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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 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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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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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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Balmain sample sale: Gorgeous, yet pricey!

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Balmain sample sale took place in typical Soiffer Haskin style, where the room was split in half between men’s and women’s. For the women’s section, there were endless racks filled with merchandise categorized by size. There was one small rack of gowns in the back of the room. The shoes and accessories were on the left-hand side of the room. There were 2 tables filled with jewelry, belts, and bags.

For gentlemen there were only a few racks of clothing; the racks were composed of mostly long-sleeved shirts and jackets. The men’s shoes and accessories were on the right side of the room. There were a few tables filled with belts, hats, shirts, and gloves. There was also a small section of children’s clothing in the back of the room. Everything was organized, and the staff was also extremely helpful!

Merchandise/ pricing: Women’s clothing was a flat 70% off retail, women’s accessories – 75% off, men’s clothing – 70% off, men’s accessories – 75% off, and children’s clothing – 90% off. There were A TON of accessories for both men and the women; In the ladies shoe section we spotted sneakers, heels, sandals, flip flops, high top sneakers, and high boots; and the men had a lot of sneakers, slides, and boots as well! Despite the fact that 70-75% off is a great discount, prices still remained a bit too high averaging $475 for a nice pair of shoes. There were, however, great options: long gowns, fancy/ casual coats, skirts, pants, and a ton of black/denim jeans. We found red, pink, and white bags for women. There were Balmain hats for the men that could be a nice holiday gift as well!

Rate: 7.5/10 GREAT shoes, accessories, and clothing for both men and women. Everything was excellent quality, but the prices still remained a bit too high for me. Waiting for additional reductions.

What: Balmain sample sale
When: Mon, Dec. 9 – Thu, Dec. 12, 2019
Where: 317 West 33rd Street, Manhattan, NY

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Lots to buy at the Alice and Olivia sample sale

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Alice and Olivia sample sale set up was organized well; most of the items were categorized by both size and item. There were racks labeled with all of the sizes which made it very easy to shop. There were also racks that were categorized by item: coats (blazers, fur, etc.), gowns, short dresses, jeans, and skirts. The entire set up was very neat and orderly. There were many customers shopping, and it looked as if items were selling out fast. All of the shoe sections were organized. Everything was laid out nicely. There were a few tables of bags, glasses, and scarves. Except for the sample rack, where people were fighting for their lives, everything was organized and relatively easy to get to.

Merchandise/pricing: The prices at the Alice & Olivia sample sale were discounted but not enough for my liking: all clothing items (not including the samples) were $39-$309, sample items $29-$129, accessories $29-$149, and shoes $69-$169. For example, a dress that retailed for $440 was now $199, pants were down from $995 to $289, and a teddy coat that once cost $550 was now selling for $269. There were many different colors of coats- both fur and regular. There were fur coats in bright colors (hot pink and rainbow variations.) We spotted many pairs of jeans and fancy pants, short and long skirts, long sleeved tops and sweaters, short and long dresses, shoes and accessories. There were a lot of shoes: booties, tall boots, low boots, and heels. There were many pairs of sunglasses, scarves, bags, and tots. There were also 6 different pairs of glasses to choose from: shades brown, clear, black, and white!

This sample sale has a lot of merchandise & it’s going fast! There was a line out the door hours before opening…

Rate: 9/10 AMAZING pieces, endless options, beautiful gowns, and warm coats! Alice and Olivia is a great sample sale although a bit pricey, and is definitely worth going to.

What: Alice and Olivia sample sale

When: Tues, Dec. 10 – Sun, Dec. 15 2019

Where: 260 Fifth Ave, Manhattan, NY

 

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Great Shape Wear at the Wolford Sample Sale

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Wolford sample sale’s set up was very organized, and it was easy to find exactly what you are looking for. The room had racks alongside the walls, which were categorized by item and shade. There was one section along the wall, that was specifically bodysuits, thin pullovers, thin tops, and string bodysuits. All of those were packaged in small boxes already. That section categorized each small box by size, and it was easy to find your size as well. There was one rack that was dedicated to embellished bodysuits, dresses, and long sleeved shirts. The rack was very organized and had multiple sizes for each item. There was another rack that was mainly just pants and skirts. The merchandise was in color-coated order, which made it easy to find specific items/colors. There were also two boxes of bras, but they were all just thrown in; the sizing was all tossed in together, so people had to search throughout in order to find their size. There was also a large section of tights- both embellished and plain. There were a lot of great colors for the winter and holidays as well.

Merchandise/ pricing: Wolford’s prices were as follows: bodysuits $60, dresses $75, embellished dresses $125, knitwear $80, pants $75, skirts $40, vegan skirts $75, tanks $45, tops $75, waves camo $15, and cotton skirt $15 (The prices remained a bit high). They had a lot of great merchandise and did not look like they were running out anytime soon. The only negative attribute about this sale was that the cotton skirts and some other merchandise were very creased and looked worn out. Wolford had a lot of amazing quality items as well; there were a bunch of gorgeous dresses that had detailed embellishments. There were fancy pants and casual pants- The pants were in mostly just dark shades. There were also a LOT of colorful tights and plain ones as well. There was a whole corner of the room that was dedicated to just tights! The tights were in a lot of available sizes, and were perfectly labeled to make it easy to find your specific size.

Rate: 6/10 The prices were still pretty high, and some of the items were creased. They had a lot of great items, and it is worth it to go if you need shape-wear, dresses, or pants!

What: Wolford Sample Sale
When: Tues, Dec. 3- Thu, Dec. 5, 2019
Where: 330 7th Avenue, Suite 1702, Manhattan, NY

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SEA Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had a preview of Sea NY Sample Sale before it opened to the public this morning. The space is organized by size and allows for shoppers to easily search through the racks. The racks boasted tons of beautiful chiffon maxi dresses, patterned skirt and ruffled tops. While the merchandise was stunning, the pricing was not up to standards. As well, the selection had some amazing pieces for fall and you know it is never to early to stock up (sweater szn people). If you aren’t familiar with the brand, the clothing at Sea NY boasts various earthy hues and lots of details.

Overall, we rated the sale an 8 out of 10. We are hoping for some additional discounts on the merchandise and then we will be talking!

What: Sea NY Sample Sale

Where: 324 Canal Street, NY, NY

When: August 8th, 2019 – August 10th, 2019

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Wait…What Did You Say? An Alexander McQueen Sample Sale?!

Frst off, our followers are literally CIA/FBI/Law & Order SVU spies. We had some of our amazing informants catch wind of an Alexander McQueen Sample Sale. Yes, you just read that right, an Alexander McQueen Sample Sale. Just to clear the air, the sale is private (hence invitation required). Here is everything they told us so we could tell you!

There is no other way to say this, but the pricing was literally insane. We heard that there was a good selection of bags this morning but it was cleared out extremely fast. They had the classic skull clutch in a couple of different varieties. The bags ranged from $75 to $300. The shoes were priced all under $100 and that includes boots (excuse me while I cry myself to sleep tonight). Here is the real kicker, tops and bottoms were priced at $50 dollars! While dresses and gowns ranged from $100 to $500 (yup, even runway). We also heard that there was a decent selection of costume jewelry, belts and other accessories. Time to phone a friend and get that invite to the McQueen Sale.

 

 

 

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