Monday, June 30, 2014

Moda Operandi Up to 70% Off

Moda Operandi is hosting a summer sale where some of the most stylish designer items from the season are discounted 70%. M'O is still one of those insider laces to shop and is often the destination where we tend to find those pieces that are otherwise sold out.

Check out this Delpozo dress. It's is on the edge of trend change--moving away from bodycon-- and is $1140 from $3800. A Carven poplin dress with midriff cutouts is perhaps more wearable and affordable at $225 from $750 and these Harve Faircloth wide-legged white pants are absolutely perfect for $110 from $365.

There are really a lot of great pieces in the sale section. You can scroll through the photos above to see our favorites. The site says that these are the final reductions. We'll keep an eye out on markdowns and hope another comes  our way before the site switches over to fall.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Portero's 36-Hour Sale

If you ever wanted the opportunity to shop a huge inventory of discounted Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton then you won't want to miss's Summer Sale event. During their 36-hour promotion, customers will save an additional 20% off over 200 featured handbags, jewelry, and accessories. The sale only runs from noon ET Sunday until midnight ET on June 30th.

This week, we were able to get a sneak peak of what's to come. With the special 20% off, we found a small Chanel handbag for just over $1000, a men’s Rolex Datejust 2T with a champagne diamond dial and diamond bezel for under $4800, and a jewel encrusted Marchesa box clutch for approximately $1600.

We could go on and on pointing out great items to buy, but half the fun is browsing through their beautiful new website. Just keep in mind that the promotion ends once the clock strikes midnight on Monday. We suggest that you don’t hesitate, because this sale is expected to sell out fast. Visit here to start shopping your most coveted items!

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Intermix Discounts Hit 80% Off

The discounts at Intermix are climbing quickly. Right now, many clearance items are discounted 60% and most everything on sale is discounted an additional 30%. The only downside is that all reduced items are final sale.
We were searching the sale selection online and found this Markus Lupfer lips tee that comes to $41 from $150, this updated-skort is $50 from $225, a croc embossed Yigal Azrouel leather jacket comes to $600 from almost $2000 and Valentino camo flats com ego $460 from almost $1100.

The site also has a pretty good selection of sunglasses that are all about 50% off. It's not a bad idea to put a $100 cap on sunnies, considering how they are the one of the most commonly lost items.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Best YSL Discount

While it seems as if every retailer deeply discounting fashion, we are still hard pressed to find better prices than Amuze's Saint Laurent sale. Right now, the online discounter is selling some YSL's most iconic shoes and bags for prices less that we can find anywhere else.
Tributes for $350, Tribtoos for $325 and really amazing boots for under $500. The sale also includes a variety of bags like the Muse in embossed croc, Belle De Jour clutches and Betty clutches. Click here to check it out.

The Saint Laurent sale ends July 10 and we suggest that you don't procrastinate. Popular sizes are already beginning to sell out. Other great Amuze sales include, Gucci ready-to-wear and Valentino shoes.

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Gucci Adds to Online Sale

While it's always a welcome sight to see spring merchandise in December, it's disconcerting to watch the unveiling of fall 2014 before July. Spending full price on that merchandise is should just be downright illegal.
As Gucci boutiques have started to receive their pre-fall collection and we noticed that the online sale inventory has vastly grown. There is even great options for those who want to get a jump start on growing their cool weather wardrobes. (The horror.) Take this goose down jacket is $700 from $1390, this double-heart cashmere sweater is $450 from $900 and this heavy cotton knit embroidered sweater is $750 from $1500. In the shoe section there is even plenty of boots. These brown mid-heels are $630 from $1250 as are these suede high heel classic Gucci zipper boots.

Hey, maybe you have a summer ski trip to South America or are planning an expedition to the Arctic Circle? Either way, we still prefer an itty bitty bikini to heavy knits.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Reem Acra Sample Sale

Attention all brides-to-be and red carpet walkers. Reem Acra is hosting a showroom sample sale where wedding gowns, evening gowns and ready-to-wear will all be priced at 80% off. The two day sale runs this Friday and Monday.
At last year's sale prices started at just $100 and run up $3000 for a gown that was originally $11,300. The collections range from several different seasons and sizes run from 2 through 16.

Just remember that alterations are usually necessary when purchasing gowns from a sample sale. Also, all sales are final, which means there are no backsies.

Reem Acra Sample Sale
Friday, June 27 & Monday, June 30
10am to 4pm
240 West 35th Street, 7th Floor

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Net-a-Porter's 80% Off Deals

Net-a-Porter has started to aggressively discount its summer merchandise. A critical mass of merchandise is now 80%, which includes plenty of clothing, swimwear, shoes, lingerie and jewelry.

Inside the clothing section, we found lots of swimsuits, which may even get to you in time for July 4th weekend. This Shimmi wrap bikini is just $43 from $215, this Kenzo ruffle bikini is $50 from $250 and this onepiece Roksanda Ilincic is $125 from $625-- and will hopefully offer (even me) enough butt coverage. Here's a tiny-bottom Tomas Maier print bikini for $98 from $490. Among the beachwear is this Fendi silk kaftan for $267 from $890 and  black and white Missoni print pants for $200 from $670.

Of course, there's lots of clothing reduced 80% too. This daytime sexy Roland Mourent for $585 from $3000 is sure to turn heads in the boardroom and this Richard Nicoll print top for $151 from $755 will pair grew with a toothpick skirt of dressy shorts. The Elle Macpherson bras and panties are quite stunning and an excellent deal at just $20 for a bra and $6 for matching panties.

Over in the accessories section, we spotted Oscar de la Renta earrings for $60 from $300 and this VickiSarge gold plated and wood necklace is $363 from $1800. The shoe 80% off shoe selection is a bit more limited but there is a pair of Oscar de la Renta slingbacks for $140 from $700 and Kenzo booties for $140 from $700.

There aren't any bags reduced 80% but in the next couple of weeks we should see even more merchandise added to the 80% category. NAP usually ends its sale before July 4th but that's when its sister site, TheOutnet, has it's bi-annual blowout.

Monday, June 23, 2014

30+ Pics From Bergdorf's 2nd Markdown

Bergdorf Goodman just started their second markdown and almost everything from designers' spring and summer collections are on sale. The discount is the same online but the selection isn't nearly as good. We couldn't resist coming home with some lavender bags and are quite sure you'll feel the same after looking through all of our shopping pictures.

The discount is up to 60% off with most ready-to-wear clothing falling within the steepest markdowns. Chanel and Dior clothing is discounted 40%. All shoes are all 50% off-- except for Chanel, which is discounted 30%. Most sale bags are marked 50% off. You can click on the jump below to see a full selection of pictures from our shopping trip.

On the main floor, in the 57th Street 'hall of bags,' we found lots of classic black Saint Laurent duffles in an assortment of sizes. The large size comes to about $1000 from over $1900. In the center of there room there is a table full of Alexander McQueen mini-skull clutches and a few Victoria Beckham bags.

Upstairs, in the 2nd floor shoe department it seems as if there are more shoes on sale than ever. As always, the sale selection is organized by size. All styles-- including Christian Louboutins-- are a straight 50% off the original price. Some of the most plentiful sale styles are the colorful Louboutin animal print sneakers and the PVC Manolo Blahnik cap-toe pump in a variety of colors. There are also a lot of Prada, Jimmy Choo and Saint Laurent shoes among the sale racks. Chanel shoes are still segregated from the other brands. Among the markdown merchandise is a huge variety of classic pumps, ballet flats, sneakers, sandals and even boots. Again, all the Chanel shoes are 30% off. You can see all the styles included in the markdown here.

Upstairs, about half of the third floor is dedicated to sale merchandise. The sale merchandise is organized by designer. Most everything is reduced 60%. We found a large assortment of Lanvin, Prada, Carolina Herrara, Marni and Valeinto. The selections of Thakoon, Saint Laurent and McQueen are much more limited.

 Last year, the third markdown started on July 9 and the discount ran up to 75% off. There is no reason not to expect a similar pattern this year.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Retail Therapy: Anna Sui

It's been a long time since we turned the tables on a fashion designer and questioned them about their shopping habits. Last week, we were lucky enough to catch up with Anna Sui at the launch party of her new fragrance. La Nuit de Boheme is the designer's 13th perfume and was conceived as the evening accompaniment of La Vie de Boheme.

The "evening fragrance" has a floral-woody-fruity sent with a hint of midnight mystery and a dash of sensual. "She is a girl-child woman who lives life on the edge, expressing her freedom and individuality. But at night," Anna Sui continues, "she turns into another girl entirely. A girl full of mystery and sensuality." Besides having a intoxicating fragrance, La Nuit de Boheme comes in a bottle that is both decorative and extravagant. The design is emmbossed with black and gold filigree and is full-on luxe bohemian. Not too much of a deviation from Anna Sui, herself.

Below Anna Sui shares her prized wardrobe items along with a few heart breakers. Read below to find the full scoop and let us know what you think. Click here to read though more of our Retail Therapy series.

What's your most prized deal?
I love the flea markets. Great finds are becoming harder and harder but they have always inspired me. Most of what's in this store [the designer's Soho boutique] was found at flea markets. My favorite is the one on 26th Street.

Biggest regret that you didn't purchase?
I am always looking for that one item I didn't buy. At one point, the markets were stocked and now you can hardly find a thing. I now have the philosophy: If you love something you see, buy it. You might never find it again.

This season you're looking for...
A great coat. I haven't bought one in a few years. I made some great ones for my collection this year. Some with real fur and some with fake fur. A coat really makes a statement. In winter, sometimes it's the only thing people see you wear for months.

What's your number one shopping tip?
If you see it, buy it.

Is there an item for which a shopper should never mind paying full price?
On something you love.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

YSL Beauty Sale

YSL is hosting an online beauty sale where you can save 20% off. Just use the code FAMILY14 at checkout. Shipping is free with a purchase of $75 or more, which shouldn't be difficult considering that a lipsticks are $35. (When did that become the norm?)

Not sure what to buy? Beauty experts rave about the Touche Éclat, which is a pen-like concealer. The Rouge Pur lipstick in Le Rouge is one of the most loved in the fashion world. The Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll is legend for it's application brush, which is known to get to the "baby" lashes that most mascaras miss.

The sale runs through June 30. If you miss this promotion, keep an eye out for the Lord & Taylor friend's and family sale. That sale beauty sale is just 15% but includes Chanel.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Where You'll Find the Best Deals

This week, marks the official start of second markdown. Almost all designer brands are on the sale list and have been reduced at least twice. (Chanel is still the exception.) At all of our department store's spring and summer clothing is discounted 60% off but the prices of shoes and handbags vary greatly.

Take note, some boutiques offer even lower discounts than the department stores. For instance, Alexander McQueen and Prada are both offering customers a 40% savings. Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks. Take note, at this time, online discounts are the same as the stores.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Worthy Sample Sales: Barbara Bui, SoulCycle, Ippolita

It's been a few weeks since there has been a sample sale worth mentioning. We are now entering the end of sample sale season and we can anticipate a flurry of activity before summer fully takes hold. Below is a carefully curated selection of our favorite upcoming sample sales.
Alexis Bittar
Wednesday, June 18 through Friday, June 20
Wed—Thurs 8:30am—7pm, Fri 8:30am—4pm
143 W. 19th St btwn Sixth & Seventh Ave
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.

Wednesday, June 18 through Saturday, June 21
Wed—Fri 11am—8pm, Sat 10am—6pm
12 W. 27th St btwn Fifth Ave & 6th Ave
Activewear has become the new staple of casual and SoulCycle has set the trend. SoulCycle has become practice uptown uniform when paired-- especially when paired with a Birkin and XXL diamonds. Sample sale shoppers can expect discounts starting at 40% off retail. The sale will include women and men's tees, tanks, tights, shorts, sweats and more. Buy five and get one free. Take note, this sale is credit card only.

Dolce & Gabbana
Friday, June 20 through Monday, June 23
Fri 10am—7pm, Sat 8am—7pm, Sun 10am—7pm, Mon 9am—12pm
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St btwn 6th & 7th Ave, 4th floor
This sample sale is always a big hit with prices discounted up to 90%. Expect to find the best selection among the most recent collections, which are likely to be marked 60% off. You can click here for more details.

Saturday, June 21 through Tuesday, June 24
Sat—Sun 9am—6pm, Mon—Tues 9am—7pm
Soiffer Haskin, 317 W. 33rd St btwn 8th & 9th Ave
Expect to find savings up to 65% off. During the last sale we found 18k Lollipop earrings for $1050 from about $3000 and 18k-gold five station Lollipop bangles were $700 from $2000. You can click here to read the full review from last season.

Barbara Bui
Monday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 25
11am—6pm daily
115-117 Wooster St btwn Prince & Spring
Expect to find discounts ranging from 70 to 90% off. The selection will include an assortment of past season's clothing handbags, shoes and accessories.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Bergdorf Goodman 75% Off Online

If you're really looking to score some top shelf merchandise for bargain basement prices, we suggest you head over to Bergdorf Goodman online. The website's discounts top 75% off and include a variety of very high-end designers.

While browsing, we found this great Dion Lee wrap dress for $416 from $1040, a Givenchy tee is $222 from almost $890 and a leather skirt from The Row is about $1100 from $3200. This Rick Owens wrap vest is a considerable fashion piece, as is, this Lela Rose sheath dress with lace incerts.

The Bergdorf Goodman store is still on its first markdown but we suspect that more discounts will hit later this week. We will be sure to keep you posted-- literally.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chanel Presale Intel

Although almost every designer has has been discounted, there is one major exception. Chanel is the only designer that has not had a first markdown. This year, we hear that the Chanel presale will will start on June 19 and officially begin on June 24. Surprisingly, this is ten days later than the start of the sale last year.
The sale usually consists of clothing and shoes from the spring and summer collections. The markdowns of  are almost always limited to seasonal styles. We hear that there will be less of a bag selection this season but haven't been told any specifics.

Prices for the first markdown are 30% the second markdown, which is usually just a few weeks later is 50%. Final markdown goes as high as 70% and is often limited to clothing and a stray shoe return.

Madison Avenue Chanel

Thursday, June 12, 2014

LVMH Tag Heuer Friends & Family Sale

LVMH is hosting its annual Tag Heuer friends and family sale where shoppers can save between 40% and 60% off retail on the fashionable and sporty watches. To access the sale you must use the link and enter the access key "carrera2014" in the friends and family login section.
We especially like giving Tag watches as a gift to young adults and sporty dads. The sale will run about a week. We suggest shopping quickly because we see popular styles already selling out.

Our favorite style is the Formula 1, which is listed on the site with face options that come in red, black and orange. Watch enthusiasts will love the Carrera Automatic Chronograph that's on sale for $3800 from almost $6000. Usually the site offers a wider variety but sometimes less options simplifies gift shopping.

Take note that purchases are limited to a total of three watches and shopping is only open to US residents. In addition, all sales are final-- no backsies! On the bright side all watches are covered against manufacturing defects for two years from the date of purchase. So keep your receipt!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Valentino Shoes 70% Off

There's nothing quite like a fresh new Valentino bow and a huge discount makes it so much more attractive. Starting Thursday at 9pm, Amuze will be hosting a Valentino sale that will include a wonderful variety of shoes at up to 70% off.
We got a little preview of what's to come and promise that you won't be disappointed. Included in the sale is a pair of platform peep-toes with Rock Stud detailing for $245, two tone bow wedges for $195 and lace variety wedges for $240. What's even better is that Madison Avenue Spy readers can save an additional 10% when using the code MADAVESPY at checkout.

While your shopping, don't miss the site's daily deal--a Saint Laurent Gladiator Tribute for $315. You will also want to take a peak at the Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana sale. We suppose it's not so hard to imagine why Amuze has become our favorite online shopping destination.

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Second Markdowns Begin: Saks & NAP

It's hardly the middle of June and many designer retailers are beginning take another price cut. Saks Fifth Avenue is currently the leader for the best deals with Net-A-Porter following quickly behind. Barneys started with the best discount, so it will be some time until we see another price cut but Bergdorf Goodman should begin their second markdown very soon.

Taking a closer look at Saks, you can find this Valentino camo tote for $721 from $1545, this Va-Va Voom Mini studded Valentino clutch is $1095 from $2345 and Saint Laurent Tribute sandals are $418 from $895. The best deal is absolutely the Valentino jelly sandals that are $173 from $295. These new prices just became effective online too.

Over at Net-a-Porter, you can find lots of interesting items on double markdown. Most clothing is now about 50% off but some spring merchandise is now reduced 70%. Take this Roland Maurent crepe top with an open back, it's $226 from $755. A floral Nina Ricci dress is is $300 from almost $1000 and this Jason Wu jumpsuit is $600 from $1985. From the shoe section you can't go wrong with these Mother of Pearl slip on sneakers that are now $111 from $370, Antonio Berardi sandals are about $900 from $3000 and these rainbow Shourouk earrings are $310 from $755.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Christian Louboutin Sale Begins, Officially

Missed out on the Christian Louboutin sample sale this season? Fret not, the Madison Avenue --and Soho and Meatpacking-- boutiques will start their markdown on Thursday for "insiders". The discount is a solid 40%, which is only matched by Barney's. Expect to find an assortment of handbags and fashion shoes (no classic colors or styles) from the Spring/Summer 2014 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 the day before 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. You can click over here to see a wide assortment of pictures of items that are included in this season's markdown. 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, June 9, 2014

Stella McCartney Markdown

Stella McCartney is hosting a spring sale where spring merchandise is discounted up to 40% off. Bags and shoes are discounted 30% and clothing is 40% off.
It turns out that Stella had a great season and some of the best items sold out as soon as they hit the sales floor. We were highly surprised to see that even one of these surrealist appliqué embroidery dresses made it to sale season. A size 42 can be had for $1773 from $2955. This oversized silk duchesse dress was also a huge hit and is now $1400 from $2340.

Our favorite items, however, are from the Stella x Adidas activewear. Pink and grey leggings are $56 from $80 and the matching tank is $60 from $85. We don't necessarily suggest matching your kicks to your workout wear but these are very nice at $112 from $160. This low waste tee is so much more than gym cloths and is $63 from $90.

The sale also includes select Falabella bags at 30% off, along with assorted wallets and clutches.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Save the Date: Dolce & Gabbana Sample Sale

We just received word that Dolce & Gabbana will be hosting an exclusive 4-day sample sale beginning Friday, June 20. Merchandise will include items for men, women, children, handbags and shoes from prior to the 2014 collection. Prices will be up to 90% off.

During last year's sale, we found the most recent merchandise to be discounted 60%, the prior year 70% and the year before that 80% and even older merchandise was 90% off. Archival items were discounted 60% off. We found a body-con corset dress for $400 from almost $4000. Shoes were marked between $50 and $250 and handbags were all under $250.

We suggest hitting this sale early because the most desirable items tend to go quickly when they are marked 90% off retail. Really, how much more of a discount can you expect?

Dolce & Gabbana Sample Sale
Friday, June 20 through Monday, June 23
Fri 10am- 7pm, Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 10am-7pm & Mon 9am to 12pm
Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street, 4th Floor (The Gallery)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Proenza Schouler 50% Off

Proenza Schouler is hosting a spring sale where merchandise is discounted 50%. Some of the designer's most iconic items, including bags, are included in the markdown.
Our favorite PSII tote with exotic snakeskin, which is perfect as a chic briefcace, is about $2000 from almost $4000. A non-exotic version of the bag is $1225 from $2250. This heavy metal Minaudière is $1100 from $2200.

Within the clothing section you can grab this print crewneck for $312 from $625, a sleeveless dress with oversized hardware is $1245 from $2490 and a classic white pleated dress is $390 from $780.

You should absolutely check out Proenza's take on the Birkenstock, which is now $300 from $600 and these studded heels that are now $425. The sale also includes a large variety of wallets and brightly printed pajama sets.

Jacob 212-585-3200

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Saint Laurent Presale

Most department stores have already started their markdowns on Saint Laurent clothing, shoes, bags and accessories. The YSL boutique sale, however, won't begin until June 7. Presale is already underway.

Clothing is 50% off, shoes, bags, and accessories are 30% off. If you're interested in a bag, the largest selection is among the duffel style. Even the black is included in the discount lineup. Sac du Jours, Y-Linge and Clous bracelets are not included in the markdown.

For several seasons we've been hearing of the demise of the Tribute shoe. At this point, we don't think it's unlikely that Hedi Slimane would cut-off the lucrative revenue stream. This season, we especially like the studded stripy sandals and the Gourmette Cuff. The next markdown will happen in July when the discount goes to 60%.

TJ: (212) 980-2970

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Best Louboutin Discount

Department stores have started presale on Christian Louboutin shoes. Discounts on the red soles usually come a few weeks later than the general shoe department. The markdown is 30% at Saks Fifth Avenue but 40% at Barneys. The sale officially begins on June 12. Below is a photo montage of the  discount Louboutin selection from Saks.  Further below is an overview of the inventory from Barneys.

The selection at Barneys is very similar to what can be found at Saks but includes iterations of the same styles. We would love to suggest waiting for a second markdown but it's usually not wise to hold off for extra savings if the size is available now in the style you want.

Saks: Artie (text) 646-339-8985
Barneys: Slav (email)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Jimmy Choo First Markdown

Fans of Jimmy Choo shoes were terribly upset when the designer decided not to hold his annual sample sale. Those looking to save a bit on pointy-toe shoes can head to the designer's boutique and  online store and save about 30% during the spring sale.

The 30% discount at Jimmy Choo is about the same at most retailers and department stores. The big difference is that the Jimmy Choo stores have a larger selection than any single retailer. this season, the designer's sale  also includes men's merchandise.

Some of our favorite  sale items are these holographic spike heels that are $557 from almost $800 and these Whirl flats, which are supposedly super comfortable and come in a variety of colors. The rope constructed sandals worn by Nicole Kidman in the designer's summer ad campaign are now $1400 from $2000. Over in the bag section there is a two-tone Charlize clutch that's $1537 from $2195 and the Rania, in black, is $1085 from $1550.

If these markdowns aren't enough for your wallet, the designer is likely to add more discounts in July. It's not unhead of to find a department store Jimmy Choo discounted 60%.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Gucci Private Presale Begins

Gucci hasn't had the most stellar collections the past few seasons but sometimes there is a piece that you just can't get out of your mind. For those who have been waiting patiently (or impatiently)-- the Gucci private presale is live. The seasonal markdown officially goes public June 6th but with our little secret link you can start shopping right now.

Once you check into the site you won't want to miss the wide assortment of handbags are discounted 40% off. Clothing and shoes are 50% off. Some of the highlights of the spring/summer 2014 collection are the art nouveau flower prints. This dress is now $1000 from $2000 and this jacket is $900 from $1800. Second markdown usually takes place in July and clothing may get discounted up to 70% off while bags can go as high as 50% off.