167: No repeats and only the good stuff
Black Friday sales (now that it's finally here) you haven't seen yet.
So, it turns out the whole of Black Friday is simply too big for one little newsletter send to hold. The early BF deals I shared on Tuesday accomplished at least as much as getting the word out about what lay beneath an unwieldily volume of mega-retailer sales.
What resonated most among readers was the SSENSE sale, from which those Auralee jeans I bought and tried on here were a top-clicked item (now sadly sold out—they’re still available in this clever gray-brown and a relaxed selvage), alongside Sophie Buhai earrings, Sandy Liang’s ballerina flats, and this Loulou Studio coat. Nordstrom also rose to the top, driving interest in this Commission bag (here it is in brown, the color originally linked at about the same sale price), YanYan knits, and basics like underwear. The Tory Burch hook-and-eye tunic is banging around quite a bit, too, as are these so-called Banana boots. And J.Crew drew some attention with its cashmere Fair Isle knit.
Anyway, it’s Black Friday finally. And it turns out there are so many more genuinely worthwhile sales to share, especially coming from smaller, more forward-seeing brands leading style in a way that the big-box behemoths simply can’t. Attersee, Kallmeyer, and Maimoun come to mind, as do Proenza and Khaite, despite their lofty status in New York (it doesn’t hurt they’re having killer sales). Although it wasn’t intentional, this send wound up being a lot more independent-leaning than the last.
If you caught my note yesterday, you’ll know that I’ve set up an active Google Sheet where I’ll be dropping good deals throughout the day + week, so definitely keep an eye on that as more brands launch their sales over the weekend (and I have a bit more time to fine-tooth comb them all).
I hope everyone had a really nice day yesterday, wherever you were and whoever you got to share it with :)
I’ve spent a significant number of minutes clicking through The Outnet’s sale, which takes 25% off all of its already-on-sale inventory. I mentioned the Bottega parka for $599 but it bears repeating. There’s also a pair of Gucci horsebit boots (one last pair!) for half off, great &Daughter sweaters for around $200, and plenty of By Malene Birger for cheap.
Why does it feel like I’m gatekeeping Janessa Leone? I’ve shared this before, but I really believe that not enough people know about the hat brand leather goods (great bags, search-ending belts), that feel like true American luxury. The entire site is 30% off rn.
Attersee hardly ever does sales, a thing I’m keenly aware of because I’m always checking if there is one. So! Now’s the moment. Some bests from the holiday sale include this fine silk mesh tank that’s waiting patiently in my cart, the long dress version of it, this pouch purse, a draped skirt that serves the winter sarong agenda, and Mary Janes from the Drogheria Crivellini collab (only $85).
La Collection’s Archive Sale came onto my radar through a submission to the deals spreadsheet—they bought the Ulla trousers—and lo and behold, it’s good. I bought a super-long shirtdress, but plenty of other pieces like this flannel work shirt and “blazerdress” caught my eye.
The actually “private” private sale lives on at A.Emery, where you can get 25% off with an unadvertised discount taken in cart. I’ve been test driving the Soma boots, which I’ve found extremely comfy and solid. And I couldn’t help but move on the Shel sandals (The Row dupes) and Myrna bias pants, which I know I’ll wear all the time.
Khaite’s on sale all across the internet, including on its own site. Shopping natively will yield access to Khaite styles you never knew existed at up to half off: this Fair Isle “Tabi” knit; these Nick Cave-ish fur pants that preceded Phoebe Philo’s; a Peter Pan-collared sweater I would dive into traffic for; the off-shoulder Cyra dress—wow. Plus, familiar favorites at good prices, e.g. the Oylan tank for $210, Fabia dress for $768, and Kyle jeans for $308.
We are so lucky to have Maimoun—it’s like when people say, we don’t deserve dogs. Even if you’re not local to their store in LA (which I had the pleasure of visiting recently), their antecedent site holds a ton of horizon-opening inventory that’s fortuitously 20% off with GIVE20. See my post here for tab-opening inspo.
Take 15% off sitewide in Gemsun’s Gratitude Sale with GRATEFULGEM—we’re pointedly eyeing the drapey, slit-legged Offen jeans and the dual-wielding Fritzi skirt dress, layered like a tiramisu with cream-colored fringe, both under $200 with the discount.
In Laura Lombardi’s annual sale taking 30% off all core pieces, the chunky-but-elegant jewelry dabbles in both the sacred and the profane, reaching beyond the brand’s SSENSE edit with pendants of biblically accurate angels and cross earrings referencing ‘90s editorials.
Kallmeyer’s this-never-happens 20% off sale (with BIGTHANKS2023) extends sitewide, so narrowing the options down is a labor of love. A few things you can’t fail with are this shrunken satin blazer with my favorite high-button placement of late, a rare cut of a high-neck tank, and get a load of this hourglass coat.
A reader turned me onto A Personal Uniform during fall spreadsheet season, a great small brand that makes relaxed, menswear-y styles in natural fabrics. The whole site’s 20% off with BLACK20.
Here’s your annual reminder to restock on Glossier, with 25% off sitewide, or 30% if you hit $100.
With EATPRAYLOVE, take 25% off everything at Emily Dawn Long, from the plunging-back Kipling tanks to steadfast striped button-downs and a selection of new convertible knitwear and statement hair clips.
Sophie Buhai’s holiday sale offers 20% off a selection of quietly powerful jewelry inspired by natural shapes and materials, like a pair of silver hoops the shape of gingko leaves and a necklace made of tiny jade beads on silk thread.
&Daughter was one of the top-watched brands when I asked people what they had on their lists for Black Friday. Happily, the whole site’s 20% off with 20OFF. I have to say, these are great sweaters.
Anna Quan is prime yet underrated Australian design in the same vein as Paris Georgia, Christopher Esber, etc.—flattering cuts, polish with a bit of flirt, that downtown-y je ne sais quoi. The site’s a not-insignificant up-to-70%-off, as with these contrast-button trousers, this suiting dress, and slightly too-short dress shorts (it’s the whole appeal).
Called it out in yesterday’s Google Sheet release, but Emme Parsons has her highly wishlisted loafers and a selection of other shoes down by 30% off on site.
Use GET25 to…get 25% off everything at Vince, some standouts being a beyond-fluffy, but no less refined cardigan sweater and a beaded camisole that takes a page from the Book of Tory Burch with its understated allure.
The whole catalog of just-off-the-runway looks at Buci NYC is on sale through the 27th, from alternate universe prom dresses to bikinis that necessitate their own vacations planned around their use.
With BFCM30, take 30% off the sale selection at Verishop, which counts among its crown jewels a sprawling selection of luxury beauty products in addition to its clothes and accessories.
The Camper Black Friday sale takes up to 40% off a swath of its reliably good-weird footwear, with an extra 10% after signing up for the brand’s newsletter—bubble-heel loafers are down to $122 from $195, and many styles dip below the $100 mark.
All the most stupidly expensive and luxurious beauty is on pretty significant sale over at Violet Gray. Augustinus Bader, LYMA, U Beauty, Fara Homidi…hundreds off.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s Black Friday sale takes 30% off the entire MNZ collection—an icy blue button-down for $322, a pleated slate wrap skirt for $434, a double-pocketed Julian purse in rust-colored suede at $413, and more wintry gems—with THANKSGIVING30.
Skims’ biannual sale is gradually IV-ing drops of shape-, sports-, and under-wear, in materials from cotton to jersey to vinyl, directly into the BFCM bloodstream.
At Le Point, all orders $50 or more get a 30% discount with TURKEY23, with a stock spanning from Sandy Liang to Andersson Bell to Birrot and beyond.
Take 20% off everything at G.H. Bass—no Weejun left behind—with GIFT, and enjoy free shipping to boot.
Back when I was running ecomm over at InStyle, I discovered vibrators to be one of the most surprisingly in-demand items. So, guessing not much has changed! Maude is running a 20% off $85 sale, so you can get a designy vibe and some organic lube and call it a day.
Esse Studios’ stretch crepe basics keep me coming back every single sale season—there’s a selection of 40% off eligible pieces (some of which are already on sale) with BFCM40, so I grabbed yet another strapless top in red and am meditating on this button-down shirt with bunched-up sleeve styling built in.
Doen’s Giving Thanks Sale slashes up to 60% off the brand’s alpaca sweaters, cream-colored jeans ($50!), and much, much more, plus a handful of painfully cute children’s clothes if you happen to come up for air out of your BFCM links long enough to realize there’s a kid in your house.
Nicole Saldana’s keeping the best sale prices oof its shoes on home court. Its site’s got a handful of moire flats for under $300.
The vibe at the Nonna Black Friday sale is so thick, you could cut it with a knife—MNZ, Cawley, Chelsea Mak, Sandy Liang, and more of the girls are present and all is 25% off at checkout.
The Miista Factory Sale slashes prices on the brand’s signature geometric footwear and cyberpunk-adjacent clothing by up to 50%, including archival pieces and best-selling gems.
Saks Off 5th is taking 25% off orders $150 or more with BF25, and its clearance section already reaches up to 90% off stuff like Alaïa sunglasses and Chris Esber skirts—surely some girl math scholar somewhere could explain why this makes shopping here “free.”
Banana Republic caved and added cashmere to its BFCM roster, taking a staggering-by-BR-standards 40% off turtleneck sweaters, giant ponchos, and more cashmere goodies at checkout—don’t miss the non-cash deals, though, like a $60 faux-fur cap that very much gives retro ski bunny or doomed Russian oligarch, depending on the outfit.
Seems like Coach is running two concurrent sales—one’s its Black Friday sale that appears to go up to 50% off mostly bags, and the other’s a 25% off promo that also loops in some boots and leather accessories.
Paris Georgia’s annual archive sale goes hard with its dress offerings—a seafoam-green goddess-type dress with an asymmetrical neckline and a khaki poplin gown with a deep v and basque waistline are at two ends of the thorough spectrum.
Quasi-socialite English silk shirt and undies brand Vespertine is extending half off everything with FRIENDSOFVESPERTINE.
Everything at Cold Picnic is 20% off with NOLEFTOVERS until Monday, lowering the prices of some of its cult-followed, talismanic rugs and quilts to $100 and change.
There’s a very-on-the-DL, members-only private sale over at Rejina Pyo, taking 20% off the whole site of alpaca sweaters and scarf-adorned heels with PRIVATESALE20, but you didn’t hear that from us.
Enjoy up to 60% off St. John’s collection of knits, tweeds, jacquards, silks, and more indulgent textures, reaching all the way up to the current season.
Autumn Sonata’s 30% off sale offers an array of mix-and match bath towels and mats in earthy checkers and glitchy stripes in rich hues, all at a discount with HOLIDAY.
Re/Done’s 30% off sitewide sale is great for jean-hunting, of course, but works its most potent marketing magic in its sale section, where the extra discount brings pieces like a shapely, corseted denim jacket and a creamsicle-orange cardigan down to over half off.
Priscavera’s entire site is up to 70% off for BFCM, with everything from leather jackets to striped pajamas getting sharp cuts.
Eytys’ winter sale is live, with tank tops for $75, sneakers hovering around $170, and embellished jeans topping off at about $250.
Spend more than $125 in the Ralph Lauren Black Friday sale and take 40% off your entire cart—ribbed polos are down to $45 with the extra discount, giant puffer coats are just over $200, and many more finds for all seasons abound.
If you spend $200 in Anine Bing’s sale on its preppy everyday wear, you’ll earn an extra 15% off the already-discounted prices—25% if you top $300.
The Black Friday event at Sold Out NYC takes 25-80% off select styles, many of which are freshly dropped—tons of turtlenecks, button-downs, and bouclé jackets are up for grabs.
This exclusive link to Eres takes you to a selection of the brand’s swimsuits, colorful athletic wear, and beachy cocktail dresses, all at prices up to 40% off.
Take up to 60% off a host of footwear in the Le Monde Beryl Seasonal Sale, full of slippers decked in studs, velvet, and silken bows.
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