Sunday, December 30, 2018

Final Markdowns: Ringing Out 2018

The year is abruptly coming to an end-- as it always seems to do. Stores have kept with one of 2018's top trends of early markdowns and already shifted into their final discounts of the season.

Barneys took markdowns to 75% off. You can read about it and see pictures over here. Saks took the latest markdown on Christmas and discounts at Bergdorf went to 75% off on Friday.

Don't let these final markdowns fool you, in some instances, previous promotions provided steeper savings. Before the "Final Event" markdown at Bergdorf's, all sale items were an additional 33% off. Now that the promotion expired, many categories of merchandise are more expensive. For now, you can use our spreadsheet to determine where to make your final 2018 purchases.

Take note, some items may be reduced more than what's indicated on the chart but we took the liberty of generalizing according to the brands and items we like most. (P.S. Bergdrof will begin running another sale promotion January 11. 😉)

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Bergdrofs: Third (Final) Markdown

Bergdorf Goodman and the non-Manhattan Neiman Marcus will be the latest department stores to take their winter merchandise to the third markdown. The discount at Neiman Marcus will be up to 70% off and Bergdorf's discounts will hit 75% off.

The markdowns will officially go live Friday morning.  As usual, I suggest you begin your browsing before the sale battalions take over. I've already started sticking items in my cart like these Balenciaga slides that are perfect for vacation. I just don't know if I should get them for myself or for one of my daughters. These Gianvitto Rossi short boots are classic and NY City walking approved and this Aquazzura embellished d'Orsay is whispering, "Wear me for New Years!" Do you hear it?

I would have thought that all the bags would be sold out by now but I did find a few that I'm considering.  I love the understated lines of this Equestrian bag from The Row. I am also considering adding a few brown alternatives to my accessory collection. If you've been eyeing a Balenciaga bag, Neiman Marcus still has a few options that are already discounted considerably. What do we think of this Tom Ford Tara bag?

This next markdown will bring our primary focus to clothing. There are still many great options and a 75% off reduction is going to make it hard to choose. Here is a Cinq a Sept ruffled dress that's perfect for New Years and it's currently just $155. It comes in red too. This Balmain sequined dress might be a more attention-grabbing option for the countdown to 2019.

A New Year means a new you. I refuse to spend a lot of money on gym clothing. I think it's because I rarely wear them outside the gym and never subscribed to the athleisure wardrobe movement. That being said, I love leggings that make me look great. I'm a big fan of Koral Activewear and Monroe and love finding big discounts. I'm keeping an eye on this shiny grey sports bra and these basic shiny leggings.

I 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.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Five Best Places to Shop After Christmas

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 have just been returned.

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

1. Saks Fifth Avenue 
Before the holiday, we posted the VIP link to access the most recent markdown at Saks. The sale is now public online and in-store shoppers can begin accessing 70% off savings on Wednesday. A lot of the most coveted bags sold out as soon as the private link arrived in mailboxes. This plaid Balenciaga BB bag is still left and it's just $680 from almost $2000 and these Altuzarra boots are $466 from $1300.

2. Bergdorf Goodman
If the current 25% off promotion isn't enough, you can pounce on the post-Xmas promotion of 33% off sale merchandise. This promotion will only run for two days. After, Bergdorf will take its final official markdown, where discounts will top 75% off. We are keeping an eye on this ultra-lux Gabriela Hearst coat and these Chloe Rylee boots that are still left.

3. Nordstrom
Nordstrom's best sale of the season just went live online. The promotion boasts discounts up to 50% off but designer merchandise is reduced much more. Here is a Johanna Oritz open-back sweater that's 70% off and this Jonathan Simkhai classic dress is 60% off.

4. FWRD by Elyse Walker
Maybe you didn't get exactly what you want for Chrismas. Ladies, sometimes you have to take the important things into your own hands. We are pretty sure you will find some fashion pleasure at FWRD. The markdowns aren't as deep as other retailers but the assortment is very good. I'm in love with this evergreen Saint Laurent College bag that's $1715 from $2100 or this Fendi belt bag. While we're talking about FWRD, can someone tell me why every model looks like it's been cloned after Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What? She's even gone from blond to brunette-- just like Danielle!

4. Neiman Marcus 
Set your alarm clocks. Starting at 6am CST, Neiman Marcus will be offering customers an additional 50% off some already reduced merchandise. The promotion will only last for the day, so we suggest you work fast-- or maybe start loading your cart now. We have our eyes on this Balmain logo sweatshirt and these gingham Manolo Hangisis.

Happy Holidays From Mad-Spy

May peace, joy, hope and happiness 
be yours this holiday season and throughout the New Year.

Thank you!
Madison Avenue Spy

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sale to Watch: Saks Christmas Markdown

Holiday cheer can be felt and heard throughout the city. Lights are twinkling, chestnuts are roasting, bells are ringing. Most department stores have entered the area of extreme markdowns. Saks Fifth Avenue has remained a serious holdout-- but not for long.


Shoes and bags were only reduced by 30% to 40% off (until now). The bright spot is that there is still a tremendous amount of inventory among these most coveted categories. During our trip this week, we found a huge assortment of Balenciaga, Chloe, and Saint Laurent. You can see pictures here. Many of these items are still available online too.

Let's hope that you still have shopping funds left because Saks just sent out a VIP link for its Christmas Day sale. We've been keeping a special eye out on this Balenciaga plaid Bolide-shape bag, that's now $1072 from $3000 and the small one is $971. This  BB crossbody is $682 from $1950. A Fendi By The Way bag  is $1100 from $2200 and this Off-White tote is $468 from $1338.

Over in the shoe department, there is still a very large assortment of Chanel, which will go very fast once the next markdown takes effect. You can click here to see pictures of what's still available.

Online, these Manolo Hangisi heels can be added to our addiction pile at $376 from $1045. The stacks are also filled with plenty of Alaia Bombe sandals that are a consideration at $504 from $1400. These studded Valentino suede boots have been a hot seller all season and there is a full-size range available for $1000 less than retail or $753. Don't miss these classic Rockstuds for $450 or the heel on these Saint Laurent Teddy pumps for $375.

The Christmas sale should take the discount on clothing over 70%. There are still racks and rack and racks from which to choose. We have some pictures over this way. Grab this Prada lipstick skirt. It;s just $306 from $1010. This Cinq å Sept fox trim leather jacket  is a real get if it's under $500.

This is the VIP link, which means the sale hasn't gone public. Once it does, all this good stuff will disappear fast. We warn you to shop with a focused eye and revel in the joy of saving.

Happy Holiday!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Weekend Shopping Highlights: Nordstrom, Intermix, LN-CC

The pre-holiday frenzy has hit a crescendo. Most people are in the midst of packing, traveling or, well, shopping. Regardless of where or how you spend the holidays, we are sure you'll find some time to do a fashion scroll. The best part sharing your shopping adventure with family and friends. Below are some online shopping highlights of where we will be browsing this weekend.

Discounts are currently promoted as up to 60% off but we found markdowns topping 75%, which tops any retail discount.  We love this Sies Marjan skirt that gives the impression that a shirt is tied around the waist. It's just $223 from almost $900. We've been crushing hard on this Monse stripped sweater that's $566 from $1900, a versatile and classic Calvin Klein collection turtleneck is $87 from $300 and this Roksanda dress is at 70% off. Designer shoes are discounted between 40% and 60% off and luxury bags are reduced up to 60% off. Here is a great blue color Balenciaga City bag reduced 60%.

There is currently a flash sale promotion on Intermix Online where you can save an additional 40% off sale items, which brings the total discount to 75% off. This Monse dress will be amazing for your trip to Anguilla and it's just $785 from nearly $2200. This IRO leather jacket is less expensive than a sample sale at $690 from $1435. This Balmain dress is a killer and is only $600, a Thomas Maier sweater is $500 from $1400 and Jimmy Choo high boots are $470 from $1300.

You might find better markdowns on other sites but we have a 20% off promo code that can be applied to full priced and sale merchandise. During checkout, you can use our code LN-NY2019 to save 20% off everything on the site. These classic Gucci loafers, which are never marked down are $600 from $760. The code can also be applied to Gucci classic double-G belts like this one that is $384 from $480 and this Marmont bag is $1550 from $2000. The code works on this brand new Fendi (Fila) logo tee and the Kan I bag. This is the perfect moment to crack open the piggy-bank if you've been lusting after a luxury classic that "never goes on sale."

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Bergdof Goodman: Extra 25% Off

As many New Yorkers are escaping for the holidays, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus are giving shoppers an extra good reason to celebrate at home. Starting Thursday, you will be able to save an extra 25% off all sale items.

The promotional discount brings the total savings up to 70% off on clothing and nearly 65% off on shoes and bags. The online sale selection of handbags is much better than we would have imagined. There is still this classic Valentino Rockstud velvet bag that will come to about $1000 from $2500, and a mini Chloe Drew bag is $800 from nearly $2000 and an  Off-White box bag is about $550 from $1475. I think that $500 for this Prada tote, totally counts as a big score. At the store, you will still find some more Balenciaga, Proenza and Christian Louboutin styles left on the tables near the North Fifth Avenue entrance. (You can see pictures from inside the store over here.)

Up at the shoe department, there are still plenty of good options. Valentino hiking boots are $570 from almost $1100 and those Chloe Rylee block heel boots you've been searching for are $490 from nearly $1200. These Prada bow flats for $290 are already waiting in my cart and I'm are keeping a close eye on these Golden Goose sneakers,. Tweed Manolos are $300. Sorry, I must stop scrolling. There are too many good options.

Over in the clothing category, this Spiritual Gangster cashmere/ wool sweater for $110 is pretty safe. This Prada lipstick skirt is $380. It sold out when Barneys took the most recent markdown. We love everything from Gabriella Hearst and this cape top is a little over $500 from $1350 and this Delpozo sweater will be $340 from $900.

I didn't expect for there to be so many amazing finds online. My cart is fully stocked. The promotion started this morning and so many items already sold out.  Remember to check Neiman Marcus if your size isn't available at Bergdrofs. The promotion is the same but prices might differ a bit. This promotion runs through Christmas Day when the discount goes up to 33% off.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Gifts That Make You Feel Good (Inside and Out)

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There is a lot of indulging during the holiday season-- mainly gifts and food. It's about this time of year that all these spoils have us thinking if ways to enrich ourselves and those we love.

I have a few gift suggestions to enhance the lives of those you love and Nordstrom is the perfect shopping destination as it has no lack of wonderful options. Focusing on the impending New Year, I recently picked up some incredible workout wear. I got these Koral leggings with a racing stripe ($125) and these Nike Odyssey running sneakers with the gold reflective swoosh ($90). I also really like these APL sneakers ($159) as a Nike alternative. I have littered the city with S'well bottles but I love how they keep my water cold for so many hours. You can never go wrong with a backup S'well water bottle ($35).

Beyond indulging myself, I got one of my daughter's these adorable Nike Cortez sneakers ($55). I also got her these Verloop slippers ($38), which are sure to give anyone a warm and fuzzy feeling both inside and out. I already have a pair of Verloop gloves ($28) and I can honestly say that they keep your hands warm and are small enough to keep in your pockets without adding too much bulk.

Keeping the man in your life healthy is always a priority.  I love the red laces on these Nike hiking boots ($110) and these Bose headphones ($169) might keep his heart pumping a little longer. Here is a polar fleece track jacket from Adidas ($120) and this Champion Snoopy sweatshirt ($69) is sure to warm the heart as well as the body.

Nordstrom has everything you need to gift those you love. Keep in mind, December 18 is the last day for standard free shipping but orders placed by December 22 can be sent next business day and arrive on time for the holidays.

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Department Store Holiday Shipping Deadlines

You know it's the holiday season when you need to walk in the street with taxis to avoid slow-walking tourists. There are few things less appealing than rushing from Saks to Bergdorfs while pedestrian traffic comes to a complete stop.

The hours to take advantage of free shipping is ticking away quickly. Lucky, most New York stores will offer a messenger service for free or a small fee. Store prices tend to range from $15 to $30. Many times, retailers will wave the fee for expensive purchases. It never hurts to ask.

Below is your guide to getting your gift there on time from our local department stores-- along with how much it will cost.

Same Day: $25
Get it there: Next business day $20
Deadline: 12/21 at 12pm EST
Gift Wrapping: Free black box and black & white ribbon
Discount: Up to 75%

Bergdorf Goodman
Messenger: $30
Get it there: Free two-day shipping BGRUSH
Deadline: 12/22 at 12:00PM CT
Gift Wrapping: Free silver box with lavender ribbon
Returns: Free
Discount: Up to 60%

Get it there free: Express shipping until 12/23 5pm EST
Same day delivery: 12/24/16 10:00AM EST (California, Illinois, New Jersey & Washington D.C.)
In-Store pickup deadline: 12/24/16 2PM EST
Gift Wrapping: $5 white bottom and black top with elastic bow
Discount: Up to 60%

Get it there: Free Rush
Deadline: 12/22 12:00PM EST Saturday deliver $10
Gift Wrapping: Not available on all items but the $2 gift set include, a gift box, tissue paper, a silver ribbon and a gift tag
Discount: Up to 60%

Saks Fifth Avenue
Messenger: $10 within NYC
Get it there: Free shipping with the code HOLRUSH
Deadline: 12/20 12:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free black box with snowflakes, red bottom, and red ribbon
Discount: Up to 60%

Monday, December 17, 2018

Barneys Hits 75% Off

We are still a week away from Christmas but Barneys had jumped ahead of the pack again and started the third round of markdowns. As of this morning, Barneys discounts hit 75% off.


When we heard of the big markdown news, we promptly ordered an Uber and headed down to check it out. The big 75% off price cut is almost entirely clothing. Shoes and bags are still holding steady at mostly 60% off. Among the clothing discounts, we found lots of great Prada, Proenza, and Margiela. We couldn't resist a solitary Prada lipstick skirt that was reduced to $250 from about $1000. You can see pictures of our finds over this way.

Online you should check out this Prada sweatshirt dress that is $329 from $1310. Here is a Balmain sweatshirt for $150 from nearly $600, a Proenza Schouler dress for $370 from $1500 and an Alberta Ferretti "Dreamers" sweater is $120 from $500. The selection at the store is very different. Don't forget to check the pictures we took inside the store.

Even though the biggest discounts are mostly on clothing, we couldn't pass up an opportunity to check out to see what was on the shoe floor. There are still plenty of Chanel options, which just went on sale this past Friday. We have pictures of them too. The discount on Chanel is 40% off. On the "racks" most shoes are reduced by 60%. Tweed Manolo Hangisi heels are about $400 from $1025 and Prada Cloud sneakers are $369 from $690. There are also several pairs of Louboutin flats on the 60% off racks. Click for pics.

The clothing racks were buzzing mostly with personal shoppers and salespeople pulling for customers. We suggest you do a quick search online if you had your eye on any specific items or take a cruise through the store.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Online Retailer's Holiday Shopping Deadlines

The holiday shopping season is quickly coming to a crescendo. Online shopping has changed the way we serve up holiday gift giving. Long gone are the days of rushing from store to store to chase the elusive size or color variation. The entire world of shopping is at our fingertips.

As a matter of fact, over the past year, we've ordered items from a series of European sites and have been astonished by how quickly shipments arrive. Luisaviaroma, MatchesFashion, and Farfetch have delivered purchases in just more than a day and that's without paying for additional expedited shipping. We also love receiving a purchase that arrives wrapped in delicate tissue paper and tied in a pretty bow. The presentation and experience make a small purchase feel like a luxury experience.

J. Crew, on the other hand, has been a disaster. We placed an order for kids' leggings on Black Friday and only received it on December 16. That's 21-days to receive a domestically shipped item.  Needless to say, that was completely unacceptable.

You can always count on Net-A-Porter to offer solid customer service. The site is a dependable destination for the season's hottest items. We also love that they carry enough inventory that the site doesn't sell out too quickly. Check Ssense if you're looking for small discounts on items not usually found on sale.

Melijoe is another wonderful online destination for kid's gifts. Like, Luisaviaroma we received our items incredibly fast and our gifts came wrapped beautifully. The downside is that shipping is $19 and there aren't free returns. That means that exchanging a wrong size could mean almost $40 in shipping, which often isn't worthwhile.

We would love to hear about your online shopping experiences. Feel free to share stories about retailers doing it right those who are stumbling. Speaking of online shipping and shipping, below is your guide to getting your gift there on time. You can use the product scroll above to see the great stuff we found on sale while assembling information for this post.

Shipping: Free three-day shipping
Returns: Free
Rush: Next day shipping $20
Super Rush: Same day delivery (New York) $25
Gift Wrap: Free, sale items come wrapped in tissue paper but full-priced merchandise is eligible for their iconic matte black boxes
Discount: Up to 70%
Obsessing over: Palm Angles pool slides $52 from $130

Christmas deadline: December 19
Cost: Free standard and express delivery with orders over $99
Returns: Free
Gift wrap: Option not available
Discount: 50% off
Obsessing over: Girl's Moschino bear dress $155 from $222

Shipping: 24-hour shipping $12
Return fees: $10
Gift wrap: Items delivered wrapped in tissue paper
Discount: Up to 70% off
Obsessing over: Gucci girl's dress in candy pink $315 from $1047

Luisaviaroma Shipping: Free express shipping
Returns: Free
Gift wrap: Items delivered wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon
Discount: 30% to 50% off on most items
Obsessing over: Fendi cashmere sweater $1183 from $1690

Shipping: Free express shipping
Rush: Next day $15
Returns: Free
Gift wrap: Marbled boxes
Discount: Up to 60% off
Obsessing over: Self Portrait balloon sleeve sweater $231 from $330

Shipping: Free Express
Rush: Same day and 90-minute delivery available in many cities
Returns: Varies
Discount: Up to 60% off
Obsessing over: Valentino glass and velvet heels $358 from $995

Shipping: Free over $200 purchases or $12
Rush: Not available
Retruns: Customer pay for returns
Discount: Up to 60% off
Obsessing over: Fendi- Fila sweatshirt $737 from $1100

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Weekend Shopping: Finding the Best Discount (Chanel too)

We only have a few days of shopping before Christmas. Monday is actually the last day of ground shipping for many retailers. Almost all of our favorite stores have taken a second markdown but discounts vary.

One would expect to universally save 60% off women's clothing but Saks Fifth Avenue is a little tricky. Their designer clothing is reduced by 30% to 60% off. The more popular the brand, the lower the Saks discount. Shoes are also reduced by just 30%, which isn't very competitive. On the bright side, the racks are still overflowing with options. (You can click here to see pictures inside the store.)

Barneys just added another price cut to its Louboutin selection, which is now reduced by 60%. You can click to see what we found. The sale selection is getting pretty thin over on Madison. We did find a few standouts including silver Paul Andrew pumps that are $379 from $745 and Manolo Hangisi pumps like these are about $400 from $1025.

In other news, Barneys will be starting its Chanel presale on Friday. The discount will be 40% off.  Flip to the jump to see the shoe styles we suspect will be included in the markdown. The Chanel presale at Bergdorf Goodman will begin on FRIDAY too but the discount is just 30%. On the flip side, we think the selection is better at BG. You can read all about it and see pictures in our previous post. 

Keep in mind, lots of online retails are running great promotions too. On Farfetch, you can save an additional 20% off sale items with the code F20D. Net-A-Porter just started a second markdown where discounts have hit 70% on some items. Shopbop is offering an extra 30% off reduced merchandise through Thursday only and don't forget to check Ssense before purchasing anything that isn't on sale. They seem to have at least a little discount on almost everything,

Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. As usual, Barneys is the clear winner across the board. The next and final markdown usually happens after Christmas.

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FRIDAY: Chanel Sale at Bergdorf Goodman

Everyone loves a good mystery and Chanel has done an excellent job keeping customers waiting in suspense for its first markdown. Sales associates all over the city earnestly had no information about an impending sale. Many salespeople repeated the rumor that there would be absolutely no sale, anywhere, this season.

Technically speaking, Chanel boutiques will not host a markdown this season. Shoppers with experience know that a Chanel markdown would occur at some point, and we have officially reached that point.

Madison Avenue Spy has received early information that Bergdorf Goodman will quietly host a private presale on Chanel shoes starting this FRIDAY morning. This presale is invitation only and will begin before the store opens to the general public. The discount will be 30% off retail.

The official list of what's included in the markdown will not be available until Monday morning. Obviously, we wouldn't allow Bergdorfs to withhold such valuable information. We enlisted the expertise of the most experienced Chanel sale associates and put together a picture library of what we expect to be included in the markdown. You can click here to see pictures of what we anticipate to be on sale based on inventory levels, customer feedback, and seasonality. We also expect that Bergdorfs will pull past season merchandise onto the sales floor too.

Naturally, our investigation didn't end at Bergdorfs. Our spies at Bloomingdale's say that they haven't received any directives from Chanel but they do have a closet of past season's shoes that will be included when their markdown happen. You can click here to see. The discounts on these shoes are 60%.

Our senior manager contact Barneys says she is baffled over the Chanel mystery. She even questioned if there would be a sale at all. (We know the answer.) The story was very similar at Saks. Salespeople insisted that all markdowns will be coordinated across all retail outlets. (Apparently not.)

For now, we look forward to FRIDAY morning at Bergdorf Goodman. Feel free to email our sales contact for an invitation. We apologize in advance, but we can't promise that he will be able to accommodate everyone. This sale preview is for "serious shoppers only."

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Second Markdown Alert: Net A Porter

'Tis the season of markdowns and shopping. Net-A-Porter will start its second markdown Thursday morning. Prices will be reduced up to 70% off and many popular style bags and fashion are still in stock.

Among the bag selection, you can expect to find most styles discounted 40% to 50% off. Some items we've been watching include this Prada crossbody that is sure to be at least 50% off once the additional markdown hits. It's perfect to keep all the essentials-- wallet, phone, lipstick-- and still be small and light. We also like this woven Fendi Kan I that seems festive enough for the holiday season but the colors will also work great for Summer. This Wandler bag in gray and white is a great inexpensive bag and it might even hit 60% off and we also spotted this Balenciaga quilted XS market bag.

The discounts on shoes will range from 40% to 70% off, with most styles getting the 60% markdown treatment. Among the most heavily reduced shoes are these Saint Laurent Niki ankle boots that are poised to go to 60% off and these Stuart Weitzman ankle boots are just as good but one-third of the price. You really can't go wrong grabbing these Balenciaga pool slides for Amanera or just save them for next Summer. There are also a lot of Golden Goose sneaker options if you've been eyeing a pair for yourself or as a gift.

Expect to find an infinite array of clothing discounted 70% off. Have you felt the luscious cashmere in an Alanui cardigan? It's like delicious hot chocolate draped over the body. After another markdown, it's a serious consideration. This Monse stripped sweater sold out immediately after we linked to it on Shopbop, it's still here on NAP. Here is a Miu Miu puffer that is an excellent buy even now. How can you resist joining the Balmain army by means of sweatshirt? Or how about a simply pretty dress from Ellery?

The new markdown won't go live until Thursday morning but the best merchandise will go sell out fast. We suggest you pile up that cart and edit before dawn.

Gifts for the Woman Who Shops (a Lot)

We've done a lot of gift guides this season. We've covered what to buy your corporate clients, your over-indulged teenager and the men in your life. We've left the hardest for last because she is nearly impossible to satisfy. She is an oxymoron, a contradiction, an enigma but that's what keeps her interesting. Simply put, she is the type of girl that likes to drive fast but prefers to be driven.

Before we jump right in, I hope you don't mind if I offer a little bit of relationship advice. Whatever he buys you-- don't return it! Once you return enough gifts he will feel defeated and stop buying them. Keep it-- even if it's too expensive, not the right color or completely not your taste. If it's actually that bad, secretly return it but never let him know.

Same rule goes for your children. Give them the opportunity to enjoy the experience of giving even if it means wearing it just once and hiding it for the rest of your days.

So, now, we present the definitive gift guide on getting it right so that she wears it often, loves it, and cherishes it forever. (As if that actually exists.) Just in case, always shop where purchases can be returned for a full refund and never throw out the receipt.

Balenciaga logo sweater ($1390) or Balenciaga logo hat ($255)
Christofle 24-piece cutlery set in egg ($1250)
Fendi x Fila tote ($1890)
Foundrae necklace and pendant ($1995)
Byredo Gypsy Water perfume ($165)
Gabriela Hearst ankle boots ($480 from $1200)
Alanui cashmere cardigan coat  ($1100 from $3270)
Lark & Berry Halo diamond pavé tro necklace ($1650)
Prada puffer ($1600 from $2540)
Gucci Ophidie GG small shoulder bag ($1390)
Ejing Zhang earrings ($265)

Monday, December 10, 2018

ShopBop Pre-Holiday Discounts 30% Off Sale

Usually, you have to wait until after Christmas to take advantage of a great Shopbop discount but you can start saving big right now. This sale is earlier and bigger than ever. For three days only you can save an extra 30% off sale merchandise. Use the code JOY18 when checking out to engage the additional discount.

The sale officially begins Tuesday but we suggest you use this early news to begin browsing and organizing your shopping cart for speedy checkout.

We love stocking up on workout wear at this time of year. As the weather shifts to cold, our older gym options start feeling dull. You can grab these Ultracore leggings with pineapples for just $96 from $185 and the bra top is about $75 from $130. Here are APL sneakers that come to about $65 from $165. Here is a Korel pullover to keep you from freezing while getting to the gym that will come to $44 from $128 and Korel sweatpants to wear over your leggings are $92 from $185.

Moving quickly on to our other winter obsession: Jeans and sweaters. R13 jeans are way too expensive to buy at full price but these MILF jeans are definitely a consideration at about $170 from $385. We also love the oversized cuff on these James Jeans, which will be about $70 from $180. We found this Monse wool sweater and it looks incredibly chic either dressed up or down . It comes to about $670 from nearly $1900. Here is a Markus Lupfer sweater that will only be just $140 from @400.

Some more dressed up New Years worthy options include this Temperley London umbré sequined dress that's about $1100 from $2500 after the promotional discount. A No21 sequin minidress will be $640 from $2345 and a Galexy jumpsuit from Galvan London will be about $700 from $1750.

The promotion runs through Thursday. It's all over at the strike of midnight. That's midnight Pacific Time, which gives us East Coasters a few extra hours to shop for the perfect holiday gift or New Years ensemble.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Details: Christian Louboutin Sample Sale

Ladies, have you been naughty or nice?

Christian Louboutin sent their best friends invitations to its exclusive sample sale. That's right, the sale that everyone loves to hate will start on Monday. Remember, the security is tight and there's a clear mean-girls hierarchy to who gets invited to shop first.

Photo credit: Stylish Sheba

The most important Louboutin insiders-- glossy magazine editors and celebrities-- are known to be invited to begin shopping by appointment on the first few days. The sale extends all week as the invited guest list expands to allow the general press and "friends and family."

Last season, prices started at just $200 but most styles were priced in the $300-range. The most expensive style shoes were $1000. A majority of the heels and studded variety pumps were priced between $300 and $400. For example, studded kitten heels were $300 and $2300 studded knee-high boots were just $600.

If you have an invite (or if you're considering door-busting this sale), we suggest that you start your day early. Last year, shoppers reported more than 50 people in line by 7:00am. Be prepared to stand in line, outside, for at least two hours. You will be asked to provide ID when checking in. There also usually a limit on how many shoes you can buy.

Those who weren't invited to the sale can now save 40% at Christian Louboutin boutiques and Saks in NYC and 50% at Barneys. It appears as if all authorized online retailers have removed Louboutin sale styles. Fear not, we found some other-- less obvious-- options to shop for red bottoms online. Use the above scroll to see what we found.

Before you head to the store, you can browse the in-store sale section in this previous post. To be clear, I don't have an invite to the sale this year and I can't help you get an invite. To those who work at Christian Louboutin: No, I'm not deleting the post for an invite or free shoes.

If you are one of the lucky VIP insiders, we would love to hear all about it. For now, you can follow along on Instagram to get up-to-the-minute updates.

Christian Louboutin Invite Only Sample Sale
Monday, December 10 through Friday, December 15
11am to 6pm daily
342 West 37th Street No. 3 @ 8th Ave.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Where to Get Gucci On Sale Now

You're not alone if you've been waiting for a good Gucci markdown before the holidays. Even Gucci employees are getting frustrated hoping for a markdown to help with the financial blow of appeasing wishful family and friends. We are sorry to say that it's not going to happen. At least not before the holidays.

That doesn't mean all hope is lost. We've uncovered a few key destinations where you can score some Gucci markdowns.

Bloomingdales is probably the closest and easiest store to shop for Gucci deals. The selection isn't very large but there are a few shoe styles from which to choose. Here are glitter pumps for $600 from $1200 and lace platform sneakers are $445 from $890.

Barneys also has some discount Gucci shoes but none are available online. You can click here to see pictures we took inside the store. The markdown is currently 40% off plus an extra 30%, which brings the total discount to nearly 60% off.

The discounted bags aren't online but you can check out pictures from the store right here. The sale assortment includes the jeweled G-style and We also listed our Kirna contact if you want in-store product details.

Further Downtown, Kirna Zabete has several pieces of Gucci marked down. The best part is that the sale section includes bags. The discount ranges from 30% to 50% off and we are told that an additional markdown is coming soon. Check out thisGucci Cities tee that's now $588 from $980, a bedazzled Gucci logo sweatshirt is $800 from $1600, and this silk blouse is the same price. These Jordaan loafers are $417 from $695 and this velvet logo style loafer is $511 from $730.

An even larger online Gucci sale selection can be found at LN-CC. Here is a Gucci tote that's reduced by 40% or $1362 from $2270, iconic Guccy sneakers are $475 from $950 and a floral embroidered hat is $620 from $1240. There is also a great selection of sale Gucci for men.

Another good site to stalk for sale Gucci are Italist, where discounts range from 20% to 40% off. We found this mini striped bag for $585 from $766, a Yankee collab scarf is $468 from $611, and Flashtreck sneakers are $614 from $805.

The Gucci boutique sale won't happen until after New Years. We hear the discounts will be limited to only Gucci  employees. The January markdown will take place online and in stores but you'll need a special code. You know where to send info if it comes your way.

Kirna Zabete: Incus 917-674-4591

Gift Guide: What to Buy the Guys

It can be quite stressful figuring out what gifts to give the men in our lives ; husbands-boyfriends-significant others. We searched Madison Avenue and the cyber universe for the best day gifts for all types of guys. Below are a few of our favorites:

Apple Airpods ($160): It's a no-brainer and a big crowd pleaser. If he doesn't already have them, get 'em.

Dior x Kim Jones x Kaws backpack ($1900): The first thing Kim Jones did after being appointed Dior's Homme director was to team up with legendary artist, Kaws. This has been the hottest collaboration of the season and the scurry to get merchandise was almost as frantic as LVMH x Supreme.

Zadeh gold and cord bracelet ($460): Buying jewelry for a man can be very difficult. We love how Zadeh's handcrafted fine jewelry can be stacked or worn alone. She also just opened a boutique on Madison Avenue that has an abundance of gift options for guys. We think he will love it.

Bang & Olufsen A9 wireless speaker ($2600): Guys love their tech and they love their music. The B&O A9 combines everything you want from a high-quality speaker with great design. It's actually a work of art that looks great in a room. You can think of it as a gift for yourself as long as you don't mind his taste in music.

Stone Island sweater ($265): Forget about Moncler, Stone Island has become one of the biggest names in fashion for men. The brand combines sportswear and streetwear in a luxury garment that is high quality and has lots of street cred.

Amiri hoodie ($875): Michael Amiri combines California rock style with super luxury craftsmanship. This is the perfect item for guys who are more sophisticated than the Supreme crowd but still like flex their style at Vagas clubs.

Off-White puffer ($1350 from $2110): From London to Tokyo to New York, Off-White is the must-have brand for international jet-setters. The brand represents world-wide cool with a strong heritage in luxury. Let me know if you have a trick to get him to hang up his jacket once he gets home.

Gucci Yankees ($420): Yes, Gucci is still a thing and the Yankees are a New York classic. We wish we could say the same thing about carrying cash but at least a wallet is good to hold credit cards.

Balenciaga Triple S ($895): This daddy sneaker isn't running off the hit list just yet. They are still selling out and if you can find a pair in his size you might want to grab them.

Vacheron Constantin 18k pink gold and alligator watch ($36,800): A Vacheron is refined luxury watch. It's not flashy like an Audemars and isn't mass marketed like a Rolex. Only a few men are sophisticated and refined enough to spot one but you know it when you see it.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bergdorf Goodman 2nd Markdown (Dior and 90+ pics)

Bergdorf Goodman will start its second markdown on Thursday. Shoes and handbags will be 50% off and clothing will be discounted 60%. You will also see some newcomers in the markdown area, including Dior and Cuccinelli.

For the past week, Bergdorf has been hosting a promotion where sale merchandise was discounted an additional 25%. That technically brought the discount to 47.5% on shoes and bags, which isn't a large spread from this second markdown of 50% off.

We suggest you hit Bergdorf right now and purchase whatever you like. The 2.5% difference is nominal in most instances but the promotional push is sure to drive lots of shoppers tomorrow. We believe customers who were unaware of the promotion will hit the store hard thinking that this is the chance to score big. We have sale pictures from inside the store right here.

Some standouts in the bag department include Balenciaga Bolide-style bags in aqua and logomania print, which come to about $1100 from $2159. There is also an impressive quantity of these triangle bags that are about $1000. If your bag needs a cape you can still get it online for about $400 from $750. There are also a few Chloe style bags like this print style Drew and baby quilted Drew bags in red and tan. Among the Valentino, there is still one Candy Rockstud in black and white. You can see pictures of everything at the store in the jump.

You should also take this opportunity to start shopping from our Dior pictures now. We have images of the entire sale selection right here. The discount is 30% off. Dior clothing and shoes aren't sold online so you will need to contact a sales associate. Our favorite shoe guy is detailed below.

Outside of the Dior shoe selection, there is still an enormous variety. There are plenty of classic Manolos, Louboutins, Gianvitto Rossi, and Jimmy Choo. Chloe scalloped heels are $323 from $575, Prada shoes are $365 from $750 and navy classic Manolos are $407 from $725.

This latest markdown is all we are going to see until Christmas Day. The big promotions will begin again after then+. Stay tuned and don't forget to continue on to see all of our pictures.

Handbags: or 646-887-5148
Shoes: Paul 347-504-3269 (text) or email


The holiday spirit is in the air. There are festive lights, cheerful music and, yes, plenty of sample sales. The shopping sale calendar will hit a crescendo over the next three weeks. It's a good thing because it's the season of giving. There is no better time to buy holiday gifts for yourself and loved ones. Also, keep New Years in mind. It never hurts to pick up something sparkly, especially when there is a great discount.

Below is a list of what we believe to be the best bargain bonanzas of the month. Check Chicmi for a complete calander of sample sale events. You can continue to check back here and we will add updates commentary. Feel free to ask questions, leave feedback and comments below. You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to get quick and immediate updates.

Global Fashions Holiday Gift Sale
Global Fashions, the official luxury distributor for several Italian designer brands, opened its showroom to the public for a luxury holiday gift sale. Discounts start at 70% off and go up from there. Expect to find an extensive assortment of cold weather accessories, like hats, gloves and scarves, small leather goods, holiday ornaments, leather, and sparkly jewelry. Of course, there will also be lots of thrilling discounted handbags and shoes. We have pictures right here.
Through Thursday, December 6
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

Annabelle Fur Sale
Starting Wednesday, the well-known fur brand is opening its showroom to shoppers. Expect to find pom-pom hats for just $25. Down jackets for $60 and fur-lined vests for $300. Don't miss the gorgeous wool coats accented with fur or shearling jackets that are all priced at $250. You can click here for pictures.
Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6
247 West 30th St, 2nd Floor

SAM Warehouse Sale
Winter warm is a necessity in New York life. SAM jackets are Markdowns will from 40% to 70% off. Keep an eye out on markdowns at department stores. Many time it can pay to just make your purchase at Bloomingdales once you take extra promotional discounts into account.
Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9
Thurs 12pm-6pm, Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

Altuzarra Sample Sale
Sole sisters rejoice at the Altuzarra sample sale.  Discounts will be up to 90% off and we expect this sale to be very good. Expect to find styles from this winter season and past seasons. Bring a friend because there might be a line but shoe shopping is always good bonding time.
Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14
8:30am-7pm daily
233 Broadway, 14th Floor

IRO Sample Sale
We absolutely love IRO but last season's sample sale wasn't really up to our expectations. Discounts were just 30% off and jeans were $70. You will also be able to shop from other brands owned by the parent company; Aish, Beachgold, Charli, IRO, Loup and REIKO. 
Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14 Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-4pm
545 8th Avenue, Suite 2310

Marc Jacobs Sample Sale
If there were any brand that's poised for a major turnaround, it's Marc Jacobs. His creativity is endless and his collections have been overlooked for several seasons. After opening a throwback 90s pop-up on Madison Avenue, it's only a matter of time until he is trending on Instagram. We think this will be a great sample sale and suggest you take advantage of this sleeping giant. Discounts will be up to 80% off and the sale will include Marc by Marc Jacobs and Little Marc.
Tuesday, December 18 through Sunday, December 23
Tue 11am-8pm, Wed & Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri & Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm
260 Sample Sale, 150 Greene Street