Sample Sale-ing On The West Side - Ash Footwear And Beyond.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

After snagging some ridiculously good deals at Century 21, I headed West, way out West. Meaning of course I went to Starrett-Lehigh where yet another eyewear sample sale is currently taking place.

601 West 26th St., Suite 1445A
Wednesday 11am - 3pm

B.Base is a Hong Kong based manufacturer of sunglasses and optical frames for a wide range of retailers, including H&M, Zara, Forever 21, as well as Elizabeth and James. They actually work with some very high end labels as well but the sale only features their cheaper offerings, like $5 sunnies.

Once you grab a visitors pass from the security desk, take the elevator up to the 14th floor (where Marchesa sample sale was a few weeks ago) and head for the B.Base showroom. I arrived during lunch time to find the small space busy with ladies checking out the offerings.

Elizabeth and James sunglasses and optical frames were priced at $35 and located on the shelves along the right side wall. The selection was large and there were mirrors available to aid in your shopping. 

Also on the right side, near the entrance, was a small selection of jewelry. Pricing was insanely cheap with rings and bracelets for $3, earrings $5, and necklaces $8. Although selection was tiny and picked over.

The rest of the showroom was dedicated to B.Base branded sunglasses starting at $5 or $8 for 2 pairs or $13 for 3 pairs. There were lots of colors and styles, from aviators to cat eye to oversized, etc. Granted this isn't as good as Modo sample sale but this is still a great opportunities to stock up on some beach friendly shades. There are no boxes or shopping bag so I recommend having enough space in your purse to fit your newfound goodies. Also remember that this a CASH ONLY sale so be sure to stop by an ATM first. The sale ends today at 3pm.

BOTTOM LINE: Who can say no to $5 sunglasses? And $35 for Elizabeth and James isn't too shabby either. Then again if you've been spoiled by Modo then you might want to sit this one out.

530 West 25th St., Penthouse
Wednesday 10am - 7pm

Only a block away, underneath the Highline, was another sale I didn't want to miss. Hosted by the appropriately named Highline United Showroom, the sale featured footwear and handbags from Ash, Cynthia Rowley, French Connection, and *Elie Tahari. The only catch is that the shoes were available in sample sizes (US6, EU37, and a handful of EU40).

After taking the elevator to the penthouse (7th Floor) I walked inside the showroom to find tables full of handbags, stretched wall to wall. Prices start at $25 for French Connection faux leather bags and top out at $75 for Ash backpacks and large handbags.
Ash backpacks $75 (Retail up to $475)
Ash handbags
Located in the corner on the left side was a small selection of Tahari shoes (size 6 only) and French Connection (size 37) both priced at $25. I spotted summer appropriate sandals, pumps, flats, and a few boots.

I was told most of these are now sold out
Towards the back of the venue, along the windows were two large tables filed with Ash footwear priced at $40. Majority of the offerings were sneakers and slipons, although I spotted a few sandals, flats, and boots. Everything was in size 37 with maybe one or two pairs in size 40. Underneath the table was also a small selection of Elie Tahari size 37 shoes for $40. The footwear retails from $200 - $450 and this is the first time I've seen Ash have a sample sale. (Elie Tahari host their own semi-annual sample sales). Many of the styles were one offs and are still sold at full price in major department stores. I was told there will be price reductions on the last day (today) and I just received word that the hours have been extended from 6 to 7.
These Ash boots were such a steal but not my size (size 40)
These sandals will look amazing on tall slender legs
Ash handbags 
Faux leather handbags from Cynthia Rowley and French Connection

more Ash handbags

BOTTOM LINE: If you are size 6-7 then definitely try to make it to the sale. Footwear is the real highlight here. While handbag selection was vast, cheap, and in trend, I'd only go if you have lots of room in your closet as these are not investment pieces. 

*I just received word that there are no more Elie Tahari or Tahari shoes left.

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