The Row is a ready-to-wear fashion line created by the Olsen twins. Their showroom, taking place at the Met Pavilion at 123 W 18th St on the fifth floor, features pieces that can retail for over $1,000.
There’s a huge variety of items to look at; between clothes, outerwear, and shoes, there’s something for every occasion. Sizes vary from 0 to 12 and XS to L, and prices range from $200 to $1,000 for more extravagant pieces. Shoes are in European sizes, so remember to check a conversion chart to find your size.
Some personal favorites of mine were their blazers, silk tops, and trousers. The showroom is enormous, so it’s hard to narrow it down; be sure to check it out for yourself!
This sale is credit card only, and bags are checked, so come prepared!
What: The Row Sample Sale
Where: 123 W 18th St 5th Floor
When: Sunday, October 29th 10 am – 6pm; Monday, October 30th 9 am – 7 pm; Tuesday, October 31st 9 am – 3pm
Pratesi is an Italian luxury linen retailer, with sets selling for upwards of $1,000. Their sample sale, taking place at 317 W 33rd St, is selling old stock– including sheet sets of all sizes, shams, towels, and more– at discounted prices
A disclaimer right off the bat: given the steep prices the pieces retail for, even after they’re discounted they still number in the hundreds of dollar for sets. While some things, such as small mats and hand towels, run cheaper at around $30, expect to find most products selling for at least $390. While that’s a little steep for me, personally, it’s definitely still better than $1,000– so if you’ve got a craving for luxury linens, be sure to check it out.
The sale has a very short run, and ends today; the showroom is enormous, so there’s still plenty of stock to browse through.
What: Pratesi Sample Sale
When: Today, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: 317 West 33rd St
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Add some color to your wardrobe by shopping at the Desigual Sample Sale. With stock and sample items available at up to 65% off retail for Women’s, Men’s and Kid’s apparel, you’ll be sure to grab something for the entire family. Dresses, sweaters, bottoms, outerwear, and handbags, you name it, they have it. There were plenty of items for Women but not so much form Men and Kids. To my surprise there were a variety of “wear now” pieces merchandised in the sale which are definitely needed now that we are transitioning into Fall.
There is standard pricing on all items with no items exceeding $100 which is always a plus. You can refer to the price lists below.
Here are some cool finds that I scoped out during my visit at the sale.
Originally $129.95 now $25
Originally $114 now $25
Originally $99.95 now $15
Did these prices convince you to stop by the Disegual Sample Sale? If so, we want to hear from you, let us know what you find.
The Clever Alice sample sale/pop-up shop is hard to describe in few terms; while their stock isn’t enormous, their variety is. Featuring brands such as Heartloom, Blank NYC, Cigno Nero, Art Love, and many more, the sale is the perfect place to pick up discounted pieces from this past spring and summer, and pieces for winter.
My personal favorite part about the sale were the Heartloom fur coats and vests, which retail for around $150; they’re currently on sale for $50. They’re super soft and come in a wide selection of colors and styles. There are some gorgeous Blank NYC skinny jeans– an essential for any wardrobe– between $40 and $50. Cigno Nero jackets are available in a huge array of colors, both leather and suede, starting at $120. There’s also pieces from Art Love, Sweewë, and Porto, to give you an idea of just how many options there are.
Most of the pieces are winter outerwear, though you’ll find some lighter things like Heartloom dresses priced at $35 and sheer Inizio tops priced at just $22. Sizing varies by brand; Cigno Nero has sizes ranging from small to large, while Heartloom tends to be extra small and small. There’s such a wide selection of brands to choose from that you’re sure to find something to like– and at a great discount too!
Some days, you just need to buy a glass of wine. Other days, you just need to buy glasses for said wine. Wednesday was one of those days, so I decided to upgrade my apartment by going to the Riedel & Sferra sample sale in Chelsea Market.
The sale is a little tricky to find; its right off of the food court that has Li-Lac chocolates. If you get lost, chances are there is a friendly security guard who will point you in the right direction, as much as New Yorkers hate asking for directions.
The space was a little crowded when I walked in, but where there is a crowd, there’s amazing discounts nearby. Half the store was lined with luxury glass wears Riedel is known for; the set up was so impeccable, I kept my distance in fear of knocking over 100 wine glasses with my backpack. There were a lot of items that I wish I could find use for; decanters, wine flight sets, votives, vases, glass ice buckets, so essentially everything on a pinterest-bride’s dream registry. However, there was also plenty of great deals on more mundane, everyday stuff. Four wine glasses for $20? Yes, please!
The items don’t just stop at the kitchen; the other side of the store is dedicated to the soft, Italian bed linens of Sferra. Packages of every type of sheet were nestled in boxes like vinyl records, any and all sheet sizes available. Down duvet inserts are in the back of the room, with bath mats, towels, washcloths, and more lining the far wall. I decided that maybe it wouldn’t be the best idea to take off my shoes and lounge in a pile of towels as soft as clouds, so I mercifully restrained myself.
Prices for the Sferra were more of a mixed bag; each product is individually priced, often around the $100 mark. The throws are nice, but more decorative than comfy; perhaps a good gift for a friend who doesn’t eat bagel bites on her bed at 3 in the morning.
All in all, I was able to buy two owl-shaped whiskey stones, priced at $3 each, and a package of four of the sleekest wine glasses ever, for $20. If you want to play grownup and treat yourself for some nice household items, I really recommend this sale.
This Summer is all about celebrating fashion, pride and self confidence. At ShopDrop, where we celebrate affordable high-end designer clothing, we just couldn’t resist. We decided to have a good time, and so we set out to Union Square Park to stage an improv fashion show.
This is how it worked. We showed up in the park with some chalk, drew a ShopDrop logo on the ground and two lines, which marked the ‘runway’. We turned on some music, pulled out some kind bars, donned some awesome sample sale attire, and started walking over to random park guests to ask them if they felt like modeling in our improv fashion show.
Of course, we got a few people who looked at us as if we fell from the moon, but for the most part we created a fun distraction from the stressful life many New Yorkers lead. What was awkward at first became comic relief in the end, and all those who modeled in our show were rolling with laughter by the time they got to the end of the aisle.
‘Special, that’s what I feel,’ said Rich, one of our models. A woman walked down with her two puppies, and a group of friends with flowers rocked the runway as well. We are going to try a bigger improv show in a month. If you want to walk or just be there, shoot us an email at email@example.com with the subject line of IMPROV FASHION SHOW.
We are delighted to share the most amazing news with you – ShopDrop App has been selected from over 100 startups to participate in the exclusive NYU Summer Accelerator program. We will be following in the footsteps of other leading startups that went through the program and went on to become multi-million dollar businesses. The most recent startup to emerge from NYU’s Summer Launchpad program and raise $10M in funding is the famous BrookLinen brand!
You might be wondering what a startup like ShopDrop would do in an NYU accelerator and you would be right to wonder! The awesome program will be there to ‘accelerate’ ShopDrop to such a point, where every New Yorker would be using our app to plan for smart shopping! We will use this Summer to work with our phenomenal mentors, which include Kunal, Risa and Rebecca and other great coaches to better understand you – our customers! We are including images of other startups participating in the cohort with ShopDrop this Summer. They include: TABu, an app that lets you open and close a bar tab with the click of a button, Stereotheque, an app that allows for music discovery using artificial intelligence and Levitas, a company modernizing healthcare safety! To read more about the startups, click here.
So in summary, our goal this Summer is to get to know you better, to improve our product, and to get more of you to use it more often! Your opinion matters, so if you would like to share your feedback, please let us know here. We want to know what you think and want, so thank you!
And finally, we are including an image of the cool, modern and sleek accelerator that will be our home base and office for this Summer. Can’t wait!
Meet Eileen Fisher; designer extraordinaire and creator of her own eponymous clothing line. Her comfy high-end line features everything from pajamas to business casual clothing. Her unique flare manifests itself in each of her pieces, which are designed to be comfortable, yet fashionable. Eileen’s line was premised on simplicity. She was irked by the fact that men have such an easy time getting dressed in the morning, while women’s clothing is forever getting more complicated. She doesn’t believe in runways or huge in-your-face events, she believes that clothing is made for real life.
Despite Eileen’s rise to fame in the fashion world, she didn’t follow the most traditional path to the designer life. Check out these 5 things you didn’t know about Eileen Fisher:
1. Fisher’s Lack of Fashion Background
That’s right folks, this savvy designer who makes clothes for everyday use is not a graduate of FIT or LIM. Rather, she attended University of Illinois, starting out as a math major, before switching to interior design.
2. The Inspiration for Fisher’s First Piece Was Derived From the Japanese Kimono.
Those who have been exposed to the Eileen Fisher line are quite aware that none of her pieces look anything like the traditional kimono. Rather than the actual garb itself, Fisher was astonished by how this traditional article of clothing has withstood the test of time, and is still incredibly relevant. “I was intrigued that the kimono was the only shape in Japan that they used for years, how can you make a design to last that long? A design that belongs to a moment, but also, transcends a moment.” (Ellen Fisher quoted in an article in Fashionista.) This inspired the quality of simplicity in her line.
3. She is an Entrepreneur as well as Designer
As mentioned previously, unlike most famous designers with renowned brand name lines, Fisher had no formal education in neither fashion nor business. The first piece of clothing she made was done in her home, using a sewing machine and a pair of scissors. “If I had some technical training, maybe I might have gotten the idea off the ground earlier,” said Fisher.” On the other hand, because I didn’t know what I was supposed to do or how I should do it, I just did it differently in my own way.” (http://fashionista.com/2016/04/eileen-fisher-fashionista-meetup)
4. She’s an Activist
Not only is Eileen an established designer, she also plays a large role in assisting women and girls by activating their leadership potential. The “Activating Leadership Grant” funds programs that help women and girls activate their natural leadership qualities. Each year of the grant has its own unique theme. Non-profit organizations that fit the category apply, and are awarded on a relevance and need basis. 2016, the 7th year of the grant accepted organizations that follow the theme of applying leadership attributes.
5. There’s a Sample Sale coming up!
Want to see what all the hype is about? Come check out the Eileen Fisher sample sale at the boutique’s 9th street location. The sample sale will feature a peek at the spring line for up to 50% off in select sizes. Winter line in various sizes for 40% off. Keep in mind this sample sale is only two days long so save the date! March 11th and 12th
If you’re one of millions who loves to shop designer stores but doesn’t quite know what a sample sale is, do not despair for you aren’t alone! Plenty of people don’t quite recognize the exact definition of sample sales, and therefore, don’t know how much utility and value they can get from it. Below are three key things for you to know about sample sales — so read on, enjoy and don’t forget to comment!
How Top Designers Get Rid of Excess
Versace, Lacoste, Morgane Le Fay — you name it! All fashion brands renew their inventory at least twice a year. And when they do, they need a quick and neat way to get rid of their excess inventory. Walla — come in sample sales. The designer rents out a warehouse and displays all the merchandise for a limited period of time.
2. a Way For You to Buy Near Perfect Merchandise @ a Fraction of the Price
That’s right — knowing what you know now, you could skip classic department store shopping. Instead, you could have mercy on your wallet and dress just as fashionably by attending different sample sales. Traditionally, sample sales used to display merchandise from runways in sample sizes only, but not anymore. Nowadays, sample sales display a wide array of merchandise in many sizes.
3. How to Find’Em Sample Sales
The only catch is that sample sales were traditionally difficult to find. Designers wouldn’t advertise them, since they wanted customers to buy items at full price, and so only the most fashion-savvy would comb the garment district in search for designer gems. Thanks to the 21st century, there are websites and apps that comb the world-wide web to feature them in the best manner. Some of the best websites are Lazars, 260SampleSaleand The Choosy Beggar. The best app for sample sales is by far the ShopDrop app, featuring more than 265 sample sales per month in all the fashion capitals of the world: New York, LA, Paris and London.
This blog was inspired by one of our readers, Matt Kosman.