Deal: 50% to 80% off jewelry. The sale will include bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces, semi-precious and rare stones, and one-of-a-kind pieces.
When/Where: Tuesday, December 10 through Wednesday, December 11. Daily 8:30am—7pm. 73 Spring St between Broadway and Lafayette St, suite 501 (212-764-3030)
Link: Stephen Dweck Jewelry
Deal: Markdowns on men's and women's clothing, accessories, and shoes.
When/Where: Wednesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 8. Wed-Fri 10:30am to 8pm, Sat 11am to 6pm, Sun 10am to 3pm. Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave between W. 15th and W. 16th Sts (212-243-6005)
Link: Rag & Bone
Update #2, 12/01: Despite what's been posted on the Chelsea Market website, Rag & Bone has just told us the sale will officially open to the public on Wednesday, December 4, with friends and family happening the day before. In the past, the door policy has been lax for this day, and we're inquiring if the general public will be allowed in.
Update, 12/01: The start time for the sale still hasn't been posted to the Chelsea Market website. We're still awaiting a response from the brand, but the security guard at Chelsea Market's reception offered that the brand would be moving in tonight to set up. The past two sales have started at 10:30am.
It's time to update our Indie 38, our annual list of the city's best standalone clothing and jewelry boutiques. In order to keep the numbers manageable, we've added a few parameters. Like last time, we've excluded all vintage stores and anything that hasn't been open for at least six months. Each of the shops here are also all multi-brand retailers. However, we've decided to break this rule for Reformation, because of the company's concept of repurposing vintage into something new.
We've eliminated stores that've become such a hit that they're no longer all that indie, such as Opening Ceremony and Steven Alan, and removed a few from last year's list that have since closed or relocated, like Aloha Rag and Gargyle. Newcomers to the list include O.N.A., Personnel of New York, Babel Fair, Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co., and Project No. 8.
The results are all listed in no particular order in map-form after the jump. Got an addition (or a subtraction) to the list? We'll be updating the map next year, so let us know your thoughts in the comments section, or email email@example.com.
11/27/2013: Added O.N.A., Babel Fair, Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co. and Project No. 8.
05/20/2013: Added American Two Shot, Aloha Rag, Brooklyn Fox, Dagny + Barstow, Mociun, Pilgrim Surf + Supply, and Warm.
Black Friday is just two days away, which means it's time to start planning your shopping agenda now. Major department stores and retail chains are an option, but your best bet might just be New York City's independent boutiques. After the jump, we've pulled together 21 of the best sales from stores like Reformation, Spiritual America, Owen, Dagny + Barstow, Otte, and plenty more.
See all the details below, and note that many of the sales will continue over the weekend for Small Business Saturday, as well as online for Cyber Monday.
Dagny + Barstow: 40% off footwear and fall jackets. The sale will run online on Monday as well. [264 Bowery; hours]
Reformation: 25% off full price items and 40% off sale items. [Hours and locations]
Owen: 50% off select fall/winter merchandise. [809 Washington Street; hours]
Cloak & Dagger: 10% off everything in the store. [Hours and locations]
Patron of the New: 30% to 70% off select designers from the fall season. [151 Franklin Street; Hours ]
O.N.A: 10% off everything in the store. Brands include Funktional, Dusen Dusen, and more. [593 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn; Hours]
Otte: 40% off sale items in store and online. The sale has already started, and brands include, Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Carven, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, and more. [Hours and locations]
Spiritual America: 20% off the entire store and online. The sale will run from Friday through Monday. [5 Rivington Street; Hours]
No. 6: 20% off clothing, new designer shoes, and accessories, including merchandise from Christian Wijnants, Boessert Schorn, Les Prayries De Peris. The sale will take place in-store and online, ending Sunday. [6 Centre Market; Hours]
Oak: Get 15% off when you spend $300 to $600; 20% off when you spend $600+ to $1,000; and 25% off when you spend over $1000. (Percentages are taken out of the total orders.) The sale is in-store and online, from Friday through Monday. [Hours and locations]
Court: Discounts on Mink Pink, Funktional, Line and Dot, Courtshop, and more. A separate online sale just for Courtshop merchandise will run on Friday and Cyber Monday [168 Mott Street; Hours]
Shoe Market: Buy one get one half off. The sale runs from Friday through Monday [160 N. 6th Street; Hours]
Life:Curated: 30% off everything in store. [186 Grand Street, Brooklyn. Hours]
Dalaga: Free gifts with a purchase of $150 or more, and an additional 10% off sale items. [150 Franklin Street; Hours]
Brooklyn Fox: 30% off everything in store. The sale runs Friday through Sunday, and the lingerie store will offer the same discount. Brands include Kao Pao Shu, Etnia O. Barcelona, Jet, and Barbara Bonner. [Hours and locations]
Eponymy: 25% off everything storewide with the mention of RACKED. Brands include AG Denim. Eva Franco, Smythe, and Paul & Joe Sister. Tons of clearance between $20 and $60, including vintage and a regular sale rack up to 75% off. The sale will run on Saturday and Sunday as well. [466 Bergen Street, Brooklyn; Hours]
Pas De Deux: 30% to 50% off in-store on select designers, including pieces from Isabel Marant and Rag & Bone. [328 E. 11th Street; Hours]
Warm 10% off everything in store when you bring in a toy to donate to Toys for Tots [181 Mott Street; Hours]
Swords-Smith: 35% off Swords-Smith collection pieces from Thursday through Monday, in-store and online. Make a purchase with your Amex at the store on Saturday and receive a $10 credit on your statement. [98 S. 4th St, Brooklyn; Hours]
Assembly: 20% off all new collections storewide, including merchandise from Assembly, Acne, Aesa, Dries van Noten, Illesteva, Raquel Allegra, and more. Sale runs from Thursday through Sunday. [170 Ludlow Street; Hours]
Creatures of Comfort: 30% off most fall clothing and shoe collections from Creatures of Comfort, A.P.C., Apiece Apart, Band of Outsiders, Isabel Marant, Kenzo, Rachel Comey, and more. The sale starts online Thursday, and runs online and in-store Friday through Sunday. [205 Mulberry Street; Hours]
Cadet: 25% off woven shirts, sweaters, and PFC pants. The sale starts online Thursday, and runs from Friday through Monday in-store. [Hours and locations]
Reporting by Esther Levy-Chehebar
· All Black Friday Coverage [Racked NY]
The holiday windows at Saks Fifth Avenue were unveiled on Monday, giving passerby and shoppers a glimpse into the backstory of the Saks Yeti, who according to legend, lives on the department store's rooftop and makes snow in the winter. There are six animated windows in total, including one that allows onlookers to toss a digital snowflake at the store. In another, the Yeti gets a pep-talk from his mom.
See more photos after the jump, as well as an interview with Harry Cunningham, the Senior Vice President of Store Planning and Visual Merchandising at Saks.
What made you decide to focus on the Yeti this year?
I think it was a really natural window idea for us, having premiered the book last year. It seemed like [the right time] to give the Yeti his fifteen minutes of fame and recreate the book and use scenes as inspiration. It's recreating the book in the way that you might take a book and turn it into a movie, so it's not exact.
Are there any scenes you're really excited about?
I'm really pleased with how all six of the animated windows came out. One thing I'm particularly excited about is the interactive element that we're doing with Mastercard on the first window. Customers can actually almost become part of the window by creating a snowflake and throwing the snowflake into the windows.
We've created software with a group called The Science Project from Lower Manhattan, and they've developed this app that customers will be able to download on their phones. They'll get a yeti name and they'll pick a snowflake, and they can literally throw it from their phone right into the window.
How long would you say the windows take to create, from the initial idea to the unveiling?
It's literally a year-long process. I'm in Vancouver now and I was on the plane yesterday writing down ideas for next year already. When the windows open, we like to stand on the sidewalk and watch how people are responding to the them, because it's inevitable that whatever we think is going to be the biggest hit never really is. Seeing how people respond is really when it starts, and we take it from there.
We start brainstorming what our concept is going to be in January and February. Through the summer we're building the windows off site, and just about three weeks before the windows roll in we finish them, break them apart, and move them in and rebuild them.
Does it ever feel strange to work on holiday windows in the summer?
It feels natural, because the way that the fashion business works is that we're always sort of ahead of the season anyway.
What do you hope people will feel when they see them?
First of all, I hope they smile and laugh, which I think they will. I hope they find the kid in themselves, which I know sounds a little cliché, but for me, being a father of young kids that are really the target audience of this, it's been an exciting time. I'm anxious for them to see them.
They know that I work with the Yeti, and they ask, "Did you see the Yeti today, dad? Did you get pictures of the Yeti?" I hope the other parents bringing their kids to the windows will have that same experience.
· 'Tis the Season: This Year's Department Store Holiday Windows [Racked NY]
· And the Winner of the #SaksYeti Holiday Contest Is... [Racked NY]
· All Holiday Window Coverage [Racked NY]
Deal: 50% to 75% off men's and women's clothing and accessories from Maison Kitsuné, Want Les Essentiels De La Vie, Nudie Jeans, Arc'teryx Veilance and SWIMS. Cash only.
When/Where: Wednesday, December 4 through Thursday, December 5. Daily 11am—8pm. 20 Greene St between Grand and Canal Sts (no phone)
Link: Want Agency
I usually try to stay secular when it comes to holiday greetings, but SoCal artist Julie Ann's hand-drawn Christmas cards are just too damn adorable to pass up. Simple with just a hint of cynicism, these cards are sure to warm the hearts of even the coldest of Grinches on your list.
In an effort to include all of my pals, I plan on picking up the menorah version for my Jewish friends and this decidedly non-religious card for my super Scroogey buddies who are just as secretly into the festive season as I am.
· All Danielle's Picks [Racked NY]
· All Editor's Picks [Racked NY]
Photo via Yelp
Hollister is trying to sublet its enormous Soho store, according to The Post. Located at the unmissable intersection of Broadway and Houston, the store opened in July 2009 and holds its lease until May 2026, but the Abercrombie & Fitch-owned retailer is attempting to get out early. Previously, the address belonged to Pottery Barn.
One thing the next tenant won't benefit from is the exterior space used for painted brand signage: two new buildings going in will block much of its visibility. A six-story retail and office building will go up next to the strorefront, obscuring the Houston-facing wall currently painted a warm gray with the Hollister logo. An upcoming building at the triangular plot currently occupied by the BP gas station will block some exterior visibility as well. Even without the skyscraping signage, the prominent "gateway to Soho" presence is sure to attract big name retailers.
· Big deal on West 43rd Street (second item) [NYP]
· Hollister No Longer Has Shirtless Greeters, But Abercrombie Does [Racked NY]
· Abercrombie and Hollister Are Painfully Loud on Purpose [Racked NY]
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly remarked earlier this week that "the giant balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade may not fly if the city experiences severe weather." In 2005, two people were injured when high winds pushed an M&M; balloon into a light pole. [WSJ]
We scan the inbox so you don't have to. Today, two items of note:
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DailyCandy: Bon Vivant's debut line
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MUG: History of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Refinery29: What 18 New Yorkers are grateful for
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Well+Good NYC: Recapping the Flatiron Fitness Biathalon
WWWD: Rashida Jones models menswear
The Zoe Report: How to wear leather pants
Back in July, Barneys announced plans to move away from its Co-Op concept. The Chelsea store was shuttered, the Upper West Side shop discontinued men's and got a makeover, and now the Brooklyn unit has been converted.
In keeping with the aesthetic at the remodeled UWS store and ongoing Madison Avenue flagship renovations, the Atlantic Avenue store is bright, white, and mirrored. Handbags take center stage in the front of the store, fully visible from the street through ample windows. High-end designers, previously only available at the Manhattan stores, have been added as well, with highlights including Chloé, Manolo Blahnik, Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, Marni, and Alaïa. The beauty offerings have been ramped up, as well, with a much bigger footprint on the ground floor. And menswear hasn't gone anywhere—it's sitting pretty on the lower level.
· Big Changes For Barneys, Beginning With UWS Store [Racked NY]
· Inside the New Barneys New York on the Upper West Side [Racked NY]
A Gap subway ad starring designer Waris Ahluwalia and model Quentin Jones was defaced with two racial slurs, prompting the megaretailer to respond via social media. "Instead of simply ignoring it, Gap decided to take an internet stand. The company changed its Twitter and Facebook backgrounds to the photo of Ahluwalia, a small but highly-impactful move." [Racked]
This year's holiday windows at Macy's in Herald Square center around the travels of a young boy through a crystal forest dreamland. Titled "Dream...and Believe", the windows feature animals cast in ice sculptures, heaps of snow, a giant sack of presents, and one very happy child. See more heartwarming photos after the jump.
· 'Tis the Season: This Year's Department Store Holiday Windows [Racked NY]
· All Holiday Window Coverage [Racked NY]
Hopefully you set some money aside this month, because December's sample sale calendar is already a doozy. So far, J.Crew, Yigal Azrouël, Tory Burch, Rag & Bone, Jason Wu, Alice + Olivia, Equipment, and Mara Hoffman all have dates. In addition, this is the first time the Stella McCartney friends and family sale will be open to the public. (As of now, DVF is still MIA.)
See the full list broken down by date after the jump, and keep checking back—we'll be adding more to the list as they inevitably roll in.
Monday, December 2nd
Rag & Bone: Deals on men's and women's; 75 Ninth Ave [Dealfeed]
Haute Hippie, R13: Deals for women; 261 W. 36th St [Dealfeed]
Joy Gryson: Up to 65% off bags; 75 Ninth Ave [Dealfeed]
Coolchange: Deals on resort and summer; 231 W. 39th St [Dealfeed]
PONO by Joan Goodman: Up to 80% off; 347 W. 36th St [Dealfeed]
J Rosen Showroom: Deals on swimwear; 231 W. 39th St [Dealfeed]
Autumn Cashmere: Up to 75% off; 231 W. 39th St [Dealfeed]
Tumi: Up to 80% off outerwear; 250 W. 39th St [Dealfeed]
Tuesday, December 3rd
J.Crew: Up to 60% off; 225 and 260 Fifth Ave [Dealfeed]
Yigal Azrouël, Cut25: Up to 75% off RTW; 225 W. 39th St [Dealfeed]
Kleinfeld: Up to 70% off bridal; 110 W. 20th St [Dealfeed]
Bindya: Up to 80% off scarves; 49 W. 38th St [Dealfeed]
Lilla P: Deals on womenswear; 421 W. 14 St [Dealfeed]
Wednesday, December 4th
Stella McCartney: Up to 80% off RTW and more; 608 W. 28th St [Dealfeed]
Lulu Frost: Up to 80% off jewelry; 12 E. 20th St [Dealfeed]
Tocca: Up to 85% off; 542 W. 22nd St [Dealfeed]
Candela: Up to 75% off RTW and shoes; 584 Broadway [Dealfeed]
Pas de Calais: Up to 80% off RTW; 247 Centre St [Dealfeed]
Parker: Deals on RTW; 234 W. 39th St [Dealfeed]
Roubini Rugs: Up to 85% off rugs; 200 Lexington Ave [Dealfeed]
Hare + Hart, Sweetly Inked, Katherine Kwei 611 Broadway [Dealfeed]
Nest Fragrances: Up to 75% off; 601 W. 26th St [Dealfeed]
Yarnz: Up to 80% off accessories; 260 W. 36th St [Dealfeed]
Colette Malouf: Up to 70% off accessories; 594 Broadway [Dealfeed]
Tabitha Simmons: Up to women's shoes; 601 W. 26th St [Dealfeed]
Thursday, December 5th
Mara Hoffman: Up to 80% off; 300 Lafayette St [Dealfeed]
Araks: Up to 75% off lingerie; 137 Grand St [Dealfeed]
Nicholas K: Up to 60% off men's and women's; 91 Grand St [Dealfeed]
Shipley & Halmos: Up to 70% off men's; 8 Greene St [Dealfeed]
Alexis Bittar: Up to 70% off jewelry; 9 W. 20th St [Dealfeed]
Judy Ross Textiles: Up to 70% off; 22 E. 17th St [Dealfeed]
Cloque Showroom: Up to 70% off RTW; 670 Broadway [Dealfeed]
Elizabeth Gillett: Deals on women's RTW; 242 W. 38th St [Dealfeed]
Yoana Baraschi: Up to 65% off RTW; 330 W. 38th St [Dealfeed]
Tuesday, December 10th
Alice + Olivia: Up to 70% off RTW and more; 260 Fifth Ave [Dealfeed]
Tory Burch: Deals on RTW and more; 261 W 36th St [Dealfeed]
James Jeans: Deals on denim; 500 Greenwich St [Dealfeed]
Ozone Socks: Up to 75% off socks; 224 W. 29th St [Dealfeed]
Hayden-Harnett, Kooba: Up to 80% off bags; 10 W. 33rd St [Dealfeed]
Sanyo Shokai: Up to 70% off men's coats; 525 Seventh Ave [Dealfeed]
Wednesday, December 11th
Juliette Longuet: Up to 70% off RTW; 153 E. 70th St [Dealfeed]
Qi, Ainsley: Up to 70% off; 260 W. 39th St [Dealfeed]
Slane: Up to 75% off jewelry; 48 W. 25th St [Dealfeed]
Miriam Salat: Up to 70% off RTW and more; 12 W. 57th St [Dealfeed]
Deal: 70% to 85% off women's shoes. Shop over 600 pairs, including over 90 styles from the past six seasons, primarily spring/summer 2013 and fall/winter 2013.
When/Where: Wednesday, December 4 through Thursday, December 5. Wed 12:30pm—7:30pm, Thurs 8:30am—7:30pm. 601 W. 26th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves, suite 1733 (no phone)
Link: Tabitha Simmons
The Rodarte sample sale is set to return on Saturday, December 7th. As usual, an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is required for more information, such as hours and location. However, it will most likely be held at the usual spot: The Ace Hotel. [Mizhattan]
Deal: Markdowns on women's clothing. At the last sale, items from the Opening Ceremony collaborations were under $100, but prices for the brand's collection run steep. RSVP required; email email@example.com for confirmation.
When/Where: Saturday, December 7. Hours and location TBD (in the past, the sale has been held at the Ace Hotel).