Sunday, December 10, 2017

Details: Christian Louboutin Sample Sale

Ladies, have you been naughty or nice?

Check your inboxes to find out. Christian Louboutin sent their best friends invitations to its exclusive sample sale. That's right, the sale that everyone loves to hate starts on Tuesday. Remember, the security is tight and there's a clear mean-girls hierarchy to who gets invited to shop first.

The most important Louboutin insiders-- glossy magazine editors and celebrities-- are known to be invited to begin shopping by appointment on the first few days. The sale extends all week as the invited guest list expands to allow general press and "friends and family."

Last season, prices started at just $200 but most styles were priced in the $300-range. The most expensive style shoes were $1000. A majority of the heels and studded variety pumps were priced between $300 and $400. For example, studded kitten heels was $300 and $2300 studded knee high boots were just $600.

If you have an invite (or if you're considering door-busting this sale), we suggest that you start your day early.  Last year, shoppers reported more than 50 people in line by 7:00am.  Be prepared to stand on line, outside, for at least two hours. You will be asked to provide ID when checking in. There is a five pair limit for each shopper.

Those who weren't invited to the sale can now save 40% at Christian Louboutin boutiques, Saks NYC and Barneys. It appears as if all authorized online retailers have removed Louboutin sale styles. Fear not, we found some other-- less obvious-- options to shop for red bottoms online. Use the above scroll to see what we found.

Before you head to the store, you can browse the in-store sale section in this post. Follow along on Instagram to get up-to-the minute updates.

Christian Louboutin Invite Only Sample Sale
Tuesday, December 12 through Friday, December 15
11am to 6pm
307 West 38th Street No. 3 @ 8th Ave.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Rock-Stunning Holiday Warehouse Sale

This holiday season is about to get a lot more sparkle and a whole lot more festive with Global Fashions upcoming sample sale. The official luxury distributor will be hosting a four-day sale, which they promise will be filled with Rock-stunning merchandise.

The inventory assortment will include a variety of Rockstud bags, shoes, clothing and accessories for men and women. We are told that there will even be a scattering of Pierpaolo Piccioli's collection from Fall 2017, including the popular Demilune Bag and selection of Rockstud spike shoes. Discounts will be 70% accessories, shoes and bags, 75% off ready-to-wear and 80% couture gowns.

The sale will include Red Valentino and Missoni too. Also expect to find  a variety of gift items. We love the handprinted Christmas ball that will be just $27 from $90. Shoppers will also find jewelry, wallets and other small accessories priced perfectly as gifts, for others, clients and, of course, yourself.

Global Fashions tells us that this will be the the biggest sale of the year and contain the most current inventory to date. You can head this way to see information from he last sale with pictures. We can attest to the fact that at the last sale the best selection was gone very quickly.

Small print: Brand information and brand names have been specifically omitted to avoid the rathe of angry Italians.

Global Fashions Rockstud Warehouse Sale
Monday, December 11 though Thursday, December 14
Monday to Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-2pm
49 West 38th Street

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Annabelle Fur Sale: New Arrivals

As temperatures are dipping the Annabelle Fur sample sale is heating up. We stocked up on pom-pom hats that start just $25. Fur lined denim jackets and fur lined parkas are also a big hit, in addition to the company's normal luxe furs that are all discounted at least 50% off retail.

Pictures from inside the sale are right here.

We fell in love with a gorgeous slate blue mink coat with removable cashmere arms. We also spotted down coats, which rival the highest quality luxury versions and they are priced under wholesale. Couldn't imagine a more chic way to fight the winter beast.

Annabelle Sample Sale
Friday, December 8
247 West 30th St, 2nd Floor

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Bergdorf Goodman: Extra 20% Off Sale

Bergdrof Goodman just started an exclusive online promotion to VIP shoppers. The sale is an extra 20% off already discounted merchandise, which brings the total markdown to 50% off on many items. The sale is online and only accessible with this private link.

Some of the sale highlights include these Miu Miu fur slides with a jeweled buckle that are $550 from $990 and this Balmain rockstar tee is $260 from $480. A Derek Lam leather jacket is $450 from $760 and a dramatic Andrew Gn black-and-white geometric coat is $1435 from $3000.

Among the bags, there is this Balenciaga scarf bag is $1200 from $2150 and the small version is just $870 after the additional discount. The Balenciaga shopper is $950 from $1700 and this Fendi bag strap is $700 from $1250. A Valentino Demilune, which just debuted this season, is $1450 from $2600.

Again, the sale is only online. We asked, and the store will not price match or participate. We suggest you buy what you like with our private link before the sale goes public. The promotion ends December 10.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gift Guide: What To Buy Other People

Let's be honest, the best part of the holiday season is buying indulgent things for yourself! Still, there are others who need to be recognized and shown some gifting love. Presenting a truly thoughtful gift is thrilling and gratifying. Finding that special gift, however, can be arduous and strenuous.

We are so thankful that Nordstrom offers such a great selection of thoughtful gift items. We love Kate Spade's adorable collection of winter hats, especially this winky beanie. This Gucci Marmont cross body bag will thrill even the fanciest girl. It's under $1000, so it won't completely deplete the holiday gifting coffers. The Gucci Marmont belt will be equally appreciated and will set you back half the amount of the bag, which means you'll have more money for yourself.

Check out this travel vanity case ($219), which is perfect for the beauty junky- jetsetter. We just wonder if it would be considered a carry-on or a 'personal item.' Speaking of jet set, a new Ramowa ($695) is always a crowd pleaser.

This season, we have been spying for great jewelry finds. We love this simple 14k gold zig-zag stacking ring that's just $150. A similar style vertical heart pendant is just $220.

If you're still stumped, check out Nordstrom's MoMA Design Store. We love this lucite yellow-pink vase $179 and this LED heart light ($69) could brighten anyone's day and is the perfect punctuation for a child's room.

As always, online shoppers should take advantage of Nordstrom's great customer service, which features free shipping and free returns. If only all stores were as easy to shop as Nordstrom.

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Spying Saks Shoe Sale (Pics, Pics, Pics)

The tree is 'lit' and Rock Center is in full Christmas mode. Who could object to a stroll down 5th and over to Saks Fifth Avenue?

It's not quite second markdown time but we couldn't help from taking inventory of all the nice and naughty shoes on sale.  As usual, the sale shoes are displayed on racks according to size. It tends to get a little messy during sale season but the racks seemed more organized than usual.

While browsing, we found thigh-high Balenciaga stretch boots in velvet that are $976 from $1400 and pink knife boots that are $567 from $945. There is a large variety of Manolo Hangisi heels in assorted colors. We were most surprised by the Gucci selection that's still available. Rainbow platform sneakers are $597 from #995, wedge snake sandals are $540 from $900 and Gucci ghost slip-on sneakers are $350 from $580. There are dozens of pictures from the store right this way.

Christian Louboutin shoes are also discounted 40%. A full assortment of pics are here. On the way out, we spotted piled boxes of Vetements x Manolo but they haven't been added to the sale section. Considering how many pairs are still left, we wouldn't be surprised if they hit the racks soon.

The next 'hard' markdown won't be until after Christmas, when the shoe discount will hit 50% off. We expect that there will be a 20% off discount promotion, which will give shoppers a bit of a Christmas second markdown presale opportunity.

Saks Shoes: 646-206-4000

Monday, December 4, 2017

Get Warm at the Annabelle Fur Sample Sale

Staying warm and stylish is never easy when it's very cold. When temperatures drop there is no better way to keep warm than in fur.

Ahead of the first big cold snap, Annabelle is hosting sample sale that's sure to warm your heart, body and wallet. The sale will include a large assortment of of high quality fur coats, vests, jackets and accessories. We are told that prices will be well under wholesale.

The three-day sale will include a variety of luxury furs and outerwear that will be priced at wholesale prices and below. The sale will include fur-lined parkas priced at just $400 and incredible down jackets priced from $200.

The sample sale will also include a vareity of cold winter accessories, like knit hats with fur pom-poms for under $40. (Seems like a perfect holiday gift to me!) Of course, you will also be able to find an assortment of high quality coats ranging from a full mink to fox and other exotic skins.

Once you're geared-up and looking great, it won't matter even if it's cold, cold, freezing.

Annabelle Sample Sale
Wednesday, December 6 through Friday, December 8
247 West 30th St, 2nd Floor

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The holiday spirit is in the air. There are festive lights, cheerful music and, yes, plenty of sample sales. The shopping sale calander will hit a crescendo over the next three weeks. It's a good thing because it's the season of giving. There is no better time to buy holiday gifts for yourself and loved ones. Also, keep New Years in mind. It never hurts to pick up something sparkly, especially when there is a great discount.

Below is a list of what we believe to be the best bargain bonanzas of the month. You can continue to check back here and we will add more sales and commentary. Feel free to ask questions, leave feedback and comments below. You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to get quick and immediate updates.

Alice & Olivia
This bi-annual sample sale kicks off on Tuesday. The best part of the sale is that there are real samples at this sale, which will range in price from $29 for leggings to $129 for gowns. Open stock is discounted about 60% to 70% off. We got an early preview of the price list, here. You can click here to see all the pricing at the sale.
Tuesday, December 5 to Sunday, December 10
Tues 8am-8pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm
260 Sample Sale, 260 Fifth Avenue

Kevyn Aucoin & La Perla
What's better than makeup and lingerie? Both make you feel beautiful. Snagging a discount on these luxurious collections is always fun. Just be careful, we've over stocked on makeup before and come to realize that it takes a long time to get through an eyeshadow. Underwear, on the other hand, never too much. Click over to see the price list
Tuesday, December 5 to Sunday, December 10
Tue 10am-8pm, Wed to Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm
260 Sample Sale, 150 Greene Street

This showroom sample sale is sure to boast great prices. At the last off-site sale prices started at $18 for tights and stockings with retail values under $100. More expensive tights are $45. We expect that the discounts will even be greater.
Wednesday, December 6 & Thursday December 7
10am-4pm daily
330 Seventh Avenue, suite 1702

Vita Fede Holiday Sale
The sale will boast discounts 50% to 80% off. Prices range from $50 to $200. We imagine there are lots of great gift items from which to choose. Be on the lookout for the brand's classic Titan bracelet, which isn't usually drastically discounted.
Thursday, December 7 & Friday, December 8
10am-7pm, daily
135 West 29th Street, 10th Fl, suite 1005

Ready-to-wear and leather goods from the fall, winter and pre-fall collections will be discounted up to 90% off retail. This two day sale will take place at the designer's showroom. Expect to find ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags. At the Summer sale bags were priced between $300 and $500, dresses were $125, coats were $200, and ornate gowns were $1000. The most difficult part of shopping this sale is not going home with everything.
Thursday, December 14 through Friday, December 15
8:30am-6:30pm daily
233 Broadway, 14th Floor

Sophia Webster
This one-day sale is usually RSVP only but this season the quirky shoe designer ditched the list. That doesn't mean they got rid of all their terms and conditions. Expect to find shoes priced from $50 to $400. Samples at the last sale were priced from $50 to $80.
Saturday, December 16
79 Greene Street

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Details Inside the Chanel Presale (Updated-Bergdorf Pics)

The Chanel sale officially goes public on December 7 but insiders can begin presale-ing on Monday. The discount will be 40% on shoes, jewelry and clothing at both Barneys and Chanel boutiques. The discounts at Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue is 30% off retail.

Chanel doesn't authorize retailers to sell it's merchandise online but we curated a selection of pictures sent to us from various sales people and snapped some of our own. You can browse the pictures here or scroll through some unofficial online items. We are awaiting intelligence from Bergdorfs.

If you desire a particular item, we suggest contacting a reliable sales person. Last season, was exceptionally difficult for Chanel lovers because very few bags styles went on sale. This season's sale list includes a very nice assortment of Chanel jewelry. The next markdown usually happens pretty quickly and the discount ranges from 50% to 60% off. Stay tuned for updates.

Take note, Barneys is offering an extra 20% off all sale items, which brings the total discount  to 50% off. Loubouitn and Chanel are excluded in that promo but there is still a lot of great temptation.

Bergdorf Goodman: Paul 347-504-3269
Hirshleifers: Tova 516-627-3566
Barneys: Instagram DM Artie
Saks Fifth Avenue: Tirtza 917-544-2987

Bloomingdales: Dean 646-537-5995
Jeffery's:z Kenya 212-206-1272

Friday, December 1, 2017

Louboutin at Bergdorf Goodman

The Louboutin markdown is slated to officially kick off on Friday but stores have been allowing customers to presale purchases. We already did an extensive investigation of the sale styles at Barneys, which will be 40% off but was wowed by the selection at Bergdorf Goodman.

The discount at Bergdofs is just 30% off but the store has many styles that aren't carried at Barneys and have a lot more inventory and sizes than available at the designer's boutique. You can click here to see all the styles that will be included in the Bergdorfs sale. Some highlights include, our favorite Moulamax low boots that will be $685 from nearly $1000. Once du Desert pumps are classic with a twist and come to $625 from $895. (Click here for pictures.)

Louboutin fans will probably be most excited about the sale assortment of sneakers. There are these rainbow spiked sneakers that come to $740 from $1045, fully spiked Roller Boat sneakers that are about $900 from $1300 and full bedazzled Roxxxy sneakers are $1400 from nearly $2000.

The sale is slated to go live in stores and online on Friday. We suggest keeping an eye on the site and swiveling back and forth between Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. (Click here to see pictures from in the store.)

Bergdorf Goodman
Shoes: (text) Paul 347-504-3269