Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ralph Lauren Reductions

A Mad-Spy reader writes that Ralph Lauren has taken all spring/summer merchandise to an average of 65% off, with many items up to 75% off, both women's and men's and all labels. These steep discounts are limited to their retail locations as Ralph Lauren merchandises much differently online.



Web shoppers are only offered a max of 50% to 60% off. We suggest shopping online and then calling a local store to get the most savings out of your shopping.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Giuseppi Zanotti 50% Off

Here's a copy of the email we got from George at Giuseppi:

SALE

Giuseppe Zanotti Design Boutique

50% *off Original Price

Spring/Summer 2009

We are currently Pre selling to our customer data base, so please come in and reserve your size asap!

*no adjustments to prior purchases, all sale items are final sale!

We look forward to your visit,

GeorgeNelken

Giuseppe Zanotti

806 Madison AVE/68th ST

NYC

212 650 0455

Ted Baker 60% Off, Plus 10% Off

Ted Baker boys (and girls) have a lot of savings to be happy about. The London-based designer is cutting up to 60% off spring/ summer merchandise and the flier below earns you an additional 10% off until July 13th.



Ladies don't feel too left out, Ted Baker may not be known for his women's wear but he does have several great pieces. In particular, take notice of the great tailoring and eye-catching prints.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

eLuxury's Biggest Losers

This weekend, eLuxury closed up shop and transformed itself into -- we still can't figure it out. Before the store went offline, however, there were tremendous sales. As with any sale there were a few unwanted items even at 70% off. We'll call them the biggest losers:



Ready-to-wear: there were 19 items left orphaned three of which were Dolce & Gabbana.

Shoes: Despite winning the CFDA's award for accessory designer of the year Proenza Schouler had three out of five styles left.

Men's: Opening Ceremony and Acne Jeans tie with two items each out of eight units in the category. Maybe because it was a combination of ugly shoes and dressy slacks-shorts.

Zara Semi-Annual Sale

Zara just started their semi-annual sale where the spring/summer collection is up to 50% off. Most items, however, are just 20% off. It's a good idea to attend this sale early because what does not go early is usually damaged or a hot mess.



A selection of shoes and dresses are reduced to $39. Blazers that were $70 blazers are now $55. If there was something you wanted it's a good time to cash in. If not, save your money for a better value.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Free Pinkberry

Get a free small new Pinkberry yogurt flavor from 5pm to 9pm today. New flavors include, cocunut, passionfruit and tropical swirl.



Have a great weekend! Lets hope the weather cooperates.

Bergdorf Goodman 2nd Markdown

The Guerrilla Shopper points out that Bergdorf has taken their second markdown. You can now take an extra 25% to 50% off spring/summer merchandise for a total savings up to 70% off. Ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, handbags, and men's are all included in the sale.



Before you jump into a cab take a look at the Web site. Most items we were considering are still only 50% off, which is less than most boutiques and other department stores. The best department store deals can still be found at Barneys and Saks.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Century 21 Clearance Sale

Century 21 Department Store, today, started their clearance sale. The flier says that the discount is up to 75% off but when you consider the original price the discount is much more. During Christmas time the same clearance sale was accompanied by a 25% off coupon.



We wonder if the coupon elimination is a sign that retail sales are turning around. Or maybe, shoppers are looking harder for value and finding it at Century.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tom Ford Half-Off

You may think that high-end women's wear is expensive but the prices of women's clothing and accessories pail in comparison to our male counterparts. Take a pair of Tom Ford shoes. The price? $1800. Makes a pair of Louboutons seem like entry level luxury, which it's not.

Men who get a thrill from the finest tailoring and styling will be glad to know that their pockets can get a bit of a break. The Tom Ford boutique is hosting a sale where the spring/summer collection of ready-to-wear, suits, blazers, shoes and some luggage are all 50% off.



Most Tom Ford suits are priced about $4500. So the $2250 savings can buy you not one, but two, pair of shoes that are on sale. Socks optional!

Contact: Mario 212-359-0300

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

J. Crew Final Sale

Even when a store shifts its focus it's sometimes hard to break old stereotypes. Take J. Crew as an example. The store in no way resembles the old catalogue house from decades ago. However, for some reason it's hard not to classify the company with other mail order stores like, LL Bean and Eddie Bauer.

Our first introduction to J. Crew was the store on Madison-- a smart corporate move since it's one of the only retailers on the Avenue that consistently has a steady flow of customers. Our second orientation was though First Lady O, who we admire for not depending on the "status" quo to look great. After, we heard that a Crew Cuts was opening in Carnegie Hill and we were sold.

Following some very through investigating we found out that the Madison Avenue store does not participate in sales. One associate told us that the company, "rather ship the merchandise to another store than mark it down here." So off to another store we go. Well, to the web, that is.



Today J. Crew online started what they call, "Final Sale." It's scary - no returns. no exchanges- but the discounts are significant. We found a crystal flower ring that was $50, marked down to $29.99. We really like a pair of Prada-like jeweled flat sandals that were $238 and are now reduced to $110.

Hmmmm...For $135 more we can just get the real Prada sandals. Well, it's your call.

Lila Dishes for Divas Die Poor

Lila speaks to Divas Die Poor about negotiating with retailers, how to get invited to private sales and, of course, where to go for the best deal.



Click here to get the scoop.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

YSL 2nd Markdown

You can now add YSL to the double markdown list. The discount is now 60% off. Don't bother with the web site because you will only get a message saying, "Server is too busy." Good thing the boutique opens at 10am.



Conact: Charles 212-988-3821

Neiman Marcus Extra 25% Off

This past weekend all the major NY department stores (minus Bergdorf Goodman) took their second markdown. In doing so, their websites have been crashed all weekend. On Saturday night it was impossible to to browse the Saks sale section, which is now hosting a markdown up to 60% off.

Neiman Marcus dropped prices an additional 25% this weekand and customers are complaining that it can take more than 15 minutes to check out. One frustrated customer commented, "The web site is jammed! its taking forever to load!" Another commented, I "can't even get on the site."



The final discount at Neiman Marcus is up to 55% off and there is still a great selection. That is, if you can cue yourself into the site. If not, you can always take a ride to Short Hills. It's not like you will be missing a beach day with this April-in-June weather.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Barneys Extra 25% Off

This lack of Internet is a good reason to never go anywhere. Again, from my phone:

Barneys just added a second markdown of an additional 25% off. The discount was already 40% and the new discount brings the total savings to 55% off. Before you go running to Barneys, read below. The savings and selection at Saks is better.

Saks Extra 33%

I'm without an Internet connection and posting from my phone. So I'm going to keep it short.

Starting today, Saks is taking an additional 33% off already reduced merchandise. Most items have already been reduced 30% to 40% off bringing to current savings to 50% to 60% off. There's still a great selection but it's going to start going fast. On the other hand we know that there are lower discounts to come.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Shanghai Tang Friends and Family

Shanghai Tang is hosting a family and friends event at their newish Madison Avenue boutique. The sale starts Thursday, June 18th and runs until Sunday, June 21st. To qualify for the discount --they call it admission--you must print this email. The announcement statse that there will be daily replenishments, however "goods are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis."



Shanghi Tang
600 Madison Avenue, b/w 57th & 58th
Thurs, June 18 to Sunday June 21rst
Thurs-Sat 10:30am to 6:60pm, Sun- 12pm to 5:30pm
Cash, Visa or Mastercard. No checks or Amex.

Thanks EL!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Michael Kors Sale Update

Michael Kors had a very interesting line for the summer. The collection beckons an era of when times were more simple. From polka dot bikinis to color blocked mod dresses Michael Kors wants to remind America that channeling the B-52s can make you feel better in almost any situation.



Speaking of feeling good, how about a good discount? Most pieces in the collection are about $2000 and are currently marked down 50%. We here that the company is starting to shift merchandise from the store at Americana Manhasset to Madison Avenue. We read this to mean one thing: a new markdown is coming soon. The discount should go to 70% and when it does the merchandise will go very, very quickly.

Contact: Tony 212-452-4685

Monday, June 15, 2009

Intermix 2nd Markdown

Intermix is offering another round of markdowns with an extra 15% off reduced spring/summer merchandise. The total savings is up to 70% off but is generally 50% off most designer items. The sale runs through July 5th and you can bet that there will be more discounts following the holiday weekend.

Bloomingdales Summer Sale

Bloomingdales tends to have great sales but there is the problem of trying to keep track of all the current incentives. They would be much better served keeping it simple. I'm not sure that we were even able to put it all together. Please feel free to make clarifications.

These current promotions all run Tuesday, June 16 until Thursday, June 18 Bloomingdales. So here it goes:

Contemporary clothing-Take an extra 40% off already reduced merchandise for a savings that ranges from 50% to 75% off.

Designer clothing- Get a $500 BMoney card when you spend $1500 to $2999.99, or get a $1000 BMoney card when you spend $3000 or more.

Handbags- You can take 30% to 40% off regular-priced American and European designer handbags. The store is offering an extra 40% off already reduced handbags and small leather goods for a total savings of up to 55% to 65% off original prices.

General- When you use your Bloomingdales credit card you can get up to four $25 off coupons for each purchase of $100, as well as a coupon that takes off $50 any single purchase of $200 or more.

But that's not all folks.

General-
You can take 25% off when you spend $2250 to $499.99 or 40% off if you spend more than $500.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gap Launches Design Editions

Gap is hosting a trunk show of their Designer Editions at their Fifth Avenue flagship store on Tuesday, June 15th. The collection-- based on the inspiration of Gap's classic khaki –was created by emerging American designers Albertus Swanepoel, Alexander Wang and Vena Cava (Lisa Mayock & Sophie Buhai).



The trunk show, which takes place a day before the collection's national debut, will include a preview of the clothing as well as appearances by the designers. The prices range from $40 to $88. Nitrolicious has lots of great pictures if you want to start browsing now.

Gap Limited Edition Trunk Show
54th & Fifth
Tuesday, June 16
10:30

Best & Co. 40% to 50% Off

The Bergdorf Goodman children's department, Best & Co., is running a 40% to 50% off sale on spring and summer merchandise. We found darling floral bubbles for baby girls that were $60 from $88. Cashmere cardigans for boys and girls are $70 from $140 and knits were $88 and are now $44.



There are lots of great gift items as well as classic pieces that are perfect for when school starts up again. Stock up now while the selection is still good.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gucci 2nd Markdown

Retailers were all psyched not to replay this winter's quick and furious price reductions. They are, however, realizing that their inventory is not wine, and will not appreciate with age. Just 10 days ago Gucci officially started their semi-annual sale and they are already knocking the prices down again from to 60% off. The discount is currently 40% off.



Most ready-to-wear will be included in the extra markdown. We are told that only select shoes, handbags and accessories will discounted further. The additional price reduction officially starts Friday but stores will honor the new prices starting Thursday.

Will prices go to 75% off? Lila says: "Absolutely!"

Contact: Nora 212-717-2619

Jimmy Choo Bigger Discount

It's been three weeks since Jimmy Choo started their 30% off sale but apparently the small discount wasn't enough to move spring/summer merchandise. Customers all over the city are getting phone calls from hungry sales associates who are trying to lure customers into the store to pre-sell items, which officially go on sale for 50% off on Friday.



We are told that even the Riki bag is 50% off. The original price was $1,895 and it sold out on Net-A-Porter when it was reduced to $1,147. We wonder what bag fans will do when they find out their favorite purse is now under a grand.

Contact: Faisa 212-759-7078

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

H&M Half-Off

Starting Wednesday, H&M will start clearing out their summer stock with a 50% off sale. We are told that there are still some Matthew Williamson pieces left but we doubt there's more than a straggling return.

Lila Dishes for MSN Money

Lila speaks to MSN Money about how to get a better deal at high-end boutiques and department stores.

Lila Delilah, the founder of Madison Avenue Spy, has found that boutiques offer discounts upon a hint. She was looking at a children's coat that was 30% off and remarked that she saw it for 50% off the previous season. The owner immediately offered an additional break.

"I have a friend that's been walking into every boutique she goes into and asking for the 'recession price.' Amazingly, she's getting 25% to 30% off just by asking for it," Delilah said.

When you're dropping a small fortune. At high-end department stores, if you spend more than $15,000 or $20,000 in a single visit, you can usually get 20% off the entire purchase, Delilah said.

"Stores that sell Christian Louboutin shoes, you can say, 'These are very expensive. Is there any way you could give me something off?'" Delilah said. "In this economy, everybody's looking to crack a deal. If you're 'spending bank,' there's going to be more flexibility."


Click here to read Katherine Reynolds Lewis' full article, which includes how to get better prices even at places like Costco and Kmart.

Do you ever haggle? Let us know about your great retail negotiations, in the comment section below.

Monday, June 8, 2009

eLuxury Closing June 26th

eLuxury is officially closing its doors or in web terms, pulling the plug on their ecommerce operation. The site launched in 2000 as part of the Internet gold rush. LVMH's Bernard Arnault planned to float eLuxury on the public market along with his other Internet properties like, Ashford.com and Shephora.com.

In January 2000, Women's Wear Daily quoted Mike May, a digital commerce analyst and Internet consultant at Jupiter Communications. "The timing is not bad for an IPO,'' he said. "Luxury is one of the hottest topics for IPOs, especially with
what Sotheby's and eBay are doing online.''



What a difference a decade makes. In January, LVMH announced that eLuxury would cease retail operations and open a stand-alone site for Louis Vuitton. A spokesperson for the company said the decision was based on the fact that many of the brands it sells have developed their own online presences.

We're sure the changed economy had nothing to do with the decision but then again bricks-and-clicks was a novel theory. In the meantime, watch the sales as the impending date approaches there should be some great discounts.

New iPhone June 19th

Okay. This isn't a sale thing but my phone is almost three years old and I am dying to get a new one. I am not very good about charging my phone so the iPhone 3G has never been very attractive. Hence the off topic post. This evening, Apple announced it's newest iPhone-- the 3GS --that will be released on June 19th.

The newest iPhone version will record video and allow you to edit video and pictures. The new phone has longer battery life (yay) cut and paste (yay), voice activated calling and commands (eh) and text messaging with photos and video (yay.) Oh yeah, and it's fast, the "S" in 3GS supposedly stands for speed.




The 16-gigabyte iPhone 3GS will cost $199 while the 32-gigabyte model will cost $299. The original eight-gigabyte iPhone 3G will drop to $99 from $199.

Enough with the geek talk, we'll let Racked.com give us the play-by-play availability score once the phone drops in 11 days. In their words, it's sure to be an iPhrenzy.

Dunhill First Markdown

Discounts in men's boutiques traditionally starts a few weeks later than women's wear. This weekend, Alfred Dunhill started their first markdown where most seasonal clothing, shoes and accessories are 30% off. Classic wool suits and blazers are about the only items not on sale. Cuff links, pens, belts and small leather goods are also being discounted 30%.

The greatest value is in the watch department where the discount is 60%. The company is awaiting a revamped line of timepieces and closing out the styles that are currently in stock. Before you male watch snobs turn up your nose, remember Dunhill is owned by Richemont Group, which also owns watch companies like Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre.



Towards the real end of the season the Dunhill discount usually closes in at 60% across the collection. We are told that there was a big budget cut this season and there isn't as much inventory as usual. Truth or come-on? We'll let you decide.

Contact: Michael 212-753-9292

Friday, June 5, 2009

DVF Sample Sale Reductions

We knew the day was coming and it has arrived. The prices at the DVF sample sale have been slashed. Updated prices are as follows:

Dresses $100
Jackets $100
Coats: $250
Sweaters: $60
Samples: $30
Pants: $60
Tess: $30
Blouses: $60
Tanks:$15
Bathing suits: $40
Coverups still $100

Paige Turner, our on-location spy, says there are no lines to get in and the line to try on clothing went very fast.
"The selection is picked over and it's a mess."
"It's a madhouse."
"It's hard to shop."

Is it worth going to, "I'm getting a dress or two." There you have it...

Address: 260 Fifth Ave b/w 28th and 29th St
Dates and Hours: Tuesday, June 2nd through Saturday, June 6th. Tue 9am—6:30pm; Wed 10am—8pm; Thu 10am—7pm; Fri 9am—5:30pm; Sat 9am—3pm.

Lynn Yeager, MadSpy Fan

We were thrilled, yesterday, to find out that Lynn Yeager is a fan of Madison Avenue Spy. In the NY Time blog, The Moment, Yeager, cronicles a recent trip to Gabays where she searches for Bendles castoff:

"When rumors reached me that goods bearing the once vaunted Henri Bendel label were now decorating the racks at Gabay’s, a down-at-the-heels, cut-rate East Village version of Century 21 (if you can imagine such a thing), I decided to walk over and see for myself."

We are so glad that we were able to inspire a shopping trip and a story. Lynn, we are fans of yours too!

Mikimoto Sample Sale

Twice a year Mikimoto holds a private sale for employees and their friends. The sale usually takes place at their Fifth Avenue showroom, but like the economy the Mikimoto sale is changing. The exclusive private event is now a sample sale at Soiffer Haskin.



Supposedly the selection this season is more abundant and they needed to outsource the sale because they needed the extra space. Along with the increased inventory we imagine you can expect higher prices. Sale details are below but also know that Mikimoto carries a lower-end line than their prized AAA-quality pearls. The company also manufactures a collection of pearls for jewelry stores like Kay. So if the deal seems too good there might be a reason for that.

Mikimoto Sale
Dates: Sunday, June 7th through Wednesday, June 10th.
Hours: Sun-Tues 9:00-6:30 pm, Wed 9:00-5:00 pm.
Location: Soiffer Haskin 317 W 33rd. Street, NYC (West of 8th. Ave).
Etc: Credit cards only
All Sales Final. No Exchanges. No Returns.
Strollers not allowed. No children under 12 admitted.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bergdorfs Private Online Sale

First Neiman Marcus sent out their link to their best customers. Now Bergodrf Goodman has a hidden passage to get discounts on their site.

As with Neimans, the discount is about 30% to 40% off across the board. The selection is currently top notch and much better than what's left on Neimans. For some reason, though, the shoe collection seems a bit anemic.



We found a $1,895 oversize YSL Muse reduced to $1,270. A Dolce & Gabbana Tulip Chiffon Blouse was $1,095 and is now $657.

Be careful, some boutiques are running better sales than department stores. For example, Herve Leger is 35% off at Bergdorfgoodman.com but the boutique is 40% off (sizes and styles at the boutique are already depleated though.) Chloe is 40% off here but 50% off on Madison Avenue. So before you click to buy do a search. It's right there on the top left.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

eLuxury 65% Off

Forget about Barneys. eLuxury is hosting a one day sale where select items are 65% off. We spotted a Pucci top that was $1000 and is now $365. A pair of Proenza Schouler sandals were $695 and are now $214. Shop fast the good stuff will go fast.

Chanel Sale 40% Off

The Chanel sale begins Wednesday. Shoes and ready-to-wear are 40% off. There are only two styles of bags on sale and they are both a seasonal fabric style. We hear 57th Street unsurprisingly has the best selection but usually the worst service due to the inundation of tourists. Head over to Madison for more personalized attention.



Contact: Betsy 212-535-5505

Monday, June 1, 2009

Neiman Marcus "Best Customer" Sale

The big spenders of Neiman Marcus are often thanked with pre-discount shopping incentives. Today, the department store's best customers were offered an exclusive web link to an online sale, shoes and bags are 33% off, designer apparel is 40% off and contemporary clothing is up to 50% off.



Speaking of Neiman Marcus, a Mad-Spy today wrote us saying that the Bergdorfs sale has already started. The sale wasn't scheduled to to begin until Wednesday but maybe Bergdorfs is starting to feel the heat from Barneys and Saks 40% off...

DVF Sample Sale and More

We don't post many sample sales and when we do they are usually exclusive deals or extreme discounts. The Diane von Furstenberg's sample sale is neither but still draws our attention and the attention of chic girls, stylish women and elegant ladies from all over the area.



Today we hit the press preview bright and early. There was no line when we entered and the crowd was tame but lively. There is an amazing assortment of merchandise and more wrap dresses and shirts than you could imagine. Prices are as follows:

DVF wrap dresses and vintage: $150
Dresses: $125
Jackets: $125
Blouses: $80
Skirts: $80
Pants: $80

The best deals are the samples, which are all $50 and the worst deals are the cover-ups, which are $100. Even with the substantial retail discount the prices add up quickly when you start piling on the dresses. The sale runs through Saturday and as the week progresses there are usually markdowns. Friday seems like a good day to hit up 29th Street again.

Address: 260 Fifth Ave b/w 28th and 29th St
Dates and Hours: Tuesday, June 2nd through Saturday, June 6th. Tue 9am—6:30pm; Wed 10am—8pm; Thu 10am—7pm; Fri 9am—5:30pm; Sat 9am—3pm.