The Reformation Sample Sale has some really good pieces available at some really good prices. The short dresses rack is for sure one of the places you need to check out at this sale! At $79, it can’t hurt to pick one (or seven). The long dresses are also a steal at $150 as well as skirts for $50!! This sale is the place to pick up some new summer staple pieces as well. Swimsuits are also one of my favorites so check them out if you are in need of something to wear to the beach this summer.
There were a few downsides to this sale, mainly the INSANE line to get in. I only waited nearly 40 minutes in the rain at 10 AM to get inside but the line was only getting longer and longer as I waited. The line wasn’t as long when I left but that was probably because it started raining more. Also, there were a few damaged pieces on the racks so watch out for those.
And it’s important to note that many users complained about the items at the sale being the same as the merchandise at the previous sale.
Overall, I gave this sale a 7/10. Check it out if you have the time to wait on line!
What: Reformation Sample Sale
Where: 150 Greene St, Manhattan, NY
When: May 28,2019- June 2,2019
We got a preview of the Emm Kuo sample sale this evening and were delighted with what we found. For a person looking for a practical handbag or a statement clutch to wear to a friends wedding, this sample sale is the place to get it.
Setup: the sample sale of the brand took place in the brand showroom on 29th street. The room wasn’t large but it felt spacious and there was lots of light. The bags were laid out on tables and shelves. Accessories were hanging from the walls. The staff was very knowledgeable about the items and helpful as well.
Merchandise: The tables and racks were filled with bags. That being said, there weren’t more than 4-5 copies of a single item there. At retail, the brand sells at FiveStory NY & Anthropologie. All of the stuff is made out of the good materials: genuine leather (made in Europe), shearling fur, hand-painted art. Every bag from that brand is unique.
Pricing: The most affordable table was the $75 section: that included hand-painted satchels, belts, small bags and other accessories. Practical take-to-work handbags were either $150 or $200. Given that they retail for $600+, the discount was close to 70% off. The clutches with delicate decor were the most expensive, priced at $380 per item. On the bright side, Emm Kuo offered an additional 20% off the entire purchase for anyone buying more than 3 items.
Our advice – if you want a nice bag (either for yourself) or to gift to someone else, definitely hit up the Emm Kuo sample sale. We’re giving it an 8.5 out of 10.
What: Emm Kuo sample sale
When: May 29-May 31, 2019
Where: 134 West 29th St, Suite 807, Manhattan, NY
We found out about the Vilebrequin sample sale almost by accident. It used to be held at 260 in the old days, and we still remember when lines would be out the block as wives and husbands waited to stock up on cute trunks for the Summer. This year, the sample sale is hosted by the company that owns the brand. In a nutshell, here’s our summary. The good news is that the prices are super-enticing, and the selection of merchandise is great. The bad news is that there is a bit of a lack of predictability of when the sale is open and when closed. We’ll try to keep you updated throughout next week to let you know what the update is.
Setup: The sample sale is set up in a 2-floor showroom in the fashion district. The first floor is filled with Andrew Marc, Donna Karan merchandise for men and women. The second floor is filled with Vilebrequin merchandise.
Merchandise: Most of the Vilebrequin items are for men, and are organized by size. The items include swim trunks, bermuda shorts, pants, polos, shirts and shoes. There are many different colors and patterns to choose from. There is a bin with bathing suits for women as well and bins with hats and other accessories downstairs near the cash register. The items are made in Italy and clearly high quality.
Pricing: The pricing at the Vilebrequin is VERY attractive. And yes, you can find shorts for $20-$30, pants for $30, leather high-quality shoes for $50 and polos for $20.
The sale was supposed to be open until 6PM, but at 4:13 people started reaching out telling us they went to the sale but the sale was closed. We’ll try to figure out what happened and to let you know when it is open. But if you can get there during one of those hours, you’re bound to walk away with some goodies. Because of the open-closed issue – we’re dropping a point. 7/10.
What: Vilebrequin sample sale
When: May 20th – May 31st, 2019 (closed for Memorial Day Weekend)
Where: 217 West 37th St, Manhattan, NY
The Paul Smith Sample Sale had more men’s sportscoats and suit jackets than I have ever seen in my life. Racks and racks of sportscoats, suit jackets and casual jackets lined all of the walls of the showroom. They also had a nice selection of men’s trousers, shoes and accessories, all at a pretty discounted rate. While the menswear was abundant, the womenswear available was pitiful. One small racks of haphazardly thrown womenswear doesn’t exactly qualify for advertising womenswear. There were a few jackets and some knitwear but overall, not worth it for the womenswear.
The women’s shoes, however, had a really good selection of sneakers, dress shoes and flats ranging from $70-$125. The shoes would be worth the time to head on over to this sale for us ladies!! The kids’ clothing rack was also pretty sparse and had very few pieces ranging in price from $15-$60.
Overall, I gave this sale a 6.5/10. The sale was pretty crowded when I went and the lack of womenswear very much influenced this score.
What: Paul Smith Sample Sale
Where: 151 Wooster Street NY,NY
When: May 21,2019- May 26, 2019
Ahh yes, it’s that time of year again. Spring is in full swing, we can shed the winter layers and attend the ever most exciting event of the year: the Manolo Blahnik sample sale. For one day only you can travel down the road from the Manolo NYC boutique to the Warwick hotel conference room, and score a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes for under $200! However, this year it was more Lipstick Jungle than Sex and the City.
Shoppers line up at the Manolo Blahnik sample sale at 4:00 a.m. Considering the fact that doors open to the general public at 11:00 a.m., that is a serious commitment. A Manolo Blahnik sample sale veteran informed us about the procedure:
1. You write your name down as you walk in
2. Receive a numbered ticket based on the order of the list
That didn’t go as planned, since the new staff members did not honor the list we waiters in line created. That caused a group of exhausted, anxious women to claw their way to the front to grab one of the first tickets.
The ticket you receive will have your assigned group number. There are ten people per group, and groups enter based on capacity. The Manolo team attempts to organize shoes by size on tables; however, after the vultures get in, you will likely find a pair of 35s in the 41.5 table. Once you’re inside the stock room, you have unlimited time to shop as many pairs as you’d like (or can afford). At check out, they will strike out the label with a Sharpie and you hand over your cash. Yes, old fashioned cash, as this is a cash only sale.
All this numbered ticket business happens at 11:00 a.m. because, the VIP group (assigned letters A – I) will enter first at 8:30 a.m. No, you can’t just scam a VIP ticket. You have to be high-up in the fashion editorial world, Manolo Blahnik’s wholesale vendor, or an employee/friend of the brand. That is where a lot of the REALLY good stuff goes. So if you’re general public, don’t even count on snagging any classics or Hangisi.
However, there is still a great selection if you are in groups 1 – 5, decent selection (good stuff but you have to search) if you are in groups 6 – 10. After group 10, then it really is every woman for herself. As you can expect, there are hoarders who get there early and grab all the shoes. It’s the classic case of the early bird gets the worm. They DO restock. I left with three pairs of brand new shoes valued at around $2,000 for $460.
It’s important to mention that the resellers penetrated the VIP group and were cleaning out the sale. Some of them (shoppers!!) were also walking around with a marker and marking the shoes they wanted to speed out the checkout process.
The staffing issue was so bad, it earned a separate paragraph in my blog. I’ve been to sample sales before and don’t expect to be treated like royalty. That being said, I was still blown away by how rude the staff was. In the middle of the day, they just stopped the sale to eat lunch. I mean, it’s a freakin’ one-day sale. Bring in a few extra staff members and take shifts for lunch.
Be aware that there are some true samples there. Some shoes have been obviously previously worn with a roughed-up sole, and there is no further discount if that is the case — my advice to you: spring for the ones that are unused. Yes, you can get used ones fixed, but unless you LOVE them, there’s better stuff out there.
This is a type of sale you have to be a pro to maximize results. So here’s a lightning round of tips:
-Get there early, or pay a line sitting service
-If you see something that you think is cute just grab it – grab everything first and then try on
-Cash only so hit up the ATM (and make sure you have money in that account)
-After you get your ticket you can leave and come back – bring what you need to stay occupied and stay there, you might miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime
-It’s a friendly crowd, make a friend
-Look at ALL tables (I found a 38 in a 41 table)
-Some shoppers are legit crazy – don’t let them push you around
-Internet/cell service is horrible – be prepared
-Dress in comfy shoes that make trying on other shoes easy – the room is small and chaotic so comfort and efficiency are your BFF (ladies, this isn’t a fashion show, you’re not here to impress, you’re here to shop the best deals on Manolo’s)
-Treat yourself to a nice lunch after going through all of that
What: Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale
When: Wed. May 22, 2019
Where: Warwick Hotel – 65 W 54th St. New York, NY
The For Love and Lemons Sample Sale had some really great finds and it was so easy to find them! Each rack was very clearly labeled with the type of clothing which made shopping a whole lot easier. They had racks of embellished dresses for $150 and they were all so pretty, I just needed an occasion so I could buy them all! They also had a nice selection of regular dresses, tops and bottoms. The line was also not bad ( I thought it would be much worse than it was) I waited in line for about 10 minutes and the sale was not crowded at all.
The kids clothes they had were absolutely darling and much more affordable. Everything was $30 so stock up for any little one you know! The jewelry was also all $30 !
I would highly recommend this sale to anyone who shops the brand regularly and are looking for a steal, or if you never have, now is your chance to get some beautiful clothes for an even better price. 8/10!!!
What: For Love and Lemons Sample Sale
Where: 150 Greene Street NY,NY
When: May 21,2019- May 26,2019
This is the first time that we can remember Milly hosting a sample sale through a venue that isn’t Clothingline. This time the sale took place at Chelsea Market. And that is a definite improvement.
Setup: The sale was extremely organized. Everything was on the correct rack. The prices were clearly marked and were on the rack. Two large public fitting rooms in the back.
Merchandise: the stuff was just nice. There were no items with damages, so no need to inspect every item off the rack. The dresses were cute. The merchandise was much more current than at some previous sales. There were also tables with Schutz shoes (and 2 other brands), which were really cute and affordable – $59 average.
Pricing: Prices were marked on each rack individually, so there was no need to go guessing. The items were reasonable. $19 for cute t-shirts with slogans. Some separates for $49, others for $69. Lots of merchandise and plenty to choose from.
The sale wasn’t packed so one didn’t feel the pressure to hoard or so uncomfortable that one had to leave. Adding this to the ‘sample sales to hit up’ list. Nice sale 7.5/10.
What: Milly sample sale
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, Manhattan, NY
When: May 21 – May 23, 2019
The Joie, Equipment, and Current Elliot sample sale is absolutely amazing. I have never been to a sample sale this good, especially not at 260. If you weren’t sure whether or not you should go to this one, I’m telling you that you 100% should.
At this sale, the prices are outrageously great. Here are some examples of these jaw-dropping deals: Equipment blouses are $60, Current Elliot jeans are $45, and Joie long sleeved tops are $50. Now usually, if the prices are good the merchandise is bad and vice versa. But that is not the case at this sale, the selection of clothing from each brand is drool-worthy. My favorite pieces are all from Equipment, but Joie and Current Elliot have things that I love too. And before you think it can’t get any better, embellished pieces aren’t marked up! There are lots of Joie tops with intricate pearl detailing and they’re the same price as every other long sleeved top! How amazing, and unlike 26, is that?! Finally, there is also a really cute selection of shoes and accessories at the sale. They have a crocodile embossed tote bag that is so nice and so affordable.
Overall I’m giving this sale a 9/10. I am a little sad about the purchasing limit because I want everything!!!! But aside from that, this sale is literally perfect. So ladies, get ready to sneak out of work on your lunch break tomorrow to shop this sale. If you get fired, it will totally have been worth it. Happy shopping friends!
The prices at the R13 sample sale are very disappointing, but at least there is a decent selection of merchandise. I kept getting confused between the menswear and womenswear; not that you can’t wear either regardless of your gender. But an employee called me out for grabbing a men’s sweatshirt in a very embarrassing way.
At this sale, they have more jeans than anything else; there are several tables lining the middle of the showroom with tons of denim. They’re selling a pair for $125 which is just too much money. At the Current Elliot sample sale (currently going on at 260) jeans are going for $45 which is, on average, 80% off their retail prices. And they’re definitely just as nice as R13 jeans when it comes to quality. The fact that the R13 sweatshirts are selling for $125 is insulting. I mean they’re comfy, but definitely not worth a sample sale price of $125. Oh, and their famous lace-up boots are $395. So if you were thinking of getting a pair for a reasonable price, I’m sorry to say this, but it isn’t happening at this sale.
Overall, I’m giving this sale a 5/10. The prices are outrageous and the staff members are rude. If you were really excited about this sale and are still contemplating going, at least wait for the additional markdowns Thursday (which I overheard a staff member confirm).
What: R13 sample sale
Where: 261 West 36th St, NY, NY
When: May 20 – May 23, 2019
The LoveShackFancy sample sale was one we were extremely excited for. That is, until the reviews started pouring in on Monday morning.
Setup: The room was lined with racks of merchandise. There were 700+ pieces at the sale, mostly from the summer resort collection. The room looked great before the people came in, but here is where s*** went down. The air conditioning was broken, there were a ton of people in line. And so the sample sale quickly turned into the sample sauna, and let me tell you, the shoppers did not enjoy that. To top it all off, employees were letting in personal friends ahead of everyone else and were giving them stuff stowed away before the sale the public can get to it.
Pricing and Merchandise: The items were 70%-75% off retail, but for the quality were still pricey. Most items were in the $100-$199 range, with come accessories in the $25-$35 range. Lots of items for kids as well. We found the pricing sheet from the last sample sale, and our suspicions were correct. Prices for certain items grew by as much as $50. For that quality, the inflation is a joke (and it’s not a funny one.)
We truly hope that the brand could somehow save this sale, get the AC fixed, stop showing blatant favoritism and offer customers a pleasant (or at least relatively pleasant) shopping experience, because the LoveShackFancy clothes are super cute. Due to the complaints and pricing, we had to drop the rating to a 5.5/10.