Monday, October 15, 2018

Bloomingdales: Private Link to Final Offer 70% Off

All retailers have merchandise that falls through the cracks. Regardless of how good you buy there is always going to be a certain percentage of inventory that gets lost in the shuffle. Knowing the truths of retail, Bloomingdales has started a pilot launch of a new section called 'Final Offer.'

The entire section is filled with items reduced 70% off. The only glitch is that you you can't combine some of these Final Offer items  with other promotions. So on some purcahses have to forgo the extra $25 off each $100-- that's running right now. On the bright side, it's not final sale so your purchases are still returnable.

Within the Final Offer section we found some interesting finds. This rainbow wrap dress is certainly worth $50 from $158. IRO jeans with a sequined waist are about $100 from $345 and you can take another $25 off with the current promtion, which brings the total price to just $75. Over here, is a perfectly nice trench coat for just $90 from nearly $300,  a white denim skirt from AG is $50 and a Korel hooded sweatshirt for $43.

It's going to be interesting to see what happens with this section. We are hoping to one day scroll and find Gucci shoes.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

StyleBop Last Pieces 50% Off

StyleBop is hosting a sale where final remaining item of any given style are discounted 50% off. This sale stands out among others as it includes some hot pieces, some even from this most recent season's collections.

Click over this way to browse yourself or focus your attention on this Balenciaga hoodie that's now $402 from $805, Delpozo pants with oversized cuffs for $350 from $700, a quilted jacket from Marcus Lupfer that's under $300, a Fendi dress for $775 from $1550 and Gucci sunglasses for just $124. This sale is a little difficult to shop because eventually your heart skips a beat when you spot something only to find it's sold out. The other hurdle is finding your lucky size.

We must say that it's worth the heartbreaking scroll because when all the stars align you can checkout with an amazing deal. The Stylebop sale runs through October 16 but we suggest shopping now to avoid unnecessary heartbreak.

Weekend Agenda: Obsessorize on Madison Ave

Not sure what to do this weekend? Obviously, we suggest shopping but there is so much more than the run of the mill shoes and accessories on Madison Avenue this month. "Obsesserize" is a month-long celebration of creativity, fashion, style, and art.

Along the two-mile stretch of Madison Avenue, between 57th and 86th Streets, strollers and flâneurs can appreciate 19 encased public art sculptures. The project is a result of an incredible collaboration between the Madison Avenue BID, the School of Visual Arts and 40 Madison Avenue boutiques. Kevin O’Callaghan, School of Visual Arts 3-D Design Chairman and self-described “Creative Hoarder” tasked freshman students to take common objects to reinterpret into fashion.

The results are extraordinary. There is a backpack made from an old radio, shoes made from Chinese food take-out boxes, another pair of shoes are crafted with doll shoes and actual vintage Barbie dolls used as heels, a hat fabricated from stamps, a clutch from an old clock radio and so much more. You can click here to browse through an assortment of photos or take to the streets.

Every Saturday through the rest of the month, you join Kevin O’Callaghan at 2pm to take a guided walking tour of the exhibit. The professor will present "Obsessorize: Common Objects, Uncommon Accessories" with colorful commentary and lively context. The exhibit gives new meaning to the concept of Street Art. You can click here to register.

Participating stores include: Aquatalia, David Webb, David Yurman, De Beers, Devi Kroell, Dolce & Gabbana, Dyptyque, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Guiseppe Zanotti, Ippolita, Isabel Marant, J.J. Marco, Lanvin,, Michael’s Luxury Consignment, Morgenthal Frederics, Paul Morelli, Roger Vivier, Sonia Rykiel and more.

Inside the Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale

The Manolo Blahnik sample sale kicked off this morning without a hitch. Early birds first arrived at the Warwick Hotel in the middle of the night and shoppers received their ticket numbers at about 7:30am.

The sale was opened employees, press and at 8:30am and the first group of "public" shoppers was allowed to enter the sale at about 10:30am. Normally, we are not big fans of waiting in lines or waking up with those in a European timezone but this sample sale is always special. (It might even be fun if you plan with a friend.) The best part is that once you get your ticket you can leave and come back.

When we finished shopping, at 11am they were already allowing group 4 to enter the sale. Arriving shoppers were given #21 at that time. We can't say if there will be any selection by the time the #21s enter but don't think the wait will be too crazy.

This season's inventory is really a mixed bag from assorted seasons and years. Prices start at $125 for styles that are plain, suede, leather or satin. Add some ornamentation and you'll pay $150. Boots cost a bit more but are priced equally as attractive. Shoe booties, styles below the ankle are $200 and those above the ankle are $250. Styles from mid-calf to the knee are priced at $300 and OTKs $400. Prices on boots top out at $500 for OTK styles with fur, lizard, embellished or shearling.

The best selection is for those wearing a size 37 or size 41 through size 42.5. The assortment is very small if you don't fall into those categories. We didn't notice any classic Hagisi style shoes but there are some finds with embellished buckles and rhinestones. This season we were really drawn to the great selection of flats. (Perhaps we've reached our quota for sky-high occasion shoes? Nah!)

Even though $125 Manolos are fantastic, we prefer the boutique's end of season sale. In January, shoppers can score shoes at 75% off and can find a full-size assortment. Did we mention that there is never a wait at the boutique? Feel free to ask questions in the comment section or on Instagram.

Manolo Blanhik
Thursday, October 11th
Doors open at 9am and close when inventory runs out (about 3pm or 4pm)
Warwick Hotel, 65 W 54th St. & 6th Ave, 2nd fl.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Farfetch Promo: Discounts to 70% Off

Farfetch is known for bringing the world's most popular fashion boutiques, local and emerging designers and brands to a single website. It almost makes us sad that we can shop our favorite Italian boutiques right here in New York. Some might say it takes away the adventure but it's unrealistic to think that anyone can hop on a plane several times a year.

One of the other great things about Farfetch is that it makes markdowns available globally. Right now, the site is offering discounts of up to 60% off with an additional promotion of an extra 20% off. That brings the total discount over 70%. Just use the code x20Oct at checkout to engage the additional savings.

Here are Off-White track plants that come to $270 from $685. Then there is this Prada double-breasted coat that's $980 from nearly $3000. Here's an MSGM floral print maxi dress that's $560 from $1700. We really love this Mulberry sleeveless double-breasted coat that's just $340 from $1400.

Shoes and bags are on the pricey side and could be found for less in many other destinations. We often forget that Farfetch is a great site to shop for kids. For some reason, American stores still haven't caught up in the tot department.

This Week: Manolo Sample Sale

We have great news! You don't need to scavenge through TJ Maxx to find discounted Manolos! Our sources tell us that this year's Fall sample sale will open to the public on Thursday, October 11th. As is tradition, the second-floor salon of the Warwick Hotel will be the site of the event.

This sample sale is a bi-annual highlight for shoe lovers. Frankly, we usually prefer the boutique sales even if prices are a bit more expensive. You can read the full report from last season over here. Those who can't make it to the sample sale or boutique sale can shop an assortment of brand new Manolos starting at just $75 from the scroll above.

Shoppers who are up for the Manolo sample sale challenge, should expect to take a number and wait, and wait, and wait. The really nice thing about this sale is that you can leave and come back once you get your lucky numbered ticket. Take note, that the sale opens at 11am and will close when inventory begins to run low. In past years, that was at about 3pm to 4pm, which doesn't leave a big window for shopping.

We expect that prices will run along the same lines as last season. Plain shoes, including leather, suede satin, and printed fabric start at $125 ($136 with tax) and go up to $150. Shoes with embellishments like glitter and studs were priced $175. Boots started at $200 for basic versions and went up to $400 for over-the-knee styles.

At the last sale, by 10am the crowds of VIPs had thinned and the shopping environment was very civilized. Sizes 37.5 to size 39 were already running very thin. The best selection was for sizes 40.5 and up or 36 and below. Doors opened to the public at 11am sharp and the room filled with many more shoppers-- many seemed like resellers.

Remember, the sale is open to the public only for one day. That's a good indication that there will not be much merchandise. You can read all about last season's sample sale right here. If you attend the sale, please keep us all posted in the comment section below and follow along live on Instagram.

Manolo Sale Sample Sale
Thursday, October 11th
Sale opens: 11am and closes when the inventory dwindles (usually 3pm - 4pm)
The Warwick Hotel, 54th Street and 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Cash only!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sample Sale Reports: Dolce & Gabbana and Rosie Assoulin

The Dolce & Gabbana sample sale started on Sunday. It wasn't very surprising that costumers complained about waiting three to four hours to get into the sale. (One would think that after all these years, Soiffer Haskin would implement a system that would show a little bit more regard for their customers.)

The first Dolce & Gabbana reports were that prices were much higher than they have been during previous sales. Markdowns were announced on Monday morning but customers still said that prices were too high. The biggest surprise came later in the day when a reader emailed us saying that the retail sticker prices at the sale were inflated. We were skeptical at first because sample sale sticker prices can fluctuate a bit when there is a Euro conversion but this wasn't the case.

Our keened eye reader sent us proof. Over this way, on Mr. Poter, Dolce briefs are $85. At the sample sale, they are marked $125. In another instance, pants at the Dolce & Gabbana boutique can be found for $900 but the retail price at the sale is marked $2200. There is a picture in the jump and we can assure you-- it's not a Euro conversion controversy.

As an alternative sample sale fix, we suggest you head way Downtown to Rosie Assoulin. Prices on older season merchandise can be found at 90% off retail. The best part is that there are no lines. As a matter of fact, there was nobody else there for most of the time we were shopping.

So let's get down to ribbons and rainbows (nuts and bolts). The sale features a large selection of Rosie's prior season collections and even some current pieces. A lot of the options are sample size 2s but there are some styles that have multiple size options. A bell sleeved crop top is $99 from $400, a puff sleeve wrap blouse is $419 from $1400 and this current season sweatshirt is $79 from $295. A spring 2018 pleated one-shoulder top is $400 from $1600. You can see lots of pretty pictures over here.

If you're looking for a classic Rosie piece of art, browse the dresses or gowns. This cameo print dress is now $989 from almost $3400. A rainbow lamé wrap dress is about $599, while a pleated gown made of the same fabric initially retailed for $7000. The best find was a strapless gown with a high slit revealing rainbow layers that's marked $650 from $6500. Click for pics.

While you're shopping, take a moment to appreciate the fabrics and craftsmanship that goes into Rosie Assoulin's pieces. You'll notice the weight of each piece and the fabric quality. This is a prime example of getting what you pay for.

There are also shoe options starting at $50 for samples. The jewelry table has lots of earrings and other curiosities. The sale runs through Thursday. There will be no price reductions or restocking.  If you can't make it, there are some great pieces listed on TheRealReal for about the same as the sample sale. Pictures are in the jump and sale details are below and in our sample sale link.

Rosie Assoulin Sample Sale
Through Thursday, October 11
Tues 11am-8pm, Wed 11am-7pm, Thurs 10am-1pm
371 Broadway

Sunday, October 7, 2018

TJ Maxx Runway: Valentino, Fendi, Gucci, Balenciaga

We have to be honest, we don't spend enough time shopping in TJ Maxx. The discount store somehow has slid out of focus. It's lucky that we have friends who aren't so distracted. (Thank you 530or630 for keeping us on our toes.)

It appears as if TJ Maxx stores, which specialize in carrying the 'Runway' collection, have received hefty shipments of designer shoes and bags. At the Wall Street TJ Maxx we spotted, Balenciaga Graffiti bags, Valentino Rockstuds Spikes, Saint Laurent totes, and Stella McCartney classics and so much more. You can browse our shopping pictures here and shop a great assortment of the designer bags on the TJ Maxx website.

Before you get too excited, just not that the discounts aren't exactly stellar. We found this Valentino Rockstud Spike in white marked $2000 from $2745, a medium Loewe puzzle bag is $2000 from $2850 and a small Fendi raffia crossbody is $2200 from $2800. Be on the lookout, some of the retail prices (before prices) arn't always accurate. We found a Balenciaga Graffiti Bb bag and it was marked $2000 but here it is for just $1775 and even the newer style --which we don't even like as much -- is $1800 on MatchesFashion.

There are no designer shoes on Wall Street TJ Maxx but a keened eye Spy found a great variety at the 59th Street Bridge location. There are Manolo Hangisi mules like these for $600. Roger Vivier heels are $349, Celine boots for $600, Gucci mules with a classic green and red ribbon like these are $200, and a large assortment of Valentino Rockstud heels for $850. The best find is a Celine luggage tote for $2000. (How long until Hedi messes those up too?) You can see shopping pictures in the jump here.

We highly suggest you browse the TJ Maxx website before running around the city. We were very surprised that they even listed some Christian Louboutin sneakers and Moncler boots. After you've exhausted your online shopping, hit your local TJ Maxx and share what you find in the comment section. We'll also be sure to keep you updated if we see markdowns on any of this designer merchandise.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hermes Sale: What Went Down & What You Can Expect

The Hermes sale kicked off today at Americana Manhasset, on Long Island. It was an exhilarating and exhausting day for those who attended the sale and for even those who watched it all unfold on social media.

The first shoppers to get their line numbers arrived Tuesday night and even those who arrived at 1am were over #50 in line. By the time the sale opened at 10am, tickets were well over #300. The sale space is smaller than prior years and only 40 people were allowed in at a time. There are no shopping time limits and no purchasing limits, which means that early shoppers took huge hauls.

Everything at the Hermes sale is reduced 50% off retail. We are told that before you could shop, you need to cover your phone camera with a sticker. An alarm would alert if the sticker was removed. We're not sure if the alarm is a scare tactic but those who finally got into the sale weren't willing to take the risk. (Can you blame them?)

Since there were no purchase limits, early shoppers left with $70,000 to $80,000 worth of merchandise. No doubt they will be reselling their hauls. There are only three registers and the line to check out is almost as bad as the line to get into the sale. It didn't help that the credit card machines continuously overheated and needed to be rebooted. (LOL. Seriously, LOL!)

The sale doesn't contain any scarves, ties, or bags. The biggest buzz is about the bangles and bracelets. Many of our Mad-Spy friends and family report that there were a variety of Clic-Clac bracelets, enamels, and exotic Collier de Chien and Kelly cuffs. Many people walked out with 10 or more bracelets each.

We are told that the shoe selection is very slim. Even early shoppers complained that there were only very small and very large sized shoes. Some of the shoe highlights include Oran sandals in exotic skins (that means they are very expensive) and others with rhinestones. There are no basic styles. One shopper said there were some men's swim trunks, blazers, and pants but not much else.

Purchases made at the Hermes sample sale do not come with boxes. All items are marked with the letter "s" symbolizing that they were purchased at a sale.

Shoppers who were given the tickets #218 and above didn't make it into the sale today -- that's after waiting several hours. The good news is that those shoppers can return tomorrow with their tickets and continue to ... wait!  By today's end, organizers were handing out tickets surpassing #600. We are told that no more tickets will be issued for the remainder of the sale.

Many Hermes sale shoppers left with their numbers and don't plan on returning.  On the bright side, we are told that the sale will be fully restocked. Feel free to a message in the comment box below if you have a number that you're not using or if you are looking to attend the sale and need a number. Also, check our Instagram account to comment get live reports on the sale.

Hermes Sample Sale
Through Saturday, October 6
10am-7pm daily
Americana Manhasset Mall: 2060 Northern Blvd (Next to Tory Burch)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Saks Friends & Family Early Access

The Saks Fifth Avenue Friends & Family sale started early access online today and will begin in stores on Wednesday. Despite the attractive 25% off discount clothing, shoes and accessories, there aren't many designer options included in the promotion.

Far gone are the days of a friendly Prada discount but there are still some designer-y items from which to choose. The friends and family sale is bundled in one link but Saks was extra tricky and added sale merchandise that's not eligible for the additional discount. Look closely before clicking.

For example, here is a Gucci dress reduced to $2250 from $4500 but it's not an additional 25% off even though its included in the friends and family section. The same goes for this Gucci blazer that's also discounted 50% off and this Valentino leather trapeze jacket. We also happened to stumble upon a bunch for Saint Laurent and Vetements reduced 70% off.

Within the special link, shoppers can apply the discount to Alice & Oliva. We love this leather moto jacket with rainbow fringe. Speaking of fringe, here is an MSGM denim jacket with fringe that is perfect to pair with your new cowboy boots. (We would take a hard pass on the coordinating jeans.)

We aren't too surprised by this sly Saks friends & family sale but think it would be more fitting to change the name to the Saks Trick or Treat sale. For what it's worth, the promotion runs through Tuesday, October 9  but we wouldn't be surprised if there was an extension. Tick or treat...

Monday, October 1, 2018

Bloomingdales Friends & Family Finds 80% Off

Bloomingdale's friends and family sale kicked off this week. In case you missed our pre-sale post, you can now use the code FRIENDS to save 25% off many brands. Purchases not eligible for the friends and family discount can be applied towards a gift card promotion where you can receive a $25 gift card for every $100 you spend.

Now that it's offically Fall, we figured we would scope out the actual store and see what we could find to enhance our chillier-weather wardrobe. Our first stop was the redesigned shoe floor, which is still a little disorienting. We instantly fell in love with these Alexander Wang cage booties. We weren't totally horrified by these Marc Jacobs combat boots but if you have a bigger budget you might want to consider the Gucci version. The Mac Daddy of all combat boots is the Louis Vuitton version, obvi.

After moving off the shoe floor we traveled to the desginer clothing level. Unfortunatly, without any shoes, the entire floor seems a bit drab and lifeless. We did, however, get excited when we found several racks of designer clothing steeply discounted and then reduced an additional 50% off. We spotted a Palmer Harding stripped dress reduced to $210 from $700, a David Koma sweater is $110 from $700,  a David Koma dress with a mirrored trimmed ruffle is now $330 from $2550. Other stand out items were this Mochino dress that's just $225 from $750 and a Jil Sander knit sweater for $80 from over $400.

We have pictures of the designer finds we saw over this way. The best part is that these items are elegiable for the gift card promotion and many sales associates will let you apply them at checkout, which means you essentially recieve another 25% off.

Other sale highlights include these Gucci loafers that are 50% off, Monrow sweatpants that are $100 from $153 and lots of Missoni bedding is 40% off. The friends and family sale runs through October 8th. The next big Bloomingdales promotion will be in November where you can save $25 off every $100 you spend.