Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Sale: Neiman Marcus & Saks

As we count down the final hours of 2015, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the Madison Avenue Spy family. When I started this blog --almost nine years ago-- I wanted to carve a place on the Internet where people could get insider shopping information. With your support and help, I think we have succeeded in adding transparency to pre-sales and VIP shopping promotions.

I hope you continue to be amused and informed. Wishing you all a joyous, prosperous, healthy and Happy New Year. Without further delay, we bring you the final sales of 2015.

Saks Fifth Avenue
The Final Sale has started. Shoppers can now save 70% off on designer clothing. (The shoe discount is stalled at up to 60%.) The Valentino black white print dress from off the runway is $1300 from $4400, a Herve Leger Jacquard dress is $500 from $1700 and Norma Kamali foil leggings are $60 from $195. Do grab a pair of these Frame jeans for $90 from $199 or a distressed pair for $70 from $230. Just be careful, some heavily reduced items may be final sale.

Neiman Marcus
Through Friday, you can save an extra 33% on already reduced items. On some clothing the additional discount brings the final markdown to about 70% off. Among the items eligible for the extra markdown, is an Alexander Wang white crepe gown that's $300 from $925, a chunky cashmere Derek Lam sweater with an oversized collar for $666 from $1700 and a Valentino floral print baby-doll dress is $1880 from $4700. Sandals appear to be the most highly discounted shoes. Sorting for more seasonally appropriate options we found Tabitha Simmons velvet slip-on sneakers for $250 from $625, Fendi t-straps for $300 from $900 and Lanvin ballet flats for $225 from $560. Neiman Marcus still has a great handbag selection but prices aren't reduced nearly as much as their competitors. We will keep an eye on that.

Moda Operandi
Keeping one step ahead of the pack, Moda Operandi has taken up to 75% off. Among the most highly discounted items we found a Tanya Taylor black and white floral print dress that comes to $50 from $600, a Dolce & Gabbana shift dress with leather appliqué for $2250 from $9000 and a Giamba a-line skirt for $223 from $890.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Shopbop Extra 25% Off (Again)

For the second time this month, Shopbop is offering shoppers an extra 25% off sale merchandise. Use the code EXTRAEXTRA when checking out to engage the additional discount.

The Maison Margielia shoe selection is exceptionally good with an initial discount of 60%. These over-the-knee leather boots and black and white booties are both about 75% off after using the promotion code. We dare you to go for this Merry Xmas sweater from Markus Lupfer ($140 from $310). After the fact seems even cuter than before the holidays-- especially if you're not Christian. From the designer selection there is a grey cashmere Cushnie et Ochs dress that also comes to 75% off after the discount and this Herve Leger trompe l'oeil lace design skirt comes to under $300 from $1300.

The promotion started today and runs through the end of the Year. Just like 2015, it's all over at the strike of midnight Thursday. That's midnight Pacific Time, which gives us East Coasters a few extra hours to drunk shop.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Disecting Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is back. After taking a hiatus from the semi-annual event, Nordstrom is bring back its biggest sale of the year. The discount is 50% to 60% off most all fall and winter merchandise. Take note, the sale only runs through January 3rd.

Some items may not be discounted as much as other department stores but we love that each purchase comes with a no-questions-asked return policy. Nordstrom is also notorious for price matching. If you see an item priced less at another store Nordstrom will match the price in most situations. They have even been praised for honoring a markdown on a non-exact item.

The best part of this Half-Yearly sale is that there are a lot of great items that have been long sold out at other shopping destinations. For example, discounted basic black Saint Laurent Sac de Jours are long since sold out but are available here for $2300 from $3300. If you're looking for steeper discounts of 60% head this way to find a classic Nina Ricci wool coat that comes to $1460 from $3650 or an iconic Proenza slash dress reduced to $1330 from $3325. Unfortunately, the coordinating fishnet tights are sold out just about everywhere.

Other great available standouts include a Dolce & Gabbana rose print jacket that you can easily wear through Spring, a Lanvin high-low dress and a JW Anderson double-buckle leather skirt. Among the shoes are Valentino Rockstud booties that are $550 from $1375, Miu Miu studded cap toe loafers for $320 from $800 and Lowe boots for $400 from $990.

We suggest you snag what you like now because Nordstrom's online discounts don't usually dip below 60%. If you're shopping in the stores-- that's another story.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Inside Bergdorf's Main Floor Renovations and Discounts

Earlier this month, Bergdorf Goodman revealed the first of its four part renovation. The newly unveiled jewelry salon is now located at the 57th Street entrance of the Lavender Lady. The updated look is exquisite although the jewelry collections seem to play second fiddle to the design of the room--the ornate shadowboxes on the walls and and jewel shaped jewelry showcases.

The redesign was spearheaded by Bergdof's fashion director, Linda Fargo, and incorporates a palate of ivories and grays. The salon's centerpiece is a pair of ornate custom-made chandeliers inspired by Lobmeyr’s “Sputnik” designs. Some of the renovation highlights include a private viewing room for VIP clientele and trunk show events. The 57th Street windows will now be available for jewelry-specific displays.

The space that is now the Jewelry Salon, was previously inhabited by scarves, sunglasses and select handbag brands like Givenchy, Celine, Alexander McQueen and others. These handbags have been relocated to the Fifth Avenue main floor entrance thoroughfare. Unfortunately, the new set-up is more reminiscent of a holiday market than the City's premier shopping destination.

Change can be difficult and long-time Bergdorf shoppers are likely to feel a bit disoriented by the redesign. We will miss the warm welcome of the the dazzling jewelry that differentiated Bergdorf's from other first floor handbag bazars.

One characteristic that remains the same is the second markdown discount. Right now, shoppers can save 50% on an assortment of designer handbags. The sale selection includes a moderate assortment of bags from Christian Louboutin, Proenza, Nina Ricci, Tom Ford and Bottega Veneta. (Head this way to see pictures and pricing.)

Among the sale merchandise are Proenza Schouler's Croc-Embossed bag that's $1340 from $2680, Alexander McQueen croc embossed clutch is $940 from $1345 and a Nancy Gonzalez authentic croc clutch for $1300 from $1865. Other highlights include the Tom Ford Alexis Shopper that's $1400 from $2800 and Bottega Veneta aqua shopper is $1800 from $3600. (Take note that many of the online Neiman Marcus prices are sometimes higher than what we found in the store and other times they are even lower.) Pictures and prices of the Bergdorf Goodman sale selection are here.

We are sure that we will adjust to the renovations and can't wait to see what else Bergdorf Goodman has in store. We will just have to remember to take a 57th detour to spend time with all of our best friends-- diamonds, of course.

Finding Designer Discounts of 70% or More

Sale shoppers love this time of year. The discounts are plentiful and so are the options. The slyest sale shoppers are reaching beyond the common 60% off and searching for top designer merchandise that's been reduced 70% or more.

Those looking to spend less than 30-cents-on-the-dollar have come to the right place. We scoured the Internet and have curated a selection of the best designer deals. Scroll through, we're sure you'll be impressed with out ability to sniff out high Aquazzura boots for $350 from $1400, Golden Goose sneakers under $200, a Rosie Assouline blouse for $225 from $900 or a Met Gala worthy Delpozo gown for $3000 from over $10,000. We can't wait to pair this Preen by Thornton Bregazzi dress ($440 from $1460) over a sleek turtleneck. With discounts like these you can afford to take fashion risks.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Five Best Places to Shop After Christams

Black Friday is for the amateurs. Real shoppers sharpen elbows for the day after Christmas. It's the time of year where you can still find a rather good selection of merchandise that's highly discounted. Over the course of the week you'll also find great opportunities to pounce on hard-to-find items that may get returned.

Below are some of our favorite post-Christmas shopping destinations. Share your favorites in the comment section below:

1. Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks is enticing shoppers with discounts for a total savings of up to 70% off. We suggest you get there now because after the clock strikes noon the additional savings ends. Online shoppers can continue to snag the additional discounts until midnight. A DVF shirtdress is $170 from $570, Kitty flats from Charlotte Olympia are $225 from $625 and pink Dolce & Gabbana lace pumps are $313 from $900.

2. Net-a-Porter
Luxury e-tailer, Net-a-Porter, already started their second markdown and some items are reduced up to 70% off. Post Christmas, you will notice that a lot more merchandise will be reduced to that 70% off mark. A Barbara Casasola black turtle neck is $171 from $5670, Roland Mouret aqua dress is $452 from $1500 and Paul Andrew high fringed boots are $600 from $2000.

3. Manolo Blahnik
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 get 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 you might be better off just staying at home and shopping online. Right now, online shoppers can save an additional 40% off already reduced merchandise.

5. Barneys New York
Barneys still has better markdown opportunities than their competitors. Shortly, the store will begin to lose its competitive edge as other stores reduce accessories and shoes past 60%. The biggest Barneys advantage is their fashion lusty inventory. Gianvito Rossi ankle boots are $520 from $1300, an Isabel Marant beaded gown is $750 from $1875 and a Saint Laurent miniskirt is $800 from $2000.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Online Holiday Shopping Deadlines

The holiday shopping season is quickly coming to a crescendo. Most online stores can still get your gift there in time for Christmas but it may cost you. Cabbing all over the city will cost you too. Here is your guide to getting your gift there on time. Many stores and boutiques though out the city offer messenger service. Prices tend to range from $15 to $30. Some stores will wave the fee for expensive purchases.

Get it there: Next business day $20
Deadline: 12/23 at 12:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free black box and black & white ribbon
Discount: Up to 60%

Bergdorf Goodman
Get it there: Free Rush shipping with the code BGRUSH
Deadline: 12/23 at 12:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free silver box with lavender ribbon
Discount: Up to 60%

Get it there: Express delivery $13
Deadline: 12/23 12:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: $5 white bottom and black top with elastic bow
Discount: Up to 60%

Get it there: Next business day $20
Deadline: 12/23 5:30PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free, sale items come wrapped in tissue paper but full priced merchandise is eligible for their iconic matte black boxes
Discount: Up to 70%

Get it there: Free Rush
Deadline: 12/23 12:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Not available on all items but the $2 gift set includes a gift box, tissue paper, a silver ribbon and a gift tag
Discount: Up to 60%

Saks Fifth Avenue
Get it there: Free shipping with the code HOLIDAY
Deadline: 12/23 12:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free black box with snowflakes, red bottom and red ribbon
Discount: Up to 70%

Monday, December 21, 2015

Proenza Schouler 50% Off

Proenza Schouler is offering holiday shoppers a 50% savings. The discount extends to shoes and bags, which makes this the ideal place to shop for the designer's popular PS1 and PS11 bags. The discount is also available online here.

In the boutique we found medium PS1s in gold, berry, aqua, mustard, burgundy and red along with a few print and exotic skins. They are all about $890 from $1780. The exotic styles are more, of course. The assortment also includes mini PS11s that come in metallic pink, gold, and rose gold and are also 50% off. You can click here to see all the sale bags available at the Madison Avenue boutique.

The markdown also includes a great assortment of shoes and clothing, like this gorgeous double breasted coat that's $1100 from $2200,  these mid-heel ankle boots for $535 from $1070 and thigh high boots are a relative deal for $945 from $1700.

Proenza Schouler
822 Madison Ave @ 69th Street
Adrian 212-585-3200

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Department Stores: Finding the Best Discount

There are just a few days before Christmas and there isn't a lot of time to pick up last minute gifts. Almost all of our favorite stores have taken a second markdown. One can expect to universally save 60% on women's clothing but if you're in the market for shoes are bags, the discounts vary greatly.

Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. The next and final markdown usually happens mid-January.

Here is your discount cheat sheet:

Friday, December 18, 2015

Bergdorf Begins Second Markdown Now

This is a huge weekend for retailers and your last chance to finalize your holiday shopping list.  Retailers are only adding to your temptation by taking second markdowns. Bergdorf Goodman is the latest store to start promoting additional discounts.

Handbags are now 50% off, which is excellent except the online selection isn't very good. A Givenchy Pandora is $1100 from $2300 and a Valentino fringy shoulder bag is $939 from $1900. The shoe collection, on the other hand, is excellent. The markdown is 50% off and the selection is top-notch. Manolo fringe boots are $900 from $1900 and Tom Ford sandals are $750 from $1500. Careful, some styles like Valentino Rockstuds are still only 30% off.

Lets sink our teeth, or wallets, into where we can find the deals. Clothing! That Dolce & Gabbana Je t'aims sweater is now $790 from $2000, a Marco de Vincenzo pleated dress is $929 from $2330 and a Donna Karan double-face cashmere coat is $1659 from $3900.

We suggest you pounce on this second markdown right away. It's not often that Bergdorfs goes toe-to-toe with Barneys this early in the season. (Shoe pun intended.)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The It-it: Sandals With Pompoms & Charms

If you haven't heard of Elina Linardaki's Penny Lane sandals ($187.51) it's a good thing because it means you'll be the first to have them. The Greek label is quickly rising to fashion fame for their pompom and charm embellished sandals. Instagramers can't get enough and neither can we.

The whimsical footwear is all handcrafted by expert Greek shoemakers. Each sandal is uniquely outfitted with friendship bracelets, turquoise, stones, tassels and pompoms. It's almost as if they were designed specifically for fantasy vacations.

Elina Linardaki's sandals can be found on Etsy but shipping takes a bit of time. Those who need their fix before schools let out can head to the Muzungu Sisters pop-up, which is open until December 19 at 402 West 13th Street.

These sandals are on the must-have list for anyone traveling to a warm weather climate for holidays. That includes most anywhere south of Miami--Rivera Maya, St. Barths, Anguilla et al. We only hope to wear out our first pair before Hampton weekends return.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Barneys Takes Their Second Markdown

Barneys started their second markdown today online and in stores. Most sale merchandise is now 60% off. There is still a wide assortment of fall/winter shoes, bags and ready-to-wear. Another markdown may come but most of the stuff you want will be gone by then.

The Barneys markdown is great because it includes an impressive assortment of shoes and bags too. A Valentino embroidered evening bag is $1760 from $4400 and a Givenchy bucket bag is $1000 from $2500. Among the shoes there is Fendi knee-high boots that are $620 from $1550, Manolo Blank lace-up sandals are $400 from $1000 and Nicholas Kirkwood pearl platforms are also $400 from $1000.

Among the clothing we found a full length Lanvin cape for $1350 from $3365, an Isabel Marant pink cable knit sweater is $140 from $360, a Stella McCartney bow dress is $900 from $2300  and an Emanuel Ungaro black and white blouse is $400 from $1000.

There will be one more markdown before the season comes to a close but there are usually not many desirable options. Shop now for the prime assortment, shop later for the irresistible prices.

Need it Now: Last Minute Gift Ideas

We are in the homestretch of holiday gift buying season. For those who have planned and already wrapped everything with a four layer bow-- good for you. For those who are still struggling to come up with the perfect gift idea-- maybe we can help. Below is a gift idea for every type.

Shipping is currently free from most sites but if you wait until next week, you might end up spending more on cabbing around town (or shipping) than on the gift. We suggest you get to it ...Now!

Decor crazed:
Objecto H$ Humidifer with Aroma Theropy $170

Your mom said I can't buy you a Sagway:
Dino Pet: Micro Aquarium $69

My banker buddy wants to get his girlfriend an It-Bag:
Valentino Rocklock shoulder bag $2345

How about a nice cashmere sweater:
360Cashmere Skull sweater $276

We are all pitching in for grandma:
Gucci belt $420

My accountant really saved me this year:
Rimowa multi wheel carry-on $525

Aunt Freda loves perfume:
Rose de Grasse $185

Hipster New Mom:
PiccoliNY Hot Dog Pretzel NY Baseball Tee $35

American Girl is a cult:
Corolle Les Classiques $70

My boyfriend must stop wearing a backpack:
Mandarina Duck computer briefcase $345

Cosmetic junkie:
Charlotte Tilbury book of makeup $200

She wants Louboutins: 
So Kate $675

She Wants Louboutins but she is just 14:
Louboutin lipstick $90

They love to travel but shop too much: 
Brics foldable duffle $125

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Shopbop Extra 25% Off Sale

Just in time for the last minute holiday rush, Shopbop is offering an extra 20% off sale items. The extra discount brings the ultimate markdown up to 80% off. Just use the code BONUS25 at checkout.

Browsing through the 70% off section, which is final sale, we found a Jason Wu cocktail dress for $1100 from $5000. (Perhaps it was priced too high to begin with?) A J. Mendal dress is $500 from about $2200.  Moving up the discount food chain to 60% off, there is a Kara Ross cheeky clutch that comes to $450 from $1500 or a Kitty design pouch which is $120 from $425. A JW Anderson shirtdress is $210 from $710.

The sale is only for three days and ends on Thursday at midnight. The discount promotion is also a great opportunity to pick up last minute gifts. Second-day shipping is free if you have Amazon Prime. Frends headphones, Holly Dyment's 18K gold and diamond lip ring, a mini Eames chair, and an MCM passport holder are just a few of our favorite gift ideas. You can scroll through the slideshow above to see more of our favorite sale items and gift picks.

Saks Begins Second Markdown

t's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Everywhere we go there are sales but we are still waiting for more. Today, Saks Fifth Avenue granted our holiday wish and kicked off their second markdown, which brings yesterday's discount of 40%-- down to 60% off.

The remaining assortment of bags and shoes are still just 40% off. If you want to shop the good discounts you're going to have to sort through the clothing options. A Jil Sander sweater is nearly affordable at $300 from $830, a MSGM pink shift dress is $178 from $500, a Saint Laurent lipstick print dress is $1256 from $3490. You should definitely grab a pair of Frame jeans for just $57 from $237. If you look carefully you can still find some of this season's most iconic pieces, like the Dolce & Gabbana's large rose print dresses and the tiny floral print from Valentino.

The sale is just online for now, but we bet that a store manager can easily make adjustments. The markdown becomes official in stores on Friday.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Ralph Lauren Goes to 60% Off

We are nearing the height of the holiday season and Ralph Lauren isn't wasting a moment luring customers. The designer is offering an extra 30% off online sale items, which brings the total discount to 60%. Most collections-- including the Runway and Black Label--are eligible for the extra savings. Just use the code GIFT30 at checkout.

We took a look inside and found riding boots reduced to $634 from $1250, a velvet mini Ricky is $818 from $1950 and a chunky cable knit cashmere sweater is $713 from $1690. Over in the men's department, we found a RLX down jacket for $90 from $225, a lightweight cashmere sweater is $132 from $350 and a custom fit Big Pony Polo is $35 from $98.

For some reason, this sale is only available online. You can always price compare from the inside the Mansion and ask a manager to make an adjustment  but it's probably easier to just come home and shop. Below are more of our favorite items:

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Lowdown on Department Store Sales

Almost all seasonal merchandise in department stores is on sale. At most of our local shopping destinations, fall and winter clothing is discounted 40% off but the prices of shoes and handbags vary greatly.

Take note, some boutiques are offering even lower discounts than the department stores. For instance, Lanvin and Prada are both offering customers a 50% savings. Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.

This season many stores are offering additional shopping incentives. Neiman Marcus and Saks are both offering reward gift cards with a purchase. Neiman Marcus is offering a $50 gift card on qualifying merchandise for every $200 you spend. Just use the code BONUS and Saks has a variety of spending benchmarks, which range from 10% to 20% in gift cards. Use the code DEC2015.

Here is your discount cheat sheet:

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bergdorf Goodman Markdowns: 50% Off

We usually find that the discounts are better when you shop in stores but sometimes we get a curve ball. Today, Bergdof Goodman started an online only promotion where most merchandise that's on sale is an additional 20% off. No code is needed.

Most designer merchandise was already reduced 40% and the extra discount brings the total savings to about 50%. This type of savings is equivalent to a second markdown, which doesn't usually occur for another week. The discount also extends to shoes and bags.

Head right this way to snag a Dolce & Gabbana Je t'aime sequined sweater that's reduced to $951 from $2000. A classic Lanvin dress trimmed with ribbons is $1575 from $3200 and Stella McCartney jewel embellished skirt is $583 from $1220.

The extra discount also applies to bags. An Alexander Wang studded bag is $551 from almost $1000, a Proenza Schouler PS11 is $1183 from almost $2500 and a fringed Valentino C-Rockee is $1050 from about $1875.

Check out these Jimmy Choo floral print pumps come to $375 from about $675 and buckle moto boots are $650 from $1150. Christian Louboutin shoes are still not marked down.

The extra 20% promotion runs through the weekend and then disappears. Second markdown usually becomes official the week before Christmas. We suggest you take advantage of this promotion while the inventory exists.

Holiday Travel Deals at Prime Luxury Destinations

There are few things we like as much as shopping and one is traveling. Uncovering deals at luxury resorts at the height of vacation season isn't easy. As in retail, hotels are eager to unload excess inventory.

It's not often that one comes accross a list of IT-destinations on sale. As a matter of fact, most of these destinations are officially completely sold out over New Years. Just leave it to our resident spies to uncover such a coveted list of properties on sale.

At Casa de Campo, for example, a stay from December 26 to January 2 in the two bedroom elite suite is reduced to $2100 a night (plus taxes and service fees) from almost $2800 a night. Elite balcony rooms for the same dates are marked down to about $715 (plus taxes and service fees) from $955 a night.

Over at the Gansevoort, in the Dominican Republic, a stay in the oceanfront three bedroom suite from December 26 to January 2, is marked down to just over $2900 (plus taxes and service fees) from nearly $4000. The two bedroom loft suite is $2220 (plus taxes and service fees) from almost $3000. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica,  Grand Velas in Rivera Maya and personal favorite, Nizuc, in Cancun, also have a few discounted suites that are priced similarly to the other examples.

To sweeten the deal, some properties are even offering two coach airline tickets when you complete your booking. That alone can be worth thousands, considering the current price of airline tickets to warm weather destinations. For more information about these offers email

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Outnet Discounts Offer Savings of 85%

The Outnet usually has an amazing clearance sale in March but it seems the site appears to have changed it's markdown plan. Right now, you can shop from an amazing assortment of designer merchandise reduced up to 85%.

Unlike many sales that boast big discounts, this sale lives up to it's hype. There are more than 300 items priced at just 15% of their original retail price. A two-tone Roland Mouret wool coat is $450 from over $3000, a snake print bondage dress by Christopher Kane is $377 from over $2500 and a Maison Marginal shirt dress is $235 from $1565.

Among the sale merchandise is The Outnet's private label, Iris & Inc. Be sure to check out the cashmere sweaters that come out to under $70. The quality is really sublime for the price. This orange satin-twill skirt for $65 feels very Oscar and is perfect for a holiday party or any celebration if matched with navy sweater.

Take note that items are selling out quickly. We suggest putting anything you like in your cart and not taking too long to check out. Few things are more crushing than proceeding to checkout and find that the items you want are gone.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Inside the Christian Louboutin Sample Sale

This season, Christian Louboutin's team faked us out and moved their exclusive sample sale over a month. Don't fret, our moles still made it inside and report that prices are better than they have been in years.

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date spy photos and intel.

Most of the sample sale selection appears to be from the fall 2014 collection. (Do Louboutins go out of style?) Spies report  seeing a lot of spiked pumps and booties. Some boots and shoe styles have rainbow spikes and others have silver or gold studs. There aren't a lot of slipper style flats but there are a lot of questionable looking high top sneakers. Swapping out your Uggs for knee-high fur lined boots would be a welcome change.

Prices start at just $200 for flats but most non-heel styles, even studded versions, were priced at the $250 mark. The most expensive style shoes have purple stickers and are $800. A majority of the heels and studded variety pumps are priced between $300 and $400. For example, studded kitten heels were $300 and $2300 studded knee high boots were just $600.

Other shoe styles that we  spotted at the sale were patent leather Militante 100mm, So Kate's with a Vernis Mouchete Leopard print, the Paulina pump, Pigalles with multi color spikes, studded flat Rom Chic spiked boots and Degraspike flats. There were also a lot of high-top sneakers like these or sky-high high heels that many shoppers were avoiding. Unfortunately, photography was prohibited and nobody wanted to risk their red sole. (You can click here to see pictures of shoes styles we found at the sale.)

Shoppers are limited to five pairs of shoes per person. There are several shopping assistants restocking shelves and helping shoppers locate specific styles. There were no lines to get into the sale today but we don't expect that will be the case for the rest of the week. If you're looking to slide your way past security you better at least know the name of a person who already RSVPed.

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale- Invitation Only
Tuesday, December 8 through Thursday, December 10
8am-6pm daily
307 W. 38th St. (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.), Store #3

Monday, December 7, 2015

Nancy Gonzalez Opens to the Public

Nancy Gonzalez has decided to open their exclusive sample sale to the public. Starting Tuesday, shoppers are invited to browse and shop the designer's luxurious exotic skin bags at a large discount. Insiders tell us that the selection will include current styles that are still in stores at full price.

This is a opportune time to pick up a gift for a special person. We wouldn't be surprised if prices are even better than past sample sales now that the sale is in the designer's showroom. Don't hesitate, there won't be restocking and this is one sample sale that almost always sells out.

Nancy Gonzalez Sample Sale
Tuesday, December 8 through Thursday, December 10
10am-6pm daily
5 East 57th St. 9th FL (btw 5th & Madison)

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Chanel & Louboutin Pre-Sale w/ Pics

Most stores have already started their first markdowns on contemporary and luxury lines but there are always a few brands that strong-arm all retail outlets to hold off on discounts. Starting now, you will be able to pre-sale seasonal merchandise from brands like Chanel and Louboutin at 30% to 40%, depending on the store and the item. The official sale markdown date is Friday, December 11.

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date spy photos and intel.

At the Chanel boutique clothing and shoes are discount 40%. In most department stores Chanel shoes are discounted 30% and clothing is 40%. The Chanel shoe discount at Bloomingdales and Barneys is 40%. The same formula applies to Louboutin: Barneys and Louboutin boutiques are offering 40% off but Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman are discounting the red soles 30%.

Chanel doesn't sell shoes or clothing online and the markdowns haven't been taken to the red soles in cyberspace. Louboutin handbags are discounted 30% at Saks Fifth Avenue online and Barneys.

If you have something particular in mind, we suggest contacting a reliable sales person to keep an eye out for your anticipated purchase. Last season, Chanel didn't take a second markdown and many stores-- including Bloomingdales-- were stuck with racks and racks of winter clothing. Head this way to browse photos and stock lists from all of our area stores.

Chanel Soho boutique: Nicole 212-334-0055
Saks Shoes: Antionette 917-806-6579
Bergdorf Handbags: Bruce 212-872-8796
Bergdorf Shoes: Bill 212-872-8940
Bergdorf Chanel Clothing: Trayvion 347-986-9473
Louboutin Uptown: Marina 212-396-1884

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Jewelry Showroom Sample Sale

This is the perfect time of year to indulge loved ones (and yourself) with fine jewelry. After all, jewelry is the only longstanding fashion investment.

Zaiken Jewelry and Suzy Landa are opening their showroom to the public. Both designers' handmade jewels can be found at high-end jewelry boutiques and galleries around the world. In fact, Zaiken is an award winning designer and both companies have been the topic of editorials in top publications like Town & Country, WWD, W Magazine, Elle, and Huffington Post.

Sample sale prices will start at $100 and go up to about $4000. Zaiken's 18k yellow gold necklace with tanzanite, opals and sapphires will be priced at $650 from $3065. Suzy Landa's one-of-a-kind 18K gold, green tourmaline, tear drop earrings will be $3850 from $7700. (See more pictures in the jump.)

The two-day sale will run from Tuesday through Wednesday. Most any piece of jewelry is a much better investment than another Chanel handbag. After all, does anyone know what handbag Cleopatra favored?

Jewelry Showroom Sample Sale
Tuesday, December 8 through Wednesday, December 9
Tues 11am-8pm, Wed 11am-5pm
17 East 48th Street, suite 900

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Net-A-Porter's Newest Markdown

Net-a-Porter started off sale season on Black Friday with a dismal sale selection. Now the sale is i n full swing. There is a great assortment of merchandise discounted up to 50% off, but like with most designer stores many of the best items are still 40%. The best deals can be found in the shoe department. There is a large-ish assortment of footwear that is marked down to 50% off. If you're shopping for shoes on land, we still suggest Barneys where the discount is 40%.

Below are a selection of great items that are reduced here more most other retailers:

Gianvito Rossi's lace-up ankle boots $600 from $1200   Rupert Sanderson nude sparkling pumps $350 from $700 Givenchy signature 'Shark Lock' boots $775 from $1550 Lanvin wedges $345 from $690 Adidas Originals $70 from $115 Tod's black glossed-leather loafers $338 from $675 Nicholas Kirkwood shearling and velvet boots $700 from $1400 Chloé '70s-inspired ankle boot $475 from $950 Bella Freud glam merino wool sweater $200 from $400 Roland Mouret mini-dress $1200 from $2400 Montreal London tennis racket bag $225 from $450

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Gift Guide: What to Get the Dalton Girl

New York private school girls are a most interesting specimen. They have more academic pressure than most first year med students but many are more entitled than a senior partner at Skadden. To watch them in their natural habitat one only need to sip coffee at any bakery or on Madison Avenue--mostly north of 86th Street.

Shopping for these girls is no easy task. The bar is high but is also easy to go too far. Below is a gift guide that can satisfy the private school girl, from Chapin to Trinity.

Gucci Double G Buckle Belt ($420) Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers ($65) Frends Headphones ($225) Kate Spade Emoji Necklace ($58) Sorel Boots ($170) Fur Monster Bag Charm ($25*) Little Anna Winter Doll 'Kahrl' ($30) A Smart Girl's Guide: Manners ($24)

*Shipping takes a while

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gift Ideas: The Best Holiday Beauty Sets

The holiday season is always an exciting time to shop.  If you're a beauty addict it's even better. Cosmetic, fragrance and beauty companies always put together the best gift packages during the holiday season. It's a really great time to try something new or stock up on the items you love. Take note that many department stores and beauty brands offer extra incentives. For example, Bergdorf Goodman is currently running a 'Rewarding Beauty' promotion where you can receive a $25 for spending $250 or larger gift card sums if you spend more.

Below are some of our favorite beauty packages that you can buy as gifts or beautify yourself:

Tom Ford
2 Piece Lip 2 Piece Nail Box ($174)
Lip Color, Virgin Rose
Lip Color, So Vain
Nail Color, Bordeaux Lust
Nail Color, Smoke Red

Charlotte Tilbury
Limited Edition The Book of Makeup Magic ($200)
Travel-Size Magic Cream
Travel-Size Take it all Off
Travel-Size Wonderglow
Travel-Size Multi Miracle
Travel-Size Supermodel Body
Travel-Size Magic Night Cream
Mini K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink
Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet RedD
Lip Magic
Mini Rock 'n' Kohl Eye Liner in Supernova
Nocturnal Cat Eyes Eye Shadow in On the Prowl

Mini Fragrance Set ($100)
Waterlily Sun, Amber Musk, Lilac Path, Evening Rose, Iris Meadow

Eau Parfumée Au Thé Vert Guest Collection ($99)
Eau De Cologne
Bath Line
2 soaps
2 refreshing towels

Deborah Lippmann
Undressed Shades Of Nude Set ($34)
Flesh For Fantasy in alabaster nude cream
Totally Nude in fair pink nude cream
Born This Way in peach nude cream
Bare It All in mauve nude cream
Natural Woman in almond nude cream
Skin Deep in sable nude cream

Kevyn Aucoin
The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II ($65)
How-to guide
The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
The Celestial Powder in Starlight
The Creamy Glow in Candlelight
The Sculpting Cream
The Candlelight Cream
The Sculpting Powder
Eye shadow in Eye shadow in Brighten (luminous pearl), Starlight (luminous light peach/pink), Cool Tan (light brown), Ruddy Earth (rust)

Sephora Collection
Karen Walker Amber Craft: Beauty Brush Set + Stand ($125)
Powder brush
Large angled foundation brush
Angled blush brush
Shadow brush
Crease brush
Display stand

By Kilian
Eau de Parfum - Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Mo ($285)
Snake clutch

Oribe Luxury Collection Box ($97)
Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo
Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner
Balm d’Or Travel Size Limited Edition

Andromeda - Elaborate Body Kit ($110)
Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash
Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Coriander Seed Body Cleanser
Rind Concentrate Body Balm

Clé de Peau Beauté 
Limited Edition Makeup Coffret ($210)
An eye color quad palette of luxurious metallic shades
Perfect lash mascara in a deep glossy bordeaux
Extra-rich lipstick in an intense crimson

Beauty selection ($70)
Moisturizing Mask by Tata Harper
EGF Face Serum by Bioeffect
EGF Body Intensive by Bioeffect
Nourishing Day Cream by Bioeffect
Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
Swimcap Cream by Philip Kingsley
Sleep Mask Tan for Face by James Read
and much more