After reporting on our favorite Madison Avenue markdowns we headed to Soho to which downtown designers were wooing customers with discounts. After surviving the disent below Houston Street, we found some great items already at attractive prices. Here's the full rundown:
Discuonts are coming but not for a few weeks. This is the first season that the designer has his own boutique but if his past online discounts are any indication the first markdown should be 30%. A few weeks later that should by a 50% cut.
If you missed their sample sale (or just prefer a more relaxed shopping experience) you can save 40% on a variety of items on the large center rack . Keep an eye out for their leather jackets which have been marked down to about $400.
The Derek Lam boutique will be taking reductions of 40% off their resort, spring, and summer collections. Remember, the designer opened a Madison Avenue boutique. So our uptown girls don't even need to switch out of their heels to get Derick's Lam's seeth dresses.
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IF has a number of hard-to-find international designers and high-end mainstays like Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme de Garcons and Rick Owens. While their markdowns are only 35%, this will likely go up to 50% next month and then up to 75% off during the second week of August during their much anticipated basement sale.
Nearly everything on the showroom floor from their spring collection will be marked down 40% starting June 3. The discount will include ready-to-wear and accessories. Our favorite pick is the curved duffle bag in summer white ostrich leather, which originally retailed for $3645.
Strolling past this boutique we immediately noticed their marked down Missoni Home items on display. The savings are about 50%. We found beach towels marked to $149, signature design bath robes for $255 and the mini children's versins are $170. A few Missoni rugs are also available ranging in price from $1722 to $5541, originally $2049 to $9135. The real deals are on their ottomans for $250 as well as colorful throw pillows for $89 to $129. They also had some lovely gold and silver metallic signature tablecloths, but at $799 the price is still a bit steep.
This designer’s flirty frocks and separates have been marked down 40% at the back of the store. Don’t let the rack’s “one of each” style fool you, there are more sales sizes available iin the back. Fun print swimsuits are included in the markdowns. Since their bikinis are sold as separates (about $75 each), it's almost like a BOGO!
For truly one of a kind designs, Runway offers made to measure ready-to-wear and same day on-site alterations. They currently have their leatherwear marked down 50%. Discounted prices range from $250 for a basic short jackets a to $1450 for a long glazed snakeskin embossed lambskin number.
Ready-to-wear from Vivienne's spring 2010 collection is currently marked down 50%. Considering the clothing is from last summer, we were surprised the the discount wasn't more. Nontheless we found a number of fashionable summer dresses that originally retailed for around $495. This years spring collection is only 30% off, so we suggest sticking to the 2010 rack to get the best prices.