Offering tips on sales, availability, restocking and reissuing of items.
JAN 23: The Aquatalia Rumbah is almost 50% off at David’s Footwear (Canada); it is discounted from CAD$850 to CAD$435 (that’s a price of roughly $325 USD at today’s exchange rates). Our thanks to Scarlett Cloverberry on Twitter for the tip!
JAN 23: Sebago has introduced a line of Bala shoes in Liberty Art Fabrics ($80). Thanks to Patricia on the WKW FB page for the tip!
JAN 19: Kate’s LK Bennett Fern heels are on sale at Selfridges for $174 in limited sizes. A big ‘Thank you!’ to Angela for that tip. The Rupert Sanderson Winona in grey suede is discounted from £425 (about $525) to £255 (roughly $315) online at Rupert Sanderson. Also, the Prada Pointy Toe in navy suede is discounted by 20% at Bluefly in very limited sizing.
JAN 16: Aquatalia has discounted the current version of the Rumbah (that is how it is spelled this year, as opposed to the original ‘Rhumba’ spelling) from to $750 to $375; a “thank you” to Sonia for her comment on the blog sharing that info!
JAN 5: LK Bennett’s sale continues on both the US and the UK websites, with many discounts up to the 50% range. One bargain I found: the updated version of the Agata Sandal is discounted to £100 on the UK site, it is priced at $276.50 on the US site. (As best I have been able to figure out, US discounts run behind UK discounts by a few weeks.)
JAN 4: Kate’s sneakers first seen at the Judy Murray tennis clinic in Scotland last February are on sale at several retailers. The ASICS Women’s GEL-Solution Speed 3 tennis shoes are on sale at several retailers. Normally priced at $130, they are $90.99 at Zappos (that’s 30% off); they are also $90.99 at Amazon; at Tennis Express they are $89.99 (free shipping & returns)
JAN 3: Net-a-Porter’s sale continues, with some decent buys on evening gowns Kate has worn (although most remain well beyond my budget!). The off-white Ella by Roland Mouret is discounted 30%, bringing the price to $3227 from its original $4610. The Ella in red (which Kate has not worn) is a better buy at 50% off, it is now priced at $1993. The much more affordable Saloni London Mary Flocked Chiffon Gown is also 50% off, it is now $298.
DEC 26: Aquatalia’s 2016 version of the Rumbah (formerly the Rhumba) is on sale at Nordstrom; originally priced at $750, the boot is now $524.98 and available in most sizes. (Scroll to second photo showing subtle differences between the original design and the current style.) If interested in an over-the-knee version of the Rumbah, it is on sale at Lord & Taylor for $525.
Here’s a comparison of the ‘old Rhumba’ and the current design. All of the photos were digitally lightened to better show the boot’s details.
DEC 23: Kate’s Riva Diamond Cluster Necklace is discounted 40% at jeweler Monica Vinader. Originally priced at $2995, the necklace is now $1797. It is part of the jewelry company’s sale, which has some very good deals. Our thanks to Autumn Brewington for her tip on the sale!
DEC 19: For the first time, Russell and Bromley is now offering sale merchandise online. Kate’s Aquatalia Ruby Dry booties are 25% off, it might be a good time to grab a pair. Longtime WKW friend Stephanie Champion-Helton was told by R & B late last week that Kate’s Aquatalia booties, known as the Ruby Dry style, are being discontinued. The brown suede, taupe suede, dark grey suede, and brown leather are all on sale, discounted from £255 (about $315) to £195 (roughly $ 245).
DEC 17: Kate’s red Finella dress by Preen is now available in XS, S, M and L sizes at Matches Fashion ($1332); it also offered in XS, S, M, and L at Net-a-Porter ($1577).
- Links of London is doing 20% off on the US site with promo code LONDON20. This brings the cost of Kate’s Hope Egg earrings to $380 from $475; unfortunately, it looks like the Effervescence Bubble Stiletto Earrings are sold out. Orders totaling more than $200 receive free shipping with promo code FREESHIP, and all orders totaling more than $495 receive a complimentary sterling silver and diamond bracelet.
- Also, Kate’s Sebago Bala is 30% off with promo code BEMERRY, bringing the price to $59.60.
DEC 12: Stephanie Champion-Helton reports the Aquatalia Ruby Dry bootie at Russell & Bromley is being discontinued in Kate’s espresso suede (brown) color. The boot isn’t available online, but Stephanie managed to order a pair from the R&B Covent Garden store for £175 (about $225).
DEC 12: Kate’s Maple Leaf Tartan Scarf is back in stock at Juniper Accessories. It is $13.01 and the UK-based company will ship to the US, Canada, and several other companies.
DEC 9: Kate’s ‘Encore Rose ‘ dress by Kate Spade is on sale at Nordstrom, discounted to $199.98 from $498.
DEC 8: Remember Kate’s fabulous Jude jacket from LK Bennett? The repliKates (our word) were released this fall and are all now on sale. The Judi jacket, originally £225, is now £168, about $210 (it is sold out on the US site); the Judi Skirt was £125, it is on sale for £93, roughly $115 at today’s exchange rates (and not available on the US website); the Saskia Dress was also £225, now discounted to £168 (it is available in only one size on the US site, priced at $316).
DEC 7: Jane Corbett launched a new e-commerce site this week, and is also beginning a year celebrating her 20th anniversary as a milliner. Below, Kate in Jane Corbett designs on Christmas Day 2011, at Remembrance Sunday 2014, and Order of the Garter 2012.
Some of the beautiful pieces in Jane Corbett’s Couture Collection.
DEC 5: Kate favorite Monica Vinader has opened its first US boutique. If you’re going to be in the city you may want to pop in, the shop is in Soho on Spring Street.
DEC 2: LK Bennett’s US site is offering an additional 40% off sale merchandise with promo code SURPRISE. For free shipping & returns use FREESHIP. This includes Kate’s Madison in the pink colorway, as well as the Bree, this year’s version of the Lasa poppies dress.
NOV 25: For our post with all of the holiday weekend deals (Black Friday through Cyber Monday), click here. NOV 25: The short version of Kate’s Glamorous UK dress is discounted to $1s / £10. Using promo code BF40 for 40% off brings the cost down to $7.91 / £6.
NOV 22: The LK Bennett US/CAN site is doing 30% off orders totaling more than $250. The email says to use promo code SAVE30 at checkout, but when adding things to my cart the discount was applied automatically.
- Kate’s Floret Pumps are discounted to $227.50 from $325 ($97.50 off the price)
- The Fern Pumps are $241.50, they normally sell for $345 (a savings of $103)
- Kate’s Nina clutch is usually priced at $325, it is on sale for $227 (a discount of $97.50)
NOV 22: Kate Spade has dropped the price of Kate’s Encore Rose dress from $498 to $349. It remains a better buy at Nordstrom, where it is $298. NOV 21: We have another BBA (see below) to share, with thanks to Angela for the tip: the Effervescence Bubble Stiletto earrings by Links of London are on sale at Selfridges for just $137. They are usually $225.
NOV 19: Kate’s Pashmina stole, worn when visiting Kaziranga National Park in April, is available for pre-ordering at Flora Garments (£180). The piece is handmade and hand-embroidered in Kashmir, India.
NOV 15: Kate’s ‘Encore Rose ‘ dress by Kate Spade is on sale at Nordstrom, discounted to $298 from $498.
NOV 11: We have a few LK Bennett newsbytes to share, beginning with word about the Nina clutch: the bag is now available in six different colors/finishes on the US/CAN site. On the UK/INTL site it is also offered in 5 of the 6 designs you see below, plus one other not shown here. The other news is that the retailer has launched an ‘athleisure’ collection on its UK site. The majority of pieces are only available online, this includes the apparel and NOV 7: Not specifically related to The Duchess, but there are some decent repliKates involved in the closure of J. Crew’s bridal business. All of the gowns, bridesmaids dresses, jewelry, hair accessories, and other items are on sale, this link goes to the online bridal merchandise. Use promo code SHOPNOW for an additional 30% off the price. Below, a selection of some of the lace dresses on sale.
NOV 6: A number of Kate items are back in stock. Here is a quick list:
- Goat Fashion Binky blouse ($460 / £290)
- Anita Dongre Gulrukh Tunic Dress in pink ($236)
- Russell & Bromley ‘Curvy’ clutch in taupe suede (£165)
- The Superga 2750 Cotu sneakers are back in stock at Nordstrom ($64.95) and also at Superga ($65). Both retailers have a solid selection of sizes available.
OCT 28: The Gisele dress for Monsoon, designed by Issa founder Daniella Helayel, is back in stock in several sizes ($175).
OCT 24: Saks is now taking preorders for both of Kate’s Smythe blazers, her original navy style dating back to 2011 and this year’s army green color worn by the Duchess in Canada in September, 2016. The product description says the “expected shipping date is no later than January 17th,” and the price remains $595.
OCT 15: Shelley MacDonald, maker of Kates Ulu earrings, is offering free shipping with promo code KATEEFFECT1 . OCT 14: Kate’s Kate Spade Encore Rose dress is 25% off at Kate Spade with promo code EVERYONE, bringing the price down to $373.50. The offer is good until 3am Monday morning EDT/midnight Sunday night PDT.
Kate’s LK Bennett Florete (reg $325, $243 on sale) and Sledge (reg $345, $258 on sale) are part of the annual Shopbop sale. Use promo code MAINEVENT16 to receive 25% off. UPDATE: This sale ended Oct 14th. OCT 13: Kate’s Gianvito Rossi bordeaux suede pumps ($675) are back in stock at online retailer My Theresa, as well as at Farfetch ($675).
OCT 6: We have several quick updates to share, they’re best listed by bullet point.
- Kate’s white canvas Superga Cotu sneakers are back in stock at Nordstrom. The retailer has them on sale for $48.71, that is 25% off.
- We now have a better view of the earrings Kate wore in Carcross from artist Shelley MacDonald. Shelley was kind enough to email the new images, they really offer a great look at the design. Additionally, Shelley has updated the product page; it details the different sizes and metals the earrings come in, explaining the Duchess wore the Large Bronze Ulu style. As of today, the turnaround time is 8-10 weeks for pieces from the jeweler. The designer is also offering free shipping with coupon code KATEEFFECT1.
- The Soru Baroque Double-Sided Pearl Earrings are currently sold out. The following is from the product page:
This item is sold out. If you wish to pre-order you may purchase today with shipping estimated in approx 1-2 weeks.
Alternatively you can contact us at email@example.com to be added to our waiting list.
SEP 20: While not pieces Kate has worn, there are some big bargains at a brand Kate does wear, Madderson London. Their Marnie dress is $82, the Alexa is $80, and the Allegra is $81. See all the pieces in the Outlet section of the store by clicking here.
SEP 19: While doing some research for a post this week I discovered the Glamorous UK Maxi Dress is still in stock in all sizes and and on sale. In petite sizing the dress is offered in L and XL. The frock is $26.36 / £20 / €23.94 and delivery is free worldwide.
SEP 11: Kate’s NikeCourt Baseline Half-Court Zip top is on sale at Macy’s for $41.99; at Nike’s online site it is $39.97, (both retailers have small/med sizes only); and at Tennis Express it is $42, available in larger sizes (L, XL).
SEP 6: Kate’s green felt fedora hat from Beyond Retro UK is back in stock, although inventory is limited. The piece is £38, about $45.
SEP 4: Remember Kate’s fabulous Jude jacket from LK Bennett? The retailer has reissued it under a new name. Below you see the Judi jacket (£225, roughly $300). Look just below the jacket photo and you will see 2 matching pieces, the Judi Skirt and the Saskia Dress. One FYI: at this point the pieces are only offered on the LK Bennett UK/International site, not on the US/CAN site. Our thanks to Stephanie for sharing the news about this on the Facebook page.
SEP 4: LK Bennett has also created a dress that is very similar to Kate’s ‘Davina’ style, this is the ‘Saskia,” in the same evergreen fabric (£225, about $300). Many thanks to Lady Coventry on Twitter for letting me know about the dress, I had missed it entirely. As noted with the other pieces in this group, the dress is currently only offered on the LK Bennett UK/International site, not on the US/CAN site.
AUG 21: Kate’s Schutz Dollie sandal worn in July is now available for ordering in most sizes on the US website. On the Brazilian site the shoe has been renamed the “Kate,” where it is available for pre-ordering with an expected ship date of Sept. 9th. It also comes in a gold glitter design on the Brazil site. (The shoe remains available in black in limited sizing on the Schutz US site.) Many thanks to Cristiane for the update on this shoe.
AUG 18: Issa founder Daniella Helayel has returned to the fashion world with a capsule collection for Monsoon. Below, a stellar repliKate for the iconic engagement announcement dress from the collection , the Gisele ($175 / £99). Read more about Ms. Helayel and the collection in this Monsoon blog post about the collection. It sounds like more designs will be forthcoming, the piece references this as Ms. Helayel’s “first exclusive collection for Monsoon.”
AUG 17: There’s a new color for Kate’s ‘Martine’ dress by Saloni London; for fall the frock is offered in Magenta ($650). There is also news about the ‘Mary’ Flocked Evening Gown from Saloni: it is now available in almost all sizes ($595). Both items are shown at Net-a-Porter.
AUG 14: Kate’s Barbara Casasola off the shoulder dress is 50% off ($1431) and still available in very limited sizes at Moda Operandi.
AUG 11: Kate’s NikeCourt Baseline Half-Zip tennis top is on sale, discounted to $39.97 (from its original price of $70). It is available in almost all sizes as of .
AUG 10: Kate’s Glamorous UK print dress is now discounted to £20 (about $29), that’s more than 1/2 off of its original £50 price. The tunic in the same print that was £24 (about $35) is now £15 ($22).
AUG 10: Kate’s Gianvito Rossi suede pumps are now in stock in all three colors. The black is available at Farfetch ($675), at Net-a-Porter ($675), at Stanley Korshak ($660), and Luisa via Roma ($675); the ‘praline’ color is offered in almost all sizes at Net-a-Porter ($675), as well as Stanley Korshak ($660) ; the red is available in most sizes at Net-a-Porter ($670) and Luisa via Roma ($675).
AUG 9: Kate’s Classic Linen Blouse by Jaeger is now discounted to £49 (about $63), it was originally £89 ($115).