When I arrived on the 9th floor of Saks, the department store was in the midst of their pre-sale. Tons of discounted designer goods were patiently waiting for bargain shoppers to take them home. From Armani to Wu, I found more than 80 racks of high-end RTW organized neatly in rows. Here are some of my findings.
First off, shoppers will be able to easily navigate the long rows of clothes as everything is arranged by designer. As for prices, customers will have to do a little mental arithmetics as everything is an additional 25% off the lowest ticketed price. Designer labels present at this sale include Burberry Prorsum, Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Marni, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, Giambattista Valli, and many more.
To dive into details, here are some items that caught my eye. Pamela Roland's sleeveless cocktail frock was $841.50 (originally $1,870 & 2nd photo below), Chloé's round eyelet shorts were $405 (originally $1,350 & 3rd photo below), McQueen's black & gold brocade dress was $1,045.50 (4th photo below), Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti's trench coat was $406.50 (5th photo below), Marc Jacobs' breton top was $195 (6th photo below), Giambattista Valli's floral print dress coat was $1,579.50 (originally $5,265 & 8th photo below), Stella McCartney's ice blue blazer was $463.50 (9th photo below), Stella McCartney's polka-dot top was $154.50 (originally $515 & 10th photo below), Ralph Lauren's polka-dot blue skirt was $329.40 (originally $1,098 &13th photo below), and Jason Wu's belted pink dress was $412.50 (originally $1,375 & 15th photo below).
Of the many labels, shoppers will quickly learn that inventory isn't spread out evenly. For example, I found American brands like Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karen, Oscar de la Renta, and Ralph Lauren stocked to the brim. However, merchandise for European houses like Céline, Fendi, Saint Laurent, and Prada consisted of a paltry 1 to 5 pieces. Also, you should be warned that since the sale is in its clearance stage, sizes are definitely limited.
The sale officially kicks off this Friday, but the pre-sale has been in progress since yesterday. Shoes and handbags are not included in the 9th floor Consolidation Sale. However, if you go down one floor, you'll find footwear discounted between 40%~60%. Not a mind-blowing deal but who can really complain.
Because every lunch break needs a good dessert, I recommend you check out this sale. With a keen eye and perseverance rummaging through the many racks, you could come out rewarded with an amazing deal. In case you're wondering, the sale ends on August 18th.