Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Saks Begins Consolidations (Chanel Pics Inside)

Saks Fifth Avenue's final markdowns aren't as good as they used to be. Remember when discounts used to exceed 80%? That's not so much the case any more but that doesn't mean that good deals don't exist.

It isn't officially the Saks famous 'Consolidation Sale' but all designer sale merchandise has been migrated to the fourth floor and the more cutting-edge designer sale merchandise is on the fifth floor. The general discount is 70% off on clothing and 60% off on shoes. What's even better is that there is a gift card promotion that can be applied to sale merchandise.

Some of the more luxe highlights include a dreamy pastel green cashmere Valentino coat that's $1350 from $4500, a Chloe leather mini skirt is $500 from $1650 and an Erdem blouse is about $300 from $1000. Unfortunately, none of these items are available online anymore but we have pictures in the jump.

On the fifth floor we were swooning over this Simon Rocha coat that's $750 from $2500 and this dramatic laminated trench was also a consideration. (The online pictures don't do it justice.) We might have to go back for this Rosie Assoulin tweed A-line skirt that's $350 from $1200. (Again, the online picture doesn't do it justice and it's styled all wrong.) Ben Tavernati lace-up leather pants, made famous by Kim Kardashian, $770 from $2240. Click for pics.

We also found this No.21 puffer jacket that is $540 from $1800. It's a little like the famous Balenciaga multi-layered coat accept it's one-tenth the price. This ombré gold sequined dress is really dazzling for the right occasion and Off-White raw cut wide-leg pants are $230.

Upstairs, in the shoe department, the sale selection has dwindled down to just a few racks. The bright spot is that Saks has been consolidating Chanel shoes to the flagship. We found pointy-toe heels in blue or grey are $460 from $1150, Gabriella high boots in teal are $580 from $1450, silver sparkle knee-high boots are $630 from $1575 and sandals are $420 from $1050. We also found Dior clogs for $330 from $990 and Dior sneakers (that look like Pumas) are $310. None of these are sold online but you can browse our pictures in the jump.

Saks shoppers need to remember that merchandise discounted to 60% and 70% off is final sale. So we suggest you make sure you like it, it fits or it can be sold elsewear without too much of a loss.

Shoes: 646-206-6294 (text only) or alex_torres@s5a.com
Designer clothing: Nicole 917-849-9276
5th Floor "Advance" Clothing: Marjorie: 646-552-7292

Monday, January 21, 2019

Farfetch & MyTheresa Extra 20% Off

The sale selections at our local haunts are getting pretty dismal but overseas stores are much better stocked and the discounts are starting to get competitive. Farfetch started a promotion today where sale merchandise is discounted an extra 20% and  MyTheresa will begin a similar 20% off promotion on Tuesday.

Over at Farfetch, you can use the code x20ff to engage the discount. Some of the highlights include Givenchy fold-over ankle boots that are as low as $310 from $1000, this Prada flame knit sweater is $380 from $960 and a JW Anderson shoulder bag is $500 from nearly $1600. Remember when you're browsing from items on Farfetch different sizes are coming from assorted locations, which means pricing will vary. We often get excited only to realize that our desired size is much more expensive than the one promoted.

The extra discount starts at MyTheresa on Tuesday and will run for three days. We suggest you begin sorting by the most discounted now and start staking out your most wanted.  Our eye was quickly drawn to this stripped Prada dress that's $400 from $1230, a bright pink cashmere Valentino is $380 from $1500 and a wine color Boyy Karl 24 is $620 from $1100.

It's hard to say which sale is better because prices vary so much on Farfetch. It's good to know that MyTheresa still has a pretty decent selection and prices have started to get competitive on certain items. Let us know where you see the best finds.

Freezing Holiday Shopping Finds

I last heard that the wind chill temperatures are minus 20 degrees. That's Fahrenheit, not Celsius. I guess that means we are spending the day inside. Without much else to do, I decided to begin diving through the final markdowns at Neiman Marcus for a final edit.

The truth is that the selection is already very picked through. There aren't a lot of great options. One item I did consider is this Edie Parker classic clutch for $470 from $1200. It's about the same as what you would pay if you attended the sample sale. These Manolo Hangisi pumps are still available in a size 39.5 for $400 from $1055. This RtA red leather miniskirt seems like a find for $300 from $800 and a metallic blazer from Veronica Beard is $272 from $700.

Again, there isn't much but it's worth scrolling while you're watching a variation of the Fyre Festival documentary on Hulu or Netflix. If you're looking for more something juicier, you can hit up Matches Fashion. Sale prices are still an additional 20% off with the code EXTRA20.

Today is the ideal day for a chunky sweater and this heavy cable knit from Stella McCartney seems perfect at $440 from $1100 or perhaps a Prada coat for $1100 from $2800 is discounted enough to warm your heart.  A Valentino Rockstud belt bag is reduced $570 from $1400 or a mini Balenciaga shopper is $600 from $800.

I'll continue to add on to this post if I find anything amazing. For now, stay warm. Enjoy the day off from work and let me know if there's anything I missed.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Manolo Blahnik Second Markdown 60% Off

It's colder than a polar bear's toe-nails, which means it's time to warm up with hot savings at Manolo Blahnik. Monday morning, the boutique begins its second markdown where you can find prices reduced by 60%. We've been told that the inventory is running practically at full stock and there are lots of wonderful classics available.

This most recent markdown follows the 40% discount but proceeds the final and best shopping opportunity of the season. The final markdown, usually in early February, is always one of our favorite sales of the year. During this final markdown period, prices range from $195 to $350. Most shoes and low boots-- even highly ornate styles-- are priced at $250.

Expect to find a full assortment of shoes from the winter collection. If you're not in New York, you can browse from an online selection of Manolos that are also reduced by 50% or more. (This pair of lace-up heels comes to just $115!) Personally, we are waiting to make our major purchases at the boutique in February! After all, it is the month of love.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street (b/w 5th and 6th)
Monday to Friday 10:30 to 6pm
Saturday 10:30 to 5:30
Sunday 12pm to 5pm
The store will close from 2pm to 3pm for restocking (lunch)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Neiman Marcus: Extra 20% of Consolidation

Neiman Marcus started its consolidation sale this week. To further tempt customers for the holiday weekend, the luxury department store is offering an extra discount promotion of 20% off. That brings to the total discount to over 80% on many items.

Among the shoes are these Valentino studded boots for $703 from $1800. We are in love with these Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes that are only $311 from $800. They are truly a prize if you fit into the few sizes still available. These Gianvito Rossi color block boots are even a better deal at $300 from $1300. That's not so far from 80% off, which is rarely seen. There are even classic Chloe flats for just $200. Finding your size might be the only issue.

You won't believe the Balenciaga deals. This Balenciaga Cabas style bag is $936 from $2400. We've seen fakes priced higher. We found a small Balenciaga Bazar bag for $685 from $1750. That's almost the same as the prices at the employee sale. There is also this box bag for $740 from $1900.

Upon browsing the clothing selection, we found that many of the best items were only available in one or two sizes. This is the type of sale where you have to get lucky. Check out this Veronica Beard jacket with faux fur cuffs that's $138 from $700. and here is a Brandon Maxwell dress that's under $300 from $1500.

This Neiman Marcus sale officially starts Friday at stores and we hear that Chanel is included in the 20% off promotion. We are waiting to get pictures of what's still left at the store. We are sure it's not much. This promotion will run through Tuesday. The next big discount will start in early February.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Retail Therapy: Penny Karabey aka Luxury Next Season

Retail Therapy is an old Mad-Spy column where we ask fashion insiders for their shopping secrets. Years ago, we featured Eva Chen, Anna Sui, Lauren Sherman, and Norma Kamali. Today, we are bringing it back!

Penny (Pinar) Karabey started her career as a computer engineer. After several years working in IT, she realized that combining her love for fashion and her tech-savvy was a winning combination for success. Penny's online store, Luxury Next Season, spotlights top fashion trends from around the world.

The best part is that LNS offers authentic merchandise that can't usually be purchased online and sometimes you can even snag a discount. For example, LNS carries the very popular Dior Book Tote, the Fendi 'Defender' that hasn't even hit stores, and discounted Gucci. While you're at it, you might want to check out her Instagram. It's become one of our favorites.

Below Penny shares her stories about her prized wardrobe items along with how she avoids the regret of leaving something behind. Read below to find the full scoop and let us know what you think. We would also love to hear your thoughts about resurrecting the column and who you would like to hear from next. You can click here to read through more of our old Retail Therapy interviews.

Your most prized "deal?"
I shop all over the world, I find the best items at local markets and small boutiques as well as from local artists. I hunt for unique and handmade pieces that nobody else will have. I tend to focus on finding fabulous accessories both for my outfits and for my homes.

Biggest regret that you didn't purchase?
I try to live without regrets and this philosophy seeps into my style. If I fall in love with something, I buy it. I only buy pieces that truly speak to me, and if a piece speaks to me, it comes home with me. That being said, there was a pearl embroidered Fendi mink bomber jacket I fell in love with but I just couldn’t justify the price tag. After a few months, I was still thinking about it and I knew that soon it would be gone. I managed to track it down and I am so glad I did. I guess you could say I sometimes purchase to avoid regretting not getting something!

This season you're looking for a great deal on what item?
This season I am craving all things purple! At the top of my wishlist is a fabulous purple coat. I have seen a few but am waiting for one that speaks to me. When I find it, it will become a staple for the season. I am also a bit obsessed with all things Fendi. It’s no secret I have a very special relationship with the brand and right now I am head over heels in love with their Peekaboo Defender cover, a piece of canvas that is placed over the iconic Peekaboo bag. It completely transforms its appearance and gives you the look of a brand new bag--but without the price tag. In fact, Luxury Next Season was one of the first retailers in the US to offer the Defender cover.

What's your number one shopping tip?
I think the best tip I could give to other shoppers is to always be looking. One evening I was on my way to a gala and the most beautiful blue coat caught my eye in the window of a boutique. I knew I had to have it. So I stopped the car and ran inside to buy the coat. I showed up to the gala carrying a huge shopping bag. You never know when you will find something spectacular.

Is there an item for which you never mind paying full price?
I often pay full price, sometimes I pay above retail for things that I truly love. I am also a collector of many things, including Pomegranate related items. (They hold a very strong sentimental connection for me.) I often find things when I am traveling and I have to pay retail as well as pay to have them travel home to NYC. When it comes to paying retail, I find it makes the most sense to do so on a fabulous handbag. Handbags truly make an outfit. Right now I am obsessed with the Dior Book Tote (of which Luxury Next Season's stocks a few varieties) it is both beautiful and practical.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Chanel Shoes 60% Off Finds

Sale inventory at most retail stores has dwindled to what most would consider scraps. The Chanel selection is no different. The big difference is that spotting Chanel at 60% off induces extreme emotions of yearning. 

Before making any purchases of highly reduced Chanel, you need to consider the style and sizing. Compromising either will result in overpaying even when prices are heavily marked down. After all, an ugly Chanel shoe is still an ugly shoe. We will let you be the final judge of ugly and nice.

At Bergdorf Goodman, we spotted a scattering of Chanel shoes discounted 60% off. (You can see pictures in the jump.) Styles and sizes are very hit-or-miss but we found ourselves searching for more. Among the items you might consider, are bowling style shoes for $470 from $1175, thong sandals with a flower are now $340 from $850, flat boots with ornamental chains are $660 from $1650 and slingbacks are $320 from $800.

The Chanel options are very slim at Saks Fifth Avenue but if you set your sights on a less shopped Saks stores you might be able to score some great Chanel at 60% off. We always seem to have incredible luck at the Boca Raton location. Among the deeply discounted Chanel options are furry moon boots for $480 from $1200, clear high boots for $540, and a low boot with Chanel logo at the ankle for $640. (Click for pics.)

The best Chanel selection can be found at Jeffrey. We spotted classic velvet espadrilles, combat boots, sneakers, and tweed slingbacks discounted 60% off. Barneys also has a small selection of Chanel reduced 60% but the selection is abysmal. We posted pictures to quell your curiosity.

Those looking for a bigger assortment of discounted Chanel can search online.  We pulled a few styles above that might be worth corralling. Finding the right Chanel shoe at the right price is like capturing a unicorn and taking it home. Just make sure you like unicorns.

Please only use these contacts during normal business hours and for serious inquiries:
Bergdorf Goodman: Paul_Passarelli@bergdorfgoodman.com
Barneys Shoes: Lauren 917-566-4511
Saks Boca: jacob_gordon@s5a.com

Monday, January 14, 2019

MatchesFashion Extra 20% Off

The pressure is on online luxury retailers and MatchesFashion is the most recent site to add a little promotion to their final markdown. Starting today, you can save an additional 20% off fall and winter merchandise, which has already been reduced up to 70% off. Use the code EXTRA20 at checkout to reveal the discounted price.

Any Prada fan knows the value of this houndstooth dress. It's currently 70% off and the additional discount brings the total price to $540 from $2250. A skirt version is also available for a total of $450 from $1840. For a $100 more, I think the dress is still a better value. What do you know, there's a matching purse too.

Among the bags and accessories is this reflective Maison Margiela tote that comes to $560 from $1400. Here is Valentino belt-bag that's under $580 from $1445 and Marc Cross mini-patent leather shoulder bag is $690 from $1700. Shoe standouts include these beautiful Christopher Kane booties are $440 from $907 and Rossie Asoulin sculptural heels that are $300 from $1300.

Usually, the most reduced items are from prior seasons but that doesn't seem to be the case. There is really a good selection from which to shop if you're still looking to boost your wardrobe.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

International Shopping: Stock Check

How often do you place an item in your online shopping cart with the thought that you will make the purchase as soon as it's a little less expensive? I do it all the time. It's such a thrill when you "get" exactly what you want at the price you desire. 

On the flip side, there can be complete and utter devastation when you check your cart to find that the item is sold out or no longer available in your size. Over the past week, we've received numerous laments about missed fashion at Net-A-Porter. Our advice is always the same: Check the international site versions.

The UK variant of Net-A-Porter, has a lot more merchandise from which to choose and you can find some items at even better savings after the currency exchange. For example, this Saint Laurent Domino bag is on sale for $1700 from $2450 on the US site but the same bag after the currency exchange is $1265 on the UK site. That's about a $435 savings. The Chloe Roy bag is no longer on sale on the US version of the site but on the UK side, it comes to $1064 from $1650.

The UK sale stock still includes this Fendi logo tote, this Valentino velvet Rockstud, and assorted Golden Goose sneakers. As a matter of fact, these Golden Goose come to just $250 from $515 in the US. This Balmain sweatshirt sold out during the first markdown in the US but is still available in the UK for 50% off. These Colette x Vetement heels are another perfect example of why toggling over to the international site is worth the effort. They are just $369 after the 70% off discount and owning a little Colette nostalgia is priceless.

After you've exhausted your searches through the UK verson of NAP, you can toggle over to China, which is usually the last region for markdowns. We even found this gorgeous suede YSL bag and this classic Valentino Rockstud tote still available in the sale section. The best part is that you can shop in US dollars and don't need to worry about the exchange rate. Shipping, on the other hand, will cost you.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Inside: Bergdorfs 75% Off + Extra 25% (Pics)

If you're looking to shop truly amazing markdowns, you're going to need to clear your morning and head to straight to Bergdorf Goodman. Right now, designer clothing is discounted 75% off and most shoes and bags are reduced by 50%. A promotion was just added where you can save an additional 25% off most sale merchandise.

This extra discount will only last through Tuesday. If there has been something that you've been eyeing we suggest you get it now. We don't have knowledge of future promotions and, regardless, you're not going to get better savings than these.

We decided to get ahead of the rush and scope out what's treasures are still available. There aren't many handbags left. There are a few Louboutin tote bags, some Tom Ford options, and few pretty Marni styles. You can see pictures from inside the store over here. Online, we found this classic Staud bag that's now $120 from $300, a suede hobo bag with a top knot from The Row is $400 from $1200 and this little Anya Hindmarch cross-body is $330 from $1000.

Upstairs, there are still lots of odds and ends from a very good shoe season. The discount is currently 50% off most shoes and boots. This season, Chanel shoes never integrated with the general shoe population and it seems to be the only brand not included in the extra 25% off promotion. You can click here to see what still remains of the Chanel shoe sale.

You can see pictures of what we found on the sale racks over here. Remember, everything is an additional 25% off. Velvet Gianvitto Rossi heels come to $270 from $800, Manolo BB pumps in classic black are $200 from $625 and these Paul Andrew slingbacks with a low-heel are perfect as an evening shoe for those hight adverse. They are just $230 from $995.

The clothing selection is still plentiful. Most of the sale merchandise has been collected to the third floor. At the store, we found a Sara Battaglia blazer with a faux necktie for just $210 from $1400. It's really one of those items that can really make an outfit and the price is unbeatable. We have a picture over here. An embellished Prada dress is $800 from $5100. Here is a midi-dress from CO that's $300 from $!400, a Johanna Oritz puff-sleeve sweater is $320 from $1300 and this gingham trench coat is $220 from $1500.

You will also find a lot of workout wear and denim. We might even prefer shopping for these categories online. Racks of jeans are usually too crowded and everything starts to blend together at the store. This Ultracor top is $40 from $130 and these Rag & Bone jeans come to only $65 from $195.

Remember, the extra discount will only last through Tuesday and we don't know of any upcoming promotions that will be as good. We suggest you take this weekend and really 'shop-up.'