United Nude is a brand for funky shoe lovers – one shoe is cooler than the next. Heels shaped like fountains sticking out of the halfway point, shoes out of strings, plastic – literally, appropriate for museums and exhibitions. Anyhow, the brand is hosting a NY sample sale, which is pretty cool, considering the fact that the brand has no NY presence otherwise. At retail, most of the shoes cost between $500 and $600. At the sale, samples were $50, $75 & $100 (sizes 36-41), in stock shoes were around $90-$130.
If you’re into unusual shoe styles, check this one out. If not, save your money for the Jimmy Choo sample sale next week – we’re sure you won’t regret it.
What: United Nude sample sale
Where: 6 Prince St, NY, NY
When: Apr 28 – May 13
“You can count on one hand the things a New Yorker will wait for. My list includes: the perfect rent control apartment, the chocolate souffle at Le Bernardin, and the annual Manolo Blahnik sale.” – Carrie Bradshaw
You may or may not have the perfect rent control apartment just yet, but you may have been one of the lucky people to get into the Manolo Blahnik sample sale. If you did, boy did you wait! Lines began forming during the early morning hours. Everyone was given a ticket with a number upon arrival. The number represented what group you were in, and when the Manolo Blahnik sample sale officially opened at 11:00 a.m., they let in group 1 and so forth.
I was lucky enough to be in group 9 going inside at around 11:30 a.m. All the shoes were on tables separated by size. When I got in they had a pretty good selection in size and style. The popular sizes were starting to diminish as time went by. Shoes started at $125 and increased in price depending on embellishments. On the other hand, boots started at $300. Cheap for Manolo, but still pricey for sample sale standards.
I gave the sale a ShopDrop rating of 6.5 out of 10. Like I said the selection was good and prices were decent, but it lost a lot of points for being cash only. Who really carries cash nowadays?! More importantly, who’s carrying around hundreds of dollars?! I really liked this ticket system. There is no dreadful line waiting on your feet for hours. You can even leave the hotel an come back with your ticket. Once you get your ticket you wait in a comfortable, temperature controlled room, with outlets. The only thing missing was WiFi. Even though the Manolo Blahnik team tried to make the sample sale experience more enjoyable, it’s still a Manolo Blahnik sample sale, so it was really hectic inside!
Perhaps I’m being too harsh with a 6.5 rating, since the prices and the selection was good. I also really enjoyed the ticket system. But hey, cash only and the fact that it was so hectic inside… It had me frazzled enough to take off a considerable amount of points.
Looking forward to next year!
What: Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale
When: Thursday, April 26, 2018 11:00 a.m. – Until they ran out (which was between 12:30 – 1:00)
Where: The Warwick Hotel 65 W 54th St. New York, NY
We had the opportunity to get a sneak peak of the Shoshonna sample sale early today. The sale is held at their beautiful showroom located in Midtown West. The Shoshanna sample sale had a large variety of tops, bottoms, swim, kids, and especially dresses. The sale features pieces from their regular stock and samples. Most of it is from their spring collection, so you don’t have to wait to show it off! (If this weather ever gets any better…) At the Shoshanna sample sale you can get the perfect dress for any occasion. They had gorgeous summer dresses for a garden party, to evening gowns from their elegant Midnight collection.
We gave the Shoshanna sample sale a 9 out of 10. They had a great ready-to-wear selection with excellent prices. It is definitely worth the trip. But hurry! The sale is only two days! Details and photos below.
What: Shoshanna Sample Sale
When: Tuesday, April 25 – Wednesday, April 26, 2018
Where: 231 West 39th Street, Suite 422, New York, NY
Lilla P and Leo Sage chose to host their sample sale independently, instead of partnering with Chelsea Market as they did in the past. The space they chose in the meatpacking was beautiful – albeit a bit of a challenge to get to. Any street in NY that doesn’t have a number could be in Timbaktoo for all we know.
For anyone who likes basic tees, ethical locally sourced fashion who is on a budget, this sample sale is a must. Everything at the sale from the sister brands is under $100, when the stuff retails for close to $300. Basic tees (100% cotton), linen dresses and cashmere sweaters – all serve as a solid base for an effortlessly chic wardrobe.
Details on the sale are below. Enjoy!
What: Lilla P & Leo Sage sample sale
Where: 34 Little West 12th St, NY, NY
When: Apr 17, 2018 – Apr 19, 2018
Oday Shakar is a NY-based designer who probably won the most acclaim through his participation on America’s Next Top Model. He hosted the first Oday Shakar sample sale this week. There were six racks of exquisite gowns (overstock and sample), and while the price range was higher than the ones we are used to, the designs definitely caught our attention.
Most items were in the $1,200-$1,500 range with two racks of short dresses selling for $200 and $350. The coolest part of the sale was that the designer was present for most of the event, so you had the opportunity to actually talk with the mind behind the masterpiece. Call me nostalgic, but there is something special about interacting with the creator of your clothes.
Anyhow, if you have a wedding or evening party coming up on the horizon, this sale is highly recommended. As always, details, photos and prices below. Enjoy!
What: Oday Shakar sample sale
When: April 16-22, 2018
Where: 260 West 39th St, NY, NY
The Kenneth Cole sample sale is taking place in a garage West of 11th Ave on 50th Street. That means a lot of trekking to the edge of Manhattan from any major subway line. The plus side though is that the sale is in a spacious location (which doesn’t really happen in NYC) with plenty of merchandise and great music. Unlike most sales, I actually enjoyed spending time at the sale and browsing through the merchandise. The room is split into half between merchandise for men and women. Solid sizing selection as well both for clothes and shoes.
What: Kenneth Cole sample sale
Where: 611 West 50th St, NY, NY
When: Thu, Apr 12th – Sat, Apr 21
Here’s the pricing breakdown:
50% off for shoes (retail between $75 and $389)
60% off for clothes (retail between $49 and $395)
70% off for accessories (retail between $49 and $190)
We were quite relieved to discover that Prabal Gurung is selling items for under $200 at the sample sale.
The sale took place in the Prabal Gurung showroom in the fashion district of NY. Over 6 racks of clothes ranging in price from $25 to $250. Most items I liked were priced at $125. Some items were overstock and available in numerous sizes, while others were true samples and were held together with safety pins. You’d probably want to get that fixed before dashing into a party.
There were plenty of high-heeled shoes for $65/$90/$110 and even Manolo Blahniks but almost all shoes were in size 40. There were also $25 boxes of tees which you could dive into for some AMAZING finds. All prices are color-coded.
What: Prabal Gurung sample sale
Where: 247 West 37th St, 15th Fl, NY, NY
When: April 10th-April 11th
We hit up the Loro Piana sample sale yesterday and loved the merchandise. But we can’t lie – we cried when we saw the prices. While the prices drop every day, they were still extremely high. So basically, if you have $800 to dish out for a beautiful cashmere sweater, definitely go to the sale. If not, wait it out and maybe check out the sale on the last day. Since images weren’t allowed, we took similar items from the web to serve as a reference. All info below – enjoy!
Shoes dropped from 50% off to 60% off: originally $650, now $325
Clothes 50% off retail: trenches were $1935, now $968
Handbags dropped to 65% off retail: were $2,359 now $1,180
Gloves 50% off
Hats 60 percent off: retail for $560 or $840 for suade
What: Loro Piana sample sale Where: 317 West 33rd St, NY, NY When: April 8 – April 12
The 3.1 Phillip Lim opened doors this morning. While I didn’t head down there myself, Sample Sale City stepped in and sent a detailed report of her findings. Overall, the sale was devastating, the prices were too high for sample sale shoppers regardless of retail prices. At off Saks, handbags sell for less. In terms of selection, SSC wasn’t too impressed either. Regardless, there was a line out the door.
For women, the cheapest items of clothing sold for $50, and the most expensive $500. For men same range: $50-$500.
If you want to check this sale out, details are below:
Christian Siriano has come a long way from winning season four of Emmy winning reality show, Project Runway. Head over to the Christian Siriano sample sale where he has gowns, cocktail dresses, and accessories. Although the space is small, the selection is big. There’s quite a few extravagant evening gowns that would be perfect for any black tie occasion. The cocktail selection was even more extensive. If you look hard enough you can also find some tops, bottoms, and suits.
The Christian Siriano sample sale received a ShopDrop rating of 8 out of 10. Although the selection was good, the prices were still a bit high. Gowns started at $800 and went into the low thousands. Cocktail dresses started at $200. There were no clothing there below $100. Accessories were the most reasonably priced items. All shoes were $50 and handbags were 50% off. The sunglasses were the best deal at $10 each! The Christian Siriano sample sale is 100% worth checking out! Details are below, as always.
What: Christian Siriano Sample Sale
When: Wed. March 28 – Sat. March 31, 2018
Where: 260 W 25th Street. 4th Floor New York, NY