Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Warm Up at the Annabelle Fur Sample Sale

Staying warm and stylish is never easy when it's this cold. When temperatures drop there is no better way to keep warm than a luxurious fur.

Just in time for the cold snap, Annabelle is hosting what's sure to be an amazing sample sale of high-quality fur coats, vests, jackets, and accessories for women and children. We are told that prices will be well under wholesale. Expect to find discounts ranging from 50% to 80% off retail.

The sale will include fur-lined parkas priced starting at just $400, vest and down parkas will be priced from $200. Down jackets start at just $60 and coats are $250. You'll also want to stock up on cold winter accessories, like trapper hats and knit hats with fur pom-poms that are priced at $25 and up. (Seems like a perfect holiday gift!)

Once you're geared-up and looking great, it won't matter even if it's cold, cold, freezing.

Annabelle Sample Sale
Wednesday, November 14 through Friday, November 16
247 West 30th St, 2nd Floor

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Barneys Presale Begins 40% Off

It's still 60-degrees outside but Thanksgiving is just over a week away. That means that presales and first markdowns are imminent.

Barneys shoppers will be able to begin to pre-sale this week. The sale becomes official and opens to the public on November 21. The discount is 40% across on clothing and shoes. Designer bags are reduced by 30%. Besides the outstanding selection, the 40% discount on shoes makes Barneys the best department store to shop for holiday deals.

Among the reduced items is a large assortment of Valentino, Balenciaga, Manolo Blahnik, and Dries von Noten. There is also a variety of Saint Laurent, Givenchy, and Prada shoes. Christian Louboutin and Chanel always go on sale a few weeks later than the first batch. You can scroll above to see some of the styles included in the markdown.

Moving down to the handbags there is a large-ish variety of Saint Laurent bags, a healthy assortment of Valentino mini Rockstuds and, of course, lots of Balenciaga. Remember the discount on bags at Barneys is just 30%, which is just about the same as what other stores will be offering. Use this pre-sale period to really find identify the exact bag style and color you want.

We suggest you grab what you can during presale or have your trigger finger ready for online shopping on November 21. There will be another wave of markdown merchandise after Thanksgiving and second markdown beings the day after Christmas.

Global Fashions Men's Italian Designer Sale

Global Fashions, which is the official luxury distributor for several Italian designer brands including couture items, will be hosting its first sample sale entirely dedicated to men's Italian designer fashion. If you've been following last week's women's sale, you can easily imagine the gorgeous men's merchandise that will be available for a deep discount.

Expect to find more than 300 pairs of men's designer sneakers, that's in addition to a wide selection of dress shoes, loafers, and boots. The 2-day sale will include a great selection of bags, backpacks, jewelry, winter accessories, sportswear, formalwear, athleisure and more. Shoes and accessories will be discounted 70% and all clothing will be 75% off.

Global Fashion's Mens Designer Sale
Wednesday, November 14 through Thursday, November 15
9am-7pm daily
49 West 38th Street

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Gift Guide: Singles Day

Singles Day is the Chinese version of an anti-Valentines day. Really, what's there not to love? Celebrating social freedom and shopping!


The shopping-focused day first started in 1993, by a group of Chinese college students, to celebrate the state of being single. The date November 11 (or 11/11) was chosen because of the ones-- obviously. Elevens, according to numerology, is a “master number” which signifies intuition, insight, and enlightenment. As a matter of fact, there is a great app called Breathe 11:11 that alerts you twice a day to take a deep breath to allow free-flow of energy.

We've started to think of Singles Day as 'Treat Yourself Day.' After all, we've never turned down an occasion to shop and buy something nice. So in light of this day of spiritual consumership, we've picked out a few key gifts that we wouldn't mind indulging.

Loewe mini Gate ($1200)
Prada City Camera bag ($1620)
Fendi Western Boots ($1190)
Prada Mary Janes ($750)
Dyson hair dryer ($399)
Christofle Egg ($1680)
Pat McGrath lipstick ($38)
Aviartor Nation sweathirt ($173)
Off White 'Little Black Dress' ($800)
Maison Margiela pleated skirt ($1265)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Global Fashions: Final Day Extra Markdowns

The Global Fashions sample sale ends Thursday. Now is the time to go if you've been procrastinating or if you are still lusting after an item you put down.

The final sale day features new arrivals from Stuart Weitzman and lots of extra discounts. Right now shoppers can save 75% off of all shoes, bags, and accessories. All Stuart Weitzman remains discounted at 70% off but there are lots of amazing classic boot styles. You can click here to see pictures we took at the sale this afternoon.

We spotted several size options for classic Stuart Weitzman boots. You can see pictures here. Rockstuds are mostly sold out but we found some other great options that you can look at here too. We loved a pair of classic loafers that had studs along the sole and there are so many tall boots it's hard to choose. There are only one or two sizes for each style, which makes finding the right shoe even luckier. You really can't go wrong with any of these options at a 75% off discount.

The sale ends at 6pm on Thursday. There will be no further markdowns or restocks. We suggest you go to the sale first thing in the morning for the best selection. Men who have been following along should stay tuned. Global Fashions has some big surprises for the guys coming next week.

Global Fashions Sample Sale
Through Thursday, November 8
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Saks Kicks Off Sale Season 40% Off

We are barely done with the first week of November but Saks Fifth Avenue is starting off the holiday shopping season on the right note. Today, we stumbled upon the department store's 'Sneak Peek' sale, which offers customers up to 40% off many designer shoes, bags and clothing.

The main floor of Saks is undergoing a huge renovation and only the south entrance is open. The handbag 'boutiques,' normally found at the front of the store, have been moved to the back--where fine jewelry used to reside. Near Gucci you will see a table of JW Anderson bags discounted 40%. The online selection is even better. An Anya Hindmarch handbag is discounted to $837 from $1400, a Mark Cross box bag is reduced to $1317 from $2200 and a leather envelop bag from The Row is $1275 from $2550.

Our next stop was express to shoes. The markdown ranges from 25% to 40% off. We were most surprised to find a full range of beautiful Manolo Blahnik Hangisi shoes on the 40% off markdown table. Here are the tweed pumps we saw reduced to $730 from $1045 The online selection is reduced even more. This satin Hangis d'Orsay is $386 from nearly $1000. Other standouts were Off-White riding boots for $1100 from $1500, Saint Laurent pointy toe pumps, and Jimmy Choo sneakers for $486 from $700. Jump over to see pictures of what else we found on the shoe floor.

Most of the clothing that's on sale is 40% off. There are little racks of nearly every designer. Suede leggings from The Row are $1156 from $2890, a Rick Owens cape is $1400 from $2800 and a Roland Mouret peplum top is $477 from $800. The online selection is little different but there are more items and sizes from which to choose. This Ahluwalia bell-sleeve dress is $600 from $1500 and a Jonathan Simkhai dress is $318 from $800.

The discount signs get taken down on Thursday and everything goes back to full price. Presale for Black Friday should begin next week and the big sales should be starting the week of November 20. See ya then!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Met Exhibition: "Jewelry: The Body Transformed"

One might imagine that a jewelry exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art would consist of imagery of tools, materials and an in-depth look at the process of jewelry making. Jewelry: The Body Transformed, does none of that. Instead, the exhibit is focused on how jewelry cuts across time and space and how it truly makes us feel.

Necklace with diamonds and pearls, Dreicer & Co 1868

The fact is that jewelry has power and it has transformed its subjects for centuries. Today, at a press preview of the exhibit's opening, Melanie Holcomb, Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters explained, "It does something for us and two us." Jewelry is transformative and tells the story of divine aspirations.

The exhibit is broken into five segments: The Divine Body examines one of the earliest conceptions of jewelry—its link to immortality, The Regal Body focuses on the use of jewelry throughout history to assert rank and status, The Transcendent Body explores how jewelry is used to traverse the temporal and spiritual realms, The Alluring Body looks at how jewelry engenders desire, and The Resplendent Body calls out the connection of material and technique for the purpose of ostentation.

“Jewelry is one of the oldest modes of creative expression—predating even cave painting by tens of thousands of years—and the urge to adorn ourselves is now nearly universal,” commented Max Hollein, Director of The Met. “This exhibition will examine the practice of creating and wearing jewelry through The Met’s global collection, revealing the many layers of significance imbued in this deeply meaningful form of art.”

Visitors will find some 230 objects drawn almost exclusively from The Met collection. A dazzling array of headdresses and ear ornaments, brooches and belts, necklaces and rings created between 2600 B.C.E. The exhibit opens to the public on November 12 and will run through February 24.

Click here to see some dazzling pictures from inside the exhibit and swipe along to shop what we think are some of the most impressive jewelry designs of our time.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Neiman Marcus Offers Extra 30% Off Clearance!!

It's almost time for the season's first round of markdowns. Before we get started, however, Neiman Marcus is hosting a clearance sale where discount merchandise is reduced an extra 30% off. That brings the total markdown near 85% off on some items. This is the highest reductions you will see before the merchandise is sent to the outlets.

This extra 30% off clearance sale only runs through Monday. The next big markdown will occur on Black Friday when designer merchandise takes gets its first price cut but the discounts are only up to 40% off. This is the perfect time to buy high-quality timeless items for a fraction of their retail prices.

Take these Manolo Blahnik sides that started at $675. You can walk out with them right now for under $240. If you've been following along closely you've seen us lusting after this Calvin Klein trench that was $2500. It's now just $472. This Cushnie Et Ochs one-shoulder gown is something else at $350 from $2000, this Naeem Khan beaded dress is $870 from $2500 and this Caroline Constas mohair sweater is perfect for Winter and is just $121 from $500.

Among the shoes, we found these Aquazzura velvet blue boots that are really quite perfect at $260 from $825, Saint Laurent pony hair cowboy boots are $500 from $1600 and ankle wrap velvet flats from The Row are $550 from $800. The extra discount doesn't apply to many styles of bags and we suggest skipping that section altogether.

Sizing is spotty on most clearance items. We would suggest sorting by size to avoid unnecessary disappointment. At this discount rate, it's tempting to fantasize that an item will fit when it's completely the wrong size. Don't do it!

Sale Reminder: Stuart Weitzman, M. Missoni & More

You don't want to forget that Global Fashions starts it's pre-holiday sale Monday morning. The sale will include an incredible selection of Stuart Weitzman shoes, M.Missoni and several high-end Italian designer brands, including couture.

Discounts will range from 70% to 80% off. Shoes, bags, accessories, and jewelry will be reduced 70% off retail, designer clothing will be discounted 75% and couture will be 80% off. Expect to find full-size ranges of classic shoes and lots of covetable style bags. You can click over to see some pictures we shot during set-up and below are a few more just-in photos.

Global Fashions Sample Sale
Monday, November 5 through Thursday, November 8
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Inside the Balenciaga Sample Sale

Today the Balenciaga sample sale kicked off for employees and press. The sale is invitation only and the door policy is much stricter than we anticipated. You need to give your name and show state-issued ID. Fear not, all FOMO is misguided.

Actually, we toyed with titling this post: 'Everything you won't find at the Balenciaga sample sale' but listing all the disappointments would be redundant. There are no Speedtrainers, no Triple Ss, no Logomania items and there aren't any City bags in any remotely nice colors. There was so much nothing that we actually left without purchasing a single item. The worst part is that prices are actually very good.

So, if you were to breach security what would you find? You would see wallets in an unidentifiable print for $150. There are market bags with a 'Puffer Print' in extra large ($449) and small. We spotted a few City bags in Pepto Bismol pink and periwinkle both colors were priced at $399. Another style bag with a chain, which we never saw before is $350 and croc bags with a wire handle are $2999. (We couldn't find links but you can see pictures over this way.)

The prices for shoes are amazing but there are no styles worth buying. All women's shoes, including boots, are $150 and men's shoes and sneakers are just $99. We found extra pointy toe pumps with that puffer print and then a variety of rounded toe style shoes, boots, and booties with a floral print. The men's sneaker options are the best of the bunch but we didn't even see the guys jumping at the opportunity.

The clothing is priced by category. Tops, knitwear, skirts, and pants are $99, blouses are $150, and jackets and dresses are $199. We saw some nice heavy tweed items, but most are impractical beyond the runway. There are stretch pants in purple, orange, green and black. Most other items are ill-fitting or strange prints.

We would call this sale a huge bust. We wouldn't be surprised if the entire inventory was outlet castoffs. The sale runs through Saturday. You're welcome to try your luck at the door. It doesn't look like any of this merchandise is going fast. Take a look at the pictures and let us know what do you think?

Balenciaga Sample Sale
Through Saturday, November 2
Friday 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-3pm
123 West 18 Street, 5th Fl

Shopping for Novembrrrr at Bloomingdales

You might be able to wear white after Labor day but there is no way fur is acceptable before November. Guess what? It's November, which means it's time to get ready for Winter and revel in holiday season fashion.

Our first destination is Bloomingdales, of course. There is really no place that is more convenient and has everything we need to stay warm and feel stylish. That includes all of our core needs.

Have you checked out the great pieces from Karen Kane? Look at these faux leather leggings. They fit like a glove, feel great and are just $109. Mustard is the color of the season and this duster cardigan goes perfectly with those black leggings and it's just $119. Another option is to pair those leggings with this cropped red puffer that's only $168.

One of our favorite Bloomindales tricks to shop online and pick up at the store. When you arrive, all of your purchases are in one place. That give you extra time  to linger at 40 Carrots!

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Get Ready: Global Fashions Pre-Holiday Sample Sale

You probably just started unwrapping your Halloween candy but those in the wholesale business are wrapping up the holiday business season. Global Fashions, which is the official luxury distributor for several Italian designer brands including couture items, will be opening its showroom to the public for a pre-holiday sample sale.

If you've been to a Global Fashions sale before you probably know the treasures that behold. We got a sneak peak while the sale was being set up and can honestly say that this is the most incredible Global Fashions sale ever. Discounts will range from 70% to 80% off. Shoes, bags, accessories, and jewelry will be reduced by 70% off retail, designer clothing will be discounted 75%, and Couture will be 80% off.

This is the first time Global Fashions has brought Stuart Weitzman to its sample sale customers and we have never seen such an amazing sale selection. The assortment includes all of the designer's famous classics and they are all 70% off retail. Midland suede over-the-knee boots are just $240 from $800, slouchy boots are about $270 from nearly $900, and mid-calf stretchy suede boots are about $170 from $575. There are lots of 5050 options, legend pumps, and bags too. Take note, each person will only be able to purchase a maximum of ten pairs of shoes. (Click over to see pictures of some of the samples we spotted.)

Another sale highlight is M.Missoni, which is discounted 75% off. We spotted a classic double-breasted wool coat reduced to $250 from nearly $1000 and a tweed jacket is $218 from $895. There are also lots of the designer's famous knit dresses, sweaters, and skirts.

Moving on to Global Fashions most popular feature, Rockstuds. Yes, there are a lot. We spotted all the classics heels and bags during set-up. There is black-on-black, bi-colored and even some tri-colored pumps and flats. There is also an entire section of red-box boots along the farthest back wall. You won't want to miss the studded loafers and sneakers too. Among the bags, the are top-handle Glamlocks and camo totes. (You can stalk pictures of some of our favorites over here.)

The couture is always what melts our hearts at these sales. We found a one-of-a-kind carwash style leather skirt with silver plates and there is even a matching bag. A coat that's hand embroidered with bird and flower motifs is like a fine work of art and is priced at $2000 from $10,000. A maxi-pleated leather skirt with flower details is $2200 from $11,500 and a classic black dress with illusion not even $1500 from $4500. The sale also includes a full rack of furs that are some of the most beautiful we've ever seen. (Click for pics.)

It's pretty apparent that Global Fashions has really brought out the best-of-the-best. There is a great designer find for most every budget. This is a sale you're not going to want to miss. Don't tell us we didn't warn you.

Global Fashions Sample Sale
Monday, November 5 through Thursday, November 8
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

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