Our deal hound, Larry Label Whore, checked out the end-of-season sales at high-end department stores in New York City. Here’s what he found:
“It’s my favorite time of year: The end of season sales! I stopped by Bergdorf Goodman to search the designer goods that were 75% off retail. I was also going to check out Barney’s which went to final markdown this week, but I called and they told me they weren’t doing 75% off this year, only 70% off so I skipped it. 5% is a big deal when you’re dealing with items that are at least $1,000. However, their website is doing “up to 75% off” so you may want to check that out.
When I got to the third floor, I was in designer heaven. What I love about the Bergdorf’s sale is that they separate the clothes by designer. This makes it so much easier for the shopper to find the labels they’re looking for. Unlike Saks Fifth Avenue where the clothing is bunched up on racks without much organization. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack and often gives me a headache.
I got to the store the second day of the sale and it was already picked through. Designers like Gucci and Saint Laurent only had suits left. There were some great shirts from Alexander McQueen and Prada. I liked a couple of McQueen polos in blue and white for $99 each (from $395). I was also eyeing a check-board patterned Prada buttoned down shirt for $129 (from $500), but it didn’t fit quite right.
If you’re a fan of Givenchy, Jil Sander, Etro, Lanvin, Michael Bastian, and Dolce & Gabbana then you may be able to find a nice shirt or sweater at the final discount of 75% off. Tom Ford, Armani, and Ralph Lauren Black & Purple Labels were just 50-60% off. I love Tom Ford, but 50% off is not even close to enough for me to be interested.
There were a few racks of jeans and pants that seemed promising. My friend picked up a pair of light blue J Brand pants for $59 (from $235). As for accessories, they had a small tables of bags, but none of them were worth looking at.
Saks Fifth Avenue’s 70% sale this season was a major disappointment so I went home empty-handed from there too. However, Bloomingdale’s is still the best with its weekly sales. My new obsession is Kent & Curwen because of their classic, clean styles and Simon Spurr is their new creative director. I bought a military green trench coat for $270 (from $1295) and a couple of Burberry polos totalling $106 plus $25 in power points.
The way to go for some may be the stores’ websites so check those out because I see some Givenchy, Alexander Wang, and Band of Outsiders for 75% off on the Bergdorf site.
Let us know if you find anything good. Happy Shopping!” – Larry Label Whore