Thursday, November 20, 2014

Danger of Selling Out: 6 Must-Have Gift Items

Every holiday season there are items so hot that retailers can't keep them in stock. Before the turkey even gets into the oven, it's hard to think ahead to what you might want and need. Take a tip from us, it's never too early to start thinking about what's hot, because if you don't, you may find yourself paying more than you should during last minute desperation.
In order to help you along, we're forecasting the biggest sellouts of the season. This should give you a chance to get what's hot now rather than trying to outbid the next guy. Good luck!

Louboutin Polish $50
Christian Louboutin is best known for his pricey shoes but this holiday season the designer's newly launched red polish is sure to be a top sell-out. It's the perfect luxury gift that says a lot without having to spend too much.

Hunter Original Duffle Coat $695
Finding the perfect coat that fits everyone perfectly is never going to happen but this duffle-style is as close to perfect as you're going to get. The price point is quite accommodating and the style is catching the eye of shoppers. Expect this item to be picked up quickly after first markdown.

Stella McCartney Rope Clutch $1520
Hardly any stores purchased the rope-style bag and nearly everyone that did sold out. The clutch isn't even listed on Net-A-Proter any more. This is the only retailer that we could find that still has this bag in stock. Get it before you can't.

Valentino Mini-Dress $7790
That price tag may look like a typo, but it's not. This dress is not far from 10-grand but is almost all sold out across the country. We suggest you jump on this purchase if you're looking to ring in 2015 wearing Valentino polka dots. Nordstrom only has a size 10 and NAP only has three sizes left.

Chanel Wallet On a Chain $2195
Chanel's Wallet on a Chain has become one of the hardest bags to get from the French fashion house. Inventory is sure to disappear before the holidays. We suggest you start your search now before prices on the secondary market skyrocket.

NIKE + Riccardo Tisci Air Force 1 $340
What happens when Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci teams up with Nike? You get a sneaker sensation. This knee high sneaker is a fashion lovers dream. It's eye-catching and hard to get. Buy now or you will be at eBay's mercy.

Presales: Bloomingdales, Reed Krakoff, Tom Ford

Presales-- the time before boutiques and department stores officially being sale season-- can be a tricky time to shop. Not all sales associates are forthcoming about the discounts and some will completely deny having any knowledge of a sale. For this reason, we try to highlight the markdowns at as many stores as possible and share the inside scoop. Please feel free to add your personal experience and intelligence to the comment section below the post.

The markdown designer markdown will officially begin on Saturday. You can expect to see a discount of 40% on most designer items. As usual, Chanel will not join the sale party until early December. Sale highlights include the fourth floor shoe section that is filled with plenty of Ferragamo and Prada. You can see lots of pictures from the shoe department after the jump.
Mimi 212-705-2489

Reed Krakoff
The Reed Krakoff sale is already in progress. Clothing from pre-fall and fall are now 50% off along with a selection of shoes and a few handbag styles. Highlights include a leather block sweatshirt that's $645 from $1290, this gold leather trim dot dress that's $1345 from $2590, a black and white snake print Atlantique that's $845 from $1690. In the Reed Krakoff sale section you can also find lots of bags that are discounted 60% off.
Matthew 212-988-0560

Tom Ford
Don't tell anyone we told you but Tom Ford is hosting a sale where much of the fall and winter collection of shoes and clothing is 40% off. Unfortunately, only past customers are able to shop the discount. If you're not "in the system" we suggest you drop a person's name who you know is a regular Tom Ford customer. The sale discount on bags is very small and the discount is only 30% off. Included in the markdown is a large Jennifer Tote, a Jennifer cross body in white, a Natalia clutch in red, the Alix shoulder bag in a calf hair cheetah print and a neutral suedes and a gold suede, Even though you may prefer to rock Tom Ford over popping molly, the iconic dress isn't included in the markdown and is still over $6k.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Prada, Miu Miu and YSL Presales Begin

While most Americans are panning their Thanksgiving meals, we are stalking our favorite Madison Avenue boutiques for the first opportunities to shop markdowns. We uncovered some early hits of sale season.

Presale will begin on Friday. The discounts will range from 40% to 50% off but the final determination on discounts has not been made. The sale selection will include seasonal items from the pre-fall and fall collections. That means you can snag savings on lots of jewel tones -- purple, teal and red were the predominate themes of the latest collections. This season the shoe collection was more of a snooze. The one exception is the tassel loafers with the chain. Right now, Bluefly has the style reduced about 20% off.
Zohair 212-664-0010

Miu Miu
The Miu Miu presale will also begin Friday. The best part is that the elaborate moto boots like this studded style and these with crystals are likely to be included in the markdown. Again, they haven't released the discount amounts for each item but we are told that markdowns will range from 30% to 40% off.
Catherine 212-641-2980

Saint Laurent
If you're looking to snag a nice savings on YSL we suggest you head there fast as the boutique's sales people are currently calling dibs on the best items. Included in the markdown is this gorgeous patent and leather Sac De Jour that comes to about $1900 from $2750. Also 30% off are assorted colored Lulu Bags and we think we even spotted a black Trois Clous. In the shoe section, select Tributes will be discounted 20% and other shoes will be 30% to 40% off.
Kiara 212-980-2970

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Saks Presale Begins

Saks Fifth Avenue has started adorning their clothing racks with red presale signs today. The sale officially starts on Thursday and the discount is 40% off. This sale applies mainly to more contemporary designers, like 3.1 Philip Lim, Carven, DVF, Theory, Iro and Maje.

Many of the presale items aren't available yet online but we can share with you what we saw in the store. Included in the presale is this Carven toggle coat that's going to about $750 from $1270. This IRO leather and shearling jacket will be $1800 from $3000 and this 3.1 Phillip Lim ruffled sweater is about $600 from $1000.

If you're looking to score some deals on the major designers (think 3rd floor) we suggest you start presaleing early next week-- ahead of Black Friday. More details to come.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Don't Miss the Armani Sample Sale

The Armani sample sale is one of those sales that consistently runs under the blogging radar. It's listed everywhere but the brand doesn't usually compel bloggers to show up. This is a huge mistake.

Last season, we were curious enough to shop the sale on the last day and found the most amazing selection of clothing for men and women all reduced up to 90% off. Almost every collection from the Armani family could be found at the sale: Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani Collezioni and Armani Jeans. Our favorite items were the shoes and jewelry that were priced between $150 and $300 from over $1000.

The sale started on Saturday and there have already been discounts. To get the best deals, we suggest you plan an attack on Wednesday. We're sure you will be happy you did. Check back for more details as the sale progresses.

Armani Sample Sale
Now through Wednesday, November 19th
Tues 9:30am—7pm and Wed 9:30am—5:30pm
Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (btwn 8th & 9th)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Charlotte Olympia Secret Presale

Charlotte Olympia is kicking off the markdown season with a very secret presale that begins Monday. Shoes and bags from this past pre-fall and fall collections will be marked down 50%.

There is a huge assortment of merchandise included in early-season VIP promotion. You can browse through the designer's pre-fall and fall collections to get an idea of the assortment. As the holiday season approaches, take note that the 'Girls" bag is a big part of gift guides, as well as, the Kinky Handcuff clutch that was highlighted in Gwen's holiday Goop guide.

The boutique will not allow any holds. All sale items must be secured by payment and can be retrieved starting Monday. You can click on the jump to see some of our favorite sale items.

Harlina 212-744-1842

Friday, November 14, 2014

Chanel Bags Under $1000

Chanel is always such heart breaker. You fall in love again, and again, only to be tortured by their ever rising prices. The brand is surly outpacing inflation. And who, frankly, can rationalize more when you already have several?

Well it's hard not to say 'why not" when Linda's Stuff brings you a wide assortment of Chanel bags that are under $1000. Here is a suede kelly green quilted tote for $599. How about this gunmetal metallic quilted handbag for $999 or this black hobo for $899.

The good thing about items like these, is that you can wear them for a while and then flip them for a another style once the thrill dies out. Truthfully, though, does the thrill ever die? We don't think so either.

This amazing Chanel sale runs through Monday, November 16. We suggest you hop to it before these heart breakers live up to their reputation.

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Yigal Azrouel Sale: What to Buy

Yigal Azrouel has historically been one of our favorite designer sample sales. His clothing is edgy and the price for price-quality ratio was always spot on. This season, there are no samples and prices are so all over the place that its hard to call it a legitimate 'sample sale'.

The two day sale doesn't officially start until Friday, but we couldn't help ourselves from spying  as they unpacked the boxes. For the first time, the sale isn't being held at the designer's showroom in midtown. Instead, shoppers will need to head to the Metropolitan Pavilion, in Chelsea, to browse coveted Yigal and Cut25.

The Metropolitan Pavilion is a spacious, well-organized sale and (gasp!) there is a dressing room. However, there are no samples for sale this year, which means you can forget about walking out with those great deals that we historically love. What is a sample sale without any samples?

Even though we love the design and quality of the Yigal Azrouel line, our wallets said, 'No' to the high prices for past season's merchandise. A long sleeve knit crew neck t-shirt was priced at $100, dresses were prices at $350. A cool white and mesh dress is $100 more than last season at $350.

The highlight of the sale was the Cut25 section were there was tons of stock and better pricing. In the Cut25 styles, we found better prices than the previous sample sale, though a lot of the styles were the same.  It almost seems as if they cleaned out the warehouse for this sale.

Cut25 tops were $75 compared to $100 at the last sale, dresses were $125 compared to $150. You can check out the price chart below to see how this sale sizes up to past seasons. We hope that extra discounts are taken on the Yigal selection but we aren't too optimistic. You can check out more photos from the sale with a click clack here.

Yigal Azrouel & Cut25 Sale
Friday, November 14th through Saturday, November 15th
Fri 9am—7pm, Sat 9am—6pm
Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W 18th St (btwn 6th and 7th Aves)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

J. Crew 25% Off

Cooler temperatures are forcing us to complete that dreaded wardrobe switch and getting excited about last year's sweaters just isn't happening. Now is the perfect time to stock up on basics (and not so basics) from J. Crew.

Wendy's Lookbook

Right now, J. Crew is hosting a sale where almost all full priced merchandise is 25% off. (Just use the code SHOPNOW at checkout.)

Sometimes we find that J. Crew can be hard to shop but some items are absolute wardrobe staples. For example, Pixie pants are a must-have for a girl (or woman) of any age. They are universally flattering and are perfect to wear with everything from this season's oxfords to knee-high riding boots. A pretty pink crew neck sweater is an excellent way to sweeten up grey chilly days. The very-this-season cocoon coat comes in seven colors and one is sure to match your mood.

Madison Avenue J. Crew shoppers should be sure to "remind" their sales person about the discount when checking out. We find that J. Crew employees often "forget" to apply the discount. As a general rule of thumb the Columbus Circle J. Crew has the best selection of markdowns.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale Hauls

The Christian Louboutin sample sale started Tuesday and insiders, press and friends and family have been shopping away. Those who didn't receive an invite and can't see beyond the papered windows may be wondering what's inside.

Good thing for social media because you don't have to imagine. Today we curated a showcase of shoppers' hauls. It's virtual eye candy. Enjoy! (Sale details are below the photos.)

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
Tuesday, November 11 through Friday, November 14
307 West 38th Street (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.)