Everyone has their own story of how they first, started going to sample sales. Some just so happen to be walking past one and go in, some walk past incredibly long lines and learn from the people waiting, and some just find them on the internet. I personally learned about them from my best friend Tyler.
Randomly one day, senior year of high school my friend asked me if I wanted to go with him the A.P.C. sample sale after class. I had no idea what that meant, so I asked and he basically just said I could get A.P.C. clothing for super cheap so I agreed and just went along with it. After school that day we walked over to Cobble Hill, to what I thought was a random storefront where we saw an incredibly long line to get in. We waited on that line for about 30 minutes and I complained for the whole wait. I would repeatedly say this better be worth it, I better find something great in there. That day I didn’t get anything, but it did open me up to a new way of shopping, so for me it was worth it.
No matter how you find out about sample sales, or how successful your first sample trip is, it is always a rewarding experience because its an eyeopener into new ways to get clothing that you like for drastically below normal retail price. Before ShopDrop, it used to be so much effort to search for sample sales, but the app compiles all the best ones, and makes the research process so much easier. I am forever grateful for that A.P.C. sample sale!
Cheat Day: Gilt gives us a reason to indulge on the most expensive brands without denting our Prada wallets, sounds divine alright!
By: Nanda Rai
Guilty for spending hours on hours scrolling through the Gilt app? Me too. Guilty for waiting for a sale to start even if it means after midnight and purchasing high end spa offers for your girlfriends and wine tours in the Hamptons for your other half you plan on venturing off with? Same! Gilt, I cannot get enough of your super exclusive, high end, chic sales and countdowns. Guilty and charged right on my credit card, I’m trained, soldier status, for the GILT olympics a.k.a. when you drop an item in the Gilt shopping cart and its reserved for only 10 mins but you already have the game plan down pact and consider nothing an impulse purchase but a strategic game plan on how to confirm your order within 8 mins, giving yourself leeway to choose the appropriate shipping options. Now thats what you call a trusted and credited gal to write here and tell you, this sale is definitely the one you want to be at.
The Gilt sample sale event located at, Industry City, 233 37th Street, Factory Floor, Brooklyn, New York started off with a BANG tonight, making the most out of their sales, it wasn’t just a sale it was a night to remember. They had it all, a convenient check in center for your bags, DJ mixing filling the atmosphere with great music, a station to get your hair done, a wine bar, coconut water refreshers, nutrition bars, and even signature garment bags to dump extremely worthy items into . Tonight, Friday September 15th, the sale took place from 6:30pm-10pm and tomorrow Saturday September 16th, the sale starts at 10am and ends at 6:30pm. I honestly have never seen designer items drop as low as it was marked like this in my entire life. Entire actual life. I mean I’ve seen how low Gilt can go on the limbo stick, when it comes to steeping down a price, but I mean Gilt gets even more flexible at their home.
Starting off with their bags, I think thats what we all hail Gilt for, the options were arrayed on 3 round tables, but it wasn’t the biggest deal. Some Kate Spade handbags, LongChamp totes, Edie Parker clutches, and actually there was a really cute winter grey Proenza Schouler mini purse that I did love with a cute top handle but prices weren’t too crazy. However, the shoes were definitely the affair of the night. From Stuart Weitzman,Christian Louboutin, Guiseppe Zanotti, Diane Von Furstenberg, Alexandre Birman (Below, I snapped the price tag for these red python skin tie-me up’s, originally retailing for $1,680.00 and now $505.00), Schutz, the list goes on and the names were huge. Biggest selection had to be Stuart Weitzman and to give you a hint on the sale, I’m talking from $445- to $125. I took home a pair of Stuart Weitzman for $89, originally $445. Shoe sizes ranged from 5-11 for women and men’s 6.5-11.
You’ll see the longest racks of clothes, longer than the average Nordstrom warehouse sale rack from sizes XS-XL for both women and men. You for sure won’t be able to find the same garment in a different size, the clothing is pretty much a lottery, but its all about luck at these sales anyways! Nevertheless, what I did get my hands on were a pair of 7 For All of Mankind jeans, and even though the denim was the smallest rack in the warehouse, I did find really cute styles and the sizes did vary, which is a good thing! Outerwear and couture dresses neighbored the denim rack and as far as the men’s clothes, lots of button downs, huge selection of outwear, dress pants, jeans, shorts, huge selection. Mens shoes? That was the most organized and neat section of all! HAHA!
Any small details? There was a home section, a kids section and luggage section with personal monogramming available for the leather goods. The dressing rooms to try on were spacious enough to get the job done. The cashier section and lines were really seamless, fast and easy. Side note, they do take away the garment bag and give you huge white shopping bags, but at this point who cares after this great shopping party. I would love to thank Gilt for hosting this great event, and I can’t begin to think what’s being restocked or what new options they are putting out on Saturday. I’m super excited for you all to get your hands on the gorgeous shoes!! I saw women even go home with classic Prada shoes!! Happy Shopping to all!
Get all the LemLem thats left! Refreshing sample sale today, August 17th, 2017
I just stopped in for some eye candy window retail at Lemlem’s sample sale located at the studio (3rd floor) on 495 Broadway (heart of Soho), which lasts until 7:00pm today. I must say, Lemlem is an airy fairy Hampton’s goddess, martini gal and fashion force to be reckoned with! To all of our shoppers, if anyone has a vacation on their schedule, stop in for Lemlem’s sale today! 75% off of almost everything including scarves, coverups and my new found favorite bracelets that are being sold at $10 a band, mixed with gold and rainbow silks, to layer up on your wrist. Lemlem you are such a breath of fresh air ! Amazing sales!
Other than Lemlem’s apparel showcasing its best of the best highlighter colors on soft linen sheer rompers, dresses, joggers and blouses, I can’t comment enough on how easy the shopping experience was. Everything was spaced out, deserving of their own spotlight and the chart below shows pricing for all accessory lovers 🙂 Upfront in your face like hey, no excuses now, buy me today!
Even though theres no private try on area, the minute you hold up one of Lemlem’s statement pieces in the mirror, the gold jewelry display is right beside you, and all of sudden you lose your marbles, —fair warning. Speaking of marble, there’s a beautiful gray marble table, displaying Lemlems very own summer staple, airy beach joggers! Definitely a buy! The pictures below scream, I’m not your boring gray sweatpants for the winter, wear me right now. Also, look out for the treasure box with the cute little bralets. Lemlem you have it all covered for the summer!
Fun Fact: Lemlem means to flourish or bloom in Amharic and is recognized through its handcrafted collection that inspire economic independence in the founder, Liya Kebede’s, native country Ethiopia, as well as, preserve the art of weaving.
If you live in an urban area, you’ve probably noticed the transition from tank tops and jeans to fashionable leggings and workout tops. Well, in reality women are spending more and more time in athletic apparel than ever before and are inspiring a boost in sales for retailers. Here are five things to know about the trends of sports fashion.
Activewear sales predicted to reach $83B by 2020
According to a report by Morgan Stanley, sales of sports apparel are estimated to grow to $83B by 2020. This is nuts. Part of the reason for the boost is the fact that teens are participating in sports activities now more than ever. Participation in sports has gone up from 21% in 1980 to 36% in 2010.
2. Now it is acceptable to wear sports items for a number of activities
Additionally, while people restricted the wear of leggings to the gym and the gym alone, now it is acceptable to wear leggings for almost any activity: grocery shopping, school and yes, in some places, even work.
3. Regular apparel brands recognizing the trend
In response to the growing athletic apparel trend, companies that traditionally focused on high-end fashion are now introducing sports lines to their collections. Take, for example, Tory Burch. The designer took the timeless elegance and applied it to a number of sports items such as leggings, wide workout trousers and fashionable tops.
4. A new term “Athleisure” has been added to the NYTimes Dictionary
And yes, there is nothing akin to the legitimization by the NYTimes. The Merriam-Webster dictionary is adding the following definition for the term athleisure: “casual clothing designed to be worn for both exercising and for general use.”
5. Some of the up-and-coming Athleisure brands in 2017 that do not include Lululemon
The rise of athleisure has seen a parallel rise in brands catering to the demand in sportswear. Here are some you should keep your eyes on. First, Athleta — the brand that is owned by Gap is building more and more storefronts complete with classes and in-store events. Then there is Lily Lotus, an eco-friendly brand that sells stylish designs in fashion boutiques around the world. And for the racy gals, there is the Victoria’s Secret yoga offerings in the VSX and Pink Lines.