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