Tuesday, January 27, 2015

You Must Be Kidding: Roger Vivier's $70k Bag

Last week we received the following email from a sales person from Roger Vivier:
"We just received ONE handbag today, and it requests special attention. It is a limited edition from our SS2015 (Rendez-Vous), the bag made very beautiful black and white color crocodile skin, with brick-color leather lining inside. Retail at $69,400. That’s correct, $69,400!!" exclaims a Roger Vivier sales person.
Even the sales person's explanation points and reiteration of the price suggest the ridiculousness of the product.

She continues, "The most expensive bag yet. We have at Roger Vivier, only one unit in the USA. The 2nd photo is a close-up of the skin front and back. The dimension is 12”H x 12.5”L x 5”W."
Hermes has proved that there is a market for handbags that sell for over $100,000. Finding a sucker to shell out $70k on this bag of questionable design is far less likely.  Vivier has no secondary-market track record on products at their price point.

Lets take a vote of hands: Who here would spend $75,559.25 (including New York sales tax) on this Roger Vivier purse? Next Question: Who would want the bag for 90% off?

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Best Snow Day Sale-ing: Prada, Valentino & More

The snow has just started to fall and desk boredom is already starting. Below are some of the best places to direct your mouse if you're looking to energize your day with some online sale-ing:


Net-A-Porter:
The end of season sale at Net-A-Porter ends tomorrow. This is your last chance to scoop up discounts of up to 80% off. Highlights include, a simple Maiyet shift with embroidery for $199 from almost $1000 and a spring-like Carven dress is $210 from $1050.

Neiman Marcus
Even though Bergorf Goodman is a Neiman Marcus store, the discounts aren't the same. Right now, Neiman Marcus is offering an extra 25% off sale merchandise that is reduced up to 75% off. At Bergdorfs, there is no additional discount. Highlights include, an Autumn Cashmere plaid sweater that's $103 from $400 and a Valentino sweater that's $836 from $3150.

Scoop
The closet cleanup sale is on. Already reduced merchandise is now discounted an additional 50% off, which brings the total potential savings to 80% off. A Clover Canyon sequin plaid coat is $275 from almost $1000 and these 3x1 high rise skinny jeans are $70 from $225.

Intermix
The discounts top off at 70% at Intermix and there are no additional discounts. Even though the site isn't offering top deals on everything there are some notable items that don't often get marked down. Check out this multi-color Valentino camera bag. It's reduced to $839 from $1400. Here's a Neil Barrett quilted jacket that's $329 from $1600 and an MSGM checkered puffer that's $259 from $1300.

Asos
If you're really looking to lose yourself in guilty-free online shopping, you should head to Asos. Final sale items are reduced 70%. This site works great to try out a trend before you invest deep in a designer version. Test out head-to-toe checks look for a total of $80, which includes pants and a duster coat or a playful sweatshirt for $92 from $132.

Yoox
Another site in which you can also lose yourself is Yoox. The most current promotion is an extra 70% off select sale items. There is a great assortment of Pra-duh at about 70% off. We also found a lot of Valentino Red, including this summery floral print for $271 from $536.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Manolo Blahnik Second Markdown 50% Off

The streets are about to get covered with blankets of icy white. What to do when you're tired of being stuck at home? Head over to Manolo Blahnik boutique's second markdown. The sale starts Mondayand we are sure that the snow has kept the store quite and the inventory running practically at full stock.

This most recent markdown follows the 33% discount but proceeds the final and best shopping opportunity of the season. The final markdown is always one of our favorite sales and normally occurs in early February. Prices range from $195 to $350. Most shoes and low boots-- even highly ornate styles-- are priced at $250.

Expect to find a full assortment of shoes from the winter collection. Personally, we are waiting make our major purchases in February! After all, it is the month of love.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street (b/w 5th and 6th)
Monday to Friday 10:30 to 6pm
Saturday 10:30 to 5:30
Sunday 12pm to 5pm
Store will close from 2pm to 3pm for restocking (lunch)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Barney's Warehouse Has Discounts of 90%

Waiting on line for a sample sale is so 2010. That's especially true when it comes to the Barney's Warehouse sale. That is, unless you're shopping online. Right now, the site is offering shoppers an additional 70% off clearance merchandise, which brings the total savings to nearly 90% on many items.


This iconic print Proenza Schouler skirt is $90 from over $800, Derek Lam shoes come to about $130 from $875 and this Thakoon silk print dress is $99 from $850. The sale also includes a small selection for men and kids. The swim trunks for boys are really worth a look if you can find the sizes you need and this men's trench is mighty fine looking with a price tag of $120 from $800.

Take note, there is a no backsies return policy. We always suggest sizing up because you taking it in is much better for the ego.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Saks Ends Consolidation Sale Tradition

Saks Fifth Avenue is quickly losing its leader board position as the department store with the best markdowns. As a matter of fact, its final sale return policy and strict 70% off make Saks the most expensive place to shop for quickly aging winter fashion.


On the bright side of things, the end of the Consolidation Sale means that there is no 9th floor discount bazaar. Anyone who loves fashion much agree that a high-end department store shouldn't transform itself into a bargain basement frenzy. One must respect the fashion.

Starting at the bottom, there is one stand of discounted handbags. The selection includes a small assortment from Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney and a lone Alaia. The discount on bags is 60% off. A gold large Lanvin is $1516 from $3790, a Jimmy Choo messenger bag with studded stars is about $700 from $1895 and the Alia is $2444 from $6110.

Heading upstairs, all the discount fashion is located in proximity from their respective brands. The sale racks are in the center of the islands and the clouting is separated by brand. Right now, most all sale merchandise is discounted 60% with another 35% off, which brings the total savings to 70%. The merchandise is very similar to what is online but just a larger selection of styles and sizes. For example, there is this Stella McCartney print in pants, the dress, the top and more. A more ornate version dress from this collection is $566 from $1415. Among the Alexander McQueen selection there is this shirt dress that's $370 from $1235. A Derek Lam shearling coat in eggplant comes to about $2000 from $6795. You can head this way to see dozens of items and their prices. (Chanel clothing is frozen at 40%.)

Heading up to the 8th floor, SHOE-ZIP, the discount on the outgoing winter collection is 60%. Most of what's left are the less desirable options from top designers. Some of the highlights are high Valentino boots with a braid detail that come to $790 from $1975 and Saint Laurent red and black print pumps are $318 from $795. The biggest surprise is the large assortment of Alaia shoes. A black pair with raffia details are $684 from $1710. Pictures of those hotties and much more are right here.

We are told that the sale will end February 1 and there will not be any more markdowns. All sales are final and the store will not be accepting returns on final markdown merchandise. In some ways, we miss the old days where there were discounts of 80% to 90% off but we certainly don't miss the mess and the chaos of the consolidation sales of yesteryear.




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Last Day of Fivestory's Bi-Annual Sale

Walking into the Fivestory bi-annual sale is a little like going to a rave in the South Bronx. The Bowery Hotel's basement location feels rather sketchy but there's certainly some appearances from top fashion brands.

Leonard $560 from $2570
Wednesday is the last day of the almost week-long sale and if you haven't taken a peek it may be worth your while. All of their merchandise is either 60% or 80% off, depending on the age of the collection. We just focused on the 80% off merchandise, considering that you can go to almost any store and save more than 60%.

There were many more racks at the start of the sale but today there were only two racks clothing for men, four for children and six with women's clothing. Granted, these racks were all packed but filled so tightly that it was hard to browse. After some tugging and pulling we found a Preen sweater print dress that comes to about $100 from $495, a Veronique Leroy sweater jacket is about $600 from $2180 and a Versace dress is approximately $540 from $2725.

There is still a rather diverse selection of Peter Pilotto dresses that debuted alongside his Target collection. They range in price from $400 to $600 from retail values of $2000 to above $3k. There are also several lovely print pieces from Leonard, which are priced similarly to the Pilotto items. (Both collections were clearly way overpriced to begin with.)

Among the 80% off shoe selection we found Chrissie Morris stingray sandals that come to under $200 from $915, Tania Spinelli booties are about $150 from $765 and Sergio Rossi peep-toe wedges are about $100 from $545. The sale also includes an assortment of jewelry and accessories for 80% off. An Aurelie Biderman bracelet is $130-ish from $660. There are also a few pieces from Dannijo and Alexandra Dodds.

We don't expect you will go home with a huge haul from the Bowery basement sale but you might be able to find a special something. You can click here to see more highlights from our shopping trip.

Fivestory Offsite
Ends Wednesday, January 21
10am to 6pm
Bowery Hotel: 355 Bowery (Use the 3rd Street Entrance)

Monday, January 19, 2015

15 Spring Items Already Selling Out

The New Year just started and the hottest pieces of the new collections are already selling out. Of course, some shoppers want to be on top of the game but we still can't believe how quickly fashion can fly.


Some say that editors have all the power but it's the consumer that always has the final say. This season, Tony the Tiger is the biggest fashion statement you can't get. Anya Hindmarch's is almost completely sold out everywhere. The only place we could find the Frosties Maxi bag is on the Anya site, which delivers to the US. When it comes to fashion, Miu Miu's crochet tops ($1490) and dresses ($1355) are sold out everywhere online but are still available in boutiques and department stores.

As far of collections go, shoe and handbag departments all over the country are being swamped with requests for products from Valentino's 1973 rainbow collection. There is just one Rockstud micro shopper ($2175) left on Neiman Marcus and many sizes of Rockstud slingbacks ($1195) are sold out on Saks. On the more affordable scale, Alexa Chung's collection for AG denim has been as hot as a July day. The hottest item is likely the Pixie dress ($455), which is practically sold out everywhere.

If you're the type that already sold your Celine bag for more than you paid, then you're going to want to jump on Loewe and Delvaux. Both bags are gaining huge momentum among fashion insiders.
This python Loewe Flaminco ($3950) is completely sold out.

Today, we are focusing on where what the shopper are saying with their wallets. In order to compile this list of 'sold out' items we spoke high end retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Hirshleifers, Net-A-Porter and many more. Afterwards, we searched through dozens of online luxury stores. We suggest you snatch up anything on this list as nothing begets demand like the lack of supply.

Anya Hindmarch Frosties leather tote ($2295)
Miu Miu cashmere crochet dress ($1355)
Rosantica arm cuff ($665)
Valentino 1973 Rockstud slingbacks ($1195)
Valentino 1973 Rockstud Mirco Shopper ($2175)
Alexa Chung for AG pixie dress ($455)
Alexa Chung for AG cropped jeans ($325)
Christopher Kane floral patch jeans ($1745)
Christopher Kane floral aplique mini dress ($2095)
ISSA Rosemary dress ($1121)
Loewe Flaminco Knot bag ($2550)
Loewe Pyton Flaminco bag ($3950)
Oscar de la Renta gold sequin embroidered dress ($6490)
Saint Laurent black bucket bag ($2150)
Roksanda Ilincic color-block dress ($2015)
Christian Louboutin studded wallet ($695)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bergdorf Goodman Online Blowout & Beauty Bonus

It's now or never if you're looking to catch the last of this season's deals. Right now, Bergdorf Goodman is offering an extra 25% off merchandise that has already been marked down 75%. That brings the total savings to over 80%.



Head this way and you'll find a Derek Lam sleeveless dress that's reduced to $335 from $1790, Tom Ford high boots come to $750 from $2000, a Mary Katrantzou dress is $285 from $1520 and a Pucci shift dress is $325 from $1725. Among the contemporary designers we found an Alice and Olivia dress reduced to $150 from almost $600, a Halston Heritage jacket is $73 from about $400 and black and white check Rag & Bone jeans are $50 from $265.

If you have kids you have to check out the Moncler sale selection. The discount is just a straight 30% but there are some good options from which to choose. Here is a basic black for $416 from $600 and a baby puffer for $427 from $610.

The sale continues until Tuesday at 9am. After that, it's probably time to start lusting after full price spring fashions.

Almost as noteworthy, that the lavender lady is also hosting a beauty event. When you spend $250, you will be given a tote filled with dozens of deluxe size samples, including Sulwhsoo, Hourglass, YSL and Laura Mercier. Some of our beauty obsessions include, anything Tom Ford (of course), the Sisley- Paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil (to fight winter dryness) and Bakel's EFABody bomb, which is a great way to stop winter dry-skin itchiness. The gift bag promotion starts Monday and runs through Sunday, February 1.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Warm Up With Top Designer Fur Steals

A very well known fur manufacturer -- whose identity we promised to protect-- is moving showrooms and looking to sell excess inventory. On Sunday, this anonymous company is hosting a fur auction where top quality coats, capes, jackets and more will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The sale will include an assortment of merchandise ranging from shearlings to sable and chinchilla. These coats normally sell at high-end Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue retail stores and are usually priced between $3000 to upwards of $75,000.


There is no reserve for any of the merchandise and it's expected that most items will sell for between 80% and 90% of their retail values.

Designer  Fur Sale
Sunday, January 18
Viewing: 10:30 to 12:30
Auction 1pm
150 West 30th Street, 13th Floor

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

DVF Final Markdown Offers Sample Sale Prices

We can't deny that we've horribly missed the Diane von Furstenberg sample sale thus season. Of course, a substitute will do -- if the price is right. Unfortunately, there are no upcoming dates to announce but Diane Von Firstenberg is hosting an online sale and prices aren't far off from the iconic sample sale.


Through the end of Monday, shoppers can use the code JAN20 and save an extra 20% off already reduced merchandise. The prices at the sample sale would run $150 for classic wrap dresses, $125 for non-wrap dresses and $80 for sweaters. If you head this way, and use the extra 20% off, you can pay just $110 for this solid color wrap dress. A simple black knit dress, comes to just $80. The price of this super simple and clean cotton wrap shirt dress is $160.

At past sample sales the bags and accessories were a huge hit but they were still very pricey. Bags were priced at $285, clutches were $100 and scarves were $75. Online now, you can snag this snakeskin clutch for $115 and a snake-skin cross body bag for $140.

The best part of this sale is that there are no lines, no crowded fitting rooms and purchases are returnable. Unfortunately, we don't usually come across sample sales with the same consumer friendly rules. Like sample sales, the super sale merchandise is final sale.