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Dennis Basso-so Deals

This Dennis Basso sale features women’s winter wear at marked down prices. Discounts vary item by item. There are furs, evening gowns, dresses, scarves, hats, and more. 

Let me start off by saying that the merchandise is beyond amazing. The furs are so stunning and came in a wide variety of colors and styles. The gowns are luxe and equally gorgeous. The sizes of the gowns ranged from sizes 0–14! This sale was definitely a hard one to review because while I was there, it took every ounce of willpower I have to not to take everything home.

Furs and evening gowns are usually investment pieces, so high prices are to be expected. However, there are DEFINITELY better deals to be found. 

The space is huge and well organized, so shout out to Soiffer Haskin for such consistent performances. Besides having to give proof of ID at the entrance (extreme, much?) this sale was a breeze. The staff was sweet and helpful. Clothing is separated by item type and size.

If you’re a big fan of the brand and willing to splurge, this might be the sale for you. All sales are final. I give this sale a 3/10 because I was disappointed by the high high prices. 

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The Rubin Singer Sale is Amazing!

By: Eve Orbach

The Rubin Singer sale has drop-dead gorgeous clothing at drop-dead prices! With discounts of up to 90% off original prices, it made me want to sing(er) at the top of my lungs! Prices are slashed, and then slashed some more! Included in the sale are many straight from the runway pieces. The brand as a whole is amazing—Rubin Singer himself used to design for Oscar de la Renta, so trust me when I say that Singer’s track record is quite impressive. 

The highlight are definitely the gowns (which really made me realize how lacking my life is in gown-wearing opportunities). There are also tops, skirts, leather items, pants, and jackets. The items being sold are very unique and have lots of beautiful detail. Styles range from minimalist chic to statement pieces. No matter what your style is, there is definitely something for you here. No joke — today there was both a mother finding a dress for her son’s wedding as well as someone looking for a “casual woodland goddess” vibe. 

All items are hung up neatly on hangers and divided by item type. There is a ton of stock, but act fast! The sooner you get here the sooner you can get your hands on the beautiful pieces. 

All sales are final. Crash and credit card are accepted. 

What: Rubin Singer sale.                                                                                                                                           Where: 230 West 39th Street.                                                                                                                                   When: January 21-23, 2020

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The Anthom Sale was Plain 👎

Anthom is offering discounts of up to 80%, but unless if overpriced and underwhelming sales are your thing—skip this one. While the discounts originally seemed promising, a lot of the items are well over $150+. There are, however, a few good deals. This sale features clothes from Anthom, along with other brands that include dim sum, Yune Ho, and H of S. 

All types of women’s clothing is being sold, along with accessories such as headbands, jewelry, and shoes. Everything is displayed neatly on hangers and separated by brand. The space is very minimalist chic and everyone working the sale is helpful. 

The sizing definitely stays on the smaller size. Some of the items aren’t even sized at all (um, what?). 

Ladies, please spare yourself the trip to this one. High priced items + bad sizing= one bad sale. I give this a 3/10 for the exactly 3 items I found reasonably priced. 

What: Anthom sample sale                                                                                                                                            Where: 25 Mercer Street                                                                                                                                               When: January 16–January 26, 2020 

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Notte a lot at Otte

By: Eve Orbach

In the wise words of our follower @actuallychic “Don’t go it’s awful. Expensive and almost no inventory. Lame attempt at getting customers in the store to sell their regular priced items.” Stock at the Otte sample sale includes pieces from brands such as Acne Studios, R13, Golden Goose, Aviator Nation, Mother, and more. Discounts ranged from 60% to 85%. There are also LOTS of non-sale items, which is why I am totally buying @actuallychic’s killer conspiracy theory.

There are tops, dresses, winter coats, shoes, denim, perfumes, jewelry, and more. Clothing is neatly organized by item type. The sizing definitely stayed on the smaller side, and I literally got there the minute the sale opened. (Eek.) The space is cheery and cute and definitely my favorite part of the whole shabang. 

The prices are WAY too high for Otte to call this a sample sale. Most of the items are well over the $200 range, and are either too expensive or just plain farty. 

For the love of all things that are good in this world, spare yourself. This sale is a massive waste of time. Cash, credit cards and Apple Pay accepted. All sales are final. I give this one a 2/10.

What: Otte sample sale                                                                                                                                                  When: January 16–20, 2020                                                                                                                                          Where: 121 Greenwich 

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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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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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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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