We are a mere ten days from Christmas and the pressure is mounting. For the final countdown we are going to canvas the city in order to find the best deals. Today we hit dozens of Madison Avenue women’s boutiques to form our most comprehensive sale round-up ever.
Carolina Herrera: Pre-fall and fall merchandise is 50% off. Don’t expect to find a large inventory and what’s left is a scattering of random size. So what’s your lucky size?
Naura (212) 249-6552
Chanel: We are sorry to report that there are no sale bags this season. If it makes you happy, jewelry and shoes are 40% off.
Chloe: “We have loads of clothing and lots of bags,” all of which are discounted 40%. The shoe and boot collection is smaller but we think that there’s time for additional markdowns.
Christian Louboutin: The 40% off discount has been going on since Thanksgiving. What’s left? “It all depends on size.” Sale items include select fall/winter shoes, fashion pieces and a scattering of inventory from last spring/summer. The older merchandise isn’t discounted any further because: “We don’t ever go more than 40% at the boutiques.”
Erich (212) 396-1884
Dolce & Gabbana: Last weekend, our friends and family got a 60% off discount but mortals are only awarded with a 40% markdown. There is still a nice selection in clothing, shoes, accessories and handbags. The sale should go to 60% either right before or after Christmas. Keep your eyes open.
Gucci: Inventory is starting to run low, at Gucci as customers pick through the sale items. Ready-to-wear and shoes are 50% to 60% off. If there’s something you want, go now, because “there’s not much stock.”
Jill Sander: The ready-to-wear, shoes and bags are 50% off. There is a “moderate” selection of sizes.
Jess (212) 838-6100
Jimmy Choo: There’s still a great selection of boots, bags and shoes, which are now 50% off. Sizes are also abundant. So you’re likely to find Cindy’s lucky size.
Luca Luca: The discount ranges from 20% to 50% depending on the specific stock level for each item. At the 50% level there are several sweaters and dresses.
Solia (212) 288 9285
Michael Kors: Expect to find a lot of one-shoulder numbers, black and white sheaths, satin dresses, and neon frocks at Michael Kors. Fall and pre-fall is marked down 50% across the board. Just be warned: there are only four neon-pink strapless cashmere dresses! If you have a body and personality to pull that number off, we suggest you save money and just wear a bikini.
Missoni: Upstairs, you will find fall/winter ready-to-wear discounted 40%. The men’s collection, downstairs to the right, is discounted 50% off. No. Scarves still aren’t on sale. We wonder if this is good sign for the economy. Call it, The Missoni Indicator.
Paige Newsam 212-517-9339.
Prada: Ready-to-wear and shoes are 50% off. Handbags and accessories are discounted 40%. There is an unusually large selection on Madison because “a new shipment just came in from Italy.” You’ve got to love customs.
Christina (Madison Ave.) 212-327-4200
Sigerson Morrison: Markdowns are still in progress. Select items are 30% off. There is a “good” selection of flats and boots on sale. We would wait for a larger and wider markdown before hailing a cab.
Valentino: Expect to find a plentiful assortment of ready-to-wear, bags and shoes – all marked down 40%. Of course, the classic style bags aren’t on sale but you can still get the seasonal colors (patent green and gray) discounted. Robert 212-772-6969