Like a tribal hunting ritual, holiday shopping requires quickness and a keen eye and often ends with someone wearing a live peacock as a hat. Pick up some new feathers with today’s Groupon: for $18, you get two VIP tickets and two raffle tickets to the Appel & Frank Holiday Shopping Event on December 7 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in The Regency Center’s Sutter Room (a $50 value). The private hour of VIP shopping will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Praised by a slew of local press outlets, Karen Appel and Jody Frank founded their eponymous outfit in 2003 as a way of bringing emerging fashion designers and established fashionistas together via upscale shopping events. VIP attendees enjoy complimentary glasses of wine, exclusive gift bags, and an hour of private shopping during the event. Peruse a ballroom’s worth of discounted jewelry, clothing, and accessories from 65 designers directly involved in the development of their own merchandise, or determine how many dangle earrings it takes to string together a lasso. Other event attractions include a beauty bar that offers free or discounted beauty treatments and raffles for thousands of dollars in gifts.