Monday, September 29, 2008

Anya Hindmarch for Target

It's kind of ironic that Anya Hindmarch, British luxury handbag designer, dug her footprint in the US with her "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" bags that were produced by Whole Foods. Now she has teamed up with Target to create an affordable line of her famous purses and wallets.

The line launches at a bullseye near you starting Oct. 8th but you can go to today, if you're jonseing to be the first on Madison with your economy friendly Hinmarch. The bags run from $20 to $50 compared to her true collection where bags cost about $1,500.

That's all and well but we're really looking forward to the eco-friendly (the economy, not the environment) Sigerson Morrison shoes that are launching at Target the same day.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Luca Luca Slashes Prices

Kiki: You better get your butt back from Nantucket because I just got the following email about Luca Luca reducing prices over the weekend. You wouldn't want to dissapoint Floyd ... xoxo

Dear Lila,

We are selling our excess inventory and we are also selling the original samples that walked the runway. We have had an excellent turn out thus far! I wanted to let you know that for Saturday and Sunday we are having additional mark downs and the prices are phenomenal:


Tops – take an additional 20% off the already reduced price.
Pants – all $100.00 (were marked down from $200.00)
Skirts – Buy one for $150.00, buy a second at $75.00
Dresses – take an additional 20% off the already reduced price.
Cocktail Dresses – $600.00 (were marked down from $750)
All Summer Shoes – $125.00, 2 for $150.00

Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-5PM.

The Sample Sale will be held at the Luca Luca showroom at 19 West 36th St. on the 4th Floor.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Hermes Sale PSA

One reader just wrote in saying there is currently no line to get into or check out of the Hermes sample sale.
The selection on scarves and ties is still abundant. If you can make it over to 18th street, this would be the time.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Scoop Friends and Family

Fall is in the air and I know you've been browsing the stores and eyeing that perfect casual dress and that dressy-with-jeans-sweater. Well, you might just want to start picking up some key items before they get picked through.

If Scoop is your weak spot you will probably want to take spin over there this coming week because they are offering 25% off designer merchandise to friends and family. The promotion runs from Sunday, Sept. 28 until Sat. Oct. 4th. Below is the flyer with all the info.

Notice that none of the bridge lines are mentioned (ex: Marc for Marc Jacobs, Just Cavalli and See by Chloe). This is the four-figure price point merchandise. So, in the words of Ludacris: "If you ain't got no money take your broke ass home!"

Contact: Ed 212-535-5577 (Scoop Woman's)
Ranee 212-744-1836 (Scoop Men's)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Saks Emergency EGC with Double Points

Retailers are quacking as the markets tremble and liquidation rumors swirl about big hedge funds like, Atticus Capital. Saks is making economic adjustments faster than the Federal Reserve and holding an emergency gift card event along with double points.

From October 1st to October 5th Saks will be rewarding big spenders with electronic gift cards. The levels are detailed below. I'll post updates as more info emerges.

Saks Spend Some, Get Some:
Spend $1000 - 2499 get $150
Spend $2500 – 4999 get $375
Spend $5000 - 9999 get $750
Spend $10000 or more get $1500

Cynthia, ain't karma a bitch?

Hermès Madness

As predicted the Hermès sale was torturous, at least the line to get in. Price are as follows: Scarves $225, ties $102 and Garden Parties are $852 for the PM. The best deals are the saddles which, are $750 down from $4,200. (I can just picture trying to get a cab while toting a horse saddle.)

One Mad-Spy reader reports:

I went to the Hermes sale and it was pretty large but the line is longer than ever! I got in line at 8:45 and it was already close to 100 people long and I did not get in until 11:30. When I left a little after 12 the line was down 18th street, curved around to 6th ave and I heard it went to 19th. The usual scarves and ties, tons of clothing that no one was touching. Lots of shoes, fragrance, horse things, glass and china 70% off and mainly Garden Party bags. There were no H-belts and only a few other belts, no jewelry, few small leather goods, almost no bracelets just a couple leather ones and all the large sizes of the Garden Party bags are gone.

Racked also has a full play-by-play of the three hour wait, which includes a bit of line cutting scandal. One reader even sent in a full scarf report. I imagine Leslie will be reporting on location again tomorrow morning. Maybe we should partner 50%-50% on tees reading: I survived the Hermes sample sale and all i have to show for it is this crappy silk scarf!

You know, if there's a three hour line -- I ain't going. But please continue to send me your stories. I love them!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Bloomies Private Sale

For some reason I have always found Bloomingadales confusing. The actual physical store is so vast that you can easily get lost and their sales are the same story.

I hope to get this one straight: Starting tomorrow, Bloomies is launching a private sale that runs until Thursday (9/23 to 9/25). I'm trying to keep all the offers in order. Please correct me if I'm mistaken anywhere.

Here goes:
First there is a more-you-spend-the-more-you-save type of promotion where if you spend $250 to $499 you get 20% off, and 30% off if you spend above $500.

On top of that, there are $25 coupons floating around the mail. If you don't have them go to the customer service desk and they will replace the ones "you forgot at home." So for every $100 you spend you can use one of these $25 coupons up to 4 or $100 worth.

So lets say you find a $500 DVF dress. First you get 30% off, which brings the purchase price down to $350 and then your coupons are good for another $75 savings, which brings the total price of your DVF dress down to $275 for a savings of 45%.

As usual there are lots of exclusions and additional promotions going on in the store --like in the denim and shoes. So grab a cab and go directly to Lex and 59th!

Sale Reminders

There are two very important sales this week--Luca Luca and Hermes-- and I was afraid that you might forget amidst of all the week's craziness. You know, it's premier week on TV!

Hermes (Remember: Ties and scarves!)
123 W 18th St., 4th floor gallery of the Metropolitan Pavillion
Private sale 9/23
Opens to public from 9/24 to 9/27
Wed, Fri, Sat 10am to 6pm; Thurs 10am to 8pm

Luca Luca: Up to 90% off
19 West 36th Street, 4th Floor
Private Sale
Tues. 9/23 and Wed. 9/24
8:30am to 6:30pm

Public Sale
Thurs. 9/25 and Fri. 9/26
8:30am to 6:30pm

Sat 9/27 and Sun 9/28
11am to 6pm

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Saks Friends and Family

Rumor has it that the Fall Saks Friends and Family event will be from October 16th to October 19th. I'm still waiting on conformation but the last friends and family was in April and most items throughout the store were 20% to 30% off. Even cosmetics, which NEVER go on sale, were 15% off. So check your makeup bag and start making a list of what you need because this sale only comes around twice a year.

Don't fret too much if you miss the F&F. In past seasons the store hosts a "public" sale right after. However, lots of times the best of the good stuff is gone already. We won't let that happen though. I'll keep you posted and make sure you get into the friends and family pre-sale!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ralph Lauren Friends and Family 30% Off

This afternoon Ralph Lauren sent out a 30% off discount to friends and family. Turns out that someone on the RL team forgot to read the fine print. Upon trying to purchase the $17,000 purple croc Ricky Bag --I promise it was only research-- the code wouldn't work.

Turns out the Ralph Lauren folks made a mistake with the fine print. Purple Label and collection items, including crocodile Ricky bags were not supposed to be included in the sale. When I called to point out that the code wasn't working I was first told, too bad. Later a manager came on the phone and said that they would honor the the promo because a correction is warranted.

To get 30% off most items on and use the code RFLA2008. If the code doesn't work for the item you desire call the assistance hotline and say that you spoke to Maya and manager, Jaime. Whomever you speak to should be able to extend the discount.

Below is the faulty fine print that can save you $5,100:

*Friends & Family will receive a 30% discount at and only. Enter promotional code RLFA2008 at checkout to receive the discount. Order must be confirmed by 11:59 p.m. PT on Monday, October 6, 2008. This discount is not valid at Ralph Lauren, RRL, Rugby or Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Stores, department stores of the privately owned Ralph Lauren store in Sacramento. Previous purchases are not eligible for adjustments. Discount does not apply to previously purchased merchandise or sale items and may not be combined with any other offers. Shipping and tax are subject to an additional charge. Items that are out of stock during the event cannot be purchased with this discount. Applicable state sales tax and shipping charges will be added to each order. The offer does not include gift certificates and gift cards, fragrance, antiques / vintage product, Pink Pony or any philanthropic product and coffee table books. Because of the exclusive nature of this event, we ask that you return purchases from by mail using the postage-paid return label provided with your order rather than at Ralph Lauren stores.

**Free Shipping offer valid on orders shipped in the continental United States and applies to standard ground shipping orders only. Gift cards and online gift certificates, taxes, and additional shipping and handling do not count toward the qualifying amount. Not valid for cash. The $195 threshold applies to merchandise only. Previous purchases are not eligible for adjustments.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

True Love: ITO EN

In this hectic world we live in it's so easy to forget to take care of yourself. However, I believe that you should take as much time to consider your insides as you do your outsides. That's why I make a concerted effort to ingest as many antioxidants as possible. Green tea is one of my favorites.

Studies report hard evidence that green tea prevents cancer, keeps down cholesterol levels, keeps cardiovascular disease in check and helps repair impaired immune function. That's a lot of punch for a little leaf.

My favorite green tea is Ito En, on Madison at 69th Street. The purveyors of this little tea shop happen to be the largest green tea distributor in the world. The store has been voted NYC's best tea emporium by Zagat's for several years in a row. In addition to the company's line of bottled teas, the store carries Japanese, Chinese and Indian tea leaves both traditional and exotic. Everything is packaged and handled as if it were a precious jewels.

So give air kisses to Cono at Dolce & Gabbana and refresh with some green tea from across the street at Ito En. You can also find Ito En teas at many grocers and bodegas across the city (country & world). It's definitely worth the $1.49.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Luca Luca Private Sample Sale

You know how much I dislike sample sales, right? The real reason is because of how sample sales are defined these days. All types of sales, which include previous collections, are called sample sales. In fact, a real sample sale is when the designer sells the “samples” used for showing buyers. These sales usually take place in a showroom rather than an empty warehouse or holed out party venue (read: Metropolitan Pavilion).

One of our favorite design houses, Luca Luca, is having a REAL sample sale and we have an invite to check out the goods two days prior to the general public. The Private sale takes place on Tues. 9/23 and Wed. 9/24. You need to RSVP to gain early admission. The email address is or you can call 212-644-5568.

If you are unable to get a reservation time you can always join the public Thurs. 9/25 to Sun 9/28. The sale is up to 90% off so I expect that there will be a long line to get into the showroom. Full time details for all sale days are available below.

Luca Luca: Up to 90% off
19 West 36th Street, 4th Floor

Private Sale
Tues. 9/23 and Wed. 9/24
8:30am to 6:30pm

Public Sale
Thurs. 9/25 and Fri. 9/26
8:30am to 6:30pm

Sat 9/27 and Sund 9/28
11am to 6pm

Thank you for the invite-- Sexy Momma from Shag Harbor!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hermes Sample Sale 9/23

I really hesitate to write about sample sales. I find them to be chaotic, expensive and a waste of time. Hermes, however, has an exception. Once (or twice) a year hosts a doozy of a sample sale. It's orderly and the merchandise is sublime.

I am very excited to announce that the Hermes Private Sale starts Tuesday, September 23, 2008 from 2pm to 6pm. The private sale is by invitation only but the public is invited to join in on the fun on the following day. It all goes down at the Metropolitan Pavilion (123 West 18th street, 4th floor Gallery). Big spenders bring leave your cash at home because only credit cards are accepted.

No, don't expect to find any Birkins or Bolides hanging around. You can, however, expect to see lots of scarves, ties and Garden Parties (canvas totes) and ready-to-wear. This past March, offered a very helpful and insightful play-by-play of the sale. I think we can expect to see the same process and 2 hour wait.

At the last sale the cloths were eh, the bags were eh and the shoes were in all the wrong sizes. The best finds were the ties that were marked down to $96 from $160 and scarves $213 from $355. The only things missing were the orange boxes and brown ribbons. Otherwise this is a two thumbs up sample sale-- just keep your expectations in check!

P.S. Thank you for the tip Laura!

Fashion Week For VIPs

Fashion Week became a bit of a circus around the time they "tested" doing the shows at Chelsea Piers. (Remember that?) Now there are more TV crews, reality "stars" and celeb-types than ever before. And you don't want to get me started on the Amex sky box. Call me a bit of a purist.

In the meantime, however, there are a few off-the-radar invitations that only real fashion insiders (read: editors and stars) get to enjoy. For example, Victoria's Secret is hosting a by-appointment-only fashion and beauty event at the nearby Bryant Park Hotel. Invited guests (again, read: top editors and celebs) are treated to neck and shoulder massages, as well as, make-up applications. This is all while previewing Viki's new fall lingerie collection, aptly titled, Supermodel Obsessions. The best part is that guests get to take home their favorite pieces from the Supermodel Obsession collection along with wide-range of cosmetics.

Then on the Upper West Side, super duper "nutritionist to the stars," Oz Garcia, is not only suggesting pointers on how to stay healthy through fashion week but is also offering editors an energy boost in the form of B12 shots.

Oz says, "B12 creates a significant energy boost for the body. Patients who take it feel like moving around more and tend to burn more calories through increased movement." Guests were also treated to a copy of Oz's newest book and his super-charged and Himalayan-salt-infused H2O called, Oz Water.

Even back at the tents there is an invitation only escape from the American Express crowd. The by-appointment/invite only Mercedes Benz Star Lounge proved to be the place to go for fashion designers themselves to take a quick on-location meeting. Nicole Miller and Betsey Johnson (separately) booked time to enjoy a bit of privacy among the chaos.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fashion Week: Luca Luca

If there's one brand that represents Upper East Side society it would be Luca Luca. You will never find a crude or unflattering idea float down the runway and their show is always packed with celebs and Park Avenue royalty. The first time I attended a Luca Luca show I was seated behind two stunning blonds who were swarmed by photographers: Paris and Niki Hilton. And that was two years prior to any sex video!

Today's show was not much different. In attendance where Ivana Trump, Tinsley Mortimer and Gigi Mortimer, Carol Alt, Serena Williams, a cast member from the reality show The Real New York [Desperate] Housewives, and Howard Stern's bombshell fiancee, Beth Ostrosky. Before I continue on to the fashion I want to mention how fabulous Beth was. First, I always knew she was beautiful but she is even more stunning in person. Second, she is as sweet as can be. I don't think she turned down a single interview or photo request and there were more than a few. It was just very unexpected.

Now on to the fashion: Lots of white. Asymmetrical. Finely tailored. Very Luca Luca!

No Guilt Shopping

I never anticipated becoming a blogger or undercover secret shopper but it somehow just started. Along the way I feel like i've made a few friends and am having a great time with my readers. Danny Daily is just one. Check out his site. His fashion is spot on and he just posted a Q&A with yours truly.

Q& A with Madison Avenue Spy: Ticket to Valentino Family and Friend and More

Thank you Danny. It's been a pleasure!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Pop-Up Stores

The asymmetrical trend that's dominating Spring 2009 fashion week has nothing on the pop-up store. This week one can shop the shows and then bounce to Target Bullseye Bodegas, which carries products from their designer collaboration connections.  Then Gap and Parisian favorite Colette have come together to offer a variety of limited-edition merchandise.  

To celebrate fashion week, reports, OAK has added designers who created limited-edition pieces evoking the idea of bondage and kink. (Woo-hoo, but I've never even been to OAK.) 

Then Comme des Garçons and Louis Vuitton are opening a store together for three months starting in September, where they'll offer six bags designed by Rei Kawakubo in Vuitton's signature monogram pattern. (Opps, that's only in Tokyo. But you get the picture.)

Having a hard time digesting it all? Here's a handy info sheet to make sure you don't miss out on any of these now-they're-here-now-they're-not stores.

September 12 to September 15 from 10am to 10pm daily
Midown: 101 57th Street at 6th Ave
Union Square: 813 Broadway between 11th and 12th Ave
SoHo: 489 Broome Street b/w Wooster and W. Broadway
East Village: 325 Bowery at 2nd St.

September 6th to October 12th from 10am to 9pm Mon-Sat and 11am to 7pm on Sun.
Midtown: 5th Ave and 54th Street (adjacent to Gap's flagship store)

24 Bond St.
Monday September 8th

The after party will be thrown at:
The Eagle
554 W. 28th St. at 11th Ave.
10 p.m.-12 p.m. cocktails by Belvedere
Music by DFA’s Justin Miller & Runaway (Marcos Cabral and Jacques Renault)

Dover Street Market in Aoyama Tokyo
The bags will only be available upon order, which is only to be placed at the “Louis Vuitton at Comme des Garçons store”. No telephone or Internet orders will be taken. In return, customers will receive a certificate inside a special card holder in Louis Vuitton’s traditional natural leather, embossed with the Louis Vuitton at Comme des Garçons signature. Only several months later (6 to 9 months!) will their bag be delivered to their chosen Louis Vuitton store. -- Talk about not fronting inventory!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Free YSL Tote Bags

Early last week, news emerged that Yves Saint Laurent will be handing out thousands of free bags come Saturday, Sept. 6. However, all the information seemed to be confusing and vague. Calls to their PR office were not helpful either. Rest asured folks, if YSL is giving out anything for free I am gong to get the information.

Thanks to YSL deep throat, I got undisclosed details to help you (and me) get a free tote bag. So, limited edition cotton totes bags, designed by Stefano Pilati, are being given away  with a “Manifesto.” The "Manifesto" is a newspaper-style catalogue containing information about the collection .

Well, more than 5,000 of these catalogues and totes will be distributed for FREE throughout Paris, New York, London, Milan, Tokyo and Hong Kong. The big question is when and where. Apparently, one of the secret locations is infront of the uptown YSL store (855 Madison Avenue) from 1:45pm to 3:45pm. I imagine you would probably luck out at the 57th Street location too, however I could not confirm more information.

I can't imagine what these bags will fetch on Ebay. Good luck and please pick up an extra bag for me. I'll sadly be out of town for the weekend.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

YSL Friends & Family Blah Blah

Earlier this week. New York Magazine, had a bit about a Yves Saint Laurent friends and family sale. I couldn't believe that my YSL sources let me down.

So in a total panic I called this morning and got the full story. Turns out that the sale, like every other sale at Metropolitan Pavilion, is a close-out sale. A "jobber," as the industry likes to call those who buy close-outs, purchased the old OUTLET stock and is hocking it at the Pavilion. YSL deep throat tells me that most of the merchandise is from Fall/Winter 2006 and some Summer 2006. He said if you were at the outlets in the past two years you saw it for less money and already passed it up.

Those of you who need to get their hands on pseudo-vintage YSL can hustle down to the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St. at 6th Ave). The sale runs Wed. 10/10 ( 8am to 6pm), Thurs., 10/11 (8am to 6pm) and Fri., 10/12 (8am to 1pm).