This is a big week for department store shoppers. Almost all of our neighborhood department stores started their official first markdowns on designers clothing and shoes. Universally, the only exclusions are Chanel and Louboutin but that should be coming in the next two weeks. We know that you may be light on time but are always hungry to shop. So we put together a handy guide to sale season at our local department stores. Gobble it up!
Over at Bergdorf’s there is a great selection of handbags discounted about 40% off retail. We found of Nancy Gonzalez hobos, totes and clutches, now $819 from $1350. There is even a decent selection of Valentino's Rockstud styles that are mixed with seasonal accents. Tom Ford handbags are plentiful and priced approximately the same as outlet prices, although there are no Jennifer zipper flaps to be found. The markdown handbag section also includes select Fendi and YSL styles.
This 40% cut has also been applied to designer clothing. The sale racks over at the Tom Ford, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana boutiques are quite plentiful. Shoes are 30% off and the racks are stacked with some of the best styles of the season. Getting through the crowds of discount shoe lovers can be a difficult task. We are told that the second markdown is likely to happen around December 15th. The discount will likely be up to 60% off.
Handbags: Bruce (212) 872-8796
Shoes: Bill (212) 872-8940
2nd Floor: Temy (212) 872-8817
The sale inventory is much more uniform over at Barneys where nearly everything is 40% off retail. There are some nice Bottega Veneta Intrecciato bags but no no classic veneta styles. We liked a fun chain version that was priced $1489 from $2480. The Fendi sale selection is especially good and includes one tan version of the popular “Peekaboo” style with pony hair priced at $2799 from $4680. The Balenciaga selection was much and no classic styles were on sale. Sadly, no Celine handbags are on sale or will be going on sale. Period. Bummer.
The shoe deals are better at Barneys than Bergdorfs, with all designers (including Alaia) priced 30% to 40% off. We found a good amount of Chloe shoes in the sale section. A pair of Chloe boots was $649 from $1095 and smoking slippers were $479 from $795.
In the clothing departments the sale racks are all 40% off. We were most pleased by the amount of sale choices from Lanvin and Chloe. Fendi and Bottega are similarly discounted but there’s a much better selection at Bergdorfs.
Handbags: Anita (212) 833-2031
Shoes: Shawn (212) 833-2141
2nd Floor: Lucy (212) 833-2555
Saks Fifth Avenue
If you are going to Saks you are most likely hitting the shoe department. Most of the sale style shoes (say that five times fast) are 40% off. Smaller and larger sizes are very well stocked. The discounted inventory includes popular YSL Tribute sandals and Jimmy Choo glitter pumps. Both are priced at $556 from $795. As mentioned, Chanel and Louboutins are not yet included in the sale along with Givenchy and Dior. We expect these to be added to the sale in the next couple weeks at a 30% cut.
The designer clothing at Saks is also 40% off retail, with plenty of merchandise available in each of the designers’ boutiques. We also noted a rack of Herve Leger dresses on sale, although most were in size XS.
Shoes: Antionette (917) 806-6579
Third Floor: Julie (212) 753-4000