The Great Department Store Debate


Most people throw Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in the same bucket because they are both luxury fashion department stores. However, I find them to be quite different and generally prefer Saks. Neimans has more inventory, while Saks has better inventory. This is a classic “quality over quantity” situation and I don’t know about you, but I will take quality any day. This is also helpful because I have bad anxiety and O.C.D. and this makes shopping at Saks less stressful. Although both retailers sell major brands like Fendi, Christian Louboutin, Prada, and Marc Jacobs, Saks has more up-and-coming labels. These are generally a lot less expensive, but still maintain the same quality and uniqueness you should expect. When deciding which store to shop at, always consider you personal style and choose the one that suits it best. Neiman Marcus is more “ladies-who-lunch” and Saks Fifth Avenue is more “NYC edge.” As a savvy shopper, the biggest difference is the sales. Neimans thinks it is the biggest deal in the world to take 15% off one rack of clothes, while Saks has 60% and up off tons of current and credible clothing regularly. You might have to scour the racks for gems, but I love the thrill of the hunt. This duality between established, high-end retailer and mecca for great sales on great merchandise is what keeps me coming back for more. That doesn’t mean I haven’t scored big at Neiman Marcus.


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