Thursday, March 28, 2013

C. Wonder Spring Sale

C. Wonder is hosting a spring sale that will can add a bit of sunshine to your wordrobe and home decore. Discounts are up to 50% off and include everything from sweaters to tea cups. The sale is also online but you might be able to find a wider selection at the forever multiplying boutiques.

During a recent trip we found eye-popping dinner table settings for half off, colorful glasses for $5 from $8 and a stripped sweater for $60 from about $80. Our favorite item is this classic monogramed leather bag for $85 from $128. We especially like the bag in red and those lucky enough to have the letter H can make this purchase an ironic play on Hermes.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Bloomingdales Freinds and Family Begins Today

You know markdown season isn't too far away when Bloomingdales starts their friends and family sale. This season, the early spring shopping incentive will begin Wednesday, April 3rd and run through Sunday, April 7. Presale will begin this Tuesday, March 26 and the discount is 20% off.


Electronics are 10% off and all cosmetics are excluded. Online shoppers can use the code FANDF at checkout. For the best deals, combine the friends and family discount with merchandise that has already been marked down 20% to 30%.

All of the high-end designers of clothing, shoe and handbags are excluded. We suggest sticking to the fourth floor women's brands were we spotted some great pieces from Sandro, Alice & Olivia, Cut25 and Thakoon Addiction.

Next up, is the Saks F&F that usually takes place towards the end of April. We expect the discount to be the same 20% off. High-end shoes and handbags are excluded at Saks too, along with cosmetics.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Chanel Bags at Costco

One of the biggest questions we get at Madison Avenue Spy is how to score a Classic Chanel bag for less than retail. The obvious answer is always preowned but today we spotted brand new Chanelies at Costco.



A small Classic style bag usually retails for $4200 but is available at the Harlem Costco for "just" $3600. That's about $600 less than the current retail price. Not exactly spectacular percentage but $600 is a nice savings. In addition, the big box store has the Chanel Hobo Weekender that retailed for over $3000 is "just" $2059. (That's a much better deal, in our opinion.) This bag was part of the 2009 summer collection and the hobo strap can be elongated to be worn as a cross body. I can also hold lots of stuff!

Costco also has a few less exciting Prada totes that range in price from $1100 to $1770. We would most definitely pass on these as the retail prices aren't very much higher. Finding Prada bags on sale isn't too difficult either. Like the Prada bags, we suggest passing on the green grapes and honeydew. Both are less expensive at Fairway.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Inside the Cesare Paciotti Sale

We knew you were wondering what treasures are inside the Cesare Pacoitti sale so we decided to do a bit of investigative reporting. A quick jaunt to 57th street was one of the more exciting pre-sale warm-ups we've encountered in quite some time. Prices for the Italian spikes range from 70% to 80% off and there is wide range of styles to impress everyone from the classic gal to the more experimental fashion gal.



Lucky shoppers who fit into a traditional shoe sample size (37 or 40) will be presented with the best selection for the best prices. Sample shoes from this season's collection are 80% off and include the Amy -- named after Amy Winehouse. These hot pink and red shoes are under $200 from a retail price of $975. Classic lizard pumps with an internal platform are $170 from $145 and a similar platform are about $140 from $725. (You can see a full range of pictures from the sale right here.)

Over in the selection of open stock you will find a full size run of several of summer and winter styles all priced at 70% off retail. A must have classic black tall boot is about $750 from $2,520, a more edgy style boot is $420 from $1375, botties with Swarovski gems are $360 from $1195, jeweled encrusted sandals are $390 from $1275 and a tribal style wedge is about $270 from $895.

The sale also includes a wide selection of men's shoes that follow the same discount as the women's shoes. Sample are 80% off and open stock is 70%. Sample size for men are 6s and 10s but the open stock runs up to a size 12. The children's shoes include a small selection of sneakers all priced at $60.

In the middle of the showroom space there is a large table of bags that include new styles along with some vintage Paciotti. All the bage are priced at 70% off retail except for some styles that are missing gems or damaged. Those bags are priced at 80% off.

The sale opens Friday at 10am and runs through Saturday. There will be no restocking, so we suggest attending the sale early. Just remember to hit the ATM first because you're going need the Benjamins.

Cesare Paciotti Sample Sale
Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23
10am to 6pm
12 West 57th Street, suite 901
Cash Only

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Loehmann's Stocked with Chanel and Dolce

By ManhattanMataHari

Usually we head to Chelsea for the best selection of Loehmann's designer markdowns, but today we scoped out the Upper West Side location and were pleasantly surprised by the selection of great Italian designer merchandise. Their “Back Room” designer area is replete with Italian labels like Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Red Valentino, M Missoni and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti.

On the way to the back we got distracted by some good looking contemporary items such as Helmut Lang's distressed leather jackets are priced at $600 from $1195, Rachel Zoe's pink silk maxi dresses as and silk Halston Heritage dresses all priced at $250. There is a summery rack of See by Chloe including a fun cotton print sundress for $180. (You can see a full selection in our photo album here.)

Once you hit the Back Room area you will see many impressive racks of Dolce & Gabbana, including a $399 white silky trench coat and black blazers for $299. There are also a couple racks of M Missoni, including a cotton halter maxi for $250 and their charity red print collection for Orphan Aid Africa. Our favorite piece was a trench for $300. Against the wall you will find the dresses and gowns. A Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti lace dresses are priced between $200 and $300. A few knit M Missoni maxi styles are $400 and also Valentino collection gowns are just $1300.

Heading downstairs, small sized ladies should really stop by the jeans rack to scoop up $29 J Brands. Otherwise, there are quite a few Emilio Pucci silk scarves for $160, and then some Judith Leiber purses and jewelry in glass cases marked about 50% off retail. We were more stunned to see the other treasures behind glass, including a Chanel matte black J12 for $5500 from $6500. We also spotted several Valentino Rockstud satchels for $1760 as well as a unique large intreciatto Bottega Veneta hobos for $1700.

Footwear has an equally good selection, including lots of Giuseppe Zanotti sandals and heels from $300 to $500, Sergio Rossi heels for $300, Dolce & Gabbana and Rene Caovilla shoes are $400 and lots of Casadei sandals starting at $200. Missoni wedges and flats are $250 to $400, although their charity red zigzag flats are just $80. Our favorite footwear was the Valentino rose rain boots for $150 and a flower topped thong jelly sandal for just $130.

Remember to get your Loehmann’s insider card so that you can save an extra 20% off all regularly priced merchandise. The additional discount brings those Valentino rain boots down to $120. Can’t imagine a better deal that that.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Best Travel Steeles

This chilly end-of-Winter weather has us dreaming of warm Summer getaways. Truthfully, right now is the best time to start planning your summer vacation. Many of the best locations still have availbility and some destinations even offer early booking incentives.



Whenever we have the itch (or necessity) to travel our first call is to Steele Luxury Travel. Agency owner, Dane Steele, specializes in creating experiences and appreciates the meaning of five stars and flat bed seats. The best part is that he understands value and is able to offer his clients the highest level of service for the best prices.

For instance, you can contact Steele Travel right now and take advantage of great business class fares* like New York to Paris for $3,000, Los Angeles to Athens for $3,300,  Boston to Tokyo for $3,400 and Atlanta to Johannesburg for $4,200. Domesticlly, Steele Travel can provide business class flights for $900 from New York to LAX or $975 for San Francisco to New York.

Steele Luxury Travel also has strong relationships with 5-star hotels and topnotch resorts around the world. With each hotel reservation, the Steele Traveler will receive exclusive amenities such as complimentary daily breakfast, room upgrades, hotel credits and other hotel specific perks. It's always the unexpected perks that make all the difference, right?

As in every other aspect of our lives travel is a luxury and there is no substitution for traveling in first class style. After all, who wants a soft drink in a plastic cup when you can have champagne served in crystal!

Steele Luxury Travel
info@steeletravel.com
646-688-2274
*Taxes and fees are additional. Seating is capacity controlled and not available on all flights and routings.

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Prabal Gurung Half-Off

Prabal Gurung launched his collection for Target just about month ago and it's already half off in stores. Unfortunately, online prices are not discounted (don't you hate that) but we bet your local Target is well stocked if our buzzing urban Target is any indication.


During a recent trip to the Target on 116th Street, we found a good selection of Prabal items from which to choose. The bright floral drop waste dress is $17 from $35, the black and white meet the parents skirt is $15 from $30, a dress in the same print is $22 from $45, and an apple red dress with full skirt is $25 from $50.

In recent seasons, we have complained about the horrible make-your-skin-crawl fabrics used in several designer collaborations. We were happy to notice that the high-tech fabric Modal was incorporated and blended with cotton in many of Prabal's pieces. It may not be as high quality as a 100% brushed cotton but it's generations better than 100% Polyester.


Monday, March 18, 2013

3 Designer Collaborations

Designer collaborations might be a bit 2010 but that doesn't mean that there aren't any buzz worthy partnerships to anticipate. Below are three designer partnerships to help sweep this snow way.


DVF & Roxy
Last year, Diane von Furstenberg made a huge splash creating a line of children's clothing for Gap. This summer DVF is teaming up with our favorite surfer girl swim brand, Roxy. The line will consist of 35 pieces including swimwear, beach cover-ups, board shorts, rash guards and beach bags. Prices range from $25 to $75. The collection is currently available on Roxy.com, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.



Vans x Kenzo
Kenzo has already designed several collections for Van's, which is known for their classic slip on sneakers. This season, the Kenzo team executed a collection called Clouded Leopard, which is basically blurry leopard print in psychedelic colors. These fashionable summer kicks will be available at Kenzo.com and Opening Ceremony and are said to start at $125.



Target x Lauren Bush Lauren
No season is complete without a buzzy Target collaboration. For Summer, the brand has set their bullseye on Lauren Bush Lauren's popular FEED bags. FEED USA x Target will include more than 30 items ranging from bikes to housewares to apparel and accessories and yes, even totes. Prices will range from $3 to $400. Sales will benefit Feeding America, a non-profit with more than 200 food banks across the country. The goal is to generate $10 million for the organization. The collab launches June 30 and we hope it's a winner but would't bet on it.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cesare Paciotti Sample Sale

Just when you feel as if all the big shoe brands are starting to look a bit pedestrian, Cesare Paciotti swoops in with an sample sale that will add some spike up your week. The sale, which will start Friday, promises savings between 70% and 80% off retail. The sale will include a wide assortment of shoes and accessories for men, woman and children.


Since this is one of those special showroom sample sales, you can expect to find lots of true samples from the summer collection. Unfortunatly, that means that a lot of the best of the inventory will be a size 7 but we are sure the sale will also include overstock in an assortment of sizes.

During a sale several years back flats for $100, heels were $120, boots were $250, Swarovski sandals were $130 and past-season styles were just $30. Men's samples were all priced at $120 and past-season styles were $50. Bags ranged in price from $80 to $500. We would expect prices to a to run a bit higher but it's a good general range from where you can draft your budget. Remember, this is a cash only sale. So budget wisely!

Cesare Paciotti Sample Sale
Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23
10am to 6pm
12 West 57th Street, suite 901
Cash Only


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bloomies Chanel Shoe Sale

Just when you think there's nothing fun to buy on sale, we run into a Chanel shoe sale with a markdown enough to brighten our day. Bloomingdales has rounded up the final pieces left from the winter 2012 collection and is discounting them 40%.



The sale assortment includes about a dozen styles. Among them are ice heel booties in a purple-pink for $1200 from almost $2000, short boots trimmed in teal are $720 from $1200 and nude ballet flats are about $425 from $745. (You can click here to see photos of all the shoes included in the sale.)

We have a feeling that some of these styles may have been further reduced some time during the hight of sale season but can't be certain. The normal first markdown for Chanel shoes is 30% and most styles and sizes clear out within days. So, if you find your size among these styles you might consider yourself lucky.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Harrods Creates Dior Extravaganza

Enough with Barney's & Disney and Barney's & Lady Gaga. If the chic-as-black department store really wants to make a Madison Avenue impact they should take notes on Harrods collaboration with Dior. The London-based department store is getting ready to launch a month-long pop-up shop that appears to rival any venture attempted on this side of the pond.



To start, Harrods is transforming their windows to pay homage to the Dior brand. The window display will include traditional Royal Mail post boxes that feature a series of co-braded products. There will also be Royal Beefeaters (I had to look it up too) wearing costumes designed by Raf Simons, Dior's creative director.

Inside, the entire fourth floor has been transformed into a replica of 30 Avenue Montaigne - Dior's headquarters in Paris. An installation will feature famous dresses worn by the actual stars,  including Emma Watson, Marion Cotillard and the Oscar winning Jennifer Lawrence's Cinderella gown. In addition, there will be a Dior cafe, which will serve Monsieur Dior's favorite foods. Who would have guessed that a lobster club sandwich and Dior cupcakes would be the menu highlights?

Products available through the collaboration range from accessories to the j'Adore fragrance. Our favorite pieces are the Lady Dior bag with tartan handles (£2600), a Diorissimo bag with a tartan interior (£3300) and a Mise en Dior choker with pearl beads & tartan caps (£1350).


If you're traveling to London you will not want to miss the Harrods Dior takeover, which run from March 16 to April 14. Lets hope that Barney's is taking notes and will give us an experience we can cherish as opposed to Minnie Mouse ears.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ports 1961 & Nanette Lepore

At any given time there can be a dozen sample sale taking place but only a small percentage offer the discounts and quality of products that make it a "Madison Avenue Spy-worthy" sample sale. These sales normally offer a discount that is hard to beat or items that are hard to find.



This week, there are two sales that caught our eyes. The first, is a Nanette Lepore archive sale. The designer is cleaning her closets and offering a range of products from over a decade of work. Prices range from just $10 to $85. The selection includes real samples, runway pieces and exclusive designs. We suggest attending this sale early because there will be no restocking and some items are one-of-a-kind.

Later this week, Ports 1961 returns with their warehouse sale. Men's and women's runway collections will be 75% off or more. (Nice discount, right?) During a previous warehouse sale we found lots of timeless pieces. Looking back to last season, we loved the true elegance of this collection, which included below-the-knee skirts and tweeds. Both will look perfectly next winter too.

You will notice that both these sales are being hosted by the designer, which usually translates to premium savings and surprises. You never know, it wouldn't be the first time we stumbled upon runway only Manolos for the cost of a salad at Freds. (No promises, only possibilities.)

Nanette Lepore Archive Sale
Tuesday, March 12 through Friday, March 15
9am to 7pm
225 West 35rd Street, 9th Floor (7th & 8th Avenue)

Ports 1961 Showroom
Thursday, March 14 through Friday, March 15
Thurs 9am to 7pm & Fri 9am to 2pm
601 West 26th Street, Suite 875 (west of 11th Avenue)



Sunday, March 10, 2013

Prada, Gucci and Chloe Clothing 80% off at DSW Pop-up

By ManhattanMataHari

Just when you think the great deals of Filene's Basement are gone forever, DSW opens an experimental pop-up with some of the best deals we’ve found this year. Lux810, in the Meatpacking district, is stocked with fantastic designer clothing and accessories all priced at 80% off.



Since the store is only open to the end of the month, we couldn’t waste a moment. During our recent shopping trip we found a great assortment for men and women from Armani, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Ralph Lauren Collection, Balenciaga, Chloe, Marni, Prada, and Valentino. There are some items from diffusion lines like Just Cavalli and See by Chloe in the mix, but the majority of the dresses and separates are past season designer collections in a great range of sizes.

Lets get down to prices. A basic Dolce silk blouse is now $146 from $728. A Valentino silk sheath dress is $522 from $2610 and a leather embellished Gucci cropped jacket was priced similarly. One of the most unique dresses we spotted was a sequined Balenciaga number for $1225 from $6125. There’s also a great rack of long evening gowns from Roberto Cavalli, Valentino and Gucci. Among the cocktail dresses we found a popular satin Dolce and Gabbana bustier dress for $428 from $2139. A small selection of outerwear is also available. Prada leather trenches are $845 and $2266 from $4221 and Chloe peacoats and Gucci trenches are about $454.



One thing you won’t really find? Shoes! There is a small selection of boots and heels, but there are only maybe a dozen pairs with one or two sizes each. The Luxe810 shoes can be found on the DSW website, but the discount is more like 50% as opposed to in the in store 80% discount. (There's also an additional discount that can be used only when shopping online.)

We did find some nice accessories including Yves Saint Laurent black leather gloves for about $200, Prada belt leathers, and some Bottega Veneta skinny intreciatto belts for around $150. In a glass case at the register are some outstanding deals on Swarovski Judith Leiber clutches. Our favorite was the $3995 lotus blossom pattern now a mere $799 from almost $4000 and plain bejeweled black miniaudiere for $339 from about $1700. There were also some past season Gucci handbags at the store, but we like the online Jimmy Choo purses better.

Since the popup will not be restocked you should shop the Meatpacking store well before the end of the month when it will close. We would also suggest coming back before the store closes, Filenes Basement was known for great markdowns and we wouldn’t be surprised if the store didn’t drop prices dramatically before the pop-up closes. If all goes well, hopefully, it will be come a more perminant discount destination.

DSW Lux810 Meatpacking Popup
408 West 14th Street
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm


Friday, March 8, 2013

You've Must Be Kidding: $25,000 Chanel Gold Coin

The most egregiously over priced item of the week brings us back to a Chanel item posted on eBay. Usually we joke that La Maison Chanel perceives their items to be worth more than their weight in gold, but this time the Coco inflation is just too high for any serious collector.


In 2008, Karl Lagerfeld designed a "limited edition" run of gold and silver coins to mark Coco Chanel's 125th Birthday. The coin has a portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel on the one side and a giant five on the back. The coin is made of 5 oz of pure gold and is selling on Ebay for, drum roll please... $24,999.

The five digit price may seem more reasonable than, lets say a $30,000 croc bag, only for the fact that the gold is worth $7890. (At the close of business Thursday gold was trading at $1578 an ounce.) That would make the Chanel premium 300% the metal value.

To find the true value of this coin we called several experts raging from coin dealers to vintage fashion experts and couldn't find a single appraisal that came anywhere near the price of this eBay seller. The highest valuation came from a notable high-end jewelry dealer who suggested a range value from $7000 to $9000, "if the right person could be found to appreciate the value of Chanel," he said.

In the spirit of full disclosure, we must point out that in 2008 gold was trading at about $815 oz and the coin was offered to VIP customers for  €5900 or about $7500. All things considered, it really wouldn't have been a tragic investment, but we would stay far away from this purchase now unless you're a commodity speculator who predicts gold rising to $5000 oz.



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Montblanc Sample Sale Returns

Montblanc's "private" friends and family sale is always a great place to pick up sophisticated gifts without breaking the bank. This sale is usually a reader favorite. Although it's dubbed private it's not. Period.



Last season the sale moved to a new location and was taken over by sample sale professionals. Regular shoppers of the sale were not happy. Shoppers wrote that they waited upwards of two hours and were only given 30 minutes to shop. One Montblanc fan said she made it into the sale at noon all the rollerballs or ball point pens were already sold out.

Those who got there earlier found watches, pens, jewelry, bags and accessories. Most items were 65% off and leather goods were 75% off. All the pens that were under $300 went very quickly-- as illustrated above. A limited selection of watches were more $1000. Cufflinks ranged in price from $100 to $300.

The sale is only two days, starting Monday. There is no restocking and loyal fans turn out in mass for this discount opportunity. Those planning to majorly stock up should be warned that there there is a maximum of five pieces for each shopper.

Montblanc "Private" Friends & Family
Monday, March 11 & Tuesday, March 12
Mon 9am~7pm, Tues 9am~5pm
260 Fifth Ave. (bet. 28th & 29th St.)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Dukes of Melrose Pop-Up on Park Ave

The founders of Decades, LA's premier vintage store, are making their reality show premier on Bravo in a new series called The Dukes of Melrose. The New York press junket has officially started and we were lucky to grab a moment with Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver before the bright lights of fame whisk them away.

From what little we've seen, the show is destined to be as delightful as a Ron Ben-Israel cake shaped as a Birkin bag. Bold face camios include Jennifer Tilly, Sandra Bernhard and Phyllis Diller and "her beaver." The show focuses on the jet set life of tracking down the most important pieces of fashion along with the day-to-day trails of running a retail operation. Of course, there are jaw dropping scenes inside the closets of some of the world's largest fashion collectors. When speaking to Cameron, he says that he would like viewers to walk away with a better appreciation for the value of fashion.



"Fashion is art and we all have style," Cameron says. "It's an incredible outlet for self expression." The show premiers on Bravo on Wednesday at 10:30 but the Decades founders wouldn't be content letting you just watch beautiful fashion!

Coinciding with the TV premier, on Wednesday, you can shop the Decade's Park Avenue pop-up shop. (Not a bad address to pop-up). We got a sneak peak at the merchandise and you can be assured that the duo has brought the best of the best to New York. For the first time there's even a selection for men. (We hear that the men's selection is just part of a $10 million wardrobe.)

First, we have to start with the huge assortment of basic black Chanel bags. There are at least two dozen of very wearable classic styles, which range from tiny to huge. A Maxi caviar with gold hardware is $4000 and several smaller sizes are priced in the $3500 range. (Remember, the Maxi size now retails for about $6000 and the medium is more than $5000.)



Over in the clothing section, there is the requisite Chanel rack. A suit trimmed with chainmaille is $3000, a sweater with a Chanel label on the front is $900 and a gown with a full feathered skirt is $5000. The best deal is a Chanel tweed jacked that comes with a leather skirt for $1600.

Yes, everything we've mentioned is very expensive but we also found some great pieces for less than the price of a vacation villa. A perfect Lanvin black sweater is $270; a Dsquared top is $200; a Prada jacket with a mink collar is $895; an ethereal Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress is $1500; a 'so cute' Fendi dress is $660; and a bright orange McQueen strapless jumpsuit is about $900.

Overall, the best deals can be found in the shoe section. Look for shoes that were worn maybe once or twice for the best discounts. We spotted suede Louboutins for $180; another worn maybe once for $200; never worn glitter platform Zanottis are $300; and never worn croc Tom Ford heels were $700. Yes, there's also Chanel jewelry. A classic chain belt (easily doubles as a necklace) with a clover is $1000 and a Gripoix logo necklace is $1700.

You can see a full catalogue of pictures from our shopping trip here. We suggest heading over early if possible. There were some VIP sales Tuesday night and who knows when or if the Decades sale will come back to New York again, especially once the Dukes get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Decades
Wednesday, March 6 & Thursday, March 7
10am to 6pm
583 Park Avenue (@ 63rd st)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Three Prime Furniture Sales

The best winter sales may be over but right now seems like an ideal time for snagging deals on furniture. The best finds usually come from showroom floor samples or warehouse overstock.



Minotti, which is known for their Italian design sensibility, is hosting their annual floor sample sale where discounts range up to 70% off. Retail prices for a Minotti couch, for example, start at about $5000 and go upwards of $20,000 for a larger sectional.

If you head over to the Altman building this weekend you can shop from a variety of home furnishing companies including Grange, Profiles and Interieurs. Prices are said to range up to 75% off.

Beloved Jonathan Adler is hosting a floor sample sale across his 24 retail stores. Prices are 60% off retail. In addition, a variety of throws, pillows, vases and bowls are discounted up to 40% off. You can find your closest store right here.

Minotti Sale
Through Sunday, March 10
136 Madison Avenue @ 31st St

Designer Furniture Sample Sale
Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10
10am to 6pm
Altman Building 135 West 18th Street

Sunday, March 3, 2013

DKNY Sale Has Something for Everyone

By ManhattanMataHari

The DKNY sample sale has something for everyone with discounts ranging from 70% to 80% off retail. Quite literally, the women’s clothing selection ranges from size 0 through 14, with a couple racks per size.


We were floored by the great selection of dresses, including festive cocktail versions that are currently being sold online. Our favorite find was a $355 metallic floral lace peplum dress, a steal for $85 considering the online sale price is still $129. All dresses are $85, but we think skirts, tops, pants and denim are the better deal being that they are priced at just $30.

Our best finds include leather peplums and leather and ponte pencil skirts. All of the leather and shearling items are priced as marked, so expect to pay between $100 to $250 depending on style. There are some nice $40 silky blouses and good basic shirts from which to choose. Towards the back there is a plentiful shoe section, with lots of shoes for $30 and boots and booties (mostly in larger sizes) for $50. There are some accessories on tables, but the $75 handbag selection isn’t great. We found the $50 belt and playful $30 scarves are better options.

We were really hoping to see some Donna Karan Collection pieces in the mix, but didn’t have any luck. Although the sale has some good deals on current DKNY the brand isn't he most difficult to find on markdown. TJ Maxx and Marschalls immediatly come to mind as a sample sale alternative.

DKNY Sample Sale
Monday, March 4 through Saturday, March 9
Mon & Tues 9am to 8pm, Wed & Thurs 10am to 8pm, Fri 10am to 7pm, Sat 10am to 2pm
260 Fifth Ave (btwn 28th & 29th St)