Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Upcoming Sample Sales

There are some very interesting sample sales coming up this week. Instead of posting about them individually, we thought we would list them all in one post. Of course, there are several more sales going on in the coming weeks but here's what we think will be the best, brightest and most money saving.

Rag & Bone
Past coverage c/o Racked
Thursday, December 1 to Sunday, December 4
Thurs & Fri 10:30am to 8pm, Sat 12pm to 7pm & Sun 12pm to 5pm
Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave. (btwn. 15th & 16th St.)

Alexis Bittar
Past coverage c/o Racked
Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3
Fri & Sat 9am to 6:30pm
125 W. 21st St. (bet. 6th & 7th Ave.)
Cash Only

Pre-sale scoop c/o Mizhattan
Friday, Dec 1
10am to 7pm
The Ace Hotel 20 W 29th between 5th and Broadway

Milly Sale

The Madison Avenue Milly boutique has reduced select items from their fall and winter collection. The markdown ranges from 30% to 50% off, depending on the item. While browsing, I found a peacoat with fur trim for $696 from $995, a delicate pink merino cardigan is $206 from $295 and an enamel cuff is $110 from $225.

I must admit though, our trip to Milly was not strictly to spy on sale prices. In fact, I was invited with other bloggers to style my very own holiday Milly look. In keeping true to the Madison Avenue tradition I started with a great purple coat. (Sometimes your coat is all others see of your outfit throughout the winter season.) After, I added a huge jeweled necklace, a great sparkly patterned dress and heels.

Kat, who works on the Milly sales floor, is wearing a very festive sequined skirt with a classic silk print top. Her jewels include a simple long necklace and a big bold cuff. (Truth, I have a cuff addiction.) Doesn’t' she look cute?

So now, I need a bit of your help. This styling thing is a contest and the blogger with the most "Likes" wins a prize. Truth, I'm not worried about the prize but I am fiercely competitive. Now I'm asking readers to go to Facebook and "Like" my styling job. I promise that I will keep my day-job of finding great sales but who doesn't want to win... even if it is a kitschy contest.

Kat 212-395-9100

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bottega Veneta Private Sale

Sometimes we just don't understand how certain brands handle markdowns. For example, most of the Gucci sales people would still deny there is a sale. Over at Tom Ford, the associates say there is never a sale. The icon of logo-less luxury, Bottaga Veneta doesn't host sales either...

Lets try that again. Bottaga Veneta doesn't host sales on bags except for two hours twice a year. That's right. On Thursday, December 1, Bottaga will be offering their fall and winter collection to customers at discount prices between the hours of 5pm and 7pm.

Okay, the classic bags, like the Cabat, will not be included in that markdown but that doesn't mean that the sale doesn't exist. We expect that bags like the $4850 Nero Patchwork Intrecciato Nappa Lido Bag will be eligible. In addition, there will be shoes and clothing for both men and woman from the fall and winter collections.

In past seasons, the markdown has been 50% off but we haven't been told the discount for this sale. If you're wary about crashing the private sale, we suggest keeping an eye on the Bottega website, as the brand often puts their online store items on sale a few weeks later.

Angeline 212-371-5511

Miracle on Madison

Despite the (often) cool weather, this happens to be our favorite time of year in Manhattan. There is a buzz and energy that rivals any other place -- and it's not just because of the sales. As matter of fact, Miracle on Madison is a prime example of the wonderful activities that make this season shine even brighter.

Miracle on Madison Avenue is a 25-year-old philanthropic holiday shopping tradition. Over 80 luxury and jewelry retailers on Madison Avenue participate by donating 20% of sales that day to the Children’s Aid Society. (Click here to see a full list of participating retailers.)

The year, the celebration will take place on Sunday, December 4. A variety of activities are scheduled in stores and businesses located on Madison between 57th and 86th streets. We suggest, heading to 63rd and Madison between 12pm and 3:30 to enjoy a full lineup of holiday entertainment, including the Labor of Love Ensemble Gospel Choir.

The event is presented by the Children’s Aid Society and the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. This year, being the 25th anniversary of the event, the Silver Institute: Silver Promotion Service and American Express are co-sponsoring the festivities.

Shopping, entertainment and a good cause? Now, that's a holiday cocktail worth caroling about.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Half-Off Chanels & Louboutins

If you’re waiting for the official markdown on Chanel and Louboutin shoes you might need to wait a few more weeks. That is unless, you take a trip town to Gabay’s Outlet...

The discounter has received a large shipment of designer shoes, which includes Chanel classics, Louboutin fantastics, Valentino lovelies and pretty Pradas. The discount on most pairs are more than 50% off. You can see a full gallery of pictures by clicking here. There’s one just one catch. There is only one size of each style.

In addition to a fantastic shoe assortment, we found a wonderful selection of kid’s Diesel clothing that should not be missed. Boy moms/aunts/ grandmothers will not want to miss the Brums down jackets starting at just $69!

Whether you prefer a sparkly Jimmy Choo or a natural nude Louboutin Gabay’s is the perfect spot to get your holiday shopping started on the right foot.

Gabay's Outlet
225 First Avenue (between 13th and 14th)

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Prada Sale to Begin

Prada eliminated their presale policy a few seasons ago but that doesn't mean that it's impossible to get top pick ahead of sale season. We've been told that the official sale will begin December 1 but... but... you can let a sales person know if there's something you really want.

The markdown sheets had not been released at the time we received our top-secret information but rumors we suspect that the discount on shoes and clothing will be 40%. We feel confident betting that bi-color Mary-Jane boots will be included in the markdown along with more traditional boots and booties.

We believe that the braded style bags will be part of the discount merchandise but don't count on much else. As a matter of fact, we were told the prices were increased on most of the classic Prada handbag selection. For example, the Saffiano Lux tote was $1560 but is now $1630. That's $130 difference or about 10%, which would have normally covered the tax.

Just one more reason to make friends with those who live in Jersey...

Contact Betty: 212-327-4200

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Slim Pickings at Filene’s Basement

By ManhattanMataHari

Following the news of Filene's Basement going out of business, we anticipated some serious liquidation prices on the designer merchandise. As is the case with many going out of business sales, we found the Filene's merchandise to be sparse and even more expensive than a normal markdown.

The European "Vault" merchandise was an additional 20% off, but there was hardly anything to choose from. At Union square we saw a couple racks of Missoni (mostly horrible corduroy pants), and a few racks of Valentino ready-to-wear separates and dresses. Most of the items were still in the $400 to $500 range so the 20% discount wasn’t all that helpful. (If you look at our past stories, you will see a range of better merchandise that is expensive.)

The most organized and well-stocked section was designer accessories, which can be found in glass cases. A Gucci monogram tote with their signature red and green stripe detailing was still $1389, although the pricing for the belts were much better. Celine and Prada belts were around $200, and there were lots of different styles of Dolce & Gabbana belts for $89. Ferragamo and Pucci scarf fans will fare best, with many silk scarves available between $59 and $119. These accessories were also an additional 20% off.

A trip uptown, to the store's Broadway location, fared no better. There were hardly any designer duds left over except for an unattractive Missoni jacket that was still $600. If you are willing to sift through the racks we would suggest trying the Union Square location. The store's last email blast announced an additional markdown but we would suggest saving your cab fare and allocation the funds towards some more meaningful shopping.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Huge Cartier Sale

Just in time for the holiday season, Divorce Your Jewels has acquired a huge lot of preowned Cartier jewelry. The bounty consists of necklaces, bracelets and rings filled with diamonds, gold and gems.

You might want to consider the Cartier Trinity Rolling ring if you’re looking to score a gift that is more sentimental than ostentatious. This “large model” ring usually retails for $2300 but this secondhand piece can be yours from Divorce Your Jewels for only $1650. The ring comes with its original box and papers. It has also been polished to its fresh-from-the-boutique condition.

If you’re looking for something with a little more dazzle you can check out the Divorce Your Jewels online store. There you will find a knock-out all diamond Cartier necklace, a pave Cartier diamond ring and, of course, plenty of Cartier watches.

Then again, if you’re in the market to divorce your jewels you know the right person to call…
Missy Schorr

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Our Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Picks

Our turkey is almost ready for the oven, which means that the biggest shopping season of the year is about to begin. Before you start your post-Thanksgiving shopping, it’s important to have a plan because nobody wants to be trampled from a doorbuster that’s not a winning score.  So here are our top post-Thanksgiving shopping picks.

If you have a thing for high-end shoes, then Barney’s is the destination for you. The store carries an extensive selection of high-end names and the most must-have styles. Most department stores usually start their shoe markdowns at 30% off but Barney’s usually cuts their prices by 40%.  

In honor of cyber Monday, EVERYTHING on the site will be discounted an additional 10% to 20% off. This includes items that have already been marked down 75%. You do the math on this one! Hello Givenchy stingray bag!

Yes, we all love luxury boutiques but a girl also needs her basics. We are longstanding fans of the Gap’s jeans and tees. If you haven’t checked out their winter warm leggings, then you really should. For their doorbuster, Gap is offering 50% off everything in the store until 10am Friday. Online shoppers can save 40% during the Thanksgiving weekend and through cyber Monday.

If you have a taste for fine luxury Italian tailoring, this is the place to go. We suggest bypassing the handbag collection and going straight to the ready-to-wear department. Starting December 2, the markdown on clothing will go to 50% off. You can use our private sale link. 

It would be impossible to talk about Madison Avenue stores and not include Milly. The uptown flagship will be offering customers 20% off everything in the store, including sale merchandise. That brings the total saving of some items up to 50% off. Online shoppers can rejoice from free shipping.

Quick. Go to Facebook and "Like" Net-a-Porter. Afterwards you will be given a link to their secret sale. When you're done selecting all your purchases, enter the word FACEBOOK and your items will be discounted 50%. Now that's a hard secret to keep.

If you are looking for some one-stop-shopping, you might consider tapping your fingers over to Piperlime. From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, the online retailer will be offering customers 20% off everything on the site. If you’re not sure where to look first, we suggest browsing the stylist’s picks. Rachel Zoe is always a good launching point.

An extra 50% off all reduced items always draws a big crowed to Saks. Just be mindful that the extra 50% is only on items with a "hard markdown," meaning the sticker price has been changed. Items that are currently 40% off, for example, will not be included in the promotion. This doorbuster is only available until noon on Friday but  shoppers can save up to 70% off at the swanky department store. I suggest sorting through the contemporary designers and waiting for further markdowns on the higher end brands, which will come later in the season.

Who isn't into a little Thanksgiving adventure after eating all that Turkey? The crowds could be a little maddening but Racked has a super survival guide to lead you through the experience. We love the note about getting there between the 3am and 5am lull. Now that's what we call commitment to retail, or should we say commitment to discounts?

Zara is always a great destination when you love the styling of top designers but don't want to make the cash commitment. Starting Friday, the international fashion chain icon will be offering customers a 50% savings on select items. In addition, the West 34th Street location will be serving up coffee.  Well now, isn't that nice?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Gucci Presale Begins

If you happen to walk into Gucci and ask about the sale it's likely that a sales person will roll their eyes and deny that any sale exists. Who needs attitude when you have the link to Gucci's online private presale?

The sale officially starts December 2nd but you can start your clicking right here. The discounts on handbags are 30%, men's and women's clothing and shoes are 50% and the kids collection is 30%.

We aren't personally fond of Gucci's handbag collection but we always love Gucci's boots. These gray suede high heeled booties ($439 from $875) and these high boots are $899 from $1795. We are also fond of this belted dress with a ivory and black optical print ($845 from $1695) and a double breasted jacket is $979 from $1950.

Happy clicking!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Brookstone Comes to 86th Street

It looks as if 86th Street is getting a Brookstone. The boy-toy destination is taking over the old Petco on 86th and Lexington. The store opening is part of the 46-year-old gadget emporium's new expansion and growth plan, which also includes several other new Manhattan locations.

Customers can expect to be wooed by hot products such as the OSIM uAstro Zero-Gravity Massage Chair ($3,495), the Tranquil Moments Advanced white-noise maker ($169) and the Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter ($299), according to the New York Post.

Normally a Brooksone opening wouldn't signify much but we are seeing the entry as another step towards the mallification of 86th Street. (Not that that's a bad thing.) In the past two years, the popular east side cross street and surrounding areas have seen the opening of Sephora, H&M, L'Occitane, Lululemon, Athleta, Urban Oufitters and Brooks Brother's. This in addition to Barnes and Noble's, Victoria's Secret, Children's Place and Gap, which have been in the neighborhood for some time.

Even the food seems a bit food court-esq with Shake Shake and the anticipated opening of Panera. Now, all we need to do is come up with a catchy name for the area. Any suggestions?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

More presales: YSL and Dolce & Gabbana

As we've been making our way through boutiques we've noticed that they are very quite but that should all change come next week. This really is the best time to shop because there is no markdown chaos but still lots of savings. Here are two more presales to help you get a jump on your holiday shopping.

Yves Saint Laurent
The YSL presale begin just yesterday and there are some very interesting items included in the markdown. The discount is 40% off across the board. There are several pair of Tribute sandals that are included in the markdown. We were also shown a few Muse bags in purple, tan and dark brown that are part of the presale. Roady bags  in gray, brown and tan are on sale too. Upstairs there is a wide collection of ready-to-wear that's ripe for the picking. If you're on the fence about an item, you can wait until after Christmas. second markdown is usually 50%.
Danielle 212-980-2970

Dolce & Gabbana
Presale officially begins on Saturday but find a helpful sales person we are quite confident that your requests will be granted. The markdown is 40% and that includes select bags, shoes and clothing from the fall and winter collections. The D&G sale also starts this weekend with the same discount.
Rodney 212-249-4100

Missoni + Target Leftovers

Just when you thought that the end of Missoni had come at Target, a markdown occurs. Yes, there were lots of returns and they items are quietly being resotcked online and some have even been discounted.

During our last Target shopping trip we found a throw, kid's shoes, rain boots, lots of bedding, throw pillows and decore boxes. If you check online now, you will also find some interesting items including the hard to get Missoni Bicycle (still $400), poufs (now $59 from $99), bed sets 30% off, kid's rain boots, iPad case (still $60) and newborn sweater suit ($25).

Prices vary between the stores themselves and online. We even heard about one store manager telling a customer, "I hate this stuff. I can't stand to even look at it any more. Will you take it if i mark it down to clearance price?." The answer as obviously a difinitive, YES!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Presales Begin: Lanvin and Chloe

Thanksgiving is already next week and that means presale season is about to begin. For the uninitiated, presale is the period right before a store's markdown. Usually, the boutique's best customers get called and invited to shop from the discounted merchandise before the general public is alerted to the markdown.

Don't worry if you're not on a first name basis with Betsy, Everest and Stephanie. We've got you covered. The first presales to hit Madison Ave are Lanvin and Chloe. Here's the information you'll need to know.

Presale started this week and the sale officially begins on Monday. Clothing, shoes and some handbags are now 40% off. Most of the handbags shown on the runway are on sale but the classics are not. We are told that presale shopping is mostly by appointment but we are quite confident that all customers will be given equal discount treatment.
Incus 212-717-8220

Presale started today and the official sale kicks off in about two weeks. The markdown is 30% off everything, or so we were told. No appointment is necessary. You can count on another discount before the season is over but the temptation might prove too much.
Anna 646-439-0380

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Email My Receipt Please

One of the first lessons of shopping is to always keep your receipt. Even in the instances where you know the items fits, it's a good idea to keep a recorded of your purchase. You never know, the seams can gunravel or the store can markdown the item a day later.

Our problem has always been keeping our receipts in order. Stuffing wads of paper into your bag or delicate wallet is not a great system but one that we continue to partake. You can imagine our enthusiasm when Apple started emailing receipts several years ago. More recently, however, department stores and retail outlets have been implementing similar technology.

A few weeks ago, a Gap associate declared, "We are trying to go paperless. Can we email you the receipt?" Needless to say, we were thrilled to participate. More recently, Barney's implemented quick checkout technology, which allows sales associates to swipe your card on the sales floor in a similar manner as Apple. Give your sales person your email address and voila, your sale transaction is complete and your receipt is neatly folded into your email inbox.

Just this week Saks Fifth Avenue implemented a system that has the ability to email your receipt. (No more stuffing your receipt in your shoe box!) We are also told that Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Nordstrom have paperless receipt options.

As a matter of fact, the New York Times reported that Nordstrom is looking into ways to to make its e-receipts more appealing, perhaps by adding a picture of the item to the receipt so a shopper could post it to a Facebook wall. That's what we call social shopping.

By next holiday season, wouldn't be surprised if e-receipts are the norm rather than the exception. So next time you're shopping, ask to have your receipt emailed. Your wallet will thank you!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Christian Louboutin Sale in Full Swing

By ManhattanMataHari
This weekend, a sign outside the Christian Louboutin showroom stated, “Dear Customers, there is no Christian Louboutin sale happening at this time.” But we knew better!

An informant tells us that throughout Monday and over the weekend, A-list celebrities and VIPs have been scooping up discount Louboutins. We are told that some of the bold name shoppers included cast members of Glee and Blake Lively, who again grabbed dozens of pairs for herself and friends. Our source did say there are still plenty of shoes left for the rest of you lucky enough to get an invite. (We were dropped from the invite list several seasons ago for our sale coverage.)

There are some basics you should know if you have an invite or are thinking of joining an invitee as a plus one. The biggest selections of shoes are tiny, size 35s and 36s. By the time mortals get into the --and that includes the editors of glossies-- most of the 37s to 38.5s are sold out.

You also should be warned that the shoes are discounted but still not free. Don’t expect to pick up any great heels for under $200 as some sites are reporting. They do have some sandals and espadrille wedges for $150 but they aren’t usually very desirable. Lower heels in exotic colors are priced at least $225 and many of the sky-high modern platform pumps and slingbacks are $325 and up. Last spring there was a limited selection of boots around $550, and we did spot a fair amount of bridal shoes.

We expect the lines to be several hours long tomorrow. We suggest heading over in the afternoon if you do have an invite and want to avoid a several hour wait. Good luck ladies and don’t forget to share your Christian Louboutin sample sale stores with us.

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
Friday, November 11 through Friday, November 18
Daily 9am to 5pm, Fri. 9am to 3pm
306 W. 38th St. (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.)

White + Warren Sample Sale

As the days are getting shorter and the weather is cooler, it's just natural to feel the need to snuggle with cashmere. We couldn't think of a better way to stock up on cold-weather warmth than at the White + Warren sample sale.

The sale will run just Tueday and Wednesday and feature cashmere basics for both men and women – likely the cashmere cable crew. We are told tha tbaics will start at $85 and wraps will start at $75. What's even better is that the more you buy the more you save. For instance, if a one sweater is $100, two would be $150. (Shopping hint: come with a friend!)

White + Warren was founded in 1997 with a simple mission--to bring quality cashmere to fashion-savvy women. The collection has expanded to include top-to-toe fashion items. Don't miss White + Warren online if you can't shop the sample sale. We like to think of the site as our winter survival guide.

White + Warren Sample Sale
Tuesday, November 15 and Wednesday, November 16
8am to 7pm
80 West 40th Street, 3rd floor

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ferragamo Warehouse Sale

Please note that this sale has been canceled. See Racked for details.

We love bringing you news about great sales and the Ferragamo warehouse sale is one of the bright spots of the season. The sale includes a huge assortment of shoes, clothing, bags and accessories for men and women.

Last year, we happened upon the sale and were amazed by the selection and prices. During the end-of-sale liquidation we found editorial worthy runway heels for $69, suade knee high boots for $130 and short shearling boots for $130. Exotic skin shoes were $199 and small accessories were uner $100.

Although the sale is in Secaucus, NJ it's worth a Zipcar weekend or a car service to get your shopping done. High-quality products like these usually can't be found at these prices.

Ferragamo Warehouse Sale
Tuesday, November 15th to Sunday, November 20th
Tues, Wed, Thrus 10am to 7pm, Fri and Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 10am to 3pm
700B Castle Road
Secaucus, NJ 07094

Matthew Williamson One Day Sale

Matthew Williamson is hosting a one day sale where all pre-fall and fall/winter 2011 merchandise will be 30% off. The promotion will take place Tuesday, November 15 from 6pm to 8pm.

The shopping incentive is centered around promoting the one week pop-up shop of vintage costume jewelry collection, House of Lavande. The company offers some of the most exquisite vintage jewelry from designers like Dior, Chanel and YSL. You can check out some of their baubles online here.

Fabulous clothing, jewelry and a sale... count us in!

Matthew Williamson
415 West 14th Street
Tommy: 212-255-9065

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale

It's that time of year again and the information has already leaked. The Christian Louboutin sample sale is upon us. Blogger Mizhattan says the sale starts Tuesday but we are told that invites for Friday have already been distributed.

Past experience has taught us that the sale runs more than a week but the first few days are strictly limited to VIPs and celebs. (Blake Lively inists on getting first pick.) Editors, wholesale clients and friends and family are usually given shopping slots towards the end of the week. (This is your best opportunity to use your hustle if you don't have an invite.)

Mizhattan writes, "Furthermore, for those expecting a full Mizhattan report, please note that out of respect for Louboutin's privacy, I will not be covering this event." Truth is that the Christian Louboutin PR reps offer bloggers invites only if they promise NOT to cover the sale. We say, keep your invite. We have readers to inform!

Stay tuned. We will be sure to keep you updated all next week. You can click here to get a report from last season's sale

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
Friday, November 11 through Friday, November 18
Daily 9am to 5pm, Fri. 9am to 3pm
306 W. 38th St. (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.)

AEFFE’s Civilized Sample Sale

By ManhattanMataHari

When so many random sales and promotions call themselves a sample sale, it is a pleasure to actually attend a sale that lives up to the title. The Aeffe sale contains actual samples ranging from sizes 40 to 44, or mediums. We spotted many size 6 separates, although some designer’s samples tend to run small. Just beware, some pieces may not be fully finished and we noticed many dresses without or finished hems.

Moschino lovers will be thrilled to find racks filled with the original Italian label in addition to their Cheap and Chic and Love Moschino lines. The original Moschino items are still priced high with, with most items above $500, even for a plain white button up blouse. They did have some hip leather jackets but they were still $1400 to $2300. The Cheap and Chic racks were slightly more reasonable, with loads of separates around $200 and blazers and outerwear priced $500 to $800.

We suggest that shoppers check out the Cacharel racks on the back wall since their prices were some of the best. Separates were largely $100 to $200 while dresses ranged up to about $300. We found a gorgeous gray wool peacoat for only $400.

The Alberta Ferretti and Philosphy di Alberta Ferretti lines were slightly more expensive, but with luxurious fabrics like alpaca, silks, and woven knits it is worth it. Most separates and dresses were in the $300 to $400 range while a gorgeous burgundy fur lined suede jacket was a price topper at $2005.

Jean Paul Gaultier dominated the right side of the room with lots of woven knits which were unfortunately more dated than chic. You will also find racks of mixed designer cocktail and formal dresses, including long evening gowns ranging from $250 to $1000.

The shoes are plentiful, but only for lucky ladies with sample size 37 feet. There are a few pairs in other sizes, but with prices from $150 to $250 for flats and pumps and $300 to $500 for boots it is not worth the hassle.

While the prices are steep for sample pieces, many items are very well-made and fashion forward takes on classic silhouettes. The ladylike atmosphere also makes this a more pleasant shopping experience. We expect that prices on Saturday will be cut 20% to 30%. We would suggest waiting until then to do the majority of your shopping.

AEFFE Showroom Sample Sale
Wednesday, November 9 to Saturday, November 12 Weds to Fri 10am to 6pm and Sat 11am to 5pm 30 W. 56th St (between 5th and 6th Aves)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bloomingdales Friends and Family

Bloomingdales friends & family sale started today and runs through Sunday, November 13. The markdown is 20% and includes regular and sale priced merchandise. Last week, Bloomies started an extensive first markdown, which was about 40% off. Once you tally the friends and family discount you can save a grand total of about 50%.

You can use this link or the code FREESHIP11 to shop online. The only women's clothing brands that are excluded from the sale are: Agent Provocateur, Moncler, Chanel, Ralph Lauren Collection and Marc Jacobs Collection. The bag and shoe restrictions are much more extensive and include all the usual suspects ranging from Chanel to Prada.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chanel Pricing: Up, Down or Unchanged

We have heard several rumors and fielded many email about a November Chanel price hike. We called around to the department stores and got the usual mixed messages. (Pushy sales people always like pushing a sale based on a foreboding price hike.)

This time we reached out to the big guns for official comment because even a 10% price hike can be several hundred dollars. So the official word is ...drum roll please...

"Chanel has no plans to increase prices for the time being, even if we regularly adjust our prices in line with changes in styles, production costs, materials and volatile exchange rates, similarly to other top luxury brands."

After breathing a sigh of relief we have to float a question to our readers: What do you think is meant by adjusting prices similarly to other top luxury brands? We have our theories but would love to hear what you have to say.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Housing Works Fashion for Action

Readers always ask us to post about vintage finds but the nature of the business is that there is never enough inventory of the good stuff. By the time a post would go live the item it could be gone --most likely by us. The Housing Works Fashion for Action event is an exception.

Housing Works, which has a mission to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS, hosts this annual event where dozens of high end brands donate their overstock inventory for a major, all-out discount, shopping event. This year, Thom Browne and Co-Chairs Patricia Clarkson, Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, and Rachel Roy will be kicking off the fundraiser with a VIP shopping preview and cocktail party at the Altman Building in Chelsea.

Guests can shop from over 150 brands, which will all be discounted 50% to 70% off retail. We got a sneak peak of what's in store and know that your mouth will be salivating as much as ours. The Christian Dior Panarea Bag, which retails for $1450 will be priced at just $695, a $528 Marc Jacobs Sweater coat will be priced at $250 and $1900 Brooks Brother's suit will be $800.

Of course you can wait until November 17th to shop the pubic sale for free but the VIP tickets will assure you get to take home the more popular items. Cocktails, shopping and a good cause? That's what we call a trifecta!

Fashion for Action 2011 Opening Night Reception
Date: Wednesday, November 16 2011
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm; VIPs arrive at 5:30 pm for preview shopping
Place: The Altman Building 135 West 18th Street, (between 6th and 7th avenues)
Price: Tickets start at $150 click here to purchase.

Fashion for Action 2011 Three-Day Designer Sale
Date: November 17 through November 19, 2011
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Place: The Altman Building 135 West 18th Street, (between 6th and 7th avenues)
Price: Sale is FREE and open to the public

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Saks Private Night

Saks Fifth Avenue's "Private Night" is the unofficial start to sale season. The department store's best customers are invited to shop the discounts before the store officially goes on sale. Unlike friends and family and other prior promotions, this sale includes priemier brands. (We're talking many thrid floor designers.) This year, the private sale will occur on Wednesday, November 9th and discount will be 40% off.

Pre-sale for Private Night is already under way. We are told that the official winter markdown will begin in a few weeks. (Can you believe it's already that time of year?) We expect that the sale for shoes will start a bit later but it may not hurt to get down to Saks and work on putting your favorite items aside.

Contact: Marie Jose 212-940-2536 (3rd Floor Premier Designers)

Photo: Jil Sander sweater $1475

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The IT-it: Deborah Lippman Sparkle

If we had to pick one stand out trend for this season it would have to be sparkle. It's impossible to avoid but so much fun to love. There are an abundance of sparkles to choose: shoes, dresses, tops, jackets and our favorite-- sparkle polish.

Picking the way that you're going to shine is a personal option but the sparkle in Deborah Lippman's Happy Birthday polish makes us giddy.

We paired our Happy Birthday sparkle over a hot pink cream polish and it was a show stopper. One friend remarked, "What's going on on your nails?" No response was necessary after closer observation. It was obvious that it was a party.

If Happy Birthday is too wild of a party we would suggest Lady Sings the Blues, which is blue polish with blue glitter or Bad Romance, which is purple with purple glitter. Both are a little less flashy.

Two manicure suggestions, if you will: A good base coat makes you manicure last significantly longer . and quick dry is a must. We swear by Debroah Lippman's because we haven't had a smudged nail since we started using it months ago.

Deborah Lippman Happy Birthday ($18)

D&G One Day Sale

This weekend D&G is hosting a one day sale where all fall and winter merchandise will be 40% off. The sale is only taking place at the five D&G boutiques in Saturday, so we suggest planning your trip to Soho.

We suggest stocking up on Dolce basics, since this will be the brand's last winter collection. For example, this black negligee-type dress is a brand basic. Or check out 3/4 length red stretch satin skirt. And don't even get us started with the kid's collection. Mini is always too hard to resist.

D&G One Day Sale
40% Off
434 West Broadway

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Rag & Bone Friends and Family

New York's favorite upscale hipster brand, Rag & Bone, is hosting an online friends and family sale on select times. The discount is 30% off and the sale runs through Friday. You can use the code RGBNFF30 at checkout to activate the discount.

We quickly browsed through the selection and fell in love with the bright color zipper jeans ($198 pre-discount) and this cobalt blue cap sleeve dress is a real eye catcher ($395 pre-discount).

Just be careful, add to the bag gets addictive.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gucci Online Sale

Forget about a snow storm or holiday spirit, there's nothing like a good sale to get you shopping. If it's Gucci you're looking for, we have the link for you.

Gucci is hosting an online only sale where select bags and wallets are about 30% off. You can shop the private online sale with this link. We found a 1973 tote that's $1189 from $1700, a Boston bag is $1300 from $1850 and a horse bit wallet is $329 from $465.

The sale ends and the link goes dead on November 16. Our trusty in-store sales person says that's about when the Gucci pre-sale should officially begin. We'll be sure to keep you posted about that too.