November 6, 2008

    Defying Age With Oz Garcia

    I'm going to take a moment to deviate from sale talk because good health and living well is priceless. You know how much I love Oz Garcia and his enthusiasm for looking great, staying healthy, feeling young and looking great, looking great, and looking great.

    Oz's celeb clients include, Hilary Swank, Victoria Secret model Karolina Kurkova, Project Runway's Heidi Klum, bold named rap stars, Russian Oligarchs and yours truly. You can get a piece of his wisdom for a small fraction of what the stars pay by attending his symposium at the 92nd St Y on Tuesday, Nov 11th at 6:30pm.

    There Oz will be discussing how you can redesign your path to youthful vitality. His talk will examine the benefits of power foods, the next generation of nutraceuticals, energy and mood boosters and brain function enhancers. He will explain the latest developments in weight management breakthroughs, immune strengthening tools and progressive cosmetic treatments to promote a more youthful appearance and increase vitality. All that for just $18!

    Tickets can be purchased through the Y's website by clicking here....
    November 6, 2008

    Henri Bendel Friends & Family 20% Off

    I have no idea who shops at Henri Bendel's any more. It used to be a store great for introducing interesting designers and unique accessories. No other department store had a millinery department like Bendel's but all that is gone. On the bright side, there is a vast cosmetic floor!!!

    If nothing brings you to Bendels you might want to do some exploring being that they are hosting a 20% off friends and family event from Friday, Nov. 7th until Sunday, Nov. 9th. Only full priced merch is included but hats usually didn't go on sale anyway.

    Thanks for the tip J.L....
    November 5, 2008

    Saks Private Night Pre-Sale

    Like most New York institutions, Saks has a secret society that enjoys special privileges. For instance, certain Manhattan elite [read the likes of: Barbra Walters] have a constant 30% off discount. Other shoppers enjoy the store alone with their stylists and personal shoppers while a skeleton staff stays after hours [ahem: Céline Dion]. Then there are the minority of shoppers who are invited to Private Night [me and you].

    Presenting Private Night c/o Peter Tay:


    Fall 2008 Private Night sale will be on November 11 and 12. I do not have a list of what is on sale, however I am sure there will be lots of goodies.

    The following vendors are excluded from Private Night - Chanel, Prada, Gucci, and Miu Miu.

    In order for me to accomodate everyone I am asking you to email me A list of definite items you want and A second list of maybes as A backup.

    The "definites" list should consist of the shoes/bags/etc that you want unconditionally. You can "shop" through my Facebook albums and give me the numbers, color and size of each of the shoes that you definitely want. This way I can set your shoes aside before the madness begins.

    The "maybe" list should consist of shoes/bags/etc that would be the replacement goodies, in the event that some of the items on the "definite" list become unavailable.

    Once I receive both lists, I will start pulling your "definite" lists, and then follow with your "maybe" lists. I will then get in touch with you and let you know the outcome.

    Please be considerate of my time when compiling your list. I have many clients to help so please only include items you are seriously interested in.

    If you are still not a member of facebook, I would strongly recommend you become one, if not just to look at shoes in my albums, but to connect to all your friends who are.
    This assures that you get what you want without coming into the store and minimizing the handling of your items.

    If you will be using pre existing EGC, please let me know so I can transfer the balances to an EGC card u can process on your behalf. If you have an EGC with a balance greater than $1000.00, email me so I can give you directions on how to send your EGC to me.

    It's first come, first serve, so don't miss out!



    Peter Tay
    Saks Fifth Avenue
    Women's Designer Shoe Salon
    611 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10022
    T: 212-940-2401
    E: personal.shopper.saks@gmail.com
    Days off: Mondays & Tuesdays
    Check out my updated Sak's Facebook Photo Album: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1010623408

    Guarantee Sak's newest shoes are delivered to your inbox. Add personal.shopper.saks@gmail.com to your address book today.
    November 5, 2008

    Luca Luca Private Pre-sale 40% Off

    Today I received the following text message:

    Hey MAS. U didn't hear it from me, but luca luca presale is from nov 6th -8th. sale is invite only. Mear Mortals must wait until the 10th 4 such fab savings. Xxoo. Kiki.

    There you go. I figured I would keep the typos to maintain authenticity. Kiki: we love you but you need to send us a copy of the invite! Between now and then just insist you "forgot" it at home. Everyone knows you're a goddess.

    Contact: Inci (212) 288 9285...
    November 4, 2008

    La Perla Private Sale 40% Off

    Almost as important as what you wear is what you don't wear. That's why La Perla has always been the go-to brand for those who like to dress up and undress. 

    Well this week the girly girls and bad girls are both being rewarded. From Wednesday, Nov 5th until Sunday, Nov 9th, La Perla is hosting an invite only private sales allowing shoppers 40% off lingerie, swimwear and ready to wear. (You must print and bring a copy of the below invite.)

    Thank me for the savings but I will not be responsible for what you do with the merchandise.
    Merci Ms. Dancer!
    November 3, 2008

    Cosmetic Wars: Friends and Family

    Last week the department stores were duking it out with their 40% off sales. This week it's Sephora and Beauty.com. Starting Wednesday through Friday is offering customers 20% off all products except NARS and Kooba.

    Then from Thursday until Sunday, Sephora.com will be offering their friends 20% off. The magic Sephora code is FF2008 and can be used as many times as one likes. What's even better is that there are no exclusions. However, I've been told that they tend to "run out of product" quickly during these sales.

    October 31, 2008

    Saks Price Matches NM

    Last week Neimen Marcus announced a three day sale where sportswear, dress collections and designer coats would be discounted 40%.  Now Saks is price matching.

    Paige Turner reports that there is a huge sale on the 5th floor of Saks, which includes dozens of denim, DVF, Marc Jacobs, Alice and Olivia, Vera Wang Lavender and lots of other bridge lines. The sale runs through the weekend but I would expect that there will be many more to come.

    Contact: 212-753-4000 ask for Eric in the Alice and Olivia...
    October 30, 2008

    Confusion at Chanel

    Early last week we wrote about Chanel raising their prices 30% this coming month. Due to the world's financial whirlwind and retail downtrend the company apparently decided not to be so hasty. Many Chanel experts explain the Walmart-type rollback to the weakening Euro, which is down about 20% since highs in July.

    This about face has caused mass confusion among Chanel fans. And the trouble is that shoppers are not the only ones confused. Even sales experts can't agree about what the double C icon is doing with their pricing. 

    For the sake of shallow journalism I thought I would do some calling around town and use the Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap in caviar as our litmus test. The following is what expert shoppers and Chanel handbag sales associates had to say about the situation.

    Mad-Spy fan and Chanel customer:
    Med/Large Caviar: $2,350 --> $2,495 (up 3%)
    Med/large Lambskin: $2,495 --> $2,695 (up 8%)
    Jumbo caviar: $2,650 --> $2,675 (up 1%)
    Jumbo lambskin: $2,850 --> $2,875 (up 1%)
    225: will go up 11%
    226: will go up 4%
    227: will go up 9% ($2,850 --> $3,095)

    Madison Avenue Chanel
    Betsy 212-535-5505
    Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap Caviar is $2650 and will be $3000. The increase was going to be 30% and then they lowered it. You should, of course, come in and buy it now. (We say: But of course!) 
    The 2.55 is going up $100 to $3095 from $2850.
    Math is not Betsy's strong suit but she can get you the purple out-of-stock color if you like.

    Soho Chanel
    Erma Store Director 212-334-0055
    The Jumbo Caviar is not going up in price and the medium is going up like $100. We are told that the 2.55s will be going up in price as they receive them for next season. However, the cruise collection of bags is actually going down because of the strengthening dollar.

    N15 @ 57th St. Chanel
    Ermam 212-355-5050
    The Jumbo Caviar is $2650 and Nov 1 it’s still going to be the same price. The 2.55s are going up a bit more around $100 to $200.
    Ermam rattles off the same story as our Soho Chanel store managers, "There was going to be a bigger increase but with the strength of the dollar they decided not to move forward."

    Elmira 212-940-4347
    "They [Chanel] said that it [the increase] will be about 20% in November." Saks doesn't have the new price sheet for the cruise collection but the Jumbo Classic Flap in patent leather will be $3000. The 2.55 that is $2695 will be $2995.

    Bergdorf Goodman
    Barbara 212- 872-2858
    "The Jumbo is not going up in price and is staying at $2650." The medium lambskin and caviar are going up a bit. The 2.55, which $2695 is going to be $150 more.

    Call and put on hold for over 5 minutes.
    Call again and put on hold for 5 more minutes.
    Call again. No answer.
    Call again. No answer.
    Call again. No answer.
    Call again. No answer.
    Nobody ever shopped in Bloomingdales for their great customer service.

    Photo Credit: China Doll Stuff The picture was too cute to resist.