Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pre-Sale: Barneys, Bergdorf, Saks

As you're finalizing your Memorial Day plans, retailers are beginning to start their seasonal clearance. As always, we will be starting our markdown roundups. First up, are the department stores.

Department stores are often the first sign of sale season.  It's generally taboo for a brand-owned store to begin a sale before the department stores. After all, a department store has to buy their inventory for a wholesale markup while a brand-owned boutique keeps the extra profit from a straight-to-retail model.

Chanel and Louboutin will not be marked down at any department store or boutique until the beginning of June. Nonetheless, it's never too early to plot your purchases and share your acquisition wishes with a good sales person. Second markdown usually begins at the end of June and discounts usually range from 50% to 70% off.

For now, we have a roundup of first markdowns at our favorite department stores.



Barneys
Pre-sale at Barneys started today. Most designer collections and shoes are discounted 35% off. The official sale starts May 30th. We are especially drawn to the peplum blouses that seem to be abundant throughout the store. Our favorites include a crisp white Celine cotton blouse and a bright silk Thakoon print.
Contact: Kyri 212-833-2088

Bergdorf Goodman
Wednesday will be the first day of pre-sale at Bergdorf. The discount is 30% off shoes and 40% off clothing. Purchases will be shipped or available in the store on Sunday, May 27. We always crush for Balmain leather-antyhing but it might take us an additional discount before we jump on this season's biker jacket.
Contact: Allison: 212-872-8732

Saks Fifth Avenue
Pre-sale orders will begin Wednesday and merchandise will be available to be picked up or shipped on May 31. Shoes will start at a 30% discount while clothing will be discounted 40%. Most designer merchandise is included. We always appreciate the Vionnet collation at Saks, although we believe it could be a bit larger.
Contact: Fifth Avenue Club (Eric) 212-753-4000

15 comments:

Kimberly said...

Do you know if contemporary handbags are included at Saks?

Anonymous said...

no Barneys sale yet -- same stuff they've had on discount forever! whoever is telling you that B is on sale is wrong -- this has happened twice now. What's going on?

Lila said...

Yes, contemp bags are included at Saks.
Barney's has been double verified. We personally y participated in the presale.

michelle and shelby said...

saks presage only applies to asks card holders

Anonymous said...

Then what do you mean by pre-sale, because I agreed same sale items as forever online and nothing new probably till next wed??

Lila Delilah said...

Sorry, i may not have defined pre-sale clearly enough"

Pre-shopping a sale, or “pre-saleing”, usually requires a credit card to hold the merchandise, which is sent or available for pick-up once the sale officially begins.

Anonymous said...

Cool so how do I hold an item that I am hoping yes on pre-sale? I have a credit card to hold it and have one or two items I'm interested in?

Lila said...

Call the store and tell the sales person you want to presale particular items and you secure the purchases with a credit card,,,

ThatGirl1515 said...

Pre-sale is only in-store. You need to ask the sales person. They put it aside and run your card on 5/30. Tht's how pre-sales work. Also Barney's online business is completely separate from the stores.

Anonymous said...

I'm the first "anonymous" who said Barneys sale isn't showing up online -- just wondering how I would know if an item will be on sale -- looking for Rick Owens leather (isn't everyone) and notice that last year the jackets never went on sale at all! I called a store and they said they wouldn't know until the sale officially begins. Am I out of luck then?

Anonymous said...

Chanel's price break is on June 13th. Happy shopping!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what Chanel's discount is? Do their handbags go on sale? If so, does anyone have an idea of how many styles and which ones typically do? I was planning on getting a new Gucci bag during the presale, but if Chanel has a good discount, I'll wait for that. I love Chanel!

Anonymous said...

This might be a silly questions but are these sales going on at all Saks and Barneys throughout the country?

Lila Delilah said...

There's never a silly questions. Yes. All the sales are global/ universal...

Lila Delilah said...

Only seasonal chanel handbags go on sale, like their canvas beach bag.