Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July 4th Sale Mania Roundup

July 4th is famous for explosive sales. Some even go as far as calling it 'Christmas in July.' It's really an excellent time to shop, especially considering how much the sale calendar has shifted. We normally use this space to evaluate third markdowns, which aren't usually the cream of the crop. This COVID-era Independence Day, however, is ripe with fresh fashion desires.

Most of the sales launch on July 2nd but the rainy weather is a great excuse to begin scrolling. Below are some great current and upcoming sales. You can begin the add-to-cart exercise now. We will update the post throughout the holiday weekend.  Happy July 4th!

Begins: July 2
Deal: New designer markdowns (Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, Cuccinelli, Givenchy & more
Watching: Saint Laurent Niki mini  $1300 from $1850 and Bottega shoes $1155 from $1650

Begins: July 2
Deal: Added markdowns for Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Fendi, Saint Laurent & More Watching: Saint Laurant Tribute sandals $435 from $725

Saks Fifth Avenue
Begins: July 2
Deal: Additional designer brands added

Stuart Weitzman
Begins: July 2
Deal: Extra 20% off Sale SUMMERFUN
Watching: Alonza high heel sandal $175 from $425

Moda Operandi 
Begins: July 2
Deal: New designer markdowns (Loewe, Brandon Maxwell, Dolce &Gabbana, Versace, Givenchy)
Watching: Loewe Puzzle Bag $1140 from $1900

Begins: July 1
Deal: Extra 40% off
Watching: Golden Goose sneakers $318 from $605

Begins: June 30
Deal: Extra 40% off
Watching: ALC Shirtdress $270 from $600

Begins: July 1
Deal: Up to 65% off spring/summer (Fall 2020/21 arrivals)
Watching: Bottega Puffer Cassette bag $2372 from $2800 US retail

Begins: July 1
Deal: Extra 30% off "last pieces" designer sale pieces
Watching: Zimmerman dress $450 from $1000

Begins: July 1 <VIP use this link>
Deal: Extra 25% off sale merchandise with the code SUMMER
Watching: Nili Lotan leopard coat $366 from $1500

Begins: July 1 through July 4
Deal: Extra 25% off
WatchingValentino Rockstud heels $326 from $875 US retail

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Intermix: Extra 40% Off Sale Items

It's time to start the holiday weekend sale-ing! Intermix just started an incredible promotion where sale merchandise is an additional 40% off. The discount on many items translates to a total discount of nearly 80%.

Some of the highlights include this Balmain oversized blazer that's $990 from $2750, a Blaze Milano blazer-dress is about $600 from $1750, and this Zimmerman linen top. Here is a link to all the Zimmerman.

 There are also some good shoes like these embellished Manolos that are $430 from $1200 and these Jimmy Choo iconic mules are $360 from $1000. The sale section also has a large assortment of Valentino but it's excluded from the promotion. Most items are 40% off, which is about the same as other retailers.

We love these sales for picking through the great assortment of denim. These SLVRLAKE jeans are   $120 from $320. Here is a Boyish jean skirt that's is $47 from $275 and white Frame jeans that are $80 from $225.

This sale will last through July 7. These extreme sale-on-sale events usually only happen around the holiday weekends. We suggest you start scrolling fast because the best merchandise tends to go fast.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Serious Finds at Ssense

Ssense has been leading the charge through sale season. The site's official designer sale started last week but there have been amazing discounts for months. What's most surprising is that there are continually new finds.

We found python mules for $410 from $1100. This Mansur Gavriel pouch is a great substitute for the Bottega version and it's reduced to $300 from $600. These Balenciaga slingbacks are $$500 from $950 and Saint Laurent sneakers are $275 from $600.

Don't forget to take a peek at full price items. Sometimes you'll find that the retail prices are more attractive than at other stores. For instance, this Gucci belt is $335 from $360, Braxton red or blue loafers are $575 from $730  and thong sandals are $495 from $520.

The same price advantage goes for this Bottega black pouch that's priced at $2200 from $2700 and this Cassette bag is $2300 from $2800. Speaking of Bottega Veneta, the site already posted the fall collection and is fully stocked with some often-sold-out items like this Jodie mini in black and various color Lido sandals

The thing with Ssense is that you have to spend time and explore continuously. We will be sure to add more finds to the post if we over the next few days.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Weekend Shopping: Impulses & Obsessions

Sale season ignited this week with brands ranging from Dior to Celine taking big markdowns. Right now, you can point your cursor at nearly any brand and find something titillating to buy.

During a big first markdown, I like to direct my attention to sale surprises. Those are the items I really like or wanted but didn't anticipate finding on sale. Those are usually the classic and iconic pieces found in designer collections.

If I considered a full-price purchase, 30% to 40% off savings is amazing. Usually, this merchandise is the first to sell out. These finds usually reveal themselves only at select stores because of an inventory overstock. It's best not to hesitate because it's likely lots of other shoppers are vying for the same piece.

Some of the hottest items of the week were select Dior Dway slides that were only reduced at some stores and the available units were very limited. You can click here to read the full Dior post and to browse through a pretty complete sale assortment.

Nearly all the big department stores took price cuts on the big European heritage brands: Balenciaga, YSL, Valentino, Gucci, and more. The best selections can be found at the brand's online boutiques.

The Saint Laurent's private sale still has an incredible amount of merchandise discounted 30% to 40% off when used with the code YSLPRIVATESALESS20. This Kate bag with a tassel is still available for $1225 from $1750 and this Angie quilted bag is $1575 from $2250. Tribute flats are still available in some colors for $452 from $645 and Opyum heels are $767 from nearly $1100.  Check back to the original post if you're having issues viewing the sale price and to see more of our sale highlights.

Dolce & Gabbana fans can access this private boutique link here. Here is a floral print dress for $340 $1400, a tee is $255 from $425, and jeweled shoes are $585 from $975. I anticipate the sale will expand but this selection is a good start.

The Balenciaga private sale link includes an assortment of Spring merchandise that's discounted 30% to 50% off. There are a variety of Triple S sneakers reduced to $690 from $1000 and Speed sneakers are $550 from $800.  A leopard canvas tote is $700 from $1200 and my all-time favorite graffiti mini City bag is $1160 from $1935.  More favorites can be found here.

Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Net-A-Porter have a huge selection of designer sale merchandise. Keeping tabs between all the VIP extra discounts and hidden links is nearly impossible.

You can access the Nordstrom Private sale here. You'll find a selection of Prada shoes mostly discounted 50% off. These thong sandals are $325 from $650 and Cloudburst sneakers are $475 from $890. Saint Laurent bags are 33% off and shoes are discounted 40%. The Balenciaga sale selection has some different sale options than the B boutique. These finge heels are $450 from $750 and a mini tote is $570 from $950.  Most all Givenchy is 40% off.  Valentino clothing is 50% off but shoes and bags are 40% off.

At Saks Fifth Avenue, the discounts are very similar but the assortment is a bit different. This Valentino PVC tote is $1700 from $2845 and Valentino leather slides are $417 from $700. The Prada selection is hidden over here in this link.

The code A19B28C brings the discount to 40% off clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories. The discount for men's merchandise is even more at 50% and worth the scroll because a lot of the accessories are unisex. This Nylon tote is a great item to have in your fashion arsenal and comes to  $1000 from $1700 and espadrilles are $350 from $580.

The Net-A-Porter sale added some merchandise and extra discounts on existing sale items. Here is a Balmain blazer for 50% off and a Balenciaga mini tote, which is sold out at most places is $665 from $950. There is a large selection from The Row that's 30% to 40% and most Valentino is 30% to 40% off.

This past week we also found some good deals at Harvey Nichols in the UK. Some items retail for less and there are no duties or taxes, which puts them at a very large price advantage even before discounts. You can read the full post here.

Speaking of Euro shopping, MatchesFashion has discounts up to 80% off. An assortment from Valentino is discounted 50%, which is more than other retailers. A fedora hat is $350 from $700 and rope-like leather sandals are $490 from $975.

Looking forward, there will be a lot of July 4th promotions. There might not be beach fireworks this season but there will be explosive sales.

Stay tuned. Until next time... same time, same place?

Thursday, June 25, 2020

On Sale Now: Balenciaga, Prada, YSL, Valentino & Celine

The big designer brands hit a hard first markdown today. Right now you can find a great selection of current Balenciaga, Prada, Saint Laurent, Valentino, and Celine discounted from 30% to 60% off.

Find the best deal for the item you want can take a bit of combing. Lucky for you we have been scouring and processing various sites for selection and discount.

The biggest hit of the day was the Balenciaga sale by Balenciaga. Discounts range from 30% to 60% off. You must click here to access the private sale. Any sorting or filtering will kick you out of the sale section. So just stay focused.

Some of the sale highlights include this mini Graffiti City bag that's $1160 from $1935, a top handle Ville bag with a pink logo is $1170 from $1800, and a denim tote is $640 from $925.  The "daddy" Triple-S sneaker is 30% off and comes to $670 from $975 and the original sock Speedtrainer is $550 from $800.  There is also a large assortment of clothing but most of the most desirable items aren't quite a deal at 30% off.

If you don't find exactly what you want as part of the Balenciaga sale, you can check our Nordstrom. The site has lots of additional items, like this metallic mini tote for 40% off, and these Balenciaga fridge mules for $450 from $750.

If you're partial to Prada, you should point your tapping finger to  Nordstrom. There are lots of shoe options at 50% off.  Saks Fifth Avenue started a  private sale and when the Prada selection is combined with the code A19B28C the discount goes to 40% off clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories. The discount for men's merchandise is even more at 50% and worth the scroll because a lot of the accessories are unisex.

Some highlights include these Miu Miu wedges that are $510 from $850 and Prada thongs are $385 from $550. This tote bag is $1014 from $1690 and a leather card case is $144 from $240. Take note, the code doesn't apply to the entire selection.

The Saint Laurent private sale remains the best place for YSL goodies priced between  30% to 50% You can use the code YSLPRIVATESALESS20 to engage the discount after logging into your account and going to "view shopping bag." The men's selection can be found here. Remember, you can't use the search function or filter or you will be thrown out of the sale section. It's a scrolling only zone.

If you're in the market for something Valentino Rockstud, we suggest you first peruse Net-A-Porter and scroll Nordstrom as a backup. Most items are reduced 40% off but Net-A-Porter has a few pieces at 50% off and past season finds are discounted 70%. These Rockstud wedges are $400 from $800 and thong sandals are $412 from $825.

It's unusual to find Celine mixed in with designer sales but Hedi Slimane isn't exactly creating must-have collections. You can click this way to access the private sale. Discounts range from 30% to 60% off. The best deal is the "Underarmor" logo sneakers that are $220 from $550.

Coming up this week, we should expect to see discounts from Fendi Boutique and Givenchy. We are still hoping that Gucci will drop a sale link but the chances aren't too promising.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

New Markdowns at MatchesFashion

MatchesFashion started its sale pretty close to what would be a normal schedule. For Memorial Day, discounts were up to 50% off but the selection was pretty dismal. We gave it only a C+ sale rating. Today the luxury online retailer announced discounts of 80% off and we are raising our guidance to a "shop-now".

The site's sale section has a lot of second markdowns and designer additions.  A classic Balmain blazer is $1040 from $2600 and this draped dress is further reduced to 70% off. If you haven't jumped on the Balmain blazer bandwagon (say that fast a few times), you should check out the options from BlizĂ© Milano. They are more understated and very finely made. Here is one for $609 from $1524.

The shoe and handbag selection isn't stellar. We spotted this pair of Christopher Kane shoes from $350 from $875 and Prada lightning-bolt shoes are $330 from $1100.

 The best selection is among the beachwear with discounts hitting 70% off on some items. This oversized straw hat is $190 from $475 and this Love Binetti cotton mini-dress is $190 from $635.

We are still waiting for some of the bigger designers to hit the markdown section. It shouldn't be much longer.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Harvey Nichols UK Markdowns

Most US stores have already started a first or second round of markdowns but many European stores are on their second or third round of discounts. The famed UK department store, Harvey Nicholas has a great assortment of sale merchandise that shouldn't be overlooked.

Most of the markdowns hover at about 40% to 50% off but the savings are even more once you account for currency savings. You should check out the Manolo Blahnik assortment. These Mufasa buckle heels are about $500 from over $1000 in the US and Ticuna strappy sandals with a gem buckle are $520 from $1035 US retail. Off-White slides with a logo are $225 from $555 and Valentino Rockstud sandals are $585 from $975.

Some other standouts include this Valentino Rockstud spike bag that's $1300 from $2900 US retail and this Rockstud camera bag is $525 from $1345. This Dolce & Gabbana floral print skirt is $399 from $925 US retail and this Balmain blazer is $850 from $2300 US retail.

In addition to the great prices, Harvey Nichols covers duty and taxes. Shipping is free if you spend over $250, which is easier than any of us would like.

NOW LIVE: Saint Laurent Private Sale

The Saint Laurent private sale is LIVE!  The discount is 30% to 50% off on a very large variety of bags, shoes, clothing, and accessories. You can use the code YSLPRIVATESALESS20 to engage the discount after logging into your account and going to "view shopping bag." The men's selection can be found here.

Some of the sale highlights include this Lou mini bag that is $805 from $1150, a small Jamie that's $1482 from $2470 and the Vicky camera bag is $1295 from $1850. Among the shoes, we suggest you snag a pair of Tribute mules that are $452 from $645 or Opyum sandal heels for $767 from nearly $1100.

You can click here to see a photostream of the available bags that are included in the sale from the Saint Laurent store on 57th Street in NYC. Here is a link to the shoe selection.  Saint Laurent doesn't usually do a second markdown. If you're looking for steeper savings we suggest you direct your attention towards multi-brand department stores and boutiques.

Boutique Contact: Kathryn (email)

Monday, June 22, 2020

Sales Begin at Dior: 40% Off

Dior is one of the very few brands that stay completely in control of its product distribution. Like Chanel, Dior doesn't allow retailers to sell its products online. The only authorized site to sell new Dior is online 24S, which is owned by the parent company, LVMH.

If you're looking for a discount on Dior, you will need to set your focus on physical retailers, like boutiques and department stores. Starting today, you can save up to 40% on a full assortment of Dior shoes, clothing, scarves, sunglasses, accessories, and jewelry. There are no bags included in the markdown.

We filled the jump with an assortment of items included in the markdown. Click here to see the selection.  The sale includes men merchandise too but we haven't received photographs yet. We will be sure to add an alert as soon as they are posted.

24S also has a great sale that includes a great assortment of other brands. A few highlights include a Dodo Bar Or swimsuit for 70% off, a Givenchy wallet is $445 from nearly $900 and a Balmain denim jacket is $900 from $1500-ish.

The most interesting site assortment is the past season Louis Vuitton that's about 20% less than it would be here. Who says, LV never goes on sale?!

Brian Neiman Marcus (Hudson Yards) 202-733-8528
Saks Columbus: Mojie 614-581-3142
Dior Boutique (FL): JJ 305-930-2690
Bergdorf Goodman Wendy: 347-504-3075
Bloomingdales Dior boutique Nicole: 212-705-3522

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Weekend Shopping: Impulses & Obsessions

Chanel was the overriding headline of the week. While simultaneously beginning its seasonal markdown, Chanel announced 2019 sales of nearly $12.3 billion, up 10% from $11.1 billion in 2018. Chanel, however, warned that 2020 results will be significantly less due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has forced store closures and crushed consumer demand for luxury goods.

Despite the gloomy retail outlook, the value of Hermes reached an all-time high breaking a whopping €80 billion Euros. During the 2008 financial crisis, Hermes and a few other select luxury houses also experienced an inverse correlation with the overall economy.

Analysts speculate that Hermes's signature Birkin bag is one of the major factors contributing to the label’s resilience. The implication of an imbalanced business strategy stemming from over-reliance on a singular product channel causes some worry among retail observers. So far, it hasn't been an issue and the launch of beauty products will add another valuable revenue stream/

LVMH announced that revenues dropped 10% to 20% due to COVID, and Kering group, which owns Gucci, shared that sales are down 15% for the first quarter of the year. As a result, Gucci has raised the prices if it's most popular bag styles including the Dionysus and Zumi between 5% and 9%. These price hikes follow the strategies already implemented by LVMH and Chanel.

Only time will tell if price increases have the desired effect or if customers take their dollars to other industries like travel and home improvement. I happen to think that shoppers find this type of manipulation distasteful and would rather opt for a Viking oven or trip to St. Barths than a new Jumbo Classic.

The good thing is that not all Chanel is increased in price. This week we saw sweeping markdowns on shoes, jewelry, accessories, and clothing. With the help of readers and followers, we were able to crowdsource an incredible catalog of Chanel sale items. You can click through to the post to browse thousands of pictures and to find various sales associate contacts. 

This week, Net-A-Porter started its first markdown. Considering the late break some shoppers were a little disappointed by the selection. If you're looking for more plentiful discounted designer options you can head to the UK version of NAP.

Stuart Weitzman also started its big summer sale. All shoes are now 50% off. This versatile slide is $175 from $350 and classic suede pumps are $199 from $400. The selection is very large and at half-off, there are a lot of very reasonably priced options. You can click over to the original post to see some of my favorites.

We lucked out with Tessabit, which offered MadSpy readers an additional 15% off with the code MADISONAVENUE15N. The extra savings can be applied to anything within this edit. This Valentino shift dress is $750 from $2200 and this Balmain tee is $200. Click here to see more finds.

Over the course of this week, we combed Italist for some deals and also spied online Gucci markdowns. The Gucci discounts have been very good but most haven't been available online. We are sure they will come soon. It's just a matter of time.

Looking forward, Dior is the latest designer brand to hit the sale racks. I put a few sale highlights in the jump link. Discounts range from 30% to 50% off at department stores and brand boutiques.

This was a busy week. It's hard to anticipate the same buzz next week but, at this point, there's nothing that will surprise me.

Dior: Brian Neiman Marcus (Hudson Yards) 202-733-8528