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 Offer.com, 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.

DEPARTMENT STORES:

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.

Bloomingdale’s

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.

Macy’s

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.

OUTLETS:

Shopbop

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.

Bluefly

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

HauteLook

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

STORES:

Gap

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: Fabsugar.com 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.

J.Crew

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

Fashionista of the Month: Kimberly E. Stone, Founder of Poshglam

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Our fashionista for this month is Kimberly E. Stone, creator of the innovative and highly popular site POSHGLAM. Kimberly has launched a unique platform that not only promotes emerging designers, brands and artists – but also includes a witty, engaging tone with valuable inside knowledge of the fashion industry.

What made you start your blog rather than be a designer? 

I still do design from time to time. I wanted to first pay homage to designers that already exist. I knew that paying dues is a large part of getting into the fashion industry and I did not feel that I was ready to put my designs out there at the time. Being successful in fashion requires a combination of things: talent, design, marketing, publicity, timing – and I found that I was more interested in the marketing side of the business and really delving into how the web is dynamically changing the way we consume products and interact with brands. I wanted to better understand the evolving product life-cycle and assist emerging designers in marketing themselves globally utilizing the web as a vehicle for catalyzation.

What has been your greatest accomplishment (so far)? 

It is very exciting, I’ve met some wonderful people that have changed my life and enhanced my love for fashion, style and luxury as well as built relationships with people all over the globe. I call them my “virtual BFFs”, I would do anything for them! My greatest accomplishment has been establishing a recognizable brand and doing what I love. Giving people just like me a voice in the fashion industry, I’m thrilled everyday!

What are some of your goals (short and long term)? 

My short term goal is to become more immersed in the art of design, I’m taking classes here and there, and developing my critical eye. I have an appreciation for all fashion & design but have begun to crystallize my opinions on not only what works, but why.

I’m also playing with the idea of growing POSHGLAM as a communal presence. My peers have launched their social platforms, some have been very successful, others seem to have launched prematurely before the market was ready. As I focus on making the site more robust, I make a point to ensure that the market timing is perfect and I don’t want to introduce anything that my audience isn’t receptive to yet, the web evolves everyday, and so does online behavior. As the world of web changes, we (POSHGLAM) focus on adequate and disruptive evolution as well.

What are some of your biggest challenges? 

The application of theoretical business versus real world practice and learning how to balance the two is something I’m working on. I also try to make sure that any advice I receive whether it is from people I interact with or things I read on the internet, applies in today’s real-time market.

Who are some of your favorite designers? 

Burak Uyan (shoe designer)

Angel Jackson (handbag designer)

Melody Ehsani (jewelry designer)

Rachel Roy (fashion designer)

Mara Hoffman (Swimwear)

CC SKYE (Jewelry)

What are some of your favorite fashion websites, magazines, or books? 

British Vogue, Elle, Harpar’s Bazaar, I love graphic design…books on graphic design and imagery. I see art, design and fashion everywhere. It’s a cool perspective to have. My perception is altered by fashion, I guess it’s my filter, like rose-tinted lenses.

What do you do when you’re not blogging or working? 

When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling as well as trying new foods. I also like to invent things – working with an engineer and coming up to solutions for problems. Everyone always wants me to be their “business coach”, I always decline. I’m really annoying when it comes to business and getting things done, and they are even more annoying, when it’s not done…adequately.

Three words that describe your style: 

I would say: Polished, Artistic, and Enthusiastic.

What are some of your favorite beauty products? 

Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye LinerGuerian has a great Terracotta , Chanel Foundation: VITALUMIÈRE-AQUA, Brownberry Spraytan (guilty pleasure)

Any future projects or pieces we should look out for? 

I still like to design for fun, I will be collaborating with emergent designers and creating various handbags, shoes, jewelry etc. Also, I’m getting back into modeling, stay tuned!

What advice do you have for other bloggers or fashion business owners? 

My advice for any entrepreneur would be to have a plan of action. Not necessarily a business plan which does have its place, but a plan for market integration – knowing when and how to start. If you have an idea, ensure that it’s authentic and then run with it – because if you wait eventually someone else will come up with that same idea and produce it. There really is no time like the present because there will never be a perfect time for you to put your idea out there.

 

Kimberly’s Haute List

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1. My Primpette Pillowcases

2. Merlot, A great glass of merlot full of aminos

3. Archipelago Candles

4. Ahava dead sea salt body wash

5. Cartier Stationary (can’t live without)

6. Sweet & Spicy Cocktails

7. Mussels (one of my favorite dishes)

8. A great business book (always buying them)

9. Guiseppe Zanotti Shoes (love them)

10. Narciso Rodriguez for her (best fragrance in history)