Sunday, December 22, 2013

Where to Shop After Christmas

We apologize in advance but we are going to take off for the rest of the year. We wouldn't want to leave you hanging so we put together a list of sales you're not going to want to miss.

In the meantime, you can always email us with your inside shopping tips. If we can find a reliable network we'll be sure to pass on the information along with your unique spy name. Happy Holidays, Healthy New Year!

1. Saks Fifth Avenue
Starting Thursday morning, Saks will be enticing shoppers with an additional 50% off from 8am until noon for a total savings of up to 70% off. After the clock strikes noon the additional savings drops to just 40% off sale items. So set your alarm clocks or presale Monday and Tuesday.

2. Net-a-Porter
Luxury e-tailer, Net-a-Porter, already started their second markdown where some items are reduced up to 70% off. Starting Wednesday evening/ Thursday morning, you will notice that a lot more items will be reduced to that 70% off mark. Of course, you can wait for this merchandise to hit TheOutNet, but why wait?

3. Manolo Blahnik
The Manolo Blahnik usually starts their first markdown immediately after New Years. The discount is normally 33% off but if you can wait three weeks, prices are slashed to 50%. Then right when you think your winter blues can't get any worse, Manolo starts their February clearance sale where shoes are discounted up to 75% off.

4. Ralph Lauren
When Ralph Lauren slashes up to 70% off we've been known to raid the Rhinelander Mansion for cashmere sweaters for ourselves. The best part is that most of the leftover men's stock  is a size xs, which is just perfect for us. Just be careful, prices in the store don't always match up online. So bring your iPad, so that you can price compare.

5. Barneys New York Holiday with Jay Z
Barneys special holiday store was a huge bust on all accounts--no pun intended. We doubt that many people are going to the Madison Avenue department store to shop the collection, despite the fact that all the proceeds are going to charity. That makes the fate of the $17,000 special design Hublot watch into question, along with this $700 Elder Statesman cashmere ski mask and this Balmian Epaulette tee for $1000. All these items were customized for the collection and we couldn't imagine any discount store wanting to be associated with the messy controversy. Barneys will have no choice but to close out the merchandise quickly. After all, the money has already been spent. That's what we call a lose-lose situation.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Huge Reed Krakoff Bag Sale

Reed Krakoff is hosting a large markdown on their handbags. The discount is about 60% and there are dozens of great styles from which to choose.

While shopping the boutique, we event found a classic black Boxer included in the markdown. The brand's iconic style bag is now $626 from $1490. The more slouchy styled Fighter bag is $710 from $1690, a tri-colored Atlantique $626 from $1490 and a sweet Academy cross body bag is $416 from $990.

Surprisingly, the markdown on shoes and clothing is not as much-- just 40%. In the meantime, we are going to be sure to keep our eye on the alligator printed long sleeve sweater that's still $714 from $1190 and this crewneck sweater dress with leather front skirt that's still $1014 from $1690. We should also talk about these perforated leather booties that are $510 from $850.

Reed Krakoff
831 Madison Ave

Piperlime Closing Out Kids

Piperlime, a division of Gap, is closing their kid's department. Children's shoes are now reduced up to 50% off. Through Thursday night, you can also use the code NEWSTYLES for an extra 30% off.

These toddler New Balance sneakers are $22 from $44 and just $16 with the discount code. Sorel snow boots come to about $32 from $60 and boy's Adidas Orions are about $27 from $52. Beware, sizes are selling out quickly and all sales are final. Sometimes the final sale situation outweighs the price savings-- especially with small kids. Order with care!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What to do When It's: 'Sold Out'

Every season, there are a handful of items that top the list of the world's most fashionable and then sell out. There are waiting lists and black markets. Resellers and bribes. This is fashion and you are only as cool as your last purchase, or some think. This year, some of the hottest items never even make it to the sales floor.

Rather than throwing up your arms in defeat, it's always good to start searching stores that may not be on the average shopper's radar. Below are a few of our favorite shopping destinations for hard-to-find items. If these stores fail, you can also try stores in other mid-tier markets, like Miami, Chicago and Houston.

Our first stop is always Hirshleifers on Long Island at Americana Manhasset. During our last trip the tony boutique had waiting lists for the Chanel No. 5 Plexi Perfume Bottle bag ($9500) and the Boy Chanel Enchained ($5100). The store is also receiving ample shipments of Chanel espadrilles, if you're looking to stock up for the spring. Of course, this season the brand raised the prices by $100. The store also has a large collection of hard to find Chrome Hearts merchandise and hard-to-find Buscemi sneakers.
Tova 516-627-3566

Coco Pari
The basic Christian Louboutin styles usually aren't hard to find but it can be difficult to get your hands on some specialized styles. In these situations, I always give a call to Coco Pari, in Red Bank, NJ. The store is filled with a huge selection of the red soled shoes. The best part is that from time to time they will even wave a small discount to close the deal. Just be aware, the high school sales people are a bit stalkish and don't have the most sophisticated style. It's always a good idea to shop there with a critical eye.

Scottsdale Fashion Square
It's not as hip as California but they try. Scottsdale has a large affluent population and great shopping, but trends travel there a bit more slowly. For example, when Celine Luggage Totes were nearly impossible to find in New York, the Barneys at Scottsdale Fashion Square had a selection of almost every color combination. Looking for an Hermes item that shouldn't be too hard to get-- try the Hermes here. There's also the added benefit that cold weather items don't tend to sell very well. The best part of the Mall is that there is almost every store that you would find on Madison Avenue located in one place.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Second Markdown: Saks & Net A Porter

Tis the season of markdowns and shopping. Saks Fifth Avenue and Net-A-Porter both have started their second markdowns. The online retailer, NAP, has reduced prices up to 70% off and the discount at Saks is now up to 60% off. So where are the better deals? Lets take a look.

These days, retailers make a point of trying to keep their merchandise unique so that it's more difficult to price compare. That doesn't mean we can't find lots of apples. For instance, NAP has a great sale on Charlotte Olympia's kitchy bags. Prices are mainly discounted 70%. This Pandora is $277 from $925 and this fruit clutch is $298 from $695. Over at Saks, however, you can find a great assortment of discounted Fendi bags. A patchwork 2Jours is $2023 from $2890 and python and leather Silvana is $2177 from $3110.

Jimmy Choo Amore boots are the same price at Saks and NAP: $556 from $795. Saint Laurent Paris ankle boots, however, are $100 less expensive at NAP, $597 from $995. NAP is also the better location to buy Giuseppe Zanotti's 'Ester' ankle boots. The price is $478 from $1195 and the price at Saks is still $836.

If you're a fan of Reed Krakoff, you might find better savings at Saks. A color block fine wool sweater was originally $1190. Saks has the sweater reduced to $428, while NAP's price is $714. Saks also offers a more significant savings on a metallic print Jil Sander sweater, which was originally priced at $1590. The price at Saks is $572, while the NAP price is $954. That's almost a $200 price difference! Saks also wins on a Christopher Kane print dress that's priced $700 more on NAP.

Both sites are offering free shipping and returns through the holiday season. Saks Fifth Avenue generally has a lot more options than Net-A-Porter but the edit from the online retailer is more focused on a edgier shopper. As always, we always suggest shopping all sites before making a purchase.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Zara Sale Begins Friday

Zara's semi-annual sale will start Friday, December 20. The markdown will range from 10% to 50% off and also be available online. Children's clothing and slow selling women's items are usually found at the deeper discounts, while popular shoe and bag styles are reduced less.

Right now you can find some sale racks in stores and a limited sale section online. For example a women's color block top is $40 from $70, a houndstooth coat is $100 from $179 and a leather bowling-style bag is $70 from $160.

Zara isn't keen on price adjustments but if you want to get the top picks you might be able to buy sale merchandise a day or two before the sale officially starts. As the New Year edges on, Zara will likely take the top markdown to 70%. By this time, however, much of the leftover merchandise is either damaged or undesirable.

Shopping Ideas: ShopBop 75% Off

Those holiday shopping online, can save a bit and still get their packages by Christmas. Starting today, Shopbop is offering customers an extra 20% off all sale items. That means that you can save up to 75% off on your purchases. To access the additional discount, just use the code: EXTRAOFF20.

In light of the holiday season, we searched the site with the thought of filling a holiday shopping list all at once. After all, why shop six sites when you can clean out just one? Above are imagines of our favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list. The sale ends Wednesday at midnight, so we suggest you get clicking now. (Or wait until after Christmas for even deeper discounts.)

While browsing we found a McQ moto jacket with gorilla fur arms, which comes to about about $1100 from $2465. This Vionnet dress with long sleeves is New Year's perfect and comes to $720 from $2260. We found CoSTUME NATIONAL booties that come to about $330 from $920 and Alejandro Ingelmo clutter high-top sneakers for $170 from $525. Kelly Wearstler earrings are about $100 from almost $300 and this Eddie Borgo statement ring is about $110 from $350.

You can scroll through our above lookbook for even more finds. Remember, everything is an extra 20% off. Some itms will be perfect for your sister-in-law, niece, aunt or mom. You might want to even keep something for yourself!

Amuze Gucci Sale Starts at Noon

Even during sale season prices on luxury designer products can still be very high. Finding a true bargain is not a simple task. That's why we were so thrilled to find the new site, Amuze. The online discounter runs weekly flash sales of some of our favorite designers. The best part is the prices, most of which are 80% off retail.

Last week, the site ran a sale of amazing Valentino products. The sale had Rockstud shoes for $275 from $845. Another sale consisted of perfect gifts for both men and women. A men's Brunello Cucinelli sweater was $350 from $1200 and Gucci croc shoes were $395 from $895. In the women's sale there were Tom Ford slingback for $285 from $1114 and a $4290 Valentino dress marked down to $850.

This week, starting Monday at noon, the site will post a sale consisting of fabulous Gucci items. Shoppers can choose from an assortment of the brand's most popular clothing, shoes and bags. All pries are up to 80% off retail. That means that you can afford to indulge your normally jealous sister with a similar pair you bought for yourself.

Seems good? We agree, but there's even a better deal for you. Madison Avenue Spy readers can use the code "bemerry" at checkout and receive $25 off your purchase. Shop quickly because the sale will end on at noon on December 25. All orders submitted by Friday, December 20 will arrive in time for Christmas.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Curent Season Found at Jason Wu's Sample Sale

Despite rain, show and sleet the sample sale must go on. Today, marked the beginning of Jason Wu's first sample sale. Judging from the volume and large selection of merchandise we can easily say, it's about time. This sale is also a good reminder of what it's like to shop a real sample sale, as there are lots of current season merchandise.

Shoppers will find a great selection of current and past season Jason Wu clothing, shoes, bags and accessories. Prices $25 for sunglasses and run up to $1200 for dazzling gowns. Most of the merchandise we spotted ranged from 60% to almost 90% off of retail.

Shoppers will find great deals like this fox fur-trim motorcycle jacket, which is currently on sale at Neiman Marcus for $3252 from $5420. At the sample sale the same jacket was just $650. This black, white and yellow stripped sweaters is just $200 but is currently at Saks for $357 from $595. These whipstitched ankle boots were priced at $150 but are currently on ShopBop for $678 from almost $1700. We even found a few Daphne style bags that were priced at just $300 from a retail price of over $2000. (Above are pictures of items we found at the sample sale that are currently in stores.)

The pricing list also includes day dresses for $550, skirts for $400, blazers for $500 and tops for $250. The most expensive items are the evening gowns, which are priced at $1200. If you're in the market for red carpet attire, we would suggest waiting for markdowns. The sale continues through Tuesday when there are likely to be additional discounts. If you're looking to save about 90% on that fox collard jacket, however, we would suggest hitting the sale right NOW!

Jason Wu
Sunday, December 15th through Tuesday, December 17
Sun 1pm~6pm, Mon & Tues 10am-7pm
225 Fifth Ave. (bet. 26th & 27th St.)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

eBay Gift Ideas: Hostess, Kids and Art Books

While we love shopping, buying gifts for what feels like every human we've ever met can get overwhelming. Actually, it's mind numbing. How many times can a 6-year-old tell you that the only thing she wants for Christmas is to be on Dance Moms?

Don't worry, I'm not indulgent, delusional or sadistic enough to start tracking down Abby Lee, in Pittsburg. Instead, I shopped eBay and created collections of gift ideas for everyone you can imagine. For my imaginative 7-year-old I found a great spiky backpack, a Lisa Perry dress, a Crayola Marker Airbrush Set and Rainbow loom, of course.

My eBay collections also include gift ideas for a hostess. I was able to find a Faberge crystal champagne bucket (in the case you're invited to St. Barths for the week), a Hermes cashmere throw, a backgammon set and a Missoni/Target espresso set. The collection I curated for the fashionable bookworm has an assortment of wonderful art books from great fashion houses like Dior, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

We all know, eBay has just about everything anyone can want. All you need is a bit of inspiration and guidance. I hope you will take some time to explore the inspiring collections I made and follow MadisonAveSpy on eBay as I create more. #eBayCollection and #FollowItFindIt.

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

Kirna Zabete 60% Off

The sale at Kirna Zabete, Soho's swankiest multi-brand boutique, is running their semi-annual sale. The site says that discounts are up to 50% off but we found lots of merchandise discounted 60%. Discounts aside, the best part is that KZ has a great assortment of discounted inventory that may not be on sale at all at your local department store.

For the unfamiliar, a quick browse of the Kirna Zabete site will have you falling in love with this downtown gem. Take this Givenchy American Dream Sweatshirt is $962 from $1375 but it's still full price at most department stores.

While browsing, we came upon a collection of Thakoon and Erdem items that are discounted 60%. This Thakoon lace floral top is $396 from $990 and Erdem floral blouse is $445 from $1111. This fabulous Giambattista Valli mink collard coat is $1915 from $4780 along with Proenza Schouler Tiny PS!! $985 from $1645.

The next markdown is usually to 60% but we would try to take advantage of the extra markdowns on the site right now.

Kirna Zabete
477 Broome Street
Lauren 212-941-9656

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gifts: Satisfying the Label Lover

Shopping for the gal that loves everything luxury can be hard on the wallet. After all,  luxury merchandise on a markdown is still pricey It's especially difficult to shop for a young impressionable label loving girl without breaking the bank.

Interestingly enough, most luxury brands offer speciality items for just this reason. Even the biggest lables have affordable items to fulfill the desires of your label lover. Below is a guide of inexpensive luxury loving loot. After all, fashion is a gateway drug.

Top Down:
Double C Chanel Earrings: $275
Louis Vuitton Mini Pochette Accessory: $295
Lanvin iPhone 5 Case: $75
Prada Keychain: $196

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Inspiring Holiday Gift Guides

We are in the thick of holiday shopping season and finding the right gift for everyone on our list is never easy. A bit of inspiration is just what the doctor ordered. To spark ideas for great presents, I recently curated several Gift Guide collections on eBay.

All of my collections are based on a real shopping list and gifts that I have purchased or plan on purchasing. One of my collections was inspired by my husband. I included everything from the hottest new tennis racket to my favorite brand of athletic earbuds. (You know, the kind that really stay in your ears when you're running a 6-minute mile.) The collection also includes, a dream novelty watch from de Grisogono and a deco gold lighter from S.T. Dupont Ligne.

In another collection I curated an assortment of items perfect for my 30-something sister, which ranges from a Fendi 2Jours bag to a Beautyblender--the newest must-have cosmetic accessory. A collation of gifts for my 9-year-old daughter's has a vintage lava lamp and knitting machine.

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

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

Insider Sale Begins at Christan Louboutin

Missed out on the Christian Louboutin sample sale this season? Fret not, the Madison Avenue (and soho) boutique started their markdown today for "insiders". The discount is a solid 40%, which is a larger savings than most of the department stores. Expect to find an assortment of handbags and fashion shoes (no classic colors or styles) from the Fall/Winter 2013 collection.

 If the past is any indication, there will be a long line to get into the boutique and it will be busy. We suggest you avoid this by stopping by the store this week to buy your red-soled wish list since they will not be restocking.

Unfortunately, sales associates were unable to provide details on exactly what will be included, but naturally our spies got the inside info. Our intel suggests there will be some tall boots and popular Daffodils in fashion styles like leopard, rainbow, satin, crepe and pony. While you will be able to find some of the stacked front platforms marked down, the celeb-beloved Highness styles will not be included since they are considered classics. If you are coveting a specific style, we suggest calling ahead to see if it is included prior to making the trip.

Marina: (212) 396-1884

Monday, December 9, 2013

Amuze Flash Sale: Prada, Cucinelli, Tom Ford & More

Shopping at this time of year starts to feel like such a task. There are so many people for whom to buy things and you need a bit of indulging too. Imagine snagging designer gifts for your friends and loved ones at truly affordable prices.

We promise, it's really possible. is the newest online flash sale site and offers authentic and brand-new designer merchandise at prices up to 80% off retail. We aren't talking about those contemporary, diffusion or bridge lines either. The site includes a variety of handbags, shoes, accessories and clothing from top designers such as Gucci, Tom Ford, Valentino, Marchesa, Judith Leiber, Chloe and more.

Tuesday's sale starts at noon and includes great items for both men and women. Included are women's shoes, boots, bags and clothing from Tom Ford, Valentino, Prada and others. There's even a great variety of Cucinelli sweaters for men.

Seems good? We agree, but there's even a better deal for you. Madison Avenue Spy readers can use the code "bemerry" at checkout and receive $25 off your purchase. Shop quickly because the sale will end on at noon on December 23. All orders submitted by Friday, December 20 will arrive in time for Christmas.

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This Week's Best Sample Sales

There are so many sample sales scheduled that shopping starts to feel like a big decision rather than a leisurely activity. To help you sort through the madness, we put together a list of this week's sales that we think are worthy of your holiday season effort. Let us know if you think we missed anything spectacular.

Lalique, Di Modolo and VBH
Saturday, December 7th through Wednesday, December 11th
Sat-Tue 9:00am to 6:30pm, Wed 9:00am to 5:00pm
Soiffer Haskin, 317 West 33rd Street

Details: Right now Soffer Haskin is hosting a sale consisting of three luxury brands. The most fashionable happens to be, VBH. All the bags made by the luxury brand are hand hand-sewn by highly skilled artisans in Florence, Italy. The styling is modern but the quality is classic. The sale includes a variety of bags including lots of exotic skins. Prices are broken down by sticker code and range from 50% to 70% off retail. There are only two more days of the sale. Be on the look out for price reductions, which are always a welcome.

Tuesday, December 10 through Friday, December 13
Tues though Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-1pm
225 Fifth Ave. (bet. 26th & 27th St.)

Details: Fashionable men take note: This Isaia sale is the perfect place to up your look. The sale includes Italian made suits, sports coats, shirts, ties, trousers and accessories. Prices run from 50% to 75% off retail. Real deal seekers should wait until the end of the sale to load up. Last season, our spies purchased an $11,000 cashmere coat for about $2000. Now that's a sale even a man can love.

Jason Wu
Sunday, December 15th through Tuesday, December 17
Sun 1pm~6pm, Mon & Tues 10am-7pm
225 Fifth Ave. (bet. 26th & 27th St.)

Details: This will be the first large-scale Jason Wu sale. The sale will feature women's clouting and accessories. Beyond that, it's all a mystery but we will be sure to report from the front lines.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Chanel Treasures at Last Call

Early last week we got a tip that there was a nice assortment of Chanel clothing at the Neiman Marcus Last Call, in Jersey Gardens Mall. We didn't believe it at first but also couldn't help ourselves from staying away.

Lo and behold, in the rear of the stor, there is a section of assorted Chanel ready to wear that's marked an additional 30% off. A teal tweed shift dress comes out to about $1600 from a retail price of about $7000. A gold lame dress with pearl detailing is about $3300 from a retail of about $11,000. A classic winter white wool dress is about $1500 from a starting price of $6000 and lace plants are about $612 from over $2000. (You can see a full set of pictures right here.)

Take note, there is just one style of each item. Sizes range from size 36 to 40. The best part, however, is that there is no sales tax on clothing in New Jersey. You can consider that another savings of almost 10% from New York.

If you're outside the New York area, we suggest exploring your local Last Call outlet. We are told that a store in Chicago has full length Chanel tweed coats. The prices there, range from an outlet price of $2000 to $8000 from retail prices of $11000 to $26000. Obviously these are all still very expensive prices but it's Chanel, babe.

Last Call @ Jersey Gardens Mall
651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 354-5900

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Chanel Presale Begins, Louboutin Too

Presale on Chanel merchandise is beginning at major department stores. Clothing, shoes and a small selection of bags will be discounted 40%. Chanel boutiques, however, have not promoted their sale yet to customers.

Nordstrom stores that carry Chanel--Seattle, Portland, Mall of America etc-- are assisting customers already. Closer to home, Saks Fifth Avenue will accept presale purchases on Monday for Chanel. The markdown officially begins on Friday, December 13.

The Louboutin presale will begin Thursday, which is just one day before the actual sale. You can click here to see a election of shoes that we believe will be included in the markdown. Feel free to post any questions in the comment section below.

Saks 5th Avenue: Michael Bright Asante (MBA) 212-753-4000 Ext: 7713

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Early Access: Nancy Gonzalez Sample Sale

Just in time for the holidays, Nancy Gonzalez is hosting a sample sale where her famous exotic skin bags will be significantly reduced. The sale doesn't open to the public until Monday, December 9 but Madison Avenue Spy readers have been invited a day early to shop the Sunday VIP pre-sale.

Shoppers can attend the pre-sale by giving a $36 donation (or more), which will go to New York Cancer Center. All contributions are matched by Shelly & Renee. Please email us here if you would like to attend. Space is limited. There will be a guest list at the door on Sunday but the remaining dates are open to the general public without giving a donation.

The public days of this sale are always very popular and can be quite chaotic. As a matter of fact, every season the sale completely sells out. We suggest that serious Nancy Gonzalez shoppers should take advantage of this pre-shopping opportunity. With prices like these you can get a bag for for a loved one and yourself.

Nancy Gonzalez Sample Sale
VIP Fundraiser Sunday, December 8 from 1pm-5pm
Public Sale: Monday, December 9 & Wednesday, December 11
Mon 9am-8pm, Tues & Wed 10am to 6pm
Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street (bet. Park & Lexington Ave.)
Cash & Credit Card. No Strollers

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The Down Low on Department Store Sales

This week, mark the official start of discount season. Almost all designer brands are on the sale list. (Chanel and Louboutin are still the exceptions.) At all of our department stores, fall and winter clothing is discounted 40% off but the prices of shoes and handbags vary greatly.

Take note, some boutiques offer even lower discounts than the department store. For instance, Tom Ford and Prada are both offering customers a 50% savings. Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks. Take note, online discounts are the same as the stores.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Warm-Up Sample Sale: White + Warren

As the days are getting shorter and the weather is cooler, it's just natural to feel the need to snuggle up 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 two days-- this Thursday and Friday. Cashmere sweaters will start at $100, non-cashmere items will start at $30 and accessories will be $40 and up. 

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 kit.

White + Warren Sample Sale
Thursday, December 5 & Friday, December 6 
Thurs. 8am to 7pm, Fri. 8am to 6pm
80 West 40th Street, 3rd floor

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Get Shoes at TheOutnet Clearance Sale

TheOutnet is hosting their bi-annual clearance sale and a wide assortment of designer goodies are reduced 85% off. We spent some time browsing through the site and were rather impressed by the great looking shoes that were included in the clearance promotion.

Check out these Pierre Hardy color blocked lace-ups that are $265 from $1325. Rick Owens leather wedge sandals are a steal at $367 from over $1300 and these quirky Charlotte Olympia platforms are $295 from $1475.

The selection outside the show department is a bit light but we did find a striking Erdem velvet print gown for $631 from $3155, an adorable Marni color blocked poplin dress is $170 from $1372 and a Matthew Williamson romper is $159 from $795.

The sale runs for another five days but suggest shopping the sale sooner rather than later. With these types of discounts it's not surprising that merchandise and sizes are going very quickly.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Inside the Yigal Azrouel Sample Sale

Yigal Azrouel has quickly become one of our favorite designers. His clothing is edgy and youthful without looking overdone or overly-sexy. This season's sample sale doesn't start until Tuesday but we couldn't help ourselves from spying a day early-- and we are sure glad we did.

Last year, the sample sale was held at the designer's boutique in Soho but this season shoppers will need to head to the company's showroom, in the garment district, to shop for coveted Yigal and Cut25. Sample prices are the most attractive but there is only one of each item and the best merchandise was being snatched up by employees. We grabbed this Cut25 blouse for $40 from $310 along with an all black version of this jacket for $40 from $495. A Yigal bodycon dress was $60 and the designer's high-end leather skirt was $125. All Yigal samples are $60 and Cut25 samples are $40. Leather Cut25
samples are $90 and Yigal leather samples are $125.

While there is less open stock than last season, there are still lots of great items from which to choose. One of the hottest items was this shearling and leather combo coat that was priced at $500 from $2900. This Yigal Azrouel leather-panel pencil skirt was $150 from $590 and Cut25 sweaters were $100. Yigal blouses and tops are $125 and Cut25 blouses and tops are $100. Full pricing details are in the image to the left. (Click on the picture to enlarge)

In addition to all the women's finds, there are also a few racks of men's clothing.  Today, there were hardly any men shopping but there are bound to be more tomorrow. Women should take note that there is no dressing room. We suggest dressing in sample sale attire or leggings and a tank for optimal modesty. Click here to view more pictures from our sample sale shopping trip.

Yigal Azrouƫl / Cut25 Sample Sale
Tuesday, December 3 through Friday, December 6
10am to 6pm daily
225 West 39th Street, 5th Floor

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday: Moda Operandi, Intermix & Yoox

Most stores have now taken a markdown on their fall and winter merchandise. Finding the best deals, however, is not always the easiest job. In honor of Cyber Monday, many online companies are offering extra shopping incentives to get you surfing and purchasing on their sites. Below are a few of the best designer deals we found:

Moda Operandi
The exclusive online site is known best for their pre-season trunk show sales and just-off-the-runway looks. We happen to like the site's non-preorder boutique best. The merchandise is curated flawlessly and not only from the regular designer suspects.  What's even better, is Moda Operandi is reducing all pre-fall and fall designer merchandise by 40%, starting Monday. Be sure to check out this Kule herringbone coat with fox collar that was $695, the pop-art hand-beaded bag from Sara's Bag that was $980 and Tabitha Simmons floral print pumps that were originally marked $925.

Designer merchandise is discounted 40% off and for Cyber Monday shoppers can save an additional 40% for a total savings of 70% off. A Missoni fit and flare black dress is under $1000 from $2225, Barbara Bui leather skinny pants in ox blood are $480 from $1355 and Surgio Rossi classic leather booties are about $420 from $995. Don't worry if you don't see your additional discount immediately in your shopping cart. The additional 40% comes off once you enter your credit card information in the checkout page.

The international online retailer is blowing out select winter merchandise at 50% off and through Monday shoppers can use the code THANKYOOX and save an additional 15% off. These Giuseppi Zanotti high boots come out to just $336 from $825, this dramatic red Marni cape comes to $587 from $1390 and this adorable Love Moschino tote bag is $67 from $135.