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Black Friday Ads: Target, Polo Ralph Lauren & Hilfiger & J. Crew, Banana Republic Outlet Stores

Greetings of the day and all appropriate niceties, we thought it best if we just shared this information with you right away.  We have more information on a number of Black Friday sales, starting with Target’s ad, available here.

To view the complete insert that will be in local newspapers the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, click here.

Also, expect lower prices at your local Boutique Tarzshay for the foreseeable future, especially in the clothing and home store areas.  The effort to jumpstart Target’s slow sales includes going head-to-head with Walmart on some merchandise, along with using the online component to boost sales. From a recent Associated Press story:

“The company will also offer half a dozen “value items” online every day at special prices.”

“We have taken a very aggressive point of view this year in terms of our promotional pricing, so we expect to be price leaders on selected items … “

The information for the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Stores event is also now available; they are calling the promotion ‘Midnight Madness.’

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

We will continue to monitor them for information on what to expect at the regular Ralph Lauren stores as well as what additional savings are planned at factory stores other than this initial 20% discount off purchases of $150+.

Tommy Hilfiger is offering substantial savings for Black Friday:

There are also a number of coupons for specific savings, like the one shown below, “Save an Additional 25% on any $200 Purchase,” but we have no idea if one must have an “official coupon,” or if it could be printed off any site, like ours.

The J. Crew Factory Outlet stores are also doing Black Friday:

If it is difficult to read the small print up above, early risers who shop before 10am can take an additional 50% off clearance styles, nothing to sneeze at.

Bath and Body Works is doing a VIP Bag with purchases over $100, their scan can be seen here.

They are also doing Buy 1, Get 1 at 50% off now…

…along with several “Secret Online Sales.

Other savings at specific factory outlets and stores:

  • Banana Republic Factory Stores Midnight Madness 40% off the entire store! Expires: 11/28/08
  • Eddie Bauer Factory Stores Midnight Madness Save an extra 30% off your entire purchase. Ad Code: 5700. Expires: 11/28/08

Vera Bradley will be offering free shipping on Dec.1,

We are a little surprised at Nautica’s listings, essentially $20 off a purchase of $100 or more, not nearly as aggressive as we anticipated considering their ongoing struggles in the marketplace.

For online shoppers, right now the company is offering free ground shipping on orders totaling more than $100.

On the electronics front, Best Buy has a number of discounts and markdowns that can be seen here.  The retailer will open at 5am the Friday morning after Thanksgiving.

Circuit City will also open at 5am; their ad scans are available here.

We do not yet have specifics on the Ann Taylor Loft stores, but can tell you they are now taking an Additional 40% off already reduced prices, a good deal in and of itself…

as well as offering a $25 gift card for every $50 you spend.

Keep an eye on the Tanger Outlet store site as well as the Prime Outlets site; both are decent resources for updates on special discounts and hours for the stores, although Tanger provides much more information than the Prime Outlets site offers.

When we have more on other retailers generally thought to offer a ‘preppy aesthetic’ or preppy styles, we’ll get that information to you, including the non-factory store sales and markdowns.

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PRIVATE SALES: Kate Spade, Polo Ralph Lauren, Barneys, Bergdorf’s, Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus + the Argyle Bicycle!

Hello-hello and Happy Friday!

Additional sales are everywhere it seems, many from retailers with a preppy aesthetic, if you will. We start with the Kate Spade Private Sale. A word of caution: when you click on this link or the image below, you will be taken to a page where you need to register. Not to worry, it’s not like filling out an application for the Country Club; one simply must provide a first name, an email address and zip code. That’s it.

Courtesy Kate Spade

Courtesy Kate Spade

Do not wait too long on this one as it ends on the 14th!  We thought this puffer vest might offer a high snuggle factor.

Barneys is also having a ‘Private Sale,’

Courtesy Barneys

Courtesy Barneys

As of this writing there are more than 390 shoe styles on sale just in the shoe department!

At Polo Ralph Lauren the Private Sale is on through Monday, Nov.17….. unless they extend or expand it, which would surprise no one at this point.

And while we adore the Windowpane Plaid Ricky bag, it just seems… well, it feels inappropriate somehow to spend $2400 on a handbag at this point in time.

Ralph Lauren Collection Windowpane Plaid Ricky bag

Ralph Lauren Collection Windowpane Plaid Ricky bag

What do you think? Is TP taking the economy too seriously? Am I wrong on this one?

At Bloomingdale’s there is an additional 30% to 50% off the already-discounted sale merchandise….

Some of it “wear now” merchandise, like this Ralph Lauren Petites “Batya” Cashmere Sweater.

Ralph Lauren Petites Cashmere Sweater

Ralph Lauren Petites Cashmere Sweater

Of course it is also time for the First Call at Neiman Marcus.

Even Bergdorf Goodman is goosing their sale; do not let the “Save as much as 40% Off” fool you. There are *many* items marked down 50%.

We end today with another Argyle Update, this one showcasing the absolutely TDF Electra Holiday Cruiser bicycle at the Gap in their “signature blue argyle pattern.”

Courtesy The Gap

Courtesy The Gap

It is available in two sizes, Adult and Kids.  We can’t imagine how we would react if it were also in pink – we would probably layoff the drivers (heh-heh) and start pedaling around ourselves! (Well, actually, no, I don’t think that is what we would do at all. Not really.)

Today we start a new feature that will pop up every now and again: “Can You Tell It’s Ratings?” as in “oh my gosh sweetie, do you think they are doing this story because it is ratings?” Also known as “sweeps” in our former life, you know what we mean (of course you know what we mean!) ladies, stories that are heavily promoted on local and network news and entertainment programs. Stories that are teased dramatically, breathlessly, that you simply must see, that you cannot miss!

Like this one on ABC….

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Beatie

PHOTO: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Beatie

Or the “Are you a Sex Addict?” quiz on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.

KTLA-TV

KTLA-TV

And let us not forget our personal favorite: “Sharks in Lake Michigan – Tonight at 11!”

We are off to a function in the Big City tonight, major party frockage, so we must run-run-run out the door. Grins and giggles to everyone, and don’t forget to to enter the Great Preppy Giveaway!

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Steve & Barry’s Bankruptcy, Gucci Olympic Collection, 40 Pages of Barneys Shoes on Sale!

As everyone has been speculating, the Steve and Barry’s bankruptcy is official; the paperwork was filed today in Manhattan. As we first chatted about it back on May 5th, and then again just last week, the company’s ability to make a profit with clothing priced at $8.98 became questionable. As gas prices went north and the economy went south, so did Steve and Barrry’s business.

The company is known for its lines associated with celebrities like actress Sarah Jessica Parker, basketball stars Stephon Marbury and Ben Wallace, surfer Laird Hamilton, tennis star Venus Williams, a golf collection named after Bubba Watson and several others. As of this writing discussions continue as to what will happen to the stores; gift cards are being honored, returns are being accepted, etc. There is the very real possibility, if not the likelihood, the company will have to close the stores. We will keep you posted if anything substantive transpires.

Now we know that when you think Summer Olympics you think Gucci. It’s like macaroni and cheese… Gucci and Olympics. Olympics and Gucci. Totally. In fact, The Princess is anticipating several comments will come in that you don’t just think ‘Gucci,’ you think ‘Gucci Olympic Bicycle‘ don’t you? We thought so. To that end we give you the Gucci 2-2-2008 Bicycle.

We shall now remove the tongue firmly planted in our cheek. In case you somehow missed the announcement several months back, Gucci has created the “8-8-2008 Limited Edition” collection. Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini describes the bright red used for the special collection:

“Not only does red evoke happiness and celebration, two emotions that couldn’t be more appropriate to describe the excitement brought by the international sport games, but it also happens to be a very fashionable color for 2008…”

There is also the I-Gucci watch, seen to your left. It is the only item from the collection available to all; we point that out because the other items in the are only being sold in Hong Kong and mainland China.

The watch is offered in a number of variations, and is notable because it is the first digital watch Gucci has ever offered for sale. It is also available in a version with hands for those who prefer an analog world. (Is it our goofy brain or is the name sounding like an Apple product?) Click on the I-Gucci Watch link above if you are interested in more images and/or information about the piece.

There is also an amazing pair of sneakers in a vibrant array of colors, luggage, and a few other goodies.

Yesterday the Gucci Resort 2009 collection was shown and since we shared this Olympic group we thought we would do a little sneak peek at a few pieces from next years’ line. (A reminder these are not yet available for purchase.) Creative Director Frida Giannini is seen in the final photo, lower right.

Now we wouldn’t sleep tonight if we didn’t update you on a few opportunities to save a little $$$, even though we truly don’t believe in open discussions of the “M” topic. In addition to the additional price reductions, Needless Markup Neiman’s is also providing free shipping at any price. (Will wonders never cease?) The code for this amazing event is SHIPJUL.

If you have the time, the amount of shoes Barneys still has on sale is simply remarkable; there are 40 pages of shoes and boots marked down at Barneys! The Princess strongly urges you to check at least a few of these pages out if you are so inclined.

Banana Republic also has some fairly good markdowns and Ralph Lauren has an additional 25% off selected sale merchandise.

Terry de Havilland
Python platform wedge

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J Crew & Ralph Lauren Polo Spring Sales

j Crew jacket j Crew Striped 120\'s Kensington Shirt

It is that delightful time of year when last minute preps are made for the May/June weddings, when vacations are planned, and at long last, both the Ladies’ and Mens’ courses are open at the Club. And while it is vulgar to discuss m—-, during these challenging economic times we recognize the importance of economizing, so we are pleased that it is also that wonderful time of year when retailers with a tad too much merchandise on hand take markdowns. All the better to assist you in getting the very thing you knew you needed but just didn’t want to acquire at its full price. After all, they are here to help, oui? (And did you notice The Princess did that whole m—- conversation without using the M word?!)

At the head of the class in wardrobe assistance is J Crew, where there a substantial amount of merchandise remains in stock that has been marked down. For openers, shown above we feature the striped Kelly Jacket, now $79.99 as opposed to $140. Then we hit the real Heartbreaker for those of us currently facing unforeseen minor fiscal responsibilities: the J Crew Striped 120s Kensington shirt which is beyond ubersoft and oh-so-cool. Sniff… sniff.

J Crew Liv Ballet Flat Pink J Crew Liv Ballet Flat Green

J Crew Millie Ballet Flat

While also in this esteemed emporium, get a glance at all of the sale shoes to be had, with loads of flip-flops and espadrilles, and lots of ballerina flats in varying design and style. There is still a fairly good selection of size and color (at least as of this writing) for the Liv Patent Ballet Flats, seen above in both pink and green patent, and which The Princess desperately desires. Really. Truly. Desires. Sigh. And now they are only $99.99 as opposed to $150, and they also come in black and yellow – how absolutely perfect is that? Forcing myself to move on, the Millie Ballet flat is also on sale; methinks you will either love it at first sight or loathe it forever. (TP is in the second group – something is just not right with that shoe, it just isn’t!) Now, for those who buy stocking stuffers early (no pun intended) here’s just what you need: some timeless J Crew argyle socks! If these simply aren’t bright enough (?) then move on to the polka dots which come in two colorways. These are marked down from $12.50 to $6.99, so it would seem that several pair might be in order.

Ralph Lauren Polo

We love Ralph Lauren for doing something many retailers don’t: putting some of their basics on sale, like their oh-so-preppy Long-Sleeved Skinny Polo, shown above, now $59.99 ‘stead of $85, not a huge markdown but nothing to sneeze at IMHO and there are loads of those divine Polo colors. Spring can also mean more social events before people get away for the summer, so adding a few new dresses appropriate for tea, bridesmaids luncheon, etc., is always a good idea. Among the Princess’s favorites? The Inna Stretch Cotton Dress, (and yes, we know it’s not at all springy because it’s black, but it’s fabulous and we simply must have it) is wonderful, as is the Jersey Tank Dress; it has that sexy cross-back design. Another basic, the featherweight silk-cotton turtleneck also represents some savings, now $69, originally $98.

Ralph Lauren Inna Dress Ralph Lauren Polo Crossback Jersey Tank Dress

Ralph Lauren Polo Baby Cable CardiganRalph Lauren Polo Baby Cable Cardigan Pink

BTW, they have merchandise on sale across all the departments, including Petites, Infants, the Golf Shop, and Home, so it definitely merits a glance. At the very bottom we show the Men’s Classic Long-Sleeved T-Shirt, now only $19.99, certainly something TP is considering for herself as a combo lounging-around- sleepshirt-type-of-top because the cotton is such a high grade these stay soft forever and ever. It’s partner, the Men’s Polo Pocket T-Shirt is also 1/3 off original retail at $19.99, making TP want to grab an armful! That’s just the tip of today’s bargain iceberg, but we had to share at least a few of the deals! After all, we’re here to help! <Grin.>

Ralph Lauren Polo Men\'s Long Sleeve T-shirtRalph Lauren Short Sleeve Polo Tee


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