The second law of thermodynamics and the first law of Nelly lyrics hold that ambient heat and clothing have an inverse relationship. Disturb the natural order with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a four-hour fashion and shopping walking tour, plus gift bag and complimentary cocktail, from Top Button Tours, a $75 value. Tours can be customized to showcase apparel and accessories for both men and women.
With access to more than 7,000 showrooms, Top Button is a shiny, chrome-furred horse ride into wholesale-priced sprees and sample sales. Co-founder Dianna Feldman offers her close relationships and personal access to both private and public discounts with this exclusive outing in New York City's garment district. The four-hour trek, which begins with a briefing on sample sales and a discussion of trends and shopping for figure, whisks shoppers to designer showrooms with heavily discounted merchandise (including apparel, jewelry, handbags, shoes, and more) offered at up to 75% off retail. Attendees cap off the experience at a swanky lounge with a complimentary cocktail and a gift bag loaded with covetable loot such as Ken Paves lip gloss and Hard Candy nail polish. Register online for an upcoming tour, which will take place rain or shine, so come prepared with a raincoat, umbrella, or wide-brimmed hat made out of recycled moon bounces.
Must be 21 to enter lounge and redeem complimentary cocktail.
- A check of the Top Button Tours site lists past sales at Barneys, Mara Hoffman, Lauren Merkin and Intermix. We're picturing a tour guide leading the way through madhouse public sales and pointing out interesting local color as if on safari ("to the right, a half-naked shopper creatively making her own fitting room area"). – Fawnia Soo Hoo, Racked NY