Today we had the opportunity to stop by the Montblanc Sample Sale at 260 Fifth Avenue. Known for its fountain ink pens and leather accessories, the Montblanc sale as well had a large variety of cuff links, watches and briefcases. Keep in mind that Montblanc is not cheap. The pricing at the Montblanc Sample Sale was extremely high, having briefcases around $450 and pens starting at $200.
Overall we rated the Montblanc Sample Sale a 5/10. This was heavily based on the fact that the merchandise is still very expensive. As well as having limited variety in briefcases, belts and other leather goodies. Just remember that Fathers Day is around the corner and if your Dad loves Montblanc, you should stop by!
The Joie, Equipment, and Current Elliot sample sale is absolutely amazing. I have never been to a sample sale this good, especially not at 260. If you weren’t sure whether or not you should go to this one, I’m telling you that you 100% should.
At this sale, the prices are outrageously great. Here are some examples of these jaw-dropping deals: Equipment blouses are $60, Current Elliot jeans are $45, and Joie long sleeved tops are $50. Now usually, if the prices are good the merchandise is bad and vice versa. But that is not the case at this sale, the selection of clothing from each brand is drool-worthy. My favorite pieces are all from Equipment, but Joie and Current Elliot have things that I love too. And before you think it can’t get any better, embellished pieces aren’t marked up! There are lots of Joie tops with intricate pearl detailing and they’re the same price as every other long sleeved top! How amazing, and unlike 26, is that?! Finally, there is also a really cute selection of shoes and accessories at the sale. They have a crocodile embossed tote bag that is so nice and so affordable.
Overall I’m giving this sale a 9/10. I am a little sad about the purchasing limit because I want everything!!!! But aside from that, this sale is literally perfect. So ladies, get ready to sneak out of work on your lunch break tomorrow to shop this sale. If you get fired, it will totally have been worth it. Happy shopping friends!
The prices at the R13 sample sale are very disappointing, but at least there is a decent selection of merchandise. I kept getting confused between the menswear and womenswear; not that you can’t wear either regardless of your gender. But an employee called me out for grabbing a men’s sweatshirt in a very embarrassing way.
At this sale, they have more jeans than anything else; there are several tables lining the middle of the showroom with tons of denim. They’re selling a pair for $125 which is just too much money. At the Current Elliot sample sale (currently going on at 260) jeans are going for $45 which is, on average, 80% off their retail prices. And they’re definitely just as nice as R13 jeans when it comes to quality. The fact that the R13 sweatshirts are selling for $125 is insulting. I mean they’re comfy, but definitely not worth a sample sale price of $125. Oh, and their famous lace-up boots are $395. So if you were thinking of getting a pair for a reasonable price, I’m sorry to say this, but it isn’t happening at this sale.
Overall, I’m giving this sale a 5/10. The prices are outrageous and the staff members are rude. If you were really excited about this sale and are still contemplating going, at least wait for the additional markdowns Thursday (which I overheard a staff member confirm).
What: R13 sample sale
Where: 261 West 36th St, NY, NY
When: May 20 – May 23, 2019
The Caroline Constas sample sale has a lot of cute merchandise for decent prices. I am still dazzled by all of the colorful sequins and fun patterns, but much less thrilled with the disorganization of the clothing and the hectic crowd. If you’re in the area and looking for some cute summer party clothes, I’d say check this sale out. But be prepared to be herded into the dressing room like cattle.
At this sample sale, there is a plethora of cute tops, dresses, and bathing suits, but not as big of a selection of bottoms. Although there were some cute skirts, the pants were few and far in between. In the showroom, there are a lot of samples which is nice because they’re cheaper than the production items. But you better really like something before you decide to try it on; the line is extremely long and they harshly shuffle large groups of women in and out of the dressing room every fifteen minutes. It is quite an unpleasant experience.
Overall I’m giving this sale a 7/10. It has a lot of cute, on-trend clothing, and the discounts are pretty good. There are so many tops and bikinis that I want, but aside from the fact that my summer body is nowhere to be found, I just can’t bring myself to cough up the cash. If you are willing to pay though, I think that this sale is definitely worth going to.
What: Caroline Constas Sample Sale
When: Thurs. May 9th – Sun. May 12th, 2019
Where: 151 Wooster St., New York, NY
The Araks sample sale was bad; I’m still disturbed by the complete lack of organization going on in the showroom. And I’m absolutely haunted by the bare feet that were spreading germs around the showroom (I’ll explain, just keep reading).
At this sample sale, all of the merchandise is just tossed into bins which are separated by size. These bins are a complete nightmare to dig through. Additionally, there is hardly any variety in the colors and styles of the pieces, and the sizing is so terrible! The smalls look like they could fit Barbies, and the larges look like they could fit American Girl Dolls. I feel offended on behalf of all of the big busted women out there. While the prices are decent, I still think the brand is ripping its customers. These sample sale prices are what the products should be retailing for! Because trust me, the products are nothing special!
The bare feet though… The area sectioned off to be the dressing room had a carpet in it, so the staff members asked customers to take their shoes off before entering. But some of these customers didn’t put them back on before continuing to shop, nor did they have socks on… GAG! Overall, I’m giving this sale a 4/10. None of the merchandise was cute and the layout was a disaster. I would not recommend going to this sale.
What: Araks Sample Sale
When: Thurs. May 9th – Fri. May 10th, 2019
Where: 137 Grand St., 5th Floor, New York, NY
The LemLem sample sale had me really confused before I knew anything about the brand. To be completely honest, I could never have imagined why anyone would pay so much money for the kind of clothing they sell. But then I did some research and discovered that it is all made by African women who previously had no market to sell their products. This changed my mindset about the brand itself, but I still feel a little iffy about their sale.
At a sample sale for a brand like this, I would expect prices to range from $20-$50. But they are not even close; these products are selling for $65-$250. And anything worth buying is on the higher end of that price scale. Even the kids clothing items were $50 a piece. Although the dresses are pretty cute for the beach, I honestly don’t think they’re worth the money.
Overall, I’m giving this sale a 5/10. For a sample sale, the prices are just way too high. If this clothing line did not support a good cause, this review would be a lot nastier. But if you like expensive beach coverups and are an avid supporter of sustainability, this sale is the right place for you. Otherwise, I’d avoid it.
What: LemLem Sample Sale
When: Thurs. May 9th – Sun. May 12th, 2019
Where: 151 Wooster St., New York, NY
I cannot stress just how amazing the Janis Savitt sample sale is. If you are in need of jewelry for any reason or no reason at all, this is 100% the place to go… seriously, get off your couch and go to this sale RIGHT NOW.
Although the space is a little small, given that the sale is in an apartment style office, it is well organized and there are several kind, helpful staff members readily available to help in any way you might need. At the sale, there are tons of classic pieces (like the Cobra bracelets) going for extremely low prices starting at $10! I mean, how incredible is that?! There are lots of other cool pieces too; stunning earrings, chic necklaces, and endless drool-worthy bracelets. All of the pieces at this sale are impressively discounted and in great (if not perfect) condition. Prices range from $5-$100+ and each piece is more beautiful than the next!
Overall I’m giving this sale a 9/10. If the space wasn’t so cramped I would definitely give it a 10, but unfortunately, it triggered some claustrophobia. I highly recommend going to this sale if you’re in search of cool jewelry. Don’t worry if your wallet has been light lately because the deals are excellent.
What: Janis Savitt Sample Sale
When: Wed. Apr 24th – Tue. Apr 30th, 2019
Where: 200 West 58th St., Suite 12B, NY, NY
When I saw the advertisement for this Bag Studio sample sale I was really excited; I mean who doesn’t want to shop for discounted purses on a beautiful spring day? But to be honest, when I got there and shopped around for a bit I was let down. Unless you’re looking to stock up on LeSportsac merchandise, don’t bother going to this sale.
At this sale they had all different kinds of bags; there were plenty of totes, makeup bags, backpacks, wallets, shoulder bags, and even large roller suitcases. I was surprised by the number of products, but the quality of the selection wasn’t that great. I was expecting more French Connection and Christian Siriano to be at the sale, but boy was I wrong. Out of the three rooms at the location, there was only one wall with non-LeSportsac merchandise. The showroom was decently organized, all of the pieces were in great condition, and the discounts were alright.
Overall, I’m giving this sample sale a 6/10. Unfortunately, the cute patterns throughout the merchandise and organization were not enough to excite me. If the pricing was better and there was a greater variety of merchandise, I’d be happy to reconsider. But since those things aren’t going to happen I’d say sit this one out.
What: Bag Studio Sample Sale
When: Wed. Apr 24th – Fri. Apr 26th, 2019
Where: 10 West 33rd St., Suite 528, NY, NY
As I am writing this blog about Prabal Gurung and looking at the photos of the merchandise and pricing, I just want to pack up my bags and go right back there to get another few goodies. The Prabal Gurung sample sale was small as always and hosted in the brand showroom. I was expecting huge lines, but nothing of the sort. There were 4-5 women trying on clothes – otherwise, the place was empty.
The prices were the lowest as far as we could remember. There was a box of $10 items and the most expensive items were $150. At the last sale, they were $250. You can read our review of the last Prabal Gurung sample sale here. Shoes were $25 and $35 and were extremely cool. That being said, they were only selling sizes 39-42. For clothes, there was an extensive rack of items for $75, $100 and $150. And the safety pin items sold for $25.
Just to explain how crazy this sale is – items at retail don’t cost $500 or $600 but rather $1k and $3k – that made discounts over 95% off for some items. For that reason, we’re giving this sale an 8 out of 10 and are definitely putting it at the top of our list.
The Kiton sample sale severely lacks in options for women, but for men, there is a huge selection of fancy clothing (mostly suits) waiting to be purchased. Ladies, I wouldn’t recommend going to this sale, but guys, if you love Kiton but hate the price tags, head on over!
Everything at this sale is 65% off retail. Shoes, accessories (such as hats, ties, cufflinks), suits, shirts, jeans, and outerwear are neatly organized throughout the space. All of the items are smartly separated by size and category which makes it easier to shop. The suits at this sample sale are gorgeous. The styles range from business chic to funky dad and I obsessed over most of them. Unfortunately, though the selection of shirts is kind of lame and some of the more intricate pieces with sensitive materials (such as suede) are damaged.
Ladies, there isn’t really much to say here. There is one long rack with different kinds of merchandise mixed throughout. A lot of the items are damaged or in poor condition which is really disappointing. There are some really cute pieces though, and everything 65% off retail. The most impressive items are outerwear but there were a couple of cute blouses.
Overall I am going to give this sale a 6/10. I think 65% off retail for Kiton is good, but not on par with typical sample sale deals. Even though it is a top-notch designer, they could do better. I mean look at the Roberto Cavalli sample sale prices! That’s what all sample sale discounts should be like. But I digress; the staff members at this sale were friendly and helpful, and for men, they had a nice range of options. I think if you’re a guy looking for a fancy new suit, you should go; otherwise, stay home.
What: Kiton Sample Sale
When: Sun. March 10 – Thurs. March 14, 2019
Where: 317 W. 33rd St, Manhattan, NY