Friday, May 31, 2019

Weekend Shopping Discount Cheat Sheet

This is the most competitive markdown season we've ever experienced. It feels as if retailers are racing each other to the bottom. At most of our local shopping destinations, spring and summer clothing are discounted at least 40% off but the prices of shoes and handbags vary a little bit.

Some boutiques are offering even lower discounts than department stores. For instance, Lanvin and Prada are both offering customers a 50% savings. Below is a comparison chart of BarneysBergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue.  For the first time, we are adding Neiman Marcus to our local department store list as it's now open at Hudson Yards.

Bergdorfs  currently has the best discounts-- when accounting for their extra 25% off through the weekend-- and the greatest selection. Next week will be a very big week for the next wave of markdowns usually comes pretty quickly. Stick around and we will be sure to keep you posted.

Round-Up: Sale-ing on Madison (50+ Pics)

Temperatures are rising and so are the discounts on Madison Avenue. We've collected markdown intelligence from some key Madison Avenue boutiques. Most stores have already reduced their collections and discounts span from 30% to 50% off retail.

Before making an impulse purchase, we suggest you do a quick review of what sales are online. Sometimes you can find even steeper discounts if you look beyond a brand's boutiques. Other times the brands offer the most attractive deals.

Below is a sample of what we found at our local stores. Be sure to look at the pictures in the jump to get a sense of what's on sale at each Madison Avenue boutique.

Demna's Balenciaga is the perfect case study for a brand reborn on Instagram. From the number of likes, you would think that sales were through the roof but beyond several seasons of Triple S success, the brand doesn't seem to have much legs. Most everywhere, including the boutique, the collection is discounted 30% to 50% off.  Most seasonal style shoes are reduced by 50% (no sneakers). A majority of bags are also reduced by half. The graffiti BB bag is about $725 from $1450 and the mini Ville logo is $925 from $1850. Click here to see pictures.
Elisa 212-328-1671

Bottega Veneta 
Sales at Bottega used to take place in August but the brand has taken to holding merchandise for a full season before started markdowns. Right now, clothing and shoes are 50% off and bags are reduced by 30%. You can see pictures here. There aren't many woven style bags included in the sale but we found a few, including some Alumna crossbody bags that are $1579 from $2200 and the Luna that's $1949 from $2780. There are lots of these adorable Piazza bags for $2419 from $2450. We suggest you check out the shoes, the quality is great and a 50% reduction makes them very affordable.
Shimui 646-897-7140

Dolce & Gabbana 
After seasons of boycott, Dolce & Gabbana seems to be having a rebirth. Maybe a break is what every brand needs to regain some freshness. It was about the only store on Madison that was hosting several customers. Right now, you can find savings of 40% off seasonal clothing, shoes, and bags. There are lots of fresh bloom and floral prints from which to choose. Our favorite items are this poplin anemoni print dress that comes to about $900 and this floral skirt with embellished buttons that's $1400.  We have an assortment of colorful pictures of the Dolce & Gabbana sale merchandise over this way.
Rita: 212-249-4100

The Givenchy boutique has a small selection of sale merchandise. Clothing is discounted 40% off and shoes are reduced by 30%. There are no bags on sale at the boutique, despite the fact that they can be found on sale at numerous retailers like 50% off at Bergdorf. The sale selection for clothing is also a lot bigger over at Net-A-Porter. Pictures of what you will find at the Givenchy store are in the jump. James 212-650-0180

Prada boutiques only do one markdown each season and it doesn't last very long. As a matter of fact, all of the sale merchandise will be removed on June 4th. Shoes and clothing are 50% off. There are no handbags on sale at the boutique but there are plenty at Bergdorf. It seems as if all the same items are discounted everywhere. You can see the entire sale selection of shoes and some clothing at Prada here.
Betty 212-327-4200

Roger Vivier
It's hard to resist a new pair of Roger Vivier shoes, especially when they are 40% off. The entire front room, on the second floor, is stocked with lots of beautiful discounted options. There are even a few of the jewel styles but the discount doesn't really help when the pump is $1600.  We have pictures of the sale Roger Vivier shoes and bags that we found at the store and here is were we found some discounts online.
Magdalena 212-861-5371

Expect to find Rockstuds galore at the Valentino boutique. The discount is 40% off shoes,handbags and clothing--which is about the sale as most retailers. That means that many of the most desirable styles are going very quickly. Take peek at the Valentino Madison Avenue sale via our pictures.
Paula: 212-772-6969

Handmade Shoe Sample Sale: Everything $99

Periodically,  we wander the shoe department flipping over assorted shoes and shake our heads from the prices. A simple pump for $1600 is downright offensive. We've never been one to compromise and neither should you.

It was the quality of Qüero shoes that caught our eye while walking past their pop-up, at the Refinery Hotel, in the Garment District,  but it was the price that sealed the deal. From first sight, we knew that Qüero was offering something really exceptional at a price point we didn't think was possible.

We soon came to learn that Qüero men's and women's shoes are handmade from the top factories in Spain, which matches or surpasses what you would find at most luxury stores but at a fraction of the price. Each style utilizes the highest qualities of leather from France, Italy and Spain and all the shoes are hand stitched and not glued. Could you imagine finding that type of quality that retails from $185 to $295?

Get this: Before going back to their headquarters, the Qüero team will be hosting a sample sale of all remaining shoes and offering amazing discounts. Every shoe at the sale will be priced at $99. Be sure to check out the gorgeous men's loafers and oxfords. We also love women's slides and lace-ups.

The best part is that Qüero shoes are incredibly comfortable. After all, should any man (or woman) would ever endure style over comfort? As a matter of fact, the brand offers a comfort quality refund guarantee. You can't beat that.

The sale will run from Monday to Wednesday. If you don't find what you desire at the sample sale you can use the code MadSpy and save 20% off your custom order. A vast majority of Qüero customers return to purchase more. We could see this becoming an addition but at this price point we would consider it a gift.

Qüero Shoe's Sample Sale
Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 5
10am to 6pm
63 West 38th Street

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Bergdorf Goodman Extra 25% Off

We were just informed that starting Thursday, Bergdorf Goodman begin a promotion where designer discounts are an additional 25% off. The promotion translates to deeper reductions than a second markdown. For instance, clothing that is currently 50% will be 63% off and shoes and handbags that are reduced 40% will be discounted 55%.

Lucky thing we spent the afternoon scouting Bergdorfs in anticipation of the second markdown. You can click here to see pictures of what we found still available at the store. As this news became available we couldn't help ourselves from shopping online.

We have our eye on this Givenchy leather and canvas GV3 is $1390 from $2650, a Valentino small Rockstud shoulder bag is $1000 from $2445, a Loewe straw bag is $635 from nearly $1200  and this Herue leather cutout tote bag is about $270 from $600. The bag selection is much better at the store. You can have a peek here.

Among the shoes, we were very surprised to spot these Manolo mules is $270 from $645. If you haven't grabbed a pair of Hangisis, now would be the time. You don't often find them for $460 from $1025. Get them now, while sizes remain.

Here are Fendi strappy sandals that are just $355 from $790,  Givenchy logo sandals are $390 from $875 and these Givenchy sandals are more practical than most of what we own and are $290 from $650. We have pictures from the store over here.

Other standouts are this Balmain blazer that should come to $1125 (That one sold out. Here is another.) a Les Reveries dress is $177 from $400 and a Dolce & Gabbana floral print dress is $695 from $1500. Be on the lookout for simple (and inexpensive) dresses that translate well from city streets to sandy beaches.

This promotion will only run through Tuesday, June 4. We suggest you load up your cart this evening and pull the trigger once the sale goes live. Then head over to Bergdorfs to see if you find anything better.

Bergdorf SA Contacts (Text only):
Shoes Driess 347-986-9488
YSL/ Givenchy/ Loewe/Prada Bags: KY 646-784-5193
Vanlentino Bags: 646-689-5601
4th Floor clothing (Dolce & Gabbana) Theresa 347-986-9688

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Neiman Marcus: Extra 25% Off Clearance

Today Neiman Marcus started an online promotion where clearance merchandise is reduced an extra 25% off. This sale doesn't include the most recent markdowns but has a lot of past season merchandise discounted up to 80% off. It's a little hard to find the correct section on the site but you can click through right here for an "easy pass."

We might be getting ready for Summer but this Alanui cashmere sweater is perfect for a day like today or when the beach air turns chilly. It's normally $3200 but comes to $612. This Shoshana dress is ideal for the beach and comes to only $69 from $375, an Acynetic jagged-edge denim skirt is only $42 from $225 and these Talitha silk print pajama-style pants are pretty perfect for the beach too for $117 from $630. Actually there is a lot from the Talitha Collection that would be a perfect summer wardrobe addition, especially at 80% off.

Among the shoes, we found these rose gold Prada sandals reduced to $216 from $590, Saint Laurent wedge heels for $223 from $1000 and Manolo cap-toe ankle strap pumps for $299 from $815. Take note, most of these shoe styles only have one or two sizes available. We suggest sorting by your shoe size before you start to scroll.  The only bag worth mentioning is this Balenciaga market bag that's $460 from $1250. We aren't even sure it as worth the mention but it's a good markdown.

In the standard sale section, there is a large Gucci selection including this metallic bag that's $840 from $1200 and a GG Marmont bag is $1813 from $2590. If a kid's size 12 will work there is a Givenchy tee that's reduced to $161 and a Dolce & Gabbana floral print dress is reduced 50%.

This extra discount promotion will run through May 31. Starting in early June, we will see more designers added to the seasonal markdown. There won't be an official second markdown but all sale merchandise will be an additional 25% off starting June 9.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Disecting Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is back. This is Nordstrom's biggest sale of the year. The discount is 50% off most all Spring and Summer merchandise. The sale only runs through June 4 (thereafter another markdown begins).

Some items may not be discounted as much as other department stores but some brands are reduced even more. Nordstrom is also notorious for price matching. If you see an item priced less at another store make sure to contact customer service and Nordstrom will match the price in most situations.

Since Nordstrom added more luxury designers it's become a great place to find things that might be gone from other retailers. We were very surprised to find this classic floral print Gucci dress and double-G silk blouse reduced 50% off. There are also a few Gucci bags and shoes on markdown. This "Guccy" crossbody is $1200 from $1800 and Yankee slides are $590 from $980.

Beyond Gucci, this Off-White sport shirt and a Maison Margiela reflective tote are 40% off. Static knit Prada sneakers are $455 from $760 and these Prada pool slides are just $150.  Some less expensive options include a host of 50% off markdowns from homegirl SomethingNavy. This puff-shoulder top is $32, a chambray romper is $45, high-waisted jeans are $45 and a little girl's smocked dress is $25.

There is usually another markdown but Nordstrom doesn't usually drop prices below 60%. If you're shopping in the stores-- that's another story.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Holiday Weekend Shopping: The Best of Sale

It's sale season-cum-Summer and just because everyone has headed out of town, doesn't mean the discount hunt comes to an end. So while you're sipping your rosé, you can browse the hottest sale items on the internet.

You can scroll through the slideshow below to see some of the most wanted sale items and find a full list of available holiday weekend discounts. As always, shoes and handbags are a hot commodity but uptown girls will never underestimate the value of a great dress.

Aviator Nation
Deal: 40% off
Ends: May 27
Favorite item: Kids faded hoodie

Deal: Take an extra 20% off to 50% off select sale & clearance items and $50 gift card when you spend $200 on regularly priced merchandise
Ends: May 27
Favorite Item: Burberry "Tisci" Logo Baseball Cap

Deal: Extra 25% off sale
Ends: May 27
Favorite Item: Wesley jogger

Deal: Up to 60% off
Favorite Item: Les Reveries floral silk mini-dress

Deal: Extra 20% Off sale with the code MAY20
Ends: May 27
Favorite Item: Jimmy Choo suede and crystal shoes

Deal: Extra 50% Off Sale Styles
Ends: May 27
Favorite Item: Missoni lamé dress

Deal: Up to 40% Off
Favorite item: Victoria Beckham minidress

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Inside the Markdown at Christian Louboutin

Most stores have already started their first markdowns on contemporary and luxury lines but there are always a few brands that hold off on discounts. Starting today, you can begin to buy sale merchandise from Christian Louboutin.

Louboutin discounts are 40% off just about everywhere, including the boutique, Bergdorfs, and Barneys. The only exception is Nordstrom and non-Manhattan Saks Fifth Avenue stores which are both offering discounts of 30%.

Traditional department stores aren't offering online discounts. As a matter of fact, most retailers removed the sale styles from their online selections. Don't worry, you can pop-over this way browse pictures of the entire sale selection from the Madison Avenue Christian Louboutin boutique and Barneys. We also found Louboutins discounted 45% off at Century21.

The sale officially went public today. We don't know when markdowns will be put into effect online but we will be sure to keep you posted.

Christian Louboutin Madison: Alessandra 516-654-6879
Saks: Jaime 347-850-5526
Barneys Shoes: Lauren 917-566-4511

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Online Sales Break: NAP, Matches, FarFetch, M"O, SSense & More

Anyone with an active email address has been bombarded with markdown deals. Most sites have sales of up to 50% off but discounts vary from item to item. Below is our breakdown of online sales.

We also scoured each site to find the best pieces of the season on sale. Below each retailer, we highlighted some of the best pieces of fashion on their site. You can also scroll through the images below to visually see all of our favorites and click here to see even more. Let us know in the comments if you think we overlooked any of your favorite shopping destinations or if there is an item we omitted.

Discount Amount: Up to 50% off
Don't Miss:
Loewe Mini straw bag  ($950 from $1190)
Valentino Case Bag ($1830 from $3045)
Suecomma Bonnie crystal buckle "Birks" ($332 from $500)
Off White Industrial belt ($135 from $270)
Report Card: C+ Farfetch isn't really taking sale season seriously yet. Lots of items are from last season and not discounted nearly enough. Items from this season can be found on other sites for much less. We think Farfetch can do much better.

Discount Amount: Up to 50% off
Not on sale: Gucci, Golden Goose Sneakers, Current season Prada
Don't Miss:
Fendi- Fila Kan I  ($1883 from $2690)
Burberry Trench ($1386 from $1980)
Balenciaga Logo Sweatshirt ($626 from $900)
Balmain tee ($165 from $275)
Report Card: B+ We were really excited when we saw runway pieces from Burberry included in the markdown but they seem to have removed them from the sale section. The Logomania pieces from Fendi are good and so is the Balmain selection, which includes some classics.

Moda Operandi
Discount Amount: Up to 50% off
Don't Miss: Almost everything Prada discounted 50% with this link and using the code SECRET50
Prada bucket hat ($115 from $330)
Prada tie-dye sweater  ($600 from $1200)
Givenchy bag ($1134 from $1890)
PVC Boyy Bag ($508 from $725)
Report Card: B You don't shop M'O for the trends, shop M'O for the Fa-Shun! It's hard to compare the discounts to other retailers because their selection is so different. Many of our top picks were already sold out. We suggest waiting for another markdown before you finalize your looks.

Discount amount: Up to 50% off
Don't Miss: 
Prada wicker bucket bag ($685 from $1370)
Fendi Tee ($462 from $770)
XXS Balenciaga Techno bag ($925 from $1850)
Jacquemus pumps ($325 from $650)
Report Card: A- We were disappointed when the sale broke because Balenciaga and Valentino weren't included. Since then, there has been a major update. We just wish that the discounts on the new collection of Prada was closer to 50% as it is at the boutique and some other stores.

Discount Amount: Up to 50% off
Don't Miss: 
Balenciaga classic tee ($311 from $445)
Balenciaga logomania sweater ($660 from $945)
YSL shoulder bag ($1711 from $2245)
VLTN hat ($247 from $500)
Report Card: B+ There is a lot of great hype-life swag on the site but most discounts are at just 30%. We would be much happier to see discounts hit 40% and 50% off. Some classic pieces are worth snagging right now. We haven't seen classic Balenciaga tees on sale but it's not worth waiting for another markdown if you will wear all Summer.

Discount Amount: Up to 50% off
Don't Miss:
Gucci Marmont bag ($950 from $1200)
Balmain tank ($207 from $510)
Fendi Roma sweatshirt ($770 from $1100)
Report Card: B+ We found no sale Prada or Valentino but the Gucci bag selection made up for it. We wish the discounts were higher but we will keep an eye out for additional markdown promotions.

Inside the Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale

The Manolo Blahnik sample sale kicked off this morning without a hitch. Early birds first arrived at the Warwick Hotel starting at 4am. Ticket numbers were handed out at 7:30am, which made many shoppers unhappy because there was no priority given to those who arrived early.

The sale was opened employees, press and at 9:00am and the first group of "public" shoppers was allowed to enter the sale at about 11:00am. Normally, we are not big fans of waiting in lines or waking up with those in a European timezone but this sample sale is always special. (It might even be fun if you plan with a friend.) The best part is that once you get your ticket you can leave and come back.

When we finished shopping, at 11am they were just about to give the first public shoppers entrance. Arriving shoppers were given #50 at that time. We can't say if there will be any selection by the time the #50s enter because some sizes were running slim even when we first arrived at the sale.

This season's inventory is really a mixed bag from assorted seasons and years. Prices start at $125 for styles that are plain, suede, leather or satin. Add some ornamentation and you'll pay $150. Boots cost a bit more but are priced equally as attractive. Shoe booties, styles below the ankle are $200 and those above the ankle are $250. Styles from mid-calf to the knee are priced at $300 and OTKs $400. Prices on boots top out at $500 for OTK styles with fur, lizard, embellished or shearling.

The best selection is for those wearing a size 35 to size 37 and than those wearing shoes larger than a 39.5. The assortment is very small if you don't fall into those categories. We did notice a few Hagisi styles, which is like spotting a unicorn at a sample sale. This season we found it hard to choose between gorgeous novelty style shoes and everyday basics. (Perhaps we've reached our quota for sky-high occasion shoes? Nah!)

Even after with all the crowds, every shopper was admitted by 3:15pm. We are told there was still a tiny bit left over when the sale closed at 4:30. We have a feeling lots of New Yorkers are going to be strutting into Memorial Day with new heels.

Despite  the rock-bottom ticket prices of  $125, we prefer the boutique's end of season sale. In August, shoppers can score shoes at 75% off and can find a full-size assortment. Did we mention that there is never a wait at the boutique?

Also, most of our local retailers have sales of 40% off and there are lots of Hangisi options. We linked to some above. Feel free to ask questions in the comment section or on Instagram.

Manolo Blahnik
Wednesday, May 22
Doors open at 9am and close when inventory runs out (about 3pm or 4pm)
Warwick Hotel, 65 W 54th St. & 6th Ave, 2nd fl.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

MatchesFashion Delivers Serious Sale

We were very excited to dive into the Net-A-Porter sale but must admit that we were a little disappointed. The discounts at most of our area retailers are better and so is the assortment. Our next online adventure took us to MatchesFashion and we highly suggest you do the same.

The Fendi clothing selection is tops. The discount is 40% off and the selection is amazing. We are in love with this double-breasted wool coat that's from the Spring collection and is reduced to $2880 from $4800. The sale also includes some Burberry runway pieces, which we haven't seen reduced anywhere else. The "Tisci" trench is $1554 from $2590 and the new logo pumps are $533 from $790.

Among the bags there also a great selection of Fendi. Here is the Fendi-Fila Kan I and the Mania Mon Tresor for 30% off. There is also a good selection of YSL bags at 30% off. This medium Vicky is $1813 from $2500 and a suede Sulpice is the same price.

Not everything is haute or super expensive. These Alexa Chung sandals are adorable and come to $228 from $380, Vega sneakers are reduced to just $50, and Nicholas Kirkwood leather slides are $225 from $250. It's also never a bad idea to pick up basic Aquazzura black heels at half-off and these Jimmy Choo booties are lust-worthy but still expensive even at 40% off.

The next markdown should be the second weekend in June. We wouldn't be surprised if it was moved up because retailers are continually inching forward.

Global Fashions New Arrivals

The Global Fashions sample sale is open for one more day and there are lots of new arrivals. Right now you can save 70% on shoes, bags accessories, and 80% off clothing. Click here to see some of our favorite items, some of which just arrived straight from the showroom floor.

Global Fashions Sample Sale
Through Wednesday, May 22
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street 

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Net-a-Porter Begins First Markdown

Net-a-Porter started its first markdown this morning. The sale scales up to 50% off and this first markdown has a wide selection of designer brands. To enhance your online sale-ing, be on the lookout for designer items that aren't distributed through most department stores.

Generally speaking, most popular bags styles are discounted 30% but there are some sale surprises. Here is a Balenciaga quilted BB bag that's discounted 50% or $690 from $1380. The same bags are only discounted 40% at Saks and Bergdorfs. Some other interesting sale items include this Prada wicker and leather bucket bag that's also 50% off or $685 from $1370 and this YSL Monogram crossbody is $1603 from nearly $2290.

Among the shoes and clothing, we love this Rosie Assoulin watercolor peplum top that's 40% off. It pairs perfectly with these Jacquemus totem heels that are 50% off or $325 from $650.  We also think these Cult Gaia shoes are a good bang for your buck at $160 from $320. (They come in a great assortment of colors too.) A bigger splurge might warrant these Amina Muaddi crystal shoes that are $525 from $875.

This Balmain tee is reduced by 40% and won't last long at $210 from $350 and this Off White tee is $182 from $260. A Burberry bikini is 50% and comes to just $150, Ganni silk printed shorts are $135. We spotted this Valentino leather studded bracelet for half-off or $112 from $225 and these Rebecca de Ravenel geometric earrings for $200.

Take note, we've noticed that Net-a-Porter has used the momentum of sale season to mark up some older merchandise. Expect to see more popular styles and brands added in during the second markdown, which will happen June 6.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Chanel Private Sale Details

Chanel is one of the hardest brands to track during the markdown season. The company is secretive and riddled with rules that are always changing. This season, Chanel is hosting a private sale of past season merchandise with a  discount of 40% on most items.

Technically speaking, Chanel boutiques haven't had a markdown in over a year. We are told that the new sale philosophy is to only discount merchandise that's over a year old. That means that most of the sale merchandise, this season, is from the cruise 2018 Greece collection and the Summer 2018 Waterfall collection.

Before you get too excited, there are no bags included int he markdown. Most of the sale selection is comprised of clothing. There is also a bit of jewelry and shoes. We spent the day accumulating pictures and gathering information from various retailers that carry Chanel. You can click here to see what we found. Take note, the shoe list is quite vast but you might have a better chance of catching a unicorn that finding any of the Chanel trainers at your local store.

The Chanel sale officially goes public on May 23. Private clients are invited to shop by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday. The top floor of the flagship Chanel boutique (on 57th Street) will be roped off for sale. The selection is currently restricted and we couldn't preview any of the merchandise.

From what we've seen, Bergdorfs has the most selection and size assortment and you can see it pretty freely. Bloomingdales has a few rolling racks and six shoe styles. The inventory at Saks is organized, accessible but small. Our favorite pieces are a four-button hot-pink cardigan that comes to $1224 from $2040 and a deep pink wool one-button jacket that's $2550 from $4250. Click here to see pictures of clothing, jewelry, and shoes that will be part of the sale.

This Chanel sale is going to be very popular and there isn't a ton of merchandise., If you're willing to shop for Chanel sales that are a little off the grid you should consider calling Greenwich, CT, Hirshleifer's on LI and Jeffery's downtown.

Click here to see new pictures from Bloomingdales and Barneys.

All of our contacts are below:
Chanel boutique 57th Street: Christina 347-851-1684
Bergdorf Goodman: 347-986-9430
Bergdorf Accessories: Trayvoin 347-986-9437
Saks: Sook  646-236-5336
Hirshleifers: Tova 516-627-3566
Jeffery NYC: Michelle 212-206-1272
SF Chanel Philip: 650-492-9072
Sacy Saks Phoenix: (610) 637-1429

Neiman Marcus Online Early Access and Inside Pics

This is the first sale season Neiman Marcus is open in New York. It's a little bit out of our neighborhood but we couldn't help from feeding our curiosity this weekend.

Inside, you will find discounts of 40% off most items. The biggest differentiator is that Saint Laurent bags are reduced 40% off too. (Most stores have only discounted YSL bags 30%.) The Hudson Yards store also has lots of Loewe and Balenciaga discounted 40%. We have pictures of everything right here.

Just in time, the online sale link just went live. (That will save you a $30 Uber from the Upper East Side.) Don't miss the selection of discounted Gucci bags. A floral crossbody is $770 from $1100, a velvet Marmont is $1130 from nearly $1600, a cosmetic case (or clutch) is $350,  and a leather belt bag is $1050 from $1500.

The sale links for Balenciaga and YSL aren't live yet but here is Loewe Gate tote that's now $2100 from nearly $2800 and a Hammock bag is $1870 from $2550. A Bottega Veneta Roma bag is now about $2800 from $3800.

The Neiman Marcus store has erected the ubiquitous shoe sale racks. We were most impressed by the Gucci shoe selection. There were are some classic styles available that we haven't seen discounted. The pictures from the store are here. The online selection isn't as good but there is a gold ballerina for $440 from $730 and high top sneakers for $440 from $730.

(TAKE NOTE: Bloomingdales just sent out a link to 50% off Gucci shoes. The selection is much better. Here are fur lined Jordaan loafers for $550 from $1100 and Guccy sneakers for $445 from $890. Click over... there's a lot.)

The online sale selection also includes a decent selection of Fendi styles but Balenciaga hasn't made it to the sale section yet. Here are classic black Manolo Hangisi heels for $770 from $1025 and a nude BB for $375 from $665.

We didn't expect to get this early sale link so early. It seems as if the sale section isn't fully populated but there is enough there to get a good jump on sale-ing. We just suggest keeping an eye out on refreshments.

Emmanuel Cell: (text only) 720-298-4021

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Global Fashions Spring Sample Sale Spikey Surprises

Few things are more enjoyable than sunny spring days, chilled glasses of Rosé and afternoons of sample sale shopping. Starting Monday, Global Fashions will open it's doors to the public and offer incredible deals on an amazing selection of merchandise.

The sale will include a variety of designer labels for men and women from Stuart Weitzman, Anya Hindmarch, lots of Italian designers and more. All bags, shoes and accessories will be discounted 70% off and most clothing will be 80%. For weeks we've been anticipating seeing blue skies, sunshine and a peek inside this incrediable sale. Let's just say, the wait was worthwhile.

The sample sale selection includes a variety of Stuart Weitzman shoes that are all 70% off. We spotted some sandal styles. Peep-toe block heel sandals are $132 from $445, suede low heel nude pumps are $117 from $338 and Gigi suede slides are $180 from nearly $600. We have pictures below.

We know the Stuart Weitzman selection can be distracting but you won't want to miss the new styles of Anya Hindmarch bags that are also 70% off. A pink crossbody bag with a puffy heart is $270 from almost $900, a shoulder bag with an emoji clasp is $495 from $1645, and a multi-color block Boston style bag is $690 from $2295. Those are really good, but if you look even more closely at the bag selection you will see a studded double handed classic black style tote bag that comes to $900 from $3000 and a color blocked Glamlock bag is about $1122 from $3745.

It just keeps getting better. In the back, you will find shoes assorted by size. We immediately fell in love with the most classic style Rockstud pointed toe pumps. They are available in an assortment of colors and there are plenty of size options. The final price is just $255 from $845. It almost feels like one pair is not enough. Basic black patent pumps with a 4" heel are $330 from $1095 and sneakers are $210 from nearly $700. (That's less than a pair of Yeezys.) Click over to the jump to see lots of pictures.

Among the clothing that's reduced 80% off, we found a Red label dress with embroidery and subtle embellishment that comes to just about $200 from $995. A lace couture dress tallies in at $900 from $4500 and a cashmere and leather trench is $1400 from nearly $7000.

This sale only runs through Wednesday. You can be sure some of our favorite items will sell out very fast. If you see something you like in the pictures we suggest you arrive early on Monday. Be sure to tag @MadisonAvenueSpy and @GlobalFashionsGroup in your social media pictures for extra rewards.

Global Fashions Sample Sale 
Monday, May 20 Through Wednesday, May 22
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

MadSpy's Official Guide to Online Sales

This week has been very busy. We've delivered pictures from inside the presales of Saks, Barneys and Bergdorfs. We also snooped out details from the Christian Louboutin sample sale and announced the upcoming Manolo Blahnik sample sale.

This coming week is going to be almost equally as eventful as presales go official and sales go live online. Lucky for you we have all the dates of when the sales will break along with some online-only retailers like Net-A-Porter.

The Bergdorf Goodman sale is slated to go live first thing Monday morning. If past experience holds true, the VIP sale link will go live this evening. (We will update this post as soon as the link is available. Also keep an eye on Instagram for an early warning.)

Shoppers can expect savings of 40% on most items, including bags and shoes. You can refer to our pior Bergdorf post to see what items were reduced at the store. You can expect that the sale assortment will be nearly identical.

Barneys is slated to headoff against Bergdorfs Monday morning with nearly identical discounts. Look to Barneys for a better assortment of Givenchy and more indi-designers like, Alevi and Samuelle Failli.

The Saks sale is already live but the better brands will go live on Monday and even more on Tuesday. We would keep an eye out on the Gucci selection at Saks. The in-store markdown had the best selection of any store.

Moving forward, the Neiman Marcus sale will go live on Tuesday and face off with the launch of Net-A-Porter's first markdown. We expect that most discounted shoes and bags on Net-A-Porter will be reduced 30%. The clothing markdown will be 30% to 40% off.

It's never to early to begin curating your spring sale selection and editing your shopping cart. Please keep in mind that none of these dates are locked down and can be changed at any moment by store management. We will be sure to keep you updated as links become available. Xx

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bergdorfs Presales Biggest Markdown Ever (Pics)

Bergdorf Goodman is usually the most conservative of our local stores when it comes to markdowns. This season, however, the "Lavender Lady" is killing it with a discount of 40% off bags, shoes, and clothing. The presale started today and becomes official in stores and online on May 23.

The main floor of handbags is buzzing with activity as customers revel over the great deals. Valentino bags are 40% off, Balenciaga is 30% off, Loewe is 40% off, Saint Laurant is 30% off and Fendi is 30% off. You can click here to see pictures of what styles are included in the markdown. Our favorite finds were this Loewe Hammock bag with canvas and leather comes to $1410 from $2350 and a crossbody Saint Laurent wallet on a chain comes to $1253 from $1790.

Upstairs in the shoe department, you will find a fantastic assortment of shoes for presale at 40% off. Usually, the first markdown is just 30% to 33% off. The selection includes Manolos, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Balenciaga, Valentino and so much more. There is no Gucci, Chanel, Dior or Celine included in the sale... yet. Some of our favorite styles are this Manolo strappy sandal that comes to $500 from $845. There are also a lot of Hangisi variations on the sale racks. Fendi-Fila heels are about $600 from $990 and Valentino Rockstud cage sandals are $500 from $825. We have lots of pictures over here

The presale just started today so the store was still pretty tame. We are sure that the scene will become more intense as word gets out. Who can argue with 40% off at Bergdorfs?!

Handbags & Accessories:
Shoes: CJ 347-229-6159

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

BIG NEWS: Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale

We love Spring in New York-- markdowns, sample sales, and yes, the Manolo Blahnik. We are very excited to share that the Manolo Blahnik sample sale will be Wednesday, May 22 and it's open to the public.

The morning segment of the sale will only be open to Manolo's invited guests. Everyone else will begin to start shopping at about 11am. As is tradition, the second-floor salon of the Warwick Hotel will be the site of the event.

This sample sale is a bi-annual highlight for shoe lovers. As you can imagine, the wait time can be worse than the line at DMV. We usually prefer the boutique sales, even if prices are a bit more expensive. Those who can't make it to the sale can shop an assortment of brand new discount Manolos from the scroll above. Saks and Barneys also are presaling Manolo Blahnik at 40% off and there are lots of great Hangisi styles available.

Those who are up for the Manolo sample sale challenge, should expect to take a number and wait, and wait, and wait. Numbers will not be distributed until 7:30 am. We wouldn't suggest arriving before then because there will be no priority given-- even if you arrive at 4:30 am.

The really nice thing about this sale is that you can leave and come back once you get your lucky numbered ticket. Take note, that the sale opens to the public at 11am and will close when inventory begins to run low. In past years, that was at about 3pm to 4pm.

We expect that prices will run along the same lines as last season. Plain shoes, including leather, suede satin, and printed fabric start at $125 and go up to $150. Shoes with embellishments like glitter and studs were priced $175. Boots started at $200 for basic versions and went up to $400 for over-the-knee styles. (You can click here to see our post from last season's Manolo Blahnik sample sale or head this way to see our complete guide on shopping the Manolo sample sale.)

Over the past few seasons, the assortment has been dwindling as a result of VIP resellers, hoarders and other company modes of liquidation. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this sale is better than the past several seasons. Momma needs new Manolos!!!

If you attend the sale, please keep us all posted in the comment section below.

Manolo Sale Sample Sale
Wednesday, May 22
Sale opens: 11am and closes when the inventory dwindles (usually 3pm - 4pm)
The Warwick Hotel, 54th Street and 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Cash only!

Saks Presale is Insane 40% Off (100+ Pics)

Yesterday we got word that Saks Fifth Avenue started its presale. Pictures started pouring in and we couldn't believe our eyes. The markdown is 40% off on most items and the selection is really almost too good to believe. The sale officially goes live online on Monday.

The main floor of handbags is a little hard to navigate. Many of the spaces are leased and not cooperating traditionally. For now, we suggest you focus your attention on participating handbag brands, which include Valentino, Balenciaga, Chloe, and Prada. You can click here to see pictures of what's included in the markdown. All Valentino bags are 40% off, Chloe is 40% off, Balenciaga is priced 30% to 50% off and Prada is 40% off.

Heading to shoes, you will find all the presale racks behind the elevators. We were most impressed by the Gucci selection, which consists of lots of classic style Princetowns, sneakers, and a variety of sandals and slides. We have pictures in the jump and also tagged the styles above so that you can add them to your cart when the sale goes live online.

Bloomingdales also has a markdown on Gucci shoes. The discount is 50% off but the selection isn't as good as Saks. We added those pictures to the jump too.

The Saks shoe selection also consists of a great assortment of Manolo Hangisi heels and flats. The sale racks are also filled with an assortment of Fendi, Givenchy and Jimmy Choo. We have tons of pictures in the jump.

If there is an item you like, we suggest you jump on the opportunity. We've listed lots of contact information. The sale goes live online on Monday (and more designers on Tuesday). It wouldn't be a bad idea to fill your cart now and use the weekend to edit.

Valentino & Prada Bags: Tatiana text 646-515-4143
Balenciaga Bags: Anthony text 646-957-5325
Shoes: Galit text 917-312-1712

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale Is NOW

Markdown season has turned our attention away from most sample sales but the Christian Louboutin sample sale is too buzzy and legendary to ignore. Before you get too excited, you must remember that this sale is by invitation only.

The Christian Louboutin sale officially kicked off to the most important fashion insiders-- Instagram stars and magazine editors. The sale extends through the rest of the week as the invited guest list expands to allow the general press and "friends and family."

During past seasons prices start at $200 but most styles are in the $300-range. The most expensive style shoes are $1000. A majority of the heels and studded variety pumps are priced between $300 and $400. For example, Pigalle black studded heels were $400 from about $1100. Last season, there were options for men's sneakers and shoes too.

Usually, there is a shopping limit. Last season customers were allowed to buy up to 12 pairs of shoes. Men were reported to buy more than most women. We would suspect that most of these shoes are resold on Poshmark or the like.

The appointment system makes it so that the wait isn't that long.  To RSVP you will need to have a validated email address, which will be used as an access code. The good news is that each invitee can have TWO guests but they must be registered under the host's account. If you do attend, be sure to pack a credit card with a high spending limit.

Louboutin fans who don't have an invite can wait for the department store markdowns, which should be in about two weeks. Fear not, we found some other-- less obvious-- options to shop for red bottoms online right now. Use the above scroll to see what we found.

Before heading out, you can browse the Christian Louboutin in-store sale section in this post. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to get up-to-the-minute updates and (fingers crossed) pictures from inside the sale.

Christian Louboutin Invite Only Sample Sale
Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 17
11am to 6pm
307 West 38th Street No. 3 @ 8th Ave.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Global Fashions: Stuart Weitzman, Anya Hindmarch & Rockstuds

Get ready! Global Fashion is getting ready to kick off a spectacular sample sale featuring spring and summer season Stuart Weitzman shoes at 70% off. We are told that there will be a large assortment of shoes and sandals available in all sizes.

The sale will also include a new shipment of Anya Hindmarch bags, shoes, and accessories that will be reduced 70% off. You will also find an abundance of gorgeous Italian designer couture reduced 80% off. Rockstuds shoes and bags will be discounted by 70%. The sale begins on Monday and we would suggest that you get your foot in the door early because the good stuff doesn't tend to stick around.

Global Fashions
Monday, May 20 Through Wednesday, May 22
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

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Inside Barneys Presale Begins With 40% Off (Pics)

Barneys shoppers can officially begin to presale for the first markdown. The discount is generally 40% across the board-- clothing, shoes, and bags for men, women, and children. The presale started today and purchases can be picked up or shipped on May 20.

Presales used to be treated as a big secret but, these days, stores promote their presales and use it to create a buzz among shoppers. All purchases are held by credit card until the sale officially begins on May 20.

This season, Barneys is offering select items that you can "buy now" on sale. For instance, there is an assortment of Christian Louboutin and Manolo shoes, along with, Thom Brown and Proenza bags that you can buy now for 40% off. We have lots of pictures in the jump and have indicated any items that are "buy now" sale items.

Barneys also started a loyalist program where you can save 15% off all non-sale items at store (except Goyard). The offer is also valid online and runs through Sunday. You can click here to sign up and receive your discount code.

This season, there are lots of Gucci shoes included in the presale. Some standouts include the NY, LA, SF slides that are under $590 from $950 and embellished moiré heels are about $600 from $980. We have pictures in the jump. Another big attraction is the "Old Celine" assortment that's all reduced 40% and Manolo Hangisis with daisies and Love scribbles in both flats and heels. The presale selection also includes lot of Givenchy, Aquazzura, Saint Laurent and Prada. Click for pics.

Among the bags, there aren't many sale surprises. All bag styles are discounted 40% except Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Chloe and Mark Cross are 30% off. One of our favorite styles is YSL Large Monogram Loulou that's $1800 from $2600 and the Givenchy GV3. We also like the collection of bags from Fontana Milano but they are Click over this way to see pictures.

We suggest you grab what you can during presale or have your trigger finger ready for online shopping when the sale goes live on May 20. There will be another wave of markdown merchandise in mid-June but that's when Barneys loses its competitive edge.\

Handbags: Steven
Barneys Shoes: Lauren 917-566-4511

Monday, May 13, 2019

Inside the Bonpoint Sample Sale (Inside Pics)

The Bonpoint sample sale has become a status symbol among New York City moms. Social rank is closely correlated with how early you're given VIP access. Usually, the earliest VIP slots are given to celebrities, press and uber-VIP shoppers. Those are the moms who spend more than $100,000 a year buying $100 onesies. During past years, Kelly Ripa and Nicki Hilton were among the most recognizable NYC moms given early access.

This afternoon, we were among the first shoppers to enter the sale. (Do you think that can be used to get into Le Chalet on a Wednesday night?) The early morning hours on Tuesday will continue as some variation of VIP until the sale opens to the general public at 1pm. There are normally long-ish lines once the sale opens to the public but nothing like the Jimmy Choo sale.

Bonpoint sample sale alumni will identify this year's sale as standard fare. Most of the merchandise is from the 2018 Summer's collection. Most items are reduced 60% off the retail sticker. Other items like shoes, pullover sweaters, and pants are reduced by 70%.

More formal style dresses are normally priced in the $300-range and come to $120-ish. More casual dresses are about $80 from an original price of $200 at the boutique. Boy's trousers are about $60 from $150 and the collared shirts come to $48 from $120. You can click here to see pictures we snapped from inside the Bonpoint sample sale.

Sorting through the clothing, there is almost something for everyone-- spanning from the tiniest newborns to tweens. The slimmest inventory is usually size 2, but this evening's twos selection was plentiful. We can't promise it will stay like that for very long.

The sale also includes accessories, swim, sunhats, blanks, summer sweaters, and pajamas. Most shoppers were loading bags of merchandise. We suggest that Bonpoint shoppers use their connections to gain VIP access. Really, who has time for Soho House anyway?

Bonpoint Sample Sale
Tuesday, May 14 through Friday, May 17
Tues 1pm-8pm, Wed & Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-2pm
Metropolitan Pavillion: 123 West 18th Street (btwn 6th & 7th Ave)