Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Best Manolo Sale Ever Starts Now

Our favorite Manolo Blahnik sale is finally here and it could be the best boutique sale ever. These final markdown sales always boast discounts at about 75% off and usually only run for just four days but this year the sale is 10-jam-packed-days of Manolo bargains.

The markdown event will begin this Monday and run through August 7th. Once the sale ends the Blahnik  boutique will close as it undergoes bit of a facelift. The planned renovations will continue until Monday, August 25th, when the store will reopen with the new collection.

We expect that the added sale days mean that that there will be a huge amount of inventory. We might even venture to say, this sale will be better than the sample sale. During final markdown events, shoes are always marked by sticker dots. Prices usually range from $195 for a red dot up to $375 for a green dot. Most shoes and low boots-- even highly ornate styles-- are priced at $225. Last season, Lisa pumps were a budget friendly $225 and high boots were $325.

The store can get crowded but at least there isn't usually a long line to get in. Although this sale runs longer than usual, we would suggest trying to attend towards the beginning days. We doubt there will be a lot of restocking. Styles and sizes always run low quickly.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
212-582-3007 (Don't expect anyone to answer)
Monday-Friday 10:30AM-5:30PM
The boutique will close from 2pm to 3pm to restock

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Outnet Summer Sale 80% Off

When it's time for The Outnet's bi-annual sale you have two choices: Hide the credit card or give in and max it out. Today we are choosing for the max-out option. We'll show you why.
Check out this Jill Stuart strapless dress that comes to $150 from about $750. That's 80% off. Pre-owned doesn't even get priced this low. These Stella McCartney white wide-leg pants are more than 80% off, $325 from $1855.

Even if our top picks, you have to appreciate the quality and value. At 80% off you can afford to admire them up close. These Nicholas Kirkwood shoes are an outfit maker and, dare we say, inexpensive at $225 from $1240.

Normally, this sale seems to have a lot more merchandise but there are still some great items zest up the August blues. (Is there such a thing?) We especially love The Row sunnies that ring in under $100 from $422 and a Nina Ricci bag is $160 from $675.

The sale runs through Monday. We only wish The Outnet would allow us to delight in these types of discounts more often.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spying on Amuze

There are so many places to shop online but it's not easy to find a destination that offers a great selection, affordable prices and top customer service. That is precisely why we love Amuze so much. The site has everything we could imagine--great fashion, great discounts and wonderful service.
Amuze offers up to 80% off on fabulous designers like Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Fendi, Valentino and more. Everything on the site is always brand new and authentic. Not to be overlooked, is the quick shipping, which means near instant gratification from your purchases.

This week, Madison Avenue Spy teamed up with Amuze to pick our favorite items from the site. The carefully curated selection includes great finds from Reede Krakoff, Miu Miu, Saint Laurent and Marni. This selection is all about great designers, beautiful items and plenty of luxe at affordable prices.

Vera Wang 75% Off

One would think that shopping for discounts at this time of year would be an easy task. Today we scoured Soho looking for wonderful end-of-season sales and practically came up empty handed. That is, until we ventured into Vera Wang.
The designer's Soho store, which is comprised of her ready-to-wear runway collection, is enticing customers with 75% off summer clothing. We found a brushstroke cocktail dress for $460 from $1595, a brocade dress is about $300 from $1195 and cobalt blue palazzo pants are $187 from $750. You can check out more pictures from our Vera Wang finds here.

Sharif 212-382-2184

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chanel's 2nd Markdown

Despite naysayers, Chanel has started a second markdown. Beginning Wednesday, the discount on clothing, shoes, jewelry and bags (if you can find one) is 60% off.
We did some Chanel hunting and found that Bergdorf Goodman still has quite a nice selection of merchandise. A hot pink tweed dress (above) comes to $4480 from $11K, a cream colored cropped tweed jacket is $3700 from $9300 and lace blouse is $1640 from $4100. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would say any of these items are a steal but 60% off will save you a huge amount of money.

Around the store we also found enamel flower earrings for $164 from $410, pink ballet flats for $290, slingback pumps for $395, booties for $582 from $1295 and leather flower sandals for $318. You can referring pictures after the jump.

We suggest scouting your local Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman if you're looking for excess Chanel inventory. There is still a small selection at Saks Fifth Avenue but their final sale policy is not comforting when spending large sums of money.

Bergdorf Chanel: Trayvion 347-986-9473

Monday, July 21, 2014

DSW $199 Shoe Sale

DSW has clearly shifted away from carrying a large inventory of designer shoes but there are still some great items on which to feast. Right now company's site has a couple of dozen designer shoes that are all marked $150 and below.

The famous shoe retailer has an assortment of deeply discounted shoes from Giuseppe Zanotti, Sergio Rossi and Ralph Lauren. Check out these Zanotti nailed flats that are now $199 from over $500 and these suede booties are just $150 from about $700. Outside the rock bottom clearance section, there are other attractively priced shoes. These Sergio Rossi nude pumps are $200 from $570 and these Ralph Lauren collection sky-high sandals are $200 from almost $1000.

Although this sale doesn't include the depth and range of inventory and designers, there are still a few good pieces. Unfortunately, the day of finding great deals in at big discounters is getting increasingly more difficult.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Agent Provocateur Reduced to Seduce

Agent Provocateur is hosting an end-of-season sale where sexy little things are discounted  80% off. Besides for the expected underpinnings, the sale includes bikinis, nightwear, "playsuits" and more.

Take a peek inside and you'll find this Jet Corset reduced to $170 from $700, a french lace bra is $70 from $250 and the matching thong is $40 from $170. The coordinating suspenders and robe are deeply discounted too. We also found interesting pieces, like this Thora Dress $350 from $1050. It's sure to turn heads in the boardroom and was supposedly inspired by Dior in the 40s.

The sale is also in Agent Provocatuer stores, including the Madison Avenue location. Even though most of the merchandise isn't what most of us would consider functional, it's always nice to celebrate your sexy-- especially when it's 80% off.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Back to School With Nordstrom's Anni Sale

Sometimes shopping for Fall while your feet are still in the sand is a bit difficult but we noticed that the prices at this year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is even more discounted than last year. Discounts are primarily on exclusive items made for the sale but we have to admit that there is quite a bit of temptation.

Back-to-school items are especially attractive during this Nordstrom sale. For example, we wouldn't be caught dead wearing Uggs but they are a staple for school-age children. These tassel Uggs
are regularly $170 but are temporarily priced at $99 for the Anniversary Sale. Frye boots are equally as questionable but this moto-esque style for kids is $99 from $160. Check out this adorable toddler's Burberry coat, which is normally $250 but is now discounted to $160 and this too-cool-for-school Herschel Supply Company backpack  for $35 from $55.

We are a bit choosier when picking pre-season items for ourselves but we quickly snatched this Carven Embroidered sweatshirt. How can you resist when the price is $190 from almost $300? This Missoni long cashmere coat isn't bad either for $1200 from $2000. How about these Chloe Heloise high boots for $660 from $1000?

We can't say that the Anniversary Sale is a big opportunity to stock up on discount beauty supplies but it's really just a hard to resist. You likely don't need any of these items but a discount in a cosmetic department is hard to turn down. Who doesn't love a new lipstick or jar of cream?

We are always big fans of Butter polish and couldn't resist the exclusive polish 10-piece set for for $49  (value $100) . La Mer's  signature moisturizing cream is priced at $990 from $1360 and a set of Stila lip glaze is valued at $110 but priced at only $25.

The preseason discount runs until August 3rd and then prices are set at the full retail values. While shopping the discounts for fall we suggest also browsing the end of season sale where markdowns are about 60% off.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Proenza Schouler Sample Sale

Proenza Schouler is hosting a one day sample sale-- and Thursday is the day. Clothing, shoes and accessories will be discounted about 70% off.
Last session's sample sale was a bit of a but but we are told that the selection this time around is quite impressive. (You see, there are some positives to Summer in the city.) Bags are $400, clutches are $199 and clothing is 70% off retail. As is often the case, samples are the best deal with prices ranging from $29 to $500.

If you're lucky enough to be in neighborhood, we absolutely suggest shopping the PS sale. There could be a line when the sale opens but there historically hasn't been a wait after 10am. If you can't make it to the sale, the has a great selection of bags discounts 50% to 60% off retail.

Proenza Schouler Sample Sale
Thursday, July 17th
9am to 6pm
76 Mercer St. @ Spring St.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ralph Lauren Now 70% Off

Ralph Lauren  started their summer clearance today and most merchandise is now reduced 70%. Although this isn't the biggest discount for the Americana-designer, this is the time of year where you can find the best sale selection.

In most cases, the Ralph Lauren boutique will match the online prices but you will need to wait for a manager's authorization. In this instance it might just be easier to shop online.

After sorting through all of Ralph Lauren's difference collections and price points we have grown rather fond of the Black Label Denim line. Check out this waxed denim and leather dress that's now $413 from $1300 and this scoop neck sweater that's $440 from $1100. Of course, the sale includes a lot of polos. We happen to prefer the boys sizes for ourselves and grabbed this white and neon green big pony polo for $20 from $45 and these 11 big polo color combinations are just $15 from $45.

In the "grown-up" men's section, there is a white Black Label Denim paratrooper jacket for $720 from $2000, custom fit polos starting at $35 from $85 and these colorful swim trunks for $35 from $85.

You should take note that the new markdown just started today and merchandise is selling rather quickly. We suggest not procrastinating on checkout. We had items sell out as they were in our shopping cart. And it's always ironic how much more you "need" an item once you can't have it.