SHOP TO IT
Get VIP access to the department store
Everybody loves a bargain, but elbowing through sample-sale crowds and scouring messy racks hardly inspires us to say, “Let’s make a deal.”
We’ve finally found a way to cash in on discounts while keeping our sanity with Style Room, a new service that offers private shopping experiences in designer showrooms throughout the city.
Founder Karen Parker O’Brien brings 20 years of industry wisdom to her behind-the-scenes tours, on which customers shop the same fashions currently for sale at Bergdorf’s, Bloomingdale’s and Barneys at 65 to 80 percent off retail value.
The tailor-made excursions range from a girls’ day out for you and your mom to lessons in suiting for the fashion-victim husband. Book a one-on-one tour ($500 for three hours) and O’Brien’s big-name designer buddies will impart their styling wisdom after setting you up with a box of discounted gems. Or organize a shopping jaunt for you and ten friends ($50 a person) and see how a given designer makes and markets her wares.
With service this impeccable, we predict pushy salespeople and poorly lit fitting rooms will become a thing of the past.