Notes of a shopaholic

Saturday, December 28, 2002:

I live near what has to be the worst Premium Outlets mall in the US. The only store worth shopping at there is OffFifth Saks Outlet. And while the women's side of this store maintains some credibility, the men's side is ridiculous. As someone who stops by regularly, I can't see what they've actually sold in the last four months or so besides some leather jackets and blazers. And some Prada jeans that were $90. Prada under $100 moves, even around here. But a pile of Diesel Jeans at $90 or so looks untouched, as does the rack of Hugo Boss, DKNY, etc. Nothing much further reduced today--I was particularly interested in a pair of Comme des Garcons pants that somehow wound up here that they are selling at $120. But both pairs in my size are still around, so its just a matter of time...

Onto the mall, where I picked up a pair of desert suede oxfords at JCrew for $40. I know, I wasn't going to do any more shopping for a while, but a nice pair of shoes for $40?

Steven Sherman // 2:07 PM

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Friday, December 27, 2002:

Trouble tonight adding links. I've just discovered this site www.currentcodes.com. According to them, WMP42 gets you 30% off Kenneth Cole. Just days after I used the take 20% off code! Aaargh!
Steven Sherman // 9:08 PM

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These rock! We'll have to see where the bidding is in five days...
Steven Sherman // 5:45 PM

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Well, looks like I've made another purchase. A few days ago I saw this sweater jacket on EBay, the kind of thing Dolce and Gabbana's been ripping off for years. Amused, I put in a bid for $10. Expected to be quickly outbid. Turns out I won for $8, plus 7.50 shipping. I hope I like it. I don't wear vintage much these days. Always remember that bids are binding on Ebay, and its hard, at best, to return items. But you can find really good deals on vintage stuff. You'll see this kind of item for $50 or more in NYC vintage stores.
Steven Sherman // 3:49 PM

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It's funny how politics can intrude on even the lightest topics. Today I was down at the unemployment office, having my job search reviewed. The man helping me out told me that congress has still not approved an extension of benefits. I'm lucky. I have two weeks of benefits left, and I go back to work one week later. Furthermore, I don't have dependents to support, and have some money thanks to the generosity of my family. But lots of people aren't so comfortable. 50,000 families in North Carolina stand to lose benefits if the extension isn't passed. Although most people on unemployment are on tight budgets, think of how much tighter those budgets will get without any benefits flowing in. Stores, which are already doing lousy, will do worse. Then the stores have to lay off people, who also can't buy much (and I'm not sure how it will affect things if people can't make the minimum payment on their credit cards). Passing these benefits won't cost all that much, and will keep lots of people afloat, a little less stressed out, spending a little more money at businesses that need them... My two cents worth.
Steven Sherman // 9:46 AM

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Thursday, December 26, 2002:

Wow. I'm not a size 44, but I'm still tempted.
Steven Sherman // 8:37 PM

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The Hugo Boss Blazer came today from Bluefly. Very nice. The sack fit I like these days. The bottom is cut in a kind of unusual curve. Definitely not at the top of my return pile... Then again, it is one of my rules to live by. Always think twice--let the first infatuation with an object wear off before assessing whether or not to keep it.
Steven Sherman // 6:27 PM

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I got a disposable camera today and took some pictures to sell stuff on E-bay. This seems like a great way to reduce your shopping bills and recycle stuff. Watch for my listings soon!
Steven Sherman // 11:30 AM

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The mall the day after Christmas was pretty hard to resist. As an avid shopper, though, I have to say that besides the Nordstrom's sale, not much was changed. Anyway, found a Kenneth Cole shirt at Nordstrom's for $42. It fills that elusive space--funky, but not clubwear. Which is good, because I don't go to clubs much. Between the shirt, the stuff I bought last weekend, and the stuff that's in the mail, my holiday bill is... I don't want to think about it right now. Probably I won't want to keep everything that's being delivered. Or I won't buy much next month. Or something.
Steven Sherman // 8:16 AM

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Wednesday, December 25, 2002:

Just saw Far From Heaven. Clearly the fashion movie of the year, if not the decade. Everyone will talk about the Christian Dior stuff Julianne Moore wears, but Dennis Haysbert's very current wool plaid jackets also should be noted. But also a really, really good film.
Steven Sherman // 9:08 PM

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Sakonline has the best male models, IMHO. Not too much of the 'playa-playa' or 'Mr Man' looks that drag down most websites. But I'm having trouble getting past this guy's pompadour.
Steven Sherman // 5:29 PM

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Thanks to the internet, even on Christmas, bargains beckon. Like this rug at Chiasso.... I could really use a rug. And shag is hip. Must. Resist. Temptation.
Steven Sherman // 7:42 AM

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Tuesday, December 24, 2002:

This is weird--Kenneth Cole sent me an e-mail this afternoon saying my order had been shipped. Wonder what the deal is with the 'back-ordered' business on their website when I ordered them.
Steven Sherman // 4:55 PM

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New reductions at Kenneth Cole this morning. Between these, and the aforementioned 20% off discount (WMP32) I couldn't resist. One pair of jeans, one pair of moleskin pants, one black jean blazer , for a grand total of $142. All are 'back-ordered', which I hope doesn't mean I'll have to wait til Easter to see the merch.
Steven Sherman // 7:26 AM

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Trying to identify what's gone wrong with fashion, Cathryn Horyn today says "For more than a decade, with few exceptions, fashion has been stuck in recap mode — recapping the 1960's, recapping the 70's and 80's, and lately, recapping the recap. The reason is simple: designers haven't had a social movement to react against." Huh? Ever heard of the global justice movement? Diesel just devoted an entire ad campaign to parodying it or saluting it or whatever the hell they thought they were doing....
Steven Sherman // 6:43 AM

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Monday, December 23, 2002:

It looks like Saks Online once again has men's stuff. Nice to see some D&G crocheted shirts for men available on sale. Not enough of those in the world.
Steven Sherman // 6:19 PM

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From the New York Times: The Saturday before Christmas is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, eclipsing the Friday after Thanksgiving. ShopperTrak RCT's National Retail Sales Estimate, said December sales are on track to fall 5.5 percent from last year.

``Most of the analysts who went out and did mall tours this weekend found that they were very crowded but people weren't buying, and if they were, they were buying on sale. To me, it sounds a little worse than last year.''
Full article.


Steven Sherman // 2:36 PM

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It would take a braver (if that's the word) man than I to wear these Martin Margiela coveralls, 'only' 199.99..
Steven Sherman // 2:16 PM

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I wasn't going to get anything until post-Xmas sales, but... Bluefly just announced a designer sale. I snagged a Hugo Boss Denim blazer for 65.99 including delivery, using the various offers I had coming. Lot's of good stuff left, especially for women.
Steven Sherman // 2:11 PM

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Sunday, December 22, 2002:

The Times has a ludicrous article today exploring the ethical dilemmas of shopping online at work. Oh Please--what do they have internet access for anyway?
Steven Sherman // 5:40 PM

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I've been exploring 247malls.com tonight, which I've put a link to. They have a lot of the coupon offers that different websites make. For example: TAKE15OFF will get you 15% off at Bluefly until 1/15/03. And WMP32 will get you 20% off Kenneth Cole until 12/31. Cool Site!
Steven Sherman // 5:16 PM

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I wasn't really planning to shop for clothes today, but then the furniture store I was thinking of checking out was closed, so I made a little excursion to an upscale shopping complex (which has a hideous, incongruous design). Purchased: One pair of khaki DKNY stretch cords, 42$ at 50%. At least it's from a locally owned store--my heart goes out to anyone trying to introduce J. Lindeberg to this part of the US, so I'm glad I could give him a little business (speaking of which, the store was basically empty besides me--this on the Sunday before Christmas). Kind of sad how, even at the little independent boutique level, men's (relatively) affordable fashion comes down to a few labels: DKNY. Kenneth Cole. Theory. Diesel. Ben Sherman. Ted Baker. There are other labels out there, but they must be tiny....
Steven Sherman // 3:50 PM

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Okay, so my late night trip to the mall yielded a green cotton field hat from BR, original price 38$, on sale for 14.99$.
Steven Sherman // 9:41 AM

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The day to day insights of a mildly obsessive shopper.

favorite links

Magazines
Hint Magazine
Fashion Icon
Mens Trend
Lucky
GQ (forum)
Sowear
Paper
Style.com
Fashionlines.com
Thread
Triotv
Japan today
New York Times Fashion discussion board

Vintage Sites
Ballyhoo Vintage
Deco 2 Moderne
Vintage Trends
Vintage Clothes on EBay
Chelsea Girl Women's only (not cheap!)
Decades
Decades vintage

Sites selling small designers
Fashion8.com
Urban Evolution
Go Clothing
HDs Clothing
Shopbop
Purple Skirt women's only
Planet lulu samples-women only
guyshopcheck out girlshop too
scoop only sells women's online

Good deals on designer stuff
Identity.com
Bluefly
Ebay Designer Boutique
Yoox
Yoox is my favorite lately.
Awesome prices and great selection. Like Century 21 on the web
Jills consignment women's
Haburi European shoppers only


Shoes
Fluevog
Steve Madden
Shoepavillion.com


Design
Moss
Chiasso
DWR
Dutch by Design
Models Own

Tried and True (sites that sell stuff you might be familiar with)
Armani Exchange
Kenneth Cole
Eluxury
Urban Outfitters
Saks Online
Forzieri

Websites that are Kind of Ugly and/or Hard to Use
Nordstrom
Universal Gear
Smart Bargains
Overstock

Coupons and special offers
247 Mall Coupons
Current Codes
Computerland Central
Clothes-Coupons
Smart Buy

Store finders--nothing for sale
NY Sale sample sale finder
Outlet Bound
Premium Outlets
Mills Outlets
Daffy's
Discount Shoe Warehouse (DSW)
Century 21

nothing much for sale, but nice sites (store locators)
H&M
Zara
Club Monaco
Aldo
Barneys
Diesel (watches are available on line)
Louis Boston


blogs
New York Fashion Blog
Avenue of Style Lots of links
Shesheme
No good for me

If you know of more sites, bargains, or just want to say 'hi'...
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