Thursday, August 5, 2010

NY Sample Sale Report: Alexander Wang

Who knows what time Alexander Wang sale opened this am, but when I walked by the sale was already in full swing. With plenty of girls going nuts and the small men’s section of 3 or 4 racks by the front door virtually untouched! Please note that bags must be checked, but wallets are most definitely welcome at the sale.

*scroll to the bottom for an update on the men's section

I saw plenty of Spring’s Football inspired fashion from the rugby slashed sweaters, leather lace up shorts, quilted denim shorts, leather shoulder sweatshirts! All the key pieces were readily available. Even those infamous football clutches are available for $200 a piece. The burnout cable tunic (was $425, now $170), leather corset shorts with front tie (was $725, now $290).

Boxes and boxes of T by Alexander Wang was available from $20 sports bras & cropped tops and $30 tanks topping out at $55 for dresses. For collection, this was where the true bargains were as samples start at just $10 although mostly wiped out! There were also plenty of $25 options (2 racks + 1 box) from seasons past including a plethora of pants/trouseres, tonnes of purple super simple crepe cowl neck dresses, silk blouses/tanks, high waisted skirts. There was also some slightly newer items but these had writing or pins in place as they were probably fit samples. These sizes varied greatly and some were missing tags so trying on is definitely advisable. Samples then moved up to $50 for items like those cut out sweater tanks, skeletal strip jersey skirts, heavy scuba rib leggings, sweatpants and leather trim shorts. Once you get to the $75-125 racks you hit more recent merch such as those lovely draped tee dresses with elastic waistbands.

There was a selection of shoes available but alas no size 35. A single pair of 36. Most options are in size 37 & 38 but there are a few pairs of 39 & 40 too.

For handbags they ranged in price from $150 for those mini Brenda chain zip bags in coral to $400 for large duffels. As I mentioned the football clutch was $200 and a denim look leather Donna hobo was $300. They also had the Clear Rocco available at the sale too!

The change area was every woman for herself with a giant trash out box for everyone’s unwanted items. Racks of clothes were available to hang your goods but keep a close eye as people are lurking about and ready to grab. Plenty of mirrors were available but they were mostly blocked by changing girls, so sometimes you just had to guess if things worked well. Best bet would be to bring a friend.

If you can make it to Soho run now! There are definite bargains to be had! I’m really happy with my finds although some may need minor repairs. I managed to snag the jersey strip skeletal dress for $50 although the side seam is split and it’s missing a slip amongst a few other items I can’t wait to rock!

Jeff's update on menswear:
Erin texted me in the morning about the sale so I hauled ass out of bed and made my way down to SoHo to check it out. There are four racks on the right hand side of the entrance which house the T by Alexander Wang menswear items. The men's section was relatively intact (nothing like the ladies section!) and only a few guys were scoping out the section at any given time. If you're looking to try things on - you'll need to battle it out for a spot at one of the mirrors occupied by hordes of women.

Tank's and T's are available in grey, black, navy and beige and prices range from $30-$40 a piece. Sleeveless sweatshirts will set you back $40 and zip-up sweatshirts range from $50-$55. Sizes were not plentiful and were mostly XS and S (with the occasional medium in sight). However, if you're a medium/large don't fret since sizing tends to run large.

If you don't have time to head down to the sale, some of the pieces are on sale online if you're looking to grab some Wang (items are generally priced the same but can vary by a few bucks).

Men's pricing chart

Who: Alexander Wang Sample Sale
What: Apparel & Handbags up to 80% off
When: August 5-8, 2010. Thurs 2pm-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Where: 93 Mercer St (b/n Spring & Broome St)
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