Monday, May 21, 2018

Kid's Moncler, Trussardi, Simonetta & More to 90% Off

We are in the heat of markdown season, but fortunately (or unfortunately), we have more responsibilities than just buying whatever we went for ourselves. Truthfully, is there anything sweeter than a finely dressed mini-me?

World Wide Kidz is hosting a sample sale of gorgeous European childrenswear that's all discounted between 60% and 90% off. Brands include Moncler, Dolce & Gabbana kids, Trussardi, Simonetta, Bébé Sweeney, Mimisol, Fay, Hilly’s, Bikkembergs and more. Sizes run from newborn to 16-years-old and include a variety that will finely suit your children for camp or a fancy occasion.

For the tiniest of baby boys and girls, we found an assortment of gorgeous stetchies from Bébé Sweeny that are all priced at $25. Retail prices usually extend to more than double. A Trussardi one-piece with a matching bib is $33 and girl's baby Moncler coat is $190. For bigger kids, we found a boy's Dirk Bikkembergs blazer for $79, a Simonetta dress comes to just $63, boy's Moncler shorts and swimsuits are about $50 and a variety of gorgeous Mimisol Summer skirts are $79. You can click through this way to see pictures from inside the children's European Clothing sample sale.

The sale is scheduled to run until the end of the month. We are told that there will be replenishments throughout the course of the sale. We suggest asking if you don't find exactly what you want. You never know what can be hiding in an errant rack of kiddie clothing.

World Wide Kidz
Tuesday, May 22 to Friday, June 1
10am-7pm daily
 605 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor (one block from Saks)

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bergdorf Goodman Presale Begins

For the first time, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman will begin their first markdown on the same day. The official start of sale season for both retailers is Tuesday, but we've found that markdowns at Bergdorfs have already been put live online. That means that right now, you can start planning your wardrobe for the first weekend of unofficial Summer.

The discount, at both stores, is up to 40% off. Most clothing is discounted 40% and shoes and bags are reduced 30%. The sale doesn't officially start until Tuesday but Bergedorfs has some of their sale items live already.

Take note, the first markdown includes Fendi, Prada, Balenciaga, Givenchy and more but you'll have to wait until early June for Chanel and Louboutin.  Everyone in fashion is talking about Givenchy and you can snag an ombré Horizon bag for about $2100 from nearly $3000 and the Infinity Hobo is $1715 from $2450. A hobo bag from The Row is $2300 from $2150. A Valentino Rockstud Spike is $1956 from $2800, the Calvin Klein fringe bag is $1350 from $2250, and a Tom Ford shoulder bag is $1500 from $2400. We stumbled upon this Balenciaga doodle/ graffiti wallet that's $486 from $700.

Among the reduced shoes is an assortment of Prada. These Jacquard mules are $533 from $870, flats with the new sports strap are $474 from $790, and espadrilles are $342 from $570. Bergdorfs has the best selection of No21 shoes. A Gingham print mule is $434 from $620 and a palm tree print flat is $437 from $625.

Among the clothing, we have our eyes set on this classic floral print from Erdem that's $570 from $815,  this one-shoulder pleated blouse from Rosie Assoulin that's $960 from $1600 and this mini-skirt from Thierry Mugler that is reduced to $276 from $790.

We highly suggest that online shoppers start their shopping and editing right now. Many items are already discounted online and more will be trickling in over the course of the next day or two. Once news gets out, the best items will be gone very, very, very quickly.

Contact BG: Jose 646-689-5601

Friday, May 18, 2018

Saks Fifth Avenue Pre-Sale Begins

We have a confession: It's been two years since we've set foot in Saks Fifth Avenue. It's a little hard to admit since luxury shopping is our job. In our defense, we didn't think there was anything that we were missing but we were wrong.

After a two-year hiatus, we were shocked by what we found. First, you have to see the new fifth floor. They call it "Advanced Designers" which could easily be mistaken for Anne Klien or Ellie Tahari but  the more accurate description would be the "Avant-Garde Designers." Shoppers can find a full selection of street wear labels, like Alchemist, Unraveled, and Off-White, along with more experimental designers like  Rosie Assoulin, Delpozo, and Comme Des Garsons.

The best part is that it's presale time and most clothing items are now 40% off. Handbags are reduced between 30% and 40% off and most shoes are reduced 30% to 40%. The sale officially begins Tuesday, May 22nd, which means the discounts will then be available online too. This season, presale favors Sake Fifth Avenue credit card holders. If you don't have a Saks card, the full amount will be charged now and the price difference will be credited once the sale officially begins and items ship.

On the first floor, towards the escalators, is where you will find most of the sale bags. The biggest surprise was the selection of Loewe bags. A large Puzzle bag is $1710 from $2850 and the smaller size is $1470 from $2450. There are also plenty of Valentino white Rockstud Spike bags included in the markdown. Most of the selection is 30% off and a few older versions are discounted 40%. This "Belt Bag" comes to $1050 from $1500, a zip-around wallet in the same style is $577 from $825 and a the same style shoulder bag is $2240 from $3200. You can see pictures of most of the bags on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue using this link.

Upstairs, on the eighth floor the sale selection is already set up on racks. We wish Saks would stop treating the sale shoe section as if it were an outlet. Shoes were already strewn all over the floor and it's hard to feel good about $1000 shoes when the store isn't treating them much better than dropped french fries. On the bright side, the assortment of sale shoes rival Barneys. The discount is between 30% and 40% depending on the style.

Some of the highlights in the shoe department are the Roger Vivier slides with an oversized rhinestone buckle that come to $1250 from $875, Valentino Rockstud Spike pool slides are $507 from $725, and Manolo Hangisi satin flats are $668 from $995. Pictures of Saks' sale shoes are just a click away. We also found assorted Gucci shoes thrown into the mix. These embroidered espadrilles are $378 from $630. We spotted these lace pumps discounted 40% and these fur lined Princetown loafers for $564 from $940. More of what's on sale from Gucci is over this way.

Remember, the sale goes live online on Tuesday. We always suggest stocking your cart in advance. It's faster to pull the trigger if you have already done your final edit. If you're still questioning whether you should actually go the store, you can always see pictures of practically everything we saw over in the jump.

Handbags: Irina 212-940-2443
5th Floor "Advance" Clothing: Marjorie: 646-552-7292

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sale Update: Anya Hindmarch Prices Slashed

The Anya Hindmarch sale ends Thursday evening but there is still time to grab one last item from the playful Brittish designer. Prices have all been slashed to 80% off. Remaining items include just a few oversized totes that now come to just $500 from $2500 and a small wallet is $80 from nearly $400. Click here to see pictures we took at the start of the Anya Hiundermach sample sale.

Anya Hindmarch Friends & Family Sale
Through Thursday, May 17
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

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FarFetch Private Sale 50% Off

Farfetch is known for bringing the world's most popular fashion boutiques, and local and emerging designers and brands to a single website. Usually, sales start a bit later on Farfetch because many of the origin boutiques are European. Excitingly enough, this week Farfetch launched its sale.

The sale includes items for men, women, and children with discounts ranging up to 50% off. Take note, some of the more highly reduced merchandise is older and can be found for less at other retailers. Among the more current items, we found a Jacquemus skirt that is reduced 50% to $280 from $560, a pleated Stussy skirt is just $90 from $136, and this Benedetta Bruzziches princess bag is $590 from nearly $1000.

When shopping Farfetch's first markdown, our advice is to stick to the brands that aren't easily found in the US or are already sold out. Be aware, most of the discounts aren't as high as what you will find during the first markdown at most local stores.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Barneys Presale Begins With 40% Off

Barneys shoppers can officially begin to presale for the first markdown. The discount is 40% across the board-- clothing, shoes, and bags for men, women, and children. Besides the outstanding selection, 40% discounts make Barneys the best department store to shop for Summer deals.

Presales used to be treated as a big secret but, these days, stores promote their presales and use it to create a buzz among shoppers. All purchases are held by credit card until the sale officially begins on May 24th. Some brands use a different markdown schedule, for example, Chanel and Louboutin will not be marked down at any department store or boutique until the beginning of June.

The biggest surprise, this season, is that Gucci shoes are included in the presale. Before you get too excited, you might want to visit the sale styles. Most of them are very trendy, like these floral cowboy boots ($1500 from $2500), glitter platform sneakers, and lace mary-janes ($660 from $1100). The whole Gucci sale selection can be found in the jump.

Among the bags, there aren't many sale surprises. You can count on finding assorted Balenciaga, Fendi, Givenchy, and Valentino. One of our favorite styles is this pink bucket bag from the Calvin Klien collection ($1017 from $1700). We also found this Fendi 3Jours ($1590 from ($2650), a backpack with pearl detailing and a mini By The Way ($1260 from $2100). There are also lots of Balenciaga shoppers. The highlight was this Balenciaga City Blackout ($1770 from $2950). You can click over this way to see pictures from Valentino, Saint Laurent, and Givenchy.

Moving upstairs to the shoe department, the only designers excluded from this round of markdowns are Celine, Dries Van Noten, Celine and Christian Louboutin. All other sale shoes are 40% off. It's no surprise there are no Balenciaga Speed Trainers or Triple S's included in the markdown but we did spot logo pumps and those crazy spiked shoes ($990 from $1650). Our favorite sale shoes are from the lesser known designer Giannico. Pictures of all the Barneys presale shoes are over in the jump.

Among the clothing, we spotted lots of amazing Prada skirts and coats. Upstairs we also spotted some Off-White tees and jackets. Calvin Klein has a great fashion selection that is included in the presale. This striped mini-skirt is close to incredible and this tee is classic CK and will be used in high rotation this summer. Pictures, Pictures. Pictures.

We suggest you grab what you can during presale or have your trigger finger ready for online shopping when the sale goes live on May 24. There will be another wave of markdown merchandise in mid-June but that's when Barneys loses its competitive edge.

Joseph 212-833-2092

Monday, May 14, 2018

Inside the Bonpoint Sample Sale

The Bonpoint sample sale has become somewhat of a status symbol among New York City moms. Social rank is closely correlated with how early you're given VIP access.  Usually, the earliest VIP slots are given to celebrities, press and uber-VIP shoppers. Those are the moms who spend more than $100,000 a year buying $100 onesies. Kelly Ripa and Nicki Hilton are among the most recognizable NYC moms given early access.

This afternoon, we were among the first shoppers given access to the sale. (Do you think that can be used on an application to the 92nd Street Y?) The early morning hours on Tuesday will continue as some variation of VIP until the sale opens to the general public at 1pm. There are normally long-ish lines once the sale opens to the public but nothing like the Jimmy Choo sale.

Bonpoint sample sale alumni will identify this year's sale as standard fare. Most of the merchandise is from the 2017 Summer's collection. Most items are reduced 60% off the retail sticker. Other items like shoes, sweaters, and pants are reduced 70%.

More formal style dresses are normally priced in the $300-range and come to $120-ish. More casual dresses are about $80 from an original price of $200 at the boutique. Boy's trousers are about $60 from $150 and the collared shirts come to $48 from $120. You can click here to see pictures we snapped from inside the Bonpoint sample sale.

Sorting through the clothing, there is almost something for everyone-- spanning from the tiniest newborns to tweens. The slimmest inventory is usually size 2, but this evening's twos selection was plentiful. We can't promise it will stay like that for very long.

The sale also includes accessories, swim, sunhats, blanks, summer sweaters, and pajamas. Most shoppers were loading bags of merchandise. We suggest that Bonpoint shoppers use their connections to gain VIP access. Really, who has time for Soho House anyway?

Bonpoint Sample Sale
Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, May 18
Tues 1pm-8pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri 9am-2pm
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street (btwn 6th & 7th Ave), 5th FL

Anya Hindmarch Sale Continues & More

The Anya Hindmarch friends & family sale kicked off today. The sale contains a large variety of the designer's famously playful bags, shoes, accessories, and clothing. Discounts for Anya Hindmarch merchandise is all 75% off and you can mention Mad-Spy to receive an additional 5% off your total purchase. The sale also includes an assortment of Red Valentino and another Italian designer merchandise. Click here to see pictures inside the Anya sale and more.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Post-Mother's Day: Celebrate Yourself

As Mother's Day comes to a close, it's nice to look back and appreciate all the sweet notes, kisses and love that goes into making an ordinary Sunday so special. It's also the right time to take a deep breath and, finally, relax.

In many ways, Mother's Day is much more work than an ordinary Sunday. There's the extra early wake-up call from excited children, navigating a messy breakfast in bed, fawning over questionable gifts and entertaining your own mothers and grandmothers. Mother's Day is as much about making the rest of the family happy as it is honoring motherhood.

Now is the perfect time to celebrate your own motherhood and all the work and love you selflessly provide. It's also not a bad time to start browsing Moda Operandi, which just started a VIP sale where a large selection of merchandise is discounted 40% off. Use the code FRIENDS40 at checkout.

We found sandal slides from Ancient Greek that have the ease of a Hermes Oran sandal but come to just $130 from $220 and a wrap skirt from Marissa Web is $207 from $345. We are itching to try these Joseph white high-rise trousers that are $267 from $445 and this icy blue metallic Proenza bag is quite perfect at about $500 from $845.

The sale only runs through Monday, which is just enough time to do some recovery shopping. We aren't suggesting you go nuts but you certainly need a pat on the back.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Anya Hindmarch Friends & Family Sale 75% Off

Anya Hindmarch is looking to you, to assist in a major Feng Shui space clearing session in the form of a friends and family sale. Starting Monday, Global Fashions will host a sample sale for the London-based brand. Close friends and family (that's you!) are invited to shop past season merchandise at 75% off retail.

Among the selection are bags, accessories, clothing, and shoes. We got a little sneak peak and spotted a nearly irresistible assortment of totes, handbags, clutches and small accessories. A zippy wallet comes to about $100 from $395, a handbag with a bandaid is $500 from $2000, an oversized tote is $625 from $2500 and a pouch with an oversized tassel is $250 from nearly $1000. You can click over this way to see pictures of some of the items that will be available at the Anya Hindmarch sample sale.

To make the sale even more friendly to friends and family, you can mention Madison Avenue Spy and save an extra 5% off your total purchase. That practically negates the cost of NYC sales tax!

The selection isn't huge and there won't be any restocking. We suggest you attend the sale early if there is a specific item you're eyeing. If you're lucky, you might also find some warehouse goodies from other luxury brands.

Anya Hindmarch Friends & Family Sale
Monday, May 14 through Thursday, May 17
Mon. to Thurs. 9am-6pm
49 West 38th Street

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Outnet: Extra 20% Off 'Important Designers'

When most sales exclude almost every important designer it's extra refreshing to see a sale dedicated to discounted merchandise from the designers we love most. Right now, The Outnet is hosting a sale where an assortment of items from several popular designers is discounted an extra 20% off from their already reduced prices.

This sale includes lots of pieces from Saint Laurent, Fendi, and McQueen. For instance, this Mugler jacket comes to $800 from $2500, this Miu Miu dress is under $800 from $1900 and this Maiyet jumpsuit is about $400 from almost $1300.

What's even nicer about this sale is that there are more than 1000 items listed. If you have an hour, you can truly get lost browsing through all the interesting merchandise. If you're short on time, personalize your sort options. When you find something you want you must be sure of your purchase because all sales are final.

We hear that the Outnet will be adding a large amount of Zimmerman items will be added before the weekend. Seems like an opportune time to get ready for Summer.

Inside: The Jimmy Choo Sample Sale

This morning, the Jimmy Choo sample sale kicked off for press and VIPs. By 10am the cue for general RSVP admission reached Sixth Avenue, nearly a full city avenue. An hour later, when we left the sale, the line wrapped around Sixth Avenue and spread to 19th Street. You can bet those ladies will be waiting several hours before they see any Choos. (While waiting in line, head over to  can see  Instagram Stories to see the extent of the wait.)

Inside, shoes are organized by color on racks. (Thank you, Jimmy Choo, for taking our advice and abandoning the sample sale method of just throwing shoes on the floor and tables.) The best deals are the men's shoes, which are all $150. Women's shoes start at $200 but most styles fall in the $250 category. The nicest styles, unsurprisingly, are $325 and the most glittery novelty shoes are found near the checkout and priced at $500.

Handbags are priced in a similar fashion. Evening bags are $350 and small handbags are $250. Most of the most attractive styles are the larger category bags ($450) and then there is a $200 supplement for exotics, like pony hair. (If only there were a truffle supplement, too!) You can see the full pricing list and pictures of shoe and bags from the Jimmy Choo sample sale over here.

So, what will you find? Lots of glitter style shoes!! Most are priced at $250 but much of the selection is what we could consider the most desirable Jimmy Choo styles. The best buys are the basic metallic Abel shoes that come in silver, gold, holographic and more. We find that a metallic Choo is a great investment because they are so wearable. Retail prices are normally about $700 from the Abel but they often come on TheRealReal for between $150 and $250. Many times they are even brand new.

Personally, we find the platform peep-toe sparkle shoe a little dated. We were more attracted to a basic suede in navy or purple ($250) pump, a flat with oversized gems ($325), a peep-toe with small jeweled details ($325) or a basic pump with studded jewels. You can click this way to see pictures and of our favorite shoe styles from the Jimmy Choo sample sale.

The sale runs through Friday. Even though the weather is beautiful, we would avoid waiting in line for hours with the early rush. Prices are usually reduced on the last day. That's when the fun begins!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Barneys 'Pre-Sale'; 40% Off

It's only the first Monday in May, otherwise known as MetGala Day, but Barneys isn't going to let BagGirlRiri, Anna, Donatella or the Pope steal the fashion show. Today, Barneys started a mini seasonal online presale. The discount is 40% off select merchandise. 

Presales are akin to the "quiet period" before a company goes public. You can't actually buy the merchandise in the store but you can have your broker, oh sorry -- sales person, hold your preferred items until the sale officially begins.

Take note, this isn't the true first markdown but there is still an interesting selection from which to browse. Over this way, we found Loeffier Randell ruffled slides for $229 from $375, Rag & Bone denim platform slides are $199 from $325 and Mari Giudicelli suede sandals are $319 from $535.

Among the clothing, we found a bomber jacket from Ben Taverniti Unravel Project for $800 from $1339, a Victoria Beckham dress with sexy cut-outs is $1500 from $2520 and an adorable Zimmerman stripped dress with ruffles is $480 from $800. This white Jourden drop waist dress is perfect for Summer and priced pretty perfectly too at just $399 from $500.

We realize this isn't the real first presale or markdown but it's always exciting to see a sale section. The first markdown presale usually starts around the May 17th. You can click over this way to see all the information about presale at Barneys last Spring.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Net-A-Porter Private Designer Sale; 25% Off

Net-A-Porter is hosting a private sale where you can save 25% off 1000s of items. To view the sale merchandise you must first log into your Net-A-Poter account. Afterward, you will see a Private Sale section appear.

This sale comes several weeks before most major designer merchandise will go on markdown. The best part is that even the top European designers are included in this promotion. We suggest you first browse the bags because they are always the items that go fastest during the first markdown. Over this way is the Loewe car-wash fringe bag that comes to about $1400 from $1890, this Off-White "Sculpture" tote is about $650 from $875, a pretty pink Bottega Veneta woven bag is $1725 from $2300 and a Karl 24 from Boyy is $830 from $1110. There is also a very large assortment of Saint Laurent and Fendi options included in the private sale.

There are even lots of sale surprises among the shoes. We haven't seen these Saint Laurent Opyum heels marked down very often-- especially basic black. There are still lots of sizes available and the price after the discount is about $750 from nearly $1000. The blue YSL heel version is starting to run low in sizing. Other shoe options include these Attico slides with an oversized buckle, Golden Goose sneakers, Fendi pool slides and dozens of inexpensive sandal options from Ancient Greek.

Among the clothing, we love this Rocksanda top with bows on the sleeves. It will look great with a pencil skirt or a high-waisted pant. This skirt from Jacquemus is on the top of our 'Summer-want' list. There is a dreamy Reem Acra gown if you need something last minute for the Met Ball. More casual pieces for your Summer wardrobe include an Off-White tee, an off-the-shoulder dress from the Calvin Klein collection, a Balmain tank top, a House of Holland denim jacket, a mesh top from Kith and a floral print dress from Erdem.

Last year, Net-A-Poter didn't start their sale rollout until May 23rd, and it didn't include many designer brands. We would suggest digging in now if there is something you like. Popular style bags tend to go very quickly during the first markdown.

Madeline Weinrib End of Era Sale

Madeline Weinrib has become famous for her iconic carpets and textiles, made in collaboration with artisans around the world. After 20-years in the business, Weinrib just announced that she will be closing her New York and San Fransicso showrooms in June, which will mark the end of an era.

The designer explains that the "decision has weighed heavily on me, but I have realized that I need to return to my creative roots and passion, which has been difficult for me to focus on while managing my business and has led to burnout. I have taken a new studio where I hope to focus on creative projects and collaborations that are close to my heart.”

As Madeline Weinrib shifts her creative focus, she will be clearing her showrooms and warehouses. Starting May 8, shoppers will be able to purchase her signature designs--- carpets, fabrics, pillows, tabletop accessories fashion, furniture, and fixtures for between 50% to 80% off retail prices.

You can click over this way to read about Madeline Weinrib's prior sample sale. You can also click on the jump to see a preview of what items will be included in this showroom closing sale.

We suggest home design gurus and brand fans should hit this sale early. It's unlikely there will be a 'next time.'

Madeline Weinrib Sample Sale
Tuesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 19
Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Thurs 11am-8pm, Sat, May 19 11am-6pm
126 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

SAMPLE SALES 🌸🌸🌸 for May

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Tulips are next. The sun is shining and we couldn't be happier that it's finally May. Expect to have a very busy credit card this month as it turns into high season for sample sales.

As department stores and boutiques take their first markdowns towards the end of the month, be on the lookout for sales that include in-season merchandise with discounts that top 60% off. We've exclusively listed only the sample sales that we think are worthy of your time and effort. You can browse Chicmi to see a full calendar listing of sample sales.

This sample sale highlight post will continue to be updated throughout the month of May and remain just a click away in the right sidebar. You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for sneak peeks and immediate updates. Feel free to leave feedback in the comments section so that everyone can benefit from the 'Spy' network.

Wolford Friends & Family Sample Sale
Last season this sale was held at a 260 sample sale space. This season, Wolford is bringing it home. Prices started at $18 tights and stockings with retail values under $100. More expensive tights are $45. Are the stockings and 'stay ups' that are $15. We expect that the prices will be even better this time around as the sale is being kept in-house.
Tuesday, May 8 through Thursday, May 10
10am-4pm daily
330 7th Avenue, suite 1702
Cash mainly, credit cards accepted for some items

Jimmy Choo Sample Sale
For the uninitiated, this sale is legendary for its amazing prices. Basic pumps and sandals are usually $200, booties are $325 and boots are $375. Women's shoes run from size 35 to 42 and men's go from 43 to 46. At the last sale, men's shoes were priced at $250 or $375 and included loafers, Oxfords, driving shoe and ankle boots.
Wednesday, May 9 through Friday, May 11
Wed 11am-8pm, Thurs & Fri 8am-8pm
RSVP Link Password: ROMY
The Metropolitan Pavillion: 123 West 18th St.

Bonpoint Sample Sale
The discounts will go up to 70% and apply to every clothing collection (newborn, baby, girl, boy, teenager). At the last sale, most items were 60% off the retail sticker. That means that more formal dresses, which are normally priced in the $400-range were reduced to $260-ish. More casual dresses were about $200 in the boutique and come to about $80 at the sale. Boy's trousers were about $60 from $150 and the collared shirts came to $48 from $120.
Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, May 18
Tues 1pm-8pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri 9am-2pm
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street (btwn 6th & 7th Ave), 5th FL

Veronica Beard Sample Sale
Look out for an assortment of jackets, sweaters, and dresses priced up to 80% off. We are told there will also be a selection of true samples. During a past sale, jumpsuits and dresses were both $195, tops were $125, skirts and pants were $150 and blazers were $295.
Tuesday, May 15 through Thursday, May 17
26 West 17th Street, Floor 7

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Jimmy Choo Sample Sale

Choo, Choo: Who is ready to climb aboard?

The Jimmy Choo sample sale is about to pull into the sample sale calendar and if you want to come abroad you must have a confirmed ticket. No worries, we have all the details to get you in and out in first-class style.

The sale opens to the public on Wednesday, May 9 at the Metropolitan Pavillion. To attend the sale you must use this link to RSVP. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter the code ROMY to receive your email confirmation number. Each individual must have a confirmation number to get into the sale.

For the uninitiated, this sale is legendary for its amazing prices. Basic pumps and sandals are usually $200, booties are $325 and boots are $375. Women's shoes run from size 35 to 42 and men's go from 43 to 46. At the last sale, men's shoes were priced at $250 or $375 and included loafers, Oxfords, driving shoe and ankle boots. Click over and read the comment section to find out all about last season's Jimmy Choo sale. (Above are an assortment of Jimmy Choo shoes that can be found for about the same price -- and even less--online.)

Shoes used to be piled high and thrown all over the floor but last season the sample sale brought in racks, which made the sale a little less messy. Even with discounted prices, it can be hard to motivate yourself to even spend $200, when the merchandise is being handled disrespectfully.

We suggest that you RSVP right away. We can only assume that the list will close when it hits a certain number of RSVPs.

Take note, that prices towards the end of the last Jimmy Choo sale, heels were reduced to $100, jeweled shoes & booties were $150, boots were $200, small leather goods were $30 and men’s shoes were $50. That's when it's really worth scavenging Choos.

Jimmy Choo Sample Sale
Wednesday, May 9 through Friday, May 11
Wed 11am-8pm, Thurs & Fri 8am-8pm
RSVP Link Password: ROMY
The Metropolitan Pavillion: 123 West 18th St.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ten Years of Madison Avenue Spy!!!

Ten years ago, on May 3rd to be exact, I put my two baby daughters to sleep and sat down at my computer. I had an idea.

The internet was filled with all sorts of information but there wasn’t anywhere to reference luxury shopping. There was no way to find out about private sales, presales, promotions, and shopping incentives. Trying to locate the moment’s hottest sold-out item took a dozen calls. And let’s face it, not every sample sale is great.

Madison Avenue Spy was born. That first Madison Avenue Spy post is right here and still remains the cornerstone of our mission statement.

Anyone out there? Of course not! I have a long history of speaking without anyone listening. I guess this is nothing new.

Well, let's get down to it. I am a frequent reader of shopping and accessory blogs but am so tired of reading about sample sales. This is NOT a sample sale blog. I really want to know where to get the best bang from my buck but I really value the ability to take an item home, try it on and continue from there. So what I plan is to do my thing -- shop-- and report back to you what's going on. Krizia shoes for $50. Check. Prada 60% off. Check. Saks friends and family. Check.

You get the picture.
Please feel free to write me any of your finds.
Lila Delilah

Today, the biggest difference is that we all know I am not talking to myself. (I also now have three daughters who are pirouetting their way into teens.)

Over the past decade, Madison Avenue Spy has touched millions of readers from all over the world. What's nice, to me, at least, is that the site still feels like an intimate conversation between me and a close friend.

And for this, I think YOU! Thank you for reading, following and participating. Thank you for trusting us for us all these years. Thank you for loving us despite our typos. Thank you for sharing your love of fashion and shopping.

I also want to thank our sponsors, advertisers  and business partners for trusting me with your businesses and for showing such kindness towards our friends, readers, and followers. You have provided me with an incredible career that wasn't imaginable a decade ago. I will forever be grateful for your support and encouragement.

To celebrate our shared love for fashion, and yes, our love for Madison Avenue, we are going back to our early roots and kicking off a month of celebrations. Today, in collaboration with Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), we have launched The mini-site highlights a series of events, sales, and promotions that are occurring on Madison Avenue throughout the month of May. Among the special events and offerings are:

• Private in-store sale at Chuckies. Markdowns up to 40% off with additional 10% off sale and non-sale merchandise.

 • A Photo Walk at Apple to level up your iPhone photography skills to take stunning shots with the latest and best accessories.

 • A Party for you and your pets to benefit the ASPCA at Morgenthal Frederics - Spoil yourself with a new frame and some bubbly while supporting a great cause. Dog treats by Maison de Pawz.

• Celebrate the Royal Wedding with a Royal Afternoon Tea service in The Pembroke Room, and Rosé Thursdays in the Jacques Bar and The Club Room for the entire month of May.

• “VIP ETRO White Glove Experience” including a personal styling appointment.

• Celebrate the Royal Wedding with a Royal Afternoon Tea service in The Pembroke Room, and Rosé Thursdays in the Jacques Bar and The Club Room for the entire month of May.

• A trunk show of new couture pieces and a personal appearance by designer Paul Morelli.

• Mention Mad-Spy and save $500 off a purchase of $2500 or more at David Webb.

We hope you will check out the Anniversary Site and will refer to it throughout the month.


Let's plan to get together like this in another 10 years. Deal?

Lila Delilah