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Here are the weekend's sale listings laid out in handy map form. Let us know in the comments if anything's worth visiting. This week, we're especially curious about the L.K.Bennett and Marais sales. And anything good left at Monika Chiang or Roberta Freymann? Check out the map below for the full list, and head over to our sale page for reviews, the complete Dealfeed Radar, and more.
Deal: Up to 70% off retail prices on jewelry. See the report from the last sale here for what to expect.
When/Where: Thursday, March 27 through Sunday, March 30. Thurs 3pm—8pm, Fri—Sat 10am—7pm, Sun 11am—5pm. The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-741-3400)
Link: David Yurman
Deal: 50% to 65% off shoes from past-season collections. Check out the report from the last sale here.
When/Where: Friday, March 28 through Tuesday, April 1. Fri 10am—7pm, Sat—Mon 0am—6:30pm, Tues 9am—5pm. Soiffer Haskin, 317 W. 33rd St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (718-747-1656)
Link: Roger Vivier
Assembly New York's bi-annual basement sale kicked off today, but don't worry if you didn't swing by yet—it'll stay open through Sunday. Stop by between noon and 8pm this weekend for up to 80% off remaining fall merchandise, plus some vintage. [RackedWire; Dealfeed]
Welcome to Perfect Saturday, a weekly Racked feature in which we outline the best places to shop and spend the afternoon in a particular neighborhood, starting with the best places to brunch and ending—who knows!
If the Manhattan-ization (big crowds, chain stores, skyrocketing rents) of Williamsburg is starting to wear on you, transfer to the G train to Greenpoint. More than just Hannah Horvath's 'hood, this waterfront neighborhood seamlessly mixes an old-school Polish presence with heavy metal bars, and features some of the city's most exciting restaurants and unique independent boutiques in between.
After the jump, check out an all-day itinerary that starts with brunch and ends with a market that stays open until midnight on Saturdays.
· All Perfect Saturday Posts [Racked NY]
Image via Marais
EAST VILLAGE—Shoe brand Marais is back with a super-cheap sample sale this Sunday only. Boots, flats, oxfords, and sandals start at just $10 and top out at $45. Stop by between 11am and 5pm to put a spring in your step. Check out the dealfeed here. [RackedWire]
UPPER WEST SIDE, COBBLE HILL—Beautify yourself at the Barneys of your choice this weekend. At the Upper West Side store, get a free mini facial from Mila Moursi and get a makeup consultation from artists for Kevyn Aucoin. In Brooklyn, the facials are by La Mer, while the consults are courtesy of MAKE. And at both locations, where events are running 11am through 3pm, receive a gift bag of spring beauty essentials with a purchase of $200 or more. [RackedWire]
UPPER EAST SIDE—In honor of International Women's Day, Ann Taylor is teaming up with Glamour magazine to host a panel featuring Petra Nemcova and Barbara Bush at their Madison Avenue flagship. The event is free and begins at 2pm. See more details here. [RackedWire]
Some famous faces cheesing at a celebration last fall; Image via Concrete Loop
Though DKNY feted its 25th anniversary during last September's NYFW, they're keeping the party rolling through 2014. Tomorrow afternoon, they'll be celebrating at all three of their city locations. Starting with their northernmost store on Madison Avenue, artist Craig Kulig will be signing 100 limited edition t-shirts featuring his work, and DJ May Kwok will oversee the music.
Downtown on West Broadway, expect tunes from Chelsea Leyland and appearance by Kelly Rutherford and stylist Mary Alice Stephenson, among others.
And in the Flatiron store, as well as all others, enjoy cupcakes from Baked By Melissa and and mini bottles of Moet champagne. If free food and booze isn't enough, all in-store purchases are 25% off. Stop by any (or all!) of the stores between 2pm and 5pm tomorrow for good times.
· DKNY and Rita Ora Drop the B-Word on Madison Avenue [Racked NY]
· DKNY Revives Their Soho Wall With a Times Square Installation [Racked NY]
Welcome to Open Studio, a Racked feature where we explore the workspaces and showrooms of some of the city's most talented, up-and-coming designers.Photos by Driely S.
Jewelry designers Sabine Le Guyader and Jill Martinelli first met while studying Sculpture and Metals at the Massachusetts College of Art, and quickly bonded over the fact that they both have a background in prosthetic dentistry. In 2009, their label Lady Grey officially launched. The pair currently works out of a romantic-yet-industrial studio in Greenpoint, where music is always playing—from Lou Reed to the Talking Heads to R&B; hits of the '90s.
Their line is sold at boutiques like Curve and Owen, as well as Shopbop and dozens others internationally. Sabine and Jill point out that their similar background has actually influenced a few of their designs: they still use dental wax and chrome cobalt in some of their pieces.—Esther Levy-Chehebar
The sisters-in-law behind Veronica Beard recently feted their line's arrival at Bergdorf Goodman, and shared some tips for getting into the department store. "Well, first off, Linda Fargo has to like you," said Swanson Beard, adding "you have to have a jacket nobody else has." [Fashionista]
Photo via & Other Stories
As excitement for the spring opening of COS's first Manhattan flagship mounts, we're thinking about all the other brands we love who don't have their own standalone presence just yet.
Not to say there's a shortage of places to shop in New York City—where else can you find a store devoted entirely to artisanal mayonnaise? And a retail space that deals exclusively in lightbulbs? But eating a BLT with rosemary mayo by the light of an Edison-bulb-topped lamp is a small consolation for not being able to buy that & Other Stories bag you've been obsessing over since you spotted it on a Swedish fashion blogger's Instagram.
If you can relate to this "Why can't instant gratification be more…instant?" feeling, read on for our list of the most woefully underrepresented labels in the NYC retail scene, and why each of should open up their own stores, stat.
Expect 2009-Topshop-opening-day levels of pandemonium when (if?) H&M;'s slightly more luxe younger sister arrives in Manhattan. Launched a year ago, the collections are more subdued than H&M;'s, yet trendier than COS's, and very "Swedish" (think budget-friendly Acne). An & Other Stories flagship would make a nice additional stop on our bi-weekly Zara-Mango-Topshop-H&M-J.; Crew-Madewell drive-thru.
Where to shop in the meantime: London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Berlin, and Stockholm. Plan your vacation accordingly—or beg your jet-setting friend to pick something up for you. (Sadly, & Other Stories doesn't ship to the U.S.)
If only Mansur Gavriel would ride the wave of their bucket bag success all the way to their very own NYC storefront, Clare Vivier-style. Then we wouldn't have to constantly check Net-a-Porter's new arrivals, or make stalker-y phone calls to every MG-carrying Steven Alan store in the area, all in the hopes of avoiding waitlist purgatory. Plus, Mansur Gavriel's vegetable-dyed leathers are so bright and cheery that their store wouldn't even need decorations—just rows and rows of sweet sweet, glossy totes.
Where to shop in the meantime: Theory, Bird, Creatures of Comfort, Pas De Deux, and Steven Alan.
Photo via Jason Wu/Facebook
Yes, Jason Wu's shop-in-shops at Bergdorf and Saks are gorgeous, but we dream of a world where the designer's beaded ball gowns and slinky slip dresses can live in harmony with his Miss Wu line and cosmetics collabs. Picture it: a serene ultra feminine space where Wu's cats Jinxy and Peaches have free reign.
Where to shop in the meantime: Bergdorf, Kirna Zabete, and Saks.
Photo via Lauren Moffatt/Facebook
Lauren Moffatt is carried in, like, every cool NYC boutique, but the only time we get to see more than a handful of her designs together is during her sample sales. Which is a shame, because there should really be a place to immerse yourself in her whole cool-Sixties-librarian-letting-loose-on-the-Amalfi-Coast vibe.
Where to shop in the meantime: Swords-Smith, Barneys, Cloak & Dagger, 25 Park, Poppy, Steven Alan, and this Connecticut pop-up.
If Pamela Love opened her own brick-and-mortar location, not only would we be able to shop the entire breadth of her line at once (including her just-launched fine jewelry collection), but we bet every inch of the space would be covered in dream catchers, antique Navajo blankets, and geodes.
Where to shop in the meantime: Barneys, Opening Ceremony, and Bird.
You'd think that since New York City has embraced the Fashion Sweatshirt craze so wholeheartedly, Kenzo would reward us with a flagship store. But alas, we still have to trek to Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon's OG Stomping grounds, Opening Ceremony, to get our tiger-print fix.
Where to shop in the meantime: Jeffrey, Opening Ceremony, and Barneys.
Photo via GQ/Instagram
We spent all winter with a pair of L.L. Bean duck boots in our online shopping cart, as an internal debate raged. "What if we order them now and it's 50 degrees again by the time they get here? What if this is the last snowstorm before spring?" (It was never the last snowstorm.) If L.L. Bean opened a Manhattan flagship, we'd have access to their winter gear, tote bags, and little boys' blazers (where it's at for that perfectly-shrunken look) at all times.
Where to shop in the meantime: At LLBean.com, or one of their Westchester, Connecticut, or New Jersey outposts
Judging by the epic lines at Loeffler Randall's sample sales, a standalone store would be a huge hit. Imagine a place where you could load your arms down with Rider bags in every color, and clomp around with a Felix bootie on one foot and Fenton bootie on the other, soliciting the opinions of everyone in the store until you make a decision/buy everything.
Where to shop in the meantime: Bird, Otte, Bergdorf, and Barneys.
Rodarte is one of those brands that seems to exist mainly on runways and red carpets—you just don't see too many asymmetrical leather mini skirts with foot-long fringe, or five-figure shredded knit vests at Duane Reade. But can't you just picture a Rodarte store? Shopgirls (and shopguys) flitting around in acid wash beaded culottes, projections of Star Wars movies on the wall, a Fanning in the corner, deliberating over a tie-dye silk ball gown. In other words, bliss.
Where to shop in the meantime: Opening Ceremony, Barneys, Bergdorf, and Jeffrey
Photo via Gianvito Rossi/Instagram
Manhattan's retail scene has experienced a footwear boom in the past two years—international brands like Charlotte Olympia and Nicholas Kirkwood have both opened flagship stores. We hope Gianvito Rossi, aka the second coming of Manolo Blahnik, follows suit. The designer's lightning bolt sandals and Perspex-paneled pumps have already earned prime shoe department real estate at Bergdorf and Barneys, so we don't think we'll have to wait too long.
Where to shop in the meantime: Bergdorf and Barneys.
· All Storecasting Posts [Racked NY]
Photo by Driely S. for Racked
Another day, another closing? Quirky gift shop Kiosk is set to close up their Spring Street location tomorrow. From their website: "Our building is being torn down. Moving somewhere...Last day party is certain."
As part of the farewell, the store is offering 25% off regularly-priced goods and 75% off sale items. Their online shop will remain operational while they scout for new digs. Never been? Check out what it looks like inside below.
· Stock Up on Offbeat Gifts from Kiosk's Global Selection [Racked NY]
· Where to Holiday Shop For Difficult People, All at Once [Racked NY]
Image via Warby Parker
Booming eyewear brand Warby Parker has announced the location of its third Manhattan store: 1209 Lexington Avenue at East 82nd Street. The new shop, slated to open on March 22nd, is moving into the former home of the storied Lascoff Drugs, which opened at the address in 1899 and was one of Manhattan's oldest retail outposts before it closed in 2012.
It's no surprise, then, that Warby plans to integrate the building's architecture into its new home. Per a press release, the new shop will boast: "Cathedral ceilings. Gothic windows. Fine literature. Lots and lots of glasses."
Both Warby's Meatpacking and Soho stores resemble libraries, with floor-to-ceiling displays of eyewear and books scattered throughout. Expect something similar, but most likely on a much grander scale.
· Lascoff Drugs Wraps Up a Century on the Upper East Side [Racked NY]
· Here's a Look at How Warby Parker Does Meatpacking [Racked NY]
· Tour Warby Parker's Amazing New Greene Street Flagship [Racked NY]
It's the second-to-last day of the Roberta Freymann sample sale at 260 Fifth Avenue, and prices have been reduced. And the savings are already big—though the sale originally advertised prices up to 80% off retail, we spotted a sequined top that was 90% off on the first day. Check out our sale report to see what you can find. [RackedWire]
Former Gotham Gym trainer Stephen Cheuk has just opened S10 Training in Tribeca, bringing clients such as the Alexander Wang design team to his new studio. Its sleek design includes white-washed walls and changing rooms hidden behind mirrored cubes, and the personal and semi-personal training offerings are complemented by a strength and conditioning program called Run Strong, which is already attracting endurance athletes. [Well & Good]
The Club Monaco sample sale just got cheaper. Sample Sally reports that the final markdowns have arrived. If you're planning to stop by the sale before it ends today at 7pm, here's what you need to know.
Prices for women's clothing now start at $7—for tees, shirts, knits, sweaters, shorts, skirts, and pants—and go up to $20 in those categories. Dresses are just $25, blazers and non-leather and non-suede outerwear are each only $50, and faux fur jackets are $99.
For the guys, tees, shirts, sweaters, shorts, pants, and dress pants are also priced between $7 and $20. Blazers start at $50, and "newly arrived outerwear" ranges from $129 to $199. All other outerwear is just $50.
So is it worth it? Let us know in the comments below if you stopped by on the final day. The sale wraps up tonight at 7pm at Clothingline, 261 West 36th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.
· Dealfeed: Club Monaco [Racked NY]
· Price Reductions at the Club Monaco Sample Sale Announced [Racked NY]
· 50 Photos From Inside the Cheap Club Monaco Sample Sale [Racked NY]
We scan the inbox so you don't have to. Today, three items of note:
Best Bets Daily: Estée Lauder anti-aging cream
Brooklyn Based: NYC longform
DailyCandy: New restaurant General Assembly
GiltCity NYC: Discounts at Frame Bowling Lounge
MUG: Not updated
Refinery29: Sequined dresses
Thrillist: Where to start your night
Well+Good NYC: Tackling spot-burning fat myths
WWWD: Spring trends
The Zoe Report: SXSW packing list (pictured)
Image via WWD
Bringing a little Northwestern spirit into Nolita is Will Leather Goods, which is moving into the former home of SuperTrash at 29 Prince Street this spring. Goods from designer William Adler are currently sold at Neiman Marcus as well as dedicated stores in Portland, Ore., and Los Angeles.
"We call the New York store the world store since so many people from all over come," Adler told WWD. "We want to share with the world the state of Oregon, with its inspiration of nature, trees, rivers, and the beautiful mountains."
To that end, Adler will transform the 2,000-square-foot space into an ode to his home state—the state tree, the Douglas Fir, will cover the floors, walls and ceilings. "We're not cutting trees down to build the store ... all the wood we use is from fallen trees," he added. It'll then be decorated with antiques, including blades and saws from Oregon.
The store, which will sell men's and women's accessories as well as home goods, will feature an espresso bar with complimentary coffee drinks for customers. "When people come into a Will store, we greet them as if they are coming into our home," Adler said. "And whenever a guest comes over, you offer them a cup of coffee or water. Our mission is to have them stay for a while."
· Will Leather Opening N.Y. Store [WWD]
· Meet SuperTrash, Prince Street's Latest European Denizen [Racked NY]
Juice Press moves production to Long Island City [Commercial Observer]
Three reasons to visit the Museum at FIT this weekend [The Shophound]
Dumbo home goods shop relocates to Wililamsburg [Bedford + Bowery]
Jourdan Dunn speaks out about diversity on the runways [Telegraph]
Cosmetics companies and the FDA battle it out over regulation [WSJ]
Should McDonald's sue Moschino for its fast-food-inspired collection? [TFL]