We are a mere days from Christmas and the pressure is mounting. For the final countdown, we are going to canvas the city in order to find the best deals. Today we hit dozens of Madison Avenue women’s boutiques to form our most comprehensive sale round-up ever.
Carolina Herrera: Pre-fall and fall merchandise is 50% off. Our sizing is limited it's worth taking a look because the collection was particularly beautiful. Even if you don't find the perfect down you're likely to walk away with a valuable sweater or basic.
Chanel: The private sale started December 15 and the discount will is 40% off ready-to-wear, select shoes and accessories. There is a tiny selection of discount bags but the classics are not included.
Chloe: The markdown started almost a month ago, so the availability of discount merchandise is a bit low. The discount is 40% and if you motivate your sales person, she may be able to track down exactly what you're looking for.
Christian Louboutin: The 40% off discount has been going on for more than two weeks. What’s left? “It all depends on size.” Sale items include select fall/winter shoes and fashion pieces.
Dolce & Gabbana: The 40% markdown started December 1. Even so, the store is so big that you can always find an item to try on or explore. We expect the discount to go to 60% either right after Christmas. Keep your eyes open.
Gucci: Inventory is starting to run low, as Gucci as customers pick through the sale items. Ready-to-wear and shoes are 40% off, and bags are about 30% off. The Madison Avenue store is a bit low on merchandise, even though the discount isn't as good as usual. We suggest hitting the internet after browsing the boutique.
Jil Sander: The ready-to-wear, shoes and bags are 40% off. We are told that most of the exciting pieces are already gone. You might have better luck in the shoe and bag department.
Jimmy Choo: There’s still a good selection of boots, bags and shoes, which are still just 30% off. Sizes are also abundant. We think it's a good idea to hold out for the next markdown, if you can.
The markdown is still just 30% off clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories. We are hoping for a second price cut, but we are told that other Lanvin boutiques never go below 30%. Now, that's a bummer!
Luca Luca: The discount is mainly 50% off with an abundant inventory of day dresses and luncheon wear. There is a small selection of evening gowns discounted to 50% but most are 30% or 40% off.
Michael Kors: Fall and pre-fall clothing is marked down 50% and accessories are 40% off. There is still a large selection but some sizes are running thin-- so to speak. Customers who wear a size 2 through 8 will probably have the most luck in finding what they are looking for.
Missoni: The is discounted 50% off but the nicest sweaters and knits are already sold out. Scarves were never included in the sale but that selection is running low too.
Oscar de la Renta: Dresses and gowns are 40% off and there are still plenty of knock-outs from which to choose. Sometimes it's hard to get past the dresses but don't overlook the shoes and jewelry, which are also 40% off.
Prada: This was the most disappointing sale season in ages, according to veteran customers and sales associates. The markdown was just 30% and there were only about 10 pair of shoes on sale. Everyone is very disappointed. There is one bright spot. We hear that the boutique just received a shipment of sale bags from Italy. We are on our way!
Reed Krakoff: The Madison Avenue new-comer started their 40% off markdown last month but there is still a great variety of ready-to-wear and shoes. Bags sold pretty quickly but there are still a few styles from which to choose.
Sigerson Morrison: Markdowns are still in progress. Select items are 40% off. There is a wide selection of shoes, boots and handbags on sale. While shoe shopping, don't miss the Sigerson Morrison lambskin fur shawls ($1000) and hats by Mischa Lampert, which that range from $135 to $290.
Valentino: Expect to find a full assortment of ready-to-wear. The selection if sale bags is running thin but there is still a nice assortment of shoes. We suggest calling about sizes.