Season End Sales: Barney’s vs Bergdrofs

January 23, 2012 by Lila Delilah

By ManhattanMataHari

As department stores blow out the remains of winter we plan on finding statement pieces that will become the cornerstones of our wardrobe. If you can find a Chanel sweater for under $1000 grab it. The same goes for Jason Woo print dress at under $270. (Makes the upcoming Target collab seem overpriced, huh?) Bergdorf Goodman and Barney’s are both offering discounts of 75% off but you’re going to want to read or overview before heading out in these frigid temperatures.


The last cuts at the department stores are always our favorite time for steeply discounted brick-and-mortar shopping. Stop into Barney’s by Tuesday before they send their 75% off designer clothing and 60% off shoes to the outlets and warehouse.

Haute ready-to-wear is mixed throughout the floors. Some sales racks like Lanvin, Marni and Dries Van Noten are alongside new resort collections, but many are in the mixed designer sales racks near the back. We spotted a black and white color block Derek Lam dress for $249 and a Fendi draped silk dress for $669. A Balmain draped red silk blouse is now $639 from $2550. With a bit of persistence you can also find discounted Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Mugler and Givenchy. Our favorite find was a chic $4990 Yves Saint Laurent wool jacket marked down to $1990.

If you’re a fan of Chloe and Lanvin shoes, it may be worth your while to stop by the shoe salon where we spotted a $670 pair of Lanvin jewel embellished satin ballet slippers for $269. We found a pair of Louboutin suede and mesh maryjanes for just $339. (A prime example why despise waiting on sample sale lines.)

Mema: (212) 833-2098 (3rd floor Designer Collections)
Jake: (212) 833-2129 (4th floor Advanced Designer Collections)

Tom Ford lace at Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman

While Barney’s final sale is winding down, Bergdorf’s has just begun their end of season 75% off sale. Check in with your favorite designers at their boutiques where clothing is marked 60% to 75% off retail.

At Chanel, we found some lovely knits and sweaters as well as a couple of signature wool boucle dresses for $2389 from $5990. Tom Ford is also at a 60% cut and there was a good selection of sales merchandise, including his popular lace and velvet pieces. A $2290 black lace blouse is now $909 while Emma Stone’s structured black lace red-carpet dress and a white long sleeve version is now $3499.

You will have some luck finding 75% off clothing from Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior and Fendi in their individual boutiques, but we suggest heading to the mixed designer rack areas too. In the mix you find deals like a Jason Wu silk print dresses ($269), Rick Owens drapery silk tops ($159) and even a fur collared Givenchy jacket ($959). We also spotted lots of Stella McCartney, Emilio Pucci, Narcisco Rodriguez and Roland Mouret.

If you are still looking for your shoe fix, you can now find all designer shoes marked down 55%, including Christian Louboutin and Chanel. Overall, there is a much better selection at Bergdorf’s than at Barneys, especially for Manolo Blahnik fans.

Allison: (212) 872-8732


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