Monday, December 22, 2014

Bergdorf Goodman's "2nd Markdown"

Bergdorf Goodman just started promoting their "second markdown" today. Wait. Before you get excited from the "up to 60% off", you have to look more closely at what's being offered.

Sure, there is still a great assortment of handbags but that's because the discount is still just 30% off. So we are going to skip over that, for now. The same goes for shoes, which are still only 30% off. Pass.

Lets sink our teeth, or wallets, into where we can find the deals. Clothing? Um. Nope. Almost all the designer merchandise is still just 40% off. Maybe the contemporary designers? Nah, most of that selection is still 40% off too. The only merchandise that's 60% off seems to be summer clothing from last season. For instance, Halston Heritage strapless optic print gown that's $173 from $495 and this Michael Kors print one piece bathing suit for $69 from $199.

This 2nd markdown, could be a good opportunity to get some last minute beachwear for winter break. If you're looking for discounts on this season's merchandise, however, we suggest you head to Barneys.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Your Guide to Online Shopping Deadlines

The holiday shopping season is quickly coming to a crescendo. Most online stores are offering 2nd day free shopping but you might want to take note of these shopping deadlines if you're adverse to cabbing to midtown.

Get it there: 2nd-day air is $18
Deadline: 12/20 at 2:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free black box and black & white ribbon
Discount: Up to 60%

Bergdorf Goodman
Get it there: 2nd-day free shipping with the code BGGIFT
Deadline: 12/19 at 11:59AM CT
Gift Wrapping: Free silver box with lavender ribbon
Discount: Up to 40%

Get it there: Standard shipping is free
Deadline: 12/22 5:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: $5 white bottom and black top with elastic bow
Discount: Up to 60%

Get it there: Free standard shipping
Deadline: 12/19 5:30PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free, sale items come wrapped in tissue paper but full priced merchandise is eligible for their iconic matte black boxes

Get it there: Free shipping
Deadline: 12/21 11:59PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Not available on all items but the $2 gift set includes a gift box, tissue paper, a silver ribbon and a gift tag
Discount: Up to 60%

Saks Fifth Avenue
Get it there: Free shipping with the code HOLIDAY
Deadline: 12/22 6:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free black box with snowflakes, red bottom and red ribbon
Discount: Up to 70%

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Barneys 2nd Markdown

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

The Barneys markdown is great because it includes an impressive assortment of shoes and bags too. A Mark Cross bag is $1200 from $3000 and a Givenchy Obsedia is $1200 from $3000. Among the shoes there is Prada riding boots $600 from $1500, Saint Laurent creepers are $439 from $1100 and suede Manolo BBs are $240 from $600.

Among the clothing we found a red draped Lanvin dress for $879 from $2200, a Givenchy sweater is $619 from $1550, a Carven sweatshirt is $159 from $400 and a Thakoon Addiction hooded cape is $399 from $990.

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Roger Vivier Sale

Roger Vivier's seasonal sale is usually a well kept secret that's only accessible to customers who have previously shopped at the boutique and paid full price. This year, however, most anyone can take advantage of the Vivier sale.

A large assortment of classic and updated Viviers are 30% to 40% off. The sale started on Black Friday but there is still a large selection of styles and sizes available. Basic flats come to about $450 from $600 and boots that normally retail for $1100 and are reduced to $660.

You can buy shoes on-line via their e-commerce website but the discount is only available in the boutique. You can see pictures from our sale hunt right this way.

Edouard 212-861-5371

Saks Begins Second Markdown

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Everywhere we go there are sales but we are still waiting for more. Today, Saks Fifth Avenue granted our wish and kicked off their second markdown, which brings yesterday's discount of 40%-- down to 60% off.

The remaining small assortment of bags and shoes are still just 30% off. If you want to shop the good discounts you're going to have to sort through the clothing options. A Stella McCartney abstract zipper sweatshirt is nearly affordable at $385 from $1070, an asymmetrical Marni peplum blouse is $259 from $723, a 3.1 Phillip Lim 'Cash Only' sweatshirt is $135 from $375. If you look carefully you can still find some of this season's most iconic pieces, like the Stella McCartney squiggly face coat and the embellished Marni midi-skirt.

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

Monday, December 15, 2014

Shopbop: Extra 20% Off Sale

Just in time for the last minute holiday rush, Shopbop is offering an extra 20% off sale items. The extra discount brings the ultimate markdown up to 75% off. Just use the code EXTRASALE at checkout.

Browsing through the 70% off section, which is final sale, we found a Jason Wu fringe moto jacket that comes to $1200 from $5200. (Perhaps it was priced too high to begin with?) A Elle Sasson long sleeve cropped blouse is $75 from about $300. Moving up the discount food chain to 60% off, there is a Cedric Charlier military inspired shirt dress that comes to $450 from $1425, a Dion Lee skirtt is $190 from $575 and a Versace sleeveless knit dress is about $530 from $1395.

The sale is only three days and ends on Wednesday at midnight. This is the best deal you can expect, outside of Shopbop's friends and family sale. If you ask us, seems like a good opportunity to plan for New Years.

Proenza Schouler 50% Off (Incl. Bags)

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

In the boutique we found mini-PS1s in green, purple, blue, orange and yellow along with a few print and exotic skins. They are all about $650 from $1325. The exotic style is more, of course. The sale assortment of the large size comes in red, blue, green, snake and print. Those are mostly $1300 from $2600. Large PS11s come in white, belle, patent black, kelly green, embossed and brown suede and are also 50% off. You can click here to see all the sale bags available at the Madison Avenue boutique.

The sale also includes a great assortment of shoes and clothing, like these high heel booties for $525 from $1050 and tall boots are a relative deal for $648 from $1295. Check out this iconic peplum print dress that's $1225 from $2450 or a print tee is $140 from $280.

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

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Walter Steiger Sample Sale

Walter Steiger's sample sales have become legend among fashion insiders and shoe lovers. The assortment is great and the prices are amazing. Usually, this sale is closed to the public and an RSVP is required. This season, everyone is invited.

Starting Monday, all shoppers are welcome to the company's showroom to browse though a variety of Walter Steiger platforms, flats, heels, pumps, sandals, booties and boots. Prices will range from $50 to $400 but get there early to take advantage of the best deal -- two pairs for just $50. As you can imagine, these go fast!

Walter Steiger Sample Sale
Monday, December 15 through Wednesday, December 17
10am to 6pm
325 Fifth Avenue @ 32nd St, Suite 38A

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bergdorf Goodman 50% Off

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

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

Head right this way to snag a Givenchy jacket that's reduced to $620 from $3100. That's about 75% off. A Saint Laurent leather cape is $3740 from $7790 and Stella McCartney houndstooth-print faux fur coat is $1100 from $2295.

The extra discount also applies to bags. An Alexander Wang cross body bag that's $461 from $825, an Alexander McQueen Heroine is $1676 from $3000 and our favorite Proenza Schouler PSII tote is $1114 from about $2000.

Check out these Manolo Blahnik BBs that come to $332 from about $600 and high Prada riding boots $756 from $1350. Christian Louboutin shoes are not an additional 20% off but the Lavender Lady seems to be the only online store that has the red soles marked down.

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