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December 2019

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Rosie Assoulin: 75% off, yet still too expensive

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Rosie Assoulin sample sale was very expensive, and therefore not worth a trip. They had gorgeous pieces, but still not affordable. There were casual beach dresses that were now $395- at first glance I thought I had accidentally mistaken it for the original retail price…not the sample sale price! The sale had a lot of merchandise. There were a ton of racks filled with clothing, and everything was very organized (there were multiple pieces and sizes of each item). The sale had a small and messy table in the back that was filled with bags; The bags looked as if they were made of straw and would fall apart the next day.

Merchandise/ pricing: The space had different racks throughout the room that were labeled $195, $295, $395, $495+. There were 3 hats left, and 10-15 bags left ($175 each). I saw really pretty blue high low dresses, and a ton of plaid dresses as well. The plaid dresses were great because they had a dual purpose: they could be cute for work and for dinner afterwards (plaid dresses were $295). Rosie Assoulin sample sale had a ton of stripes throughout the strore; there were striped dresses, stripped shirts, and stripped pants. There was a table in the middle of the room with a lot of “I love NY” hoodies which looked both comfortable and cozy. In terms of accessories, there were a bunch of shoes left (went from around $100-$195)- in shades blue, red, nude, and black.

Rate: 4/10 Great pieces, but too expensive and just simply not worth it.

What: Rosie Assouline sample sale

When: Sun, Dec. 15-Thu, Dec. 19, 2019

Where: 323 Canal Street, NY NY

 

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Make it to MACKAGE

By: Eve Orbach

Hello loyal readers! Now this is one I’m sure we were all very excited for: the MACKAGE sale is finally here! 

MACKAGE has coats, accessories, and clothing for all. The markdowns for each item vary but overall there are definitely some good deals and steals. Coats are available for women, men, and children come in a wide range of styles from bomber jackets to winter puffers. Accessories include wallets, bags, scarves, gloves, hats, and vests. MACKAGE dresses, pants, shorts, and skirts, are available in addition to SOIA & KYO blazers, cardigans, jackets, and accessories.

The best deals of the sale are definitely the accessories. Wallets start at $10, scarves and hats $40, and bags are going for $70. As for coats, price vary per item but there are some jackets that fell below the $200 price range! (But many, many, MANY, more that surpass $200) For a designer brand, I thought that the clothing was pretty well priced—dresses could be found for $160, pants for $100, and tops for $100. The SOIA & KYO pieces were generally on the pricier side but had still has some affordable priced accessories. 

It is organized by gender and style and is hung up neatly on hangers. The people working the sale are very helpful and outgoing. 

All sales are final. Cash and credit card accepted. 

I give this sale a 6/10. All of the pieces are very fashionable, but for a sample sale I was not very impressed with the prices. However, the accessories were definitely on the more reasonable side and there are even some coats that aren’t priced too high. 

Finding outerwear for the winter can be a struggle, but in this case head over to the MACKAGE sample sale to try your luck at finding a warm, reliable, go-to winter coat! 

 

What: MACKAGE sale                                                                                                                                                 When: December 18– December 22, 2019                                                                                                             Where: 450 W 14th Street (Meatpacking District)

 

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IPPOLITA is Irresistible

By: Eve Orbach

Necklaces and bracelets and rings, oh my! The gorgeous Italian jewelry company IPPOLITA is hosting a sample sale where pieces are being sold for up to 75% off of retail price. All of the jewelry being sold was super luxe and the quality was absolute perfection. There were plenty of gold and silver options to choose from. Many of the pieces included diamonds, pearls, and semi-precious stones. The gold used was 18k and the silver was 100% pure— so while the jewelry might be an investment piece it will last you for many years to come! At a markdown so significant, this sale was more than worth checking out.

There was a wide variety of styles available. IPPOLITA had everything from fun cocktail rings to simple everyday studs. The room at Soiffer Haskin and the stock were both HUGE, but since each customer got their own (super friendly and helpful) sales associate the sale was a pleasure to shop in— so I will definitely count the fact that there were just so many options as a giant plus. 

Credit cards only. All sales are final. 

If you’re in the market for a very special piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime, go to this sale! There were options for every style and price point. Happy shopping!

What: IPPOLITA sample sale                                                                                                                                   When: December 14-17, 2019                                                                                                                               Where: 317 West 33rd Street, Manhattan (at Soiffer Haskin)

 

 

 

 

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The Christian Louboutin Sale was Cute but Costly

By: Eve Orbach

This invite-only Louboutin sale had really beautiful items but prices were still high. Most of the shoes fell along the $300-$400 range. The shoes came in all different styles (booties, HEELS 😍😍😍, flats, etc.) and sizes. Bag straps and perfumes were also available for sale. 

At around a 40% discount, the prices were definitely at a significant markdown. If you were in the market for a pair of Louboutins the sale just might be worth to go, but you can honestly find similar priced ones on websites like Poshmark and The RealReal.

The merchandise was organized by size. All of the shoes were still in their boxes and the boxes were stacked from floor to ceiling. Most of the boxes had pictures of the shoes on them, so it wasn’t too hard to navigate. The staff was helpful. All of the shoppers were running around so frantically that observing them was a notable highlight of being there.

The sale was invite only. Even with an invitation, there was still a line.

I give this sale a 6/10 for having such amazing stuff. However, even with the 100% drool-worthy shoes, I wouldn’t recommend trying to weasel your way in without an invitation. You’re better off finding similar deals online instead.

 

What: Christian Louboutin sale                                                                                                                                 Where: 342 West 37th Street, Manhattan                                                                                                     When: December 11-13th, 2019

 

(There were no pictures allowed, so I only managed to sneak a few.)

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Sneak Peek to the Bonobos Sample Sale

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We finished setting up the Bonobos sample sale for its opening tomorrow morning. The space is a new one for sample sales, and is located right near Union Square. It has a hip Soho vibe that combines some archive styles with modern designs. The space is huge and is filled with all kinds of clothes for men only. Sorry ladies, men are humans too.

Best deals are on the bundle pricing items: 3 shirts for $90, 3 pairs of pants for $100 and 3 ties for $60. The coat & blazer selection was extensive as well. And for people heading to warm destinations for the holidays, plenty of golf shirts, golf pants and swimming trunks.

Perfect sale to prep for your beau for the holidays. 8.5/10 (although we are a little biased because we’re running it).

What: Bonobos sample sale
Where: 827 Broadway, NY, NY
When: Fri, Dec 13 – Sun, Dec 15, 2019

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You Need to go to the Jonathan Simkhai Sale!!

By: Eve Orbach

Guys, seriously, Get. There. ASAP! As soon as you finish reading this— heck, go right now, while you read this. (just make sure to look both ways before crossing 😉 The Jonathan Simkhai sample sale was a total hit! Jonathan Simkhai is famous for making beautiful, detailed dresses and at this sale there were many great ones to choose from. Styles of dresses ranged from casual everyday pieces to stunning floor length gowns. Many of the dresses were $195, which is a great deal for a couture dress. I even was able to find an adorable summery number for just $85. The prices of the gowns varied, but there were so many stunning ones. 

Women’s dresses, sweaters, denim, pants, jackets, and tops were arranged by size and category. It was very well organized and that made it a pleasure to shop at. There was also a wide variety of items available for children ranging from infants up to teenagers.  

Some of the best deals include jeans for $65, sweaters for $50, swimwear for $20, and children’s t-shirts for $25. 

There were no lines to get in. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Cash and credit cards accepted. All sales are final. 

I give this sale a 9/10! There were plenty of styles and categories of items available. I left the sale with some great items that I can’t wait to wear. (Another fun bonus of the sale— there were Kenzo items for children and teens. I was even able to get some holiday presents for my younger siblings. $20 for a Kenzo hat? Unreal!)

What: Jonathan Simkhai sale!                                                                                                                                         When: 450 W 14th Street, Meatpacking District                                                                                                          Where: December 11-15, 2019

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The SAMple Sale was Simply OK

By: Eve Orbach

The Sam. Sample sale had great winter coats but at a discount of approximately 50% to 60%, better discounts can be found elsewhere. Simply put, this sale was underwhelming. Women’s coats were the most heavily featured item, but there were styles for men and children as well. Overall the price markdowns were significant, but paying upwards of $200-$300 at a sale is definitely not what I would call a great steal. If you are in the market for a new winter coat then this might be worth attending, but don’t go in with high expectations. (I tried to get a new coat because my four year old horrible purple coat is stain-ridden, but alas— I was unsuccessful.)

There was a good range of sizes, colors, and styles available. There were long lines to enter, and unless you are on the sale’s guest list you might end up waiting over 20 minutes in the cold just to get a jacket (kind of ironic, no?). 

The coats were hung up neatly on hangers. There was a women’s section, men’s section, and children’s section all organized by style. 

All sales are final. Cash and major credit cards are accepted. The opening times for each day vary; be sure to check the picture below to get there on time.

I gave this sale a 4/10. The long lines and high prices made this sale a bust. 

What: Sam. Sample sale                                                                                                                                          When: December 11-14, 2019                                                                                                                                  Where: 34 Little West 12th Street (between 9th Ave and Washington St., in the Meatpacking district)

 

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Crime Not to Buy at the Emm Kuo Sample Sale

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The Emm Kuo sample sales is one of those gem sample sales for anyone looking for a unique bag or clutch for an event. The designer of the items sells them at the sale herself, so she knows every item inside out. Each clutch is one of a kind. True samples were going for $75 a piece, there were glass versions with silver, marble, and crystal covers. The production pieces were going for $350. While that’s expensive for me, it’s still a bargain compared to the $1,300 retail tag. There were also custom scrunchies made out of leather that are beyond adorable and sell for $25.

A rack of current collection pieces was selling as well for 40% off retail. And there was a rack of bags made out of real python selling for $350 as well. In summary, price range was from $25 to $350, samples $75, bags $150 and clutches & python $350.

Oh, and if you buy 2 items, you get an additional 10% off retail. Buy 3 and get an additional 20% off total pricing. The brand sells at Anthropologie, BHLDN and other creative designer stores. That personality shines through in each design. Giving the sample sale an 8.5 out of 10. Items are at a 10, prices at an 8, and better get to that sale soon because there is only one item of each kind.

What: Emm Kuo sample sale
Where: 134 West 29th St, 8th Fl, NY, NY
When: Wed, Dec 11 – Fri, Dec 13, 2019

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Balmain sample sale: Gorgeous, yet pricey!

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Balmain sample sale took place in typical Soiffer Haskin style, where the room was split in half between men’s and women’s. For the women’s section, there were endless racks filled with merchandise categorized by size. There was one small rack of gowns in the back of the room. The shoes and accessories were on the left-hand side of the room. There were 2 tables filled with jewelry, belts, and bags.

For gentlemen there were only a few racks of clothing; the racks were composed of mostly long-sleeved shirts and jackets. The men’s shoes and accessories were on the right side of the room. There were a few tables filled with belts, hats, shirts, and gloves. There was also a small section of children’s clothing in the back of the room. Everything was organized, and the staff was also extremely helpful!

Merchandise/ pricing: Women’s clothing was a flat 70% off retail, women’s accessories – 75% off, men’s clothing – 70% off, men’s accessories – 75% off, and children’s clothing – 90% off. There were A TON of accessories for both men and the women; In the ladies shoe section we spotted sneakers, heels, sandals, flip flops, high top sneakers, and high boots; and the men had a lot of sneakers, slides, and boots as well! Despite the fact that 70-75% off is a great discount, prices still remained a bit too high averaging $475 for a nice pair of shoes. There were, however, great options: long gowns, fancy/ casual coats, skirts, pants, and a ton of black/denim jeans. We found red, pink, and white bags for women. There were Balmain hats for the men that could be a nice holiday gift as well!

Rate: 7.5/10 GREAT shoes, accessories, and clothing for both men and women. Everything was excellent quality, but the prices still remained a bit too high for me. Waiting for additional reductions.

What: Balmain sample sale
When: Mon, Dec. 9 – Thu, Dec. 12, 2019
Where: 317 West 33rd Street, Manhattan, NY

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GREAT finds at the Nanette Lepore sample sale

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Nanette Lepore sample sale was categorized by year of merchandise: current, past seasons and true samples. Right at the entrance of the space there was a neat rack filled of sample items. In the next room, there were 3-4 racks filled with current stock. Everything was organized by color and size. It was relatively easy to find what you were looking for. There was a table in the corner of the room that had sweaters on it as well. There was also a small section in the room that had past season stuff, albeit only one rack. There were also multiple fitting rooms to try on the clothing, which trust me, at a sample sale, is a luxury!

Merchandise/ pricing: The pricing for the Nanette Lepore sample sale : New items: jackets $195, dresses $150, tops $95-$125, pants $100, skirts $95, and sweaters $65, Old stock – jackets $95, dresses $85, tops $65, pants $50, skirts $50, sweaters $40. Samples – coats $85, jackets $65, tops $40, dresses $65, pants/ skirts $30, and sweaters $40.

The samples were very close to production items in quality so it was very similar to buying actual stock items but for half the price. There were many different colored sweaters, many gorgeous long and short dresses for work and fancy occasions, and a lot of nice shirts. There were also many blazers and coats that are perfect for this time of year. A few gowns on the racks and that’s pretty much it!

Rate: 8.5/10 GREAT prices, gorgeous clothing, endless sizes, and a ton in stock!

What: Nanette Lepore Sample Sale
When: Tues, Dec. 10-Fri, Dec. 13, 2019
Where: 225 West 35th Street, Manhattan, NY

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