Sunday, March 29, 2015

DSW Union Sq: Valentino, Gucci and Fendi

It's conventional wisdom that New York has the best shopping in the world. We have the best sample sales and end-of-season consolidation always calls the Big Apple home. When it comes to deals at discount stores, however, the good stuff is sometimes sent far away. Other times we luck out.


This season, the DSW on Union Square has a great assortment of designer bags that could have you shooting south down Fifth Avenue-- straight past Bergdorf Goodman. A black Valentino Rockstud tote is $1800 from $2345, a conventional Gucci top handle bag is $500 from about $1000 and a two tone Fendi bag is $2000 from $2654. You can see pictures from inside the store right here. A lot of the same style are available online here but the colors differ in stores. Ironically, the shoe selection isn't very good.

Take note that DSW has lots of coupons and promotions. Right now, you can earn $10 back in a DSW Certificate for every $75 you spend. We suggest holding off and waiting for a straight discount code that ranges up to 25% off.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bergdorf Takes a Final Bow at Last Call

If you've ever wondered what happens to all that wonderful merchandise at Bergdorf Goodman that nobody purchases, we have the answer. It pops up at the parent brand's discount store, Last Call.


Neiman Marcus Last Call stores have received new arrivals direct from Bergdorf Goodman. The discount usually starts at about 65% off original retail. Keep your eyes open, in past years we've spotted Chanel clothing discounted almost 90% off retail. We've also heard that the discounter receives Chanel bags from time to time but doesn't display them. We suggest asking a sales manager if you're on the hunt.

Last Call online also has plenty of good finds. An emerald green Oscar de la Renta coat is $1446 from $3790, J Brand skinny jeans are $64 from $178, a Christopher Kane dress is $214 from over $1000 and a Stella McCartney silk pajama-style top is $241 from $1150.

Participating stores include, Austin Brodie Oaks Shopping Center, Arundel Mills, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Franklin Mills, Grapevine Mills, Great Lakes Crossing, Gurnee Mills, Katy Mills, Milpitas Great Mall, Potomac Mills, Sawgrass Mills, Sugarloaf Mills, The Outlets at Orange, The Outlet Collection-Jersey Gardens, Livermore Premium Outlets, Arizona Mills, and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Bloomingdales Friends and Family

The Bloomingdales friends and family sale began online today. Shoppers can save 25% with the code FRIENDS. Those looking for an in-store experience can presale now or being shopping on Wednesday.

Reiss Dress
For this sale, the designer exclusion list isn't as long as usual and includes a great selection-- especially if they are looking for early Spring sales. This season the discounts can be applied to brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Maximilian according to that fine print.


It's hard to keep thinking about coats but we were in love with this Maximilian lamb shearling coat with an oversized fox fur collar. It is very Winter 2015 and it's just about $1000 from $2800. These Paige Denim jeans are under $125 from $158. Right here is a powder blue asymmetrical Whistles top for about $125 from $160. The promotion is also applicable to sale items, which makes sorting through the sale section worth the extra time.

The friends and family sale ends online and in stores on Sunday, March 29. There's also free shopping on all orders over $150, which shouldn't be hard to reach.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Inside the Prada Outlet: In Florence

There are so many things to love about Florence: the food, the art and, ohhh yes, the shopping. As a matter of fact Florence is the birthplace of Italian fashion and couture. In the 1950’s it was the place where all the big Italian fashion houses showed their collections. It wasn't until the 1970’s Milan established itself as the capital or ready-to-wear.


For those who love to shop, there is no shortage of wonderful stores run by true artisans. With the euro back on our side, it's hard not overindulge. If you're looking for the most well known sale in the entire region, then you are going to have to head to the Prada Outlet. It's about a 40-minute train ride from the center of Florence and then a 10 euro cab ride to the designer's factory and outlet. (Make sure to get your taxi driver's card so that you can call him to pick you up once your done shopping.)

Before you walk in, take a number. This number will become your identity as you shop the store and have items kept at the register for you.

This isn't just any ordinary outlet. Space, as it is called, is huge and looks very much like a Prada store with lots of mirrors and "Prada green" walls. Men's and women's collections are divided; men to the left, women to the right. The store contains almost every item category sold at a designer store like, bags, jewelry, leather goods, nylon bags and accessories, clothing and shoes.

All items are discounted different amounts but the sections devoted to "Special Sale," are the best deals. Among the bags was a floral patent doctor bag reduced all the way to €805. The retail was close to $2000. A basic red leather clutch was €208 and most wallets were priced between €250 and €350. A red leather vault bag was €590.

Moving on to shoes, basic pumps raging in color from silver to patent pink were €215 and casual red line high boots were €280. This time around the women's department didn't have a huge selection of Special Sale shoes but the men's section had an abundance of sneakers for €75 to €150. (More pictures are right this way.)

In the clothing department there were lots of items designated "Special Sale," which are essentially samples. We found several skirts priced for €50 and dresses ranging from €50 to €300 with retail values going from $600 to $2500. Unfortunately, there were no more winter coats for women but there were a lot for men. Instead there were lighter weight jackets in a rainbow of colors.

Outside he "Special Sale" selection, prices were 30% to 80% higher. Seems like shoppers would do better just purchasing clothing at the boutique during sale season. Click here to see lots of pictures from our shopping trip.

As with any outlet, Prada's Space can be hit or miss, boon or bust. Just be sure to pack an additional bag to carry your purchases on the way home.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Topshop at Nordstrom and 3x Points

Topshop represents the best of British fast fashion, while Nordstrom stands for the convergence of quality and customer service. The combination brings the best of style and function to American shoppers.


Removing the blaring DJ from the Topshop environment allows you to actually look at the clothing without the sensory overload. Head this way to discover Nordstrom's Unique Collection, which includes great color blocking and tamed prints for Spring. This abstract black and powder blue abstract print sweatshirt is perfect for transitioning into Spring. This color block knit dress is affordable and sexy and here is a trench that's perfect to keep you dry during April showers.

Keep in mind that Nordstrom is offering triple points through March 22. Generally, shoppers earn $20 in gift cards when you earn 2000 points. During triple points you can earn $20 gift cards for spending just a bit more than $600. If there's a splurge in your future, we suggest you do it now.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Chanel's Clothing Languishes at Bloomingdales

This season, Chanel took the very bold move and changed their discount policy to only one markdown a season. If you were shopping for clothing, the discount never made it past 40% off. Sales people were insistent that the winter stock was selling so well that further incentives were not needed.


Fast forward to mid-March and Bloomingdales shoppers will find an abundance of Chanel's winter leftovers tucked in the back of the Oscar de la Renta department.

The discount is still just 40% off and when Bloomingdales sales associates are questioned they just shrug their shoulders in confusion. Perhaps this should be a strong message to Chanel and it's customers that there are only so many people willing to pay top dollar-- even in a big city like ours.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bergdorf Goodman 70% Off

Bergdorf Goodman is hosting an online sale where discounted merchandise is an extra 25% off, for a total savings of up to 70% off. The web-only sale runs through Friday.





The sale primarily consists of F5 labels, or contemporary designers, like DVF, Alice & Olivia and Cut25. There are also some great more fancy designer items in the mix, like this Christopher Kane dress that comes to $300 from more than $1100. Some of our favorite contemporary pieces include a Halston Heritage shift dress that's seemingly basic in front but dramatic from the back. Here are Manolo booties for $336 from almost $900 and these Jimmy Choo cage pumps are $450 from $1200.

The Neiman Marcus website is offering the same 25% off but the total discount is just 60%.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Banana Republic Extra 50% Off Sale

J. Crew's ex-head of woman's wear, Marissa Webb, started her new job redefining Banana Republic just about a year ago. After lots of fanfare and raised eyebrows, shoppers began responding to the changes and shareholders are applauding.

Sincerely Jules
Marissa has taken Banana Republic from workwear basics to everyday wear. The blue and white floral print is quickly becoming the most popular print for Spring. The midi-skirt, particularly combines several of Spring's hottest trends. The athletic-looking collection, on the other hand, is a season too late.

If you take a step back and look at sale merchandise. You will be happy to learn that all reduced items are an extra 50% off through Sunday, March 22. Just use the code BRSPRING at checkout. The sale is in stores and online.

Take note, this navy pullover is $27 from $90. You can start implementing trends for Fall now with this mock turtleneck that's $40 from $90. Wear a piece like this under a sleeveless v-neck dress to ward off early spring chills. Here's a Spring-like midi skirt that reminds us of a print from a recent Marni collection for $45 from $110.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Best Sample Sales this Week

It may feel early in the season for sample sales but the frenzy is about to begin. This week there are dozens of sample sales scheduled all over the city. Obviously, no sane person could attend them all-- nor should try. Instead, we carefully curated a selection of our favorite sample sales for the week.


Scoop NYC
Tuesday, March 17th through Sunday, March 22nd
Tue 9am—8pm, Wed—Thu 10am—8pm, Fri—Sat 10am—7pm, Sun 10am—3pm
260 Fifth Ave (btwn 28th & 29th)
Usually Scoops big sales are at their Meatpacking store. Having a professionally organized "sample sale" indicates that there is more merchandise than the retailer can handle. We are told that shoppers can expect to save 75% off retail prices. The merchandise will include a selection of designer apparel, accessories, and shoes for men and women. Product examples include, an Alice + Olivia silk blouse for $55 from $220, a Clover Canyon lace dress for $75 from $300 and J. Brand's men's pants for $56 from $225.

Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël
Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, March 20th
10am—7pm daily
Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave (btwn 15th & 16th)
The last few Yigal sales have been a bit of a bummer. Prices were too high and there weren't any real samples. We are hesitant to include this selection in our 'best of' list but there is a chance that the brand has a enough inventory to incentisize shoppers with truly good discounts. We are told that the discounts will be up to 80% off retail prices and include womenswear, overstock and samples.

Roger Vivier
Friday, March 20th through Monday, March 23rd
Fri 10am—7pm, Sat—Sun 9am—6:30pm, Mon 9am—5pm
Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (btwn 8th & 9th)
The Vivier sample sale has become one of the most popular of the year with shoppers lining up from the day before. At last year's sample sale we found almost all the merchandise was reduced 50% to 60% off retail. Basic black pumps with no signature buckle started at $225 and long and ornate boots are priced up to $2000. Most buckle shoes were $300 to $350. A small assortment of little girl's buckle shoes were $200. Bags start at $525 from a small bag and go up to about $2000 for a more ornate evening clutch.

Frette
Friday, March 20th through Friday, March 27th
Fri Mar 20th 10am—9:30pm, Sat 10am—9pm, Sun 11am—8pm, Mon—Wed 7:45am—9pm, Thu—Fri 7:45am—9:30pm
C21 Edition, 21 Dey St (btwn Broadway & Church)
Century 21 is the newest venue to the sample sale arena. At the last Frette sale we found duvet covers for $195, top sheets for $95 and fitted sheets for $65. Plain bedsets were starting at $100 for full-sized and $249 for queen.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Krakoff Closing Madison Ave--75% Off Winter

Reed Krakoff is suspending design and production of his company and closing his Madison Avenue boutique, accounting to WWD. The uptown store will only be open for a few more weeks but the Soho store, the website and Woodbury outlet will continue operations.



Today's announcement comes as a big surprise as Madison Avenue sales associates were unpacking new spring shipments just last week. The store still had two sections of winter clothing that were all reduced 75% off and a small assortment of bags were 60% off. You can see pictures from our shopping trip last week right here.

If you pop over to the Reed Krakoff website, you will see lots of the clothing reduced 70% off and shoes and handbags are about 60% off. (A bit more pricey than the boutique but the selection is larger.) This circle lace dress is $650 from $2100 and a sweater with leather stripe sleeves is $327 from $1090. Among the bags selection is a classic Boxer for $645 from $1290 and a Soft Atlantique in anaconda and leather skin is $2495 from $4290.

Reed Krakoff will continue to run the company with a skeletal staff until additional investment is found or an alternate plan is made. Management is considering refocusing the company on the "accessible luxury segment of the accessories market," according to a statement given to Fashionista.

Reed Krakoff was the creative director of Coach for 16 years and started his eponymous label in 2010. The designer left Coach and purchased the brand with and investor group for an undisclosed sum of money. We suspect that the separation from Coach in 2014 made production costs skyrocket, which would have shaved profit margins remarkably.

Reed Krakoff is a master of cut, scale and texture and we hate to see the quality of his designs diluted for mass production. Krakoff is down but not out, for now.