As for the timing of the big sales in DC, I decided to pull out my AmEx bills form this time last year to see when my big purchases were in early 2004. Â Here's what I found: Neiman Marcus Last Call: Â On January 25th I bought a bunch of stuff; also on Feb. 7th, 2004. Â So, I think we'll probably be waiting until about the last week of January 2005 for this year's last call sale to begin. Saks: Â I got two awesome pairs of Zegna slacks last year at Saks. Â According to my credit card bill, I bought them on January 25th -- as I recall, they were something like 60% off. Â So that was pretty much the maximum reduction at Saks. Filenes: Â Last year I splurged when the Bergdorf's shipment arrived at the Filene's in DC, buying three St. Andrew's suits among other things. Â They were all @$600 each marked down from nearly $3,000 original retail. Â Â According to my AmEx bill, I got two of those on February 13, 2004 and one a few days later. Â So, around the first week or two of February, keep an eye on Section A of the Post and look for the Filene's ads for a "Big Shipment from a High-End New York Department Store" or similar language. Â A big shipment from Barney's should be arriving around the same time -- I think it arrived a couple of weeks after the Bergdorf's shipment. Â Now that I think about it, there was also a shipment that came from the high-end Connecticut duo of Richard's and Mitchell's.