Sunday, November 30, 2008

Retail Downturn and Cyber Monday

Just in case you were out-of-touch enough to think that all this recession talk was being over-hyped-- It's not! This weekend, one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, I headed to one of my favorite stores-- Target.

Every checkout line was manned with a cashier but the shoppers weren't there. When I questioned the woman ringing me up she confessed that management was worried. According to Shyana, each cashier needed to take-in at least $4,000 in receipts per-day or hours their would be cut. This worried Shyana because if her hours were to be cut the holiday season would be a lot less jolly for her children. From shareholders to local cashiers everyone is feeling the pinch of Econ 101.

Speaking of retail sales, today is Cyber Monday! For the most part it's the online version of Black Friday. eStores take this first day back from Thanksgiving weekend to offer special deals to holiday shoppers. Analysts say that online sales could be up in the low double digits on Monday, when shoppers are expected to make additional purchases at work using faster Internet connections.

Here is a link to the stores participating in Cyber Monday. Mad-Spy readers might take notice of eLuxury, which is offering shoppers 25% off on gifts. Most of the deals, however, can be found in the electronic category.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Surprise: Gucci Sale

Last week we were wrote about Gucci's upcoming first markdown. We were told that the sale was not supposed to come until December 1 but as we predicted the sale came earlier. Today shoppers woke up to a surprise Gucci sale. The discount is available online as well as in boutiques.

Like past first markdowns, the discount is 40% off most ready-to-wear, shoes, and handbags. Unlike past years, however, we wouldn't be surprised if second markdown came before the stockings get stuffed.

Contact: Maura 212-717-2619

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Neiman Marcus Black Friday

Neiman Marcus is hooking customers with an additional 40% off clothing and additional 30% off shoes. For some reason handbags are not included in the sale. Most items have already been discounted 30% to 40% off so the final discount ranges from 60% off to 65% off.

For instance, these open toe Louboutins started out at $1,125 but are now $528. Not bad, except that we were able to get the same shoe at the Saks sale for $338. Call us a bit spoiled but those shoes look incredibly more attractive with $200 taken off the price tag. You can get them now while they're hot or wait until the season cools down.

Bendel's Black Friday

In honor of Black Friday, Henri Bendel is doing a two hour sale (8am-10am) where merchandise will be discounted and additional 40% off of markdowns. Our Bendel's spy, James LaPorte says that there is a good amount of Missoni, Williamson, and Michael Kors Collection which is on 40% + 40%. (For all of our non-math majors that's a total of 64% off.) Brands like Milly, Tibi, and Alice and Olivia are also on the same markdown. "A hell of a lot of HB Cashmere Sweaters are also on double," he says.

Sales associates are only suppose to do the extra 40% for two hours, but James is planning on giving it to all his customers for the entire day. So if you're heading to Bendel's it's worth seeking out James.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Century 21 Coupon

Now that we've totally exhausted Saks it's time to move on to other places to find great deals. Century 21 has the designer clothing we love at prices we adore. Over Black Friday weekend the store is offering 20% off a single item. Pick a winner!

Alexander McQeen 40% Off

There is no way to wear McQueen and not have style. Even Jessica Simposn could fit into a fashion crowed if wearing anything A-Queen. Well the store and website started started their fall/winter sale today. Customers can enjoy 40% discounts on womens & mens rtw, shoes, bags, accessories. Ground shipping is free.

Contact: Dafna at 800-307-3150

If there prices are still prhibitive you can always look forward to March when McQueen will launch his exclusive line for Target.

Marc Jacobs 70% Off

A Mad-Spy reader wrote in the following.

Hey, you forgot to mention the Marc Jacobs sale. Fall '08 RTW and shoes are 70% off, and there's still a good selection. I got an amazing coat!I

Thank you for your spy worthy news. However, the Marc Jacobs-Magnolia Bakery-Paris Commune section of the village is just that-- the Village. While we're on the subject, of off location sales please remind me that I need to call Jeffery's. I rarely make it that way but love the merch.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sale Rundown v2

These are the discounts in our neighborhood. None of these sales are as good as those at Saks but now that their inventory has been decimated here's where to go to get the best values. Keep in mind, however, many people overs-hopped at Sakes. I guess at least 20% of the inventory will be coming back so make friends with the sales people so that they keep an eye out for your heart's desire/ Happy shopping!

Bottega Veneta: The sale officially starts on Friday, November 28th but the pre-sale stated today. Fall/Winter 2008 merchandise is 30% off. In stock are large hobos in navy, red, purple and maple.
Tatiana 212-371-5511

Carolina Herrera: The sale is currently underway and reductions are 50% off.

Chanel: The manager, Stephanie, says they haven't been told when the sale will officially start but she can do a "buy and hold." The pre-sale is now 40% off. No handbags or jewelry will be included in the sale but there are lots of shoe styles.
Stephanie 212-535-5505

Chloe: Fall/Winter 2008 is now 50% off. There are no pointy toe flats but lots of other great things. Prices usually don't drop more than this so buy what you want now.
Christian 212-717-8220

Christian Louboutin: The discount is just 40% off and is likely not to change.
Erich 212-396-1884

Dolce & Gabbana: The sale started Friday and Fall/Winter 2008 is now 40% off. In prior seasons prices have dropped to 70% off retail.
Cono 212-249-4100

Emilio Pucci: Fall/Winter merchandise is 40% off.
Brian 212 230-1135

Ermenegildo Zegna: The sale starts on November 28th but pre-sale for "select customers" is underway. The discount is 40% off.
James 212-421-4488

Fendi: The sale is already underway and ready-to-wear and shoes from Fall/Winter 2008 are 40% off and Fendi B. Mix bags are 20% off.
Michelle 973-309-5821

Ferragamo: The sale starts Friday but pre-sale is underway. The discount is 50% off, which is much more than prior season's first markdowns. This Summer, prices never dropped more than 35%.
Nick 212-759-3822

Jil Sander: The sale started Monday and the discount is 40% off. Prices will likely come down to 60% off or more.
Jossiline 212-838-6100

Jimmy Choo: Fall/Winter shoes and handbags are 30% off. They usually drop prices to 50% off when the season really comes to an end.
Zita 212-759-7078

Luca Luca: The sale is underway and Fall/Winter merch ranges from 20% to 50% off. Each piece is being priced individually.
Inci 212-288-9285

Michael Kors: Prices are now 50% off Fall/Winter ready-to-wear, handbags and shoes.
Caroline 212-452-4685

Roberto Cavalli: The current markdown is 40% off but should go down to 50% off as in past seasons.
Sheldon 212-755-7722

Valentino: Fall/Winter ready-to-wear is 40% off. Evening bags are discounted 30% off. As usual day-bags are not included in the sale. As the season ends the markdown usually goes to 60% off.
Robert 212-772-6969

Reports From the Battlefield

One Mad-Spy reader made the rounds today. This is what she reports back:

Saks- If you want bags forget it! Clothes they have pulled more out from the stock rooms and there is still a nice selection. Marco, in Michael Kors mens, is selling at presale prices and letting you take it with you now, worth going to him even if your not shopping mens. Keep it quite though so he does not get in trouble, can't risk loosing that.

Bergdorfs- Still has a nice selection of everything especially bags. Not as big of a discount as Saks but they still have stock and 40% off is still better than retail.

Gucci- If your looking for bags go to Bergdorfs first they have several of the same sale pieces at the same discount without the presale. Leathers are 40% off and monogram is 30%. Shoe selection was just okay. nothing to party about, but I'm not a huge gucci shoe person so that's just my opinion.

Chanel- There are still some sale bags left but they are pretty much all pink.

Barneys- Overall not much going on in the bags and the shoe sizes were limited. Didn't bother with the ready to wear, too tired, Barneys was my last stop of the day.

Sale Rundown v1

The Saks sale saga continues and shopping addicts continue to battle their demons as their credit lines fill up and the merchandise flies off the shelves faster than a Lamborghini at the Grand Prix. At 12am, Monday morning, the Saks online sale was slated to begin. As the time approached the site crashed and shoppers began to get upset. When the technical difficulties ended, there was no additional markdowns to be found. Saks Internet shoppers were left confused and frustrated.
Contact: Franchesco's (shoes) 212-940-5305

Barneys sale started this weekend. Most sale items are 50% off but some co-op jeans are up to 70% off.

On Friday Bergdorfs up-ed their 40% off sale to 50% off.
Contact: Becca on her blackberry:

Forget about Black Friday, Gucci's sale officially starts, Monday December 1st. Presale is already underway with a discount of 40% off select ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags.
Contact: Maura 212-717-2619

Miu Miu is 40% off bags, shoes and ready-to-wear. There is still a great selection of bags and shoes. Everyone is as Saks opting for the 70% off.
Contact: Judith 212-249-9660

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Prada Presents Pre-sale

The sales associates are desperate and the phone calls are going out en masse. The sale is 40% off and officially begins Thanksgiving. Prices subsequently drop to 50% and in slow years, like 2004, prices were reduced to 70% off in January. The discount includes lots of everything: shoes, bags and ready-to-wear.

Contact: Christina 212-327-4200

Live From Saks

Reports from the sale floor of 5th and 50th are flooding in. It appears as if Christmas is coming early this year and Saks is intent on moving out all in the inventory as soon as possible. The store s currently discounting merch initial 40% plus an additional 50%, which basically comes to about 70%. The additional discount ends Friday (Black Friday) at noon.

Here are some reports:

It's insane! Saks is selling goods at 13 cents on the dollar, according to a source close to company executives.

You can't find anyone to help you. All the sales people are running, says one shopper on the 10022- shoe floor.

One sales associate says, "I've been working here for 13 years and I've never seen a sale like this."

Just remember, Louboutins are not comfortable to wear on a breadline.

Updated Observations:

Merchandise is steadily being brought out from the stock rooms. It seems as if there is more than enough to go around. After all, that's the reason why they are having the sale.

One woman had 20 to 30 pair of shoes stacked to be brought out to her car. Her pile included Louboutins, Viviers and Chloes.

The Chanel boutique is starting its sale Friday morning. Call Endo (212-940-4347) first thing in the morning if there's something you have your eye on. Classic bags, of course, will not be on sale. Think fashion Fall 2008 if you're looking for a discount.

Employee s are worried. Prices cut this low could mean job cuts are next.

The Bergdorf's sale is still just 40% off but they have a history of holding out.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

YSL Starts First Markdown

YSL is about ready to announce their first markdown. ready-to-wear will be 40% off and shoes and accessories will be 30% to 35% off. The sale officially starts Friday but we are told that they will start ringing customers up tomorrow.

I think we will wait until YSL does their second markdown before we do any serious shopping. While on the topic: What was up with those atrocious "Trooper" heels.

Conact: Charles 212-988-3821

Saks Begins Black Friday Early

Saks is moving Black Friday to Tuesday, November 24-- or now. Saks will be having its initial 40% plus an additional 50% off on selected styles, which basically comes to about 70% until Friday noon.

After Friday at noon, the additional 50% turns to 30% which comes to about 56% off. And shortly thereafter Saks and other retailers will realize that 2008 will have no Black. For 2009, red is the new black!

Contact: Peter Tay 212-940-2401 (Good luck tracking him or anyone down.)

Editorial Correction: Sorry for the confusion earlier. In all the Saks madness it seems as if our trusty sales associate has confused days and dates. It appears as if the sale is currently in motion.

Burberry Private Sale v2

Burberry is having another private sale.
Thank you to the dozens of people who passed this along.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Viv
> Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 11:01 AM
> To: Ker; Cpmom; Sil, Beth; Emily;
> amy; sari; Rachel;
> lisa; Jennifer; Noelle ; mep
> Subject: Burberry Private pre-season sale
> Some of you know, my sister, works for Burberry in HK. Her
> colleagues here at the flagship store on 57th St sometimes calls me
> with info about their sales.
> So, their "private" sale begins tomorrow, Wednesday 11/19.
> All clothing (women's, men's children) should be 40% off and
> outerwear 30%.
> I know shopping is not a priority during these tough economic times
> but this is a great sale and if you need a new coat...
> Have fun shopping!

Contact: Sadia (212) 407-7100

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Neiman Marcus Designer Pre-Sale

The Neiman Marcus designer sale starts Friday and runs until Sunday. Fine (read: expensive) handbags, ladies shoes, apparel and men's will be all marked down 33% and when you use your Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman card you will receive an additional 15% off sale and regular priced merchandise.

Lastly, any purchase over $1000 in the above mentioned areas can qualify for 6mos interest free on your Neiman Marcus card. (Editorial comment: Don't do it! If you can't bank it today don't bank on tomorrow).

Pre-sale started today and Fall 2008 Chanel ready-to-wear and bags are included in the sale.

Ralph Lauren Friend and Family 30%

Ralph Lauren is hosting another 30% off friends and family sale. This time they seem to have mastered the fine print and that $17,000 purple croc Ricky Bag you've been lusting for is not included in the sale. However, the code does work for getting over $1000 off the Ricky Calf bag with gold detail.

It might be worth the extra typing to browse through the "Create Your Own" section of the site. Customizable polos are already reduced about 40% and the additional friends and family 30% makes the shirt half price. Not bad considering that also includes the entertainment of selecting your color choices.

Sale details are below. Thank you Dom!:

Gucci & Bedat Watch F&F v2 NYC

An additional Gucci/Bedat friends and family sale has been scheduled. The last Gucci watch f&f sale was in mid-October and held in East Rutherford, NJ This sale is at least a lot more convenient and you don't have to pay a toll to get back home. A Mad-Spy fan who sojourned to Rutherford in the Fall and reported back the following:
I went to this and bought 2 watches, one his and one hers, for $300. They are amazing! They also gave us an email list to sign up for to receive updates on the next event!

Here's all the information for those who get turned on from a Gucci tick:

Gucci & Bedet & Co. Watches
(Sale is a direct Gucci liquidation)
Thursday, Nov 20th and Friday, Nov. 21st

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
5th Floor
Up to 90% off Gucci
Up to 70% off Bedat
Cash & Credit Card Only.  All Sales Final.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Missoni: We See 50%

Missoni doesn't mess around. When the new season comes in prices drop on half. There are no pre-sales. No one day sales or mark-up/mark-down days. It's 50% and it will stay that way until after Christmas when they drop prices again to 70% or 80% off.

Well cruise wear is trickling in and the prices are slashed in half. Sorry, scarves and bathing suits are never put on sale at the Madison Avenue store. You will have to go to Century 21 for that.

Contact: Francesco 212-517-9339

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Gucci Gets Ready to Sale

I got a phone call late last week about Gucci hosting a "Holiday Shopping Night," on Thursday, Nov. 20th, were everything in the store will be reduced 10%! When I heard this I knew something was up. So I gave my good friend, Maura a call. Turns out that the big discount is coinciding with the Spring trunk show.

Yeah, Maura knows that that the meager 10% discount isn't going to drive shoppers like us. So she pointed out that we can take this opportunity to prepare for the official first markdown, which is slated for December. First markdown is usually 40% but I have a feeling that this year's sales will be earlier and more aggressive than we've seen in decades. Maura is off Tuesday but is ready to take your "pre-sale" list.

Contact: Maura 212-717-2619

Luxury Brands Lower Prices

It's a bold move and it's very hard to imagine but luxury brands are making a rare move and lowering prices. Yes, you heard correctly. Companies like, Chanel, Versace, Christian Louboutin and Chloé are reversing the industry's maxim that luxury prices only move up. The cuts range from 8% to 10% on most products sold in the U.S, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Don't think that the price move will cut into margins. The Journal points out that the price adjustment isn't likely to dent the profit margins of most European fashion houses because the value of the dollar has increased 28% against the euro since April. Most European luxury companies pay for their materials and labor in euros. The stronger dollar means these companies are earning more than they had budgeted on every handbag or piece of clothing sold in dollars.

The bold move may be applauded but who knows if it's enough to keep the cash flowing into extravagant purchases while the economy is severely crippled.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Chloe Sale Update

May-Spy Izzy Writes:

Just wanted to update you: The Chloe sale is insane-- as crazy eddie used to say! Three ready-to-wear pieces for $495, plus a free pair of pants-if that's not a sale, I don't know what is. Tons of sizes, lots of stock. Oh, and there is a dressing room. Run, don't walk!

We're running, but we can only move so fast in five inch Louboutins. And Trance, see, you really are a legend. And Izzy said it, not me.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Marni Pre-sale 30% Off

Getting from Park Avenue to SoHo in the middle of the week is-- for lack of a better term-- a bitch. My driver, Trance and I bicker the whole way down about whether it would be better to go West across the park or head South down the East side and head West across Houston. You get the point though. We don't head to SoHo very often.

However, there is the seldom sale that makes us pull out or downtown passports. A good Marni sale is one of those instances. Starting Friday, Nov. 14th Marni is pre-selling all Fall/Winter 2008 ready-to-wear, bags, shoes and accessories. The 30% off sale officially begins the following Friday Nov. 21st.

Bottom line: love Marni, dread SoHo and prefer the current sales at Saks and Bergdorfs. Passports are staying put!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bulgari Cleans Out The Vault

The poor economy is hitting every segment of the retail market, including jewelry. I have it on very good authority that Bulgari's upcoming "private" sale is going to be tremendous. Our insider says, "The vaults are overcrowded." So the goods are coming out at a huge discount, up to 75% off retail.

The sale runs from Saturday, Nov. 22 until Tuesday, Nov. 25th and will include jewelry, watches, handbags, accessories and fragrance. The details are below but I am assured that this is a jewelry sale you won't want to miss because like recessions-- they don't come around often. (Thank goodness for the last part.)

Jewelry, Watches, Handbags, Accessories, & Fragrance
Sat. Nov. 22nd - Tues. Nov 25th
9:00am to 6:00pm daily

At Soiffer Haskin
317 W 33rd Street
Credit Cards Only
For further information call:
(718) 747-1656

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dressing Up Baby 70% Off

Is there anything cuter than baby clothing? No!

Imagine how excited us Mommas get when we find a great deal for our kiddies. It's not like you can archive a onesie like vintage Corrège. After all, spit-up happens!

One great go to online destination is the newly launched Bare Naked Babies. The name alone makes us smile.

There you will find designer baby duds for up to 70% off. What's even better is that most of the clothing is current season because they know that you would never want your little girl to be in last season's pink.

Bloomies Friends and Family 20% Off

Bloomingdales is hosting a friends and family event from Thursday, Nov.13 from Sunday Nov. 16th. You can presale items now. You don't need a coupon, store credit card or any friends to get the 20% discount. Just mention that you're in-the-know and your discount will be applied.

The 20% might not sound so good but when staked on top of the current 30% promotion it brings the total savings up to 44% on many items. What's even better is that there are no restrictions during friends and family so you can go crazy on cosmetics and ...Chanel?!

The cosmetic departments are NOT taking part in the F&F, however many counters are giving away gifts. I know, cash is better than gifts!

Now Chanel: They ARE taking part in friends and family but in the form of gift cards. For every $250 you spend they will give you a $50 gift card. So it's like 20% back in the form of gift cards.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Roger Vivier Private Sale 40%

Some girls love Manolos, others swoon over Laboutons,but I personally go weak over Roger Viviers. You could imagine my surprise when I got a late night email from a Madison Avenue Vivier sales associate disclosing a private sale. Here is an excerpt from Mike's email:

To try and drum up business, (and hopefully some new clients for myself), the Vivier boutique is having a 4 day private sale event that starts Thursday the 13th and ends on Sunday the 16th. After the 13th, everything goes back to full price, and you'll have to wait until the 28th, (day ofter Thanksgiving) for the public sale.

So for those of you that can make it in on Wednesday, please ask for me, Mike, to show you all the sale items and i can put aside all of the things that you DEFINITELY want. Then on Thursday morning, (providing no one buys what you want at full price), i can ring up all of your goodies and messenger/ship them to you. or you can come by to pick them up as well, of course.

Mike: Please don't apologise for shameless promotion. Just keep sending us sale details as they come!

Contact: Mike 212-861-5371
750 Madison Ave. @ 65th Street

Celine Private Sale 40% Off

Here is VW's contribution to our dwindling balance sheet:

I'm not sure anyone shops there (until Phoebe Philo starts designing, anyway!) But I got a card in the mail ...Celine's private sale (40% off) starts today and runs through the 14th.

667 Madison Avenue@ 61st Street

Thank you VW. We just want to point out that Michael Kors did a great job with Celine. I guess he got too busy in the reality TV business to worry about designing other lines. In the meantime, we are very excited to see what Phoebe will do in the future.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Chloe Friends and Family 50% to 85% Off

Chloe is hosting a private friends and family sale of current and previous seasons of Chloe and SEE by Chloe. The sale will include ready to wear, handbags and accessories and runs from Thursday, Nov 13 until Saturday, Nov. 19th. Fire up your printer because you must bring a copy of this invite to gain entry. Details are below.

Chloe Friends and Family
50% to 85% Off
November 13th, 14th and 15th
9am to 7pm

Conference Center, 5th Floor
52nd Between 6th and 7th Avenues

No cash- Invite needed

Saks Increases Private Night Discount

Stop the presses!

Lackluster retail sales have caused Saks to up their Private Night event discount to 40% off. The promotion--which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week-- was slated to be a 30% discount but has been changed to entice more shoppers.

In addition, Prada merchandise will be eligible for the discount along with Christian Louboutin. Click here to read all the details about Saks Private Night and how to pre-sale items of your liking.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Burberry Private Sale 40% Off

An anonymous Mad-Spy reader wrote in the following tip:

Burberry is having a private sale until Monday in store and online. Up to 40% off. From past experience I can tell you that they will be selling everything that is on private sale at full price unless you know about the sale.

Here is the link to the online sale
. Please use this information for good and not a horrid barn jacket.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Ralph Lauren Private Sale 40% Plus 15% More

Ralph Lauren is hosting a private sale where merchandise is up to 40% off. You can also receive another 15% by printing the below invite. (Thank you Paige Turner!)The sale starts Thursday, Nov 13th and goes until Monday, Nov 17th and includes Purple label, Black Label, Polo sportswear, accessories, footwear and much more.

P.S. I apologise for the poor image quality and recommend you blow up the image to read it more easily.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Montblanc Friends and Family

One of our readers, Ren, works downtown in marketing and got wind of what he describes as, "Montblanc's fabulous city sale where they usually have excellent items beyond the pens (think watches, jewelry, leather goods) at great discounts. "

The sale is Monday and Tuesday next week. The details are below but make sure to print out a copy of the invite because the sale is "Private."

Montblanc Private Friend's and Family Sale
Monday, Nov. 10 from 9:00am until 5:30pm
Tuesday, Nov 11 from 8:30am until 5:30pm

Millennium Broadway Hotel
125 West 44th St,.6th Floor (between 6th and 7th ave)

Credit Cards Only- All Sales Final

Defying Age With Oz Garcia

I'm going to take a moment to deviate from sale talk because good health and living well is priceless. You know how much I love Oz Garcia and his enthusiasm for looking great, staying healthy, feeling young and looking great, looking great, and looking great.

Oz's celeb clients include, Hilary Swank, Victoria Secret model Karolina Kurkova, Project Runway's Heidi Klum, bold named rap stars, Russian Oligarchs and yours truly. You can get a piece of his wisdom for a small fraction of what the stars pay by attending his symposium at the 92nd St Y on Tuesday, Nov 11th at 6:30pm.

There Oz will be discussing how you can redesign your path to youthful vitality. His talk will examine the benefits of power foods, the next generation of nutraceuticals, energy and mood boosters and brain function enhancers. He will explain the latest developments in weight management breakthroughs, immune strengthening tools and progressive cosmetic treatments to promote a more youthful appearance and increase vitality. All that for just $18!

Tickets can be purchased through the Y's website by clicking here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Henri Bendel Friends & Family 20% Off

I have no idea who shops at Henri Bendel's any more. It used to be a store great for introducing interesting designers and unique accessories. No other department store had a millinery department like Bendel's but all that is gone. On the bright side, there is a vast cosmetic floor!!!

If nothing brings you to Bendels you might want to do some exploring being that they are hosting a 20% off friends and family event from Friday, Nov. 7th until Sunday, Nov. 9th. Only full priced merch is included but hats usually didn't go on sale anyway.

Thanks for the tip J.L.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Saks Private Night Pre-Sale

Like most New York institutions, Saks has a secret society that enjoys special privileges. For instance, certain Manhattan elite [read the likes of: Barbra Walters] have a constant 30% off discount. Other shoppers enjoy the store alone with their stylists and personal shoppers while a skeleton staff stays after hours [ahem: Céline Dion]. Then there are the minority of shoppers who are invited to Private Night [me and you].

Presenting Private Night c/o Peter Tay:


Fall 2008 Private Night sale will be on November 11 and 12. I do not have a list of what is on sale, however I am sure there will be lots of goodies.

The following vendors are excluded from Private Night - Chanel, Prada, Gucci, and Miu Miu.

In order for me to accomodate everyone I am asking you to email me A list of definite items you want and A second list of maybes as A backup.

The "definites" list should consist of the shoes/bags/etc that you want unconditionally. You can "shop" through my Facebook albums and give me the numbers, color and size of each of the shoes that you definitely want. This way I can set your shoes aside before the madness begins.

The "maybe" list should consist of shoes/bags/etc that would be the replacement goodies, in the event that some of the items on the "definite" list become unavailable.

Once I receive both lists, I will start pulling your "definite" lists, and then follow with your "maybe" lists. I will then get in touch with you and let you know the outcome.

Please be considerate of my time when compiling your list. I have many clients to help so please only include items you are seriously interested in.

If you are still not a member of facebook, I would strongly recommend you become one, if not just to look at shoes in my albums, but to connect to all your friends who are.
This assures that you get what you want without coming into the store and minimizing the handling of your items.

If you will be using pre existing EGC, please let me know so I can transfer the balances to an EGC card u can process on your behalf. If you have an EGC with a balance greater than $1000.00, email me so I can give you directions on how to send your EGC to me.

It's first come, first serve, so don't miss out!



Peter Tay
Saks Fifth Avenue
Women's Designer Shoe Salon
611 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022
T: 212-940-2401
Days off: Mondays & Tuesdays
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Luca Luca Private Pre-sale 40% Off

Today I received the following text message:

Hey MAS. U didn't hear it from me, but luca luca presale is from nov 6th -8th. sale is invite only. Mear Mortals must wait until the 10th 4 such fab savings. Xxoo. Kiki.

There you go. I figured I would keep the typos to maintain authenticity. Kiki: we love you but you need to send us a copy of the invite! Between now and then just insist you "forgot" it at home. Everyone knows you're a goddess.

Contact: Inci (212) 288 9285

Monday, November 3, 2008

La Perla Private Sale 40% Off

Almost as important as what you wear is what you don't wear. That's why La Perla has always been the go-to brand for those who like to dress up and undress. 

Well this week the girly girls and bad girls are both being rewarded. From Wednesday, Nov 5th until Sunday, Nov 9th, La Perla is hosting an invite only private sales allowing shoppers 40% off lingerie, swimwear and ready to wear. (You must print and bring a copy of the below invite.)

Thank me for the savings but I will not be responsible for what you do with the merchandise.
Merci Ms. Dancer!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cosmetic Wars: Friends and Family

Last week the department stores were duking it out with their 40% off sales. This week it's Sephora and Starting Wednesday through Friday is offering customers 20% off all products except NARS and Kooba.

Then from Thursday until Sunday, will be offering their friends 20% off. The magic Sephora code is FF2008 and can be used as many times as one likes. What's even better is that there are no exclusions. However, I've been told that they tend to "run out of product" quickly during these sales.