Marissa Webb became famous after leaving J.Crew to found her own collection in 2013. Since then, the brand ran a number of independent sample sales, and we checked out the one happening on Grand St over the weekend. We gave the sale a 4.5 out of 10 because it was a sample only sale (no stock and therefore no variation in sizes), the store was small and a bit chaotic (people were stripping down in broad daylight) and because prices were still hefty (dresses were selling for $175).
That being said, for people who follow the brand, the Marissa Webb sample sale was a joyous occasion, for the items that were selling were quite beautiful and were still 60% lower than the price at retail. For the future, including photos and prices below. Enjoy!
What: Marissa Webb sample sale
Where: 203 Grand St, NY, NY
When: Fri, Apr 27 – Sun, Apr 29
“You can count on one hand the things a New Yorker will wait for. My list includes: the perfect rent control apartment, the chocolate souffle at Le Bernardin, and the annual Manolo Blahnik sale.” – Carrie Bradshaw
You may or may not have the perfect rent control apartment just yet, but you may have been one of the lucky people to get into the Manolo Blahnik sample sale. If you did, boy did you wait! Lines began forming during the early morning hours. Everyone was given a ticket with a number upon arrival. The number represented what group you were in, and when the Manolo Blahnik sample sale officially opened at 11:00 a.m., they let in group 1 and so forth.
I was lucky enough to be in group 9 going inside at around 11:30 a.m. All the shoes were on tables separated by size. When I got in they had a pretty good selection in size and style. The popular sizes were starting to diminish as time went by. Shoes started at $125 and increased in price depending on embellishments. On the other hand, boots started at $300. Cheap for Manolo, but still pricey for sample sale standards.
I gave the sale a ShopDrop rating of 6.5 out of 10. Like I said the selection was good and prices were decent, but it lost a lot of points for being cash only. Who really carries cash nowadays?! More importantly, who’s carrying around hundreds of dollars?! I really liked this ticket system. There is no dreadful line waiting on your feet for hours. You can even leave the hotel an come back with your ticket. Once you get your ticket you wait in a comfortable, temperature controlled room, with outlets. The only thing missing was WiFi. Even though the Manolo Blahnik team tried to make the sample sale experience more enjoyable, it’s still a Manolo Blahnik sample sale, so it was really hectic inside!
Perhaps I’m being too harsh with a 6.5 rating, since the prices and the selection was good. I also really enjoyed the ticket system. But hey, cash only and the fact that it was so hectic inside… It had me frazzled enough to take off a considerable amount of points.
Looking forward to next year!
What: Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale
When: Thursday, April 26, 2018 11:00 a.m. – Until they ran out (which was between 12:30 – 1:00)
Where: The Warwick Hotel 65 W 54th St. New York, NY
We had the opportunity to get a sneak peak of the Shoshonna sample sale early today. The sale is held at their beautiful showroom located in Midtown West. The Shoshanna sample sale had a large variety of tops, bottoms, swim, kids, and especially dresses. The sale features pieces from their regular stock and samples. Most of it is from their spring collection, so you don’t have to wait to show it off! (If this weather ever gets any better…) At the Shoshanna sample sale you can get the perfect dress for any occasion. They had gorgeous summer dresses for a garden party, to evening gowns from their elegant Midnight collection.
We gave the Shoshanna sample sale a 9 out of 10. They had a great ready-to-wear selection with excellent prices. It is definitely worth the trip. But hurry! The sale is only two days! Details and photos below.
What: Shoshanna Sample Sale
When: Tuesday, April 25 – Wednesday, April 26, 2018
Where: 231 West 39th Street, Suite 422, New York, NY
Frances Valentine sample sale opened its doors today. We got a good peak at what’s available and gave it a solid 7 out of 10. For those who aren’t familiar with FV, it’s the Kate Spade brand for funky shoes. What’s funky? You ask. Shaped heels, poofs on toes. The shoes retail for $450-$550. At the sample sale, sample shoes are $50 (only sizes 7 & 9), stock shoes are $150 and range from size 5 to size 12.
The building with the Frances Valentine sale has another 3 sales going on this week: David Lerner, Rebecca Taylor, White & Warren. So you can kill 4 sales with one trip! Photos & prices & details below. Enjoy!
What: Frances Valentine sample sale
Where: 80 West 40th St, Suite 80, NY, NY
When: Apr 24 – Apr 25th
If you’re into cozy & high quality pajamas and don’t want to spend $300 on a pair, then you should be shopping for all your sleepwear at the Hanro sample sale. Hanro is a Swiss brand that produces luxury pajamas, robes, night gowns and basics. The items retail for $200-$300. At the sample sale the most expensive items go for $80. The only downside is that the room is too small for all the racks and people within – otherwise, only the best things to say.
What: Hanro sample sale
Where: 358 5th Ave, NY, NY
When: Tue, Apr 17 – Thu, Apr 19
Lilla P and Leo Sage chose to host their sample sale independently, instead of partnering with Chelsea Market as they did in the past. The space they chose in the meatpacking was beautiful – albeit a bit of a challenge to get to. Any street in NY that doesn’t have a number could be in Timbaktoo for all we know.
For anyone who likes basic tees, ethical locally sourced fashion who is on a budget, this sample sale is a must. Everything at the sale from the sister brands is under $100, when the stuff retails for close to $300. Basic tees (100% cotton), linen dresses and cashmere sweaters – all serve as a solid base for an effortlessly chic wardrobe.
Details on the sale are below. Enjoy!
What: Lilla P & Leo Sage sample sale
Where: 34 Little West 12th St, NY, NY
When: Apr 17, 2018 – Apr 19, 2018
The Marc Jacobs sale is by far one of our favorites – because the items are simply so beautiful, and the prices drop from being in the sky to being totally attainable. The room was filled with every kind of RTW: clothing, bags, shoes, Ts – stuff for men and women and children in many sizes. Everything was either 80% or 85% off retail, which made the prices amazing!
I bought 4 pairs of socks for my husband for a total of $13.95! That’s a better deal than I would get for horrible product at some random mass retailer. If you have the patience to wait in line, we highly encourage you go to this one.
What: Marc Jacobs sample sale
Where: 260 Fifth Ave
When: April 18th-April 22nd
Oday Shakar is a NY-based designer who probably won the most acclaim through his participation on America’s Next Top Model. He hosted the first Oday Shakar sample sale this week. There were six racks of exquisite gowns (overstock and sample), and while the price range was higher than the ones we are used to, the designs definitely caught our attention.
Most items were in the $1,200-$1,500 range with two racks of short dresses selling for $200 and $350. The coolest part of the sale was that the designer was present for most of the event, so you had the opportunity to actually talk with the mind behind the masterpiece. Call me nostalgic, but there is something special about interacting with the creator of your clothes.
Anyhow, if you have a wedding or evening party coming up on the horizon, this sale is highly recommended. As always, details, photos and prices below. Enjoy!
What: Oday Shakar sample sale
When: April 16-22, 2018
Where: 260 West 39th St, NY, NY
The Kenneth Cole sample sale is taking place in a garage West of 11th Ave on 50th Street. That means a lot of trekking to the edge of Manhattan from any major subway line. The plus side though is that the sale is in a spacious location (which doesn’t really happen in NYC) with plenty of merchandise and great music. Unlike most sales, I actually enjoyed spending time at the sale and browsing through the merchandise. The room is split into half between merchandise for men and women. Solid sizing selection as well both for clothes and shoes.
What: Kenneth Cole sample sale
Where: 611 West 50th St, NY, NY
When: Thu, Apr 12th – Sat, Apr 21
Here’s the pricing breakdown:
50% off for shoes (retail between $75 and $389)
60% off for clothes (retail between $49 and $395)
70% off for accessories (retail between $49 and $190)
A huge thank you to Sample Sale City for reviewing the sample sale for us! She gave the sale a 7 out 10 review. 8 out of 10 for pricing, 5 out of 10 for service, 10 out of 10 for line because there was no line. There was a large selection of merchandise but most of it was very old and could be dated a few seasons back. Photos and price lists from first and last day below. Enjoy!
What: Milly Sample Sale
When: Tue, Apr 10 – Thu, Apr 12th
Where: 261 West 36th St, NY, NY