The La Perla Sample Sale was not as great as I thought it would be. I expected to be greeted to lovely lingerie pieces, begging me to buy them. What I was faced with were some sad, wrinkled and overpriced even for a sample sale pieces. The bodysuits were best described as “meh” and bras of every size and color were just hanging around, in no way organized by size. Same with the swimsuits. The ready to wear was ok but nothing special.
They also claimed to have bags, shoes and some mens items but after searching far and wide, they could not be found, which was kind of suspicious in my opinion. Overall, 5/10 this sale isn’t worth the time unless you really feel the need to go or are obsessed with the brand.
What: La Perla Sample Sale
Where: 150 Greene Street New York,NY
When: Nov 12, 2019-Nov 17,2019
The Proenza Schouler Sample Sale is a great sale for bags. They have a huge selection and so many bags available, but don’t think that you are filling your purse closet in one trip, there is a 2 bag limit per person. They have a great selection of gorgeous runway pieces that are to die for. They also have the white label for some more affordable options (t-shirts are $25 woot!)
The shoe selection wasn’t great but it was there and it was 75% off. They had a nice selection of jewelry for $60. Overall, I gave this sale an 8/10, discounts are good and its a really good sale!’
What: Proenza Schouler Sample Sale
Where: 151 Wooster street New York,NY
When: Nov 12, 2019-Nov 17,2019
We covered the Marchesa sample sale this morning during VIP hours. The sample sale is hosted by Shelly & Renee and takes place in the Marchesa showroom on 38th st. There was a nice selection of dresses and gowns organized by color and then size.
Prices were all over the place (as with most Shelly & Renee sample sales). You could find Marchesa Notte dresses for as little as $295 or $395. The Marchesa gowns that were haute couture cost an arm and a leg – we found a gown we like for $2,200 and another one for $4,500.
Since a lot of people asked, we’re putting it out there – there were no bridal gowns at the sample sale. Like, not a single one. So if you are getting married any time soon, this is not where you go – this is where you send your bridesmaids.
All in all, the dresses were gorgeous. And if you like the Marchesa brand like the many women who were fighting each other at the sale to get ahold of a gown, then you should probably hit this sample sale up.
We were invited to preview the Yigal Azrouel sample sale during setup hours. Going to a sale before the crowds hit it up is always exciting – almost like the calm before the storm. First things first, the Yigal Azrouel headquarters are inside a WeWork – so the environment is very different from anything one might find in a typical fashion district showroom.
Once you are in the showroom though, the layout is similar to any other showroom sample sale. Racks throughout the room with dresses, gowns, jumpsuits, sweaters and leather items and a table in the middle with chunky sweaters and light knits.
Pricing is so/so – if you look at retail prices, then items are a good 80%-85% off, which is great. But items are still quite pricey for the sample sale shopper: dresses are $175, leather items are $449. There are a few items for under $100 such as basic tops that go for $79. All in all, let’s say mid-range pricing.
In terms of sizing, the selection was quite nice as well. A lot of the actual samples were small but the stock items had quite a few medium and large sizes as well. I would say the dresses and tops were the best items of the sale – the dresses are really unique.
If you follow Yigal Azrouel, this sample sale is one you should definitely hit up. Details below.
The Zegna sample sale was a huge success for the men. There was a line out the door at 1PM on a Sunday, and apparently, the line was even longer during the morning hours. The Soiffer Haskin hall was bustling with people shopping. Everything was 60% off retail. Suits, jackets, blazers, vests, sunglasses, sweaters, shoes. Things were still expensive, but given that the Zegna sample sale hadn’t taken place in a couple of years, people were grabbing items off the tables and hangers as if they were free.
At the point that I was there, there was still a nice selection of items, but I wouldn’t count on the selection staying there for long. If you’re into fancy men’s clothes, this sample sale is a must. 8 out of 10 for me.
What: Zegna sample sale
Where: 317 West 33rd St, Manhattan, NY
When: Nov 10 – Nov 14, 2019
We checked out the Peter Thomas Roth sample sale earlier this week. Were the prices cheap – yes. That being said, there was a definite price hike from the year before. I bought an eyelash serum and a cc cream – but when I went home, users started writing in that they bought items which were too close to expiration date for comfort. With skincare, expiration dates are no joke – especially if you’re acne prone like me.
The sale was in a nice large showroom – items were either stacked up or in buckets. The room was split into a Peter Thomas Roth section and a June Jacobs section. Masks were the best deals – they started at $2 a pop for mini-masks. Then there were sets of 6-7 large marks for $35.
If you have the patience to sit and check expiration dates, then it’s worth checking out. Otherwise, skip.
A huge thank you to Di.ShopNonStop for covering the Sweaty Betty sample sale! The sale was in a small showroom and was priced by category, which was marked by color stickers. There was also a section of items in bins organized by size.
Our favorite items were knapsacks, bras and leggings. Other items include pants, tees and swimwear. Sizes went from small to XL. If you’re a fan of the brand, hit it up!
We hit up the Naeem Khan sample sale, which was co-hosted with Shelly & Renee. As any sample sale with Shelly & Renee, the items were overpriced. There were a few items that cost $200-$300 but most items were priced north of $1,200. The space could have been lighter and larger but not much complaints in that area.
We were disappointed in the lack of selection. The sample sale seemed like one huge Neiman Marcus return that the brand was stuck with. There were a few evening gowns but not close to a generous selection. If you could find a gown at that sale, you would probably be very happy.
Overall, the items that were at the sale were beautiful, the prices expensive. We’re giving the sale a 6 out of 10.
What: Naeem Khan sample sale
Where: 260 West 36th St, 10th Fl, NY, NY
When: Nov 5 – Nov 7, 2019
I’ve never seen such a big shi* show in my entire life… Bravo 260, you’ve outdone yourselves! Looking at the line for this sale you would’ve thought they were giving away free diamonds… but sadly, no. Just overpriced candles, water bottles, and notebooks.
By the time I got there, there were hardly any S’well bottles left, and the ones that they did have were not cute. Ther larger bottles were going for $17 and the medium (normal) sized ones were going for $10. In my opinion, that’s how they should be priced in the first place, so I’m not going to praise them for dropping their sample sale prices to those numbers. As for the Moleskine notebooks, there were a ton. They had lots of cute colors and sizes, and some even had cute characters like Batman on them. With that said though, the prices were….. what they should always be? I just can’t imagine paying any more than the sample sale prices for one of those things. And last but not least, Nest. Before I got into the sale there was a man with a megaphone announcing the scents that they had sold out of. It sounded like a lot of the good, non-holiday scents were gone. But I’m not a Nest fanatic so what would I know. There were still a decent amount of candles, diffusers, and perfumes left but the discounts were BLEH!!!!! A follower of ours pointed out that there are currently Nest products on Nordstrom Rack for cheaper!
Overall I rated this sale a 5/10. I can NOT recommend going to this sale. To be honest, I was going to give it a 0/10, but the number of crazed people in the sale made me feel like there had to be something good about it. I just genuinely hope that none of you are foolish enough to wait on line to get in. I only did it because I had to. Good luck, shoppers. You’re going to need it for this sale.
What: S’well, Nest, and Moleskine Sample Sale
When: Tuesday, Nov. 6th – Sunday, Nov. 10th, 2019
Where: 260 5th Avenue, Manhattan, NY
Ok, I have some THOUGHTS on the Belstaff and Re/Done Sample Sale . First of all, it is literally so crowded with merchandise that I am pretty sure it breaks some sort of fire code because there is barely any space to move it’s so full. Second, it is pricey as hell and I’m not at a sample sale to be spending that kind of money. Belstaff is great for outwear and maybe 3 t shirts but for the most part, it is racks of leather jackets (I am just stating facts) all for about $300.
Re/Done has jeans for $90 and Levis for $120. The lines to try on jeans are almost throughout the store so if you go, know your size and don’t waste your time trying on, you get maybe 6 minutes to try on everything and you can wait on line forever or just buy it and hope for the best.
Overall, I gave this sale a 6.5/10. Know what you are getting into and good luck with the crowdedness.
What: Belstaff and Re/Done sample sale
Where: 151 Wooster street New York, NY
When: Nov 5,2019- Nov 10,2019