "Trooper" heels.



Conact: Charles 212-988-3821

Saks Begins Black Friday Early

Saks is moving Black Friday to Tuesday, November 24-- or now. Saks will be having its initial 40% plus an additional 50% off on selected styles, which basically comes to about 70% until Friday noon.

After Friday at noon, the additional 50% turns to 30% which comes to about 56% off. And shortly thereafter Saks and other retailers will realize that 2008 will have no Black. For 2009, red is the new black!

Contact: Peter Tay 212-940-2401 (Good luck tracking him or anyone down.)

Editorial Correction: Sorry for the confusion earlier. In all the Saks madness it seems as if our trusty sales associate has confused days and dates. It appears as if the sale is currently in motion.

Burberry Private Sale v2

Burberry is having another private sale.
Thank you to the dozens of people who passed this along.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Viv
> Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 11:01 AM
> To: Ker; Cpmom; Sil, Beth; Emily;
> amy; sari; Rachel;
> lisa; Jennifer; Noelle ; mep
> Subject: Burberry Private pre-season sale
>
>
> Some of you know, my sister, works for Burberry in HK. Her
> colleagues here at the flagship store on 57th St sometimes calls me
> with info about their sales.
>
> So, their "private" sale begins tomorrow, Wednesday 11/19.
> All clothing (women's, men's children) should be 40% off and
> outerwear 30%.
>
> I know shopping is not a priority during these tough economic times
> but this is a great sale and if you need a new coat...
>
> Have fun shopping!

Contact: Sadia (212) 407-7100

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Neiman Marcus Designer Pre-Sale

The Neiman Marcus designer sale starts Friday and runs until Sunday. Fine (read: expensive) handbags, ladies shoes, apparel and men's will be all marked down 33% and when you use your Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman card you will receive an additional 15% off sale and regular priced merchandise.

Lastly, any purchase over $1000 in the above mentioned areas can qualify for 6mos interest free on your Neiman Marcus card. (Editorial comment: Don't do it! If you can't bank it today don't bank on tomorrow).

Pre-sale started today and Fall 2008 Chanel ready-to-wear and bags are included in the sale.

Ralph Lauren Friend and Family 30%

Ralph Lauren is hosting another 30% off friends and family sale. This time they seem to have mastered the fine print and that $17,000 purple croc Ricky Bag you've been lusting for is not included in the sale. However, the code does work for getting over $1000 off the Ricky Calf bag with gold detail.

It might be worth the extra typing to browse through the "Create Your Own" section of the site. Customizable polos are already reduced about 40% and the additional friends and family 30% makes the shirt half price. Not bad considering that also includes the entertainment of selecting your color choices.

Sale details are below. Thank you Dom!:

Gucci & Bedat Watch F&F v2 NYC

An additional Gucci/Bedat friends and family sale has been scheduled. The last Gucci watch f&f sale was in mid-October and held in East Rutherford, NJ This sale is at least a lot more convenient and you don't have to pay a toll to get back home. A Mad-Spy fan who sojourned to Rutherford in the Fall and reported back the following:
 
I went to this and bought 2 watches, one his and one hers, for $300. They are amazing! They also gave us an email list to sign up for to receive updates on the next event!

Here's all the information for those who get turned on from a Gucci tick:

Gucci & Bedet & Co. Watches
(Sale is a direct Gucci liquidation)
Thursday, Nov 20th and Friday, Nov. 21st

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
5th Floor
 
Up to 90% off Gucci
Up to 70% off Bedat
 
Cash & Credit Card Only.  All Sales Final.
 
 

Monday, November 17, 2008

Missoni: We See 50%

Missoni doesn't mess around. When the new season comes in prices drop on half. There are no pre-sales. No one day sales or mark-up/mark-down days. It's 50% and it will stay that way until after Christmas when they drop prices again to 70% or 80% off.



Well cruise wear is trickling in and the prices are slashed in half. Sorry, scarves and bathing suits are never put on sale at the Madison Avenue store. You will have to go to Century 21 for that.

Contact: Francesco 212-517-9339

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Gucci Gets Ready to Sale

I got a phone call late last week about Gucci hosting a "Holiday Shopping Night," on Thursday, Nov. 20th, were everything in the store will be reduced 10%! When I heard this I knew something was up. So I gave my good friend, Maura a call. Turns out that the big discount is coinciding with the Spring trunk show.



Yeah, Maura knows that that the meager 10% discount isn't going to drive shoppers like us. So she pointed out that we can take this opportunity to prepare for the official first markdown, which is slated for December. First markdown is usually 40% but I have a feeling that this year's sales will be earlier and more aggressive than we've seen in decades. Maura is off Tuesday but is ready to take your "pre-sale" list.

Contact: Maura 212-717-2619

Luxury Brands Lower Prices

It's a bold move and it's very hard to imagine but luxury brands are making a rare move and lowering prices. Yes, you heard correctly. Companies like, Chanel, Versace, Christian Louboutin and Chloé are reversing the industry's maxim that luxury prices only move up. The cuts range from 8% to 10% on most products sold in the U.S, according to the Wall Street Journal.



Don't think that the price move will cut into margins. The Journal points out that the price adjustment isn't likely to dent the profit margins of most European fashion houses because the value of the dollar has increased 28% against the euro since April. Most European luxury companies pay for their materials and labor in euros. The stronger dollar means these companies are earning more than they had budgeted on every handbag or piece of clothing sold in dollars.

The bold move may be applauded but who knows if it's enough to keep the cash flowing into extravagant purchases while the economy is severely crippled.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Chloe Sale Update

May-Spy Izzy Writes:

Just wanted to update you: The Chloe sale is insane-- as crazy eddie used to say! Three ready-to-wear pieces for $495, plus a free pair of pants-if that's not a sale, I don't know what is. Tons of sizes, lots of stock. Oh, and there is a dressing room. Run, don't walk!

We're running, but we can only move so fast in five inch Louboutins. And Trance, see, you really are a legend. And Izzy said it, not me.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Marni Pre-sale 30% Off

Getting from Park Avenue to SoHo in the middle of the week is-- for lack of a better term-- a bitch. My driver, Trance and I bicker the whole way down about whether it would be better to go West across the park or head South down the East side and head West across Houston. You get the point though. We don't head to SoHo very often.



However, there is the seldom sale that makes us pull out or downtown passports. A good Marni sale is one of those instances. Starting Friday, Nov. 14th Marni is pre-selling all Fall/Winter 2008 ready-to-wear, bags, shoes and accessories. The 30% off sale officially begins the following Friday Nov. 21st.

Bottom line: love Marni, dread SoHo and prefer the current sales at Saks and Bergdorfs. Passports are staying put!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bulgari Cleans Out The Vault

The poor economy is hitting every segment of the retail market, including jewelry. I have it on very good authority that Bulgari's upcoming "private" sale is going to be tremendous. Our insider says, "The vaults are overcrowded." So the goods are coming out at a huge discount, up to 75% off retail.



The sale runs from Saturday, Nov. 22 until Tuesday, Nov. 25th and will include jewelry, watches, handbags, accessories and fragrance. The details are below but I am assured that this is a jewelry sale you won't want to miss because like recessions-- they don't come around often. (Thank goodness for the last part.)

BVLGARI
Jewelry, Watches, Handbags, Accessories, & Fragrance
Sat. Nov. 22nd - Tues. Nov 25th
9:00am to 6:00pm daily

At Soiffer Haskin
317 W 33rd Street
Credit Cards Only
For further information call:
(718) 747-1656

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dressing Up Baby 70% Off

Is there anything cuter than baby clothing? No!

Imagine how excited us Mommas get when we find a great deal for our kiddies. It's not like you can archive a onesie like vintage Corrège. After all, spit-up happens!

One great go to online destination is the newly launched Bare Naked Babies. The name alone makes us smile.

There you will find designer baby duds for up to 70% off. What's even better is that most of the clothing is current season because they know that you would never want your little girl to be in last season's pink.

Bloomies Friends and Family 20% Off

Bloomingdales is hosting a friends and family event from Thursday, Nov.13 from Sunday Nov. 16th. You can presale items now. You don't need a coupon, store credit card or any friends to get the 20% discount. Just mention that you're in-the-know and your discount will be applied.

The 20% might not sound so good but when staked on top of the current 30% promotion it brings the total savings up to 44% on many items. What's even better is that there are no restrictions during friends and family so you can go crazy on cosmetics and ...Chanel?!

Clarification:
The cosmetic departments are NOT taking part in the F&F, however many counters are giving away gifts. I know, cash is better than gifts!

Now Chanel: They ARE taking part in friends and family but in the form of gift cards. For every $250 you spend they will give you a $50 gift card. So it's like 20% back in the form of gift cards.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Roger Vivier Private Sale 40%

Some girls love Manolos, others swoon over Laboutons,but I personally go weak over Roger Viviers. You could imagine my surprise when I got a late night email from a Madison Avenue Vivier sales associate disclosing a private sale. Here is an excerpt from Mike's email:

To try and drum up business, (and hopefully some new clients for myself), the Vivier boutique is having a 4 day private sale event that starts Thursday the 13th and ends on Sunday the 16th. After the 13th, everything goes back to full price, and you'll have to wait until the 28th, (day ofter Thanksgiving) for the public sale.

So for those of you that can make it in on Wednesday, please ask for me, Mike, to show you all the sale items and i can put aside all of the things that you DEFINITELY want. Then on Thursday morning, (providing no one buys what you want at full price), i can ring up all of your goodies and messenger/ship them to you. or you can come by to pick them up as well, of course.




Mike: Please don't apologise for shameless promotion. Just keep sending us sale details as they come!

Contact: Mike 212-861-5371
750 Madison Ave. @ 65th Street