AG Jeans is having their semi-annual sale with a few mens and womens styles 50% off.
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If you're all tuckered out from shopping for others and have a few dollars to spare for yourself, there's a battle for the scraps. Barney's and Bergdorf may be tussling on the big ticket items, but ShopBop's now-larger 70% off section will settle for a smaller chunk of change.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Having learned their lesson from the Black Friday fiasco (also known as the Rebecca Minkoff total-server-meltdown), I am fairly confident they are ready to fight this battle. They did mention last time how bad they felt about the situation and promised to make it up to us. Let us be the judge of such promises ;)
Starting at the stroke of midnight, Rebecca Minkoff will be putting lots and lots of bags on sale! It should be a lot of frenetic online shopping fun. Shipping will also be free.
Important things to note:
- All sales are totally and completely final. No cancellations, returns, exchanges.
- Morning After Bags (and the minis) do not have shoulder straps unless specifically noted.
- No phone or email orders.
- All items will be shipped by (but may not ship until) Friday, Jan 8.
It might not make it under the Xmas tree (although shipping is free), but you can always save it up for Valentine's Day. Use code "4LOVE" to take 40% off pieces from Kiki de Montparnasse's signature collections. Ends today. Warning to the un-initiated: the "instruments of pleasure" section is not for the faint-hearted (or those in the office).
Monday, December 21, 2009
A cute little pop-up shop in my neighborhood is having a sale! New York boutique Bryce & Co's little holiday shop, recently profiled in NYT's T Magazine, has marked down some of their cashmere bestsellers. They are also having a dual-discount with Mulberry. Buy a bag, get 20% off a cashmere piece from Bryce & Co. and vice versa!
•CLERMONT throw – Bryce & Co bestseller, 100% 2-ply handwoven cashmere featherweight. This item is perfect for year-round and is also great for travel, thanks to its light weight it folds into a nice size for tucking into your carry-on. Bryce & Co has produced a Limited Edition selection of colors only for the holidays. There are only five of each color and each one is signed and numbered. Normally Clermont retails for $375 but our Limited Edition colors are offered at a special price of $275. Limited Edition colors are: Fuchsia, Scarlet, Oxford Blue, Soft Pink, Chartreuse, Lavender and Pale Yellow.What: Bryce & Co.’s luxurious home special holiday store
•PLYMOUTH throw - New this holiday season, a chic and thick heavy 4-ply of 50% Cashmere and 50% Wool, woven in our signature basket-weave stripe. Fabulous cashmere softness at a smidgen of the price. Regular $395ea, priced specially for Bryce & Co. Luxurious Home Holiday Store $295. Colors are: Oatmeal, Cream and Light Grey
•Special Promotion with Mulberry: Bryce & Co. is teaming up with British luxury brand MULBERRY to offer a special discount to our shoppers. Make a purchase at MULBERRY's Bleecker St. or Madison Ave. locations and get 20% off the regular price of any cashmere throw at Bryce & Co.
Purchase any cashmere throw at Bryce & Co. and take 20% off any handbag at MULBERRY.
When: now through Jan 3; M-Th 11AM-8PM, F-Su 11AM-9PM
Where: 92 Perry St (@ Bleecker St); 212-989-4100
It looks like the sample sale season is winding down as everyone finishes their shopping. Of course, we all know this is the calm before the Day-After-Xmas storm, and I am definitely on my tippy toes waiting to see the sales!
This weekend was the most spectacular snow weekend I can remember for Manhattan since 2004. Usually the accumulation is pretty pathetic and melts on impact, but Saturday was gorgeous. Rumor had it that Central Park accumulated over 10 inches of pure fluffy goodness. Blogger Doug Kim happened to be in Times Square taking photographs when a spontaneous snowball fight erupted, and he got some really fabulous shots. I especially love the one of the little boy mischievously smiling at him, arm pulled back.
Another blogger, BeHappyNYC, who recently linked to my T&Co post (thank you!) is a great glimpse of NYC life-- cute little restaurants interspersed with observations that can only be made here! Too seldom do I take the time to appreciate the wonderful city in which I live.
So until Day-After-Xmas emails start rolling in-- have a very wonderful holiday!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thank you always for the sale updates! A lovely commenter has noted that it IS worth going visiting.
Hello skincare and makeup! Parent company L'Oreal is having a massive sale on their luxury products. Brands include Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren (probably fragrance) and Kiehl's, Lancome, La Roche-Posay, Shu Uemura, Vichy, and YSL. I'm a huge fan of Shu Uemura and YSL, so at 50-90% off, I may just have to pop by. Make sure you print the image below to get in!
What: L'Oreal luxury sale
When: Wednesday, Dec 16 - Sunday, Dec 20; 10AM-8PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 5th Fl @ 125 W 18th St
Intermix is doing an additional 40% off all their sale items. Yes, ridiculous. A lot of the stuff online is going fast! I plan on popping into the store this afternoon :) (yes, it is also in-stores!)
Use code "SALE40" to shop online. All sales are totally final. Ends Jan 3rd (or whenever it is all gone, I suppose)
Thursday, December 17, 2009
On my way to the Qi sample sale, which is next door to a Liquid sample sale (tops $30, skirts $30, dresses $40), I popped into one of the little boutiques I have loved. It's been a few months since I stopped by Redbag, and I was excited about all the signs in the window (Burberry! MaxMara! True Religion!). Walking in, it looks pretty much the same-- tables covered in True Religion jeans, racks of Ed Hardy, and then I started to browse.
First I came across a ridiculously fake Chanel trench coat (with plastic belt buckle. As if. This is Chanel we're talking about!). Then I saw mens Burberry coats with shoddy labeling and Prada puff coats that were clearly counterfeit. The fonts are all a little off, the plaid isn't just right. (And to make it even MORE outrageous, they were charging $300-400 per coat based on 'retail' of $1100+). All the hang tags also had little tell-tale pricing stickers like the ones you'll find at Pearl River Mart. My coworker thinks those are prices in Hong Kong dollars, I think it might have something to do with Chinese imports. Either way, it's bad news. I think the MaxMara coats might be legitimate, but I wouldn't risk making a purchase here.
So I am saddened to report that we should definitely not shop here anymore. The people behind the counter are all Asian, so maybe the original owners sold it. Who knows. Don't bother! If you DO want knock-offs, you can certainly find better prices elsewhere.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Found on the shelves of Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie, and Shabby Chic and the pages of Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Town & Country, get some gorgeous Ankasa home furnishings at 80-90% off. Price points: pillows $30+, bedding $50+, furniture and accessories $50+, RTW $65+.
What: Ankasa sample sale
When: Wednesday, Dec 16 - Friday, Dec 18; 10AM-5PM
Where: 4th Fl @ 225 W 39th St (btw 7/8 Ave); 212-575-1994
Cash or CC.
For boys and girls!
"This is the final 2009 sample sale of the Exclusif Showroom with up to 85% off. Fall/Holiday 2009 collections from Cavalli, Dior, Versace, Galliano, Gianfranco Ferre, Ungaro, Gucci, YSL, Roccobarocco, Dolce & Gabanna. Last chance for the best selection of coats, dresses, sweaters, leather and suede, handbags and great selection of accessories, perfect for holiday gifts. All sizes."What: Exclusif Showroom sample sale
When: Tuesday, Dec 15 - Sunday, Dec 20; 11AM-7PM
What: 5th Fl @ 41 W 57 St (btw 5/6th Ave); 212-935-2670
Cash or CC.
Trust me, you want to go to this one. Little (but awesome) boutique Mina is unloading some "Chloe, Lanvin, Proenza Schouler, Moschino, Marc Jacobs, Narcisco, Dolce & Gabbana, Gaultier, Alberta Ferretti, Philosophy, Alessandro D'ell Acqua, and many more. A great selection of coats now $189, dresses now $99, pants now $79, boots now $155 and shoes now $59."
What: Mina sample sale
When: Thursday, Dec 17 - Sunday, Dec 21; M,Th-S 11AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM
Where: 32A Cooper Square (btw 5/6 St, across from Cooper Square Hotel); 212-253-5894
Cash or CC. All sales final.
Bags on sale always makes me happy! The Be & D sale will have bags, belts, shoes, and small leather goods up to 30-75% off. Bags will range from $250-400.
What: Be & D sample sale
When: Thursday, Dec 17 - Friday, Dec 18; 9AM-7PM
Where: 10th Fl @ 35 W 36th St (btw 5th/6th Ave); 212-629-3242
Cash or CC.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Mackage, Vera Wang, Betsey Johnson, Ben-Amun, Calypso, Slane & Slane, Tory Burch, Twenty8Twelve, Nanette Lepore sample sales
Update: interesting comment from NYMag:
"don't waste time going to tory burch. employees and friends and family already bought everything sunday and monday. it actually started today and only rubbish left. pricey too." Since NYMag has a nice robust list of sales (and since I'm feeling lazy), I'm just going to drop them all here...
By moneyp on 12/15/2009 at 2:53pm
What: Mackage sample sale
When: Tuesday, Dec 15 - Thursday, Dec 17; 11AM-7PM
Where: 275 W 30th St (@ 8th Ave)
Fall and winter coats are up to 50 percent off at the Mackage sample sale. The Isa wool-and-cashmere coat with a pleated hem and leather trim is $275 (originally $550), the hooded Nev leather bomber is $325 (originally $649), and the cropped Bunny puffy jacket with a fur-trimmed hood is $275 (originally $550).
What: Vera Wang sample sale
When: Sunday, Dec 13 - Thursday, Dec 17; 10AM-6PM
Where: Vera Wang showroom, 225 W 39th St (@ 7th Ave)
What: Betsey Johnson sample sale
When: Tuesday, Dec 15 - Thursday, Dec 17; 10AM-8PM
Where: Millenium Broadway Hotel, 6th Fl @ 145 W 44th St (@ 6th Ave); 212-993-9251
Merchandise is up to 75 percent off at the Betsey Johnson sample sale. The Ginger Snap wool jumper is $35 (originally $275), the evening pleated-organza strapless dress is $75 (originally $395), and the polka-dot printed canvas tote is $40 (originally $110).
What: Ben-Amun sample sale
When: Tuesday, Dec 15 - Thursday, Dec 17; noon-7PM
Where: Ste 12 @ 246 W 38th St (@ 8th Ave); 212-944-6480
Ben-Amun jewelry is marked down to wholesale prices or below at the annual sample sale.
What: Calypso sample sale
When: Tuesday, Dec 15 - Friday, Dec 18; T-Th 10AM-7PM, F 10AM-2PM
Where: 260 5th Ave (@ 28th St); 212-725-5400
Women's ready-to-wear, accessories, home accents, candles, and fragrances are up to 80 percent off at the Calypso St. Barth sample sale.
What: Slane & Slane sample sale
When: Wednesday, Dec 16 - Thursday, Dec 17; 2-8PM
Where: Slane & Slane showroom, 11th Fl @ 48 W 25th St (@ 6th Ave)
Necklaces, bracelets, rings, and pendants are 50 to 70 percent off at the Slane & Slane sample sale. The selection includes sterling silver and eighteen-carart-gold cuffs, multi-row pearl necklaces, and turquoise-and-silver chandelier earrings.
What: Tory Burch sample sale
When: Wednesday, Dec 16 - Thursday, Dec 18; W-Th 11AM-7PM, F 11AM-6PM
Where: 2nd Fl @ 261 W 36th St (@ 8th Ave)
Tory Burch is hosting a sample and stock sale on fall apparel, footwear, and handbags. The long V-neck cardigan is $85 (originally $375), the Bombe metallic T-tote is $195 (originally $495), and the Jaden Boot with a stacked wooden heel is $195 (originally $550).
What: Twenty8Twelve sample sale
When: Wednesday, Dec 16 - Saturday, Dec 19; 10AM-6PM
Where: Ste 1200 @ 580 Broadway (@ Prince St); 212-564-9747
Tops are $40 (originally $120), jeans are $60 (originally $280), dresses are $100 (originally $360), and blazers are $120 (originally $500) at the Twenty8Twelve sample sale.
What: Nanette Lepore sample sale
When: Thursday, Dec 17 - Friday, Dec 18; 9AM-7PM
Where: 4th Fl @ 225 W 35th St (@ 7th Ave); 212-594-0012
Dresses are $140 (originally $335 to $595), skirts are $100 (originally $195 to $295), and jackets are $190 (originally $215 to $340) at the Nanette Lepore sample sale.
12/17–1/31 Fall and winter merchandise is up 30 to 50 percent off at the A.P.C. end-of-season sale. 131 Mercer St., nr. Prince St. (212-966-9685); M–S (11–7), Su (noon–6).
Through 12/31 Select men's and women's clothing is 30 percent off at Rogan, including outerwear. The women's silk dress is $209 (originally $296), the women's bomber jacket is $319 (originally $456), and the men's peacoat is $409 (originally $595). 330 Bowery St., at Bond St. (646-827-7567); M–S (noon–8), Su (noon–7).
Through 12/31 Select merchandise is 50 percent off at First Among Equals during the holiday sale. 177 Orchard St., Stanton St. (212-253-2202); M–F (1–9), S–Su (noon–8).
Through 12/31 Select fall 2009 womenswear, menswear, jewelry, shoes, and accessories are 25 to 40 percent off at Bird. The Alexander Wang viscose Goddess dress is $379 (originally $625), the Thakoon floral twist-front dress is $499 (originally $845), and the Zero + Maria Cornejo Marla dress is $359 (originally $598). Various hours and locations.
Through 12/31 Womenswear and shoes are 25 to 40 percent off at Project No. 8. The Margiela gray Replica heels are $573 (originally $765), the Stephan Schneider purple-and-black knit cardigan is $198 (originally $284), and the yellow VPL dress is $327 (originally $545). 138 Division St., nr. Orchard St. (212-925-5599).
Through 12/31 Menswear and shoes are 25 to 40 percent off at No. 8b. The Margiela Flocked sneakers are $386 (originally $515), the Stephan Schneider gray cardigan is $161 (originally $269), and the Aspesi jacket is $201 (originally $268). 38 Orchard St., at Hester St. (212-925-5599); Tu–Su (noon–7).
Through 1/1 Balenciaga is offering 40 percent off select merchandise. Short-sleeve silk cowl-back dresses are $469 (originally $795), gray cloque jackets are $1,189 (originally $1,995), and the black leather woven platform booties are $679 (originally $1,145). 542 W. 22nd St., nr. Tenth Ave. (212-206-0872); daily (11–7).
Through 1/31 Fall and winter handbags and accessories are 30 to 50 percent off at MCM at the Plaza. The Amazoness East-West shoulder bag is $616 (originally $880), the Alda shoulder bag is $336 (originally $480), and the Moto Cross Flap Over handbag is $679 (originally $970). 1 W. 58th St., at Fifth Ave. (212-832-2626); M–S (11–7), Su (11–6).
Through 1/31 Fall/winter 2009 menswear, womenswear, and accessories are up to 35 percent off in-store and online at Burberry. Various hours and locations.
Through 1/31 Shop discounted dresses, accessories, boots, and coats at the Tracy Feith warehouse sale, including original and archived pieces from past collections. LeShack by Tracy Feith dresses and separates are $75 to $180 (originally $250 to $400). 64 Grand St., nr. Kent St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; daily, noon–7.
Through 1/31 Fall/winter 2009 merchandise is up to 50 percent off at Anya Hindmarch. The Marano Sea Snake clutch is $416 (originally $595), the Belvedere Red tote is $906 (originally $1,295), and the Gres heels are $402 (originally $575). Upper East Side: 20 E. 60th St., nr. Madison Ave. (212-750-3974). Soho: 115 Greene St., nr. Prince St. (212-343-8147). Call for hours.
Monday, December 14, 2009
YOOX.com's FW stuff has gone down some more. It looks like my 10% off codes were used (good job, guys!) but they are still doing free shipping, so that's still $9.50 in savings.
I just discovered a boutique near my house that sells a lot of Vanessa Bruno, who I just adore. A few things in my dreambox that I've been keeping an eye on...
If you're in a jam, have a look at this super cute cashmere scarf and matching hat come to a total of $204 (retail $313).
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Ending Monday, Dec 14 - spend $200 at Neiman Marcus and get a $50 gift card for your troubles. It even gets better if you spend $500 with a $150 giftcard (30% freebie). Use code "BONUS".
Friday, December 11, 2009
I am just in love with Carolina Herrera. Her style is elegant and timeless, and although I do not like Renee Zellweger (even though we are from the same town), Renee does a good job modeling her creations.
In addition to RTW, there will be bridal! A must-visit if you are all about the perfect classic gown. There will also be a selection of clothing from Rena Lange, and all will be up to 85% off.
What: Carolina Herrera, Rena Lange sample sale
When: Saturday, Dec 12 - Wednesday, Dec 16; S-T 9AM-6:30PM, W 9AM-5PM
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (W of 8th Ave); 718-747-1656
CC only. No strollers. No children under 12. All sales final.
Qi cashmere is having a sample sale, and from the sample price points they've sent me, I am thinking this will be a great place to get some last minute presents. I wonder if my friend will like those cashmere booties? In addition to the pieces below, they'll have gloves from $30-35, scarves from $55-65, AND doggie sweaters for $33!
What: Qi sample sale
When: Wednesday, Dec 16 - Friday, Dec 18; 11AM-6PM
What: Ste 200 @ 260 W 39th St; 212-239-8880
Prices: Blondie Dress $75 ($160), Scoopneck Sweater $70 ($154), Tunic $85 ($200)
Slippers $45 ($115)
Thursday, December 10, 2009
If you are flocking south to escape this bitter cold (snow in Houston!) then you might want to peruse KanDiSwim.com's section of bikinis, all of which are $30 until Xmas Eve. The selection is limited, but for $30 you could do a lot worse! The Linzer Tart set is really cute, but only sizes XS and S are left
Starting tomorrow, CO Bigelow is offering 25% off for their F&F event. Shop in-store or use code "1622" online. Excludes: the NYC store on 6th Ave (of course) and gift sets. Ends Sunday, Dec 13.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Per their blog, Opening Ceremony will be having a sample sale this weekend! All our fav labels (Acne, Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Loden Dager, Opening Ceremony, Proenza Schouler, Rachel Comey, United Bamboo, Vena Cava...) at 60-90% off. *drool* If you don't plan on spending $100+ you need to bring cash.
What: Opening Ceremony sample sale
When: Friday, Dec 11 - Sunday, Dec 13; F/S 11AM-8PM, Su noon-7PM
Where: 201 Mulberry St (btw Spring/Kenmare St)
Cash or CC ($100+ only).
I have always lusted after sexy PS cocktail dresses, but they are quite pricey. However... the sample sale promises RTW from current and past seasons, and price points look feasible: $100-1,450 from retail $435-5,800.
What: Proenza Schouler sample sale
When: Thursday, Dec 10 - Friday, Dec 11; 8:30AM-6:30PM
Where: 495 Broadway (@ Broome St)
I thought Miguelina shuttered its doors? I may be wrong, but if you love the feminine, flouncy designs, you should hit up the sample sale now, just in case. Price points: blouses $55-95, dresses $150-300, bags/accessories $10-50.
What: Miguelina sample sale
When: Wednesday, Dec 9 - Friday, Dec 11; 8AM-8PM
Where: 20 W 36th St (@ 6th Ave); 212-290-2996
Girls. Get ready. The Catherine Malandrino sample sale is back in town. My fav dress designer in the world. Hosted by Savvy & Co., the sale starts next Monday at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Look for FW09 items, up to 80% off. I'm hoping it will be similar to the one in June (with equally awesome price points) -- only with wintery dresses!
What: Catherine Malandrino sample sale
When: Monday, Dec 14 - Wednesday, Dec 16; M 10AM-9PM, T/W 8AM-8PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W 18th St (btw 6/7th Ave)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Neiman Marcus cardholders can get double points during their In-Circle Event going on this week, but if you just happen to be in a Neiman Marcus store, find out how you can donate $25 to First Book and get a $50 NM gift card for your generosity. Ends Friday, Dec 11.
YOOX.com is shipping for free all month, but if you're registered with them, then they'll have sent you a personal code good for an extra 10% off and free gift wrapping. These codes can be used three times before they are tapped out.
If you don't have a code, then you are welcome to try using mine: "fashionprospectress@yooxmas" (yes, with the @ sign and everything). I've bought all my gifts, and I certainly need to stop shopping for myself!
Please let me know if/when the code stops working, so I can update this post. Also, if you would like to contribute your code in the spirit of the holiday season, leave it in the comments or email me!
Wink NYC is hosting their sample sale starting Thursday, but NOT over the weekend. You'll just have to take an extended lunch break for this one. In the past, these sales have been in the far corners of the boutique and were widely panned. Hopefully this one will be better!
What: WiNK NYC sample sale
When: Thursday, Dec 10 - Friday, Dec 11 & Monday, Dec 14; 10AM-6PM
Where: Prep Showroom, Ste 407 @ 530 7th Ave (btw 38/39th St); 212-575-7615
One of my favorite sample sales! The prices are just fantastic at the Rag & Bone sale, which is now (yay!) way closer to my house. Shop for mens and womens clothing, shoes, bags, hats, and more. Some price points: t-shirts $40, denim $80, dresses $170.
What: Rag & Bone sample sale
When: Thursday, Dec 10 - Sunday, Dec 13; Th-S noon-8PM, Su noon-6PM
Where: 100 Christopher St (@ Bleecker St); 212-727-2990
Monday, December 7, 2009
Get all the winter accessories you need. All mens and womens hats and accessories are 60-80% off.
What: Eugenia Kim sample sale
When: Tuesday, Dec 8 - Saturday, Dec 12; T-F 10AM-7PM, S noon-6PM
Where: 347 W 36th St (@ 9th Ave)
Mara Hoffman is hosting a FW sample sale, with goodies up to 80% off!
What: Mara Hoffman sample sale
When: Thursday, Dec 10 - Saturday, Dec 12; Th/F 10AM-7PM, S 11AM-6PM
Where: Ste 4B @ 120 W 28th St; 212-505-3020
Cash or CC.
I'm noticing more and more brands are ratcheting up their prices, and Alice + Olivia is one of them. I really have a hard time spending that much on one of their dresses, but $400+ dresses at 70% off sounds palatable to me!
What: Alice + Olivia sample sale
When: Tuesday, Dec 8 - Friday, Dec 11; 8AM-8PM
Where: 80 W 40th St (btw 5/6th Ave); 646-747-1440
Apologies for not posting in a while! This weekend was my 30th birthday, so my DH had 3 of my best friends converge upon NYC under cover of darkness, 2 of them popping out at random times to cause oh-god-do-I-have-enough-guest-towels? panics. We did excellent shopping on Saturday and finished the evening with 13 course custom menu with champagne tastings (including a 1979 Cristal) at Per Se.
Then today my work internet was really slow, and I couldn't get onto Blogger.com-- I don't know if it was the internet, or if my work is onto me :P
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I hesitated during the Satya online sample sale, so I'm happy to see that I have a 2nd chance! I was considering getting some of those bead bracelets (apatite, onyx, chalcedony, etc) but I wasn't sure I needed to spend the money boho-ing myself even more.
What: Satya jewelry sample sale
When: Friday, Dec 4 - Sunday, Dec 6; 10AM-6PM daily
Where: GoldenBridge Yoga NYC, 253 Centre St (btw Grand/Broome St); 212-343-8191
Cash or CC only. All sales final.
D&B is having their annual tent sale, so if you feel the need to head to CT for any reason, next weekend would be a good time to do it. Visit the event sale page for a nifty map too. Last year my coworker went with no intention of buying anything (she lives very close), and she walked away with four bags.
What: Dooney & Bourke tent sale
When: Thursday, Dec 10 - Sunday, Dec 13; Th noon-9PM, F 10AM-9PM, S 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-3PM
Where: exit 16 off I-95 or a short walk away from the East Norwalk Train Station on the Metro North. Visit the event page or call 800-347-5000.
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to mosey on over to Tiffany & Co and leisurely peruse their very lovely, very sparkly offerings. No, T&Co never has sales, but I saw a few things that I think are a very good value. Although I can't get a discount on most of the jewelry I want in life, I just try to get the most for my money and many things factor in: uniqueness in design, quality of craftsmanship and raw materials, brand equity (of course!), and how long I think I'll love it.
The first thing that caught my eye was a porcelain jewelry box/dish. Personally, I think that Tiffany china and crystal is a very well priced when compared to its peers (and I'm not talking about Waterford!). I lust for Baccarat, Christofle, Lalique... but you can't buy $400 candy bowls all the time, so T&Co is a really decent option. (My pets actually drink water out of the huge punch-bowl sized Atlas bowl.)
The Fifth Avenue Box, recently introduced this season, is SO adorable. I appreciate the subtlety. I will never be as big of a fan of the blue box as Toni Braxton (I'm not even sure the CEO is) and I'm not too keen on the look-at-me ceramic blue box. But this, this I love! And it's only $95!
I want to also take a minute to acknowledge the marvel that is the Tiffany marketing engine. They are geniuses. I grew up dreaming of their signature engagement ring. I absolutely had the heart charm bracelet. Celebration rings? I'm totally behind those. The new key motif appeals to me (of course), and I can think of a million fun ways to present them as gift. For instance, imagine this scenario: "Oh Merry Christmas honey! Here's a hint to your present" and then I unwrap a rose gold key necklace only to be led out to my new BMW...
There are a number of options for metal, size, and number of diamond embellishments, but the keys in this photo are $175 (silver) and $250 (18k gold) not including the chain.
The last thing I want to mention was what I considered the pièce de résistance. This necklace literally had my heart beating a little faster. A new addition from Paloma Picasso, this huge chain-link necklace is actually made of mesh links. What this means: it's shiny, flexible, and super LIGHT. The toggle can be hidden behind your neck too, which gives it an edgier look (I mean, hello, you're wearing chains!). It's not cheap at $850, but I must say the amount of raw material and detail in fabrication makes it a good deal in my eyes. I love the black palladium (gunmetal) version-- it matches my new Chanel perfectly ;) (and won't tarnish!)
Update: Anyone have a response to one of the comments? I'm inclined to believe that if Saks has it on sale, NM is going to have it on sale (sooner or later).
"Ok -so I'm trying to decide whether I should purchase a Brunello Cucinelli ensemble at full price, or wait until it goes down. Saks already has this line on sale, not sure why BG and Neimans are holding off. Anyone have any info?"Starting Wednesday, Dec 2, Bergdorf is starting their winter sale. RTW, shoes, accessories, bags, and 3rd floor mens designer sportswear will be discounted up to 40%. Will be online as well.
Then from Thursday, Dec 3 - Sunday, Dec 6, they are doing their beauty gift card event. I love this event, because if you spend $100, they take $25 off. And I don't know how it kind of drops off, but after that, if you spend $500 you get a $50 giftcard, $750 = $75 giftcard, $1000 = $100 giftcard. BG's idea of beauty is not only cosmetics, but also men's fragrance, sunglasses, and Wolford hosiery (which, by the way, I loaded up on at a Marshalls in Houston). I am not sure if this event will be online as well.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Colette Malouf, Charlotte Ronson, Tuleste, Dolce Vita, Frette, Hayden-Hartnett, James Jeans sample sales
THANK YOU, Daily Candy, for summarizing the sales I have not had the energy to type up yet!!
In this post: Colette Malouf, Charlotte Ronson, Saks Bridal, Tuleste, Dolce Vita, Frette, Hayden-Hartnett, and James Jeans sample sales.
What: Colette Malouf
Why: Sparkly headbands, silk flower combs, and shiny barrettes are all $20-$40.
When: Wed. & Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 594 Broadway, b/t E. Houston & Prince Sts., ste. 1216 (212-941-9588)
What: Charlotte Ronson
Why: Grungy-glam flannels, cute dresses, and rad platform boots are up to 70 percent off.
When: Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 1071 Sixth Ave., at 41st St., ste. 301 (212-789-9606)
What: Saks Bridal Sale
Why: Gowns from Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, and more are 70 percent off.
When: Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 611 Fifth Ave., b/t 49th & 50th Sts., 9th flr
What: Tuleste Market
Why: Snap up gifts like slinky chains and statement earrings for $10-$60.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 1-7 p.m.
Where: 3 Steps, 322 Second Ave., b/t 18th & 19th Sts
What: Dolce Vita
Why: Badass boots and mega heels are up to 70 percent off; clothing from Dolce Vita, Tsesay, and Dolan is up to 80 percent off.
When: Sat. & Sun., noon-7 p.m.
Where: 156 Ludlow St., b/t Stanton & Rivington Sts., 4th flr
Why: Take up to 80 percent off fancy gazillion thread count sheets, table linens, and bath accessories.
When: Sun.-Dec. 10. Sun.-Wed., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 317 W. 33rd St., b/t Eighth & Ninth Aves
What: Hayden-Harnett and The Collective Showroom
Why: Gemma Redux jewels, Hayden-Harnett bags and clothing, and other cool accessories are 40-80 percent off.
When: Dec. 8-10. Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 16 W. 36th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves., ste. 501
What: James Jeans
Why: Straight, skinny, and legging styles are $80 (were $180); one-of-a-kind samples, $15-$50.
When: Dec. 8-11. Tues.-Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 500 Greenwich St., b/t Canal & Spring Sts., ste. 202 (212-221-4603)
Ladies feeling slighted by the mens Theory sale? Head on over to Clothingline starting 1PM today.
Sale includes FW t-shirts, knits, blouses, vests, skirts, pants, dresses, blazers and more in all sizes (00-12/P-XL). Price points: separates $35 to $109, dresses $109, blazers $149.
What: Theory womens sample sale
When: Wednesday, Dec 2 - Wednesday, Dec 9; M-F 11AM-7PM, S-Su 11AM-5PM
Where: Clothingline, SSS Sample Sales, 2nd Fl @ 261 W 36th St (btw 7/8th Ave)
This is what happens when you go on vacation! :P
12/3–12/5 Alexis Bittar jewelry is 50 to 70 percent off at the annual sample sale. The 80s Triple-Strand necklace is $150 (originally $295), the Moondust bangle is $150 (originally $295), the Coral Reef collar is $600 (originally $1,200), and the pink tourmaline Waterfall earrings are $135 (originally $295). 30 W. 21st St., nr. Fifth Ave.; W–S (9–6:30).
12/3–12/4 Philip Crangi is hosting a sample sale on Giles & Brother jewelry, offering up to 75 percent off. Mixed-chain necklaces are $80 to $100 (originally $250), the Disco Ball bangle is $85 (originaly $200), and silver charm necklaces are $35 (originally $75). 147 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., second fl. (212-643-0026); Th–F (10:30–7).
12/3–12/4 Find deep discounts at the Derek Lam fall 2009 sample sale. Double-face cape coats are $500 (originally $1,990), stretch-wool riding pants are $195 (originally $790), cashmere cardigans are $350 (originally $1,290), and silk button-down blouses are $150 (originally $590). 601 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., Ste. 1730; Th–F (10–6).
Screw barenecessities.com, I'm heading to the Hanky Panky sample sale!!
12/1–12/4 Receive more than 50 percent off lingerie at the annual Hanky Panky sample sale. The low-rise zebra-print lace thong is $10 (originally $22) and the original-rise signature lace thong is $10 (originally $18). All thongs are buy twelve, get one free. 260 Fifth Ave., nr. 28th St. (212-725-4996); T–W (8:30–8), Th (8:30–7), F (9–1).
Time for stocking stuffers! Starting at $15, the Perlina sample sale will have bags, wallets & small leather goods up to 75% off.
What: Perlina sample sale
When: Monday, Dec 7 - Friday, Dec 11; M-Th 9AM-6PM, F 9AM-4PM
Where: Ste 1005 @ 10 W 33rd St (@ 5th Ave); 212-268-8530
I guess it's about time I went around researching sample sales! The NYPost is just a wealth of information.
What: Cesare Paciotti sample sale
When: Wednesday, Dec 2 - Friday, Dec 4; 10AM-6PM
Where: Ste 901 @ 12 W 57th St; 212-245-3785
Botkier is having their big sample sale this week! There will also be actual samples along with seasonal merchandise, all 50-75% off. They also have a fun discount if you wear your Botker bag while shopping, you get a bonus 10% off :)
What: Botkier sample sale
When: Thursday, Dec 3 - Sunday, Dec 6; Th/F 11Am-7PM, S 11AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM
Where: 195 Lafayette St (btw Broome/Kenmare St)
Although my DH accessorizes beautifully, on most days he dresses like a bum. Perhaps I'll take this opportunity to grab some totally un-fun Xmas presents for him ;) Print the email to get in today.
What: Theory mens sample sale
When: F&F preview: Wednesday, Dec 2; 8AM-8PM; Public sale: Thursday, Dec 3 - Monday, Dec 7; T/F 8AM-8PM, Sat-Mon 10AM-6PM
Where: Theory company store, 2nd Fl @ 139 5th Ave (btw 21/22 St); 212-398-2777