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March 2018

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Reiss London Sample Sale Offers Plenty of Options for Under $150

Reiss London is having it’s Spring sample sale and the doors open this morning. There is a generous selection of items for both men and women and prices are under $200 for most items. Women could shop shoes, dresses, tops, bottoms and bags. Men – jackets, shoes, square pockets and blazers. Nice selection of coats and shearling fur too.

Read and compare to the last Reiss Sample Sale here. Photos and prices below. Enjoy!

What: Reiss London sample sale
Where: 260 Fifth Ave, NY, NY
When: March 20-25

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LFStores is Selling Vintage Sh*** for Under $30

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LFStores, a community of vintage hippies is hosting a blowout sale at their SoHo location. At first, we weren’t particularly excited, but once we took a look at the markdowns, that changed. Items that retail for $100-$300 are selling for mostly $8 and $24 bucks: yup, that includes tees, shorts, skirts, dresses, trousers and even booties. The sale is lasting for over a week, so get yourself to the SoHo area and check it out – you won’t regret it.

What: LF Stores sample sale
Where: 475 Broadway, NY, NY
When: Mar 16-25

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Pucker Up Baby, JKNLEE K Beauty Sample Sale is Happening Now

By Cristina Martin

Yesterday I stepped into JKNLEE K sample sale and was pleasantly surprised. LKNLEE K scored a 9 out of 10 ShopDrop rating. The entire store was on sale. Many of the items were being sold as a bundle. So you can get 3 items for $3, or 2 for $5 for example. This is one one of the few sample sales where you can leave with a whole bunch of items for almost nothing!

JKNLEE K is a fun, young brand from Korea. They can be considered the NARS of Korea. Take a trip downtown, grab some brunch with your girls, and hit up the JKNLEE K sample sale. The details are below.

What: JKNLEE K Sample Sale

When: Fri. March 9 – Sat. March 17, 2018

Where: 9 Christopher St.

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HEEL Your Shoe Collection at the Paul Andrew Sample Sale

For expensive shoe-lovers, the Paul Andrew sample sale is an absolute haven. The Paul Andrew shoes retail at an average of $650, so you can imagine how thrilled we were to discover that at the sample sale no shoe was over $250. All the shoes were segmented by size & gender (sizes 39 & 37 had the largest collection), and prices were either $50, $100, $150, $200 and $250 with the price being marked by the color of the sticker on the shoe. There were three pairs I really wanted to get but given my ‘spend no more than $50 rule’ I walked out with one beautiful pair of neutral stilettos. All men’s shoes were $100 or 3 pairs for $250.

We give this one a 9 out of 10 – outstanding showroom with great lighting, great collection and variety, staff is extremely nice and helpful. Definitely worth checking out. Photos and prices below.

What: Paul Andrew sample sale
When: March 15 – March 16
Where: 41 West 58th St, Suite 2A, NY, NY

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Our Detailed Written Report from the Chloe Sample Sale

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Given that photos were strictly prohibited at the Chloe sample sale, we collected testimony from a number of ShopDrop users to come up with the following report.
Overall, we gave the sale an 8/10 because there was a huge selection but the prices were more attainable on the See by Chloe collection. And because there weren’t any Chloe bags left by the time we got there.

The sample sale has all seasons of clothes: winter sweaters and coats, summer dresses and tops skirts – everything. Collection includes items from current and past seasons. No actual samples. See by Chloe clothes retail $300-600 and then are 80% off at the sample sale, which makes it worthwhile. Lots of white and black solid separates.

Definitely worth checking out. One reason we took away points was because there were more Chloé clothes and only a few racks of see by Chloe, so selection of more affordable items wasn’t as abundant. There were quite a few wallets and a few gold rings and necklaces. Also, a huge selection of shoes in sizes and color.

For die-hard Chloe fans, the sale was probably a 9/10. Only downside is the bags.

 

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Beads, Sequins and Funky Earrings at the Parker & Bauble Sample Sale

Parker NY is having yet another sample sale at 260, and this time Bauble Bar is joining the display of the famed sequin dresses. There is a large collection of separates and dresses in various sizes. Most items fall into the $70-$150 range. We recommend being smart about pricing: since all items are priced by category, some dresses come at a $300 discount, while some tops are only $20 off retail. If the price range is within your reach, and you like the Parker NY style, you are bound to walk out with a few pieces you love. On the Bauble Bar side, the jewelry is all under $25, and the selection allows for some playful statement making. As always, photos and prices below.

What: Parker & Bauble sample sale
Where: 260 Fifth Ave, NY, NY
When: Tue, Mar 13 – Sun, Mar 18

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Fashion Interview

How to Set Up Not 1, but 3 Successful Businesses and Thrive in a Partnership

Interview with Kristin Marquet, Founder of Creative Development Agency, TheBeautyLyst & FemFounder

Estee: Most people don’t come as far as dreaming of founding a business. You have successfully built up THREE! Please tell us briefly about your agency, FemFounder & TheBeautyLyst.com (formerly The Haute Rebel).

Kristin: FemFounder resulted from female entrepreneurs asking for help with social media, PR strategy, and other marketing questions. We started off with a  high level blog – and here I am with hundreds of female founder interviews on the blog, over 40,000 people on the email list who came primarily through Pinterest and instagram. Additionally, we set up the Femfounder guide (called The Profitable Founder: How to Find the Right Clients, Keep Your Pipeline Full, and Create a Business You Love) that ranges between $20 and $100 and includes the framework for building a successful business for entrepreneurs who don’t want to commit to hiring an agency or consultancy full time. I am also working on turning The Profitable Founder a book, which will be published later this year).

The Beauty Lyst – formerly THR (The Haute Rebel)  – is an integrated e-commerce platform for all things related to clean beauty. We received more than 12,000 responses to our directional survey. It seemed clear that people wanted a single place to go to for authority on overall healthy beauty recommendations and lifestyle tips. We are rebranding to offer that service to our users. The site will include product reviews of that nature from fully lifestyle to clean natural organic beauty.  My fellow entrepreneur, advisor, and partner, Tayelor Kennedy, is a celebrity makeup and wellness expert. We are excited about revamping this model to create a platform that matches beauty products to your traits (skin type, hair) and needs. We generate revenue by taking a percentage of the sale and from editorial sponsorships.

Creative Development Agency is my bread and butter. My team is small – five altogether but we are like family. We also work with contractors for design, copywriting, and more. Our client base ranges from 15 to 30 client projects depending on the time of the year. We service all brands from startups and Fortune 500 companies and everything in between. What makes us unique from all of the other creative agencies out there is the analytics component that we offer our e-com clients.

We started 10 years ago and our goal is to stay nimble. Some of my favorite clients are just fantastic: they are beauty e-commerce services, family businesses, and beauty companies. I am always improving my analytical skills and am currently attending a course at MIT in machine learning, data science, and advanced programming.

More recently, I joined the board and I am in the process of becoming a partner of the women’s boutique modeling agency, Debut Model Management. Mark Moore, the founder and CEO of the agency, and I have known one another for many years. We met through some industry professionals when I was a fashion model (many years ago) and he was working in marketing for a large fashion house. We’ve stayed in touch throughout the years and have finally decided to partner on this incredible project. It’s really exciting.

Estee: What’s the one piece of advice you would give to young women interested in entrepreneurship?

Kristin: Entrepreneurs – aspiring, new, or established – should understand how data science relates to marketing so they can anticipate trends, optimize sales cycles, and improve the overall user experience. For instance, having some knowledge of R Programming can help any entrepreneur predict what content has the potential to go viral, analyze customer data, and so much more.

Additionally, create a product or service for a viable market – and you will have a sustainable business – I didn’t figure that out a year into business – you need to give people what they want. It’s all about supply and demand – It’s that simple.  

Estee: So Kristin, what is your secret to successful multitasking?

Kristin: Honestly, I hate to be that person, but I really can’t focus on more than one thing at a time! In terms of getting things done – I stick to a very strict schedule and keep a notepad near me all the time. I make sure everything on my to-do list gets done by the end of the day. There is nothing as rewarding as crossing tasks off my list. Yes, I guess that means I am a linear thinker.

In terms of the way I think, I focus in on the issue at hand. When I am addressing an issue within one of my businesses – I look at that one issue and don’t worry about any background noise. If there is an issue with one of my sites, I will address the site; billing or client relationships  – will deal with those issues separately. Problem solving works when you tackle one problem at a time. Although all my businesses stem from CDA and are indirectly related, I look at them as three different entities – that keeps my scales balanced.

Estee: Tell us a bit about your background and about the steps that led you to where you are today.

Kristin: I grew up in central New Jersey near the beach. My upbringing was just like any other suburban child. I attended Catholic high school: while it was interesting, was not exactly what I wanted. My dad went to Catholic school, so he thought it would be good for us. I have an older sister who is three years older than I am. We were close growing up and we still maintain a close relationship today.

After college and my first round of graduate school, I worked as a consultant for Meridian Consulting Group and then the financial crisis happened. The entire Northeast office was shut down – and I and my colleagues were left to our own devices. It wasn’t an easy time: I had a lot of bills including a mortgage, car payment, and student loans. That was when I decided not to go for another corporate job but to pursue my own business. While it was grueling to work a 80+ hours a week to go from freelancer to full service agency, I never looked back. When I turned 30, I decided to go back to school to pursue another master’s degree from New York University.

Estee: How do you deal with uncertainty?

Kristin: Every entrepreneur goes through periods of uncertainty. We have times in our business when income can ebb and flow, that’s the reality of being an entrepreneur, and even more so when you’re in a service-based business. The one thing I always think about is the long term. While one month’s revenue might be down 50% and the next month it might be up 30%, ultimately, this is the lifestyle I want – I want to be in charge of my own schedule and the projects in which we work on.

I have friends who work in corporate America who hate it. They always say “Kristin, you’re living the dream,” and my response is “No. That’s not necessarily true! The grass is always greener on the other side.”  

I tried corporate America and just couldn’t find the passion to make it work and stay. Therefore, it is worth the pain to go through the ups and downs for me. Everybody has problems – for me it is looking forward, planning – figuring out how to get through the tough times. There was a point in time when I was thinking about med school (back when I was a freshman in college) and then law school (right after college) – and I am glad I didn’t, because I look at my husband who is a partner in the law firm, and his problems seem so much bigger than the ones I have.  I am glad I made the choice to start my own business. Of course, I might have done things a bit differently if I could turn back time, but I am luck lucky to be where I am financially and career wise.

Estee: Tell us about how the industry evolved in the time you’ve worked in it.

Kristin: When I started in PR in 2005, email pitching wasn’t really an acceptable form of communication – you had to pick up the phone or send a fax to submit a pitch. MySpace had just launched then. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram were not around. Social media influencers were non-existent; PR and Influencer marketing companies grown so much – hard to decipher where one ends and the other one begins  

What separates one PR person from the next are the relationships she has. Media publications change, so it’s important to develop positive relationships with more senior partners. Lower level contacts are great, but it is also important to have higher level industry contacts to leverage for power.

influencer marketing companies are carving out a new niche in the market. Some of them will survive, but I believe that the whole influencer industry will shift a couple of times in the next three to five  years. Based on how quickly technology changes, the current model is not sustainable.

 

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What the Clever Alice Pop-Up Sample Sale is all About

Yesterday was the first time I went to check out the Clever Alice Pop-Up, even though the concept  store has been around since 2008. Tammie, the owner, collects items from over 5 indie designers, and sells their items for 70% off retail. Among the racks, I found HEARTLOOM – extremely cute jumpers, tops, skirts and dresses – most of them selling for $20. Porto is a clothing designer that takes material from Italy, produces clothes in San Francisco and then sells them. That collection is targeted towards therapists, architects and interior designers. The loose, clean designs sell for over $200 at retail and around $100 at the Clever Alice Pop-up (most items were $90, $110 or $120). Other brands include Chicago-based Suki+Sollaine, Allison, and 2 innovative leather brands.

This is what we call a discovery sale with amazing items for low prices. If you are in the area of West 25th, definitely check it out.

What: Clever Alice Pop-Up
Where: 126 W 25th St, NY, NY
When: Mar 12 – Mar 18 I Mon-Sat 10AM-7PM I Sun 12PM-5PM

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Bags and Gowns at the Vintage Chanel & Hermes Sample Sale

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The high-end brand sample sales are harder to come by than contemporary ones. Therefore, the vintage Chanel & Hermes sale hosted by Shelly & Renee is probably the closest you could get to an actual Chanel sample sale. There was only one table of handbags ranging in the $1K-$5K price points, a rack of Chanel jackets (in the $1,500 range), dresses, 4 or 5 pairs of shoes in random sizes. What the sale had more of was fur coats (in the $2,700 range), dresses from designers that include Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa and more. Many of the gowns were under $500, even though there were plenty of clothing items selling for thousands of dollars. If you are looking for very high-end couture, you have until the end of the week to check it out.

What: Vintage Chanel, Hermes & Gown sample sale
Where: 33 East 33rd St, 12th Fl, NY, NY
When: Mon, Mar 12 – Thu, Mar 15

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Shirts Coats & Shoes at the THEORY Sample Sale for Men

The Theory Sample Sale for Men received a 5 out of 10. While the merchandise was fresh-looking and plentiful, prices were barely 60% off retail. Most pants still cost $99, coats $299, and shoes $169. Compared to the Hugo Boss sample sale, where you could find shoes for $100, this is an expensive alternative. If you are used to buying Theory at full-price then this sale is perfect for you.

What: Theory sample sale for men
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, NY, NY
When: March 7th – March 9th, 2018

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