Monday, January 29, 2018

Scoping Barneys Past Season at 80% Off

Barneys has removed all but a few winter items from it's store and website. If you toggle over to the Barney's Warehouse site, however, you will find everything you thought you might have missed.

Most Fall and Winter clothing is reduced 75% off retail and the current 20% off promotion brings the total discount over 80% off. Use the code ENJOY20 at checkout to engage the additional savings.

Over this way is a gorgeous double-faced cashmere coat from Armani that's reduced to $1600 from over $6000. (Someone please buy it now so that it can stop haunting me!) Balenciaga pointed toe mules are $200 from $735, Mary Katrantzou ice-colored jacquard mini-dress is $400 from $3880, an Isabel Marant silk stripped dress is $230 from $955 and Nina Ricci wide-leg trousers are $180 from $850.

There is no end date for this promotion, which means it could expire with no notice. Not buying the items I've wanted all season is proving to involve more self control than I can muster. Send help!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Getting to Know: Patron of the New 50% Off

It's more likely for an Upper East Sider to go to Paris that it is to take the sojourn to Tribeca. After all, the trip to JFK is closer than Nobu Downtown.

After too much time, we finally made it to Tribeca and visited Patron of the New. The fashion-forward boutique carries all of the latest hype brands without a single note of hysteria. We were surprised to find a variety of established and emerging steetwear brands like Off-White, Amiri, Fear of God, Palm Angels, Alchemist and Enfants Riches Déprimés. Let's put it this way, there are enough $900 sweatshirts to wardrobe the Grammy's.

As an added bonus, Patron of the New carries a selection for women too. There is a great assortment of brands like Balmain, Off-White for Women, Faith Connexion, Moschino, Ben Taverniti and RtA.

The best part is that there are plenty of racks that are discounted 50% off. (You can click here to see what we spied on sale and other great fashion, not on sale.) We found a classic Balmain dress reduced to $2125 from $4250, a Balmain puffer is about $2900 from $5850 and the classic tank with gold button shoulders is $140 from $280.

Beyond the Balmain selection, we found a Moschino 'Fauxschino' tee for about $115 from $235, a Faith Connexion leather biker jacket is $960 from $1920 and RtA's star lambskin leather pants are $573 from $1146. (Click this way to see more.)

We absolutely fell in love with the store's jewelry -- especially the statement rings. Check out this stunner from Monies and these wood earrings from the same designer. Both are 50% off. There is also a full assortment of Off-White belts and bags  (not on sale). We have pictures in the jump.

You can browse through Parton's online sale section over here. We do suggest you take the time to go there in person. It's always inspiring to see fashion in a new and interesting environment.
Patron of the New
151 Franklin Street

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Inside Look: Saks Discounts Hit 80% Off

This is the tail end of sale season. Most winter collections will be removed from stores in the next two weeks. For now, you can lap up the last days of sale and the most extreme markdowns. Right now, Saks Fifth Avenue is offering customers a savings of 70% off clothing and an extra 25% off, which brings the final tab to nearly 80% off retail.

Take note, we don't see the additional 25% off promotion offered to online shoppers. After further inquiry, a phone operator told us that you can place your online order and call afterwards to get a price adjustment.

Among the designer clothing on the third floor, we found red Loewe leather hot pants that come to $450 from about $2000, a Fendi floral print dress is $640 from $2850 and a red Givenchy coat is $1800 from over $6000. You can head this way to see pictures from the third floor.

Upstairs, in the shoe department, there are still plenty of racks of sale shoes. Most shoe styles are 60% off and there aren't any additional promotions. On the bright side, the Vetements x Manolo collaboration has hit the 'racks.' We found Vetements x Manolo satin ankle boots that are now $800 from nearly $2000 and stain pumps with an ankle strap are $710 from $1775. Other interesting finds are basic Chanel pumps that were priced at $300 from $750, Roger Vivier espadrilles are $290 from $725, Gucci flatforms $575 from $1150, Prada embellished mules are $396 from $990 and Miu Miu fur slides are $380 from $950. Pictures and prices are right this way.

Saks gets very fussy during final markdowns. There are no exchanges or returns accepted once merchandise is reduced more than 60% off. It kind of seems to defeat the purpose of shopping in a department store but it's hard to blame them for not wanting boomerang merchandise.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Inside the FiveStory Off-Site Sale

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'. We always look forward to her bi-annual off-site sample sales because it's a great opportunity to buy something haute and unique at a serious discount.

This season's sale started yesterday and we couldn't wait to see what treasures we could discover. Clothing discounts range up to 80% off, shoes are 75% off and jewelry is discounted 60%. Clearly, the discounts are wonderful but the selection is horribly depleted. Most of the inventory consists of pants and skirts. There are some basic sweaters and a handful of gowns. The best shoe styles are limited to one size.

Despite the limited options, we were able to find some highlights. This Brandan Maxwell mini-dress with pleated sleeves is $580 from $2900, an Adeam asymmetrical cashmere sweater is $230 from $1150 and Nicholas Kirwood Leda pumps are $181 from $725. You can click over this way to see pictures from inside the sale. There is also a great selection of Eugenia Kim hats but they are only discounted 60%.

The sale runs through Saturday but we wouldn't suggest making a special trip to Soho for the sale. There won't be restocking but there might be additional markdowns.

Fivestory Off-Site Sale
Through Saturday, January 28
Wed-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-4pm
150 Greene Street

Monday, January 22, 2018

One Day Sale: TheOutNet Extra 20% Off

What's better than a good markdown? A discount store with great markdowns and a great promotion on top. It's like the cherry on a ice-cream Sunday!

We've been told, starting Wednesday, TheOutNet will be offering customers an extra 20% off. The code is TWENTY18. The additional discount brings some clothing to nearly 95% off retail. Use this link to get a sneak peak of what will be included in the sale.

Some highlights include, this polkadot embroidered Saint Laurent dress that will come to $678 from $7000, an Ellery top will be $120 from $1240, an adorable Red Valentino dress will ring in at $120 from nearly $1000. How about a vinyl Miu Miu skirt for $160 from $1375? These are absolutely sample sale prices without the sample sale headache.

If you're looking for leather, look no further. We are crazy for this Alexander McQueen strapless leather dress that will be $1400 from nearly $7000, J Brand skinny leather pants that will come to $250 from $950 or check out this shearling trimmed leather jacket that will cost just $300 from $900.

There are also lots of inexpensive casual items. A cold-shoulder Iris & Ink cashmere top is going to be $140 from about 200. (We personally love their cashmere sweaters. The fit is great and they wear better than many of the more expensive contemporary brands.) Frame boyfriend jeans will be $160 from $120 and this denim skirt will cost just $64 from $270.

Take note, this is a one day sale. As always, we suggest you use this inside information to begin pre shopping your purchases and click buy once the sale goes live. The promotion expires promptly at 15:00pm BST on January 25-- that's 9pm EST on Thursday.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The IT-it: Fashionable Graffiti

Art has always had a large impact on fashion but streetwear is currently taking it's inspiration from street art specifically.  This season, several designers have adapted graffiti -- the ultimate street art --into clothing and accessories.

High fashion, mixed with grunge, gives designers enough credibility to be worn by streetstyle blogger icons. Look no further than Balenciaga, which under the tutelage of Demna Gvasalia, has climbed its way to the top of the fashion ladder. This season, Gvasalia took the traditional Balenciage City bag ($2200)  and turned it into one of the hottest styles of the season by adding personalized graffiti.

Perhaps even more iconic is the Gucci Ghost tote ($3000), which is a collaboration with street artist Trevor Andrew. This season, Dolce & Gabbana took a pen to a top handle bag ($3995) and mixed conservative lines with playful doodles. The content was inspired by the doodles you'd find inside of a school girl's journal. Even

Even classic shoe designers have gotten in on the act. Christian Louboutin has a graffiti tote ($1550) and backpack and Manolo Blahnik is offering BB pumps ($695) that look like a 1970s subway car.

Stamped, an upping comer in the ever growing lineup of popular streetwear labels, is offering lots of graffiti options. If you really want to plug into the hottest styling, you can opt for oversized menswear pieces.

Remember, fashion week is coming. Now is the perfect time to start curating your wearable art. Extra points if it's street art and triple credit if it's graffiti.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Neiman Marcus: Extra 20% of Final Markdown

This Sunday, Neiman Marcus will start an online promotion where final markdown merchandise is reduced an extra 20% off. The big treat is that the online clearance section is filled with great designer items that are sold out at many other stores. The promotion will start January 21 and run through January 23.

Upon browsing, we found a Brandon Maxwell halter top that comes to an affordable $200 from $1100. A really pretty one-shoulder Milly blouse is $285 from $1430 and a Dolce & Gabbana leopard halter dress is $1000 from $3600. They are just too good to resist.

The discount among the shoes isn't quite as high but it still makes sense to cherry pick. Glass heel mules from The Row are $428 from $1200, Givenchy's studded sandals are $360 from about $1000 and Balenciaga buckle shoes are $340 from $950.

Remember, the sale doesn't start until Sunday but it's a good idea to start scoping out your prospects and placing them in your cart. Neiman Marcus doesn't do these extra 20% off sales too often. We suggest you take advantage while the opportunity presents itself. This is the final markdown of the season and prices will not get any better than this.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Moncler 40% Off at Bergdorf Goodman

We could easily pay for a full price Moncler coat If we had a dollar every time a sales person insisted that they never go on sale. The conversation is infuriating. Every year we wait and watch. Then poof, the puffers are discounted. Now is the time to gloat.

The Moncler markdown started today at Bergdorf Goodman and most of this season's coats and jackets are reduced 40%. A fur trip puffer coat comes to about $1130 from $1885, a shiny two color-block jacket is $864 from $1440 and this pearl colored wool-lined puffer is $670 from $1115.

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 will be sure to let you know when the markdowns are available on the Internet. You can also try to call an online rep and request a price match to the store. Just don't be surprised if you find most associates to be a Moncler sale denier.

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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 kicked off today.

No code is needed, the price is automatically adjusted when you check-out. 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.

Over this way, in the bag section, we found a Sacai saddle bag that is already reduced 50% and now comes to $560 from $1400. Over here is an Alaia bucket bag that's now about $1000 from $12600 and a Prada ribbon bag is $1364 from $2840.

None of the shoes that are discount4ed 70% are eligible for the additional markdown. You'll have to scroll down to the 50% off selection where you will find Gianvitto Rossi heart heels that come to $340 from $875. Miu Miu booties with crystal heels are $480 from $1200 and Off-White "For Walking" boots come to $800 from $2105. You should also be sure to check out what's left from the Manolo x Vetement collection.

Some of the clothing that is taunting us is this Prada one-shoulder dress that comes to $1000 from $2500, a Vetements hoodie is $460 from $1175, a classic Roland Mouret dress is $800 from $2000. There is an abundance of jeans reduced 70% off. We have a penchant for Frame jeans and bagged these and these.

Be sure to check out the beauty deals. This Jin Soon polish is reduced to just $7, a Tom Dixon candle set is $130 from $230 and this Eve Snow pedi set is just $32 from $60.

This promotion is usually a shopping frenzy. We suggest you move quickly on the items you dearly love. There is really so much from which to choose that you can't really go wrong. This sale will run through early February.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Inside Manolo Blahnik's Final Markdown

The Manolo Blahnik boutique's final clearance sale started today and we couldn't wait to see the treasures with our own eyes. This sale is legendary for the plush discounts that top 75% off. This season, the markdown categories are almost the same as usual. It's maybe a hair pricier but this isn't the type of sale where  quibble.

As usual, the shoes are marked by colored dots. This year, there are more categories and the starting price is even lower than usual. Prices start at just $175 and go up to $450 for high leather boots. We must admit that we didn't find a single shoe pried at the bottom level but most pumps were $225 and shoes with ornamentation, like Hangisi, are $295. Low and ankle boots are mainly $325. (Click for pics.)

There arrest many tall boots--we remember only two styles. Some standouts include white ankle boots (featured regularly by SomethingNavy) and priced at $350 from $995, feather booties are also $350 from $995 and Crisscross slides are $225 from $675. There are also perforated leather lace-up loafers that appear to be part of pre-Spring!

You can click over this way to see pictures from inside the sale and pricing. Unfortunately, there are no exotic style shoes included in the sale this season. We were also a little disappointed not to find any leftovers from the Manolo Vetement collaboration. (They can be found on markdown over here.)

There was no line to get into the sale Monday afternoon. The atmosphere was very calm and we didn't witness any hording or overbuying. Most customers left with two or three pairs of shoes. There are also several extra sales people were on hand to assist with the higher volume.

Before you go, be sure to be mindful of the hour. The store closes at 2pm to restock and reorganize the merchandise. It's always a bummer to forget and show up to find locked doors.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm

The boutique closes from 2pm to 3pm to restock

Friday, January 12, 2018

Inside Bergdorf Goodman 75% Off (Pics)

You should head straight to Bergdorf Goodman ff you're looking to shop truly amazing markdowns. Right now, designer clothing is discount ed 75% off and most shoes and bags are reduced 50%.

To sweeten the deal even more, if that's possible, Bergdorfs will be enticing customers with an extra 25% off starting online on Sunday. The additional markdown will only last three days and ends on Tuesday.

We decided to get ahead of the rush and scope out what's treasures are still available. There aren't many handbags left over. The big standout is a Valentino Demilune chevron tote bag that started at $3400. After the additional 25% off, the final price will be $1312. There are lots of these Proenza bucket bags, Altuzarra and Tom Ford styles. You can see pictures over this way.

Moving on to the shoe department, there are still lots of great styles from which to choose. The discount is currently 50% off most shoes and boots. In stores, there are a scattering of Chanel and Louboutin shoes still left. The discount isn't as high on these brands. One of the most extravagant finds, is a pair of classic Chanel croc flats. They are currently reduced to $5000 from $7000. They are still ridiculous at $3700, when the extra 25% off kicks in.

More reasonable finds include, Fendi sock heels that are about $500, Louboutin bow heels that are $625 from $900, and No21 floral print bow mules that are $472 from $945. (Remember, there will be an extra 25% off starting Sunday.) Over here you can see more pictures of our in-store scout.

The very best discounts can be found on the third floor. Designer clothing is now discounted 75% and the additional 25% will bring the total savings to almost 80% off. A Vetements blue puffer is about $1000 from $5000, a Shiro Sakai stripped jacket is about $1000 from $3000. An embellished Libertine Union Jack print trench is also about $1000. A Stella McCartney sequined dress is $803 from $3300, a Valentino floral print dress is $672 from $2700 and Loewe jeans patchwork jeans are $450 from $1300. Click this way to see pics.

We suggest you head over to the store now and start putting your anticipated purchases on the side. Online shoppers should load up their carts and keep their fingers on the trigger button. This will be the last markdown and the best promotion of the season.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Net-A-Porter UK Second Markdown

Net-A-Porter hasn't started it's end of season sale, just yet, but the UK version of the site just went on second markdown. The current markdown is up to 70% off.

Some brands are clearly not as discounted as they are in the US versions of the site. On the bright side, we are thrilled to shop so many items that were never available here or didn't go on sale. Before we jump into it, you should take note that it's really optimistic if you convince yourself the currency exchange is 1:1 but you won't be so thrilled when you get your credit card statement. The currency exchange today is 1.35 or just calculate about 35% more.

Among the items we haven't seen  here on markdown is this Prada Ribbon bag and it's 40% off. We don't recall ever seeing this style Miu Miu bag and it's so pretty and also discounted 40%. Check out these gorgeous Balmain fold-over boots or these Roksanda drawstring boots that are both 60% off.

We would also suggest taking advantage of shopping British companies, as there are no import taxes and city sales tax. How about this Anya Hindmarch bag that's now 50% off or £350 and this NO21 velvet bag is also 50% off and comes to £371? Vegan Stella McCartney sneakers are 60% off or £146.

Some other key standouts are these Isabel Marant silver boots that are just £158 or $213. Over this way is an Off-White jersey top that's 50% off or £133. We love the fit of these Mira Mikati boyfriend jeans that are discounted 70%. This eye-catching red Givenchy blazer is also 70% off. A Vetements puffer is 50% off and so much cooler than Moncler.

As you're browsing, be sure to steer away from American mass market brands. It really makes no sense to buy Nike or J. Crew from Europe. Unless, of course, it's something you missed buying here.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Inside Barneys at 80% Off

Last week, Barneys started the sale of the season with an extra 20% off promotion that brought the final markdown to about 80% off retail. The sub-arctic weather kept most of our shopping concentrated online but we knew we needed to see the real thing as soon as the atmosphere cooperated.

Like all sale-ling, we started off with handbags, on the main floor. The discount is 60% and, unfortunately, the additional markdown does not apply. Don't worry, there aren't many desirable bags remaining anyway. Actually, the online selection is better.

At the store, we found few ivory Saint Laurent Horizon bags reduced to $1489, an Alaia bucket bag is marked to $1670 from $3345 and, yes, that croc Balenciaga City bag is still waiting for a new home. Pictures are in the jump.

The sale shoe selection is running pretty low. There is still a small selection of Chanel and Loubouitin shoes that aren't posted on the internet. We can't say any of the styles are great. We have pictures here. We saw plenty of these Manolo heels that are reduced to $260 from near $800. Tabitha Simmons flats are $200 fro $625 and Gianvito Rossi suede boots are about $415 from $1300.

The most interesting sale selection is the clothing. It's well worth your time to browse and stroll. Specifically, there is a great selection of pants and skirts, which are famously the most difficult fashion items. Saint Laurent cropped pants are $290 from $1190, a drapy version from Osman are $190 from almost $600 and short Balenciaga pants are $200 from $826. A red pleather Jioh skirt is $147 from $560 and a Proenza silver skirt is $320 from $1350.

Among the more impressive fashion items, we found a metallic red and black Balmain dress that's $900 from $3765. You are sure to stand out in this Dries plush velvet puffer coat that's now $700 from $2850. A gorgeous red-orange double-faced cashmere duster from Armani is $2000 from $8500.

You can see more pictures from inside our shopping trip over here. We suggest you head over to the store soon if there is something you're hoping to purchase. Barneys is usually the first store to remove their past season merchandise and the seconds are slipping away.

Monday, January 8, 2018

January Sample Sales ☃️🌬❄️Brian Atwood

January isn't best known for its sample sales. Most retail stores are already hosting discounts that are near rock bottom. Prices better be amazing if sample sale organizers expect shoppers to heat out in the bitter cold. The month usually starts out very, very slow but we expect lots of surprises. Continue to check this space for a list of sales that are worth braving below zero temperatures.

Jason Wu
This six day sample sale will be huge. We are told to expect true Jason Wu Collection samples of clothing, shoes, and handbags. There will also be a selection from GREY Jason Wu, the designer's more casual-wear line, and the FILA x Jason Wu collaboration. Expect early shoppers to scoop up the inexpensive samples but those shopping later in the week will be rewarded with additional markdowns.
Tuesday, January 16 though Saturday, January 21
Tues 9am-8pm, Wed-Friday 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm
150 Greene Street

Fivestory Offsite
We always love Fivestory because it's anything but basic. Think Balmain, Cushnie Et Ochs, Mary Katrantzou, and of course, Rosie Assoulin. At the last sale, most items were a straight 85% off retail but some items were just 50% off. You can head this way to see what we found at last year's sale. We would suggest putting assets aside anticipating this sale. Even at 80% off some of this fa-shun can be ro-ther expensive.
Tuesday, January 23 through Saturday, January 28
Tues 9am-8pm, Wed-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-4pm
150 Greene Street

Hervé Léger
The French fashion house that popularized the bondage dress, Hervé Léger, will be having it's first sample sale in years. Take note, this isn't a BCBG sale, it's Hervé! We are told that discounts will be up to 90% off retail. You can expect to find lots of special pieces from the archives. As style has changed, demand for these sexy little numbers has waned. We expect that there will be a great selection and you can't go wrong with a great fitting dress. Sexy is always in style. 
Tuesday, January 30 through Sunday, February 4
Tues 10am-8pm, Wed-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm
150 Greene Street

Brian Atwood
It's been a while since Brian Atwood has had a sample sale. Come to think of it, it's been a while since we've seen Brian Atwood shoes all together. It's nice to know the shoe designer is still kicking-it with those heels. What's even better, is that you can get insider prices at the two-day sample sale. We are told that $800 shoes will be reduced to $125 and $6000 boots will be just $800. That figures out to about 80% off. Pretty good, huh? Can't wait to see for ourselves. 
Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10
10am-7pm daily
Standard Hotel East, 25 Cooper Square, penthouse

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Vacation Edit: Sale-ing into Paradise

The weather in New York is insufferable. To manage with the sub-arctic temperatures we have been playing Havana by Camila Cabello on repeat. The next order of business is to shop for blue skies, warm water and white sand.

Yes, it's the vacation edit!

We found that Intermix still has a lot of great items left from last Summer. Here is great a Frame split front denim skirt that's reduced to $90 from $210, this Jonathan Simkhai bustier is $120 from $300 and a Dodo Bar Or embroidered mini skirt is $150 from $410.

Barneys sale is quite good to begin with but the 20% off promotion brings the discounts on many items to 80%. Here is a Guns 'n Roses concert tee from Anderson Bell that comes to $23 from $95, this frayed denim dress is about $130 from $550, Mira Mikati hand-painted denim shorts are about $120 from $490.

The problem with shopping last season's sale items is that sizes are limited. If you aren't up for the challenge of finding your size, we suggest you scope out Asos. We love the variety of Gingham bikinis that start at just $16. Over this way is an open-back tank with crochet detailing that's $60. We are absolutely crazy for Cynthia Rowley's wetsuit that's $283. Here are wide-leg beach pants for $40, a striped romper is $35 and this bandeau top jumpsuit is $127.

Perhaps a new sun hat can warm that bone-chilling freeze? Revolve has a bunch on sale. Here is a colorful straw hat that's $99 from $132, a Havana hat is just $58 and the 'Rebel' hat from Eugenia Kim is reduced to $187 from $455.

Before heading out to the sun you will need a new pair of sunnies to protect your peepers. These Le Specs are kinda awesome and reduced to $75 from $125, Fendi mirrored cutouts are $256 from $550 and oversized Chloe glasses are $236 from $400. As a matter of fact, Neiman Marcus has an exceptional  assortment of discounted designer glasses.

If you don't already have a plan to get out of dodge (read: the frozen weather), just remember it won't last forever. The Hudson River should be ice-free by May. It's never too early to practice bikini optimism.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Barneys Cyclone Bomb: Extra 20% Off Sale

Luxury retail stores are feeling the pressure to make room for the new cruise collections. In doing so, extra discounts promotions are being used to entice shoppers to 'buy more stuff.' Right now, Barneys is offering an extra 20% off already reduced coats, shoes and bags.

Over this way, we found a groovy Saint Laurent lamé mini dress that's $800 from $2700 after the additional discount the total price is just $640. That's about 80% off! Amiri red leather pants are $500 from $2050. So tempted!

There aren't many bags included in the extra 20% off promotion but there are plenty of shoes. Maison Margiela tall fold-over boots come to $550 from $1735, we are crazy for this Alchimia di Ballin low boots that are now $280 from $900. These Prada heart espadrille platforms are perfect for Valentines day and reduced to $399 from $1250. T

he assortment in the store is even larger and the extra discount also applies to Chanel and Louboutin. There was even an ugly Chanel shoe siting where the final price was 80% off retail.

We don't know how long the markdown will last but we can't imagine it will be for very long. Barneys usually ships out its winter Merchandise before February. We don't expect any further discounts. Ladies, it's now or never.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Nordstrom: Final Markdown

All those gift items we've been eyeing but having purchase are now ripe for picking. Nordstrom just started it's final markdown. Prices are reduced up to 70% and there are no shortages of items from which to choose.

Over this way, these Vetement yellow socks we have been eyeing are now $47 from $95. We know it's still an insane amount for socks but it still falls into the category of 'cheap thrill.' We picture pairing them with cropped jeans like this straight leg style from Paige that's now $99 from $200. Then finish the outfit with  these Jimmy Choo lace-ups or Prada Mary Janes that are both 70% off.

Speaking of shoes, we are actually surprised by the amount of footwear that's reduced 70%. Here are Prada shearling lined boots that come to about $400 from $1400. Fendi sock loafers are $314 from $1050 too. Brocade Manolo Blahnik booties are $316 from $1055 and Calvin Klein 205W39th patent leather booties are $300 from $1000.

Other high-fashion standouts include this oversized puffer from Marques' Almeida that's reduced to $630 from $1050. I'm not sure we fully understand the exposed shoulder and safety-pin closer but it looks cool. (That's all that matters, right?) This Helmust Lang Asymmetric dress looks almost as good but is very much practical and comes to $300 from $500 and this Cushnie et Ochs bustier is gorgeous and is priced at $300 from $1000.

Remember, Nordstrom is great at price matching. If you see something for less money at another store, make the purchase and call for an adjustment. Nordstrom's great customer service, never fails.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Neiman Marcus/ Bergdrofs Last Call Sale: Third (Final) Markdown

Bergdorf Goodman and the non-Manhattan Neiman Marcus are the latest department stores to take their winter merchandise to the third markdown. The discount at Neiman Marcus is officially up to 70% off and Bergdorf's is boasting discounts hitting 75% off.

Looking at the sales at both stores toe-to-toe-- literally-- we found the discounts to be nearly the same. Shoes are 50% off expect when comparing older style merchandise. Prada rubber floral slides are $177 from nearly $400, Balenciaga crystal encrusted satin pumps are $1292 from $2380 and Aquazzura ankle wrap shoes are about $400 from almost $800.

The handbag section is still worth a browse. We are surprised to see so many options still available. Here is a Fendi bag strap that's now 'just' $1400 from $4650 or a more reasonably priced strap is $550 from $1100. (Bags sold separately.) We also found a Balenciaga Blackout City bag in aqua for $1225 from $1445. Our absolute favorite is this Elizabeth and James grummet detailed tote bag that is only $322 from $625.

Among the clothing we found this Delpozo dress, we think it's from the Summer, but it's discounted 75% off and comes to $500 from $2050. Adorable cropped Frame jeans are $85 from $245. Over this way is a Dolce & Gabbana leopard print dress that's $770 from $2200.

We must admit that the selection and sizing are better at Neiman Marcus but it pays to browse both sites. The companies have become very good at avoiding overlap and the assortments are quite different.

These are the final markdowns at both stores but later this month there will be additional discount promotions. You just never know what merchandise will last that long.