A Not So Majestic Sample Sale

UPDATE: Now extra 20% off sale prices.

Starting this morning get ready to shop the joint Sandro and Maje sample sale at 260 Fifth Avenue. The French labels are known as purveyors of all things Parisian cool. Having just returned form Paris myself I can tell you that you cannot escape the pull of either Sandro’s military inspired masculine-feminine looks or Maje’s ultra feminine, glamorous styles. Both brands offer trendy contemporary looks with universal appeal and are as beloved in New York as they are back home.

For the past couple of years we’ve been somewhat spoiled with each label holding their own individual sale and offering an abundant selection of apparel, footwear, and accessories. But unfortunately this time having both Sandro and Maje share a single venue did in fact translate to a much smaller overall selection. Men in particular will be disappointed to find limited variety of merchandise consisting mostly of dark colored blazers and trousers. When I arrived at the preview last evening the staffers haven’t had time to set up the footwear and accessories as the shipment arrived very late. I tried to wait it out hoping they might put out some inventory tonight but alas it didn’t happen. The good news though is that those of you going to the sale this morning should have your pick of shoes 🙂 Meanwhile prices were fairly close to last year, some $5-$10 fluctuations here and there. Prices started at $45 for t-shirts and swimwear and went up to $245 for ladies’ leather jackets and $395 for men’s. Please consult the price lists for a full breakdown.

Leather selection was rather unimpressive, there were no signature black leather jackets or motorcycle jackets (save one mixed media piece). On the women’s side leather selection consisted of a handful of Sandro red blazers, and less than full rack of beige and navy suede jackets. Further along the racks you’ll find a few trench coats but that was essentially it for outerwear. Men fared even worse with just a couple of military green coats in the back, along the wall. There were separate dressing rooms for both women and men and the only mirrors at the venue can be found inside. Women’s sizes ranged from S-L (French 1-3 for tops and dresses) and Fr 34-40 (US 24-30) for bottoms.

While not as abundant, women’s apparel selection did offer some great transitional and summer appropriate pieces. Opposite the wall with menswear, you’ll find Maje knitwear like sweaters ($85) and cardigans ($105). There were a few repeats from the last sale, like the metallic pullovers and pastel hued sweaters. The sale offered lots of colorful summery tops ($85) as well as basic tees ($45). Among Sandro tops were some standout pieces like the yellow sleeveless lace top in the 13th photo or the black and white lace shirt in the 11th photo. Jeans were listed at $55 and among the basics blues and blacks I found these crystal embellished white jeans that would make a great summer addition to your wardrobe. Dresses were located on racks opposite the registers as well as a single rack of maxi dresses further back, near the staircase. Everything was priced at $105 and there were some great colorful summer sheaths, the aforementioned maxis in silk and print, shirt dresses, white lace, and some transitional office appropriate numbers.

Dresses $105

The only leather tops $125

Tops $85 

Maje sweaters $85
Maje Cardigans $105
Limited outerwear selection, Kway and Maje 
Sandro blazer $145 

Sandro red leather jackets $245
Mixed media moto jacket 
Suede jacket $245 

Bottoms $55

Crystal embellished jeans $55
Maje pullover with embellished trim $85

BOTTOM LINE: This year’s selection and variety was not as impressive as in previous years. I overheard several other shoppers comment that theres nothing to buy! Brand employees appeared to be the only ones loading up on apparel but then again they also get an employee discount on top of these prices. My advice is to wait for additional discounts to kick in later this week. There was nothing that really wowed me or would make me want to run over first thing in the morning. If you’re looking for shoes then perhaps its worth it to swing by this AM as the VIPs and employees didn’t get a chance to buy out all the good stuff 😉

260 Fifth Ave
Tuesday – Saturday  10am – 8pm
Sunday  10am – 5pm

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