Los Angeles may not have an NFL team, but we definitely have something very comparable to the Super Bowl. It involves sacks and serious hurry-up offensive, but there are no Hail Marys necessary, nor is there a pigskin in sight. Yes, we're talking about Black Friday, the fall event we've been prepping for since the moment we stashed away those Halloween masks and candy corn.
Whether you're the type to brave outlet malls or prefer to keep it local and low-key, there's only one thing that's more important than an Amex the day after Thanksgiving — and that's a foolproof game plan. So, as the chicest coaches you'll ever come across, we're whistle-blowing on the hottest deals across town that will have you saving major green. Ready, set,
IntiMint, JewelMint and ShoeMint
Not a member of the Mint community? Let the L.A.-based e-tail sales be the sweet incentive to join. The brand's lingerie branch IntiMint will be offering 60% off to new customers, while returning shoppers will receive 40% off. JewelMint will be dolling out the best deals for newbies — 70% off, plus regulars of Kate Bosworth and Cher Coulter's designs will receive half off their entire order. And, finally, $40 will be knocked off your first pair of shoes on ShoeMint, or $20 for those who already have a deep appreciation for Rachel Bilson's eye.
Where: IntiMint, JewelMint and ShoeMint
Winnie Couture Beverly Hills
If you happen to be getting hitched in the near future, make your way to this bridal shop. We're pretty positive that the extra 25% off will have you saying yes to the dress. And, with gowns for every price point, it looks like you'll have wiggle room with your flower budget — bring on the lilies and gardenias!
Where: 9393 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Canon Drive); 310-858-8868.
Mohawk General Store
We've been loyal Mohawk-ers since the general store opened its Eastside doors way back when. Now the cool-kid shop is serving up discounts up to 20% on all apparel, shoes, and accessories (excluding jewels, unfortunately!) along with free shipping for those who refuse to brave the Black Friday traffic. If you're gunning for a new Clare Vivier clutch or a pair of Rachel Comey boots, you better book it and pray you get there before we do!
Where: 4011 West Sunset Boulevard (at Santa Monica Boulevard); 323-669-1601.
Rather than offer a straight-up discount, Foundry is doing what it does best and switching things up. The first five people to walk through the door will receive 50% off one item, followed by 40% off for the following five people, and then 30% for every customer for the rest of the day on select items. And, it doesn't stop there: Foundry is gifting a $50 gift card (valid through XMas Eve) to anyone that spends $1,000 or more during Black Friday. Talk about motivation!
Where: 7955 Melrose Avenue (between North Edinburgh and North Hayworth avenues); 310-935-1579.
Zero + Maria Cornejo
Sometimes the stars align in your favor, and this Black Friday it just so happens to be taking place at Zero + Maria Cornejo. We've been eyeing the Fur Oni Cardigan and Little O Dress since they hit shelves, and we're finally taking the Amex plunge now that the shop's offering 30% off these great pieces. Of course, other items will be on the block, so there's zero chance we're missing these markdowns!
Where: 8408 Melrose Place (near Melrose Avenue); 323-782-4915.
Still pining for the fall collections of Mary Katranzou, Carven, and Band of Outsiders? Don't fret — Opening Ceremony is knocking back 30-40% on those designers and many more! And, if you're too lazy to hit up the L.A. outpost, visit the store's website where the same discounts will apply in addition to free ground shipping for domestic orders over $250. Heads up: You may be spotting us in some crazy Jeremy Scott x Adidas sneakers in the very near future!
Where: 451 North La Cienega Boulevard (between Rosewood and Oakwood avenues); 310-652-1120.
Lucky for Angelenos, all that fall merch is still sufficient for our warmer winter weather (can you remember the last time you wore a down coat off the ski slope? Didn't think so!). And, Satine's taking 30% off all of the shop's autumn merch including this graphic Preen number and this awesome A.L.C. frock. After Friday we'll totally be dressed to impress!
Where: 8134 West 3rd Street (near South Crescent Heights Boulevard); 323-655-2142.
Want to give your loved ones (and, heck, yourself!) the gift of good health? Head on over to Pressed Juicery and snag a $50 gift card for 20% off. Whether you're a Greens 2 or a Greens 4 kind of gal, there's no denying that this deal's too delicious to pass up!
Where: 8714 Santa Monica Boulevard, #120 (between Huntley and Westbourne drives); 310-854-4407.
Can you blame us for getting weak in the knees every time we visit this spot? The shop carries a bevy of our fave local labels, which is why we'll likely be first in line at the register with our booty this Friday. Not only will sale items be discounted even further, but customers of new merch will receive 25% off their purchase. Lovely, indeed!
Where: 351 South La Brea Avenue (between West 3rd and West 4th streets); 323-933-9032.
Ok, except for the occasional hot tub outing, those bikinis are pretty much stored away for the season. Well, rather than mourn the loss of your summer uniform, why not add to your collection at a quarter of the cost? Our fave Aussie import is giving customers 25% off the latest fall collection — a.k.a. floral bikinis and paisley one-pieces. Now, where's the closest tanning salon? We just realized we're in need of a touch up!
Where: 110 South Robertson Boulevard (near Alden Drive); 310-285-9680.
AG Adriano Goldschmied
Last month we dropped some serious knowledge on all the denim brands that call Lala home. Now, one of 'em is hosting a bombshell of a sale that we've got the skinny on. Prepare to stock up on trendy denim at half off — we're talking everything from metallic to patterned and everything in between. Oh, and there will be true blues in stock, as well!
Where: 329 North Beverly Drive (between Brighton and Dayton ways); 310-275-2621.
With select handbags for $2, nail polish for $1, and boots for $10, it would be silly to skip this sale. Yes, it likely means braving hoards of hungry pre-teens, but these costs are so low that we're willing to make the sacrifice. And, if nothing suits your style, you should totally use the event as a reason to stock up on gifts for your kid nieces. Consider yourself the best aunt, ever!
Where: 6801 Hollywood Boulevard (at North Highland Avenue); 323-462-8500.
Stock up on some solid denim options at Paige where after purchasing your first pair the following will be knocked back 50%. Whether you're in the market for fancy pants or casual capris — Friday's going to be the day the jean section of your wardrobe expands tenfold.
Where: 116 North Robertson Boulevard (between Beverly Boulevard and Alden Drive); 310-360-9888.
Photos: Courtesy of Foundry; Satine; Mohawk General Store