Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Same Game 6/1

This graphic day dress was highlighted by as the perfect "day-tripper" and an iconic style for this summer. Seems good to me. So lets play the Same Game and get an unoffical gage of who is running the best sales:

Vince Graphic Swirl Dress: Retail $285
Nordstrom's: $169
Bloomingdales: $285
Saks: $171
Neiman Marcus: $200
eLuxury: $285

Please fee free to email me suggestions for future Same Games.

Friday, May 30, 2008

SATC Product Placement

So Trance, my driver and personal DJ --everyone needs a great rotation of personalized mixes—insisted that I write something about the Sex and the City movie. Big Yawn. It’s so 90’s. Don’t we have anything better to obsess about? I guess not.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a movie person. However, I keep hearing about all the product placement in this SJP-Does-NY epic. I thought it might be fun to actually list it out:

1. Chanel
a. Charlotte with a beige fabric quilted flap bag with pearl detail
b. Carrie wears an grey-ish-offwhite-ish mini flap that she wore over a larger (non-named/branded) tote
c. Lily --Charlotte's adopted daughter--has a mini Chanel tweed bag
d. A colorful tweed lucky charm flap was also sighted
2. Hermes
a. Carrie carries a 25cm Birkin in vert anis lizard (aka a small green lizard bag)
b. Carrie wrapped in an Hermes wool blanket
c. There’s also a stray Hermes orange box with Hermes china inside
3. Louis Vuitton
a. Charlotte wears a little Azur hard case, like a make up case.
b. André Leon Talley has a customized briefcase with his name written on the side
c. A Firebird, a bag designed by Marc Jacobs
d. A Denim Patchwork Bowley (A $42,000 bag that looks like a hippy art project)
4. Christian Dior Extreme sandal
5. Glaceau Vitaminwater
6. Prada Glace Ombre Folder Clutch
7. Salvatore Ferragamo Ostrich Feather Clutch (gross!)
8. Manolo Blahnik d’Orsay’s
9. Tiffany Elsa Peretti gold bracelet
10. Apple Computer
11. Marlboro
12. Cartier Love bracelet 
13. Mercedes-Benz GLK

Let me know if I’m missing anything. We can continue to add to the list. Remember—ipods weren’t even out when SATC first came on the air. Time has moved on and so should we.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Etro Presale

Etro's sale starts next week but they are currently offering presale. Men's and women's ready-to-wear is 30% off along with bags and other accessories. If there's something you or your man want it's probably best not to wait. Etro generally does not continue to reduce merchandise in their boutiques but rather sends it to their outlets.

Contact: Marlene 212-317-9096

Clothing Less Expensive Than In 1998

There was a great article in the New York Times Style Section (I like to call it the Shallow Section) about how most consumer goods have become more expensive in the past decade but clothing has generally stayed the same price or even gone down. For example, a pair of Levi's 501's cost $50 in 1998, and $46 in 2008. A Lacoste Polo shirt went for $95 in 1998. The retail price in 2008 is $75.

Without saying, luxury items are an exception to this rule and the price increases at many high-end fashion brands continue to defy gravity. One example given is the price of a “Speedy” handbag — the entry-level style at Louis Vuitton — has more than doubled, to $685.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

DVF VIP, Friend's & Family 6/2

Diane von Furstenberg is unwrapping her showroom and offering 75% off dresses, sportsear and knits to VIPs, friends and family. The sale runs from June 2nd to June 7th and is located at 260 Fifth Avenue (between 28th and 29th streets).

If you see Uncle Barry (Diller) please give him a kiss from me and tell him I can't wait to see him at the beach this summer.


Uptown Scoop Presale 6/3

The uptown Scoop store (3rd ave and 77th st) is having a presale event on June 3rd from 9am to 9pm. They are offering 40% to 70% off their women's, men's and kid's merchandise. Here are the details. Maybe afterwards I'll swing by Candle Cafe and grab a salad and Limonade. Yum.

Jonathan Adler Warehouse Sale 5/29

Besides looking great, this Madison Avenue Spy likes to live great. Our favorite Simon-Doonan-other-half is having a warehouse sale in LONG ISLAND CITY! They tell me, or the flyer tells me that the markdowns are "mind-blowing." They are offering 25% to 75% off sofas, chairs, rugs and accessories.

The sale runs from May 29 to May 31st and is located at 38-16 Skillman Ave. It looks like it's about four blocks away from the 7 train stop at 40th St/ Lowery. Here is a link to the details: Jonathan Adler Warehouse Sale

I'm intrigued. Maybe I'll see you there.
Lila Presale Begins sent me a very nice email last night:

" is very please to extend a special invitation to our most valued clients. (I read: You spend shit-loads of money and we want more of it.) Through this presale website, you will be able to reserve items from the Spring Summer 2008 collection at the sale price in advance of the sale. The official sale will begin on June 2, 2008...This presale invitation is non-transferable and is intended only for the original recipient. (blah blah blah.)"

The link works for any shopper who uses it. I had some friends try it out already. Let me know if you have any problems and I'll try to help you out. Orders ship between June 2nd and June 6th.

I'm not a big Gucci bag girl but the clothes are really stunning. Take a look for yourself. Here is the magic link:

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Jimmy Choo 30% off

I just got a voice mail about the Jimmy Choo sale. Here is the transcript:

"Hi Lila. This is Zita (Zee-ta) from Jimmy Choo, on Madison Avenue. I am calling to invite you to our presale. It’s by invitation only because we don’t go on sale to the public until the 1st week of June. If you are interested I believe it’s going to be 30% off. We can start selling to our clients starting this Thursday. If you are interested, please call back here to set up an appointment. The number is 212-759-7078. Thanks a lot. Hope to see you."

Bottega Veneta 30% to 50% off

Nothing gets my water boiling as much as a lying sales associate. (Well there are lots of other things but let's not start with them now.) A person who works on the sales floor is there to sell merchandise not send customers away.

Megumi from Bottega Veneta, on Fifth Avenue, didn't get the memo or a copy of her job description. As reported yesterday she meekly told me that there was no sale and didn't know if there was even going to be one. Knowing that wasn't the truth I put in a call. I spoke to Luc (212-371-5511) and my hunch was right. The official sale starts Thursday but they will do presale right now.

Here's the low down: Many styles of bags are 30% off and duffels are even 50% off. The Sloane is 30% off or $1380 reduced to $969. The Ball Bag is 30% off and is $1649 from $2350. (BTW it's only $1410 at Bergdorf’s.) Wallets are also 30% off. Ready-to-wear is mostly reduced 50%.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Neiman Marcus Early Access

I just got a "best customer, early access, designer sale" link from Neiman Marcus. The selection is great the reduction is not so great. I'm also not a big fan of online shopping but here you go: Neiman Marcus 

Roll Call: 5th Avenue Sales

I happened to stop through the Saks sale and figured I would continue on with my afternoon of shopping. Everyone knows the best way to get from Saks to Bergdorf's it by taking a stroll through tourist alley, Fifth Avenue. On the way I stopped in to see some friends and this is what they had to say:

Saks: In my option, the sale was unimpressive. Can someone tell them to give me a call when they are willing to knock 50% off? Until then I will continue to look and lust. For the purse lovers out there, I stopped by to see my friend Alexandria at Chanel (212 940-4347.) Not much to see unfortunately. The sale department (just 30%) was a bit anemic. See for yourself, here's a picture.

The Bottega sale (30% off) was a different story. They had some cute styles and lovely colors. Do you agree? Give Helen (212 940-4315) a call if anything strikes your eye. 

Ferragamo: Their sale starts June 5th but my friend Nick (212 759-3822) said that he could start putting aside merchandise for me and "my friends" The discount is 35% but if you have the patience to wait Ferragamo usually has an amazing sale of 50%+ around July 4th.

Ermenegildo Zengia: I love saying Ermenegildo--probably because I'm proud that I can. However, I'm sad to disappoint our male readers. It doesn't look like there is going to be any price reduction until mid-June. Meanwhile, you can always give James a call at 212 421 4488 to check on inventory etc.

Fendi: The Fendi sale starts this week... or the following week. One sales lady says, "Corporate hasn't sent down the word." Sure. Whatever. Dharma, however, was nice enough to offer presale services immediately. (Just shows it's all about who you know.) You can give her a call at 323 251-9198. It's 30% off shoes and ready-to-wear. Sorry, bags are not included in the sale.

Takashimaya: There is a smattering of 40% and 50% off. There's always something unique and cool in there. For more information you can call Eileen Kasofsky at 212 350- 0140/143.

Bottega Veneta: Megumi (212 371-5511) told me that there was no sale or presale yet. After hearing that I just put my fingers in my ears and walked out. Who needs 5th Avenue when the outlet and Saks are offering BV deals? 

Pucci: The sale started on Friday and they are offering 40% off ready-to-wear, shoes and some Spring/Summer bags. Beach bags are not included. There are still some great prints left. Ask for Bruce (212 230-1135). He's really sweet and has a great eye.

That's all for today. Don't forget to tell everyone Lila sent you.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Roll Call: Sale List

72nd Street to 79th Street
Jil Sander: Presale currently in progress. Ready-to-wear, bags and shoes are 40% off. Sale officially starts May 27th.
Contact: Julia (212) 838-6100

Luca Luca: The Socialite's go-to store is currently offering 20% to 50% off ready-to-wear.
Contact: Inci (212) 288 9285

Sigerson Morrison: Sale starts Monday and their cute shoes and bags will be reduced 30%.
Contact: (212) 734-2100

Christian Louboutin: Presale starts June 1. Expect 40% taken off our favorite red-soled shoes.
Contact: Erich (212) 396-1884

Carolina Herrera: Sale already in progress. All the cloths on the upper level of this truly luxurious boutique are now 50% off.
Contact: Naura (212) 249-6552

Spring Flowers: Some merchandise is reduced 50% but their big sale does not start until July. I was told that the 55th Street and Third Avenue locations have much more variety and sizes on the sales rack.
Contact: (212) 207- 4606

The Three B's & S:
Bloomingdales: Most designer duds are 40% off. I think that there is a coupon floating around with an additional 20% on top of that. Stop by the concierge and see if you can get one.

Bergdorf: F5 has been running a 30% off sale for a few weeks now. The rest of the store is on presale until May 29th. Prada, Gucci, Chloe, Chanel et al. are 30% off.

Barneys: Sale in progress. Men's and women's clothing and accessories are 40% off.

Saks: Presale in progress. Expect to find 30% to 40% designer "stuff." The official sale starts Wednesday. Most styles of Louboutins are 30% off. The Chanel Spring line is 30% and 40% off. Almost the entire Prada/ Miu Miu collection is reduced 30% off.
Contact: Myrna at Chanel (212) 940-4347

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Woodbury Memorial Day Weekend 5/23

If you happen to not be heading out East to the Hamptons you can always head North to Woodbury Commons for their Memorial Day Weekend sale. From Friday, May 23 to Monday, May 26 you can enjoy extra discounts at your favorite outlet stores. The stores are offering an additional 25% to 75% savings for the holiday weekend. To see a list of stores and their special promotions: Click Here.

Notably missing from the list are some of our favorite premium shops. To save you time I made some calls and here is the dirt:

Space (845) 928-3706, the store that carries Prada and Miu Miu, just got a shipment of clothing and bags that will be priced 75% off the outlet price. The boxes have yet to be unpacked but I was told the merchandise will be on the sales floor tomorrow.

Chanel (845) 928-1550, is adding extra discounts to accessories, shoes and ready-to-wear ranging from 40% to 60% off outlet prices. Jewelry will be marked down an extra 50% and clothing 40%. Their Spring/Summer '07 collection of shoes will be marked down 40%. A scattering of bags from the 2002 to 2006 collections will be discounted 60%.

Dior (845) 928-4602, is taking an additional 25% to 75% off of everything in the store. Their bag inventory includes Jean, Trotter, Buckle and Saddle. Woman's ready-to-wear Fall 2007 will be discounted 25% off. Anything older than 2007 is 75% off. Shoes are 25% off and boots are 40% to 50% off.

Bottega Veneta (845) 928-4563, is offering a 25% to 75% savings off their regular outlet discount of 30% below retail. There are lots of bags in the purples, pinks, greens and light brown families coming from the 2006 and 2007 Spring collections. Bag discounts range from 25% to 40% off on bags older than Fall/Winter 2006. There are not many classic bags in stock but you can find some Campanas (not fully woven) and Venetas (with starbursts cut-outs). Ready-to-wear from the Spring 2007 collection is discounted 40% off. Older collections are being discounted 70%.

Here is a list of all the outlet's phone numbers. If you can't make the drive there's always Fed-ex...

True Love

Every girl needs a pick-me-up after a long day of shopping. On 69th street-- just West of Madison-- there is a jewel box of a chocolate store, Debauve & Gallais. This chocolatier has been around for over 200 years but didn't open a store outside of France until 2004. These chocolates are truly excellent and represent an artisanal tradition that spans seven generations.

Their chocolates have an intense rich flavor that can satisfy any sweet tooth with just one bite. D&G (the chocolatier, not the Italian fashion company) offers chocolates that are simultaneously dark and bitter. You can even find chocolates made with 99% cocoa. The truffles are so rich that you don’t really know what hit you until it's gone.

With its treasures priced at $134 a pound, Debauve & Gallais is a pure indulgence. A box of just four chocolates will set you back $16 but ...Yum!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Michael Kors 50% off in Progress

Michael Kors stores, the ones that carry his haute collection, already has their presale in progress. The entire Spring/Summer selection is 50% off. All styles of bags, shoes, and jewelry are also half-off. The only department not included in the sale is sunglasses. There's still a lot of selection to choose from. Presale items can be taken home or shipped when the sale officially starts on Friday.

Contact: Christina 212-452-4685

How to Rogan for Target

For weeks we’ve been hearing about the eco-friendly line of clothing Rogan Gregory designed for Target. Racked has been blogging about it for months and counting down the minutes for the Barney’s LA and NY launch. I’ve seen 1000 word reviews of the clothes, not that I’ve had the patience to read them.

Well, the aforementioned line is finally on the racks of your local Target and I have to say it’s quite impressive. There are several great basic pieces that can be dressed up or down. The cloths are versatile as can be. My favorite is this woven shirtdress ($39.99) that can be styled very Madison Avenue. First remove the belt and add something unique, like a Hermes Collier de Chien belt, match it with a neutral slide and a canvas tote. Perfection! That’s how we roll here on Madison…

Monday, May 19, 2008

This Week

Just a quick reminder of this week's happenings:

5/19 Missoni sale- 30% off
Click here for details
5/19 Fendi outlet sale- 15% to 60% off
See details here

5/20 Barney's Manolo Sale - 35% off
The inventory list is here

5/21 Nordstorm Semi-Annual Sale- 35% and 40% off
Pre-sale started Thursday

5/23 H&M Friend's & Family- 20% off
Don't forget to print out the coupon

Fendi Markdown at Woodbury Common 5/19

The Fendi store at Woodbury Common outlet is having a sale from May 19 to June 1. All current handbags and leather goods will be an additional 15% off. All shoes and ready-to-wear are an additional 20% off. Their older style bags and leather goods-- like Chefs, Crossword bags, Love Letter Cutches, Baguetts and Sellerias--are all marked down to 60% off retail.

For more information you can call the outlet store at (845) 928-5455.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

$100 Manolos on

I was browsing through the Neiman Marcus site today and I kept seeing Manolos pop up for just around $100. Seems like they are cleaning out the stock room and throwing limited inventory on the site. Afterall, fall shipments are on their way.

Right now they have these Metallic d'Orsay Pump's, which were originally $630.00 but now just $110.00. There are only size 9s and 10s left. Get clicking quickly. Earlier they had red and tan Manolo Mary Jane's for $130, normally $755. Keep checking-- they might pop up again.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Prada, Gucci, YSL Pre-Sale Details

Here's the information you asked for regarding the pre-sales that all begin next week:

Prada: 50% off most Spring/Summer clothing and shoes. There will be some bags on sale too but it's been a hot bag season and there's not much left.

Contact: Christina 212-327-4200

Gucci: Spring/Summer is mostly 40% off including many styles of bags and shoes. They are are trying to keep the pre-sale on the down-low and one sales person I spoke to denied it.  Not to worry, the sales manager verified everything we needed to know. If there's something you want call first thing Monday and insist they put it aside for you.

Contact: Maura 212-717-2619

Yves Saint Laurent: Spring/Summer will be mostly 40% off including many styles of bags and shoes. The only bag NOT included in the sale is the Muse2. Tributes, Uptowns, Downtowns (even black and white) and Overseas WILL BE included in the sale. I saw the sale list and it's long. Knock yourself out.

Conact: Charles 212-988-3821

Remember to say that Lila sent you. E-mail me and let me know how how you do.

Barney's Manolo Sale 35% off 5/20

The Manolo Blanik one day sale is almost here. The day is Tuesday May 20th. Manolos will be 35% off. There are some Pradas and Mui Mui's included in the sale, as well.

We have pictures! Here is a photo album of all the shoes included in the one day sale. Lots of eye candy, oh, in this case-- foot candy! As you know, Manolos don't usually go on sale, especially some of the basic styles.

Hope this helps someone!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Nordstrom Pre-Sale Today

As previously posted, the Nordstrom semi-annual sale starts May 21st but the pre-sale started today. Designer clothing and accessories are 40% off. Call now or have the garage send up your car-- your Thakoon dress isn't going to wait.

Nordstrom's Semi-Annual Sale May 21

Christian Louboutin Rolandos $245?!

The girls where chattering last night about how had Christian Louboutin Rolandos on sale for $245! (They are normally $700.) By the time I got a chance to check it out there wasn't even a red dot of evidence to what had occurred. I called over to Barneys, on Madison, and the sales lady said she knows nothing about the website but their sale is starting on Tuesday. She doesn't know what the discount on Loubies will be but said that the .com price could be a good indication.

The store opens at 10am on Tuesdays --and ladies there will be a fight if Rolandos are $245. Size 9s get out of my way!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

L'Oreal Friends and Family 5/13 to 5/16

Who: Giorgio Armani, Kiehl's, Lancome, Ralph Lauren and Shu Uemura
What: 50% to 90% off
When: May 13 to May 16
Where 575 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor Atrium
Why: Because you printed out the flyer and always love a great deal

Missoni Spring/Summer '08 Sale 5/19

Lila Delilah: Hey Kat
Kiki-Delaney: Hi Lila
LD: I was in Missoni today and they said they starting their sale Monday.
KD: How much are they taking off?
LD: She said 30%
KD: Really!
LD: It's really not that much if you think about it. The $1,400 sweater you like is still going to cost $980, plus tax. Give it a few weeks and it will be 50% off.
KD: If I wait it might not be there.
LD: That exact sweater might not be there but if you don't get that one you'll find something else. If you are really dying for that ONE sweater call over now and ask them to put it on hold.
KD: Okay. Okay. We'll wait...


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dior Spring/Summer '08 Sale 5/13

Dior's sale quietly starts today and is publicly announced on 5/17.
Handbags and shoes are 40% off along with some ready-to-wear and costume jewelry.

Prada Sale Spring/Summer '08 5/18

I was in Prada today and the scoop is that their sale starts June 1 but the pre-sale starts two weeks before. So that would mean you can start setting aside clothing, shoes, and accesories as early as 5/18. The rules are the same as most pre-sales. You see the master list, pick what you like, pay for it and then take it home or have it shipped starting June 1.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Gucci Spring/Summer '08 Sale 5/20

The Gucci pre-sale starts Tuesday, May 20th. The event is by invitation only but email me if you need a contact or an invite. I've personally never had a problem, they are usually very nice. Either way, when you get there you want to get the master sale list, which contains all the items are included in the sale. If there are things you want you must pay for it on that day but you will not be able to take the items home until the sale officially starts on June 3rd. Of course, you'll get a recepit plus a Gucci hold ticket. Then on Tuesday, June 3rd your item will be ready for you to pick up.

The sale officially opens to the public on June 3rd. Some say that the good stuff will be gone by then but if you're like me you'll keep checking back until there is a second or third markdown.

Courtesy of Val_twig from TPF.

Gucci Outlet in Secaucus, NJ

Today we took a spin past the Gucci Outlet in Secaucus, NJ. I've found some nice stuff there in the past but today was a bust. They had a lot of silver embossed Gucci logo bags but it's just not my thing. The only other item that caught my eye was these cashmere sweaters that were originally $995 and now reduced to $199.

As i said, a bit of a letdown and don't get me started about the family of four trying on shoes... I'll spare you the details!

Friday, May 9, 2008

True Love

I've been in love with these Christian Louboutin shoes all season.
What do you think?

Final Sale of Norma Kamali for Everlast

This could be cute. reports:

Label: Norma Kamali for Everlast
Deal: Huge sale on her final collection for Everlast, including samples from development and select pieces from her Spiegel collection, all between $10-$100.
When/Where: Monday, May 12th through Friday, May 30. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. 11 W 56th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-957-9797).

H&M Friend's and Family 5/23

Even Madison Ave Girls shop H&M from time to time. You just have to have a keen eye. Don't forget to go to the below link and print out the coupon. Sometimes the cashiers can be -- what's a polite way to say this-- oh yes, fussy!

We've made our Friends and Family site easier for you! As a thank you for updating your registration, we're offering 20% off any purchase of $60 or more at any H&M in the United States, May 23-26, 2008.
• Visit to update your registration, or register for the first time.
• Download the online coupon after you update your profile.
• Invite your friends to get their own coupon, and then have a great time shopping!
»Update your registration at to get your coupon!
*This newsletter is not valid as your coupon.

Saks Spend Some Get Some 5/15

Thursday, May 15

$250 to $499 = $25 
$500 to $999 = $75 
$1000 to $1999 = $150 
$2000 to $2999 = $350 
$3000 to $4999 = $600 
$5000 or more = $1000 

Monday, May 5, 2008

Bloomies Spend Some Get Some until 5/6

Not all that exciting but if you have something to buy online this might be a good time.

Spend $250-$499.99 and receive $100 Online Gift Credit. Spend $500 or more and receive $200 Online Gift Credit. Offer valid on purchases made through 5/6/08. Plus, Free Shipping on orders of $150 or more with promo code BSHIP

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Neiman's First Call Starts May 6th

Mark your calenders. Neiman's Private Night sale is Tuesday, May 6th. It's a one day sale (Wednesday) and discounts are said to be 30% off regular prices. The list of designers have not been released but with poor spring sales you can expect most designers will be included. 

Nordstrom's Semi-Annual Sale May 21

I know it's a bit off Madison but i happen to love Nordstrom's children's clothing and european designer section.

Word on the street is that the usual Nordie June sale is being moved to May 21st.  This sale, which is usually about 30% off  is not as good as their July annual sale but will give you a chance to have first pick.

Saturday, May 3, 2008


Anyone out there? Of course not! I have a long history of speaking without anyone listening. I guess this is nothing new. 

Well, let's get down to it. I am a frequent reader of shopping and accessory blogs but am so tired of reading about sample sales. This is NOT a sample sale blog. I really want to know where to get the best bang from my buck but I really value the ability to take an item home, try it on and continue from there. So what I plan is to do my thing -- shop-- and report back to you what's going on. Krizia shoes for $50. Check. Prada 60% off. Check. Saks friends and family. Check. 

You get the picture. 
Please feel free to write me any of your finds.
Lila Delilah