One moment while I barf before I write this…. Christian Siriano we are NOT friends!!! Let’s start with RUDE staff, always a minus in my books. Also aluminum foil for dresses at prices I don’t ever want to see at a sample sale— I think not. Let’s have this conversation…. if you’re looking for evening you probably passed through this sale and may have scored something because some of us are lucky enough to find the unicorns in the bunch. For the most part the sale was a skip with disappointing prices, a hot mess, unorganized racks, rude staff… and all the way uptown. Meh. I vote Skip! 5 W 54th Street going on until Friday.
TIS’ the season for luxury for less… I got myself to the LES to scout out what the fuss was at the 375 showroom sale… if your budget is high enough it’s definitely something to write home about. Moncler at 30% off. Dior at 35% off. Off white, Moose Knuckles and Louboutin all at a discounted price. Well ladies and gents here’s what’s I think: A) I need a sugar daddy. B) if you’re looking for those brands this was definitely the place to be! I haven’t seen Louboutin this cheap since the dinosaurs. It’s definitely a great gift spot for a loved one—but must be a true love to get yourself to 36 Ludlow Street. Sale will be going on until Tuesday.
Parisian luxury brand Zadig & Voltaire’s sale features many cool pieces for both men and women, but the reductions aren’t that great for a sample sale. Since this one is being hosted by 260, as per usual you’re better off waiting for their last-day price markdowns.
The t-shirts ($30), sweatshirts ($60), and denim ($60-$75) are the best deals of the sale. Leather jackets, blazers, shearling, and various other outerwear are priced from $150-$550.
This one is all the way up at 2151 Broadway. Maybe it’s worth stopping by if you’re in the area but I would definitely not recommend trekking too far for this one.
The sale is split into a women’s and men’s section. Clothes are neatly organized by item. There is a wide range of sizes for the pieces, which are all edgy and trendy.
The lines for checkout was really long when I was there, so proceed with caution.
I give this sale a 6/10. There’s a great accessories section and some cool options. This is a sale that requires a keen eye and a little bit of effort, but you might be able to walk away with a stand-out piece.
What: Zadig and Voltaire sale Where: 2151 Broadway When: December 17–December 22, 2019.
The Eileen Fisher sale at 260 Wooster has crazy markdowns, lots of stock, and great pieces. Most items fall in the $20-$40 range. Jackets are the highest priced item and are just $70! Also available are women’s tops, sweaters, cardigans, pants, skirts, accessories, and more.
Attached below is the complete price list. My favorite steals are the sweaters for $40 (compared to the usual $200/$300+on the Eileen Fisher website) and the pants for $30 (versus the typical $200+ ones also being sold on the company’s website).
Everything is hung up neatly on hangers and organized by item. The sale is spacious and easy to shop in. One downside of the sale is that every single sweater I picked up, and trust me— I picked up a LOT— were all a size small. However, the sizing for the rest of the items is much more varied.
There is a wide range of styles and patterns for all of the items being sold. There are items for everyone. Merchandise came in both chic, understated styles as well as colorful, spunky ones.
A solid winter accessories section is also a notable highlight— hats and scarves are going for $20.
Cash and credit cards accepted. All items sold as is, and all sales are final.
I give this sale an 8/10 for having killer deals and lots of items. I really recommend hitting this one up at some point. It might be worth it to use some restraint though because 260 always ends up slashing prices even further towards the end of their sales.
What: Eileen Fisher sale Where: 151 Wooster Street When: December 17– December 22, 2019
This is the first time Sachin and Babi partnered with Malone Souliers for a sample sale. The sale took place in a showroom on 29th st that was spacious and well lit.
For Sachin and Babi, the pricing was a bit more complicated than last time. Samples were a bit pricier, stock not as expensive, and multiple items in stock got deals, where you buy 2 items and get a certain amount off each unit. There were dresses, gowns, earrings and separates in many sizes. The sample racks lined the back of the room. Fitting room was in the middle of the room with mirrors centered there as well.
For Malone Souliers, the tables with shoes lined the wall with the windows. There were 8-9 styles, but in a large variety of sizes. There were heels and flats at the beginning of the night, but the flats sold out quite fast. All shoes are a flat $195 (plus tax). Compared to a $595 retail price – we say – okay.
Definitely check this sale out if you’re still looking for items to wear before the holidays.
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 St
When: Dec 14-Dec 17, 2019
Set up: The Bandier sample sale was 60% off retail prices, and was a hit if you love athletic-ware. The room had different racks, categorized by item. There were multiple racks of sports-bras, bathing suits, leggings, sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts, shorts, and coats. The sample sale was very organized, and it was fairly easy to find what you are looking for. Alongside one of the walls were a ton of shoes, and on the other wall were the accessories. The staff was helpful, and there was fortunately no time-limit when trying clothing on in the fitting room (usually there is at 260 fifth)!
Merchandise/ pricing: The sample sale’s prices were at a great discount, and everything was 60% off its retail price. There were a ton of sports bras, workout tank tops, leggings, sweatpants, and coats; they were running low on shorts and bathing suits, though. I also noticed that they did not have any of their famous bright-colored puffer coats at the sale. There was also an entire rack dedicated to soft and cozy looking jumpsuits, in different shades of grey. The sample sale had a ton of merchandise- I was pleasentlysurprised to see that they were selling Tkees sandals (in black and nude). In the accessories section, there were books, skin-care products, and a ton of warm hats. There were also a few of their famous Wingman Bag’s, only in purple. Also, alongside the wall were endless amounts of shoes; most were just workout sneakers.
Rate: 8/10 Great prices, a ton of merchandise, and gorgeous clothing.
Set up: The Eleventy sample sale had A TON of clothing for both men and women, at amazing prices. For starters, the space was fairly large and not crowded, which made the shopping experience enjoyable. The staff was also extremely sweet and very helpful. The room was divided between the men and women, and each side had endless amounts of options and sizes. For the women, there were very cute and warm sweaters, jackets, pants, dresses, bags, shoes and scarves. For the men, there were A LOT of suits, dress shirts, jackets, belts, ties, and shoes. Everything was set up so organized, and it was very easy to shop and find what you are looking for.
Merchandise/ pricing: The pricing went as follows: accessories went from around $25-$89, shirts/ pants/ shoes were $109, and coats $199-$499. Everything was reasonably priced, and the clothing looked in excellent shape. I noticed that there were more shoes and coats options for the men, but more sweaters and pants for the women. There were a lot of different sizes and multiples of each item. There were great puffers and coats for the winter, and very warm sweaters as well. It did not look as if the sale was going to run out of any merchandise anytime soon!
Rate: 8/10 A LOT of great finds, sweet staff, fun environment, and a ton of accessories for the winter.
Set up: The Vera Bradley sample sale had excellent prices for great pieces. The room was divided in half between the men and women, and the racks were categorized by item. The room was on the smaller side, but it had very few customers. All of the merchandise was very organized, but there were some boxes filled with underwear and bras that was quite messy. The staff was sweet and helpful, and it was a pleasant shopping experience.
Merchandise/ pricing: Most of the items at this sale were around $15- WOW! They had great everyday t-shirts, pants, and sweatshirts. There were a ton of loungewear for both the women and men. All of the pieces looked in great shape and quality. I noticed that there were more pajama options than clothing for ‘out of the house.’ There were a ton of boxers, bras, and robes. Everything was high in stock, and there were multiple sizes and color options. I was surprised that there were no accessories- not even one of the famous Vera Bradley bags!
Rate: 8/10 Amazing deals and great finds.
What: Vera Bradley sample sale
When: Tues, Dec. 17-Thu, Dec. 19, 2019
Where: 231 West 39th Street, Suite 601, Manhattan, NY
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.