Jimmy Choo’s Wild Satchel

Plus the Hermès sale, double deals at Olive & Bette’s and a bound-for-extinction icon: the Jewish deli

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010  |  Updated 4:48 PM EDT
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Jimmy Choo’s Wild Satchel

Jimmy Choo

The Odette bag from Jimmy Choo: Want.

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LOUDER: The Odette zebra-printed pony handbag with snakeskin trim, part of the new fall goodies from Jimmy Choo, is not subtle. (You want subtle, you don’t call Jimmy Choo.) But if you’re carrying it, you can pretty much wear a burlap sack – no-one will notice. $3295; Jimmy Choo, 716 Madison Avenue; 212-759-7078 (we recommend calling ahead for availability).

J’ACCUSE: In Paris, the Hermès sale is the pretty much the only discount fashion event capable of making a room of well-mannered françaises go all Lord of the Flies on each other. Try to behave at the Metropolitan Pavilion, where the house is taking up to 60% off handbags and accessories (yes, including the scarves). Through Sunday, 123 West 18th Street; 212-463-0200.

LAST CALL: This is the final weekend to take advantage of the clever traveler’s discount at Olive and Bette’s boutiques: Bring in a plane ticket or boarding pass, and you’ll get $20 off your purchase of $75 or more. The deal ends September 30. Find a store near you.

LAST CALL PART II: Speaking of Olive and Bette’s, you’ll want to hit the Columbus Avenue outpost early (i.e. by 10AM, when it opens) on Sunday, when the chainlet hosts its one-day-only end-of-summer blowout. Expect discounts of up to 75% on apparel and accessories from Free People (whose goods will start in the $20s/$30s), Splendid and more. 252 Columbus Avenue; 212-579-2178.

INDELIBLE: David Sax – who’s been called “the MFK Fisher of pickled meats” – is worried about the Jewish deli’s path toward extinction. So he trekked across the U.S. and beyond in search of authentic meccas of meat and matzo, and wrote about it in the lively, just-out “Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24), a book you’ll find very hard to read on an empty stomach. So eat. You’re skin and bones, look at you. St. Mark’s Bookshop, 31 Third Avenue; 212-260-7853.

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