Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fashion's Biggest Production

There is no industry like the fashion industry when it comes to throwing a good party. Since we are speaking of good parties, it's hard to not mention one of the best: Life Ball, in Vienna, Austria. It is truly the world's most lavish and extravagant HIV and AIDS benefit.

The event encompasses so many brilliant factors, including an extravagant fashion show, a celebrity master of ceremonies and amazing pre-during-and-after-parties. This year's fashion ball, which will take place on May 21, will be presented by DSquared and Janet Jackson will be officially reigning over event.

Life Ball guests will walk down the red carpet in costume or black tie. After a beautiful presentation, celebrity appearances and performances, guests will be entertained by a fashion show that trumps anything to have ever taken place in Bryant Park (or Lincoln Center.)

Like most fashion events, there are only a limited number tickets available world-wide. But don’t worry, Steele Luxury Travel has your ticket reserved! From May 18 to May 23 Steele Travelers will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

Each traveler will enjoy the Steele treatment New York, accommodations at the chic Ring Hotel, tickets to the Life Ball ceremonies, a city tour of Vienna, an exclusive tour of the Demel confectionery house and two unique dining experiences. All this AND a post-Life Ball Sunday brunch starting at just $2,300 a person.
Click here to see a list of available packages.

See you in Vienna!

Steele Luxury Travel

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Prices Cut at Jil Sander Sample Sale

By: TJ Kennedy

The now famous Jil Sander sample sale ends this Saturday and we knew that if we held out long enough we would be able to benefit from even better discounts than before. The early bird may catch the worm but the late shopper usually gets better prices.

Shoppers can now find long sleeves and tees that usually start at $195 for 90% off, up from 80% last week. Similarly, travel-ready cardigans (that even come in a little Jil Sander zip pouch) retail from $995 to $1275 are also now 90% off. Possibly the perfect Mother’s Day gift?

Other basics include cream-colored blazers and jackets that retail for $1,275 and are still 80% off along with a plentiful assortment of jeans and black trousers that have been further reduced to 90% off $895.

All of the dresses left are dark colors, some wool plaid, some deep velvet, and all retailing for upwards of $2,000. There are lots of knee length skirts that retail for $895. The markdown on these items have stayed steady at 80%. (It's never too late -- or early-- to shop for fall.)

The shoe selection is still pretty decent, although most of the styles left are bold, to say the least. Classic pumps and ballet flats are the most picked over. There are a few pairs of purple pony hair ankle boots along with some navy sequin peep toes with all sizes but 38 & 39 left. Some of the less popular styles of pumps and wedges have more sizes to offer and at 80% off, it’s worth a look.

The bag inventory is a bit disappointing. While there are plenty of them left, they are all the same style of cut out leather in navy and cream. The same holds true with the bathing suit selection. Unfortunately there are only a handful of bathing suits left, in orange and blue, and mostly in size large.

As far as menswear goes, there are a few pairs of loafers and man-dals, along with an assortment of jackets. The pants are lacking and there is only one blue and with pinstripe style dress shirt left, although in every size.

It’s worth stopping by for great deals on luxury basics, but don’t expect to be blown away. You have to admit though, any selection of Jil Sander at 90% off is many times better than Uniqlo.

Jil Sander Sample Sale
Through Saturday, April 30
10am to 6pm
8 Crosby St (btwn Howard and Grand Sts), 4th fl

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

White + Warren Pop-Up Shop & Sample Sale

One of our favorite cashmere and fashion brands, White + Warren will be holding a pop-up shop and sample sale for ONE DAY ONLY. We are told that their showroom’s third floor pop-up shop is fully stocked with spring 2011 merchandise, including loads of luxury cashmere for $100 to $150 from original prices of $250 and up.

Even sweeter deals can be found at the company’s sixth floor sample sale. We’re talking tees and jackets, cashmere wraps, skirts, scarves and beach sweaters. It's comfort and style at its very best.

The company was founded in 1997 with a simple mission—to bring quality cashmere to fashion-savvy women everywhere. The collection has expanded to include top-to-toe fashion items; and now, it boasts a men's line as well.

White + Warren Pop-Up Shop
Thursday, April 28 from 8am to 8pm
80 West 40TH Street,
3rd Floor
Credit cards accepted/ Final Sale

White + Warren Samples Only Sale
Thursday, April 28 from 8am to 7pm
80 West 40TH Street,
6rd Floor
Cash Only/ Final Sale

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Tag Heuer Online Friends & Family

Every year Tag Heuer hosts an online friends and family sale. This season they are cooking up some great deals on watches and jewelry. You can use this link to access the private sale along with the friends and family password: springff2011

Once inside the restricted site, you will find various style watches and fine jewelry all discounted 40% to 60% off. A stainless steal Formula 1 chronograph with an orange face is $599 from $1350, a Grand Carrera chronometer in stainless steal and gold is $2499 from $5800 and a Move 1 yellow gold women's watch is $5950 from $1800.

The sale also includes a few pieces of gold, silver and diamond jewelry. A bold gold ring is $650 from $1430, white gold and diamond hanging earrings are $2800 from $5000 and a pave diamond star shaped pin is $550 from $1300.

We suggest that you don't take too long contemplating your purchases, even though all sales are final. The inventory seems to be going quickly and that sale only started yesterday. The promotional site enshuts down on May 3rd but all purchases are guaranteed to be delivered by Mother's Day.

Tag Heuer Friends & Family
Passcode: springff2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Century 21: Fashion Worth Fighting For?

By ManhattanMataHari

Century 21 is known for their name brand designer deals. It's a city landmark filled with epic stories about unearthed treasures and luxury deals. As with every store, however, the merchandise and prices seem to range widely from season to season. We thought it was about time to start our spring shopping and find out if Century 21 is truly serving up: "Fashion worth fighting (tourists) for!"

We started our review in the accessories department. Right away we found an exemplary selection of silk scarves, including Pucci ($59.97 to 79.97), Versace ($99.97) and Missoni ($79.97) neatly organized in trays in glass cases.

It was a bit disappointing not to see any of Missoni’s iconic woven scarves in the accessories department, but a quick foray into the shoe department proved a plethora of Missoni shoes ($249.7to $399.97). There was also wide assortment of Marc Jacobs and Givenchy high heel sandals. Both brands were priced at $199.97, while Derek Lam espadrilles will set you back $219.97. We also found a decent selection of Badgley Mischka formal shoes priced nicely at $79.97 to $89.97. (After all, it is bridesmaid season.)

Moving upstairs, we went straight to the European Designer section but were sad to see so many ill-sorted dresses already damaged. Some of the better (and easy to spot) finds were $775 Missoni dresses selling for $199. On the bright side, there was a wide assortment of discounted Stella McCartney but the prices still seemed a bit too lofty. A fabulous $2460 pearl embellished silk tank was $849.97 and other embellished silk tanks and tees were still $349.97 to $499.97.

Not far from Stella’s loot, we found Lanvin sequin embellished blazers for $1899.97 from $5875. A Chanel-inspired Lanvin wool blazer was $1799.97 from $5425. Also in the mix were Jil Sanders and Derek Lam apparel. The real deal seemed to be the selection of Dolce & Gabbana bustier corset style tops ($229.97 to $349.97) and filmy satin and lace camisoles ($149.97 to $179.97).

Racks of Marc Jacobs apparel dominated one whole area, and there was a large selection of their classic black trench coats for $329.97 from $628. For a more unique spin on the classic trench there were some nice Gyphon khaki studded collar versions for $259.97 from $690.

Overall, we were a bit disappointed by the amount of damaged inventory. Shoppers mus review their purchases carefully prior to checking out. That in combination with the overwhelming lack of organization, clueless tourists and overall high prices, makes us think that shopping boutique and department store sales may be a better option. Bottom line: Fashion not so worth fighting for.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Montblanc Friends & Family Sale

Montblanc's "private" friends and family sale is always a great place to pick up sophisticated gifts without breaking the bank. This sale is usually a reader favorite. You can always count on legitimately good deals, like $600 fountain pens selling for $150 or $1,000 leather bags marked down to $250.

The sale is only two days and starts Thursday, April 28. Last time we attended the sale on the second day and the inventory was a bit depleted. This season, that shouldn't be a problem because purchases are being limited. Each shopper can only buy two watches, five writing instruments, five pieces of jewelry and five pieces of leather. That should be more than enough for shoppers like you and me but enough limits to keep the reselling hoarders at bay.

Montblanc "Private" Friends & Family
Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29
Thurs. 8:30am am to 5:30pm, Fri. 8:30am to 4:30pm
Palace Hotel
455 Madison Avenue (4th Floor) Madison & 50th Street

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Totally Great Louis Vuitton Deal

There is a reason why Louis Vuitton named one of their most versatile handbags, the "Totally." It's totally versatile and totally usable. The medium size is perfect for toting your 15" MacBook Pro to work or handling a towel and sunglasses at the beach. Either way, it's totally indestructible and totally timeless.

Um, but then there's the price, of course. With a pricetag that tops $1000, the Totally may have some competition. That is, if you had to spend $1000. Every day the innovative penny auction site, auctions off an assortment of luxury merchandise for a fraction of their retail value. Just last week a pair of Louboutin heels sold for $3.90 and a $150 Neiman Marcus gift card was won for just $1.17. Would you believe the last LV Totally that auctioned off sold for $36.33?

Penny auctions like allow registered users to to purchase bids and score great luxury items for a fraction of their retail price. What’s even better, is that all the items on the site are purchased directly from the retailer and are guaranteed authentic and brand new. As an extra bonus, Madison Avenue Spy readers can get 10% off their first purchase of bids by using the code MADISONAVE.

Be sure to check out to find a never-ending line-up of wonderful items at even better deals. In addition to the Totally, is offering great prizes like $100 gift cards to Saks Fifth Avenue and Burberry.

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David Yurman's Bridal Collection

By: ManhattanMataHari

Wedding and anniversary season is just around the corner. But really, who needs an excuse to indulge in exquisite jewelry. This month, David Yurman introduced a bridal line that includes engagement rings, wedding bands and other romantic pieces guaranteed to make a gal swoon.

David Yurman’s modern designs are likely to steal market share from traditional bridal institutions like Tiffany’s and Cartier. The collection includes all the traditional elements of any bridal line but all with Yurman’s twist. In addition to the standard bridal designs, the line-up also includes the patented David Yurman Signature Cut Diamond, which is a cushion-cut diamond with 75 facets.

With retail price points comparable to Tiffany’s, each of the 18 rings in the collection are sure to retain top value based on the high quality of GIA certified diamonds. For a truly one-of-a kind experience, the Yurman team is available to assist in custom designs with popular colored diamonds or other design alterations.

Benedicte Mackiewicz: 212-752-4255

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lai Closing Sale

Lai, which is known for their classic leather and exotic skin accessories is closing their off-Madison store in June. All merchandise is currently 40% to 70% off. We expect the discounts to continue as the closing date approaches.

We did a browse through the boutique and found that the merchandise is already beginning to get picked over. We still found a men's Alligator belt for $195, a woman's snake skin hot pink belt is $85, another women's belt in teal alligator is $105, the same style in blue croc is $85 and a huge suede snake skin hot pink bag is $1100 from $2200.

Although we are quite excited about the deals, we are saddened to see this boutique leave the neighborhood. Lai, which stands for Luxury Goods International, was started in 1953 by importing crocodile skins from South America and selling them to makers of shoes, handbags, and other leather goods.

35 East 65th St.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Saks Friends & Family Presale

Saks Friends & Family is scheduled to start on Thursday, April 28 and run until May 1. We hear that sales associates will be officially allowed to begin preselling merchandise this Friday.

The very loosely defined friends and family sale will be 20% off clothing and accessories and 10% off cosmetics. Every season this promotion becomes more popular, the discount gets reduced and the brand exclusions get longer. This time around we hear that Chloe and Brian Atwood have been added to the list of non-participating brands. (A full list of lasts season's exclusions are below.)

David Yurman, Chanel, Bugaboo, Fendi, Dior, Gucci, Prada, NorthFace, Hermes, Graff, Cartier, H. Stern, Pomelatto, Buccellati, Garrard, Bvlgari, St. John, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Marni, Loro Piana, Akris, Azzedine Alaia, Bridal Salon, Chado Ralph Rucci, Doo Ri apparel, Dries Van Noten apparel and shoes, Erdem apparel, Giambattista Valli, J Mendel apparel, Piazza Sempione apparel, Brian Reyes apparel, Escada apparel, Etro apparel, Brunello Cucinelli, Ralph Lauren Women's Black Label and Collection, Ralph Lauren Men's Black Label and Purple Label, TSE apparel, Celine shoes, Oscar De La Renta, Commes des Garcons, Jil Sander, Loro Piana, Marchesa Couture, Marc Jacobs apparel, Mario Schwab apparel, Marni, Junya Watanabe, Peter Pilotto apparel, Vionnet apparel, Zegna, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent shoes and handbags, Valentino, Lanvin, Ugg Australia, Sergio Rossi, Moschino, Donna Karan shoes, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander Wang apparel and handbags, McQ, Opening Ceremony, Under.ligne by Doo Ri, Ann Demeulemeester, Derek Lam, Tod's shoes and handbags, Roger Vivier shoes, Camilla Skovgaard shoes, Charvet, Kiton, Maison Martin bags, Roger Vivier, Isaia, Mikimoto on only, Marco Bicego on only, Jude Frances, only, Ippolita on only, Charbonnel et Walker, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Peter Shoiket, John Allan Men's Grooming Salon, Louis Vuitton, The Fur Salon, Watch and Jewelry Repair.

It's (Another) Girl!!!

The entire Madison Avenue Spy staff would like to congratulate Lila Delilah the birth of her third daughter.

For the record, Lila promises not to convert this to a mommy blog and that's one thing for which we could all be thankful.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Stella Kids Great for Adults Too

By: TJ Kennedy

When it comes to children’s wear, Stella McCartney has got all the spring essentials. The prices on her laid-back chic looks can sometimes be a bit of a shopping deterrent. In past seasons, the famed designer collaborated with Gap to make a children's line that was just as chic as her marquee brand. The best part was that the larger sized kid's clothing could still fit a slender or petite adult.

Stella has since given up her relationship with Gap and has gone solo in the kid's apparel business. As a matter of fact, the center section of her chic Meatpacking boutique is designated to her Kids Stella line. The collection is a rainbow of color amongst the mostly neutral women’s wear.

Pony printed tees and floral tanks for girls up to age 4, all around $38, pair perfectly with the coral colored jeans priced at $82. Mini skirts and denim shorts fit for a pint-sized princess retail for $62. Other spring trends for tots are colored striped dresses and rompers in baby sizes as well as four-year-old sizes. While it’s still a bit chilly out, striped sweaters for boys and girls, from baby sizes to 10 years old, are priced at $88. Blue and red plaid ponchos are $118 and the adorable yellow matching rain boots are only $47.

So how do these budget friendly and stylish items translate to a full grown body? Unfortunately, the dresses and pants will not work. Instead try your luck with the floral tanks, lightweight cardigans and ponchos in size 10. The cardigans were only $63 and came in neutral grey tones while the floral tanks came in red and blue. The Stella kid's collection also has a great military inspired jacket that comes in a size 12, which is just $189. Pair the jacket with jeans and some imaginative accessories and the potential is limitless.

As far as clothes for boys go, the selection is much more limited. Some of the pieces are fit for both genders, but let’s face it, little girl clothes are just more fun! Now if only the big girl clothes at Stella had the same low prices.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Consigning: Out With the Old, In With the New

By: ManhattanMataHari

As the city blooms into spring and we begin to retire our down jackets and boots it's hard not to contemplate storage issues with the changing over of the closet. After all, this is New York. Each season we face the dilemma of either paying for storage or parting with clothes that have gone unloved for the past year (or more). Luckily, Manhattan is a hotspot for designer and couture consignment with numerous establishments along Madison Avenue.

Strolling up Madison Avenue in the 80s, there is one of the greatest concentrations of consignment stores in the city. Nearly every store follows a 50/50 split for items, meaning the final sale price will be split equally between the consignor and the store.

Before you load up all your unwanted fashion valuables, it's best to make an appointment with your desired destination. Most stores will not review merchandise unless prior arrangements are made. most require appointments to assess the value of your goods. Currently, most stores are only accepting spring and summer merchandise. So all those unwanted jackets and seaters will not be accepted until the end of summer.

Some stores are known for specializing in certain items and brands – earlier this month Madison Avenue Spy reported on how Fisch For the Hip, in Chelsea, has the best selection of Hermes Birken bags in the city.

Below is a guide of local consignment stores that all have a consistent track records for excellent merchandise and great reputations. In grand Madison Avenue Spy style, we surveyed the stores and are bringing you the highlights. We just ask that you don't blame any temptation on us!

Michael’s The Consignment Shop for Women
1041 Madison Avenue (between 79th and 80)
Michael’s consistently has a great selection of various designer handbags and shoes that may tempt you during your consignment appointment. While there was a lone olive Chanel Reissue flap and no Birkens to speak of, their online sale site has a YSL white leather Muse for $595, and a black patent classic Chanel for $1500. In store, there is a great selection of rare Hermes Collier de Chien belts. Black and Brown crocodile versions are $2500 each and the regular chestnut leather version is $1500 (the black leather version is available online). Since 30% markdowns begin after merchandise has been there for 30 days, savvy shoppers may want to wait until the beginning of May to score any of these gorgeous belts. While shopping, we couldn't resist a brand new pair of Balmain suede studded gladiator sandals for $125 that retailed for over $1000 new.

La Boutique Resale
1045 Madison Avenue (near 80th)
A few steps away from Michaels, La Boutique’s main store boasts lots of racks of designer clothing, with jackets and boots currently marked down 20%. Some items that caught our attention were a lovely Chanel metallic reissue medium flap bag for $2500, a Stella McCartney pastel plum colored Falabella tote for $575, and classic Hermes H belts for $400 to$450. Lots of Jimmy Choos currently dominate their modest shoe section.

Encore Resale
1132 Madison Avenue (between 84/85th)
For a wider selection of clothing, Encore should definitely be on your re-sale shopping list, especially since their claim to fame as the first consignment store in the US. Encore has a good selection of high end couture and designer items, like a fabulous vintage Lanvin pink and black polka dot dress for $200 and a sheer silk Prada geometric dress for $180.

A Second Chance Designer Resale
1109 Lexington Avenue (between 77-78th)
A stone’s throw away from Madison Avenue is one of the best places to find vintage and contemporary Chanel handbags and accessories in the city. A gently used patent black 226 classic flap will set you back $2700, while a lovely chestnut leather Hermes Evelyn bag is $999. They also have a great selection of Louis Vuitton handbags, and even a number of large red Goyard travel pieces (at about $2999). They do not have a lot of retail space for clothing, so if you are looking to unload a significant amount of your closet, other stores may be a better bet.

208 East 73rd St (between 2nd and 3rd)
A bit further off the beaten path you can find the Upper East Side outpost of Ina. (They have four other stores downtown). While their Prince Street location is renowned for high end couture, the plethora of designer shoes for smaller footed (6-7.5) fashionistas was remarkable. Gently used Blahniks, Choos, and Louboutins don’t break the bank at just around $150.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Baccarat Sample Sale

Sipping Dom Perignon on a festive occasion maybe nice but there is only one way to make that yummy bubbly taste a bit better. The flavor enhancer we have in mind isn't in the beverage but in the accessories, of course. There is something about a red Baccarat Vega Flutissimo champagne flute that escalates champagne flavor and the festivities.

At $160 a glass, or almost $2000 for 12, it might make more sense to buy another case of champagne. After all, who has a party with just 12 people? It's always our philosophy to not make budget choices unless it's absolutely necessary and a good sale is always a fantastic workaround.

For two days, Baccarat will be discounting their delectable items up to 80% off. The only catch is that you have to drive to the brand's warehouse in New Jersey. But think of how many glasses you could buy if they ere just $32 a pop! TIn addition to barware, the sale will include vases, jewelry crystal decor and French China. We think discounts like that are reason enough to throw a party!

Baccarat Sample Sale
Friday, April 15 to Saturday, April 16
Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 3pm
36 Mayfield Ave. Edison, NJ 08837

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Look for Less: Prada, Gucci and Jil Sander

By: TJ Kennedy

Bright colors, crochet, and fringe spiced up the runways for spring 2011 and it’s time to put these warm weather looks into action. The tailored, sexy suits from Gucci have made a huge splash, gracing the covers of every magazine adorning celebs from Katy Perry to Tina Fey. Lucky for us, the fast fashion companies have really stepped up their game to match the colors and styles of our beloved high-end designers.

While the gorgeous emerald green Gucci blazer for this season runs for $2,150, Zara has a similar version in the same color along with a stunning orange, currently on sale for $99.90. They also have a Gucci look-alike satin mini skirt with tailored front pockets in green and cobalt blue on sale for $39.90. The wide variety of jewel-tone color options of skirts, blazers, and blouses, gives you the freedom to create your own springtime suit in the color pallet of your choice for a fraction of Gucci’s prices.

Other looks from the spring collection feature bright colored jeans, also seen at Jil Sander, Rachel Roy and Max Mara-- a must-have for this season. H&M has a pair of jeggings in the perfect shade of orange that would complement a bright blazer perfectly for only $19.95. They also have a neutral tan blazer for $59.95, $40 less than the Zara version and an adorable blue, cropped Burberry-type trench jacket for just $34.95.

Another hot trend thanks to the spring line from Prada is colorful horizontal stripes. There was no shortage of this trend at H&M and Forever 21, with tanks, tees, and floor length dresses filling up the racks. As expected, Forever 21 had the cheapest selection with striped tanks under $10 and a floor length dress only $19.95. The same dress was at H&M for $34.50 and Zara had a similar version for $59.

As far as crochet goes, Isabel Marant, Ralph Lauren and Gucci set the bar which H&M and Forever 21 happily hopped over. Both stores had several pieces (tops, shorts, and skirts) in a variety of colors, from brown to bright pink, all under $30. Fringed pink ponchos, striped green knit tops, and even neutral woven shorts. Pair one of these tops with the Etro inspired print long skirt that costs $9.90 at H&M and you’ll be the picture of boho-chic without breaking the bank.

The real deal of the season had to be jewel-toned leggings at H&M in purple, teal, and coral, (adorable under a floral ‘70s style tunic) for only $4.50! These are the perfect accent to the hyper color trend that stormed the runways at Gucci, Fendi, Prada, and Dior.

No matter how much of a fashion purist one may be it's impossible to stock up on every trend every season. We suggest saving money by picking and choosing a few of these more trendy looks. Then you can splurge on the true icons of the season (when they go on sale, of course.)

Mark your calendar. Wednesday afternoon is the lighting round for an iPad 2 on The last one sold for just $75.65. The only question is what color are you going to choose, black or white?

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Lana Marks 50-60% Off

Lana Marks is discounting her very finely made exotic skin bags by 50% to 60% off. The sale started earlier this month and will run until the end of this week. We are told that the discount depends on the color more than the style. Beige, brown, and black colored bags are mostly marked 50% off. More vibrant colors bags like red, blue and gray are 60% off.

Buyer beware, Lana Marks may not be as expensive as an exotic Hermes bag but that doesn't mean the goods wont cause ticker shock. Totes normally range in price from $12,000 to $25,000 and the famous Lana Marks clutch is priced between $6,000 to $9,000.

Just know that the large ticker price does provide high quality. Lana Marks uses AAA quality skins-- the highest quality rating. We are told that it's actually the same quality as Hermes. In contrast, exotic handbag maker Nancy Gonzalez's handbags are much more affordable because her skins may contain flaws. It's like a diamond da'rling.

Lana Marks bags are also sold in Bergdorf Goodman and once in a while, at the end of the season, you can find super reduced leftover. Keep your eyes open because great quality should never be compromised.

Contact: Shawn 212-355-6135

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Madison Avenue Watch Week

Every spring, the Madison Avenue BID highlights a certain segment of its retailers. Last year, the theme was blooming jewels -- a collaboration between jewelry stores and well-known floral designers. The year before, film and fashion were highlighted. This spring, the local business improvement district is spotlighting Madison Avenue as the largest fine watch marketplace in North America, and home to the world’s premier timepiece flagship boutiques

The official Madison Avenue Watch Week will run from April 11 to April 16. Dozens of watch boutiques along the Avenue are scheduled to feature artisan demonstrations, new watch previews, discussions with watchmakers, exhibits of antique and historic timepieces and, of course, private VIP sales appointments.

The week is packed with a full calendar of watch events, including J.P. Journe's unveiling of the Octa UTC, Montblac will have a "certified regulator"with which to speak and at Georg Jensen you can exclusively purchase the iconic Henning Koppel designed Watch. You can view the full calendar of watch week events at In addition to the long list of public events, you can also request invitations to private consultations and viewings by submitting a request here.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fall in Love: Cartier Diamond Trinity Ring

Few tales are as good as a sweet love story. This dream tale starts with a model. Not just any model but one the type of girl who is sweet, kind, caring and chic. Well, as expected Ms. Magnetic had no problem attracting suitors. Countless men showered her with valuable gifts: diamonds of all sizes, Rolex watches, Cartier jewels. The list goes on and on.

It wasn’t until Ms. Magnetic met Mr. Well-Known Artist that she felt it was time to settle down. There is one catch. Mr. Well-Known Artist requested that his fiancĂ©e-to-be put her relationships of the past behind her and shed her past love charms.

Ms. Magnetic is more than happy to oblige and is looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life. Now all those diamonds, watches and jewels can be yours at a fraction of their retail price from Take this Cartier pave diamond Trinity ring. The retail price for this classic ring, size 6.5, is $18,000 but it can be yours for just $8,100.

Sound good to you? Us too. Check out the designer consignment store where you can always find a wide array of designer jewelry, diamonds, gems and watches.

On the flip size, will help you move towards the next chapter of your love story by purchasing your gems and jewelry for cash.
Missy Schorr

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ShoeBox Friends and Family

The uptown, downtown, all-around-the-town shoe boutique, ShoeBox is offering customers a 20% savings on all shoes in the store. The sale started today and runs through the weekend.

We would suggest scouting out the Alexander McQueen and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, both of which are not usually included in department store friends and family promotions. Just be aware, sometimes the boutique will re-merchandise last season's styles and a 20% markdown on those isn't even enough.

Click here to view store locations.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Chanel Cosmetics 10% Off

Lord & Taylor is not the usual suspect for scoring great deals on Chanel. You might want to rethink that generalization, especially when the store is hosting their friends and family discount. From April 16 to April 23, Lord & Taylor is offering customers 25% off most items in the store. Cosmetics and fragrances will be priced at 10% off.

So how does Chanel specifically work into this deal? Well, at a time when you might have a hard time scoring Chanel's hottest summer nail color at Bergdorf Goodman or Saks -- Lord & Taylor is fully stocked. The 10% discount is just icing on the cake.

Presale for the friends and family discount has already begun and we suggest you make a list of all your Chanel (and other cosmetic needs) before heading out. After all, the savings may even pay for your cab fare.

Janet 212-391-3718

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Kate & Jack Spade Friends and Family

We've never been one for jumping on the hot trend bandwagon and if you had suggested a Kate Spade anything in the 90's we would have rolled our eyes. However, Kate Spade in 2011, has a whole new definition. The company's bags, clothing and accessories are bright and carefree, while adding a bit of spring in your step and summer to your heart.

This week, the company is offering shoppers 25% off friends and family discount on all merchandise. Yes, that includes sale items too! We strongly encourage you to browse the brand's assortment of products and take advantage of a generous early season discount. We found an adorable sale bow cardigan for $150 from $245, a pop-arty straw tote for about $295 from $345 and a silk floral wrap dress for $295 from $395. (Doesn't it remind you a bit of an Oscar de la Renta dress?) On the men's side, you can never go wrong with the Jack Spade messenger bag in bright orange, which is $160 from $195.

The sale is only Friday and Saturday (April 8th and April 9th). Kate Spade online shoppers can use the code FFSPR11 to engage the discount. Jack Spade customers can use the online code JACK25 at checkout. We already feel more cheery with the combination of colors and savings. How about you?

Monday, April 4, 2011

OutNet's 2nd Birthday

The OutNet is teasing customers about the announcement of its upcoming 2nd Anniversary. For the site's first birthday customers were showered with a wide assortment of merchandise costing just $1.

As expected the finds were awesome but designer merchandise priced at $1 expectedly attracted more demand than supply. Last year's sale lasted less than an hour before all the merchandise was gobbled up and the site crashed. Despite the disappointment, some lucky customers reported snagging items like $600 Brian Atwood sandals, a $4300 Chloe dress, a $3000 Christian Lacroix dress and $1400 Halston boots.

This year, the sale will take place on April 15 and the rules are a bit different. The OutNet will be giving out 2000 shopping passes, which will allow you to participate in the $2 sale. The rules and process are a bit lengthy but you can get all the nitty gritty details below.

To win a $2 sale ticket, you'll need to enter the draw between April 4th and April 12th.

Here's what you need to know:

- Enter the $2 sale draw and every day 200 winners will be picked at random to win a ticket to the sale on April 15th.

- You only need to enter once to be included in every daily draw.

- There are more chances to win! Get your friends to enter and you could win a ticket – the top 200 sharers will automatically receive a ticket.

- We're also giving away 20 prizes of $200 store credit and all those who enter the draw will receive free shipping.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Scoop Friends & Family

Tired of the big department store sale restrictions? Well, fret no more. Scoop is offering friends and family 25% off all full price merchandise. The discount is in stores and online with the use of the code FRIENDS25. The sale started Saturday but continues through April 5.

Considering that Scoop did not outline any designer restrictions, we would suggestion going for the Missoni and Zac Posen mechandise. Actually, you really can't go wrong on any purchase considering the friends and family discounts at Bloomies and Saks are just 20%.

Now, if only Scoop would match department store return policies...