The current rumors are that Gucci boutiques and certain department stores are going to bypass this season’s markdowns. We can’t say we are very surprised. Last year’s VIP lists upset customers and was a hardship on sales associates. Although it’s a bit harder to find Gucci markdowns we know exactly where to look.
Right now, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales are offering discounts of 50% off on select Gucci items. The available selection is not the most desirable pieces but some are okay and look rather attractive when on sale. There are about six bag styles in the available sale selections. There is this Lady Web that’s $1540 from $2200, which is still available online. There is this GG Supreme top handle bag, which is no longer available online. An Animalier top handle bag is $1788 from $2980 and is still available. Our favorite of the bunch is the Bamboo Shopper bag with the cherry blossom blooms is still available for $1314 from $2190. The GG Continental Wallet is also part of the sale but the discounted version isn’t available online.
The shoe selections at Saks are similar. The discount is 50% but most styles seem old. The best of the bunch are the Marmont suede boots that are $625 from $1250, the t-strap pumps with lips that are nearly $450 from about $900 and the cherry blossom rain boots that are $285 from $570. At Bloomingdales it’s much of the same plus a few outliers. There is the Marmont boot with a pearl heel that’s about $800 from $159, the Querelle high heel sandals that has a buckle for $425 from $850 and clogs that range from $425 to about $500. There are also pumps with a bow for $425 from $850, similar booties for $625 and one of our favorite sale items are the classic pumps with a lip toe that’s about $400 from $800.
The presale becomes official at Bloomingdales on Thursday. We are hoping that’s when the online selection will reflect the discounts too. We’ll keep you posted in the case we hear news about boutique markdowns but we tend to doubt that will happen.