August 17, 2011

    Madison Avenue Spy Fashion Hunt

    Fashion’s Night Out is the world’s biggest shopping event and we couldn’t imagine spending the night anywhere else than the avenue with the world’s best stores. That’s Madison Avenue, of course!

    This year, yours truly-- yes, that’s me—is working in conjunction with the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District and hosting an incredible Twitter “Fashion Hunt” on Madison Avenue, on September 8. Shoppers can collect amazing prizes and enjoy an exclusive champagne toast at the end of the night.

    It’s really easy and lots of fun. All you need to do is select three of the participating retailers and tweet a photo of the designated item to @MadisonAveSpy. Randomly selected participants who complete their three tasks will be directed to a secret Madison Avenue location where they will meet at 9pm. Winners will toast their success and walk away with amazing prizes from assorted Madison Avenue stores.

    Fashion Hunt Participating stores to date are listed below with more to come. In the Madison Avenue Spy spirit, no purchase is required. Spot me, Lila Delilah, and tweet my photo, and you’ll receive an extra point. Remember to check back as additional retailers are added and follow @MadisonAveSpy and #MadisonAvenueFNO to play along and get helpful clues.

    FNO Madison Avenue Spy Fashion Hunt Participants:

    Agnes B
    An American Craftsman Galleries
    Anne Fontaine
    Betsey Johnson
    Bistro Chat Noir
    Caffe Grazie
    David Yurman
    Diptyque Paris
    Dolce & Gabbana
    Eileen Fisher
    Eton of Sweden
    Exhale Mind Body Spa
    Gagosian Shop
    Georg Jensen
    Kandice Pelletier Swimwear at Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa
    Juicy Couture
    La Perla
    Porsche Design
    Samantha Thavasa
    Stubbs and Wootton
    Soigne K

    August 16, 2011

    Dolce & Gabbana Open Secaucus Outlet

    Just when you thought that Secaucus was a dying outlet center, Dolce & Gabbana comes to save the neighborhood. The brand's Woodbury store is under construction and New Jersey is the beneifciary of their wonderful discounted overstock.

    The outlet includes Dolce & Gabbana and D&G for men and women, accessories, shoes and kids. Right now, product from the spring 2011 collection is 50% off, spring 2010 is 85% off and fall/winter 2009 is 85% off. A strapless silk chiffon eyelet dress is $660 from $4,395, black python and patent leather pumps are $112 from $750, a men's luxury fit suit is $240 from $1595 and a D&G quilted Lily bag is $535 from $1070.

    Those prices deffinitly make an outting attractive. This is also the only location where you can find outleted (yes, we're making that a verb now) D&G kids merchandise. No one knows how long the Secaucus store will be open, so we're going to take advantage while we can.

    Dolce & Gabbana Outlet
    900 Secaucus Road
    Secaucus, NJ
    August 16, 2011

    Dreams of Gold

    In recent weeks, investors have flocked to gold to hedge against the market’s volatility. But you don’t have to have a background in high finance or flash trading technology to benefit from gold nearing $1800 an ounce.

    Divorce Your Jewels’, Missy Schorr says that her gold business is booming. A recent customer recently liquidated his gold collection that he had been accumulating for over 10-years. He would buy all types of gold chain and odds and ends from eBay, yard sales and flea markets.

    The man, who is a litigator by day, brought Missy several bags of the precious metal. She tested it all piece-by-piece for authenticity and weighted the bounty, which she describes looking like a rapper’s rope chain ransom. The end result was a six-figure check paid to the order of the litigator.

    How is he going to spend the money? It’s anyone’s speculation. Now is the perfect time to collect your unused gold and call Missy to cash it in for your next big purchase. On the flip side, the Divorce Your Jewels store has an array of designer watches that are mint condition. Some pieces retailed for over $28,000 but are reduced to about $7,000. Now that's a discount we like!

    Missy Schorr

    August 16, 2011

    Chanel at Daffy’s

    One of our spies has a keen eye for Daffy's and recently told us that the discounter had received a shipment of merchandise from Hirshleifers. The super luxury boutique is located at the Americna Manhasset mall on Long Island, and carries high-end brands like Chanel, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli and Missoni.

    To confirm the information, we hit the Daffy's at East 57th Street. We searched the store with the determination of a Project Runway contestant. Right before we were ready to give up, we spotted the rack, which is located directly outside the lower level women's fitting room.

    We were not disappointed. We found oriental theme print Chanel blouses for $430 from a suggested retail price of $1790, a Givenchy wool jacket for $580 from $2450, a Michael Kors full length skirt fit for a ball for $1200 from $6500 and a Rodarte sequined cocktail dress with navy illusion for $600 from $2530. The real show stopper, however, is a tweed coat that we are sure is Chanel. There is no tag and the buttons were removed but the lining and the tailoring are a dead giveaway. The price is $870 from a suggested retail of $3600.

    Unfortunately, there are not many pieces of each item. We are told that the merchandise was spread throughout Manhattan stores and we imagine that sizes and assortments will vary. The merchandise is about three years old but most of these items are timeless in design. You can click here to see a full catalog of pictures from our Daffy's trip.
    August 15, 2011

    Ladurée Coming Soon

    By: L. Evans
    The famed French patisserie, Maison Ladurée is set to open their first NYC location by Fashion's Night Out (September 8) on Madison Avenue, next to Celine. The lux pastry boutiques are known for their macarons filled with ganache and have locations across the world from Paris to Bahrain.

    The company's pastries are loved by French tourists and locals alike. As one Paris native explained, "It's not just a fantastic pastry but the best pastries ever... and the experience is divine. I can't wait. I can't wait!"

    Santoni, the Italian shoemaker, was formerly in the space at 864 Madison Avenue, at 71nd Street. Unfortunately, this location will not serve food but we're sure most customers can make a lunch of napoleons.

    August 11, 2011

    Giorgio Armani Fourth Floor Sales

    By ManhattanMataHari

    While most of the Madison Avenue markdowns have come and gone, the Giorgio Armani boutique is having their collection sale through the end of August. Go straight to the elevator and up to the fourth floor where all the merchandise including accessories and ready-to-wear are discounted 40% off retail.

    At a glance it seems the stock is rather limited, but there are multiple sizes and styles in the stock room. This is actually considered a consolidation sale but the discount still doesn't seem to make a large dent on these big ticket items. We immediately spotted a large selection of leather jackets that are perfect for fall with a structured smooth black lambskin starting at $4825. A finely textured thick gray lambskin version is a bit more at $6425 and brown ruched snakeskin jacket was $10,975.

    We spotted a lot of pieces from the spring/summer “La Femme Bleue” collection. Interestingly, the sales racks were overwhelmed by blazers, jackets, and dresses. Dresses in summery whites and beiges ruled the racks. Beige dresses ranged from $1525 for a body-conscious knit to a $2775 for a draped number.

    After the hectic summer department store and sample sales, the personalized customer service at Giorgio Armani is quite refreshing. It might even help you forget that the discount is only 40% and the final purchase price is still four figures long.

    Robert: 212-988-9191
    August 10, 2011

    Matthew Williamson Final Markdown

    Matthew Williamson has started their final markdown. The 60% discount isn't as good as the customary friends and family sale that was 80% off but we hear promotion has gone the way of the subway token.

    The sale ends August 21st and then the merchandise is sent back to Europe. It's likely that the company has more to gain from a refund on custom taxes than the income from continuing to mark down the merchandise.

    The new prices are not yet available online but we anticipate that they will be shortly....
    August 9, 2011

    Okaidi-Obaibi Last Offers

    When it comes to summer shopping, there's no better month than August to find great deals. Obaibi and their big kid store, Okaidi are hosting an amazing promotion, which starts Tuesday.

    If you buy one article of clothing from the spring/summer 2011 collection, you get the second piece for just $1 and if you buy one accessory you can get the second and third for just $1. The entire collection for both lines can be found online at www.okaidi.us .

    While browsing through the site we were even able to find great transitional pieces like a jersey dress and cardi set for $30, a fleece polo is $36 and a belted canvas jacket for $40 and this shiny hooded raincoat for $54 is an absolute classic.

    Those shopping the Fall 2011 collection online receive $15 off orders of $60 or more, or $15 off every $60 spent, in stores. Okaidi and Obaibi are the perfect retail solutions for those parents who have kids who are more fashion forward than themselves. (We all know it happens from time to time.) The clothing is designed around coordinating collections that are absolutely adorable. Check out the "gray, white, checks and stripes" collection.

    These promotions are available in stores and online. Be sure to check out the Obaibi boutique in Carnegie Hill and click here to find the closest Okaidi store.

    1296 Madison Avenue @ 92nd