Fashion trends are notoriously cyclical, as illustrated by the popularity of this season’s mammoth-hair dresses, mammoth-tail belts, and mammoth-tusk walking canes. Keep your closet stylishly stocked with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a Garment District Diva Trek with Elegant Tightwad Shopping Excursions (a $90 value). Tours depart from 39th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Spotlighted by CBS New York and other major news outlets, Elegant Tightwad Excursions escorts pavement-pounding bargain hunters to private wholesale and below showrooms in search of the best buys and deepest discounts. Using the left-foot-right-foot walking technique pioneered by runway models, hit the city streets for the Garment District Diva Trek, a two- to four-hour sartorial safari that visits many of the same (otherwise off-limits) designer showrooms frequented by department-store buyers and the personal shoppers of the Illuminati. Unlike sightseeing tours, which are mostly designed to keep the Statue of Liberty from sneaking off, the Garment District trek is generally confined to an area of three or four blocks, giving foot-powered fashionistas the highest possible shopping-to-stepping ratio.
Elegant Tightwad provides each of its prêt-à-porter pilgrims with an “Extra List” full of suggestions for savings-friendly stops not incorporated into the trek. Since most of the showrooms visited on the excursions only operate during normal business hours, the trips themselves take place exclusively on weekdays, leaving its participants all weekend to model their finds and chisel ice sculptures with their stiletto heels. Check out the calendar for specific days and times.
Elegant Tightwad Tasting Excursions
When it came time to name her business, Pamela Parisi looked to her own nickname: The Elegant Tightwad. She earned the moniker during 20 years spent in the fashion industry as a clothing designer, manufacturer, and mannequin guidance counselor. Parisi developed a reputation for her conflicting loves for designer clothes and fiscal responsibility. Always a problem solver, she quickly learned to marry her two passions by developing extensive knowledge of designer showrooms and the wholesale prices they charge. Today, she uses her nose for bargains to guide tour groups to the best deals on designer clothes and accessories. Her cash-saving tours have even garnered the attention of CNN and Elle magazine. In addition to her Garment District Diva tours, Parisi has also extended her expertise into the world of food. Her tasting excursions explore some of the most tempting eats in Hell's Kitchen, from Italian and Greek specialties to sweet treats from bakeries and ice cream shops.
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