Sample Sales are always a great place to get designer items at a major discount, which can help those who can’t always afford to shop designer. These discounts were not to be found at The Row sample sale. Even with an apparent discount of 70% off all Ready to Wear, handbags, and footwear, I could not find anything under $500. The Row is the clothing line of famed twins, Mary Kate and Ashely Olsen. The pair are known for their high fashion taste and their collection does not disappoint in that facet. The sale was organized by size and item. Racks with sizes XS, S, M, and L lined the lines with tables of sweaters, bags, and shoes in the middle and front. The pieces were understated and in muted colors, ranging from blacks, grays, blues, whites, and creams.
We rated this sale a 5 out of 10. While there was a wide selection, the pieces were still extremely expensive and nothing stood out as exceptional. It was also interesting to note that the sale was empty, which hopefully goes as a sign that the prices were not good enough to attempt major crowds. The sale also did not allow photos, which might have made it difficult to shop for someone else.
What: The Row Sample Sale
When: Thu. Oct. 25 – Sun. Oct 28
Where: 123 West 18th St, 4th Fl, NY, New York
As always, Chelsea Market never disappoints. The Elizabeth and James sample sale is back once more this year. They first came to us not too long ago, in May. Perhaps, September is too early to have another sale. Don’t get us wrong, the sale wasn’t terrible, but the previous was better. The Elizabeth and James sample sale was definitely well-rounded. You can shop tops, bottoms, denim, jackets, and dresses. The sale lacked in breadth. There wasn’t a giant selection for each category. The brand clearly didn’t have enough merchandise to fill the large Chelsea Market space, because half the store was filled with various men’s wear.
We gave the Elizabeth and James sample sale a 7 out of 10. What they had was great, but they could of had more to choose from. Prices were slightly high on the men’s and Elizabeth James items. When attending a Chelsea Market Sale, you have to brave the Chelsea Market crowds. But, they were doing a great job on crowd control. The room was filled, but you didn’t feel overwhelmed. We definitely recommend you stop by and take a look at the Elizabeth and James sample sale. And some advice to the brand: wait just a little longer in between sales. Happy shopping!
What: Elizabeth and James Sample Sale
When: Fri. Sept. 14 – Sun. Sept. 16, 2018
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave. New York, NY
As an avid online shopper (well to be honest, both online and in store…it’s possibly a problem), I’m always looking for small items to bump me up for free shipping. I scour the accessories tab on every website looking for the right item. Usually, I stick to the sunglasses and scarves section, but I’ve started to notice some new inventory in other sections. There has been a sudden influx of hair accessories. From headbands and bows to scrunchies and clips, hair accessories are everywhere!
These aren’t just available online as well. I’m seeing so many stores also up their hair accessories selection. They are no longer just a last minute grab while waiting on line to pay. They are getting their own dedicated section in stores like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, J Crew, and many others. This trend is also being acknowledged in fashion publications like Vogue, Man Repeller, and Who What Wear. They’re officially back!
It feels like it was only yesterday that any type of hair accessory was seen as childish and frumpy. I know I personally used a headband everyday in 7th grade to push back my ill-conceived bangs (whoever convinced me to get bangs with my curly hair was truly out to ruin me). However, the bad reputation of hair accessories was only a trend of the past 5 – 7 years. Hair accessories used to be a way to add a little something extra to any look. The 90’s were all about the scrunchies and the butterfly clips. Everyone had the chunky, fabric hair tie on their wrist waiting to be used, or the glittery plastic clips in their hair.
The early 2000’s saw the rise and fall of the bandana. From Mary Kate and Ashley to J.Lo and Cheetah Girls star, Kiely Williams. You couldn’t turn on the television without seeing a young starlet with a bandana on.
But speaking of television, the queen of hair accessories graced our television screens in September 2007, Blair Waldorf. Blair was the headband queen and set the hair accessory trend that lasted for years. Her headbands were seen as chic and sophisticated. Every young girl who wanted to emulate Blair and her style quickly put on a fabric headband. They weren’t used to hide a bad hair day, but were added to her already perfectly coiffed hair. Her headbands were the cherry on top of the sundae. They tied together her look and the new trend of hair accessories is doing the same thing.
Delicate bows and patterned scrunchies are the perfect way to compliment a simple outfit without adding too much. What’s your verdict?
Today we had the chance to check out the Elizabeth and James sample sale before it opened to the public. Held in the bustling Chelsea Market, the Elizabeth and James sample sale had a large selection of both samples and regular stock items. Samples were priced as marked and regular stock started at $39. The most expensive items were the regular stock fur coats. However, if you don’t mind a sample piece, you can score a fur coat for $199.
We rated the Elizabeth and James a 8 out of 10. The prices were fair and the selection was good. The space was also brilliantly organized and the dressing rooms were huge! I had the pleasure of meeting some of the lovely Chelsea Market staff. It is a breath of fresh air to encounter such friendly staff at a sample sale.
Check out the Olsen twins’ line, Elizabeth and James, sample sale as you’re passing through Chelsea Market this week. Details and pictures? “You got it, Dude!”
What: Elizabeth and James Sample Sale
When: Wednesday, May 9 – Sunday, May 13, 2018
Where: Chelsea Market 75 9th Ave. New York, NY