Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Net-A-Porter Designer Discount Promotion

The trend of early designer discount promotions is expanding. Net-A-Porter first started offering a small discount exclusively on designer shoes but has now extended the promotion to a full assortment of product verticals. Now through the end of the month, you can save 15% off anything within this link with the use of the code NETAPORTER15.






You'll quickly notice that most of the merchandise within this promotion edit will be included in the first markdown. The fact of the matter is that the big first markdown won't happen until mid-May and some items might sell out before then.

This Saint Laurent medium Vicky bag is a consideration as it's is one of those items that might not make it to sale season. We wouldn't say that same advice about the Chloรฉ C bag. It's hard to discern if it's Chloe, Celine or even Coach. (We all know it's not Chanel!) We have a feeling we will be linking to this bag at 60% off in no time.

This Petar Petrov leather button-down skirt caught us mid-scroll. At over $1100, we wouldn't normally suggest pouncing but there are only two sizes remaining. This isn't the type of skirt that is purchased in bulk by retailers but it's a gem. The same goes for these two-tone Jennifer Chamandi flats.

We were surprised to find an abundance of beauty products in the discount edit. We usually don't like buying cosmetics online but a 15% discount on a restock might not be a bad idea if you use especially pricey products. (Callout: Diptyque is included too.)

Most everything is included in this promotion besides for the biggest and most in-demand designers of the season. We suggest looking for what you want most and inquiring about inventory levels. Once you have all the information, you can decide if 15% off is a big enough discount now or you can wait for 30% off later.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Inside: Oscar de la Renta Sample Sale

This afternoon, the Oscar de la Renta sample sale kicked off in Soho to press and Gilt ticket holders. The sale includes a great assortment of almost all designer's categories including dresses, gowns, coats, day-wear, skirts, furs, jewelry, belts, bags, shoes, kids clothing, and bridal gowns.




ODLR is always a highlight of the season. It's the perfect sample sale to pick up something nice and new for the Spring fundraiser circuit or Wedding season. The press preview was wonderfully calm but the half-dozen professional line-waiters outside holding spots for those who purchased early entrance coupons from Gilt City. We all know what that means!

Once inside, we were first captured by the children's selection. Most dresses are priced at $65 and coats are $85. Most items aren't sized, which makes any purchase a roll of the dice. The most remarkable find was a pink long-goat-hair vest that was marked $40 from $2000. (We have pictures over here.)

Beyond the children's clothing, there is a large selection of evening gowns and day dresses. We recognized many of the dresses from the last sample sale but there were some additions from the most recent pre-fall collection. There are dresses, pants, and skirts in an eye-catching giant houndstooth tweed.

This red and black houndstooth style pant was $250 from $1990, a black-and-white style is $150 from $1790 and this trumpet cut dress is $250 from nearly $3000.  We also noticed numerous items in a check-tweed print. This dress was $250 from $2700. We also spotted several of these gold leaf embroidered dresses for $450 from nearly $3000. (See our pictures from the sale over here.)

Take note, the sale doesn't include a lot of size variation. It appears as if most items are samples from years past. You will have the most luck if you wear a size 4 to 8. Most evening gowns were priced in the  $600 to $1000 range.

The sale, this season, has less jewelry than the last go-round. Earrings are all still priced at $65. There were some of the floral and beaded tassel styles. We also spotted some new style bags with a large flower applique for $500 from $1790. (See our pictures.)

Downstairs, there are three large racks of bridal gowns and an assortment of shoes. Most shoes are priced at $89. Most gowns we saw are under $1300 from over $9000. (Click for pics.)

The ODLR sale is one of those popular events that tend to attract lots of shoppers. The sale usually has a healthy line throughout its entirety. It's not usually too bad of a wait but you should clock in some extra time if you're thinking of taking a quick pass through the sale.

Oscar de la Renta Sample Sale 
Tuesday, March 19 through Sunday, March 24
Tues 10am-8pm, Wed to Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-4pm
151 Wooster Street


Sunday, March 17, 2019

The OutNet Sale Extra 25% Off Clearance

The Outnet started a clearance sale off about two weeks ago and we highlighted some of the standouts over this way. The discounts top out at 85% off.


Our informants tell us that the sale will be coming to an end on Wednesday. For the last day, the site will offer customers an additional 25% off. The promotion will begin on Tuesday at 9am. The private code is FINALS.

Some of the items we've been eyeing include, this Chloe celestial print mini-dress that will come to $350 from $2850 (once you include the extra 25-off). A sweater from The Row will be $150 from $1190, a classic Givenchy dress will be $380 from $2245 and a Missoni knit mini-dress is $220 from $1825.

Take note, we've noticed a lot of sizing disappearing since we started drafting this post. We would suggest you plan your shopping strategy accordingly. All sales are final.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Inside: The 260 Luxury Vintage Sale

Sample sale host, 260 Sample Sale, opened a luxury vintage sale in Soho on Tuesday. The sale includes bags, jewelry, and small leather goods from Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Hermรจs, MCM, Cartier, Gucci, Prada, and more.





Initial pictures showed several tables of Louis Vuitton monogram bags and it piqued my interest. My expectations were low but I was curious about what could be found at this sale. Usually, the merchandise at vintages sales is priced rediculously high and all too often the bags so damaged that they aren't very desirable.

So I went to inspect. Inside, bags are arranged by brand and color. It's only the second day of the sale and there was already a price reduction. Currently, all Louis Vuitton is 60% off the ticketed price and all other brands are 50% off. Most of the ticketed prices were on the high-side of the pre-owned mark but the additional discounts made greatly increased the purchasing possibilities. It seems as if current prices are about 10% to 20% below the average online price.

Unfortunately, all the Louis Vuitton monogram merchandise is completely sold out. I saw a handful of Epi leather bags. A Sac A Dos is reduced to $410, a Dhanura PM is $240, and a Masty GM is $260. Beyond Vuitton, I saw a Gucci heart print canvas tote that's $300, a Bottega Veneta Cabat tote is $1500 and a very proper Cartier shoulder bag is about $370 from an MSRP of $1350. We also spotted a few Loewe scarves that are about $120. They are normally priced at $375 when purchased new. A PM Hermes Garden Party in good condition is $610 and a Fourre Tout PM is $250. You can click here to see pictures.

Much of what remains resembles closet outcasts. Many of the items I saw were priced inexpensively enough to be a consideration but we all know that it will only be a few years of foster care before these orphan bags met the same fate.

I can't suggest taking a special trip to the sale in its current state. Going forward, I would suggest attending this sale on the opening day. Even without the additional discount, are a bit less than what we have seen online and in vintage stores throughout the world.

I posted pictures from in side the sale today. I also linked a scroll of assorted bags that I saw at the sale for nearly the same price.

Luxury Vintage Sample Sale
Through Sunday, March 17
Fri & Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm
151 Wooster Street


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sale Season: Big Ski & Winter Sales

The ski season is drawing to a quick end and retailers are beginning to aggressively reduce winter outerwear and ski gear. Now is the perfect time to stock up and replace whatever you need with discounts exceeding 60% off.





Moda Operandi is reducing all things "ski" by 50% off with the code SKI150. Here is a Yves Salmon fur-trimmed puffer for $750 from $1490, a Fusalp jacket is $500 from$1000 and a Eugenia Kim hat with a pom-pom $113 from $225.

Perfect Moment has quickly captured our hearts and become one of our favorite brands. The quality is exceptional and styling is fun. It's really perfect for teens and young adults as an alternative to Moncler. MatchesFashion seems to have the best deals -- especially after you engage the additional 20% off code. This quilted bomber jacket comes to just $200 from $500 and here is another jacket that's a more typical ski style for $210 from $434. Matches also has a lot of Fendi jackets with a final discount of 60% off. This velvet down puffer is $1100 from $2900.

Over on Farfetch we found this Off-White bomber reduced 60% off. Here is an MSGM plaid print bomber that's reduced 70%, plus an additional 20% off. It comes to just about $300 from $1200. We also found this Balmain ski cap that's $120 from $307.

If you still have your heart set on Moncler,  Nordstrom has a few sale options left.  Here is a woman's style for 50% off and a men's style that's discounted 25% or $840 from $1125.

We suggest you take some time to browse the web. After all it's always a good idea to buy what you anticipate you will need while it's on sale.






Monday, March 11, 2019

LN-CC: New Season Gucci and Prada 20% Off

This season, we have noticed that lots of retailers have initiated very early discount promotions. The discounts might not be large but we don't ever recall such aggressive early season marketing. Even so,  most of these shopping incentives exclude major designers.



It only was a matter of time until we hit the designer jackpot. European luxury emporium, LN-CC is actually focusing on just the items we really want. Early season discounts are up to 20% off. You must use this link to view the promotion discounts. We were excited to find this Gucci crystal top for even $200 off and these Gucci logo high boots are a straight 20% off.

The best part of the promotion might be the bag options. Here is a classic Gucci Marmont for under $850, a Prada transparent tote for $700,  and the new Prada saddle bag is $1200. Other interesting items are Opyum YSL heels, Prada mesh sneakers, and this Prada logo necklace that seems like a great deal for $240.  (The 'should I buy/should I not buy' conflict is torture!)

Before you click off, be sure to check out the site's sale section. There are lots of interesting fashion finds for 60% off. Some items we never even saw on markdown, like this Gucci puffer and this Miu Miu belt bag.

The good thing is that LN-CC is not on the shopping radar of most luxury customers and you have a moment to digest your options before everything sells out. It also doesn't hurt that this sale is very private. This promotion runs through March 20.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Farfetch March Madness: 20% Off

March madness doesn't have to be limited to basketball. Actually, we prefer a month of discounts and that's exactly what's being offered on Farfetch. For the entire month, you can save 20% off sale and select full price merchandise. Use this link and the code X20FAR to engage the discount at checkout.





There are lots of full price exclusions, which are indicated by the 'New Season,' ‘Permanent Collection,’ and ‘Exclusive’ labels. It actually took some digging to find items not excluded from the promotion. We found this Danse Lente bucket bag that's about $400 from $500 and this Staud bag that's $170 from $210.

We happen to love these Tabitha Simmons white pumps but aren't quite sure about spending $640 on them-- that's after the discount. We're probably better off with this pair from Neous that come to $230. After lots of digging, we also found that many new-season Onia bathing suits that are included in the promotion.

The search for new season items that are eligible for the deal can be exhausting. Shopping the sale section is a lot more satisfying. Here is a Givenchy bag with fringe that's $800 from $2700. These blue Stuart Weitzman booties can be great for an outfit and come to only $2250 from $550 and kid's Golden Goose sneakers are hard to pass up for just $120. Adult sizes in the same style are $130.

This sale runs all month, which means you have some time to mull over your purchases. Just take note, there are some anomalies --like Boyy bags-- but they quickly sold out. If you see something that doesn't make sense, it probably is a mistake and will sell out quickly.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Saks Private Surprise Liquidation Sale

It's technically not a sale season but it appears as if retailers are quietly liquidating leftover merchandise online. Saks Fifth Avenue is running major markdowns and we anticipate that even more will be added over the weekend. You can click here to start browsing.



Among the bags, we found this Chloe saddle bag that that is the same 50% off as the current sample sale. Take note, there are several other designer bags that are discounted just $1, which is a reason for us to believe that something big is coming soon.

Most shoes are currently reduced 60% off but there are some random styles discounted even more. Saint Laurent teddy pumps are nearly 70% off or $360 from $900. These Philip Lim tweed hiking boots have a Chanel look and are reduced to $280 from $700. Alexander Berman kitten heel boots are $280 from $700.

Surprisingly, there is still a nice selection of Moncler hanging out. This chevron style is nearly 50% off and this velvet and shiny-combo is reduced 40% off. We are keeping an eye on this Gucci dress that's currently 60% off and this Prada belted jacket that's currently $880.

This sale will likely be the last of the season. Exactly year at this time, Saks a big clearance sale that just ran Sunday and Monday. Considering the inventory levels and the number of viable purchase options. We suggest you keep your eyes on the site and perhaps put snag a few things in the cart. We'll update the post and Instagram when the sale is officially live.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Bogner's (Madison Avenue) Sample Sale

Winter isn't quite over. Just when you think temperatures are warming, March roars its chilly growls. If you missed last weekend's Bogner sample sale you have one last chance to add to your cold weather and ski wardrobe.



Our favorite skiwear brand is hosting a sample sale right in the neighborhood. Merchandise will be reduced up to 70% off retail. The selection will include items from ski, golf, fashion, boots, shoes, helmets and fur trim. Most of the selection will be comprised of the recent Winter and past Spring collections.

This will be your last chance to score great ski, sport and winter fashion at amazing prices. No excuses, this sale is right in the neighborhood. You know if you don't do it now you will regret it next Winter.

Bogner Madison Avenue Sample Sale
Thursday, March 7 through Monday, March 11
11am – 7pm daily
601 Madison Avenue (between 57th & 58th Street)

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Inside: The Chloe Sample Sale (Pics & Prices)

The Chloe sample sale opened this afternoon to invited press and brand VIPs. We were one of the lucky few to have the opportunity to shop the freshly presented merchandise. The line outside today was just a few minutes but we expect the wait to be much longer when the sale opens to the public tomorrow.





Discounts range from 50% off for bags all the way up to 80% off for Chloe ready-to-wear. The bag selection was the first stop for most shoppers. Most customers weren't thrilled by the markdown and we noticed more bag inspecting than buying.

We agree on taking a pass on the half-off bags. Shoppers are better off waiting until there is a good Bloomingdales markdown. If you catch it right, you can snag a Chloe bag for over 60% off. The sampel sale also has a two bag limit, which will reduce the hoarding even if there is a price cut. (You can click here to see a few of the bags that were available at the sale.)

The remainder of the upstairs portion of the sale is comprised of clothing from Chloe and See by Chloe--the lower end line. Chloe and See by Chloe clothing are reduced 80% off retail. We spotted some pretty See by Chloe ruffled dresses that come to $90 from $450. The price point is clearly fantastic but the fabric is the type of rayon that makes your skin crawl. Another See by Chloe standout was a silver leather and shearling jacket that came to $470 from $2350. The is a much better quality item, which is reflected in the higher price. We have more pics this way.

Chloe items are obviously more pricey. A rack of linen blouses is very pretty but not stand-out enough to justify the price at even 80% off. One style comes to $950 from $4750. A poplin cotton shirtdress is probably a better option at $400 from $2000. Pants are generally priced at about $1100 and come to $220. (Click for pics.)

We found the best options downstairs in the shoe section. Shoes are reduced by 70%. We spotted various scalloped Lauren heels and flats that range in price from $150 to $180 after the discount. There were also Laren shoes with the pointed toe, which look a bit more modern than the classic round flat. We also really like the Lauren flat sandals for Summer but think they are pricey at nearly $200 from $650. The sale also has lots of boots and shoes. You can click here to see a lot of what's available.

We expect that the first days of this sale will be very busy. Lines may even extend around the block. We would suggest restraining your shopping impulses until later in the sale run. The Neiman Marcus sale section has discounts very similar to the sample sale. We added some examples above.

We are pretty sure that there will also be price cuts. We will be sure to keep you posted on Instagram if we hear any changes.

Chloe Sample Sale
Wednesday, March 6 through Sunday, March 10
Wed to Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm
151 Wooster Street