Roundup List of the Best Black Friday 2013 Sales for Fashionistas

Black Friday Sales 2013 For FashionistasPhoto Source: Reuters

Admit it. Even though you’re a fashionista with a taste for pricey luxury items, you still can’t resist a good sale. When it comes to shopping your favorite stores – the four Bs: Bergdorf, Barneys, Bendel and Bloomingdale’s – a few bucks off that $1,000-plus Marc Jacobs tote or $500 Rag & Bone Newbury booties means extra cash in your Burberry wallet, or maybe some extra dough for that luscious Tom Ford lipstick for $50 you’ve been eyeing but couldn’t justify buying.

Lucky for you, the shopping event of the season, Black Friday, is nearly here, with countless opportunities to score discounts at sales by your favorite department and boutique stores, just in time for the holidays.

But don’t pigeonhole yourself into just those elite upscale shopping havens like Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor; many flash sale sites, discount stores, clearance outlets and other sartorial sanctuaries are having sales that we could only classify as ridiculous this year, beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

And, best of all, the holiday sales don’t end on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or even free shipping day. IBTimes spoke with an expert about the best deals on Black Friday, and according to Steve Schaffer, CEO of, when it comes to designer goods, it might be best to wait.

“Cyber Monday is a better time to buy clothing because you’re going to find storewide sales and storewide offers,” Schaffer said. “So 10 percent off on everything at X,Y,Z stores. For designer clothing, my recommendation is to shop the off-brand stores like Bluefly, 6pm, Haute Look, Neiman Marcus Last Call. … You’re going to save the most money.”

So, whether you choose to start now, shop on Thanksgiving, Black Friday or Cyber Monday, or hold out until after the shopping extravaganza concludes, you’ll want to check out this roundup of the best designer sales to make any fashionista salivate.


Bergdorf Goodman

WHAT: 5F Fall Frenzy Sale with 40 percent off contemporary, ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, jewelry, men’s and more. WHERE: Online and in stores. WHEN: Now until 11/28/2013.


WHAT: Big Brown Bag sale with up to 50 percent off select items; In store, $15 bMoney gift card for every $100 spent; Online-only, take $25 off every $200 spent; 30 percent off designer handbags; Free shipping on online orders until 12/21/2013; Loyalists get double Bloomingdale’s points until 12/1/2013 WHERE: Online and in stores (see previous details). WHEN: Now until 12/1/2013

Henri Bendel

WHAT: Extra 20 percent off sale items using code “FSEXTRA20”; Free shipping with no code needed; Sign up for emails and receive 10 percent off your next order; 20 percent off orders of $100 plus, 25 percent off orders of $200 plus, 30 percent off $300 plus using code “PARTYGUIDE” WHERE: Online. WHEN: Now until 12/4/2013

Saks Fifth Avenue

WHAT: 40 percent off designer items; 60 percent off Diane von Furstenberg; Free shipping with code “HOLIDAY” at checkout. WHERE: Online. WHEN: Now until 6 p.m. EST on 12/22/2013.

Neiman Marcus

WHAT: Up to 40 percent off select contemporary/cusp, dressed and more; Up to 25 percent off select regular-priced kids’ items; Sign up for emails and get 10 percent off until 11/30/2013 for new subscribers only. WHERE: Online and in stores. WHEN: Now until unknown.

Lord & Taylor

WHAT: Big Sale with 30 percent to 50 percent off regular-priced sportswear, 50 percent off coats and 30 percent off select dresses; In-store, print this coupon for 20 percent off sale and clearance items until Nov. 25; Online-only, save 15 percent off regular-priced items and 10 percent off sale and clearance items with promo code “BIG.” WHERE: Online and in stores. WHEN: 11/30/2013.


WHAT: Thanksgiving Day sale with 30 percent to 75 percent off items and sale continues through Saturday; WHERE: Online and in-stores. WHEN: Thanksgiving Day sale begins 8 p.m. 11/28/2013.



WHAT: Spend $250, save 15 percent; Spend $500, save 20 percent; Spend $1,000, save 25 percent. WHERE: Online. WHEN: 11/26/2013 to 12/2/2013.


WHAT: Blue Friday cold weather event with 30 percent off outerwear; Free shipping on orders of $75 or more until 12/31/2013; 25 percent off with email sign up until 12/31/2013. WHERE: Online.  WHEN: Now until unknown.

Neiman Marcus Last Call

WHAT: Extra 30 percent to 40 percent off women’s and men’s apparel; 30 percent off handbags and jewelry. WHERE: Online and in stores. WHEN: Now until 11/25/2013, online until 11/26/2013 until 8 a.m. CT.

Saks Off Fifth

WHAT: 40 percent to 50 percent off entire purchase for a total of 70 percent in savings; Free shipping on all purchases using code “FREESHIP”; Buy one pair of Women’s Denim and get another pair of equal or lesser value free; Buy one pair of Men’s Denim and get another pair of equal or lesser value free; Buy one Men’s Suit, Sportcoat or Dress Pant and get another of equal or lesser value free; An extra 50% off Men’s & Women’s Outerwear, Cashmere Sweaters, Hats, Gloves & Scarves. WHERE: In stores and online. WHEN: Now until 11/29/2013


WHAT: Mystery Black Friday sales. WHERE: Online. Follow the HauteLook Twitter page for clues. WHEN: 11/29/2013.



WHAT: Early Black Friday Sale with 40 percent off regular-priced items using code “GAPEARLY” or 50 percent off for those with a Gap Card using code “BFCARD”; $25 in GapCASH for every $50 spent with a $125 max until 11/22/2013. WHERE: Online-only. WHEN: Now until 11/23/2013. BONUS: said there will be a 50 percent off sale on 11/29/2013 and 40 percent off storewide 11/30/2013 until 12/2/2013.

Tommy Hilfiger

WHAT: 40 percent to 60 percent off the entire store. WHERE: Unknown. WHEN: Unknown.

Opening Ceremony

WHAT: 40 percent off select merchandise. WHERE: Unknown. WHEN: Unknown.

Nicholas K

WHAT: 30 percent off. WHERE: Online-only. WHEN: 11/29/2013.


WHAT: 25 percent off winter favorites for women, men and kids using code “WINTER.” WHERE: Online. WHEN: Now until 11/24/2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Ann Taylor

WHAT: 50 percent off all cashmere. WHERE: Online. WHEN: 11/29/2013.

Old Navy

WHAT: 50 percent off the entire store. WHERE: Online and in stores. WHEN: 7pm on 11/28/2013 through 11/29/2013. (Plus 40 percent off the entire store on 11/30/2013, 30 percent off the entire store 12/1/2013 and 12/2/2013).

Source: International Business Times

5 Online Retailers Cashing In On E-commerce


More people than ever are going online to shop. They’re making more splurge-purchases on luxury sites, doing more comparing of bargain prices, and, yes, they’re even “drunk-shopping,” as e-Bay mobile vice president Steve Yankovich, revealed last year. As an alternative to brick-and-mortar stores, the e-commerce industry has emerged as a great place to get exactly what you want, when you want it, and how you want it. The best sites carve out a niche in the industry and make sure to connect with their customers in a unique way. Here are five e-commerce companies that have marked their territories—and are primed for big success.


Lot18 |

Specialty: Food and wine
Headquarters: New York City
Leadership: Philip James, Kevin Fortuna (co-founders), Mark Pinney (CFO)

Why it’s hot: Want some Gilt with that wine? Lot18 is a luxe, membership-only daily deals website that specializes in top-tier wines, gourmet food, and sumptuous culinary experiences. The company’s team of experts works with winemakers, food producers, and hospitality chains around the world to select personalized, high-end offers for customers. The 750,000 member company raised $30 million in funding from Accel Partners, New Enterprise Associates, and FirstMark Capital last November, and delivers to all 50 states. Not sure if you can trust Lot18′s taste? Its VP of procurement, Dini Rao, was a senior buyer for AmazonWine and helped the company to sell more than half a million bottles of wine in its first year.


Crowd Seats |

Specialty: Sports
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Leadership: Justin Cener (CEO)

Why it’s hot: Launched in August 2011,Crowd Seats is the first flash deals site for professional and collegiate sports events around the country. The company purchases excess inventory from teams and brokers, and sells nearly 500 tickets each week for 50% to 90% of the face value. Plus, there are no convenience charges or processing fees, and ticketholders can cash in on Groupon-style discounts via friend referrals. Crowd Seats vouchers are currently available in six U.S. cities, and will expand to four more, including Toronto, by the end of June. But don’t think you’re getting bottom-barrel deals. Although it hasn’t yet received additional funding, Crowd Seats sells nearly 500 tickets each month to showdowns like the Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic and the Yankees vs. the Rays.

fab |

Specialty: Design
Headquarters: New York City
Leadership: Jason Goldberg (CEO), Bradford Shane Shellhammer (CCO)

Why it’s hot: In February 2010, comeback kids, Jason Goldberg and Bradford Shane Shellhamer raised from the ashes of their defunct social networking site, Fabulis. The new company is a flash sales marketplace that sells home goods, accessories, clothing, and jewelry from independent designers, and recently updated its mobile app, which is the No. 1 shopping app for design in the Apple App Store. raised more than $51 million in funding by December 2011 and acquired German flash sales site Casacanda two months later. The newly christened added 300,000 members in just 40 days, bringing the company’s global membership to nearly 2.5 million.

oyster |

Specialty: Travel
Headquarters: New York City
Leadership: Elie Seidman (co-founder & CEO), Ariel Charytan (co-founder & CCO), Etyan Seidman (co-founder & VP of product)

Why it’s hot: Aside from booking a flight, finding a place to stay can be one of the most daunting aspects of travel. Enter a travel accommodation PI whose 20 hotel “investigators” have covered more than 2,500 hotels in over 100 locations around the world. Investigators take high-res photos of everything at each location—from the mattress to the mini bar—and review it on a one-to-five “pearl” scale. also checks out nearby restaurants to see if they’re up to snuff. Last April, the Travel Channel invested $7.5 million in the company and earlier this year, released a free iPad app that includes more than 700,000 undoctored images and interactive maps.


Shop It To Me |

Specialty: Apparel
Headquarters: San Francisco
Leadership: Charlie Graham (CEO)

Why it’s hot: Founded in 2005, Shop It to Me is hardly a new kid on the block. Even so, the personal Web shopper makes more than 2 billion product recommendations each month and continues to feature new retailers among its 700-brand list. Recent retailers include Alexander Wang, Milly, and Karen Millen. The company’s platforms include Salemails, or personalized newsletters delivered to its 4 million, too-busy-to-browse subscribers; and an expansion of, where bargain hunters can search for new deals.

Why we love it?

Whether it’s traditional “brick-and-mortar” companies choosing to shift their focus, or new brands creating their own niche strictly within the e-commerce world – it has become apparent that taking business online is the way to go. With U.S. online sales expected to reach nearly $370 billion within the next four years, it only makes sense for retailers to start focusing more on the customer they don’t see – the one shopping from their laptop or mobile device.

What are your favorite new online retailers? Comment below!