If you're looking to avoid the large international crowds than this weekend would be the time to begin your holiday shopping, Most department stores have started presales that include most of store's seasonal winter inventory. Generally, Christian Louboutin and Chanel do not allow their merchandise to be discounted until mid-December.
Here's an overview of what you'll find within our local department stores:
The Madison Avenue department store has the best first markdown with clothing, shoes, accessories and handbags all discounted 40%. Among the included reduced items are Prosenza Schouler PS1 bags in several shades, like purple, blue, green and rust. Studded Saint Laurent bags are also part of the discounted inventory, along with a small selection of Givenchy bags, like the HDG Hobo. In the shoe department, you can count on most of the Prada and Miu Miu collection to be discounted along with Chloe and Gucci.
Contact: Kyri 212-833-2088
Bergdorf Goodman (Neiman Marcus):
The discount on designer clothing is 40% off, while shoes are discounted 33% and bags are 30%. Upstairs, on F5 you can already find contemporary clothing reduced up to 65% off, which is more than any other store. While browsing we found lots of amazing deals. For example, this Theory leather shift dress is marked $319 from $919 and J Brand's Super Skinny Metallic Suede Jeans are about $350 from $1000.
Contact: Allison 212-872-8732
Saks Fifth Avenue:
Forget about shopping first markdown. In-the-know Saks customers want to shop the Black Friday sales before, well, Friday. Prices for the shopping extravaganza are usually reduced an extra 50% off of reduced if you can get to the store before noon. We can't say that a sales associate will be able to pull the merchandise from the floor but if you have a good relationship you might be able to have someone "keep an eye" on your most covetable items.
Contact: Fifth Avenue Club (Eric) 212-753-4000