We are combing the city looking for the best deals. There are only four shopping days left until Christmas and you need to keep to a budget. We’re telling you what discount to expect before you get to the store. So far, we’ve covered Madison Avenue, Fifth Ave/57th Street, our favorite gentleman’s boutiques, and now we’re heading down to the Meatpacking district.
DVF: The fall season is discounted just 30%. Smart shoppers hit the sample sale where prices were 50% to 75% off. If sample saling (yes, we use it as a verb) does not fit your lifestyle, boutique prices often go to 70% by season’s end.
Alexander McQueen: You never know what to expect when you go to an McQueen store. Sometimes the collection can be morose and other times just over-the-top. This season, everywhere we looked there was something to love. The markdown is 60% off. Even with the steep discount some items are way over budget. Take this bird-print funnel neck dress. It’s still almost $2400 even after the discount. The dress was originally $5,975. The dress is a real piece of art but for those prices we prefer to save up for a Kandinsky. Not all items are thousands. A cable knit dress is $664 from $1670, a cowl neck dress is $659 from $1655 and statement platform shoes are $464 from $1165.
Stella McCartney: As we write, the fall/winter collection is 40% off but the discount goes to 50% on Monday. The discount includes bags and shoes. The additional markdown is happening right on time because there’s still quite a bit of merchandise left.
Matthew Williamson: Everything is so much more colorful downtown but few designers are brighter than Matthew Williamson. Right now prefall is 60% off and the runway collection is 50% off. The discount could go to 80% after the New Year and that’s when we will start charging it up.
Jeffery NYC: The discount went down to 40% on Thursday. Shoes are selling quickly. The “racks” are up and if you’re a 7.5 don’t even bother. There’s nothing left. There is a healthy selection of 8s and the biggest variety of shoes is the 10s or a European 40. The clothing is hit or miss when it comes to sizes. It is very clear that Jeffery was very cautious with his inventory.
Shelly Steffee: If you’re looking for great customer service, Shelly Steffee is the store for you. The sales women are super helpful and sweet. Dawn even offered to give us dresses on special consignment, so we can try them on at home. The markdown is 20% to 50% off depending on the production run and stock. Bottoms, for example, are 30% while a vest is just 20% off. There’s a little bit of everything left. It’s worth a shot just for the enjoyable shopping environment.