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The new year brought deeper discounts to Saks Fifth Avenue's end-of-season sale. We popped into the luxury department store, across from the huge Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, to find that markdowns are additional 25% off of the current ticketed prices, which makes for a total of 70% off original retail.
You'll find that the sale items are plentiful in the women's contemporary section, with racks of marked-down merchandise literally lining the walkways on the fifth floor. There are discounts on designer brands like DVF, Tibi, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alice + Olivia, Theory, and Vince, among others. For example that means DVF wrap dresses for $143.40 (just a smidge cheaper than what they were at the old sample sales), Theory sleeveless vests for $204.75, and Vince leather pants for $447.75.
We also took the opportunity to see how low the handbags could go and found a sparse offering of select styles from Loeffler Randall ($188), Tory Burch, Michael Kors ($516), Marc Jacobs, and Rebecca Minkoff for up to 60% off. If you're looking for a new bag to start off the year, this probably isn't the place to buy it.
The women's shoe department, on the other hand, was very well-stocked (just like Barneys) with discounts of up to 60% off the original prices. We found brands like Chanel (heels, $1,060), Prada (heels, $300), Marni (flats, $424), Charlotte Olympia (heels, $626), Jimmy Choo (booties, $580), and Miu Miu (glitter slingbacks, $750), with most styles available in sizes 5 through 11.5.
And also just like Barneys, now is not the time to score a deal on classic or in-demand styles — rather, it's a good mix of cold-weather boots, sandals, evening shoes, and flats mixed in among high heels on the racks. Click through the gallery above to see the standout styles we spotted.