Shameful confession: Boxing Day is my favourite day of the year. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I feel about Boxing Day the way other people feel about their birthdays. Seriously. Pulling together the Designer Sale Guide each year is, truthfully, research for my own shopping pleasure that you all happen to get to benefit from…or blame me for.
Either way, here’s this year’s edition, filled to the brim with must-shop destinations where you can spend your hard-earned money on fabulous new duds at jaw-droppingly marked down prices. We’ll be updating daily, so check back for the latest Boxing Week sales, final cuts, exclusive online codes and more!
Farfetch - Save up to 40% off. Our source for Carven, McQ by Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney.
Luisa Via Roma - Save up to 50% off. Our source for Giuseppe Zanotti, Roksanda Ilincic, Jean-Pierre Braganza.
Matches Fashion - Save up to 80% off. Our source for Giles, Isabel Marant, Jonathan Saunders.
My-Wardrobe - Save up to 50% off. Our source for Moschino Cheap & Chic, McQ by Alexander McQueen, Paul & Joe Sister.
Net-a-porter (International site) – Save up to 50% off. Our source for Prabal Gurung, Matthew Williamson, Victoria Beckham.
REVOLVE Clothing - Up to 50% off over 2,300 styles. Our source for Clover Canyon, Equipment, Enza Costa.
Shopbop - Save up to 70% off. Our source for Alexander Wang, Dannijo, Rag & Bone.
The Corner - Save up to 50% off. Our source for Barbara Bui, Mary Katrantzou, Maison Martin Margiela.
ACROSS NORTH AMERICA (Online & In Stores)
Barneys New York - Save up to 75% off off regular prices in stores and online. Our source for 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lanvin, Manolo Blahnik.
Bergdorf Goodman - Save as much as 60% off. Our source for Gucci, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen.
Bloomingdales - Save up to 50% off. Our source for Marc by Marc Jacobs, DVF, Theory.
CUSP – Save up to 60% off. Our source for Milly, Nanette Lepore, Elizabeth and James.
INTERMIX - Save up to 75% off when you take an extra 40% off on sale merchandise. Our source for Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Sergio Rossi.
La Garçonne - Save up to 50% off. Our source for A.P.C., Jeremy Laing, Isabel Marant.
Neiman Marcus - Save up to 60% off. Our source for Erdem, Jason Wu, Valentino.
Net-a-porter (U.S. site) – Save up to 70% off. Our source for Prabal Gurung, Matthew Williamson, Victoria Beckham. **UPDATED**
Nordstrom - Save up to 60% off. Our source for Burberry, Donna Karan, 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Saks Fifth Avenue - Save up to 60% off online and in stores. Our source for Burberry, Pink Tartan, Brian Atwood.
SSENSE - Save up to 70% off on fall/winter merchandise. Our source for Alexander McQueen, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Smythe. **UPDATED**
The Bay - At The Room, save 60% off on selected fall/winter merchandise. Our source for Jason Wu, Charlotte Olympia, Erdem.
eLUXE – Save up to 70% off on fall/winter merchandise. Our source for Smythe, Pink Tartan, Rebecca Minkoff.
Holt Renfrew - Save up to 50% off on selected fall/winter merchandise. Our source for Burberry, Gucci, Alexander McQueen.
TNT The New Trend - Save up to 70% off all sale merchandise. Our source for Smythe, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Sandro.
It’s no secret that we at The Backseat Stylers love sales (S especially!). In fact, we’re old hats at them by now. Over the years, we’ve had entirely too much fun at sales of the sample, end-of-season, charity, auction and even warehouse variety. We’ve lined up for hours to be the first in the doors at the Hermès sale, stayed up way past bedtime with mouse at the ready for online Black Friday sales, and generally exhibited a whole lot of crazy to save money on things people say never go on sale.
As bonafide saleaholics, there’s just one thing we haven’t done yet, and that’s host a sale. It was only a matter of time, really, and today we’re excited to announce that we’re about to check that one off the bucket list, ladies and gents! The Backseat Stylers are partnering with one of our favourite jewelry designers, Canada’s own Jenny Bird, for an exclusive sale you won’t be able to resist (we know we won’t!). Featured in Vogue and Gossip Girl and stocked at some of our favourite shopping destinations like Shopbop and Intermix, Bird’s eponymous line of handbags and jewelry is everything we look for in our accessories: bold, statement-making and downright to-die-for. And, for the next 48 hours, on serious sale.
From now until December 10 at 12pm, use our exclusive code JBXBSS50 for 50% off any purchase on Jenny Bird’s online shop! There’s no catch – just gorgeous jewelry at amazing sale prices. With only 48 hours and inventory sure to sell out fast, we suggest you click on over there asap!
Having a tough time deciding on a holiday gift for the stylish one on your list, or a treat for yourself? Check out our picks from the collection:
$225 now $112.50
$395 now $197.50
Happy shopping! And be sure to report back on your fabulous buys.
xx, T and S
Image Credits: Jenny Bird
You all know by now that I love me a good sale, so when notice of SSENSE.com‘s latest arrived in my inbox, I wasted no time in clicking on over there. Of course, in true shopaholic fashion, I kind of want everything. These are my current obsessions (a long list indeed):
1. Alexander Wang Black Matte Sunglasses – Was $380, now $266.
2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Camera Bag – Was $425, now $298.
3. Alexander Mcqueen Leopard Print Skull Scarf – Was $820, now $574.
4. Fallon Spike Knuckle Duster Ring – Was $140, now $98.
5. Yves Saint Laurent Purple Tribute Heels – Were $775, now $542.
6. T By Alexander Wang Velvet Cami Dress – Was $395, now $276.
7. Alice And Olivia ‘Louise’ Leather Skirt – Was $495, now $346.
8. Lanvin Escarpen Compense Heels – Was $1,625, now $1,138.
What’s in your virtual shopping bag?
Image Credits: SSENSE
Pelages et Camouflages (Spring 2010)
I have a reputation for being sale-obsessed.
While that’s a fairly accurate assessment of me, I’d like to set the record straight on one point: I do have standards (and other hobbies). You won’t find me trolling through garage sales on Saturday mornings (I enjoy my sleep way too much), I won’t line up for a measly 10% off (I’m looking at you Aritzia), and I can’t stand warehouse sales full of crap no one wants at any price. Of course, I wasn’t always so choosy; I’ve just learned, often the hard way, that not all sales are created equal. Being a seasoned sale shopper, I’ve uncovered, over the past few years, the holy trinity of Toronto sales: the clearance sales at TNT, the end-of-season sales at The Room at the Bay, and the holy grail of sales for some – Hermès’ biennual A Special Silk and Accessories Sale in support of multiple sclerosis research at St. Michael’s Hospital.
If you’ve read about my antics or seen my loot from the last Hermès charity sale, you’ll know I had a grand old time – so much fun, actually, that I couldn’t wait for the sale to return! After a two-year absence that felt like an eternity to me, the Hermès sale finally returned to Toronto last week. Having had two whole years to develop our plan of attack, J, M and me got up at an ungodly hour on May 5th and joined the short queue that had already begun outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the dark of night. I was 12th in line, and I must say that it’s quite comforting to know that there are at least 11 people in this city who are more insane than I am!
Fast forward a few hours and we were smack dab in the middle of a frenzy that only an Hermès sale could create. Much of what happened after we stepped through the doors of that sale room was a blur – of beautiful silks, sharp elbows and hurried decisions, that is. I had my game face on, snagging some bracelets early on and then shifting focus to the scarves. Thanks to some wise counsel from J and M, I whittled two armfuls of scarves down to a manageable five 90×90 classics that came home with me. I’m in love!
Mors et Gourmettes (Spring 2008) in silk jersey
Les Chevaux Quataris (Fall 2008)
Zodiaque (Spring 2009)
Timbalier (Fall 2010)
I’d say I did quite well – just as good, if not better, than my last Hermès sale outing. True to form, though, mere hours after I departed the sale I was already planning for the next one in another two years. Aahhh, the thrill of the sale hunt. In the meantime, I’ve got 5 lovely new scarves I can’t wait to play with!
Did you go to the sale? If so, share your loot!
Images courtesy of Hermès (via TPF)
I’ve been waiting two years for the return of the Hermès Special Silk and Accessories Sale, and finally it’s time! Anita at I want – I got did the legwork on confirming the date and broke the news a little while back; I immediately marked the date down in my calendar, and suggest that you do the same.
Date: May 5, 2011
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, North Building, Room 203
Hours: 8am – 7pm
Methods of Payment: Cash, debit and credit card accepted.
Notes: All sales are final. Telephone and mail orders not accepted. Limit of 5 90×90 silk scarves per person. Hermès boxes not provided for scarves.
Prices are deeply discounted – up to 50% off the regular retail prices. Inventory is expected to largely be made up of silk scarves (twillys, 90×90 scarves, and shawls) and men’s ties from a few seasons ago. At the sale in 2009, the 90×90 scarves stocked were originally issued in 2007 and were priced at $200 each. Also, shoppers interested only in men’s ties ($100 each) and accessories were permitted to skip the lineup. Some small leather goods and accessories, like belts, bracelets and wallets, may also be on hand but will be in limited quantities. No leather bags are expected. Note that all inventory will be fully unpacked and available when the sale starts, and will not be restocked thereafter, so get there early.
The 2009 edition of this sale was a huge success for me! I had a little too much fun, and picked up 5 silk scarves in various prints and colourways, each one lovelier than the next. And all in support of multiple sclerosis research at St. Michael’s Hospital, so I couldn’t feel too guilty about the damage to my pocketbook. Curious about my experience at the last sale? Read all about my escapades here and check out my loot here!
This sale is held only once every two years and is a can’t miss opportunity to pick up a classic Hermès piece at a discount and for a good cause. See you there!
Image credit: Scanned by Anita Clarke
So it turns out me and Nicki Minaj have something in common.
Pink hair? Nah. Serious badonkadonk? Not so much (on me). Love for Brian Atwood? That’d be it. Miss Minaj was spotted last October rocking the Brian Atwood Niki platform army ankle boots during a concert, and I followed suit (months later) with the boots but sans the performance. In fact, I just picked these babies up yesterday at the ridiculously amazing sale at The Room at the Bay - they’re offering an additional 40% off on F/W merchandise already reduced up to 70% off!
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If you follow us on Twitter, you’re already well aware that The Room at the Bay‘s second cut sale began yesterday, offering up to 70% off on fall/winter designer clothing, shoes and accessories that’ll make your heart stop (in the best possible way). You’re also well aware that on such an important shopping day, I managed to leave my wallet at home. This would have been a rather disappointing post if the story ended there…but luckily it doesn’t! Despite the very poor preparation on my part, my visit was still a resounding success and I made out like a bandit. The drug of choice for the day was shoes, shoes, shoes my friends, and my partner-in-crime J and the loveliest sales associate in the world S only fueled my addiction. Evidence of my shopping debauchery is now sitting in my footwear closet.
The first piece of incriminating evidence is these Nicholas Kirkwood python platform slingbacks. I’m not usually a fan of big chunky platforms, but these are all kinds of amazing. I don’t generally use the word ‘hot’ thanks to a certain member of the Hilton family, but I can’t help it. These are HOT.
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If you follow us on Twitter, you already know that The Room at the Bay’s end-of-season sale started on Friday, and that I rushed over on the very first day to make sure I didn’t miss out on anything incredibly chic and deeply discounted! I did really well at the sale last season, and I found the sale selection just as tempting this time around. On my first walk around The Room, I came up with nothing I had to have and thought perhaps I might be able to leave with no damage to the pocketbook; it was when I decided to take a second look around that all sorts of fabulousness started to come out of the woodwork!
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TNT is once again holding its semi-annual charity sale event in support of Ve’ahavta. From Nov 11-14, 2010, donate a minimum of $10 and get 25% of all regular price merchandise at all TNT stores in Toronto and Montreal. If that’s not enough to bring you into the store, TNT has also taken new markdowns of 30-40% off on selected fall/winter merchandise.
Brands include: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne, A.L.C., Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Carven, Claudie Pierlot, Comme des Garcons, C.P. Company, DRK SHDW by Rick Owens, Earnest Sewn, Elizabeth & James, Etoile by Isabel Marant, Fiorentini & Baker, Forte Forte, Free City, Golden Goose, Helmut Lang, Isabel Marant, J Brand, Junya Watanabe, Line, Loeffler Randall, Maje Paris, Marsell, Martin Margiela, Miu Miu, Nudie, Rag & Bone, Sandro Paris, Smythe, T by Alexander Wang, Theory, The Row, Transit, and Wooyoungmi.
I’ve picked up some great deals on Smythe and 3.1 Phillip Lim from TNT in the past, so I’ll definitely be dropping by this sale and suggest you do the same if you’re in Toronto or Montreal!
Saks has taken taken 30-40% off on designer selections for their Sneak Peek Sale, on now online and starting in stores tomorrow. The sale ends on Nov 12, 2010, when some of the merchandise will be marked back up to regular price, so take advantage while you can!
If you follow us on Twitter, you already know that I splurged on the Smythe Fall 2010 Cadet jacket and Alice + Olivia plaid tunic yesterday. The sale is definitely worth checking out!