Do we really need to wonder anymore just what is going on at MONIKA CHIANG?
Just a few weeks ago, the designer held a sample sale with super deep discounts of 80% to 90% off and more. This was on the heels of months of rumors that the designer's business had been closed despite denials from Chiang's backer (and romantic companion) Chris Burch, the man also behind C.Wonder and former husband of designer Tory Burch. The "Everything Must Go" style sale re-ignited the whispers, which are now going to be fueled further by a weeklong encore of the sale at 225 Fifth Avenue starting on Monday. The Monika Chiang website is now in full clearance mode with a flat 50% off everything, and a broken "New Arrivals" link, and her stores were shuttered months ago.
The real question is not whether or not the company has been shut down —or at the very least suspended— which seems plain to see, but why Chaing and Burch won't just come out and confirm that the label is out of business. It's not like nobody is paying attention. On the plus side, it's another chance for $100 leather jackets and plenty more sleek, urbane sportswear at rock bottom prices.
In other Sale News,
Today brings a return of NANETTE LEPORE's popular archive sale which promises pieces from her entire career including one-of-a-kind samples with everything under $100.
Legendary Finnish design brand MARIMEKKO will also begin a sale today a few blocks away form its flagship at 260 Fifth Avenue featuring clothing, home goods as well as bolts of its famous fabrics.
On Wednesday, Italian shoe wizard CESARE PACIOTTI kicks off a three day sale in midtown featuring deep discounts on the sleek footwear that made the brand famous for men, women and even children.
ESCADA starts its seasonal sale on Thursday at Soiffer Haskin. Look for an abundance of the luxurious and glamorous women's apparel the brand is known for.
Also on Thursday, JOY GRYSON will be holding her seasonal sale in Tribeca featuring handbags and accessories and probably some lines.
For more details and additional sales check our SALE ROLL sidebar at left.