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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know when the NM, Saks, etc winter sales start this year?  Has anyone received the coveted *yeah right* "private" sale invitations? Not that I pride myself in knowing...but Armani 40% sales begin November 26.
post #2 of 17
Barney's NY Coop and Designer Sportswear private sale starts tommorow... 30-50% off.
post #3 of 17
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I should have included this question in the original post but I forgot: When they say "private" sale, does this mean that only those quote invited can purchase at the sale price? Or does this mean that you can come by and look (i.e. set aside) certain merchandise and THEN purchase it when the official open-public sale begins?  Im thinking it's the latter, though Im curious how someone that knows about the sale, but lacks said "invitation", would go about purchasing at sale price. Just wanted a clarification thanks all. e
post #4 of 17
Where one can purchase and set aside to be sent during sale time is usually referred to as a "Pre-Sale". I know Jeffrey in NY does this by word of mouth as I managed to catch the first day of a pre-sale by a generous salesperson I have dealt with in the pass. Barney's had an invite this year, but I don't think one would be excluded if they didn't have a paper copy. Industry wide I have not seen a standard to the def. of private sale and pre-sale, etc. I think one should just ask. If you're buying, I'm sure you would be eligible if you just ask nicely... Pete
post #5 of 17
i asked a neiman marcus employee recently when they would be having a sale, and her response was "we have one before christmas, and another after christmas." i've never been christmas shopping there, does someone know what kind of discounts one can get, and do they apply to men's tailored clothing?
post #6 of 17
Neiman's usually has 30% pre-Christmas (first call), and an additional 30-40% post. The best deals seem to be one outerwear and tailored clothing (Saks deals tend to be better though.)
post #7 of 17
la guy, so you're saying that if i wait until after christmas, i can go to neiman or saks and get brand new isaia suits at 70% off? d'oh. i've been throwing money down the drain all this time. what's the catch? edit: i didn't mean to imply that i've been buying isaias at full retail. i don't even own one as i thought they were out of my price range. but if i can pick up a $2000 suit for $600, i certainly will.
post #8 of 17
Actually, The total savings after Christmas is closer to 50% (at Neimans.) It's 70% of retail before Christmas, and then 30% off of that, or 21%, after that. At Saks, the total savings can be 65%. Barneys goes to a straight 50% off. Buy it then. The warehouse sale has the same prices (at the outset) with a weaker selection. Emporio Armani, on friends and family day, goes up to 60% off before Christmas. There are great deals to be had before and after Christmas, if you don't mind the crowds (and I personally love the bustle. I can't afford to drop a few grand at a time anyway, so it's not like I need to snatch up that Brioni overcoat before someone else does. Once, I ended up personal shopping for a Beverly Hills dowager, but that is another story.) Friends don't let friends pay retail, much. Besides, getting a deal makes you a fashion fan. Paying retail makes you a whale. It's like at a casino. The people that get the best treatment are the ones the salespeople respect the least. The seasoned shoppers generally don't get bothered - the salespeople know that they know their stuff, will make a purchase when they are good and ready, and aren't particularly susceptible to the pitch.
post #9 of 17
Friends don't let friends pay retail, much. Besides, getting a deal makes you a fashion fan. Paying retail makes you a whale.
That should be our forum motto. For those of you in the Bay area that are interested in deals - pay a visit to the San Francisco and Colma Nordstrom Racks. There are some nice Gianluca Isaia pieces (sportcoats $300-$500 and suits $500-$600.) Also a LOT of nice Zegna including some 15 MilMil 15. Prices for the Zegna are similar to the Isaia. There are a few nice Corneliani suits scattered around too ($300-$400) and also a lot of Hickey Freeman suits at 50% off which brings them to about $250 apiece. I just left there about two hours ago. Oh, and I double-checked the Joseph Abboud Black Label suits. They claim an "Italian canvas" construction which is a fancy Abboud term for fused, and not particularly well. If you are REALLY cheap (or just broke) then check out the Cuseri suits at Marshalls. I saw a lot of decent looking Cuseri suits and sportcoats for $100-$150. Fused front but the cuts and fabrics aren't bad. The machine-handpicked lapels don't look half bad either. I'd say they compare well to a lot of Boss an GianLuca Napoli suits I've seen. Retail value is probably about $500 so $150 isn't a bad deal. Don't be distracted by all the Sartoria Menchetti, Naldini, Sartoria InBlazer, and the million other knock-off brands you will see there. They aren't as nice. Also there are a few stray Corneliani sportcoats knocking around for $100-$150.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Im posting this as "reference" for a future newbie that might come upon this thread later. I wasn't very familiar with the "invites" and "pre-sale" thing, but have since learned more. I went to the Armani pre-sale yesterday. Bascially, a staff member helps you out, picks pieces here and there that he/she thinks you might like or be interested in...then you decide.  The pre-sale usually runs about a week or so before the actual (public) sale commences.  You can't really purchase the merchandise per se - instead, the salesperson sets things aside and when the actual sale begins you already have your pieces selected.  He/she can then ship them to you (usually for a fee) or you can pick them up later. It saves you time, you're assured they have the pieces you like, and you avoid the usual chaos that accompany said sales.   On the flip...Im not sure how things happen elsewhere and it might be different. The idea (should be) is the same.
post #11 of 17
Here in SF, Neiman's and Sak's started 11/13. Billyblue's is also on now, 20-40%, and I saw some pretty cool stuff there when I did my book signing 11/15. Also got my annual Wilkes coupon in the mail Saturday
post #12 of 17
Hey Steve, I'll be down in S.F. in a few weeks. Any way you could hook me up with one of those Wilkes coupons? Thanks.
post #13 of 17
On a related note: What can one expect to find in Last Call and Off 5th this time of year. Summer suits and stuff? I haven't been (plan to when I get back to the U.S.) but was just curious as to what awaits me.
post #14 of 17
Hey Guys- Saks has a 40% add'l markdown on sale prices Friday only from 8-11am. 25% rest of the weekend...
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
Nice. You read my mind. I was just about to ask about Saks. I found one here in Miami today. Thanks.
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