Monday, January 30, 2017

The Most Hyped Jackets Are Finally on Sale

The past two weeks have been big for markdowns on winter outerwear. Most of the sales were only available in stores-- until now. Finally, those discounts have hit the internet and we have just the right links to find them.

Head this way to find a few remaining Moncler styles still available on the Bergdorf Goodman website. This peplum jacket is $900 from $1515 and a wool coat with fur trim is $3600 from nearly $6000. Saks Fifth Avenue still has this fur layered jacket available for $1200 from $2100.  All the Monclers are 40% off.

If you're looking for steeper discounts you can snag this Fendi style that's reduced 60%. We especially like that the monster print is on the inside, which will add it's fashion longevity. Check out this Diane von Furstenberg tweed jacket that's reduced all the way down to $174 from almost $500. This Goes J wool coat with ruffles is really sweet and a terrific price now that it's 70% off. It's just $450 from $1565. This Mr & Mrs Italy fur lined parka, has been reduced 40% or $2300 from $3800.

The second markdown on outerwear always comes very quickly. Keep your eyes open and a good sales person on speed dial.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hunt & Gather: $200 Designer Shoes

The prices of designer shoes have skyrocketed even more quickly than the Dow Jones. It wasn't so long ago that standard designer pumps retailed for $600. Now $900 is the benchmark designer pumps. Analysts frequently debate if people are actually spending more money or just waiting longer for deeper discounts.

After experiencing a season of sticker shock it's fun to hunt for shoes that are reduced under $300. We like to think of it as three for the price of one. Above is an assortment of shoes that will cost you somewhere in the $200-range. It just proves that no matter your budget you should never settle.

Our lineup includes an impressive assortment from Laurance Decade, Gianvitto Rossi, Jimmy Choo, Chloe, Saint Laurent and Altuzarra. Sizes are limited in each style but if you hunt, we are sure everyone can find something to gather.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bloomingdales: Moncler Markdowns and Designer 85% Off

Monclers are hitting the sale racks and Bloomingdales was our latest haunt. Right now, select coats and jackets are discounted 40%.

Among the sale items we found a down vest-peacoat combination for $1597 from $2130, this puffer with fur is $1770 from $2360 and this short jacket comes to $888 from $1480. This two-piece wool coat with a puffer vest that comes in both grey and camel is $1571 from $2095.

Not far from the Moncler assortment we found an entire alcove of designer merchandise that's reduced to almost 85%. An Etro coat was about $3000 and is currently reduced to $895. A long Sonia Rykiel coat with leopard collar and trim is about the same price. The assortment also contains a lot of Victoria Beckham, J. Mendel, Moschino and Lela Rose. A violet top with ruffles comes to about $150 from $500 and a print dress is $300 from $995. A powder blue Narciso Rodriguez dress is $530 from $1800 and a J. Mendel pleated dress is $500 from about $1500. You can see pictures of lots of sale items here.

While on the designer floor we figured we would check in and see if there was a second markdown on Chanel items. The bad news is that all the clothing is still only 40% off. The funny news is that all the winter items are stuffed in a fitting room in the back of the Chanel section. The sales person admitted that Chanel doesn't want sale merchandise on the sales floor. So, a crowded fitting room is better? (We have pictures here, in the jump.)

We also checked out the second floor contemporary designers but suggest that shoppers wait for the next big Bloomies promo. Most merchandise isn't currently discounted much more than 50%. We'll keep you updated if anything is to change. We know it will.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Inside the Fivestory Sale; 85% Off

For some reason retailers believe that shoppers are on a perpetual hunt for basics. There are basic jeans, basic tees, basic jackets-- it's all so, well basic, um, boring. Claire Distenfeld, the owner of the multi-brand boutique Fivestory is one of those rare retailers who specializes in satisfying shoppers who love 'fa-shun'.

FiveStory is a brownstone retail space that feels like the love child between the Mark Hotel and Henri Bendel--in the old days. The inventory goes beyond the basics and satisfies the needs of those looking for drama and haute. Think Balmain, Cushnie Et Ochs, Mary Katrantzou, and of course, Rosie Assoulin. The problem is, these fashions don't come without a price. A very high price.

Last week, the off-site sale kicked off in Soho. The sale was exchanged and prices were cut. We had to check it out. Inside the Greene Street sample sale location, the inventory is clearly well picked over. Most items are a straight 85% off retail but some items are just 50% off. Considering the time of year, we chose to ignore the half-off items.

Highlights include a Esteban Cortazar tunic blouse that comes to $140 from $938, an Alexander Lewis 'Delicia' cashmere sweater is $166 from $1100, a Rosie Assoulin faux leather maxi skirt $360 from $2400 and a Vika Gazinskaya a-line skirt (from this season) is $99 from $660. (It's listed on FarFetch for over $1600. We don't understand why or how.)

The pants are truthfully the best selection. If you've been wearing the same slacks from the past-- too long to admit-- you might want to consider taking the opportunity to make a wardrobe update. We found amazing black Ellery trousers for about $200 from $1310, Mugler pants with a flared hem are about $160 from $1200 and sunshine yellow Rosie Assouline culottes with floral cut outs are $343 from nearly $2300.

The sale includes a large centerpiece of shoes but most styles are limited to one style. Over this way, you can check out pictures of all the aformentioned items, along with shoes and accessories. The sale runs through Sunday and we are told more times will be added periodically.

Fivstory Offsite Sale
Through Sunday, January 29
Tues-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm
150 Greene Street

Impulse Purchase: J Crew Lips Sweater

This is the sweater you want to get right now ($80) because you won't want it after seeing it on everyone else. Bonus points if you wear it on Valentines Day.

Barney's Warehouse Has Discounts of 90%

Waiting on line for a sample sale is so 2010. That's especially true when it comes to the Barney's Warehouse sale. That is, unless you're shopping online. Right now, the site is offering shoppers an additional 70% off clearance merchandise, which brings the total savings to 90% on many items.

The amount of Lanvin merchandise included in this blowout sale is amazing. Here is a Lanvin ruched skirt that comes to about $260 from $1750, a peplum jacket is $450 from $2885 and a dramatic cocktail dress is $750 from nearly $5000. The sale also includes a lot of Lanvin jewelry and accessories.

Beyond the Lanvin selection, there are lots of items discounted to nearly 90%. Take this The Row skirt that's $240 from $3200, Marni ankle boots are $111 from $940 and an Alberta Ferreti strapless dress is $200 from $1840.

Take note, there is a no backsies return policy. We always suggest sizing up because you taking it in is much better for the ego.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The IT-It: Patriotic Red, White & Blue

Regardless of what side of the aisle you sit, there is no question that patriotism is in the air. It is no coincidence that red, white and blue have become the most desirable color combination. From Gucci to Tommy Hilfiger, designers are showing their American pride.

American pride is a overriding theme that will dominate through summer collections. In honor of this historic weekend we are highlighting this most fashionable color combination.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Moncler 40% Off at Bergdorf Goodman

Every season we ask sales people about the Moncler markdown and just about everyone responds that Moncler coats and jackets don't go on sale. Then every year we wait and watch. Then poof, the puffers are discounted.

The Moncler markdown started today at Bergdorf Goodman and most of this season's coats and jackets are reduced 40%. A quilted cardigan jacket comes to about $290 from $725, a puffer with a wool shell and shiny collar about $618 from $1030 and this matte long puffer with a fur collar comes to $1370 from $2285. You can click here to see pictures from inside the store or scroll above.

Online shoppers shoppers will need to wait a bit. The coats online are still full price. Not even the kids coats are on sale yet on the site.

We haven't seen Moncler discounts at Barneys, Saks or Bloomingdales just yet. Remember, they are as sure to come as the impending snow storm. Bundle up!

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Designer Discount Store Closes: Most Over 90% Off

New pop-up boutiques make news opening all the time but there is rarely a closing that is noteworthy. Luxury 9, which opened in a temporary space near Grand Central, last year, is closing and hosting an extreme merchandise clearance sale. Most designer items are priced over 90% off retail.

A vast majority of the inventory consists of clothing from top designers like Valentino, Versace, Preen, Rocksanda, Matthew Williamson, Aquazzura, Acne and so many more. All clothing is basically priced by category. Dresses are $75, pants are $25, tops are $50 and gowns are $150.

We found a Preen lace dress that originally sold for $2250 that was, yes, just $75. (You can see pictures from our shopping trip here.) A  Roksanda coral and blue top is priced at $50 from $1175 and an MSGM crochet appliqué skirt was absolutely worth the $35 from $280.

Among the shoes we found lots of Jimmy Choo moto boots reduced to just $100 and Celine sunglasses are $130. There is also an assortment of Celine and Prada bags significantly discounted. We saw a Celine python skin Phantom for $2200 from a retail price of $6200.

The liquidation sale also includes Versace men's suits that are priced at $199 and shirts are $60. Retail prices normally run at about $2500 for suits and $900 for shirts. If you don't see the size you need, let a sales person know.

The store will officially close at the end of the month. There will be intermittent restocking. We suggest you go early and go often before this midtown gem is gone.

Luxury 9 Grand Central
375 Lexington Avenue @ 41st Street
Monday through Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 7pm
Closed Saturday

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Alert: Net-A-Porter Final Clearance Extra 20%

This is what end-of-season shoppers call the final bow. Net-A-Porter is ending their season by offering an extra 20% off some sale merchandise. The sale kicks off on Tuesday.

To engage the additional discount enter SALE20 at checkout. Take note, the promotion can only be used on items that are identified "Sale Must Have." Once you use the extra 20% the items become final sale, which means it can't be returned.

We don't know what exactly what items will be included in the extra markdown but last year Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin and Fendi were included. We will be sure to add item pictures  once the sale is officially live.

This promotion is usually a shopping frenzy. We suggest you start adding items to your cart now and then remove the non-applicable merchandise once the promotion code is live.

This sale will run through February 2. Take note, next time you see these items they will be on the Outnet and prices will be higher.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Holiday Weekend Sales: Bergdorf's, Neimen's, Barneys & Bloomies

It's official, retail sales from the holiday season were dismal and retailers are ready to move on to the next season. This weekend is a big transition time for department stores. Shipments of resort and spring merchandise are arriving and it's always preferable to sell full priced inventory.

Accordingly, there are some major markdown promotions this holiday weekend. Below are the highlights of what's going on at our local department stores.

Photo Credit: Sew Sketchy

Bergdorf Goodman
Starting Friday, Bergdorf Goodman will be offering an addition discount of 25% on merchandise that is already discounted up to 75%. Shoes and bags are currently reduced 50% and the extra promotion brings the final markdown to about 65% off. The grand savings on clothing is a whooping 83%. We strongly suggest you do a pass through Bergdorf's before shopping anywhere else.

Neiman Marcus
On Sunday, Neiman Marcus will begin offering customers an extra 20% off sale merchandise. The discounts on some items already top 70%. Shoes and bags are currently reduced 50% and the extra discount brings the final markdown to about 60% off. The online selection is starting to run low but we are sure that stores in the burbs are still well stocked.

We haven't given a lot of attention to Saks Fifth Avenue lately. Once the retailer discounts merchandise 60% off or more, returns are not allowed. These no backsies rule makes it very hard to pull the trigger on high-end luxury merchandise. If you're sure of what you're buying you can currently save 60% off shoes and handbags and 70% off clothing. The traditional consolidation sale has become inconsistent over the years. We will be sure to keep our eyes open.

Over at Barneys, the additional 20% off promotion just ended. To make matters worse, the discount on shoes is now just 40%, where it was 60% for some time. If you're at Barneys, hit the clothing racks where the discount is 75% off. We are waiting for the big markdown on outerwear to begin. The discounts on Moncler usually start at 40% off and then quickly dip from there.

As usual, the markdowns at Bloomingdales vary wildly. We've seen the discount range from 20% to 75% off.  Among the contemporary designers like,  Alice & Olivia and Make, the discounts range from 30% to 75%. It's hard to follow and, frankly, irritating. One tip we can offer is to download the Bloomingdales app, where you can scan ticket barcodes and get the current price. The app really changes the whole shopping experience.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The IT's-Not: Three Trends Must Die in 2017

Every season there is a fresh crop of fashion shapes, the-newest-shade-of-black and a fad-of-the-moment. The newness is always exciting but it always means that other trends must reach their expiration date. There are three trends that we are really looking forward to expiring. In reality, it will probably take some more time until the fashion universe completely tires but the clock is ticking.

The choker is the biggest jewelry trend since the ear cuff. We've recently witnessed the introduction of the men's version and Matt Lauer sporting the look on the Today Show. It's enough. Instead opt for longer chains that drape and offer a more delicate effect. If all else fails, we are happy to go back to the ear cuff or just knock a few more holes in the ear.


Yes, the DHL sweatshirts were amusing but the best thing about Vetements are the debates it sparks within the fashion community. It's been year of twitter fodder. Vetements offers a low-brow aesthetic at an extravagant price point. We cannot fathom justifying any such type of purchase. It's an ironic joke where some of the most 'stylish' are the subject. We are tired of the conversation. We are tired of the joke. It's not so funny. It's not so cool. Lets move on. If you love the casual esthetic of streetwear opt for something more affordable and truly cool: Off-White.

Emojis, Patches and Monsters

Fashion has become so sweet that you can feel diabetes coming on. We've done the emojis, the patches and the monster faces. It's no longer novel, exciting or so cute (if you're over the age four). They had a long run but it's time to move on. This season we prefer a much more subtle personality. A bright piping accent or twisted and braided handbag handles seem to hit the right tone. We are especially fund of Elena Ghisellini's designs that seem a lot more reasonable in a era where almost everything has become a joke.

Bergdorf Goodman to Add Extra 25% Off for MLK (50+ Pics)

Through the holiday weekend Bergdorf Goodman will be offering customers an extra 25% off merchandise that has already been discounted 75%. According to our inside sources the discount will begin on Friday and run through Monday.

We couldn't help from getting a jump on the big promotion weekend and scoped out what's still left at the Lavender Lady. Handbags and shoes are currently discounted 50%. The sale selection of bags can be found at the entrance on Fifth Avenue, closest to 58th Street.

We found a Valentino Rockstud bag in pink with a triangle print (like this with a different print) that was $2975 and will be discounted to $1200. The Tom Ford Samantha bag, which is even heavier than a Birkin bag, will come to about $1100 from $2750 and an Anya Hindmarch Space Invader handbag will be $985 from $2350. (Check out more pictures and pricing this way.)

Heading to the shoe department, we were focused on scoping out the items that are hard to find online:  Celine, Louboutin and Chanel. Among the Chanel variety we found quilted mules that will be reduced to $360 from $925, high boots with a tweed upper and laced middle will be about $800 from $1950, white quilted calf-high boots with a black toe will be $560 from $1400 and gold loafers will come to $341 from $850. Among the Louboutins are black patent pumps with a big red heart that will be $320 from $800 and studded wedge sandals are the same price. Among the Celine shoes we found a white pointy toe variety with rivets will come to $480 from $1200. (More pictures can be found in the jump.)

If you head upstairs to the fourth floor, you will find the best discounts. Clothing is already reduced 75% and an additional 25% off will bring the grand total to 82% off retail. A Delpozo orange dress will tally to $332 from $1650, a Valentino skirt with a south-western print will be $360 from $1790 and a Fendi blazer with floral details will be about $530 from $2650. (You got it, we have pictures and prices of items here.)

This sale only lasts through Monday and there usually isn't a follow up discount like this in stores. The additional promotions are usually reserved for online shopping. Too bad the selection isn't as good.

Tom Ford Samantha & Valentino Rockstud
Valentino Rockstud
Valentino Totes
Anya Hindmarch Space Invader handbag will be $985 from $2350
The Row$420 from $1050
Valentino $1200 from $2500
Tom Ford Samantha bag,will come to about $1100 from $2750
Lanvin $800 from $2000
Fendi Mini $1400 from $3500
Manolo $280 from $695
Valentino $550 from $1375
Valentino $400 from $1000
Chanel $380 from $925
Louboutin $460 from $900
Celine $480 from $1200
Louboutin $338 from $845
Chanel Boots $800 from $2000
Chanel $700 from $1860
Louboutin $320 from $800
Chanel $560 from $1400
Dolce & Gabbana $410 from $1075
Chanel $341 from $850
Louboutin $282 from $745
Chanel $560 from $1400
Marc Jacobs $1460 from $6800
Delpozo $332 from $1650
Delpozo $280 from $1450
Christopher Kane $185 from $975
Valentino $360 from $1790
Valentino $900 from $4490
Mary Katrantzou $270 from $1385
Mary Katrantzou $320 from $1600
Fendi $500 from $2650