Jun 20, 2014

*SALE HUNT* A Peek Inside the Chanel Pre-Sale

Sample sale season is still abuzz but I thought I'd direct your attention to a different kind of sale. As I reported yesterday, the highest of the haute French luxury brands, Chanel, started their seasonal markdown this week. After receiving an invite from my SA a few days ago, I headed over to their NYC flagship boutique yesterday and spent my afternoon getting some retail therapy. So, would you like a peek inside? Right this way s'il vous plaît.

When I arrived at the Chanel boutique on 57th St, I found the staff had discreetly transformed portions of the store for their pre-sale shoppers. The shoe section, situated on the 2nd floor, was comprised of the newly arrived Pre-Fall '14 Paris-Dallas collection as well as the sale merchandise from the Resort and S/S '14 catalogues. The shoe shelves on the left wall was where the sale items were. Each shelf held several styles of Chanel's summery sandals, flats, pumps, peep-toes and wedges. Footwear was discounted 40%. I found a cute pair of pearl embellished sandals for $789 (5th photo below), pearl embellished strappy sandals for $615, CC logo embossed cap toe flats for $450, camellia embellished wedge sandals for $630, and chain detailed t-strap sandals for around $900.

The pre-sale RTW inventory was located one flight up on the 3rd floor. Here you'll find the entire level dedicated to markdown clothes. Just like shoes, prêt-à-porter was 40% off. While inspecting the offerings, I spotted a delicate ivory silk blouse for $990, an elegant scoop neck cardigan for $1,380, a beautiful tweed knee-length skirt for $1,650, and gorgeous spaghetti strap silk dress for $2,970.

This year's Chanel summer markdown officially begins this Monday which means you now have a 3 day lead to take advantage of their pre-sale. If you plan on checking it out, please note you will not be able to pick up your purchase until Monday when the sale opens to the public. If discount shopping at the glossy flagship store sounds a bit daunting, the same discounts are being offered at their Soho store which has a bit more casual ambiance. Finally, I would like to mention, unlike department store sales, Chanel boutiques do not offer a second round of markdowns so don't expect additional price cuts.

P.S.- You'll have to pardon the quality of some of these photos. I was politely told by my SA not to take any but I couldn't resist a few snapshots to share with my fellow Mizhattanites. Hence the poor quality.

16 comments:

  1. Did they have a lot of flats?

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    1. I can't say a lot but there were more than 5 different styles of flats.

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  2. How much were the Camelia sneakers?

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    1. Sorry, I didn't get a chance to look at all the prices.

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  3. Thanks for reporting and the sneaky pics! Did you pick anything up?

    Can't really tell from the pics, but were there any espadrilles?

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    1. Yes, there were a few pairs of espadrilles. I did get a few things! Thank you for asking :)

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  4. Just popped by the chanel in Soho and was told that pre-sale was invite-only.

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    1. Whoever told you that wasn't a SA interested in building a relationship with a new client. I'm sorry he/she turned you away. It's that person's loss. But to reiterate, the pre-sale is hush-hush but not private in anyway.

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  5. Thanks for the report and pictures!! I was wondering if they had any handbags or small leather goods in the sale section? If not in the flagship would they be in Madison or SoHo?
    Thanks again!!

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    1. No bags at the flagship. Can't say what the inventory is like at Madison or Soho. Anyone like to chime in?

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    2. I called the Madison boutique and the one at Short Hills mall and they both say no leather goods :(

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  6. No bags at Soho store either :(

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  7. Does anyone know Soho store has lots of shoes on sales? i'm looking for Sandals with Chain.

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  8. Thanks Miz for another great writeup! Do you know if they have any costume jewelry, namely, earrings, on sale? Many thanks in advance.

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    1. Sorry, I didn't get a chance to browse their jewelry selection.

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    2. No worries. Thanks very much for your reply. Your help is always appreciated.

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