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The NYFW Sample Sale for Those Who Love the Hunt

NYFW sample sale

An international magazine hosted a sample sale to get rid of all of the items they bought for photo shoots. Once I spoke with the super sweet staff member, I understood what was flying. That background explained why there were so many random one-of-a-kind pieces at this sale. I spotted 2 Zimmerman dresses for $199 each, a Club Monaco sale for $30, a Sonia Rykiel top for $20.

There were Zara and H&M items for $5-$10, and fashion earrings for $15-$50. There was even a pair of Erdem, Delce & Gabbana sunglasses for $150 each. Was the clothing worn? Not exactly 2nd hand, but yes, it was worn to shoots. For someone who wants fresh out of the bag items, this was not the right sale.

For someone who enjoys the hunt, and sorting through 20 items to find the perfect deal, this deal was thrilling. It’s over now, but next time the sale is announced – I’m in.

What: NYFW sample sale
Where: 49 East 63rd St, Manhattan, NY
When: Aug 26-Aug 27, 2019

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Interview with Marc Karimzadeh, WWD and CFDA Icon

Marc Karimzadeh at NYFW

By Ahuva Levy & Cristina Martin

We had the pleasure of interviewing fashion editorial icon, Marc Karimzadeh.

A German-born-now-native-New Yorker, Marc has an extensive background in the fashion industry, where he met and interviewed designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, and Karl Lagerfeld. Marc works as the Editorial and Communications Director for Council of Fashion Designers of America. Prior to CFDA, he worked for WWD. Marc sits with us and shares his experiences on the past, insights of the present, and visions for the future.

Ahuva: What inspired you to get involved in the world of fashion?

Marc: I’ve always been interested in fashion, even back to when I was a teenager. I would buy Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, or other fashion magazines, and read them under the covers with a flashlight. Fashion is a wonderful world of creatives that I wanted to be part of.

When I was 14, Karl Lagerfeld came to my hometown, Hamburg, Germany on a book tour. I bought the book and he signed it for me. I still have the book to this day. My mom said at the time that she couldn’t believe I spent so much on ‘just a book.’

To me, fashion represents magic and creativity. I needed to figure out how I could be part of the magic. Since I was terrible at drawing, I couldn’t be a designer and so I decided to study comparative literature at Brown University.

I knew I wanted to be in magazines, either as a writer or fashion stylist. Throughout my time in college, I did a lot of internships. I even interned at British Vogue. My parents supported me, thankfully, and eventually I landed a permanent position.

In 2000, I responded to an ad in the New York Times for a position at WWD. My first beats were accessories and legwear. I was one of the first people to write about SPANX! Sara Blakely  [SPANX founder] came to me with this new concept. Looking back at it, I wish I had invested in it then and there! Eventually, I began writing about fashion. I would travel to Milan and Paris to cover the shows.  

A few years ago, with all the shifts in publishing, I switched to Council of  Fashion Designers of America – a non-profit supporting over 500 designers.

I was blessed to have parents who were supportive for me to pursue my dream and do something unusual for my culture.

A: What’s the most fascinating way you’ve learned along the way? If you ask people about fashion industry – reputation is catty, snobby and egomaniacs. Has that been your experience?

M: The most creative people are often also the most kind and generous. The truly creative don’t have anything to prove( i.e. Donatella Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs). They can be so inspiring, just by allowing me to spend time with them, and by the wisdom and information they share. That is what sets them apart from the others.

My most inspiring moment was probably when I interviewed Donna Karan for the first time, about 12 years ago. She took me around her studio, then opened a door that opened to the atelier of pattern-cutters, seamstresses and bolts of fabric. It’s where that magic I so love begins to happen!

Another inspiration has to be Ralph Lauren. He is a genuine, kind man who always takes an interest in my personal life.  I remember once sitting with him on the stairs of his then-new  women’s flagship store on Madison Avenue. Before we even started, he asked me how how I and my family were doing.

Diane von Furstenberg, who is the chairwoman of the CFDA, is another wonderful and  inspirational woman. I’ve known her for a very long time. She grew up in Belgium, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. She created her own destiny and was able to come to New York, rise to the top of the fashion industry and to this day, she continues to inspire other women, and men.

If you look at the ratio of female versus male designers, it’s still strongly tilted towards men, and that has to change.

At the CFDA, we are working on several initiatives to improve the gender gap. We just announced a comprehensive study on women in fashion with Glamour magazine called The Glass Runway. We are also focusing on diversity. Why is the industry lacking diversity? What actionable plan is there for us to ensure that the equal opportunity truly exists? We are happy to see more diversity on the runways and in the pages of magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, but it’s not enough. We want to see diversity at all levels of the industry, from the runways to the boardrooms. Fashion should reflect our country in all its diversity. Talent should determine success in fashion. Ethnicity or gender identity should never become a barrier to the top of our industry. If we don’t work to create change, nothing will ever change. I recently moderated a panel on diversity, politics and race in fashion. A major question was where we can start to implement change. It in in schools, is it at work? Role models will play a big role. We also need to empower the new generation to think without barriers and let their talent shine.

Left to Right: Estee Goldschmidt (ShopDrop), Marc Karimzadeh (CFDA), Cristina Martin (ShopDrop)
Left to Right: Estee Goldschmidt (ShopDrop), Marc Karimzadeh (CFDA), Cristina Martin (ShopDrop)

A: Who will be the next generation to make it big?  The millennial generation is the next generation. Is it possible to exceed the designers of PRADA, Chanel, etc.?

M: The landscape has changed. Retail has changed. Department stores are consolidating. Ralph Lauren went to Bloomingdales with a box of ties, and become the most successful American fashion designer. Perhaps that opportunity doesn’t exist any more, or at least it’s even more challenging to come by.

Consumer attitudes have shifted. People mix designer with mass fashion. Millennials are looking to put money into different areas: electronics, travel, or other experiences. We have the talent, but they have to think outside the proverbial box and translate their aesthetic to a new generation.

Millennials get information from non-traditional places, but they are still interested in trends. Luxury brands focus will on millennials because they represent the next generation of consumers. Eventually, they will get married, have kids, buy a house, and with that lifestyle, there will hopefully be a need for nice clothes.. What’s important for luxury brands is to start speaking to millennials now to get them in the future.

Social media has removed the sense of mystery. Mystery is like an aphrodisiac and creates desire. This is an industry that is driven by desire. Hermes, with the Birkin or Kelly bags, is a good example of the elusiveness that everyone aspires to have. Hermes is also a brand that never marks down.

The media landscape is changing too, as more people have a voice.  We will see how the blogger and influencer phemonomom plays out. Influencers get paid by the brands to promote their product. Millennials are smart enough to see the difference. Why should I trust the person if they were being paid by the brand they are promoting? Will there be more rules on ethics? Will [bloggers] need to be more transparent? Magazines are challenged because more people get information online. They have to translate their brand equity to online platforms, and monetizing online editorial platforms continues to be less lucrative than print once was.

This weekend, as I was running some errands, I bought an issue of Vogue and Vanity Fair on the newsstand because I wanted to read the actual magazine. I didn’t want to spend the rest of the day on my computer or checking social media on my phone. It provided me with something solid, and I really enjoyed it! When I was on a flight to Singapore recently, I told everyone that I would have WiFi on the plane. When we took off, I realized there was no WiFI. After suffering from an hour or two withdrawal, I read a book, and the experience was so rewarding.

 

A: What is your advice for young people entering the fashion industry?

M: You have to have a real passion for it because chances are you won’t be financially rewarded the way many are in sectors such as finance. You will work long hours and often travel and be away from home a lot, and there is often no big financial reward that compensates for this, so you must do it out of passion,

My advice to teenagers is to be prepared to work really hard, and to always believe in yourself and your love for the industry. Always know that there are many wonderful people who will help you – this industry is very supportive. To quote DVF, ‘fear is not an option.’ Fearlessness can implement itself in so many ways. In design, taking an aesthetic risk can pay off. Adam Selmon made a completely transparent dress four years ago which started the trend of people wearing sheer to red carpet events: Beyonce, Catherine Zeta Jones, Kim Kardashian… He created something new that shifted the eye. People see this look now, and find that it’s acceptable to be semi-nude.

Think about DVF and the wrap dress which really changed the way women dress and empowered them in the workplace. Sometimes it’s not as much as design innovation as it is about clothing that makes you feel good and empowers to be the best version of yourself and accomplish all that wish to do.

When I started in the industry in the mid-90s, it was that moment of  Sex and the City, when Sarah Jessica Parker would dress up to go out with friends, and wear pouf skirts with tank tops and hoop earrings. The look may have been over the top, but it empowered women to be more playful with their fashion choices.

More recently, you see the influence of Gucci. People are more experimental and open to embroideries and embellishments. They mix and match things from different decades in a magpie way. Athleisure is also a trend that doesn’t seem to go away. Personally, I don’t want to see people in gym clothes in a restaurant, but people aren’t dressing up as much anymore, and designers are trying to cater to that.

A: Are designers getting bored?

M: I wouldn’t say that they are getting bored; however, they are all challenged to create that the wow factor. That goes back to mystery, elusiveness, and exclusivity.  Everything is too available and at your fingertips. When you spend your time on Instagram all day, it feels nothing can wow you anymore because you see so much. That’s where storytelling comes in. Brands like Chanel and Ralph Lauren do a fantastic job with the way they continue to tell a story.

When the Calvin Klein underwear ads featuring the Kardashian-Jenner clan broke, it was a play to reach a wide swath of America that loves what these women stand for. Whether or not you like them, those ads will probably speak to a customer who may not buy the pricier runway collection, but they will buy the underwear and jeans. From a reach and impressions perspective, the campaign was genius! Think about how many people the family reaches when you aggregate their following. Note that legacy of Calvin Klein is different from a Chanel. Calvin Klein is driven by marketing – great clothes, too – but marketing set it into the fashion stratosphere. People always talked about the Calvin campaign and this one was no different – everyone noted how  Kylie Jenner was covering her pregnancy with a Calvin Klein blanket.

Hermes would never take the approach of brands that sell underwear, activewear, jeans and other licensed categories because that is not right for them. Their essence is luxury; that’s what drives sales, not second and third lines.

The revival of Gucci with Tom Ford in the 90s was the ultimate in desirability right after a minimalism phase. It was a drab era in fashion, and the consumer was longing for desirable clothes. Ford shifted the fashion vocabulary during those years and built a global business.

 

A: Where do you think the next five years will be like for the fashion industry?

M: I wish I knew! A fashion executive told me not too long ago that ‘In order to be successful, you have to create something that is really special.’ Designers need to create something with value and emotion.

We will definitely see more sustainability. What was once considered ‘crunchy, hippy and granola’ is anything but that today. Fashion houses will not just look at sustainable fabrics and processes – organic dyes that don’t harm the environment, for example – but also their carbon footprint and ways they can minimize it. If you want to speak to millennials, you have to address these things.

I’m excited about the next decade in fashion. We are all expecting designers to show us something different. Yes, they face enormous challenges, but challenges are also blessings, because they will force us to move forward.

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Gilt Sample Sale

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Gilt 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!

Here’s the info:

What: GILT Sample Sample Sale

Where: Industry City, 233 37th Street, Factory Floor, Brooklyn, NY

When: Friday September 15th 6:30PM-10:00PM- Saturday September 16th 10:00AM-6:30PM

 

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Fashion Sample Sale

NYFW Future of Fashion Event

Last night, over 100 people crowded into AtWood to celebrate the Future of Fashion with ShopDrop and TABu. Attendees included journalists, influencers, startups, designers, models and lots of fashion enthusiasts. Everyone had to download the ShopDrop app to enter the event, and the TABu app to get the free drink and experience new technology firsthand.

Below are beautiful pictures taken by Sarah Schecker (IG: @sarahschecker) are below. We are always looking to improve, and given the interest level, we will run the event in a larger space. All photos are on Facebook as well. Here is the link – feel free to share!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, Cane & Austin skincare, Kind snacks, Lifeway Kefir, and Your Weekend Plans.
Startups: PERCH, PRADUX, BRICK & PORTAL, NINETEENTH AMENDMENT, FRNEZY.AI
Designers: Dynasty George, Bree, Lizna, Leetal Platt, Nathalia JMag

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Fashion Sample Sale

New York Fashion Week NYFW with ShopDrop

New York Fashion Week with ShopDrop

NYFW is coming up in early September and ShopDrop has got you covered.

ShopDrop will be hosting and co-hosting 2 events, a promo show, sample sale special and lotto!

Make sure to follow us for all the updates, but posting about the two events below.

We have a limited number of press passes. If you are interested in joining the influencer program, please apply here. 

Always feel free to reach me with questions or comments: estee@shopdrop.app

  1. SHOPDROP NYFW ULTIMATE SAMPLE SALE SHOW
    Join a group of young fashionable influencers in a chic bar in the center of Manhattan. Experience the ascent of fashion, and the revolution ShopDrop is catapulting with the rise in the popularity of sample sales in NY.
    What: ShopDrop NYFW Show 
    When: September 12th, 2017, 5PM-7PM
    Where: The Attic, 251 W 48th St, New York, NY
    Tickets: TICKET (for discount options and press passes email me
  2. MATAN SHAKED FASHION SHOW
    A rising star in fashion, Matan Shaked is an award-winning designer who creates gowns that sweep people off their feet. In collaboration with the Tahor Group, ShopDrop invites you to start off New York Fashion Week with a bang. The event will take place in midtown. See flyer below.
    What: Desert Flower by Matan Shaked
    When: September 6th, 2017, 7:00PM
    Where: 666 Fifth Ave, NY, NY
    Ticket: BUY (10% off with code SHOPDROP) (for press passes email me
  3. SHOPDROP NYFW SAMPLE SALESSHOPDROP NYFW LOTTO
    Details TBD
  4. Details TBD
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