The two great traditions of Italian craftsmanship – wonderful leather goods and classic design – come together in the perfect lines of Tardini’s handbags.Fab leather bags, retail $400-$600, here $125-$300; alligator and crocodile bags, retail $2,000-$4,000, here $300-$1,500; leather belts, retail $90-$300, here $30-$125. Tardini, 12 W. 57th St., Suite 105 (664-1965); cash only; Thurs.-Fri. 10-6; 5/28-5/29.
Singing in the Rain
If the past couple of weeks were any precursor of weather to come, investment in rainwear is seriously advised. At the Burberrys sale, lots of gear for cloudy days, as well as women’s and men’s clothing, will be 30 to 40 percent off. Burberrys of London, 9 E. 57th St. (371-5010); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Sat. 9:30-7, Sun. 11-6; 5/31-6/30.
The enormous appeal of a “blowout” is sometimes lost for those of us who don’t have curly hair, but folks with unwieldy locks swear by them. Luke O’Connor – who straightens Brooke Shields’s tresses – is teaming up with ThermaSilk and two other stylists for a day of free blow-outs. You can schedule an appointment in advance or just turn up. Lever House Atrium, 390 Park Ave., at 53rd St. (421-9770); Tues. 7-4; 6/2.
It Ain’t Broke
We must confess that we didn’t know what pic-assiette was when we heard about this sale, though we’ve seen it everywhere lately – it’s that furniture covered in mosaics made from broken dishes. Anandamali – a pic-assiette-furniture-and-accessories company in TriBeCa – is having a closeout sale on products that won’t be offered next season: fifties side table, was $1,100, now $475; “bistro” table, was $1,800, now $950. Anandamali, 35 N. Moore St. (343-8964); Mon.-Sat. noon-7; A.E., M.C., V.; 5/27-6/3.
In the summer months, tending to your body becomes more essential. With this in mind, Lia Schorr is offering some seasonal specials; for example, summer cleansing facial, was $65, now $52; sport massage, was $65, now $52; half-leg wax, was $30, now $21; body enhancement (seaweed body wrap and scrub, full-body massage, and reflexology), was $230, now $175. Lia Schorr Skin Care, 686 Lexington Ave., near 56th St., fourth floor (486-9670); Mon.-Fri. 9-8, Sat.-Sun. till 5; A.E., M.C., V.; 5/25-7/30.
Every year Powers Court brings in extra tennis gear from its warehouse for a huge sale. For example, warm-ups for men and women, were $135-$200, now $40-$90; tennis sneakers, were $49.95-$100, now $10-$50. Powers Court Inc., 132 1/2 W. 24th St. (691-3888); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-7, Sat. till 4; 5/26-6/6.
Madison Signatures, a store that caters to people who still love the art of correspondence, is having its annual Filofax sale. One of its best deals is the “Portland,” was $100, now $74.95; other models are 10 to 20 percent off. Madison Signatures, 743 Madison Ave., near 64th St. (717-1386); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-6; 5/25-8/31.
Undoing the Knots
Eastside Massage has some of the best rubs in town for the price – especially when it comes to deep-tissue technique. For new clients, an hour massage, was $65, now $55; half-hour, was $37, now $30. Eastside Massage Therapy Center, 351 E. 78th St. (249-2927); Mon.-Fri. 9-9, Sat. till 8, Sun. 10-8; M.C., V.; 5/25-6/30.
A hairdresser in the heart of Soho is not where we usually expect to find a bargain. But we found some perennial deals at So-Hair; a shampoo, cut, conditioning treatment, and blow-dry is only $40 ($29 without the treatment); single processes are $47 and up; and highlights are $78 and up. It’s no glitzy Madison Avenue-type salon, and there are only five chairs, but the staff is friendly and pays careful attention to what you want. So-Hair, 196 Spring St. (226-9222); cash only; Mon.-Fri. 11-7, Sat. till 6.