First markdown started about two weeks ago but don't always be be fooled by the early bird analogy. Today we took a tour of the front line of Barneys and found plenty of red hot markdowns. You can click here to view a photo gallery of our shopping trip or read on for in depth more details.
On the lobby or handbag floor, you can find a small selection of markdowns from almost every designer. All of the discount handbags are either 30% or 40%off. On sale is a Proenza PS11 with a woven body motif and a baby Givenchy Nightingale in white and gold for $989 from $1850. There is also a really nice sale selection of classic Mark Cross bags, which are reduced about 40%.
Moving up to the shoe floor there is a wild amount of discount shoes still waiting to find the perfect home. You can figure that there are still at least two islands of shoes for every size. The sad part is that so many styles are utterly horrible. Seriously, there are some fugly shoes out there. However, of course, we did spot some classic, pretty and even stylish shoes within the mass of questionable footwear experiments. We found very nice Miu Miu bow flats for under $225, Casadei wedges perfect for the girl on fire and our new favorite designer Alberto Moretti had a selection of heels that rival Louboutins.
Between the floors of bags and the shoes almost every piece of clothing in the store is on sale. As a matter of fact we only found a rack of Balmain lather jackets and some Balenciaga clothing not on sale. The discount is 40% on most items but some designer racks are already running thin. For example, only a few unessential Mary Katrantzou items remain and we found little more than one Prabal Gurung dress. On the other hand, Rick Owens is packed with sale merchandise.
On all floors and all accounts, you can get a good feeling of what's in the store by looking online. Still, for us, nothing is better than touching and feeling the merchandise. Had we not gone shopping we would have never fallen in love with Alberto Moretti.