It’s All About The Shoes At Fivestory Sample Sale

UPDATE: Now 85% off original retail prices.

Slow down and keep your distance! Those were the words that greeted me last night at Fivestory’s friends and family preview. Don’t worry 😉 this wasn’t a warning from an overzealous staffer but rather just some of the fun accessory slogans you’ll see at this week’s sample sale. If you’ve already read my preview you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect. All merchandise is discounted 80% off retail value! That’s quite an upgrade from last year’s sale. You’ll find apparel, shoes, and accessories for women and men as well as a small selection of kidswear. The sale offers a dressing room and there are several mirrors throughout the venue. The best deals are among shoes and accessories while clothing is priced fairly high for an average shopper’s budget. Still, it’s worth noting that many of the designers available at Fivestory don’t host their own sample sales and are generally hard to find at such steep discounts.

The bulk of the merchandise consisted of women’s apparel from some of the world’s top luxury designers. There was Balmain, Narciso Rodriguez, Elie Saab, Alexander Wang, Leonard, Rosie Assoulin, Mary Katrantzou, and the list goes on. Like I mentioned earlier I did find prices to be quite high. This gorgeous Elie Saab jumpsuit comes out to $1,290 even after the 80% off discount. Most of the aforementioned designers retail anywhere between $1,000 to $7,000 so yes, prices will still be high. Sizes ranged from 38 to 44 with majority of dresses and bottoms in size 38. I spotted stunning summer florals, bold prints, red carpet worthy sequins and lace, as well as office appropriate pastel hues. Items were arranged by categories with tops, sweaters, and pants near the entrance and dresses, coats, jeans closer to the back. One very important thing to consider is that some items already displayed the sales price tag. Sadly the discounts really are off of the original retail value and not what’s listed on the tag. I should have known it was too good to be true when I found a Leonard tunic with a $394 price tag. Yep, that was the sale price and not $79 like I hoped 🙁 Clearly I have a bit of an obsession with Leonard, just check out my photos 😀 Fingers crossed things hit 90% at the end!

everything is 80% off!

Shoe selection was also much larger this year and with everything discounted by 80% things were going fast! Ladies were grabbing 2-3 boxes and why not, when you can find Aquazzura for as low as $99. The Italian footwear maestro is currently the hottest commodity in the world of luxury shoes so any discount is welcome but 80% off is amazing! Alas there were no signature Christy lace-up flats or Wild Thing sandals but I did see Belgravia heels and espadrilles as well as Estelle sandals. I also saw a large selection of Sergio Rossi shoes although these discounts are on par with their own sample sales. Other shoe designers included Aperlai, Giambattista Valli, Gianvito Rossi, Paul Andrew, Alexandre Birman, and more. I saw sizes 36-41 (it’s possible I could have missed some 35s) but with how quickly things were selling I’m afraid that popular sizes like 38-39 were disappearing right before my eyes. Restocking is unlikely so if you’re in the market for new designer shoes go ASAP!

big shoe selection but popular sizes are going fast

What really disappointed me at this sale was the lack of home goods compared to last year. The few things they had, like Ligne Blanche “Gilbert & George” collector plates were all leftovers from last time! A few of my friends and readers had been specifically inquiring about home merchandise……..wish I had better news. Handbags (not clutches) also fell into this category. There were literally three bag styles and again, all last year’s leftovers. I really liked the blue Mary Katrantzou tote and the large Narciso Rodriguez satchel but at $400+ they were still too much. Clutch selection was much better, there were many newcomers like these awesome Anya Hindmarch “Slow Down” and “Keep Your Distance” box clutches. Olympia Le Tan cornered the market with whimsical luxury accessories and how can you not smile at her White Rabbit embroidered bag. I thought it was a clutch at first but turns out it has a shoulder strap! Near the registers you’ll find more accessories like sunglasses, phone cases (only iPhone 4/5), card holders and coin purses by Lizzie Fortunato, and a couple of ties. Right by the entrance you’ll also find plastic bins with scarves, hats, and socks. I was immediately drawn to colorful pieces by Mary Katrantzou but the $100 price tags were a bit prohibitive. There were more budget friendly options such as the $35 number from Faliero Santi.

The sale also offered a small selection of children’s clothing along the left wall. Kid’s shoes were mixed in with women’s, all the way in the back. Sorry I did not check sizes but there were items for both boys and girls. Menswear consisted of just one rack of clothing and a shelf with less than 10 pairs of shoes (please scroll all the way to the bottom for photos). Rather unimpressive as far as gentlemen are concerned. The sale runs through Sunday but restocking is unlikely.

Anya Hindmarch box clutches $280 | Olympia Le Tan White Rabbit bag $322
gorgeous Leonard dresses $400-$600
more Leonard
because I clearly love Leonard! 
Giambattista Valli dress 
another stunning Valli dress
Balmain dress $720
J.W. Anderson trench 
Mary Katrantzou coat 
matching Mary Katrantzou dress $495
Monse dress $1,199
Suno hydrangea sequin skirt $550
Elie Saab jumpsuit $1,295 
Lisa Marie Fernandez “beach cape” 
Maiyet sweater $180
Acne jeans $58
Trousers $160 – $460 
Calvin Klein skirt $299
denim, jeans $60-$70
swimwear 80% off 
children’s clothing  
skirts by Suno, Leonard, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, and more
lots of dress choices
sweaters and knitwear
jackets and outerwear 
Lublu leather jacket 
Leonard dress
Pierre Hardy, Aquazzura, Giambattista Valli, and more 
Aquazzura $99-$160
more sizes in the back
Paul Andrew $159 
Gianvitto Rossi 
Giambattista Valli satin heels with jewel detail $179
Alexandre Birman and Aperlai 
Del Toro, Sergio Rossi, and more 
Pollini sandals $119
Newbark flat sandals 
winter accessories 
hats $60-$90
Pierre Hardy pouches $91 
men’s ties $30 
Nathalie Trad clutches $280+ 
Olympia le Tan Hello Kitty milk carton clutch
evening clutches 
baby socks/booties
sunglasses and phone cases 
jewelry by Aurelie Bidermann, Asherali Knopfer and more
statement necklaces $225+ 
Jennifer Fisher bracelets $300+
Paula Mendoza earrings
Mary Katrantzou tote $470
Phone cases?
men’s shoes
a single rack of menswear
this is it for home goods……last year’s leftovers
Limoges Ligne Blanche “Gilbert & George” collector plates $30
BOTTOM LINE: Go for the shoes! At 80% off there were great deals to be had, the only question is whether you’ll find your size. There were loads of gorgeous clothes but personally I found prices still too high. I am not sure what sort of additional discounts we can expect (if any) but I’d rather try my luck and wait it out. Don’t bother with home items as there wasn’t much and only last year’s leftovers. Let me know what you find if you stop over and as always happy shopping!

150 Greene St
Wednesday  10am – 7pm
Thursday – Saturday  11am – 7pm
Sunday  11am – 5pm

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