Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bergdorf Goodman Presale Begins

For the first time, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman will begin their first markdown on the same day. The official start of sale season for both retailers is Tuesday, but we've found that markdowns at Bergdorfs have already been put live online. That means that right now, you can start planning your wardrobe for the first weekend of unofficial Summer.

The discount, at both stores, is up to 40% off. Most clothing is discounted 40% and shoes and bags are reduced 30%. The sale doesn't officially start until Tuesday but Bergedorfs has some of their sale items live already.

Take note, the first markdown includes Fendi, Prada, Balenciaga, Givenchy and more but you'll have to wait until early June for Chanel and Louboutin.  Everyone in fashion is talking about Givenchy and you can snag an ombré Horizon bag for about $2100 from nearly $3000 and the Infinity Hobo is $1715 from $2450. A hobo bag from The Row is $2300 from $2150. A Valentino Rockstud Spike is $1956 from $2800, the Calvin Klein fringe bag is $1350 from $2250, and a Tom Ford shoulder bag is $1500 from $2400. We stumbled upon this Balenciaga doodle/ graffiti wallet that's $486 from $700.

Among the reduced shoes is an assortment of Prada. These Jacquard mules are $533 from $870, flats with the new sports strap are $474 from $790, and espadrilles are $342 from $570. Bergdorfs has the best selection of No21 shoes. A Gingham print mule is $434 from $620 and a palm tree print flat is $437 from $625.

Among the clothing, we have our eyes set on this classic floral print from Erdem that's $570 from $815,  this one-shoulder pleated blouse from Rosie Assoulin that's $960 from $1600 and this mini-skirt from Thierry Mugler that is reduced to $276 from $790.

We highly suggest that online shoppers start their shopping and editing right now. Many items are already discounted online and more will be trickling in over the course of the next day or two. Once news gets out, the best items will be gone very, very, very quickly.

Contact BG: Jose 646-689-5601

Friday, May 18, 2018

Saks Fifth Avenue Pre-Sale Begins

We have a confession: It's been two years since we've set foot in Saks Fifth Avenue. It's a little hard to admit since luxury shopping is our job. In our defense, we didn't think there was anything that we were missing but we were wrong.

After a two-year hiatus, we were shocked by what we found. First, you have to see the new fifth floor. They call it "Advanced Designers" which could easily be mistaken for Anne Klien or Ellie Tahari but  the more accurate description would be the "Avant-Garde Designers." Shoppers can find a full selection of street wear labels, like Alchemist, Unraveled, and Off-White, along with more experimental designers like  Rosie Assoulin, Delpozo, and Comme Des Garsons.

The best part is that it's presale time and most clothing items are now 40% off. Handbags are reduced between 30% and 40% off and most shoes are reduced 30% to 40%. The sale officially begins Tuesday, May 22nd, which means the discounts will then be available online too. This season, presale favors Sake Fifth Avenue credit card holders. If you don't have a Saks card, the full amount will be charged now and the price difference will be credited once the sale officially begins and items ship.

On the first floor, towards the escalators, is where you will find most of the sale bags. The biggest surprise was the selection of Loewe bags. A large Puzzle bag is $1710 from $2850 and the smaller size is $1470 from $2450. There are also plenty of Valentino white Rockstud Spike bags included in the markdown. Most of the selection is 30% off and a few older versions are discounted 40%. This "Belt Bag" comes to $1050 from $1500, a zip-around wallet in the same style is $577 from $825 and a the same style shoulder bag is $2240 from $3200. You can see pictures of most of the bags on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue using this link.

Upstairs, on the eighth floor the sale selection is already set up on racks. We wish Saks would stop treating the sale shoe section as if it were an outlet. Shoes were already strewn all over the floor and it's hard to feel good about $1000 shoes when the store isn't treating them much better than dropped french fries. On the bright side, the assortment of sale shoes rival Barneys. The discount is between 30% and 40% depending on the style.

Some of the highlights in the shoe department are the Roger Vivier slides with an oversized rhinestone buckle that come to $1250 from $875, Valentino Rockstud Spike pool slides are $507 from $725, and Manolo Hangisi satin flats are $668 from $995. Pictures of Saks' sale shoes are just a click away. We also found assorted Gucci shoes thrown into the mix. These embroidered espadrilles are $378 from $630. We spotted these lace pumps discounted 40% and these fur lined Princetown loafers for $564 from $940. More of what's on sale from Gucci is over this way.

Remember, the sale goes live online on Tuesday. We always suggest stocking your cart in advance. It's faster to pull the trigger if you have already done your final edit. If you're still questioning whether you should actually go the store, you can always see pictures of practically everything we saw over in the jump.

Handbags: Irina 212-940-2443
5th Floor "Advance" Clothing: Marjorie: 646-552-7292

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sale Update: Anya Hindmarch Prices Slashed

The Anya Hindmarch sale ends Thursday evening but there is still time to grab one last item from the playful Brittish designer. Prices have all been slashed to 80% off. Remaining items include just a few oversized totes that now come to just $500 from $2500 and a small wallet is $80 from nearly $400. Click here to see pictures we took at the start of the Anya Hiundermach sample sale.

Anya Hindmarch Friends & Family Sale
Through Thursday, May 17
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

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FarFetch Private Sale 50% Off

Farfetch is known for bringing the world's most popular fashion boutiques, and local and emerging designers and brands to a single website. Usually, sales start a bit later on Farfetch because many of the origin boutiques are European. Excitingly enough, this week Farfetch launched its sale.

The sale includes items for men, women, and children with discounts ranging up to 50% off. Take note, some of the more highly reduced merchandise is older and can be found for less at other retailers. Among the more current items, we found a Jacquemus skirt that is reduced 50% to $280 from $560, a pleated Stussy skirt is just $90 from $136, and this Benedetta Bruzziches princess bag is $590 from nearly $1000.

When shopping Farfetch's first markdown, our advice is to stick to the brands that aren't easily found in the US or are already sold out. Be aware, most of the discounts aren't as high as what you will find during the first markdown at most local stores.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Barneys Presale Begins With 40% Off

Barneys shoppers can officially begin to presale for the first markdown. The discount is 40% across the board-- clothing, shoes, and bags for men, women, and children. Besides the outstanding selection, 40% discounts make Barneys the best department store to shop for Summer deals.

Presales used to be treated as a big secret but, these days, stores promote their presales and use it to create a buzz among shoppers. All purchases are held by credit card until the sale officially begins on May 24th. Some brands use a different markdown schedule, for example, Chanel and Louboutin will not be marked down at any department store or boutique until the beginning of June.

The biggest surprise, this season, is that Gucci shoes are included in the presale. Before you get too excited, you might want to visit the sale styles. Most of them are very trendy, like these floral cowboy boots ($1500 from $2500), glitter platform sneakers, and lace mary-janes ($660 from $1100). The whole Gucci sale selection can be found in the jump.

Among the bags, there aren't many sale surprises. You can count on finding assorted Balenciaga, Fendi, Givenchy, and Valentino. One of our favorite styles is this pink bucket bag from the Calvin Klien collection ($1017 from $1700). We also found this Fendi 3Jours ($1590 from ($2650), a backpack with pearl detailing and a mini By The Way ($1260 from $2100). There are also lots of Balenciaga shoppers. The highlight was this Balenciaga City Blackout ($1770 from $2950). You can click over this way to see pictures from Valentino, Saint Laurent, and Givenchy.

Moving upstairs to the shoe department, the only designers excluded from this round of markdowns are Celine, Dries Van Noten, Celine and Christian Louboutin. All other sale shoes are 40% off. It's no surprise there are no Balenciaga Speed Trainers or Triple S's included in the markdown but we did spot logo pumps and those crazy spiked shoes ($990 from $1650). Our favorite sale shoes are from the lesser known designer Giannico. Pictures of all the Barneys presale shoes are over in the jump.

Among the clothing, we spotted lots of amazing Prada skirts and coats. Upstairs we also spotted some Off-White tees and jackets. Calvin Klein has a great fashion selection that is included in the presale. This striped mini-skirt is close to incredible and this tee is classic CK and will be used in high rotation this summer. Pictures, Pictures. Pictures.

We suggest you grab what you can during presale or have your trigger finger ready for online shopping when the sale goes live on May 24. There will be another wave of markdown merchandise in mid-June but that's when Barneys loses its competitive edge.

Joseph 212-833-2092

Monday, May 14, 2018

Inside the Bonpoint Sample Sale

The Bonpoint sample sale has become somewhat of a status symbol among New York City moms. Social rank is closely correlated with how early you're given VIP access.  Usually, the earliest VIP slots are given to celebrities, press and uber-VIP shoppers. Those are the moms who spend more than $100,000 a year buying $100 onesies. Kelly Ripa and Nicki Hilton are among the most recognizable NYC moms given early access.

This afternoon, we were among the first shoppers given access to the sale. (Do you think that can be used on an application to the 92nd Street Y?) The early morning hours on Tuesday will continue as some variation of VIP until the sale opens to the general public at 1pm. There are normally long-ish lines once the sale opens to the public but nothing like the Jimmy Choo sale.

Bonpoint sample sale alumni will identify this year's sale as standard fare. Most of the merchandise is from the 2017 Summer's collection. Most items are reduced 60% off the retail sticker. Other items like shoes, sweaters, and pants are reduced 70%.

More formal style dresses are normally priced in the $300-range and come to $120-ish. More casual dresses are about $80 from an original price of $200 at the boutique. Boy's trousers are about $60 from $150 and the collared shirts come to $48 from $120. You can click here to see pictures we snapped from inside the Bonpoint sample sale.

Sorting through the clothing, there is almost something for everyone-- spanning from the tiniest newborns to tweens. The slimmest inventory is usually size 2, but this evening's twos selection was plentiful. We can't promise it will stay like that for very long.

The sale also includes accessories, swim, sunhats, blanks, summer sweaters, and pajamas. Most shoppers were loading bags of merchandise. We suggest that Bonpoint shoppers use their connections to gain VIP access. Really, who has time for Soho House anyway?

Bonpoint Sample Sale
Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, May 18
Tues 1pm-8pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri 9am-2pm
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street (btwn 6th & 7th Ave), 5th FL

Anya Hindmarch Sale Continues & More

The Anya Hindmarch friends & family sale kicked off today. The sale contains a large variety of the designer's famously playful bags, shoes, accessories, and clothing. Discounts for Anya Hindmarch merchandise is all 75% off and you can mention Mad-Spy to receive an additional 5% off your total purchase. The sale also includes an assortment of Red Valentino and another Italian designer merchandise. Click here to see pictures inside the Anya sale and more.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Post-Mother's Day: Celebrate Yourself

As Mother's Day comes to a close, it's nice to look back and appreciate all the sweet notes, kisses and love that goes into making an ordinary Sunday so special. It's also the right time to take a deep breath and, finally, relax.

In many ways, Mother's Day is much more work than an ordinary Sunday. There's the extra early wake-up call from excited children, navigating a messy breakfast in bed, fawning over questionable gifts and entertaining your own mothers and grandmothers. Mother's Day is as much about making the rest of the family happy as it is honoring motherhood.

Now is the perfect time to celebrate your own motherhood and all the work and love you selflessly provide. It's also not a bad time to start browsing Moda Operandi, which just started a VIP sale where a large selection of merchandise is discounted 40% off. Use the code FRIENDS40 at checkout.

We found sandal slides from Ancient Greek that have the ease of a Hermes Oran sandal but come to just $130 from $220 and a wrap skirt from Marissa Web is $207 from $345. We are itching to try these Joseph white high-rise trousers that are $267 from $445 and this icy blue metallic Proenza bag is quite perfect at about $500 from $845.

The sale only runs through Monday, which is just enough time to do some recovery shopping. We aren't suggesting you go nuts but you certainly need a pat on the back.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Anya Hindmarch Friends & Family Sale 75% Off

Anya Hindmarch is looking to you, to assist in a major Feng Shui space clearing session in the form of a friends and family sale. Starting Monday, Global Fashions will host a sample sale for the London-based brand. Close friends and family (that's you!) are invited to shop past season merchandise at 75% off retail.

Among the selection are bags, accessories, clothing, and shoes. We got a little sneak peak and spotted a nearly irresistible assortment of totes, handbags, clutches and small accessories. A zippy wallet comes to about $100 from $395, a handbag with a bandaid is $500 from $2000, an oversized tote is $625 from $2500 and a pouch with an oversized tassel is $250 from nearly $1000. You can click over this way to see pictures of some of the items that will be available at the Anya Hindmarch sample sale.

To make the sale even more friendly to friends and family, you can mention Madison Avenue Spy and save an extra 5% off your total purchase. That practically negates the cost of NYC sales tax!

The selection isn't huge and there won't be any restocking. We suggest you attend the sale early if there is a specific item you're eyeing. If you're lucky, you might also find some warehouse goodies from other luxury brands.

Anya Hindmarch Friends & Family Sale
Monday, May 14 through Thursday, May 17
Mon. to Thurs. 9am-6pm
49 West 38th Street

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Outnet: Extra 20% Off 'Important Designers'

When most sales exclude almost every important designer it's extra refreshing to see a sale dedicated to discounted merchandise from the designers we love most. Right now, The Outnet is hosting a sale where an assortment of items from several popular designers is discounted an extra 20% off from their already reduced prices.

This sale includes lots of pieces from Saint Laurent, Fendi, and McQueen. For instance, this Mugler jacket comes to $800 from $2500, this Miu Miu dress is under $800 from $1900 and this Maiyet jumpsuit is about $400 from almost $1300.

What's even nicer about this sale is that there are more than 1000 items listed. If you have an hour, you can truly get lost browsing through all the interesting merchandise. If you're short on time, personalize your sort options. When you find something you want you must be sure of your purchase because all sales are final.

We hear that the Outnet will be adding a large amount of Zimmerman items will be added before the weekend. Seems like an opportune time to get ready for Summer.