Saturday, April 4, 2020

Weekend Shopping: Impulses & Obsessions

For the past several weeks I've had a lot of fun staging fantastical photoshoots from my closet of old gowns. Between home school, cooking, cleaning, and work, I am completely worn out and couldn't muster the energy to strike a pose. Instead, I'm throwing it back to my first photoshoot I did in honor of April Fools. (Ironically, the dress is also Matthew Williamson.)


The highlight of my week was receiving gifts I sent to myself. I always love to add gift wrapping and a note to my online purchases. (Am I the only one?) Looking back on the last seven days, we saw an array of site-wide sales. Despite the apparent industry panic, retailers have been very controlled in maintaining the prices of luxury designer merchandise.

I anticipate that a lot more designer sales as we near the timing of natural markdown season. Most recently, Farfetch's conglomerate of boutiques has started reducing some designer merchandise.  This red Balmain blazer, which seems to transcend season, is $1434 from $2300 US retail. This Balmain tank is $195 from $395 US Retail. This Givenchy ID39 bag is a fresh style that's piquing my interest at $1600 from $2150 and this Givenchy Eden is $1425 from $2850.

This week we also uncovered some great Gucci finds. Over at Kirna Zibete we spotted a small assortment of Gucci classics discounted 50% off. A small belt bag is $475 from $790,  Gucci loafers with a crystal G are $490 from $980, and open-toe heels are $295 from $590. SSense has a Supreme Ophidia clutch for $345 from $490 and Brixton loafers for $545 from $790. You can click here to see all the Ssense Gucci finds.

Bergdorf Goodman is hosting a promotion where discounted merchandise is an extra 25% off. Click here to see my favorite sale items. The Saks friends and family sale was extended a week and I took an immediate liking to this multi-color pastel LoveShackFancy dress is about $300 from $400 and this Staud puff sleeve dress that's $180 from $245. The full story on the Saks F&F is here.

MatchesFashion is offering a much stronger designer promotion. The code SHOPMF20 will save you 20% off most designers at checkout. Click here to see all info about what's included and excluded. This Self Portrait white mini-dress is $320 from $400 and Saint Laurant slides are $520 from $645.

So here's another to another week at home. I wish you a week full of lots of exciting fresh deliveries. Make Be sure to let me know if there is anything I missed.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Gucci 50% off at Kirna Zibete

Kirna Zibete has a large assortment of great Gucci items discounted 50% off. Here are some of my favorites:

Thursday, April 2, 2020

MatchesFashion and Saks Discounts

MatchesFashion started a promotion where a large majority of the site's inventory is 20% off when combined with the code SHOPMF20. There is no master list of exclusions but we found that the code excludes Gucci, Golden Goose, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, Acme, and some Bottega Veneta items.



Some pretty things that might be worth your attention include, this Saint Laurent Lou crossbody that's $870 from $1070, a Zimmerman floral print dress is $560 from $700. Givenchy loafers are $720 from $900 and a Bottega Cassette bag is $1520 from $1900. Fendi sandals, which sold out many times last Summer, are $600 from $750. For some real eye candy check out this Fendi blazer that was updated for the Spring season in floral jacquard.

Those looking to save on more "essential" items should take a browse through the Saks friends and family sale. The discount is 25% off but almost all higher-end designers are excluded from the promotion. People swear by Commando faux-leather leggings and they are $73 from $98 and a cap sleeve bodysuit is $66 from $88. Stuart Weitzman suede sandals are $300 from $400 and a multi-color pastel LoveShackFancy dress is about $300 from $400.

The MatchesFashion and Saks friends and family sale run through Monday.  



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Bergdorf Goodman Extra 25% Off: Discounts hit 80%

We were just informed that Bergdorf Goodman started a promotion where sale merchandise is an additional 25% off. The promotion translates to deeper reductions in final clearance and brings discounts to 80% off on some items. You can click here to access the sale selection.



Lucky thing we spent the evening scouring Bergdorfs in anticipation of this extra discount. In the handbag section, we found this Loewe bag that now comes to $750 from nearly $2000. Beyond that, there aren't many other bags worthy of a call-out.

The shoe selection is spotty on sizes but it's worth sorting by your size. Here is a pair of Manolo Blahnik classic pumps come to $170 from $665, Paris Texas boots are $180 from $595, Tabitha Simmons houndstooth slingbacks are $70 from $700. There is also a large assortment of Dior sunglasses that price out at under $200.

We are feeling optimistic and started lightly shopping for new Summer items. This pretty pink LoveShackFancy dress is youthful, sweet and affordable at $210 from $500 and a floral print minidress is $190 from $495. A gauzy white Zimmerman dress is $160 from $850.

This promotion will officially started at 11pm EST and will run through Thursday, April 9. We suggest you load up your cart this evening and pull the trigger once the sale goes live. Then head over to  Bergdorfs to see if you find anything better.

Gucci For Amazing Prices

Luxury retailer,  Ssense has adjusted the prices of many assorted Gucci items. The price changes aren't indicated in any way so you have to be an eagle-eye shopper to spot them.

This Gucci mini Dionysus is $595 from $827, a Marmont on a chain is $690 from $980 and Marmont a Classic bag is $1295 from $1890. A double-G Gucci belt is now $295 from $450 and Ace sneakers are $445 from $618. Some colors of Gucci loafers are reduced to $675 from $730, Princestown slides are $590 from $645 and Peyton slides are $545 from $790.

Not all Gucci items have been adjusted but enough to make it an interesting browse. We price checked most items and compiled an assortment that is worth your attention. Last time  Ssense modified prices they were reverted back to normal pretty quickly. We suggest you don't hesitate. 


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Shop375 Bottega Veneta Sale Up to 80% Off

Our favorite discount store, Shop375 is hosting a sale where all Bottega Veneta merchandise is discounted up to 80% off. To make the deal even better you can use the code MADSPY10 to save an additional 10% off.

After the code is applied, a gorgeous variety of woven belts in assorted colors are $81 from $420. We really love this violet and this royal blue. The sale also includes a great selection of classic Bottega bags. The small Pouch 20 comes about $1000 from $1390 and the classic size is $1966 from $2700. The new style, Jodie hobo with a knot is really quite beautiful in this grey suede and is less expensive here than we've seen it.

The code is valid until April 5. Inventory is limited and won't be restocked.


Monday, March 30, 2020

Tessabit: 30% Off Designer Merchandise

Many stores are currently running friends and family sale but almost none of these promotions include designer labels. The Italian boutique, Tessabit is hosting a 30% off sale that is only open to Mad-Spy readers through this link with the code: MADISONAVENUE30MS.



Some of the sale highlights include a Saint Laurent black logo belt for $370 from $525 and a Givenchy leather shopper is $833 from $1190, Coperni swipe bag is $330 from $443 and Givenchy slippers are $380 from $550.

The best part of the Tessabit promotion is that the merchandise is coming from Italy and many of the items retail for less money when compared to our retail prices. Did we mention duty is included and there is no sales tax either? It's a triple score. The code is valid until April 12.

At Home Sales: Kitchen & Organizing

Staying home has us increasingly evaluated our immediate surroundings and less pressed about our fashion wardrobe. With Easter and Passover quickly approaching there is no doubt we will be spending even more time in the kitchen. (It's hard to believe that's even possible.)



Good thing there are some good active home sales. The Bloomingdales friends and family sale affords shoppers an additional 25% off a large assortment. The discount really becomes interesting when it's applied to items already on sale. A Zwilling J.A. Henckels 7-piece knife block comes to $225 from $650 and an All-Clad 10-piece baking set is $150 from $390.

The Container Store is also offering up to 25% off closet and pantry items. Take note, not all organizational items are necessarily space-saving.  Some of our favorite and useful items include acrylic shelf risers are $13 from $17, cereal containers are $16 from $20, and wire bins are $8 from $10.

 Bloomingdales friends and family sale runs until April 12. The Container Store store promotion will continue through April 5.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Weekend Shopping: Impulses & Obsessions

It's amazing how much you can do (and how little you can do) when there is no place to go and nobody to see. This long period of "sheltering" had me looking into my closet of gowns. Each one represents a memory from an incredible evening.



With much time on my hands, I slipped on this almost-vintage Matthew Williamson empire-waist dress. In the early 2010s, he was my favorite designer. I stalked his Meatpacking District boutique and took home this find during the presale at 80% off.  I wore it five months later to an AMFAR gala, in LA, and then a few years later to Lifeball, in Vienna. My philosophy with gowns is pretty similar to my take on fashion: Buy things you love and wear them as much as you can.

This week brought us several high-quality sales with items that are loveable and wearable. Moda Operandi is offering 25% off with the code 25OFF.  Despite what the site says, not everything on the site is included. You can use this link to filter out anything that doesn't come with a discount. I really like these linen Ganni slides that come to $213 from $285,  a Jacqumous Le Chiquito bag is $422 from $585, and these "relaxed leather lounge pants" are $525 from $700.

Bloomingdales is hosting friends and family sale where the discount is 20% off. No designer merchandise is included. A Nespresso machine with a frother comes to just $150 from $475 and an All-Clad bakeware set is $160 from $400. There are lots of great kitchen items to make spending more time at home a little more exciting and to prepare for the Spring holidays. Friends and Family discounts are live through April 12.

Over at Saks, nearly all designers and nearly-designer brands are excluded from the 25% off friends and family discount. I suggest you scroll through the generous loungewear assortment. I'm into these black tie-dye sweatpants from Myrrh that come to $138 from $185 and an Isabel Marant sweatshirt is $198 from $330. The promotion runs through April 4.

Ssense is offering shoppers 20% off nearly everything on the site with the code SHOP20. These Louboutin heels come to $640 from $800 and this Saint Laurent toy size Loulou is $952 from $1190. The promotion ends Sunday. You can read all the sale details in our prior post here.

Italist has dropped prices on a multitude of items.  These Golden Goose sneakers are women's sizes and are just $250.  A Balmain white blazer is $1377 from $2300 US retail and a Balmain hoodie is $331 from $660.

Shop375 loaded a lot of discounted Gucci items this week and you can use the code MADSPY10 to save an additional 10% off everything on the site.  A classic double-G Gucci belt is $256 from $350 and thong sandals are $315 from $500. Don't miss the Bottega Veneta items that are newly loaded.. Assorted color woven bracelets are $80 from $420.

Long Island famed Steven Dann is offering discounts of 30% off nearly everything on its website, including sale merchandise that's already 75% off. Use the code "influencer30" to engage the discount. These  Jimmy Choo pumps are only $150 from $850 and a Jonathan Simkhi shirt dress is $86 from $500. The sale section is definitely worth a look.

So here's another to another week at home. Make yourself a double and enjoy the scroll and be sure to let me know if there is anything I missed.






Thursday, March 26, 2020

LN-CC 25% Off: Bottega Veneta, Prada and YSL

LN-CC, which is based in Florence, Italy, has started a sale where major designer merchandise is discounted 25% off. The code LN-SPRING25 to engage the savings.




Everything on the site is included except merchandise accompanied by a star, which is primarily Gucci and Moncler. We suggest focusing your search on hot items from brands like Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, and Prada.

Some highlights include this butter color Bottega cassette bag that comes to $1425 from $1900,  a classic powder blue Pouch is $2025 from $2700 and chunky sandals are $950 from $1270. We spotted this Saint Laurent Mono bag that's only about $760 from $1050, a monogram clutch is $375 from $500, and classic Nu Pieds slides are $450 from $700.

The Prada selection is especially good. This log plaque headband $195 from $260,  Prada loafers are $727 from $970, and our favorite sneaker of the season is $517 from $690. Check out this fish net bag that's very trendy for this season and it's $720 from $990.

The selection for men is just as good. Browsing the site is really like taking a walk through a wonderfully curated European boutique. Don't forget to say thank you (or damn you) once you're as hooked as we are.