Saks Fifth Avenue's "Private Night" is the unofficial start to sale season. Historically, the department store's best customers were invited to shop designer discounts before the store officially goes on sale. Unlike friends and family and other prior promotions the sale would to include most every designer brand. (We're talking almost the entire third floor.) Those were the good 'ol days.
This season, the the sale was rebranded "Sneak Peek" and many of the most desirable brands are still excluded. On the bright said, the discount is 40% and runs in stores and online through Friday, November 8. Like friends and family, most all of the contemporary brands are included. Those who prefer the designer collections can also choose from Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Derek Lam and Armani. For now, all other designer brands and designer shoes are excluded from the discount promotion.
While browsing online we found a good selection of Etro included in sale. This paisley print dress, for example, is now $700 from $1165. The sale selection of Missoni has a large selection of knits, including this chunky scarf vest that's $981 from $1635 and we love this cotton caplet shirt from Prabal Gurung that's now $417 from about $700.
The next big discount at Saks will be Black Friday. During the doorbuster most every designer will be marked down and the crowds will be quite thick. We suggest presaling as a way to avoid the crowds and lock in the best discounts.