Monday, April 23, 2018

The IT-It: Danse Lente Handbags

No surprise there is a new hot bag this season. What will shock you, however, is the sticker price.




Danse Lente is a London-based handbag brand that has become adored by the fashion set for its sleek and minimalist designs that are inspired by architecture and art. The bags are versatile, functional, and timeless.

Did we mention the price? Almost all styles are under $500, which has made Danse Lente even more desirable among Birkin buddies and Chanel cronies. Londoners quickly snatched up all the available adjustable-strap Bucket Bags ($495) and architecturally striking Johnny shoulder bags ($385) early this Spring.

Once the UK-inventory was gone, the Europeans set their eyes on the US stock, which evaporated almost immediately. Once New Yorkers caught on, waiting lists started to grow. After nearly two months of waiting, Danse Lenta bags are finally back in stock but the inventory is going very fast. MyTheresa, Net-A-Porter and, Farfetch are all pretty well stocked online. Some popular color combinations are already sold out.

If you want to see the bag in person, in New York, you can go to Bergdorf Goodman or FiveStory. The big benefit of buying online is that you don't have to pay New York sales tax and you save on cab fare.

Bergdorf Goodman: Alexa 646-254-2787
FiveStory: Rob 917-406-8456

Inside: M. Missoni Sample Sale & More

Today kicked off the M. Missoni sample sale, which features a large variety the designer's famous zig-zag knit patterns. The sale also includes an assortment of Red Valentino and a limited amount of new Rockstuds. Discounts for M. Missoni are 70% off, Red Valentino is 75% off clothing and bags, shoes, and accessories are 70% off.

Click here to see lots of pictures of the M. Missoni samples. Don't forget to mention Madison Avenue Spy and to access the upstairs showroom.



M. Missoni Sample Sale 
Monday, April 23 through Thursday, April 26 
9am-6pm daily 
49 West 38th Street

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Forzieri VIP Sale: 40% Off

We are still a few weeks away from the official beginning of pre-sale season. That doesn't mean some retailers won't begin enticing customers with strategic markdowns.



Right now, Forzieri started a designer sale with new markdowns of up to 40% off retail. Use the code VIPSALE at checkout to engage the discount.  Among the newest markdowns is merchandise from Gucci, Balmain, Fendi and Versace.

We found a classic print Versace scarf reduced 20%, which brings the total price to about $300 from $375. Men's ties are about $130 from $165 and there is only one left in this gold and black print. Balmain white leather sneakers are reduced to about $600 from nearly $1000. Christopher Kane bags are discounted 40%. This Devine Og bag, which has a utility-type buckle, comes to $600 from nearly $1000.

The discounts on the Fendi bags aren't very good but if you're going for a "must-have now" even 15% off helps. You'd probably be better off going for a JW Anderson Pierce handbag in a similar color blue, which is discounted 30% off and comes to $1022 from $1459.

The sale runs through the end of the month and ends on April 30. Before you finish shopping, don't forget to browse the housewares. We are always suckers for anything Alessi, especially if it's on sale.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

First Ever M Missoni Sample Sale

We are still wishing for warmer weather but for now we will just shop for Summer until warmer temperatures prevail. Missoni, like no other designer, makes us think of the beaches of Ibiza and St. Tropez. As luck would have it, M. Missoni is having it's first ever dedicated New York sample sale, hosted by Global Fashions.


We caught an early preview of the sale and couldn't be more excited for days filled with beach, sand and lots of zig-zag. Clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories are discounted 70% off and select items are even discounted 80%. Some of the items that caught our eye were a woven maxi dress with a deep v-neck that comes to $360 from $1195, a shorter sun dress is $210 from $695, and a classic zig-zag weave cardigan is $240 from $795. (You can catch pictures of what we found in the jump.)

Among the accessories there are lots of shoes and bags. Most shoes are about $150 from a retail price of $495. Bags are normally around $595 but are reduced to somewhere around $180. (You can see pictures in the jump.)

The sale only runs for four days. Global Fashions also works with Valentino, so be sure to check out what new items that may have come into the shop.

M Missoni Sample Sale
Monday, April 23 through Thursday, April 26
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

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Pregaming: Getting Ready for Spring Markdowns

All these April showers has everyone looking forward to Summer. That means planning your strategy for Summer sale-ing. For the past few weeks, we've seen a plethora of gift card promotions and friends and family sales galore. Coming up this weekend, your set to see a bevy of contemporary brands start discount promotions.





The Neiman Marcus, First Call begins Thursday and shoppers can save up to 40% off regular priced merchandise. Our first purchase will most definitely be a denim skirt with raw edges. This version from 7 for All Mankind is long enough to cover the basics but short enough to keep it interesting.

Over at Bergdorf Goodman, the F5 collections will hit 40% off on April 26. For now, you can take advantage of the current promotion, were all sale items are reduced an additional 20% off. This IRO dress is rescued to $121 from $600, Fendi sunglasses are $141 from $400 and an Alice % Olivia blouse is $82 from $300.

Contemporary fashion mecca, Bloomingdales has already started toying with markdowns. Starting on April 22 you will start seeing lots of 'up to 40% off' promotions and then a savings of $25 off every $100. We find that the Bloomingdales designer exclusives are especially good. Check out this crochet dress with applique or how about some Spiritual Gangster rainbow vibes.

We are still waiting to hear about the contemporary markdowns at Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys but we will keep you posted. As for premium designers, presales usually begin the week before Memorial Day and sale officially breaks after the holiday weekend. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

You're Invited: Lanvin Private Sample Sale 90% Off

Lanvin certainly isn't the same without Albert Elbaz but that makes shopping past season's fashion even more fun. Yesterday, Lanvin started a private, invitation only sample sale and today the company decided to open the sale to Mad-Spy readers only.




The invite above will give you exclusive access to one of our favorite sample sales of the season. Of course, we love this sale because the discounts are great. Clothing is reduced 90% off retail and all other items are discounted 80%. The other reason we love this sale is because of the amazing staff. The sale is very well organized and the sales people are among the sweetest we've ever encountered. Going to the Lanvin sale is like attending private bi-annual reunion.

To be totally truthful, the merchandise selection isn't as amazing as some past sales. There are no bags, shoe sizes are very limited and the jewelry selection is tiny. That being said, we spotted a dreamy wedding gown that comes to about $2200 from $22,000. We spotted this white dress that comes to $400 from about $4000, there was also this jacquard pattern in different styles and some basic a-line dresses. We also found this exact animal print strapless style from 2015, which is very Elbaz.

There is also a great assortment of merchandise for men. We suggest that everyone grab a few bow-ties. You can't go wrong for $25.

The sale runs through Wednesday. We don't expect any additional markdowns, but really, how much more can prices be slashed?

Neiman Marcus Discounts Reach to 80% Off

Over the past few weeks, Neiman Marcus has been adding lots of designer merchandise to it's most reduced category. The discounts top 75% to 80% off and the store just started a promotion where a portion of sale merchandise  is marked an additional 20% off.





Upon browsing, we found a Gucci Bomber jacket already reduced 80% off and with the extra markdown it comes to just $640 from $3200, a Brandon Maxwell cocktail dress is $460 from $2300 and an Alexander McQueen iris print blouse is $378 from $1900. The discount among the shoes isn't quite as high and sizes are scarce but it still makes sense to cherry pick. Chloe fringe sandals are $254 from about $800 and Fenty heels are $156 from $390.

The Neiman Marcus promotion started today and will run through Friday. We suggest you take advantage while the opportunity presents itself. The next big sale won't come until mid-May, when first designer markdown begins.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sephora Insider Event (Re: Sale)

The annual Sephora Beauty Insider sale started this weekend and shoppers can save up to 15% off on all their beauty wants and needs. Access is currently only available to the retailer's most loyal VIB Rouge Members but opens up to the second tier on April 20th. After April 23rd, the sale opens to the public but the discount drops down to 10% to anyone with a lower loyalty status.




In stores, we usually find that a sales person will amend the promotion outside of the given tiered loyalty parameters. Online users can use the code YAYVIB to engage the discount.

Everything sold in retail locations is fair game. We generally suggest to start shopping the gift sets, like this NARS lipstick trio that's $79, a Kevyn Aucoin contour and sculpting set is $65 and a Tatcha Dewy skincare set is $56.

We recommend using this discount opportunity to try out the Dyson hairdryer $399. (It's expensive but it's also easily returnable if you don't love it.) We also suggest testing out products from Drunk Elephant, which is the newest beauty craze that often sells out. Pat McGrath, which launched at Sephora, recently lowered her prices. We would suggest starting with a lipstick or eyeshadow kit.

In years past,  this Sephora event used to accompany a 20% off discount. The good thing is that beauty promotions seem to be occurring more frequently in department stores and at other beauty retailers.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nordstrom: First Round of Markdowns

Everyone is all abuzz about the first ever Nordstrom men's store, which opened on Columbus Circle this week. Unfortunately, us women will need to wait a bit longer to fully engage in the Nordstrom retailing experience here in the city.



For now, we can enjoy Nordstrom's s round of markdowns for the season. Lots of Spring-ish merchandise is reduced 40% to 50% off.

Some of the sale highlights include these Chiara Ferragni heart sneakers are $195 from $325, Hudson high-wasted skinny jeans are $170 from $255, Prada sunglasses are $390 from $650 and this Tracy Reese color block sundress is absolute perfect for strolling the city streets and is only $119 from $298. We aren't always the hugest fan of Marchesa but this 3D gown is a show-stopper. The best part is that it's 60% off.

This markdown just started yesterday. The Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale, when all the designer merchandise goes on sale, is usually the last week of May.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Breaking News: Mansur Gavriel Sample Sale

Mansur Gavriel just announced that they will be hosting their first ever sample sale, later this month. The four day sale will boast great discounts and offer a unique retail sample sale experience.



In true Mansur Gavriel fashion, the brand will create a fully immersive retail environment that features an outdoor environment. The store will be outfitted with trees, flowers and other natural elements. Shoppers will even be assisted by Mansur Gavriel associates.

The discounts will range from 40% to 75% off and include all product categories-- handbags footwear and clothing. Among the sale merchandise will be a patent mini bucket bag in blush reduced 50% and come to just $222 from $445, a suede mini sun bag in brick will be $350 from $695 and a mini lady bag in peony will be $525 from $1050.

From the examples we were given, it appears as if clothing from this past winter season will reduced 60% and shoes will be 70% off.  The shoe selection will include both sandals and more winter appropriate footwear. You can see pictures and pricing examples in the jump.

We don't usually get too excited for sample sales but this one seems like it will be one that's worth the chatter. A great shopping environment, fantastic markdowns and stunning merchandise. Lets just hope they have a good plan to manage the crowds. You wouldn't want long lines to break up this idyllic sample sale with a three hour wait.

Mansur Gabriel Sample Sale
Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22
Thurs to Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
490 Broadway