Braving any store, or gasp, an outlet on Black Friday is totally out of the question for this Madison Avenue shopper. So how do you get the good deals and avoid the crowds? Presale, of course! It's a win-win.
We put calls into our favorite Woodbury stores to find out what type of discounts they are giving for the holiday and how to shop the sale early. Here's the lowdown:
The holiday markdown is not officially happening until Friday but Bottega Veneta is allowing customers to presale their purchases now. Select bags are an additional 50% off the outlet price and others are 25% off. Shoes and clothing are an additional 60% off.
Chloe is not starting their sale early, however, “If we have your information already in our data base we can presell,” according to a sales associate. New arrivals to the Chloe outlet include, the Meredith and Nancy bags, which will be an additional 20% off along with their fall/winter ’08 ready-to-wear.
Dolce & Gabbana:
The Dolce & Gabbana outlet has already taken their additional markdown. Clothing and shoes from fall/winter ’08 are an additional 40% off. Bags are an additional 20% off.
The big discounts at Giuseppi officially start Thursday night-- at midnight-- but the store will presell now.
Ladies who wear a size seven shoe are super lucky. “We are getting 500 samples in size seven. They will all be priced at $99 and $150,” according to a sales person. The lucky size seven shoes are already on the premises but you will need to speak to the outlet manager to get the okay to do presale.
Get this: Prada is not having a holiday discount. Moreover, a sales person told us, most of the merchandise in the outlet is current season and is only discounted 40% off retail. The Prada boutiques are preselling ready-to-wear at 50%. How is the outlet proving customers a savings?
We don’t have an answer but we are told the famous “sample sale rack” will be out on Saturday.
From Friday to Sunday, YSL bags will be discounted an additional 20% off. Sorry, Muse and Downtown lovers, these style bags are not included in the extra promotion. Shoes are an additional 20% off and ready-to-wear will be discounted an extra 30%. The store will presell immediately. The best deals in the outlet are the ’07 clothing, which is 50% off retail without the extra holiday discount.