The pre-holiday shopping race is over, but the post-Christmas sales and their joyous, Everything Must Go vibes are in high gear. Luckily, the discounts aren’t limited to department and chain stores -- your favorite boutique is also likely to have taken out the big red markdown pen.
Just in case your grandmother didn’t know you lust over Phillip Lim but did realize an AmEx gift card always fits, we called local favorites around the country to get a sample of the brands on their discount racks, as well as specific pieces they think are particularly worth snapping up. We also asked what items customers couldn’t get enough of in the lead-up to Christmas, a decent predictor of what the cool kids on your block will be sporting in January. While many stores offer their sales merchandise on the web (a good thing since online shopping surged Christmas Day) some have only limited or no online sales selection. By George in Austin, for instance, has markdowns of up to 60 percent on coveted lines like Celine, Dries Van Noten and The Row, but to get them you’ll have to inquire the old-fashioned way, over the phone or in store.
Markdown: This brick-walled shop in Chicago’s Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood is offering discounts of 30-50 percent off fall selections. Brands in the mix: Vanessa Bruno, Mason, 10 Crosby by Derek Lam, 3.1 Phillip Lim Hot tickets: 10 Crosby by Derek Lam faux pony hair coat, 40 percent markdown to $450 (pictured); Vanessa Bruno long-sleeved red and navy blue dress with floral pattern, originally $498, down to $295. Pre-holiday customer favorite: Ulla Johnson’s “Peony” party dress, with a sequined top and spaghetti straps, was a holiday party favorite. A few sizes are left at original $435 price. Can you click?: Much of the store’s inventory is online, but the markdowns might not be current. Some items, like a $198 Phillip Lim motorcycle skirt, aren’t on the web.
Markdown: Satine, the nationally known boutique with a drool-worthy Instagram account, has fall items discounted up to 50 percent. Brands in the mix: Kenzo, Nina Ricci, Preen, Valentino Hot tickets: Preen’s white, black, and red “Reese” dress, half-off its original price of $1235; Kenzo’s eye-covered jeans are now $520, 30 percent off their original price. Pre-holiday customer favorite: Nicholas Kirkwood + Erdem two-toned flats (pictured). A few pairs are still available, but remain full price. (They're available on Net-a-Porter too.) Can you click?: Not really. Most sale items aren’t currently online.
Markdown: This jeans mecca has markdowns of 30 percent on select apparel and 40 percent on denim. Brands in the mix: Splendid, Ella Moss, and Maison Scotch for clothes and Joe’s, J Brand, Level 99, and Paige for denim. Hot tickets: Ella Moss black and white striped “Ginger” top (Ella Moss), now $86.00; Mother high-waisted “Looker Grand Sophie” jeans (Mother, pictured), marked down to $159. Pre-holiday customer favorite: Henry & Belle ideal super stretch skinny jeans. The store has a few sizes left, but they carry their original $146 price tag. Can you click?: Yes. Most of their items are online.