Sunday, December 23, 2012

5 Great After Holiday Sales

We apologize in advance but we are going to take off for the rest of the year. We wouldn't want to leave you hanging so we put together a list of sales you're not going to want to miss.

In the meantime, you can always email us with your inside shopping tips. If we can find a reliable network we'll be sure to pass on the information along with your unique spy name. Happy Holidays, Healthy New Year!



1. Saks Fifth Avenue
Starting Wednesday morning, Saks will be enticing shoppers with an additional 50% off from 8am until noon for a total savings of up to 70% off. After the clock strikes noon the additional savings drops to just 40% off sale items. So set your alarm clocks or presale tomorrow.

2. Net-a-Porter
Right after the first of the year, luxury e-tailer, Net-a-Porter has starts a second markdown where many reduced items are an additional 25% off for a total savings of almost 70%. Of course you can wait for this merchandise to hit TheOutNet but why wait?

3. Manolo Blahnik
The Manolo Blahnik usually starts their first markdown immediately after New Years. The discount is normally 33% off but if you can wait three weeks prices are slashed to 50%. Then right when you think your winter blues can't get any worse, Manolo starts their February clearance sale where shoes are discounted up to 75% off.

4. Ralph Lauren
When Ralph Lauren slashes up to 70% off we've been known to raid the Rhinelander Mansion for cashmere sweaters for ourselves. The best part is that most of the stock that's left is a size xs, which is just perfect for us. Just be careful, prices in the store don't always match up online. So bring your iPad so that you can price compare.

5. Barneys Electric Holiday
The Barneys Lady Gaga Workshop might have been genius but the Disney holiday theme is a bit too Times Square for most of us north of 57th Street. Following the New Year, expect to find Mini Ears and Goofy towels for 40% to 70% off.

Neiman Marcus x Target x CFDA Fizzles

What might have been the biggest trend of the last decade might be dying with a heavy flop. Designer and store collaborations my have had a history of exciting shoppers, elevating the visibility of a designer and adding foot traffic.  The much hyped collab between Neiman Macrus, Target and top CFDA designers seems to be dying a slow and painful death.



Today, the artfully curated collection is has been slash to 50% off less than a month after it's launch. What's even more surprising is the amount of merchandise that is still on the sales floor. As a matter of fact, during a trip to Target today we found only three items sold out: the DVF yoga mat, the Tory Burch thermos and the Rodarte wrapping paper. We even found numerous Alice & Olivia bikes and black and white roll away suitcases.

While one might say that it's timely to slash the prices on items such as Jason Wu Christmas tree ornaments and Band of Outsider cookie cutters we found that other seasonal items in Target to only be discounted 30% off. So is this collaboration flop an anomaly or a sign of the times?

Earlier this month H&M had a similar situation with their designer collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela. The press, the blogosphere and "fashion icons" - like Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mena Suvari, Kanye West, Helena Christensen and Selma Blair fell all over themselves at the a snazzy launch party. Unfortunately, shoppers weren't as eager to buy a bra top onsie even if it was photographed on by Mena Suvari.

Yes, there typically needs to be three flops for a trend but we don't suggest hanging around for the next launch. In the meantime, you might want to snatch up some Tracy Reese dessert plates and Altuzarra tray because they are 50% off and quite nice.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Madison Avenue Sales Con't: Fivestory, Celine...

We are now only five days away from Christmas and procrastinators can rejoice in prime markdown season. Many boutiques are just starting to take their second markdowns. As a rule of thumb, right now, a good deal is 60% or more off of clothing and at least 30% off of shoes, handbags and accessories. For the remainder of the season we will be working our way through popular shopping areas and bringing you news of the steepest discounts. Our first stop was Soho and yesterday we focused on Madison Avenue. Today we bring you... Madison Avenue part deux.

Celine
The current markdown is 40% on clothing and some shoes. No bags have been discounted, unfortunately. We expect there will be another markdown some time after Christmas but we wouldn’t bet on the sale extending past 60%.
Incus 212-929-7525





Domencio Vacca
The luxury boutique just started a “private holiday sale” where most of the collection is 40% off. The sale “opens” to the public on Friday. If you’re not in a shopping rush we recommend holding out for the store’s final markdown, which goes to 70% off.
Mallory 212-421-8902

Fivestory
The uptown chic, Fivestory is hosting a sale where clothing, shoes and bags are discounted 40%. There will likely be another markdown after Christmas. We hope that the store hosts a final blowout sale at the end of the season, like they did this past summer.
Eileen 212-288-1338

Mauboussin
The French jewelry company, Mauboussin is offering a 20% off discount promotion. The only exclusions are accessories, fragrance, Amour je T’Aime, and Tu es le Sel, which are both collections of engagement rings. Don’t be too intimidated by the fancy storefront. There is a large selection of jewelry that can work with an assortment of budgets, like the Petite Rose d’Amour ring that’s 18k gold with a huge rose quarts that’s $1500 from $1880.
Laurce 212-752-4300

Oscar de la Renta
Shoppers can currently enjoy 40% off fall and pre-fall merchandise. These past collections were praised for unearthing a younger youthful feeling. You don’t want to miss the short, full-skirted silhouettes. Another markdown should come soon but we don’t expect the discount to go to 70% as it has in some years past.



Reed Krakoff
Clothing and shoes are discounted 40% at Reed Krakoff. Handbags are 30%. After Christmas the discount will go to 60% on clothing and 50% on bags. If you’re in the market for a RK bag, we suggest contacting the store now and have a sales person keep an eye on your prospective purchase. There is still a large selection of bags from the fall and winter collections but once the price goes down we expect that they inventory will quickly decline.
Jarvis: 212-988-0560

Yigal Azrouel
Madison Avenue newcomer, Yigal Azrouel started their second markdown today. The discount is now 60% and there is still a great selection from which to choose. All sales are final but we don’t know anyone who would want to return a Yigal leather skirt.
Kate 212-929-7525

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Madison on Sale: Dolce, Chloe, Marni and More

We are just six days away from Christmas and procrastinators can rejoice in prime markdown season. Many boutiques are just starting to take their second markdowns. As a rule of thumb, right now, a good deal is 60% or more off of clothing and at least 30% off of shoes, handbags and accessories. For the remainder of the week we will be working our way through popular shopping areas and bringing you news of the steepest discounts. Our first stop is Soho today we return to Madison Avenue. Check back tomorrow for Madison Avenue part deux.

Chanel
Last week we uncovered the mystery of the Chanel handbag sale and brought you pictures from department stores all over the neighborhood. Chances are that most of these bags, which were discounted at 30% off are gone but you can always scope out less popular fashion hubs and keep your fingers crossed. Chanel clothing, is discounted 40% just about everywhere. If you’re looking for a great deal you can hold off for final clearance, where markdowns can run as steep as 70% off.
Nicole, Soho 212-334-0055



Chloe
Clothing and shoes are both 40% off at the Chloe boutique. Handbags are discounted 30%. Surprisingly, the discount can be applied to select Paraty style bags. On Madison Avenue, you can find sale medium Paratys in ivory, the small size in brown and the large size in light gray and tan. We expect that there will be another markdown after Christmas but the store will honor price adjustments for purchases made within a week.
Kim 212-717-8220

Dolce & Gabbana
The markdown at Dolce is 30% and that includes select bags, shoes and clothing from the fall and winter collections. We expect that there will soon be another markdown considering most department stores have adjusted the designer’s merchandise to 60% off.
Maria 212-249-4100

Gucci
The discounts on Gucci handbags are 30% and men's and women's clothing and shoes are 50%. If you’re looking to grab a Gucci bag for less, you should check out the DSW website where there is a huge array of discount Gucci bags, shoes and jewelry. Costco also has a large assortment of bags that ranges in price from $299 to $399.

Jil Sander
Clothing, shoes and bags are 40% off at Jil Sander. There is still a nice selection from which to choose. If you can, hold off shopping until after Christmas. We expect the discount to go down to 50%.
Mildrid: 212-925-2345

Lanvin
Lanvin just started a second markdown on runway, ready-to-wear and shoes. The discount on most merchandise is now 50% off and there is still a great variety. Accessories, jewelry and ballet flats are still 30% off and kid’s clothing is 40% off.
Chanie 646-439-0380



Marni
Clothing, handbags, shoes and jewelry are now 50% off at the Marni boutique. We are told that sale merchandise will only be around for another three weeks or so due to the rapid delivery of pre-spring merchandise. Our bet is that lingering winter merchandise will be available until February.
Jamie 212-257-6907

Milly
The Milly markdown includes merchandise from fall and pre-fall and ranges from 30% to 50% off. A variety of coats are 30% and 50% off too. There are also a few handbags included in the sale but they are leftovers from summer.
Kate 212-395-9100

Missoni
The Missoni discount ranges from 40% to 50% on clothing, shoes and handbags. No scarves or gloves are included in the markdown. Additional discounts are likely coming soon.
Connie 212-517-9339

Prada
The Prada discount stands at 50% off clothing and shoes and 40% off bags. It’s been several years since the Prada boutique has been so aggressive with their markdowns. We hope that the prices will be cut to 70% off as they did many years ago. Fingers crossed!
Ramone Alanzo 212-327-4200



Valentino
Everyone’s favorite Rockstuded brand has started their second markdown. Clothing and shoes are 50% off and bags are 40% off. You can get a good idea of what’s included in the sale by browsing though the brand’s online store.
Neusa 212-772-6969

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Blowout Prices: Jacadi, Petite Bateau, Nicole Miller

You may be able to show restraint while shopping for yourself but when you see discounted children's clothing all bets are off. We're not sure if it's the mini sizes or the bright and playful styling but more is never enough when it comes to the little ones.



This season, Lux Brands is offering a sample sale where you can get amazing deals for your kids and pick up a deal for yourself. The mid-town pop-up shop is fully stocked with Jacadi, Petit Bateau, Brum, Monnalisa and Sonia Rykiel. In addition, there's a full assortment of highly discounted Nicole Miller dresses for you.

Sometimes we talk about great prices but you're not going to believe your eyes. Most Jacadi and Petit Bateau items are priced at $7, $10 and $20. Brum coats are $59 from a retail price of $300 and Monnalisa and Sonia Rykiel items are 70% off. Now, those Nicole Miller dresses we've been talking about are just $20 to $25. So you can re-wardrobe your tots and yourself without any guilt.

Those looking for an even larger assortment with the same discount prices may want to take a trip to Lux Brand's warehouse in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Who says there's nothing good to be found in Brooklyn? Aham.

Lux Brands
605 Fifth Avenue, 6th floor
(Near American Girl)
Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 7pm

Brighton Beach Warehouse
505 Brighton Beach Avenue
Sunday to Friday
Mon-Thurs 10am to 7pm, Fri 10am to 4pm


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Soho Sales Roundup

By ManhattanMataHari

We are just a week away from Christmas and procrastinators can rejoice in prime markdown season. Many boutiques are just starting to take their second markdowns. As a rule of thumb, right now, a good deal is 60% or more off of clothing and at least 30% off of shoes, handbags and accessories. For the remainder of the week we will be working our way through popular shopping areas and bringing you news of the steepest discounts. Our first stop is Soho.

3.1 Phillip Lim
Head downstairs to the sales area where plenty of fall/winter ready-to-wear has been discounted 60%. Our favorite pieces were the winter white dresses with shimmery embellished accents. There are additional sizes in the back, but we were told they will not last long. We were pretty disappointed by the mere two styles of shoes and three handbags marked down 40%. We suggest a visit sooner rather than later since there will be no further discounts taken.
Rui: (212) 334-1160



Jill Stuart
The fall collection just received what may be the final discount yesterday, at 50% off retail. Clothing is going quickly and not many small sizes are left. There are only a couple sales racks that are mostly dominated by fall’s flower print dresses. We were especially drawn to their soft sweaters and cute shoes on the floor sale display.
Sarah: (212) 343-2300

Kirna Zabete
We love this superbly curated boutique, but they really don’t make it easy to shop their sale merchandise. There are no sales racks- you have to search through each designer rack and look at the tags to see if the items are on sale. For this reason we suggest shopping the website sale section and then calling the boutique for your try-ons. The discount has been 30% to 40% for clothing and mostly. There are no immediate plans to increase the markdown, although we have the feeling there will be an additional discount post-Christmas. Our favorite finds were a Jason Wu oxblood wool and lace jacket ($2313 from $3305) and a royal blue silk Stella McCartney blouse ($504 from $840). In the basement you will find the best bargains in the store on the Target collaboration items, some of which are marked down up to 70% off.
Grace: (212) 941-9656

Mackage
Forget Moncler, Mackage puffer jackets are the next big trend in outerwear. After all, who wants to see everyone else wearing your jacket (or a look-alike counterfeit)? While these covetable coats are not currently on sale, they may go in January or February. Until then, we couldn’t help but swoon over the buttery leather jackets marked 50% off retail. There are even some basics in black available, although we loved a cool blue cropped version (now $330 from $660).
Ann: (212) 925-1455

Marc Jacobs
Hands down, MJ takes the cake for the steepest Soho discount at a whopping 70% off retail. Despite this hefty markdown, there is a great selection of clothing still available, especially outerwear. As per usual, handbags and small accessories are not included and the sale shoe selection leaves much to be desired. Even though there are usually plenty of sizes in the back, at these prices we suspect the clothing to fly off the racks.
Cori: (212) 343-1490

Marni
Marni fans will be delighted to learn that the entire fall/winter collection is now 50% off, including shoes, handbags, various accessories and even jewelry. This translates to nearly everything in the store beyond the small current collection at the front being marked down. There are some nice boots and plenty of small accessories that would make great holiday gifts.
Tony: (212)-343-3912



Miu Miu
Matelasse lovers rejoice, there are still three of the popular handbag styles at a 40% discount. Clothing and shoes are currently 50% off. Our favorites shoes are the glitter bottomed suede boots. This season the Miu Miu sale collection includes many classic styles and colors that are not usually part of the markdown options.
Marie: (212) 334-5156

Stella McCartney
With a current 60% discount, don’t expect another markdown anytime soon. There is a good sale selection of fall/winter ready-to-wear, with extra sizes out back. We were smitten with a stunning brocade peplum dress ($1378 from $3445). If you act quickly, you may be able to snag some of the popular Falabella totes in orange and python versions at a discount.
Jason: (212) 255-1556

Versace We were pleasantly surprised to hear that Versace was starting their sale today.The boutique is taking their winter merchandise straight to a 50% cut. Since they had just started marking down items the store is a bit in disarray. The scarves and accessories are likely to be excluded, but shoes and select bags are part of the markdown. Jeremiah: (212) 966-8111

Monday, December 17, 2012

Inside: Alice & Olivia Sample Sale

Alice & Olivia designer, Stacey Bendet added a dose of playful energy to Madison Avenue when she opened her spirited boutique last year. If you're looking to add a bit more spirit to your holiday wardrobe then you might want to take a browse through the designer's sample sale on lover Fifth Avenue.



The Alice & Olivia sample sale was open for previews today and we got to browse the selection early. We found ranging from dresses that glitter like the the Times Square ball to sophisticated tweed blazers in on-trend colors. Prices range from $79 for pants, skirts and tops to $199 for sequined dresses.

We found lots of good deals, like a sparkle top for $79 from a full retail price of $400 (The top is still $100 more than the sample sale price at Saks.). Our favorite sale items are the $79 brightly colored peplum skirts that are still full price at Neiman Marcus for $258 and the variety of tweed jackets for $150 that are currently at Saks for $214 from $597.

The sample sale also includes a great variety of shoes that range in price from $79 for flats to $199 for tall boots. Don't miss out on the sample rack, which has lots of stylish basics that range from $29 to $99.

The sale runs through Sunday. So we suggest waiting until Wednesday if you're looking for extra discounts. We expect that there will be plenty of additional price reductions after the first flurry of shoppers.

Alice & Olivia
Tuesday, December 18 to Saturday, December 22
Tues 9am—7pm, Wed—Thurs 10am—8pm, Fri 10am—7pm, Sat 10am—4pm
260 Fifth Avenue between 28th and 29th St

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bergdorf Goodman & Saks Discount War

Bergdorf Goodman (aka Neiman Marcus) and Saks are feuding with online sale promotions. Both retailers are offering shoppers additional savings off of already reduced merchandise but which store has the best discount? Lets find out.


From now through Wednesday, December 19 BergdorfGoodman.com is offering customers an extra 20% savings on sale items with the code BGHLDY. We surfed the store and found that most designer clothing is now 55% off, shoes are 45% off and bags are 55% off. Take note that Christian Louboutin shoes are not in the sale section, Chanel isn't sold online and the merchandise and prices in stores may vary.

Over at Saks.com, designer merchandise is up to 60% off. Our calculations figure that most designer clothing is 60% off, most shoes and handbags are still just 30% off. The kid's department is another area of the site where you will find 60% savings.

We put the two sales toe-to-toe with similar merchandise to see our theory with hard numbers. Seasonl jeweled Prada Mary-Janes are $1050 at Saks but come out to about $700 at Bergdorfs with the additional discount. However, a $1660 Jil Sander letter sweater will only cost you $600 Saks but about $800, or $200, more at Bergdorf Goodman.

So, Saks will be your best bet for clothing but you should step over to Neiman Marcus or Bergdorfs for shoes and bags. Remember this tale where ever you shop during the holiday season because no store can win in every department all the time.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

LOL Kids Blowout Sale

Our favorite children's store, LOL Kids, is hosting a blow out sale where the entire showroom of samples will be 50% off of wholesale. In addition, current season boutique merchandise will be 50% off of retail.



The best part is that Madison Avenue Spy readers have been invited to shop the sale early and take advantage of snatching up the best selection and the best discounts of the season. You can get yourself on the private sale list by emailing us here.

Sample sale brands include, Florence Brands, Miss Grant, Sylvian Heach, Aston Martin, Sarabanda and Ki6. Forget about your Gap coupons. We are telling you that these prices are going to be amazing. For example, Sarabanda tops will be $12 from $55 and Miss Grant dresses will be $63 from $280. And that's for finely made European clothing.

Over at the front of the store you will find Monnalisa jackets at $170 from $340, Miss Grant dresses at $106 from $212 and Sarabanda boys and girls separates starting as low as $19.

LOL Sample Sale
Mad-Spy Private Sale: Monday, December, 17
RSVP Here
Regular store hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am to 5pm
22 West 21st street
212-929-6521
www.lol-kids.com

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Chanel Bags and Jewelry on Sale

Last week, we posted about the widely anticipated Chanel markdowns. This week we bring you a full selection of bags that and jewelry that are currently 30% off at department stores. The selection below was curated from Bloomingdales, Saks 5th Avenue and Bergodof Goodman. We  have also been told that Neiman Marcus has a large assortment of Chanel bags on markdown.


Don't be too shy to call around if your local department store doesn't have the item you desire. We always suggest starting with less popular department stores. Personally, we've always had good luck shopping remotely with the Saks and Neiman Marcus at the Galleria in Houston, TX, the Saks in Desert Palm, CA and the Neiman Marcus in Scottsdale, AZ.

Don't let anyone tell you that Chanel bags don't go on sale. We have proof. Happy Saleing!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christian Louboutin Insider Sale

By ManhattanMataHari

Missed out on the Christian Louboutin sample sale this season? Fret not, the Madison Avenue boutique will be having their own sale just in time for the holidays. The discount is a solid 40%, which is a larger discount than most of the department stores. Expect to find an assortment of handbags and fashion shoes (no classic colors or styles) from the Fall/Winter 2012 collection.

For their past sales, Louboutin required an email RSVP, but it appears they have finally scrapped the practice. Instead of successive days, they have elected to have two “Sale Sundays” on December 16th and December 23rd. If the past is any indication, there will be a long line to get into the boutique and it will be busy. We suggest you avoid this by stopping by the store this week to pre-sale your red-soled wish list since they will not be restocking.

Unfortunately, sales associates were unable to provide details on exactly what will be included, but naturally our spies got the inside info. Our intel suggests there will be some tall boots and popular Daffodils in fashion styles like leopard, rainbow, satin, crepe and pony. While you will be able to find some of the stacked front platforms marked down, the celeb-beloved Highness styles will not be included since they are considered classics. Also not included? Anything with studs, the Strass crystallized heels and this seasons must-have smoking slippers. If you are coveting a specific style, we suggest calling ahead to see if it is included prior to making the trip.

Louboutin Insider Sale
Sunday, December 16th & 23rd
12pm-5pm
Marina: (212) 396-1884

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Charlotte Olympia Half-Off

Madison Avenue newcomer, Charlotte Olympia is hosting a sale where fall and winter shoes are 50% off. The markdown started last week but there are still lots of styles and sizes from which to choose.

The British designer, which is known for uber stacked platform shoes, has only started to gain traction in the United States. Brand fans will thrilled to snag bold floral shoes for about $640 from $1200, Dance with Me Dolly pumps with musical notes on the platform are $486 from $970 and knee-high boots with a bold gold platfrom are about $600 from $1200.

We suggest jumping into a pair of these double decker high shoes before they become as cliche as a pair of shoes with red soles. As one famous housewife says, "The higher the heel, the closer to G-d." Lets hope that G-d hears our prayers for more high heel shoes!

Monday, December 10, 2012

DVF Sample Sale Details

Few sample sales are more fun than the Diane von Furstenberg sale. That is, unless you show up at the wrong time. Today we hit twice and it was a tale of two cities.



Our first visit was early, during the press preview. The sale's atmosphere was relaxed and the crowd was limited. Merchandise was still coming in and our favorite $50 sample rack had not even arrived.

Later in the day we were greeted with a double line of shoppers waiting to get in. Once inside, dresses were flying, hangers were catching and women were crowding. It was not the ideal shopping situation. The line for the dressing room was over an hour. On the bright side, the sample sale rack was well stocked and ripe with great finds.

As one can imagine, over the course of several years we have created a huge personal inventory of DVF clothing. Recently, however, we have been attracted to the brand's bags and accessories. The bags specifically are designed to please even the biggest Celine/Hermes snob but have the added attraction of an affordable price. If you're looking to pick up a gift for a hard to please fashion girl this is absulity the place to go. Prices are below.

Wraps and Vintage $250
Dresses $125
Cover Ups $100
Skirts $80
Blouses $80
Samples $50
Scarves $70
Small bags $200
Beach totes $60
Clutches $100

DVF Sample Sale
Tuesday, December 11 through Friday, December 14
Tues 9am—6:30pm, Wed 10am—8pm, Thurs 10am—7pm, Fri 9am—3pm
260 Fifth Ave between 28th and 29th St

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Gift Find: Blake Green Cufflinks

A man who wears french cuff shirts has instinctive style but buying a gift for such a fashionable guy may be the toughest task of the season. Fear not, we found the perfect present for your fashion minded man.




Blake Green carries cufflinks that even your male connoisseur will faun over. Every piece  is hand made in New York by expert craftsmen. All of the designs are made of solid sterling silver or gold and features a combination of precious and semi-precious stones. There is no question, this is a gift for a man that appreciats quality and attention to detail.

Prices range from $250 for the Nuuk, which is sterling silver set with vibrant green chrome diopsides to $3000 and up for those made of 18k gold. In addition, Blake Green offers customized, hand engraved and bespoke orders so that you can truly create a personal piece of expression.

The only question that remains is how your man is going to top a Blake Green pair of cufflinks. Matching earrings perhaps?

Blake Green New York
info@blake-green.com
(917) 426-2525


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Christian Dior Private Sale

Mad-Spy agents have told us that Christian Dior is hosting an employee/ VIP sample sale on Monday. This sale is invite only and will absolutely have a very strict door policy.



The prices at such sales usually run between 75% and 90% off retail. The merchandise will consist of current season samples, overstock and returns. So those who are able to pull strings or scale tall buildings will leave with arms full of deeply discounted Dior.

Those who aren't employees or able to employ super powers of invisibility can always keep their eyes on eBay and the brand's Woodbury Common outlet store.

Christian Dior Sample Sale
Monday, December 10
10am to 5pm
135 W. 52nd St, The Flatotel

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Coming Soon: Chanel Bag Markdown

Most designers and boutiques started their first markdown right before Thanksgiving but Chanel and Louboutin always like to make a fashionably late entrance into sale season. Starting Wednesday, department stores and boutiques will be able to offer discounts on both tony brands.


Shoppers can expect to save up to 40% off on seasonal styles of Louboutin shoes and bags and Chanel clothing, shoes, jewelry and bags. Yes, you heard right. We spoke to several Chanel experts who confirmed that select bag styles will be included in this season's markdowns.

We must point out that classic style bags will most definitely not be included in the markdown. Expect to find more seasonal styles, colors and textures. You can  click here to see a catalogue of shoes that are expected to be in the markdown. We will post bag pictures once more concrete information is available.  Below is an overview of the bag markdown situation at several stores in our area: 

Bloomingdales: We saw several nylon cocoon style bags that are expected to be included int he markdown.

Saks Fifth Avenue: The store will be casting forward several styles that have been tucked away in the stock room for several seasons.

Bergdorf Goodman: A Chanel bag specialist at Bergdorf Goodman could not confirm exactly which bags will be included but says that the inventory will be much larger than usual. This is absolutely the place to if you're serious about getting a Chanel bag for a discount.

Chanel 57th Street: Sale? What's sale? How do you spell that?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mad-Spy Sample Sale Picks

There are so many sample sales that occur in the month of December that it's hard to allocate your time and resources. Below is handy list of sample sales that we think are worth attending. Of course, each of our choices is followed by commentary with important shopping information. Let us know what you think!



Marchesa
Tuesday, December 4th through Thursday, December 6th
Wed 10am-6pm & Thurs 10am-4pm
601 W. 26th St. (bet. 11th & 12th Ave.), Suite 1425
Commentary: Our resident spy, Paige Turner attended the sale today and said that the couture dresses, which were all priced between $350 and $1000 were going very quickly. Most of the gowns from the brand's lower end line NOTTE by Marchesa $100 and gowns were $150. This is a perfect place to stock up for those on the benefit circuit but inventory is going very quickly.

Manolo Blahnik
Thursday, December 6
9am to 4pm
The Warwick Hotel, 65 W. 54th St
Commentary: Of course, this one is a no brainer. Shoes usually start at just $100 and even the most extraordinary boots are just $500. The drawback is the waiting and the crowds. Personally, we prefer the boutique sale in January even if a pair of shoes ends up costing us $100 more.

Rodarte
Saturday, December 8
By appointment: andy@rodarte.net.
Ace Hotel 38 West 39th Street (b/w 5th & 6th Ave)
Commentary: Expect to find the obvious dress that's $4800 reduced to $1200 but there is also usually a selection of clothing in those with a more temperate budget. Last season we found clothing was priced between $200 and $500, shoes ranged from $150 to $350 and bags were about $200ish.

Diane von Furstenberg
Monday, December 10 through Friday, December 14
Mon 8am-10am press, 12pm- 6pm f&f, Tues 9am—6:30pm, Wed 10am—8pm, Thurs 10am—7pm, Fri 9am—3pm
260 Fifth Ave between 28th and 29th St
Commentary: This is always one of our favorite sales of the season. It's a great place to stock up on fashionable items for work and evening play. Prices have gone up over the years but the sample sale rack is always a favorite place to start. The unofficially starts on Monday but the door policy usually eases by noon. We suggest going to the sale at the start of the week when the selection is best. Of course, additional discounts are taken throughout the sale for those looking to save even more.

Vera Wang
VIP Access: (Sorry we maxed out) Monday, December 10 from 6pm to 9pm
Tuesday, December 11 through Wednesday, December 12
Tues 10am—6pm, Wed 10am—5pm
135 W. 52nd St The Flatotel
Commentary: Yes, we know that bridal only speaks to a small segment of the shopping population but we are told that this sale is going to be amazing. There will be more than 800 for sale ranging from the designer's runway collection down to her less expensive lines. The discounts will be up to 90% off and we are told that the designer is pricing gowns so that they move quickly. Mad-Spy readers can get early access to the sale. Please email us here if you would like to attend the private shopping event.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Find: Discounted Valentino Rockstuds

The problem with having great taste is that sometimes you want something new but spending thousands on a whim is not always the family priority. Lux Brands, a discount store near Grand Central, is a great place to find high-end designer merchandise without the high sticker prices. The boutique actually reminds us of Century 21 circa 1998.



During a recent trip our eyes bugged out when we spotted a recent shipment that included Valentino Rockstud bags and shoes. Unfortunately, the store won't let us publish the prices but lets suffice it say that the popular style isn't included in Valentino's list of seasonal markdown merchandise.

In the clothing section we found a holiday celebration worthy silk black Balenciaga dress for just $399, a slinky violet Gucci dress for $599 and a Marni shift for just $189. The boutique is also stocked with a variety of Gucci bags and belts priced just right so you can gift your sister and keep one for yourself.

As you can see, we are talking about real fashion for true discount prices. This is a distention that should not be missed!

Lux Brands
331 Madison Avenue (on 43rd street between Madison & Vanderbilt)
Sunday- Friday 9:30am to 7pm
646-490-4681

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Meatpacking Markdowns Begin

By ManhattanMataHari

With the boutique sales starting city-wide we wanted to check out how our favorite stores on 14th street were faring with their sales. We found a good selection of sale merchandise that will definitely warrant the cab ride downtown.

Jeffrey
Jeffery sale shoes
The well-curated boutique department store started their initial markdowns, which is 30% most of this season's merchandise. The normal Chanel and Louboutin early exclusions apply but they will let you presale you Louboutin boots as well as purple, teal and black suede simple pumps. Be sure to check out the clothing sales racks in the back of the store. The racks are full of Marni, Lanvin and Prada, including their popular puffy fur trim jackets. We especially loved the floral print Erdem dresses now $1022 from $1450.
Keisha: (718) 877-8333

McQueen clutches
Alexander McQueen
Enjoy 40% off popular Brit-inspired style, including their famous signature clutches and other accessories. There are many racks with clothing, gowns and outerwear, including his popular seasonal oxblood and winter white looks. There are also some in addition to leather totes. We especially urge you to call ahead to reserve a clutch before they are sold out.
Zarinah: (212) 645-1797

Moschino
Nearly the entire Moschino store is 40% off retail, currently, including all accessories. The playful pansy print pieces are a standout, even if we won’t be able to wear that maxi dress until Spring. The helpful Moschino staff will make this one of your more pleasant discount shopping experiences.
Niko: (212) 243-8600

Carlos Miele
In the midst of gala season, you might need a new dress. If this is the case than Carlose Miele should be your go-to for elegant evening wear. Shoppers can take advantage of 30% off their current fall/winter collection, but there are racks with steeper discounts. Merchandise in the back of the store is discounted 60% off. We found a $900 standout silk royal blue number marked down to a reasonable $340.
Diana: (646) 336-6642

Krizia
The markdown is one of the highest for clothing in the district, with nearly the whole store discounted 40% to 50% off retail. Shoes and accessories are at a 40% cut, and the clothing ranges in sale amounts. Naturally, our favorite structured silk dresses were only 40% off, but that placed the well over $1000 retail price down to $720.
Enrico: (212) 879-1211

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Rodarte Sample Sale Returns

Twice a year Rodarte holds a sample sale that brings out the brand's biggest fans. As we all know Rodarte's fashion isn't for the frugal. Good thing this sample sale makes shopping the brand much more digestible and has even surprised shoppers with unexpected deals.



Our favorite sale tweeter, @NYCShopGuide shared that this season's Rodarte will take place on December 8th. To schedule your appointment, you need to email  andy@rodarte.net. This system may seem ardious but we haven't heard of a customer being turned away and it alleviates the dreaded sample sale line.

At the last sale, which was located at the Ace Hotel, clothing was priced between $200 and $500, shoes ranged from $150 to $350 and bags were about $200ish. Of course there are always the $4800 dresses reduced to $1200 but at least there is something in the vicinity of impulse buy.

If you're interested in a more convenient Rodarte impulse buy, you might want to check out the selection of holiday gifts the designers put together for Starbucks. This is a collaboration that is absolutely worth discussing. Lets discuss...