Vineyard Vines Friends & Family, More Black Friday: J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Banana Republic

Hello-Hello… we do hope everyone enjoyed a simply splendid weekend!

TP is a little crazed and dazed; here at the Prepatorium the holiday frenzy seems to have commenced earlier than usual!

Let’s start by updating current and expected markdowns, sales & other discounts at retailers specializing in merchandise that tends toward a preppy aesthetic.

We’ll start with the Vineyard Vines, “Friends & Family shopping event” that provides “25% off Your Purchase,” now through midnight tomorrow night (Tuesday, 11.25.08).  The promo code online or by phone is FRIENDS2008.  If shopping in person, take along a copy of this email notice:

There is a really cute Toddler Puffer Vest:


Next, Banana Republic is already doing their “Dressed in Holiday Style” sale online and in stores. The sale runs through Monday, December 1st; we consider this the retailer’s Black Friday sale.

And BR does have a little Wool-blend peacoat the Princess is rather fond of:

The coat comes in a variety of colors and is now $118; originally it sold at $198.

Black Friday at the Banana Republic Factory Stores offers a substantial opportunity for those with the patience and sanity to cope with the crowds: 40% off everything in the store.  Many of the factory stores open at midnight; check your local store to confirm shopping opportunities.


We do have a new J. Crew discount offer.

Now through 11.29.08

Now through 11.29.08

Spend $150 and take 20% off, spend $200 and take 25% off, spend $250 and save 30% off. The promo code on this one is TURKEY. BTW, if you missed our original J. Crew Black Friday post, just click here.

Also, don’t forget, the “take an additional 20% off sale prices” deal ends tonight. TP is guessing that somehow, someway, we’ll see this back *before* the end of next weekend or another incarnation of the offer. Definitely something on Cyber Monday.

If shopping online, the promo code is EXTRA 20.

Neiman Marcus is offering what are truly amazing markdowns for that establishment, certainly  this early in the season.

For example, the  Cole-Haan Air Genie ballerinas are now only $80 from an original price of $175.  Delman’s Quilted Suede Ballerina flats are $117, from $315.


Don’t overlook the markdowns on your favorite brands in apparel and accessories. Below left, from Lacoste we show the Trucker hat, originally $57, now $35. (This is the Lacoste hat Michael Phelps is frequently seen sporting.) And lots of children’s items are also on sale; the Lacoste Zip Sweater that was $95 is now $57.


One of TP’s favorites, Garnet Hill, is starting their Thanksgiving Sale and Clearance now.

Temptation is difficult to resist when it comes to the winter theme Hable pillow covers by Hable, now $34 each. The Painted Wood picture frames are also swell and almost 50% off their original price of $36, now $19.


Arguably today’s “most bang for your buck” item is the cashmere offered at Garnet Hill. Women’s Cashmere V-neck Pullovers are $64, down from $128, as are the Crewneck Cashmere Sweaters.


TP can assure readers that unless something has gone horribly awry, these are excellent additions to one’s walk-in, of good quality and ever-so-snuggly.







If you like the apron with bright pink circles and/or the Preppy Stripe note cards and would love to have both absolutely free, be sure and leave a comment to this post telling us one thing you are thankful for. Anything at all. Someone’s name even – that’s it! And you’re entered in the Great Preppy Giveaway!

Yesterday we mentioned we would showcase a few items of note in the Vickie’s Secret fashion show.  Should this be declared preppy lingerie?

Alexander Tamargo/Getty

PHOTO: Alexander Tamargo/Getty

Perhaps our wonderful Nautical by Nature can advise us on the next look… Miss Kate, does it  qualify as officially nautical in your educated estimation?

Jeffrey M. Boan/AP

PHOTO: Jeffrey M. Boan/AP

BTW, the models look absolutely stunning. The show airs on CBS December 3 at 10 o’clock.

We’ll be back!


Filed under Prepalicious, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion

12 responses to “Vineyard Vines Friends & Family, More Black Friday: J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Banana Republic

  1. Goodness, TP, one wonders how you’re able to keep up with this incredible onslaught of early Thanksgiving sales! Brava to you & your valiant efforts.

    I would like to add that delightful BR peacoat & the Cole Haan flats to my ever-expanding Christmas list, please.

  2. I haven’t even read the entire post… I am doing double web surfing duty and browsing vineyard vines as I type…. Thanks for the great promo code!

  3. I followed the links to the Cole Haan shoes( they didn’t have my size) and then to the link on the Delman flats( they only had brown). Those are some great deals and I didn’t know about the j crew code and I am a preferred J crew card holder. I am going to do some J crew shopping this weekend and take advantage of the codes. Thanks!!

  4. The peacoat is just adorable, I love it. And that apron makes me want to head back to the kitchen to cook dinner all over again!! It’s perfect. That’s a great price for the cashmere sweaters . . . I only have one in black and *obviously* a girl needs more colour than that in her closet.

    I like the Banana Republic sales . . . I often get the best stuff there right after Christmas (no Black Friday here in Canada I’m afraid!). WAY marked down and I always try to buy staples that never go out of style.

    And those little puffer vests??? Beyond cute, possibly needed for my three little ones 🙂

  5. The JCrew stuff is so tempting right now 🙂

  6. I am just laughing at that last photo. There is a lack of anchors in my opinion. But I do like the hats and jackets

  7. WONDERFUL POST! These deals are going to get me into trouble, I just KNOW IT!!!!

  8. the sale madness is OVERWHELMING!!! I’m with you, I just wonder if there will be even more discounts on Black Friday. I’m thinking yes, because everyone’s in a panic this season!

  9. The deals available now are just unbelievable! I am going peruse Banana Republic’s website. That coat is just adorable!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  10. I think that I could live in a Vineyard Vines store! I’ll just bring a sleeping bag and move in! Thanks for all of the shopping info! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  11. Elise

    I just saved an additional 25% off of my Vineyard Vines purchase, so the coupon code friends2008 still works! There is also free shipping right now 🙂

  12. Anonymous

    It’s that time of year! Get 25% off all the vineyard vines gear you need for yourself and your Holiday Gift List during this exclusive 5-day FRIENDS & FAMILY Event. The sale starts Thursday, November 10th at 8:00 AM and runs through Monday, November 15th. There’s no better time than now to take advantage of this offer that is NOT open to the general public or at any of our retail stores.

    Just go to and use my special case-sensitive code: migohq

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