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YAY For YIGAL AZROUEL

By: Eve Orbach

According to Wikipedia (yes folks— we are THAT studious) “The Yigal Azrouel woman is effortlessly cool and confident…Yigal prides himself in the craftsmanship; he finely sources original fabrics, furs, and embellishments from all over the world to create the finest products for his customers.” At discounts of up to 90% off on gorgeous pieces! (including ones from the runway!) this sale is not one to miss. There are stunning feminine dresses, edgy leather jackets, and everything in between. Also included is a strong accessories section featuring many styles of belts, shoes, scarves, and bags.

The gowns are definitely the highlight of the sale; the patterns and designs are so intricate. Other highlights are their beautifully made winter coats and stylish heels.

There is a great range of sizes in all categories so extra points for that! Most sample sales are very lacking in this category, so hats off to the good people at Yigal Azrouel.

All items are hung up neatly on hangers and divided by attire and item type (standard, leather, runway, etc.) The staff was very helpful and helped some of my fellow shoppers find some real hidden gems.

Cash and credit card accepted. All sales are final.

What: Yigal Azrouel Sale.                                                                                                                                         When: January 13-16, 2020.                                                                                                                                       Where: 500 7th Avenue, 9th Floor (at the wework 37th entrance).

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Great deals BUT crowded at Altuzarra

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Altuzarra sample sale had ENDLESS options of everything! The set up was as follows: all bags and accessories in the front, clothing throughout, and shoes in the back. Alutuzarra’s space was very crowded – there were also lines out the door. The room was very organized, and each rack was categorized by size. It was extremely easy to find your own desired size.

Merchandise/ pricing: Pricing went as follows: past season coats were $195, dresses were $100, skirts were $50, and blouses were $50. For the fall/ winter 2019, coats were $595, blazers $350, dresses $295, and skirts $150. The prices were great, and everything was incredibly discounted. As far as the quantity: there were A TON of options for each item. There were tons of gowns, dresses, coats, and pants. There were also a lot of bags, both small and large. Bags were going for $150 (small) and $200 (medium/large). Sunglasses and belts were $50. The bags were available in multiple colors as well. There were a ton of shoes in the back section as well, and throughout the store. I saw a bunch of shoes and belts – yet everything was going super fast!

What: Altuzarra sample sale

When: Thu Jan 9th- Jan 10th, 2020

Where: 233 Broadway, Manhattan, NY

Rate: 9/10 GREAT deals, semi-sweet staff, endless options.

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Muleh – designer bags and more!

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Muleh sample sale was a hit. The space was big and gorgeous, and the staff was even better! The room was set up as follows: two racks in the front were 40% off retail price, one rack in the middle of the room was 50% off, and the racks in the back were 60% off. The designer bags and coats were stored by the back wall. Everything was organized very well, and it was easy to find exactly what you are looking for!

Merchandise/ pricing: The entire store was up to 60% off retail price. All of the items were fabulous and gorgeous, and the sale had a ton of merchandise. However, there seemed to only be a few of each item left. There were a bunch of gorgeous coats that would be great for the winter. There were also a ton of items that had a matching separate to match – I noticed a pair of white splatter-paint jeans that were beside a splatter-painted white jean jacket. They also had Chanel, Hermes, and Celine + more designer bags. All of which looked brand new, but were lightly preowned. This sale is a must go!

What: Muleh sample sale

When: Jan 9th- Jan 11th, 2020

Where: 160 9th Ave, New York

Rate: 9/10 Great pieces, amazing deals!

 

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Wilt and Acrobat: small selection but great finds

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Wilt and Acrobat sample sale was in a very small space, and there were only 3-4 racks total. One rack had a few cashmere sweaters, another had dresses and pants, and another had some shirts and coats. The majority of the items were low in stock – there were mostly one of each piece. Everything was very organized, and it was very easy to find whatever you are looking for. This sale was very hit or miss: it is possible one can find a few great items, but also possible to find simply nothing (due to the low quantity of items.)

Merchandise/ pricing: Each piece was individually marked. The cashmere sweaters were all $40, blouses around $60, dresses around $200, coats around $300, pants around $40, and shorts around $30. The prices were very good, due to the clothing’s amazing quality. There was mostly one of each item, which made it rather hard to shop. There were also no accessories, and no shoes. This sale was very small and everything was low in stock.

What: Wilt and Acrobat Sample Sale

When: Wed. Jan 8th- Fri, Jan 10th, 2020

Where: 27 East 37th, ground floor, Manhattan, NY

Rate: 8/10 Great finds, amazing prices, sweet staff.

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The (Not So) Clever Alice Sale

By: Eve Orbach

When one of the first things you hear upon entering a sale is “the golden rule is to NOT trust the sizing”, you know you’re not off to a great start. The Clever Alice pop up features multiple brands such as Stellah, PORTO, Vivienne Hu, Inizio, Raw Earth Wild Sky, and more at discounts of up to 80%. Featured items include sweaters, skirts, tops, dresses, jackets, and bags. The prices really varied by item and brand, but as a whole I would say the deals were simply 😐. 

The sale is organized by brand and clothing item. Every piece is hung up neatly on hangers. The staff is super helpful to the point where I literally didn’t have to carry any item for more than .2 seconds, when it would then kindly be whisked away to the fitting room. The fitting room does not have a mirror inside, so every time I tried something on I had to go out and do a little fashion show in front of every person in the store. (There were definitely a few not too approving looks given to me by some of the other customers, lol. To each their own, guys!)

There honestly is nothing too notable about this one. If you’re in the area it may be worth popping by because they have some good pieces. Overall though the issues with the sizing were pretty frustrating and the deals were by and large underwhelming. Hopefully once the sample sale season kicks back up again there will be bigger and better ones to come!

What: Clever Alice sample sale.                                                                                                                                   When: January 7–January 16, 2020                                                                                                                       Where: 126 West 25th Street 

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BS Stands for Belgian Shoes

By: Eve Orbach

To put it lightly, the Belgian Shoes sale was overpriced and a waste of time. After an already disappointing discount of just 50%, you think the good people of Belgian Shoes would try a little harder to make their sale worth attending. But alas, I waited on line for almost an hour… that’s right folks… almost an hour. I do not understand what type of person could rationalize the decision to wait that amount of time for LOAFERS that were $200+, but the world is really filled with some interesting people.

Belgian Shoes is the type of company that sells “crests” on their website. As astutely pointed out by one of our loyal followers, the majority of people attending the sale “looked like attorneys”. The type of customer there is the person who loves to complain about how busy their work life is, and then continue to suffer an ungodly waiting period to buy shoes…for work. Seriously, everyone around me was wearing loafers. If everyone on line protested and just made their own sale of the shoes they were already wearing they would have had many better styles, price points, and a bigger stock. Inside there really wasn’t that many options to chose from, and the space was off putting and honestly smelled like an old age home.

This whole experience was pretty bizarre. I decided to give this sale a 1/10 because I knew that I was going to say some pretty harsh things in this review and giving them that extra 1 point made me feel better. Please, do yourself a favor and skip this one! Legit— still reeling from the whole experience. I feel like I was punked. 

What: Belgian Shoes “sale”                                                                                                                                           Where: 110 East 55th Street                                                                                                                                   When: January 6–10, 202

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Adam Selman, Simon Miller, Nili Lotan- ALL IN ONE!

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: This sample sale was composed of THREE different brands- Adam Selman, Simon Miller, and Nili Lotan. The room’s set up was very neat organized, and was categorized by brand. There were a ton of different sections, where it was fairly easy to find the item you are looking for. All of the merchandise was hung aesthetically, and it was quite a pleasant shopping experience.

Merchandise/pricing: Nili Lotan’s merchandise still remained expensive- the prices ranged from $50-$495. Nili Lotan had the most merchandise out of all of the brands there. They had gorgeous pieces, from lux cashmere sweaters to leather jackets. Despite all of their beautiful options, I believe that it is considered still not affordable/ worth it to purchase a dress for $195 (at a sample sale)! Next up was Adam Selman- the prices were great and ranged from $25-$60. They had excellent prices, an abundance of work out clothing, sports-bras, and leggings– This brand reminded me exactly of Bandier’s sale last week. I believe that Adam Selman’s sale was the highlight of this sample sale out of all three brands! Lastly for Simon Miller- the prices ranged from $45-$295. (I thought it remained a bit pricey for shirts to still be $75.) The brand had a ton of t-shirts, bags, and tops, for all under $80; the t-shirts were the best deal for this brand.

Rate: 7/10 Lots of options, good amount of merchandise, great accessories, and very organized.

What: Nili Lotan, Adam Selman, and Simon Miller sample sale

When: Thu, Dec. 26- Sun, Jan 5, 2019

Where: 260 Greene St, NY NY

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Christian SiriaNO….No…Just No…..

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.

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Shop Til’ You Drop at The 375 Sale

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.

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Zadig & Voltaire? More like Overpriced, Beware!

By: Eve Orbach

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. 

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