Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving: Online Sales to Feast On

There's no better way to digest your turkey than to surf the web shopping. Although Black Friday is the most hyped shopping day of the season, it's not known to offer the highest discounts. Below are a few Black Friday sales that are worth your attention.

Now, some of the best fashion merchandise on the web is reduced 50%. Sophia Webster booties are about $300 from $600, a Charlotte Olympia Pandora clutch is $462 from $953 and a Barth silk-satin and jacquard coat from The Row is $1975 from $3750.

Although there isn't a Nordstrom on the city (yet) they seem to be offering the best discount on designer shoes and accessories. Saint Laurent Chain Booties are $836 from about $1400, a cross body bag from Alexander Wang is $476 from about $800 and an Alexander McQueen dress is $1430 from $2385.

Tag Heur
The watch brand is hosting an online friends and family sale that runs though Monday. Watches are discounted up to 60% off. You can access the sale by logging onto and using the access key aquaracer2013. A Carrera Calibre 16 Heritage Chronograph with a leather strap is $3000 from $4600, a red-faced Formula 1 Quartz Chronograph is $800 from $1700 and a Aquaracer 500M is $1700 from $3100.

Scoop NYC
Shoppers can save 25% off in store and online. Take note, the only women's exclusions to the markdown are Alaia, Missoni, Jimmy Choo and Chloe. So that means you can apply the discount to Moncler (only in stores). This promotion can also be used on already reduced items. The sale runs though Sunday, December 1st. Online we found this print Helmut Lang print dress that's now $232 from $520 . Stuart Weitzman knee high platform boots are $276 from $610 and these AG corduroy jeans are $74 from about $170.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Valentino, Tom Ford & Gucci 80% Off

The Internet is full of discount shopping destinations but few offer really wonderful designer merchandise at great prices. That is, until the launch of Amuze. This online flash sale site and boutique offers a varsity of merchandise from the most exclusive fashion designers and prices up to 90% off retail.

Lets take a look: Right now, the site is hosting a Valentino sale. Black Rockstud platforms are $275 from $845 and python versions are $425 from $1400. In the boutique section, you will find Tom Ford pumps for $255 from $870, YSL Tribtoos are $315 from almost $800 and a variety of elegant Valentino dresses priced 80% off retail. In addition, the site also includes a variety of handbags, shoes, accessories and clothing from Gucci, Marchesa, Judith Leiber, Chloe and more.

Seems good? We agree. But the deal gets better. For Black Friday, Amuze will add new inventory and items will be priced even better. As a matter of fact, Madison Avenue Spy readers can use the code "givethanks" at checkout and receive $50 off your purchase. The post-Thanksgiving sale beings at 10pm on Thursday night and will run until Monday at noon.

So, gobble ... gobble... gobble and rest assured that this type of of consumption will not add a millimeter to your waiste line.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Presales: Prada, Miu Miu, Tom Ford & Vivier

It's time to unplug the computer and put the Turkey aside. Prada, Miu Miu, Tom Ford and Roger Vivier are all hosting great private sales. All of the boutiques open their discounts to the public after Thanksgiving, but why wait when you have the inside scoop? Details are below. Don't forget to tent the bird.

Clothing and select shoes are discounted 50% off. Seasonal style bags and accessories are discounted 40%. For winter, Prada's bag collection consisted of bowling bags in a variety of materials. One bag looks like a winter puffer jacket, another is a tweed and others jacquard check prints. Prada's ready-to-wear consists of some of the brand's greatest hits and is a true crowd pleaser.
Betty: (212) 327-4200

Miu Miu
The Miu Miu discounts are the same as Prada. Clothing and shoes are 50% off and bags are 40% off. This season's collection was playful with a capital "P." Polka-dotted neckerchiefs, jackets with a double sailor collar and stripy stockings remind us of a true fashion personality.
Larena: (212) 641-2980

Tom Ford
We love Tom Ford and we love his sales. Seasonal merchandise is a straight 50% off. Some of our favorite pieces are the heels with heavy gold zippers and Tom's moto jacket, of course. The sale officially goes public December 2 but presale shoppers can take their merchandise home immediately.
Veronica: (212) 359-0300

Roger Vivier
Select shoes and bags are discounted 30% to 40% off. Unlike most other private sales, this one can be a bit difficult. The company requires that you have purchased an item at full price, at the boutique, before allowing you to participate in the markdown. Sometimes you can find an extra friendly sales person but we wouldn't suggest calling the boutique for an order if you are not a regular customer.
Edward: (212) 861-5371

Monday, November 25, 2013

Saint Laurent Presale Starts Now

The presale at Saint Laurent started today. The discount on clothing is 40% and shoes and bags are marked down 30%. The sale goes public on Black Friday but presale shoppers can take their purchases home mow.

Sale shoppers should be quick to grab the seasonal colored Sac de Jour bags. We aren't a big fan of the studded buckle ankle boots but they have been a host seller. We are sure those $5000 moto jackets aren't flying off the shelves but they become a bit more attractive when discounted 40%. But doesn't everything look more attractive when on sale?

Nathan 212-980-2970

Gucci Presale Begins

The presale at Gucci started today. Although the store is taking presale orders you you will not be able to take your purchases home until December 4. Those buying online will will have to wait until that date to have your order shipped.

If you're shopping online, you can use this Gucci private sale link. Clothing, shoes and sunglasses are discounted 50% off. Bags are discounted 30% off. Most of the sale handbags are styles with the Gucci logo. One standout exception is the Emily Chain Shoulder bag, which is $1819 from $2600. If you're in need of a tall riding boot we especially like the Eleonora, which is $649 from almost $1300. Take a look at this check flannel dress that's $1097 from $2150 and this floral degrade dress is s is $1279 and $2550.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Post-Thanksgiving Sample Sales

This week, the biggest friends and family event is Thanksgiving. The only notable sample sales are Montblanc and Bulgari at Soiffer Haskin, which runs until Tuesday, November 26th at 6:30pm. If you're looking for some great sample sales than you're going to want to look forward to next week. Below are some of our favorite post-Thanksgiving sample sales:

Yigal Azrouël & Cut25
Tuesday, December 3 through Friday, December 6
10am to 6pm daily
225 W. 39th St between 7th and 8th Aves, 5th floor
Details: Yigal is one of our favorite sample sales of the season. We love how there are both designer and contemporary merchandise, there are lots of true samples and the prices are really attractive. At the last sale we found Yigal Azrouel open stock priced at 80% off and samples priced at 60%. Cut25 open stock was about 70% off and samples were priced at $30 and leather was $100. You can click here to see all the details from last season's sale.

Hanro of Switzerland
Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4
8am to 6pm daily
358 Fifth Avenue, btwn 5th & 6th @34th St. 6th fl
Details: Basic underwear, underpinnings, loungewear and sleepwear for both women and men swill be discounted up t 75% off. This sale is mostly samples and sizes will be very limited outside of extra small and small for women mediums for men.

Alexis Bittar
Thursday, December 5 through Saturday, December 7
8:30am to 7pm daily
9 W. 20th St between 5th and 6th Aves
Details: Alexis Bittar is opening their showroom for this sample sale. We are told that discounts will be about 70% off but imagine that price cuts will be made throughout the sale. Some pricing examples include large earring for $79 from $199 and a pendant necklace for $99 from $275.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Best Department Store Shopping

If you're looking to avoid the large international crowds than this weekend would be the time to begin your holiday shopping, Most department stores have started presales that include most of store's seasonal winter inventory. Generally, Christian Louboutin and Chanel do not allow their merchandise to be discounted until mid-December.

Here's an overview of what you'll find within our local department stores:

The Madison Avenue department store has the best first markdown with clothing, shoes, accessories and handbags all discounted 40%. Among the included reduced items are Prosenza Schouler PS1 bags in several shades, like purple, blue, green and rust. Studded Saint Laurent bags are also part of the discounted inventory, along with a small selection of Givenchy bags, like the HDG Hobo. In the shoe department, you can count on most of the Prada and Miu Miu collection to be discounted along with Chloe and Gucci.
Contact: Kyri 212-833-2088

Bergdorf Goodman (Neiman Marcus):
The discount on designer clothing is 40% off, while shoes are discounted 33% and bags are 30%. Upstairs, on F5 you can already find contemporary clothing reduced up to 65% off, which is more than any other store. While browsing we found lots of amazing deals. For example, this Theory leather shift dress is marked $319 from $919 and J Brand's Super Skinny Metallic Suede Jeans are about $350 from $1000.
Contact: Allison 212-872-8732

Saks Fifth Avenue:
Forget about shopping first markdown. In-the-know Saks customers want to shop the Black Friday sales before, well, Friday. Prices for the shopping extravaganza are usually reduced an extra 50% off of reduced if you can get to the store before noon. We can't say that a sales associate will be able to pull the merchandise from the floor but if you have a good relationship you might be able to have someone "keep an eye" on your most covetable items.
Contact: Fifth Avenue Club (Eric) 212-753-4000

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cufflinks for Your Male Connoisseur

A man who wears french cuff shirts has instinctive style but buying a gift for such a fashionable guy may be the toughest task of the season. Fear not, we found the perfect present for your fashion minded man.

Blake Green carries cufflinks that even your male connoisseur will faun over. Every piece  is hand made in New York by expert craftsmen. All of the designs are made of solid sterling silver or gold and features a combination of precious and semi-precious stones. There is no question, this is a gift for a man that appreciats quality and attention to detail.

Prices range from $250 for the Nuuk, which is sterling silver set with vibrant green chrome diopsides to $3000 and up for those made of 18k gold. In addition, Blake Green offers customized, hand engraved and bespoke orders so that you can truly create a personal piece of expression.

The only question that remains is how your man is going to top a Blake Green pair of cufflinks. Matching earrings perhaps?

Blake Green New York
(917) 426-2525

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Montblanc Sample 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. Although, it's dubbed private it's not. Period.

Last season shoppers were not happy with the sale. They said there were enormous lines and overcrowding. One Montblanc fan said she made it into the sale at noon all the rollerballs or ball point pens were already sold out.

Those who got to the sale earlier found watches, pens, jewelry, bags and accessories. Most items were 65% off and leather goods were 75% off. All the pens that were under $300 went very quickly-- as illustrated above. A limited selection of watches were more $1000. Cufflinks ranged in price from $100 to $300.

The sale is only two days, starting Monday. There is no restocking and loyal fans turn out in mass for this discount opportunity. Those planning to majorly stock up should be warned that there there is a maximum of 12 pieces or and four watches for each shopper.

Montblanc "Private" Friends & Family
Monday, November 25 & Tuesday, November 26
Mon 9am~7pm, Tues 9am~5pm
260 Fifth Ave. (bet. 28th & 29th St.)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Collections for Holiday Shopping Inspiration

At this time of year, it's hard to feel motivated to shop when it's a task listed on your to-do list. We always recommend that you begin your holiday shopping with a bit of inspiration. We recently curated several style-influenced collections on eBay to spark ideas for great gifts (and items for yourself.)

One of our collections is composed of items we envision as It-Girl Must-Haves. We included everything from a hot pink Mulberry Alexa to a white Alaia dress to an Hermes Collier De Chien cuff. In another collection we curated an assortment of our favorite Intoxicating Scents, which ranges from Tom Ford's Black Orchid to Dyptique's Feu de Bois. Perfect Accents is a collection of our favorite belts, hair accessories, gloves charms and jewels.

We hope you will take some time to explore the inspiring collections we made and follow MadisonAveSpy on eBay as we create more. #eBayCollection and #FollowItFindIt.

My eBay Collections were curated as part of my collaboration with eBay.

Presales Starting on Madison

Temperatures are dropping and so are prices. Today, we collected markdown intelligence from Madison Avenue boutiques that are beginning presale and discounts. Take note, some stores can be a bit cagy about their presales. It's best to ask for a particular sales associate or call ahead to see if an appointment is necessary. It's still early in the season for great boutique discounts. So we'll just call this our seasonal amuse bouche. Enjoy!

Presale will begin by appointment on Thursday and the sale officially begins on December 29. Clothing will be discounted 40% and shoes and a few select handbags will be discounted 30%.
Kim 212-717-8220

Dolce & Gabbana
The Monreale inspired collection from Dolce & Gabbana will be discounted 30% to 40% off. The sale officially begins December 1 but presale started yesterday. Accessories and shoes are 40% off, while clothing is discounted 30%. Exclusions include, special pieces and the company's black lace and gowns.
Stephanie 201-951-2597

Presale started today at Lanvin. Clothing and jewelry are discounted 40% and shoes are 30% off. Some styles of ballet flats are included in the markdown but it's hard to generalize about which ones. The sale officially begins November 25.
Molly 646-439-0381

The markdown at Missoni started last week and discounts range from 40% to 50% off. The markdown depends on how much stock they have of an individual item. So, you can assume that the hottest pieces of the season are discounted less. Winter accessories, like hats and gloves are not included in the sale but discounts have been applied to shoes, belts and jewelry.
Sara James 212-517-9339

Proenza Schouler
Presale started at Proenza Schouler for VIP clients (i.e. editors, VIPs and those who have shopped at the story previously). "It's a tight list" but we imagine that a store manager can accommodate serious customers. All others will need to wait until December 5th to shop the discounts. The markdown is 30% off clothing and runway bags.
Emerald 212-585-3200

Presale just began yesterday at Valentino. Clothing and shoes are discounted 40%. This season, there are no bags included in the markdown. The sale will open to the public in December.
Neusa 212-772-6969

Monday, November 18, 2013

ANNABELLE New York and Alixandre Fur Sale

Now that temperatures are dipping, it's hard to not have a preoccupation with staying warm coats and accessories. Either faux or real, you know that fur is the best way to stay warm and look stylish.

Starting Wednesday, you can get a jump-start on winter chic and save a bundle at the ANNABELLE New York/ Alixandre Furs sample sale. The three-day event will include a variety of luxury furs and outerwear that will be priced up to 60% off. In addition to the anticipated vests and coats, we are also told there will be a great selection of scarves, hats, wraps, ponchos, handbags and gift items. Once you're geared-up you'll be just fine if its cold, cold, cold.

Wednesday, November 20 to Friday, November 22
10am to 6pm daily
150 West 30th Street (@ 7th Ave), 13th Floor
Cash and Credit Cards Only

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Buy Cookware in November

While we've talking about discounts and markdowns on clothing, shoes and accessories, the cookware market has been offering seriously hot deals. Historically, November is the best month in the year to shop for the kitchen and we would be negligent to not, at least, point you to some great places to "game-up" for Thanksgiving.

We love shopping for housewares at both Bloomingdales and Macy's. Although you might get sidetracked by the great fashion, you shouldn't overlook them for your cookware needs. On sale at Bloomies, you will find a Ballarini Rialto 6-piece cooking set for $190 from $390 and a set of four Luigi Bormioli wine glasses are $25 from $35. Macy's has a Cuisinart 7-speed blender for $60 from $100 and a Wusthof Silverpoint 16-piece knife set is $170 from $342. Keep in mind that you can save an additional 25% during Macy's friends and family sale, which is December 3rd through December 9th.

If you're looking to stay further uptown, Sur La Table (1320 Third Avenue @ 75th Street) is offering some really delicious deals. For example, this All Clad 3-quart sauté pan is $99 from $229. Zwilling J.A. Henckels' three-piece knife set is $99 from $265. The Nespresso Essenza and Aeroccino with a milk frother is a favorite for its economic counter-top footprint and the milk frothed can be stored away. This beloved Manhattan gadget is now $100 from $198.

A bit further uptown, William Sonoma (Madison @ 86th Street) is offering similar deals. A Zwilling J.A. Henckels 7-piece knife block set is $320 from $765. A large All-Clad roaster, perfect for Turkey, is $160 from $330. Who needs an immersion blender? (I do!) This one by Abrax is now $75 from $100. You can also save 20% off all table-top with the code TABLETOP.

After spending so much time talking about the knives, gadgets and roasters, we think we deserve a bit of a shopping break. For fashion, of course.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Versace, Moschino and Armani at TJ Maxx

This time of year always has us scrambling for wardrobe updates. Looking great isn't an option when you have work parties and gatherings with friends and family. If you're looking to grab some feel-great/ look-great items for not-so-much than you might want to take a browse through TJ Maxx.

During a trip to Columbus Square, on 99th and Columbus, we found lots of "Runway Collection" items marked down seriously low. For example a cocktail ready DVF beaded dress, with a sexy lace back panel, was reduced to $169 from $300. The retail price on this simply elegant piece was $600. An Armani chalk stripped blazer is reduced to $479 from $800. The retail price on this wardrobe classic was $2000. We also spotted Gucci studded shoes reduced to $289 from $400 with a retail price of $650 and classic brown suede Dior pumps are $360 from $500, with a starting retail of $750. (You can click here for pictures.)

Most of the above items are markdowns from earlier in the season but there are also good deals to be found on newer arrivals. A black and white color blocked Versace dress is $200 from a retail price of $450 and a Stella McCartney velvet tuxedo jacket is $500 from $829. While you're shopping, don't miss the jewelry counter. The brand is Italian-made Ottaviani, and there is a stunning cuff for $50 and Lanvin-like pearl and ribbon earrings for $15.

Heading uptown to the TJ Maxx on Columbus Circle, we found lots of different designer items but not so many markdowns. For example, an elaborate Marc Jacobs skirt with feathers and beading was marked $1000 from $2000, a chunky Love Moschino belted sweater is $249 from $625 and a See By Chloe dress is $150 from $375. Most impressive were new style Saint Laurent platform pumps for $500 from $995.

Those looking to shop for kids gifts can also make out well at both TJ Maxx stores. Uptown we found a playful Betsey Johenson duffel bags that's perfect for sleepovers. It's price is $60 from $120. There is also a great selection of discounted Barbie dolls and accessories. Newly released, "Barbie Look" dolls are $17 from $25 and "Fashionista Barbie" is $13 from $17. Princess & Barbie Popstar houses are $30 from $40.

We agree that it's a bit off color to buy gifts at a discount store but it's a great way to fulfill the "something for me too" urge. And really, we are happy to buy a Barbie anywhere it's discounted.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Target FEED Bags $12

Target has reduced their Lauren Bush Lauren's FEED collaboration items up to 60%. Don't worry, even though your savings can translate into a free meal for you, doesn't mean that those in need will go hungry. At the onset of the collaboration, Target committed to 10 million meals. So, this discount is just a win-win situation.

Head over to the FEED section of the Target website, and you'll find a large orange woman's tote bag reduced to $12 from $35, a FEED baseball cap is $5 from $15 and the famous Target collaboration bike is $200 from $400.

Although these are sale items, they could be thoughtful holiday gifts for the humanitarian among your friends and family. At these prices you can even through in a donation to your loved one's favorite charity. Now, that's what we call spreading good will.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

H&M Opens Times Square Mega Store

f you ask most city kids for their favorite part of the city, most will answer Times Square. Everything there is beyond human proportion, bright, loud and created for fun. The new 40,000-square-foot H&M Times Square is no different. The store is a retail playground with lots of entertaining technology and great views.

The store is scheduled to open at midnight, Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Lady Gaga and the launch of the Isabel Marant collaboration. That's what we call a Times Square entrance. The company is expecting thousands of people to attend the extravaGaga. Unfortunately, she won't be performing but will be shopping with her fans. (Wouldn't you love to know Gaga's favorite H&M items?)

Upon entering the store, shoppers will quickly notice and appreciate this store's use of technology. In place of signage mannequins are fit with LED screens offering additional product information, iPads near the fitting rooms to do online and multi-store product searches and a social media runway where your pics can be beamed to your personal accounts and to street-side monitors. The mega-store also carries all of the company's products, except for home. As a matter of fact, this is the first store that we've seen that has an entire beauty section.

Heading to H&M in Times Square may be out of the way but it's absolutely an entertaining Times Square destination. As a matter of fact, your tween might have more fun here than the nearby wax museum. It might end up being a less expensive way to entertain her too.

H&M Times Square
Open daily till 1am
4 Times Square

Manolo Sample Sale Will Open to the Public

Invited guests were able to begin shopping the Manolo sale at noon today. There were rumors that tomorrow's public shopping day would be canceled but we are told that is not true. Everyone is welcome to shop the sale starting 9am on Thursday, however, stock is expected to be very limited. We are also told that if the crowd gets out of hand, as it did last season, the sale will be closed.

That sounds like a warning to stay clear if shopping the sample sale is any inconvenience. As a matter of fact, early shoppers, today, say the inventory was more limited than usual and that the best selection was for those who wear a size 40.5.

Personally, we prefer shopping the sales in the boutique. Trying on shoes while sitting on leather banquettes and taking our purchases home in boxes is worth the extra money.

Manolo Blanhik Sample Sale
Thursday, November 14
Doors open at 9am
Warwick Hotel, 65 W 54th St. & 6th Ave, 2nd fl.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Walter Steiger Sale: $175 Shoes

The Walter Steiger sale that started last week continues on and prices are reduced almost ridiculously low. Today we stopped by the sale to find that some pairs of shoes were marked as low as two for $50. This is quite the deal considering that most of the collection had a retail price of about $900.

The selection includes lots of samples in size 37s and 40s and 41s. It appears that many of the styles are part of the Spring 2014 collection with a few styles from the current offering in stores. Our favorite styles are this flame shape cut-outs, which are on preorder at Neiman Marcus for $800 are just $200, these studded d'Orsays were $1400 at Neiman Marcus and reduced to $400 but at the sample sale the price is just $250 and maroon patent leather peep toes are $175 from $800.

The sale will only run through Wednesday. If you're looking for major deals we assure you that this is a great place to go hunting. No rsvp required.

Walter Steiger Sample Sale
Last Day: Wednesday, November 12
10am to 6pm daily
325 5th Ave. @ 33 st. suite 38A

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Bloomingdale's Friends & Family Includes Luxury

Bloomingdale's is hosting another friends and family event where customers can save 20% off sale and regularly priced merchandise. This time around, the friends and family discount has a lot fewer exclusions and can be applied towards many luxury designers, including Giuseppe Zanotti and Valentino.

The promotion started online today and will continue in stores and online through Sunday, November 17. Online shoppers can use the code FRIENDS at checkout. The big exclusions are generally leased spaces, Agent Provocateur, Akris Punto, Canada Goose, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs Collection, Moncler, Oscar De La Renta, Ralph Lauren Black Label, Ralph Lauren Collection.

While browsing we found lots of already reduced DVF and Sonia Rykiel, which comes out to about 50% off with the additional discount. In the shoe department you can apply the promotion to Ferragamo, Giuseppe Zanotti and Brian Atwood. Exclusions include, Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Prada,  and Ugg.

You can also apply the discount to furniture and the Bloomingdale's home departments. We suggest taking advantage of the promotion for Baccarat items and our personal favorite, Charisma bath towels.

This markdown should at least get you through the start of Chanukah, which is unseasonably early and coincides with Black Friday.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

This Week's Worthy Sample Sales

There are so many sample sales scheduled even the professionals can't attend them all. And really, who would want to? To help you sort through the madness, we put together a list of this week's sales that we think are worthy of your battlefield effort. Let us know if you think we missed anything spectacular.

Tuesday, November 12 through Friday, November 15
8:30am to 6:30pm daily
225 Varick St between Houston and Clarkson Sts, suite 300
Details: At the last sale prices were broken down to $50, $100, $150 and $200. Most samples are a straight size fours and are priced at $50 or $150 for more elaborate pieces. Most dresses were in the $150 and $200 categories.

Helmut Lang
Tuesday, November 12 through Friday, November 15
Tues 11am to 8pm, Wed - Fri 11am to 7pm
Clothingline, 261 W. 36th St btwn 7th & 8th
Details: Short and long-sleeved tops were $45, sweaters and bottoms $50, dresses were $65 and blazers were priced at $80. During the last day of the sale prices were slashed an extra 60% off. This is when you can really pile up.

Wednesday, November 13 through Friday, November 15
Wed 12pm—8pm, Thurs 9am—8pm, Fri 9am—5pm
131 Greene St between Prince and Houston St
Details: Prices are marked 70% off of retail, which isn't very difficult to find when shopping retail. The best bets were the $65 skirts and tops and pants for $75. Most dresses are priced between $150 and $175 but keep your eyes on their Facebook page for extra 20% to 50% off.

Manolo Blanhik Sample Sale
Wednesday, November 13- VIP Shoppers
Thursday, November 14 - Public Shopping
Doors open at 9am
Warwick Hotel, 65 W 54th St. & 6th Ave, 2nd fl.
Details: The full rundown of what to expect is right here.

Norma Kamali Annual Under $100
Wednesday, November 13
6pm to 8pm
11 West 56th Street, between 5th & 6th Ave
Details: This two hour shopping event brings the most electric shopping crowd. There you will find young girls and eccentric older women ally vying for cool urban chic on less than a Benjamin. You really never know what you will find.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Manolo Blahnik Sale Starts Wednesday

Manolo Blahnik fans will be able to shop an assortment of hugely discounted shoes starting Wednesday. The two day sale will start with invited guests and then open to the public. Last season was the first time they implemented this private-public shopping system and it wasn't smooth sailing. The public shopping day of the sale was so overcrowded that they started turning customers away at 9am.

Those willing to brave the crowds are sure to highly awarded with shoes priced at just $96 and goes up to $500 for tall exotic skin boots. Shoes with ornamentation were $125 at the last sale and styles with large large rhinestones are $150. Y can even afford to go crazy with a alligator style, which will cost you just $300 from a retail price of $4300. (That's less than the tax would cost.)

We anticipate that a majority of this sale's selection will be from summer 2013. Just don't count on stocking up on BBs. At the last sale, we only found a few styles of the famous shoe but they were either in patterned in plaid or lace. There's usually an overwhelming assortment of satin styles in addition to many statement pieces.

Even though $96 Manolos are quite a rush, we prefer the boutique's end of season sale. In January shoppers can score shoes at 75% off and not have to sift through plastic bags and search for missing mates. Did we mention that there is never a wait at the boutique!

Manolo Blanhik Sample Sale
Wednesday, November 13- VIP Shoppers
Thursday, November 14 - Public Shopping
Doors open at 9am
Warwick Hotel, 65 W 54th St. & 6th Ave, 2nd fl.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Saks Private Night Sale Begins

Saks Fifth Avenue's "Private Night" is the unofficial start to sale season. Historically, the department store's best customers were invited to shop designer discounts before the store officially goes on sale. Unlike friends and family and other prior promotions the sale would to include most every designer brand. (We're talking almost the entire third floor.) Those were the good 'ol days.

This season, the the sale was rebranded "Sneak Peek" and many of the most desirable brands are still excluded. On the bright said, the discount is 40% and runs in stores and online through Friday, November 8.  Like friends and family, most all of the contemporary brands are included. Those who prefer the designer collections can also choose from Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Derek Lam and Armani. For now, all other designer brands and designer shoes are excluded from the discount promotion.

While browsing online we found a good selection of Etro included in sale. This paisley print dress, for example, is now $700 from $1165. The sale selection of Missoni has a large selection of knits, including this chunky scarf vest that's $981 from $1635 and we love this cotton caplet shirt from Prabal Gurung that's now $417 from about $700.

The next big discount at Saks will be Black Friday. During the doorbuster most every designer will be marked down and the crowds will be quite thick. We suggest presaling as a way to avoid the crowds and lock in the best discounts. ‎

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Inside the Louboutin Sample Sale Today

Christian Louboutin employees have posted their famous sample sale decoy notice but upstairs there is a flurry of VIP sample sale shopping. The invite-only sample sale started yesterday by appointment. Most of the invitees include a close clique of fashion journalists and bloggers with a sprinkle of leggy models.

Our spies infiltrated the sale today to find an abundance of discounted red soles from which to choose. This season, there are even more basic shoes as an alternative to the fantastical styles that usually dominate the sale. There is also a good assortment of boots and booties. For the first time, the sale also includes a large amount of men's Louboutins. As a matter of fact, the men's selection is so good that women are sizing down and purchasing the shoes for themselves.

Sample sale prices are holding steady and run the same as they have the past prior years. Most styles range in price from $250 to $500. The men's smoking slippers range in price from about $300 to $400 depending on the detail. There are some more expensive crystallized sparkle shoes but they are mixed in with the rest of the shoe population. The handbag selection is already running very low. We expect that there will be none left by mid-day Wednesday.

As you can expect, shoppers are buying in bulk. Our insider noticed that almost every shopper ended up with at least ten pairs of shoes each. That is not good news for those planning on shopping the sale later this week. It might help that tomorrow shoppers will only be given a limited amount of time to shop. Today given as much time as they needed and the process was very, very slow. Perhaps, timing the shopping experience will speed up the notorious line and limit the hoarding.

If you're considering door-busting this sale, we suggest that you use your best technique starting Wednesday. The invite says that the three day sale is for press but it's really friends and family. (All the press were scheduled to shop Monday and Tuesday.) Be forewarned there are also three layers of clip-boards: one in the lobby, another at the elevator and a third in the showroom. Also, take note the +1 has been eliminated. So, be sure to have a good story and prey for good weather. We have a feeling the line will be very, very long.

Stay tuned we will be posting more intel and photos as the week progresses!

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
Monday, November 4 through Friday, November 8
306 W. 38th St. (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Sale-- Expensive & Crowded

The Dolce & Gabbana sample sale kicked off today and we weren't surprised that the wait to get in was long but we didn't expect the line to stretch for more than two hours. Those who were patient enough to brave the chilly fall temperatures were were unfortunately disappointed by the less than primo discount Gabbana.

For the record, we were unable to find most anything at 80% or 90% off. Most of the merchandise was discounted 60% and there was a smaller selection at 70%. A dress with jewel detail was about $1200 from about $3000 and a classic coat was $1600 from about $3500. Jeans are under $100 and tees are $50. The bright spot is the great selection of clothing and accessories for men.

There are lots of Sicily bags, belts and shoes in sizes 38 and 39. All the good bags, according to our resident Dolce expert, are still priced over $850 from about $2000. Our best advice is to hope for another markdown and avoid waiting on line. We wouldn't be surprised if you can luck out on both accounts during the last two days of the sale-- Thursday and Friday.

Dolce & Gabbana Sample Sale
Monday, November 4 through Thursday, November 7
Mon 10am- 10pm, Tues & Wed 9am -6pm, Thurs 9am -7pm
Metropolitan Pavilion 123 West 18th Street, 4th Floor (The Gallery)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

November's Worthy Sample Sales

November is starting with a bang and there are so many sample sales that we thought it would be advantageous to highlight sales that are worthy of your time and battlefield effort. In our opinion, the below sales are likely to offer the best discounts and traveling to get to them is likely time well spent.

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
Monday, November 4 through Friday, November 8
306 W. 38th St. (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.)
For more information click here

Dolce & Gabbana Sample Sale
Monday, November 4 through Thursday, November 7
Mon 10am- 10pm, Tues & Wed 9am -6pm, Thurs 9am -7pm
Metropolitan Pavilion 123 West 18th Street, 4th Floor (The Gallery)
Here are all the details.

Walter Steiger Sample Sale
Wednesday November 6 through Friday, November 8
10am to 6pm daily
325 5th Ave. @ 33 st. suite 38A
You can click here for more information.

3.1 Philip Lim
Thursday, November 7 through Friday, November 8
10am to 7pm daily
304 Hudson St @ Spring St
Information coming soon

Helmut Lang
Tuesday, November 12 through Friday, November 15
Tues 11am to 8pm, Wed to Fri 11am to 7pm
Clothingline, 261 W. 36th St btwn 7th & 8th
More information coming soon