The 3.1 Phillip Lim Sale after work was only moderately busy, last season had been somewhat of a zoo so we were expecting the worst but there was no line to get in. All bags and coats must be checked, even if you have a tiny purse. You are allowed to keep your wallet and your cell phone. Make sure you hold on tightly to your coat check card as there was an earlier incident during the day that had staffers on high alert. When the ticket fell off my purse staffers asked me to identify what was in my purse in order for me to re-claim it. At least you know your belongings are safe.
The sample sale was divided into 2 sections with accessories and menswear on one side and womenswear and childrenswear on the other side. Since there are no fitting rooms the divide did help women changing in the corner gain some privacy although since a large mirror was right by the checkout line some ladies just went for it and changed out in the open.
I headed for the shoes first as they are priced right at just $100 a pair. There is a moderate selection of shoes left although the smallest shoe size I spotted was a 37 and many shoes seemed to be in the 38-40 realm. Some shoes didn’t seem to be marked so you really just have to try them on in order to figure it out. The majority of shoes that were left were variations of espadrilles, wood platforms, ballet flats or flat sandals. Everything had a very Spring vibe so perhaps it was not an area of huge interest for most shoppers gearing up for the winter season. Maybe it was better stocked earlier in the day but the variety of styles wasn’t high.
Ladies were scouring the accessories rack for treasures and although there isn’t a huge selection there are still a few cute structured handbags left ranging from $150-350. If you are willing to look through the tangle a whole lot of belts for $50 each.
The menswear area looked relatively empty and it didn’t seem too difficult for men to find what they were looking for.
The women’s area was a different story as women circled the room like hawks looking for treasure. Most of the pieces at the sale seemed to be one of maybe 2. There were not very many styles that there were multiples of or very many sizes. There are however some very beautiful pieces to browse through. While the depth of goods is not as good as previous sales the prices seem slightly more reasonable and are similar to that of the Save Japan Sample sale that the brand held previously.
In womenswear the prices ranged from $25 for swimwear to $300 for n evening dress and up to $800 for a shearing coat. The best prices were in the swimwear at $50 a set and Initials Line with bras for just $30 although I didn’t really spot very many. T-Shirts Pants, Jeans and Shorts were also reasonable at $50-$75.
There was also a small selection of adorable childrenswear that was$25-$125 for the stylish kids in your life. Another sweet deal at the sale were sunglasses at just $75 a pop! I may have snagged the only pair of eyeglasses left for $75.
Who: 3.1 Phillip Lim Sample Sale
What: Discounts on Women's & Men's RTW, Accessories and Shoes. Cash & Major Credit Cards
When: December 1-2, 2011. Thurs noon-7pm, Fri 10am-7pm
Where: 260 West 39th St, 17th Floor (b/n 7th & 8th Ave)