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Audrey Guskey, Duquesne University marketing professor and consumer trends expert, strikes a pose in a Chico’s bronze sequin jacket ($16), available at the 46th annual Designer Days, a shopping extravaganza that showcases thousands of pieces of merchandise and a collection of the hottest labels for women, men and children. The event, hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section, begins with a patron party on Nov. 2 and shopping days Nov. 3 6 at Thriftique in Lawrenceville. Guskey, who has been shopping at Designer Days for 30 years is honorary chairperson of the patron party.
Sammy Auxter features a Burberry plaid taffeta blouse ($48), Anne Klein black crepe wool skirt ($16) and Longchamps black leather handbag ($150), available at the 46th annual Designer Days, a shopping extravaganza that showcases thousands of pieces of merchandise and a collection of the hottest labels for women, men and children. The event, hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section, begins with a patron party on Nov. 2 and shopping days Nov. 3 6 at Thriftique in Lawrenceville.
Audrey Guskey was a perfect choice to be honorary chairwoman for the patron party for Designer Days.
The Duquesne University marketing professor and consumer trends expert has shopped at the event consistently for at least 30 years.
“I get mesmerized by it,” Guskey says. “I get most of my wardrobe at Designer Days. I am a hunter, a shopper, always looking for a bargain. You can get unique things at Designer Days that you can find anywhere else.
“OK, I am obsessed with it,” she says. “And I come every day of the sale because you can go through everything in one day. Plus, they are constantly restocking items throughout the sale.”
The 46th annual event will run from Nov. 2 to 6 and will include thousands of pieces of merchandise and a collection of the hottest labels. The apparel will be showcased at Thriftique, the organization upscale, retail store in Lawrenceville. Each year, more than 5,000 people visit the sale.
Designer Days is hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section, and is its biggest annual fundraiser. The five day shopping extravaganza features great deals on new and gently worn designer label clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and children.
Members of the organization collect high end labels throughout the year. Featured designers include Missoni, Michael Kors, Eileen Fisher, Burberry, St. John, Gucci, Chanel, Magaschoni, Free People, Vince, Coach, Ugg, Topshop, J Brand, J Crew, Carlos Falchi, Lucky, Ralph Lauren and Max Mara.
There also will be new and gently worn furs by Carl W. Herrmann Furs.
“It a wonderful opportunity to get great fashions and amazing deals at a fraction of the price,” Guskey says. “It the hunting and excitement of finding a dress that you love. The merchandise is displayed beautifully, and it like going to an exclusive boutique.”
The shopping begins with the opening night patron party, giving supporters the chance to get first looks at the merchandise and have their top picks of designer finds.
This year theme for the patron party is Soiree du Style, a celebration of French culture, design and style with food, wine and music.
“This is our second year hosting Designer Days in our new location, but it the first year where we feel like the space is really ours,” says Carolyn Jensen, co chairwoman of the event with Sharon Ryave Brody. “We have such wonderful treasures, and there an excitement and anticipation that comes with that. It so much fun and such a wonderful event.”
Proceeds support the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section efforts to make a difference in the lives of women, children and families through advocacy and many nonsectarian community service projects. These projects include The Center for Women, which works to ensure that women in the community are able to achieve and maintain economic independence and self sufficiency; four children rooms in the courts, which provide a safe and nurturing place for children whose parents are involved in court proceedings; the Back 2 School Store, which provides clothing and supplies to grade school children in low income households; and the Suit Yourself voucher program for women and men re entering the workforce to gain confidence in knowing they are dressed appropriately for interviews and a professional work environment.
“Designer Days is exciting,” says Andrea Kline Glickman, executive director of the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section. “It different every single year. We are so fortunate to have a community that donates the best in gently used clothing and accessories and sometimes new items, as well. We are able to showcase the best merchandise.”
Finding that one of a kind item keeps Guskey coming back. It also an opportunity to meet other shoppers.
“I have been shopping at Designer Days since college,” Jensen says. “I was a student of Audrey and always run into her at Designer Days. We both love Designer Days.
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