What's better than fireworks on July 4th? An explosive designer sale-- of course! Our favorite online designer discount store, Amuze is hosting a huge holiday weekend sale where discounts range up to 80% off. The sale includes some of the best designer brands, like Tom Ford, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Chanel, Prada, Gucci and more. The best part is that you can use the code JULY425 and save an additional 25%.
We couldn't imagine anyone not loving all these discounts but it's also good to know that Amuze allows returns for either store credit or refund (minus shipping). But shop fast, these deals will disappear as quickly as fireworks falling into the ocean.
Today, Barneys took its third markdown bringing the potential savings to 75% off. The online discounts are the same and we are very pleased to see that the online selection is very close to what's available on Madison.
As as you contemplate hitting the beach or shopping, we suggest that you do both. Just find a wide brim sunhat, look fabulous while reducing your iPad glair and follow along as we take you on a link-by-link tour of what's on sale. What's not online you can find in the pictures after the jump.
The buzziest part of the store is undoubtedly the shoe department where the discounts are higher than any other store in the city. Almost every designer sole is discounted 60% and Chanel is 40% off. You can see pictures of the Chanel assortment here. Linen lace-up espadrilles are now $479 from $800, patent leather wing-tips are $340 and tweed navy booties with a patent heel and tip are $590 from $975.
Woman have spent the better part of the past three decades blowing, hot ironing and treating their hair to get every strand in place. Finally, finally, you can get rid of your DryBar membership because curls and waves are coming back in a big way.
Of course, we aren't considering the big hair and teased curls of the 80s. We are indeed in the midst of a hair renaissance. Perms are becoming a regular thing in top salons and volume enhancing hair care products are now the product segment de jour. For the hottest I-just-woke-up-with-this-great-hair we suggest going towards a beachy wave. The curls are loose, light and naturally irregular.
For the best at-home unstyled-style, we suggest french braiding wet hair and then letting it loose. We've been experimenting with some products for the past year that are perfect for your newest Summer look. Below is a list of some of our favorite sprays for fabulous waves.
Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray ($29) This spray is an updated classic infused with extra minerals. It smells great and gets the job done right.
Alterna Bamboo Beach Ocean Waves ($22) Smells a bit too coconutty but each time I went to bring it back, I stopped, because the waves looked so good. Best results when used on wet hair.
Orbe Apres Beach Wave & Shine ($39) The gold standard in beach waves. It adds volume and luminosity to your hair and works well on dry and wet hair.
Sachajuan Ocean Mist ($31) You can taste the salt on your hands after working through this product. It is great at mimicking that wind and surf look from the marble floors of your bathroom. Can be used on dry or wet hair but the best results occurred with wet hair.
Early this morning, we got word that Bergdorf Goodman's discount was going to 75% off. We didn't waste a minute and headed straight to 57th and 5th.
Once we got there, however, the excitement quickly faded. To find anything reduced by two-thirds, you need to really search. We found only one pathetic rack and then continued along our regular course. To recap, almost all clothing is 60% off. Dior, Celine, Tom Ford, and Cucinelli just got the second markdown treatment today, which brings all brands except Chanel to 50% off.
Chanel shoes are still only 30% off but the store added a bunch of great styles, like basic flats and espadrilles, to the discounted list. You can click here to see pictures. We don't have a specific date for the next markdown on Chanel markdown but we would expect it to be within the next two weeks.
Temperatures are rising and so are discounts. Today, we collected markdown intelligence from some key Madison Avenue boutiques. Many stores have already taken second markdowns and discounts span from 30% to 50% off retail. You can check out pictures from our (coincidentally very British) shopping trip here.
Before making an impulse purchase, we suggest you do a quick review of what sales are online. Sometimes you can find even steeper discounts online or at department stores-- especially if you're shopping for clothing.
The markdowns at the Madison Avenue newcomer range from 30% to 50% off retail. The spring-summer women's and children's collections of clothing is reduced 50%. Most of the best items of the season area already gone but we spotted a striped tank reduced to $110 from $220 and a marigold pleated dress is $1100 from $2200. Compared to what's online, the store was pretty sparse. We suggest you browse the designer's website or Farfetch for a larger option of choices. Eileen Kasofsky 212-396-3060
British heritage brand, Belstaff is a bit more niche than most Madison Avenue retailers. The company is known for their rugged leather that was favored by the likes of Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt. Origginally designed in the 40s for aviators and motorcyclists, Belstaff has a strong and loyal following from the luxury fashion crowd. What's best is that it's not sold at many department stores or numerous websites. It's for this reason we got so excited to find out that the discount has hit 60% off at the boutique. Among the most alluring women's items are leather jackets that include, rich cognac, standard black and pretty pastels. One of our favorite pieces is a denim biker jacket that comes to about $270 from over $600. Edwin 212-897-1880
We were very excited to see how the London-based retailer treated her Madison Avenue discounts. We must admit, that we were excited to see that the pricing was quite competitive with a discount that ranged from 30% to 50% off. None of the sticker or patchwork bags are included in the markdown-- anywhere. We did find a lots of rainbow styles like this one that's reduced to $1125 from $2250. This one on Farfetch is only $834-- we presume it's because of the currency conversion. Augusta 646-852-6233
The discount is holding still at 50% off for kitty slippers and other whimsical heels at Charlotte Olympia. The one difference is that the boutique has added an extra shopping incentive. If you buy two shoes or more you can take a 60% discount. Woohoo. Sizes are hit or miss. We struck out on the espadrilles but were lucky winner for the leopard cat flats. Harlina 212-744-1842 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Discounts at outlet stores can be spotty. It's not at all unusual to make a day trip with great expectations only to be disappointed by lackluster discounts and undesirable selection. Over the years we've noticed that designer outlets favor saving their big markdowns for Christmas and July 4th.
While in the neighborhood, we couldn't help from snooping around Woodbury Common and found that many of our favorite stores are adding extra discounts to lure customers. Don't worry if your plans don't include driving an hour north to go shopping. We opt for the beach on a holiday summer weekend too but most stores are willing to ship merchandise. Below is a list of some of the outlets with the most favorable assortments and sales. Extensive picture examples can be found right this way.
The Bottega outlet has a lot of bags, which is not always the case. Styles from last year’s collections are an additional 30% off. The store has a large variety of Roma tote bags that come to about $1660 from $3750 and a very light pink Maxi Veneta is $1279 from $3000. The clothing selection offers even steeper discounts that range up to 70% off of the original retail prices. An embellished denim dress with raw edges, from last season, is just $500 and a brightly embroidered skirt is $235 from $5600. (845) 928-4563
Many times, the bags found at the Celine outlet are sold for full retail. This week is quite a treat because select handbags are discounted an extra 30% to 50% off a prior markdown. There is a nice assortment of bags from the spring 2015 collection including a red and widget Cabas Phantom striped tote is reduced to $700 from $1450 and a Curved Clutch that's about $1000 from $1900. The most highly reduced clothing comes to about 70% off. A long white wool vest is about $1200 from $4750. (845) 928-4000
It's hard not to resist pulling massive amounts of clothing when discounts top 85% off. That's the current discount of Chloe's prior summer collection. We found a dramatic navy coat reduced to $670 from $4450, a double embroidered white and pink skirt is $180 from $1200 and a black and white version is $195 from $1300. We would suggest steering clear of the bags. It seems as if the prices have been reduced and then they were marked back up to retail. There is a small discount offer but you would likely do better shopping at Intermix. (845) 928-6260
The selection at the Gucci outlet was quite atrocious. It's not too tough to call it, 'the worst of Gucci.' Maybe that's not so bad. After all, it is an outlet. The best deals are found on two racks in the middle of the store that are reduced an extra 70% off. We found a denim sleeveless dress with a lizard collar for $360, a white blazer for $240 and a long black gown with rhinestone rope around the neck for $750. We are almost sure we saw that last dress hanging around Bergdorfs at some point. (845) 928-8034
The Prada outlet (at Woodbury and Florence) holds a special place in our heart. Does one ever really recover from scoring off the runway samples for $75. Discounts like that haven't been reported about for years but that doesn't mean that there aren't any good finds. Again, we suggest you focus your attention on the clothing. We found a mini leather Miu Miu skirt for $215, a black Prada shift dress with red edging for $285 and an embellished Prada flapper dress also for $285. Classic cotton skirts can be found for as little as $115 and we even spotted a powder blue ski jacket for just $255. Sizes seem to be either very big (44) or small (36). We suggest you take your time, you might just get lucky and when you do-- you will never forget it. (845) 928-3706
The Tom Ford story is a bit sad. The boutique is almost always empty and there are only one or two pieces of clothing that gain momentum any each season. The remainders seem to languish through multiple markdowns. The outlet is clear proof and is brimming with fashion castoffs. Right now, you can find discounts up to 90% off. The selection is small but there are some nice pieces. A white wool dress with black lacing is $329 from $3290 and a simple wool dress with an open back is $250 from $2500. The shoes and bags were redued an extra 20% to 50% off but there wasn't much that jumped out at us when the collections were new. I makes it that much harder to get excited when the collection has aged. (845) 684-3100
Dissecting the geo-political consequences of Great Britain's vote to exit the EU is best left to the pundits. Watching markets and currencies shift so drastically, however, it's almost impossible not to be tempted to take advantage of pricing inefficiances in retail.
Most money managers and hedge experts consider such an anomaly an arbitrage opportunity. Arbitrage is defined as the simultaneous buying and selling of securities, currency, or commodities in different markets or in derivative forms in order to take advantage of differing prices for the same asset. In this instance, we can consider Chanel classics, Hermes Birkins or other fashion items to be our 'asset' or commodity.
If you've ever shopped in London, you know it's normally very expensive. As a matter of fact, it's often sited as one of the most expensive places in the world to shop. Well, not right now. As the pound to dollar exchange hovers around 1.3, we couldn't help from running the numbers on some of our favorite luxury items.
Hermes Birkin 30 Togo
$11,300 New York
Savings of $3100 + VAT back
Chanel new medium Boy Bag
$5200 New York
Savings of $800 + VAT back
Beyond looking at these high priced fashion classics, there are a few other international websites that will ship to the United States. You can shop Net-A-Porter's UK site and have merchandise shipped to the US. A Gucci GG Marmont bag is $800 less expensive when you buy it on the British version of the site. There is also a large markdown section on the site, but the discounts aren't as high as the US. You might need to check back and forth before committing to a currency.
In some instances, it might pay to shop from the UK version of a US retailer. For example, on Shopbop you can shop in British Sterling Pounds and ship to the US, Just make sure the shipping doesn't overtake the benefit. Below are a list of sites that you can consider. Many even have some great sales. Happy BREXIT!!!
Just in time for the last minute beach season, Shopbop is offering an extra 25% off sale items. The extra discount brings the ultimate markdown to about 85% off. Just use the code 25EXTRA at checkout.
This is a great time to stock up. Browsing through the 70% off section, which is final sale, we found a Clover Canyon maxi sundress that come to about $85 from $374. (The dress is perfect for over a bathing suit.) We love this scarf dress that's just $66 from $325. Keeping within the same section of 70% off there is a Moschino soda dress that comes to $600 from $2700, a Mugler dress is $550 from $2500 and there are lots and lots of swimsuits.
The sale ends Friday at midnight (PT). This is the best deal you can expect, outside of Shopbop's friends and family sale. If you ask us, it seems like a good opportunity to celebrate July 4th.
Yesterday, we spent some time taking a closer look at the discounts at our local department stores. Today we are crawling the web, searching for the best deals.
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 and Net-a-Porter. Generally the discounts at sites range from 40% to 70% off. One must really shop around to find the real deal.
We haven't seen the Chloe Faye bag on sale anywhere but SSense has a few styles on markdown. Net-A-Porter has the best Dolce & Gabbana selection but the markdowns on most items are just 40%.Moda's selection is almost as good and is offering savings up to 60% and Ssense has some items discounted 70%,
Take note, that Moda Operandi seems like the overall winner as it still has a really great selection of designer merchandise and most everything is 50% off. Below is a comparison chart of Ssense, M'oda Operandi and Net-a-Porter.
This week, second markdowns topped the news. Almost all designer brands are on the sale list and have been reduced at least twice. (Chanel and a few other brands are still the exception.) At all of our department store's spring and summer clothing is discounted 60% off but the prices of shoes and handbags vary greatly.
Take note, some boutiques offer even lower markdowns than the department stores. Never discount the benefit of comparing the sales of department stores with boutiques. Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Nothing is more stylish than good skin. That means keeping your face out of the sun-- according to every dermatologist. Luckily, hat options have exploded and Eugenia Kim's embroidered versions couldn't make us more giddy with excitement.
Wearing a wide brim hat, or any hat, takes confidence and poise. It also takes a high level of social grace to navigate the look outside of a beach setting. Determining the appropriate time to remove your cake topper is a skill many women are not adroit enough to navigate. (It's usually best to take it off while at a restaurant even if you have a case of hat-head.)
Eugenia takes an innovative and playful approach to head-toppers that should not be limited to the sand and pool. We absolutely love, love, love the designer's witty embroidered hats. Neiman Marcus has an excellent assortment including fan favorites: 'Do not disturb', 'Currently offline' and 'Wish you were here'. There is also a variety of fedoras and headscarfs, which are perfect for perfecting your blond locks as much as your sensitive skin.
Online shoppers should take advantage of the free shipping and free returns offered by Neiman Marcus. If only all stores had such a great selection and were as easy to shop as Neiman Marcus.
Chanel will take it's official sale position this week and we couldn't help ourselves from continuing to gather intelligence from all retail points. Bergdorf Goodman, in particular, seems to have a wide variety of styles and lots of sizes available. You can click here to see the every Chanel shoe going on sale.
Unfortunately, Bergdorf Goodman has been on a two year streak of not discounting any bags and the jewelry assortment that's going on markdown is, ahem, not very good. We suggest you concentrate on the shoes where the discount is 30% off.
Take note, the discount on shoes at Chanel boutiques, Barneys and Bloomies is 40%. We strongly suggest you steer clear of the Chanel boutiques, as all sales are final and a size exchange won't even be allowed until you grovel to a manager. We try to avoid those types of scenarios whenever possible.
We hear that this sale season is particularly slow. You might want to wait until the next markdown unless you have your heart set on a particular pair of shoes. In not too much time, the discount will be 50% off.
They say that Summer bodies are made in the Winter, but healthy bodies are perennial. Sometimes, however, the variety of fitness options from Class Pass isn't even enough to motivate you to squat another inch. That's why we've taken to the reward system...
Experts say that the best way to reinforce good habits is to create a reward system. Our good-job pat-on-the-back is obviously buying new workout gear. Hello! There's a reason why every gym has a clothing boutique.
Next week, you can reward yourself and save a bundle at Phat Buddha's first ever sample sale. If you're not on the SLT-AKT-FLY circuit, we suggest you study up fast. Phat Buddha is known for their seamless construction and high-fashion edge. It's a pillar brand at every fitness focused fashion store from Bandier to Shopbop.
The Phat Buddha pop-up will include active wear for men, women and children. Discounts will run from 30% to 60% off retail prices that normal range between $70 and $250. We only wish that exercising were as addictive as shopping.
Phat Buddha Sample Sale
Monday June 20 through Friday, June 24
10am to 7pm daily
501 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor (Elie Tahari Outlet Store)
Between 41st & 42nd St
The sale also includes a lot of Prada, Saint Laurent and Mary Katrantzou that boast discounts that top 60% off. If the discount doesn't seem like enough, you can add the items to your cart and wait... more often than not, you'll receive an extra discount code that will send you clicking the buy-it-now button.
Lanvin is wasting no time cleansing the company of Alber Elbaz's legacy pieces. Right now, Century 21 is hosting a Lanvin sample sale where discounts top 90% off retail. The best part is that the inventory is plentiful and the designs are legendary.
Upon entering C21 Edition, you'll find an assortment of bags, sunglasses and other accessories that are all priced at 80% off their original price. We spotted medium size Sugar bags in beige and silver for about $500 from $2200, medium tote bags (with no fringe) are under $300 from $1450 and Happy bags were just under $500 from about $2300. We also found various Nomad bags and Trilogy satchels that could be found in leather and exotics.
Upstairs is where the real magic happens. Woman's shoes and clothing are both priced at 80% off. Lavin's classic ballet flats that are famous for making your feet feel almost naked start at just $100 from about $500. Clunky platform sandals like these (without the studs) are about $260 from $1300 and platform wedge espadrilles like these but without the studs are $160 from $800.
Among the woman's clothing are a variety of dresses, gowns, furs, blouses and even some exquisitely constructed basics. Collectors and admirers should always go for Lanvin's red or black wool crepes. They are second to none. Dresses of lace, ribbons, raw edges and expert draping are also a classic staple of the famed French designer. Most of the selection is from last year's Summer season, which is perfect for wear-now impulse purchases.
Be sure to take a look at the men's clothing, shoes and accessories too. After all, Father's Day is this Sunday. There is also a smaller assortment of girl's clothing that is priced at 90% off retail. Shopping for little girls has no bounds. This is even more true with this type of discount.
There is no doubt that Lanvin fans should head downtown to this sale. We are told that there is still lots of stock to be put out. We wouldn't be surprised if the sale were to be extended through the weekend and another markdown was taken.
This is a bitter sweet ending to a long love affair with Lanvin. Elbaz is an undisputed fashion legend and would be well suited to follow Lagerfeld to continue the Chanel heritage. Let's hope.
Lanvin Sample Sale
Through Friday, June 17
Thurs 8am-9pm, Fri 8am-6pm
21 Dey St. (Btwn Church & Broadway)
We hear that the Chanel sale won't officially start until June 23 but Bloomingdales and Barneys will begin presale on Thursday. The discount will be 40% on shoes and clothing in both stores. We are still collecting intelligence on which bags may be discounted.
If you want something in particular, we suggest contacting a reliable sales person to hold the desired items. Last season was exceptionally difficult for Chanel lovers because very few bags styles went on sale. We are told that this season's sale stock list is small as well. Head right this way to browse a small selection of shoes that have been flagged for markdown. Stay tuned for updates.
A vail of mystery surrounds Celine and their markdowns. Some believe the chic French company never goes on markdown but au contraire mon ami.
Starting today shoppers of the Celine boutique and department stores can begin presaling seasonal Celine items at a discount of 40%. We weren't given specific details if any bags would go on markdown but you can only suspect it would be seasonal colors in the least desirable style bags.
Moving on to shoes, there are lots of sale styles from which to choose. Included in the markdown are Celine ballet flats in yellow, nude and red and the versions with a heel are reduced in nude and red. There are also lots of espadrille sandals and flatforms. You can click here to see pictures from the Barneys Celine sale.
The sale becomes official on Thursday but we suggest you start sending out serious inquires if you plan on attempting to negotiate a handbag on sale. Just keep in mind, sometimes there is a reason why sale items are put on sale.
As predicted, Net-A-Porter took their second markdown today. The sale now includes discounts that stretch up to 60%. Like most every woman, we focused our attention towards the shoe department since a 60% discount would make the online luxury store the best place for soulful deals.