UPDATE: Now 80% off retail.
This week brings us two exciting sales from 260 Sample Sale. Please check out my review of the Bruno Magli sample sale in the previous post. Meanwhile let’s get in line and see what’s happening at their SoHo venue! NYC based boutique, The Line is holding it’s first-ever sample sale with savings of 70%-75% off retail on women’s fashion apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty, and home decor. The Line offers a specially curated selection of high-end as well as up and coming contemporary designers. You’ll find highly sought after labels like Vetements, Proenza Schouler, MM6, Loewe, Alexander Wang, Manolo Blahnik, Joseph Altuzarra, Tabitha Simmons, J.W. Anderson, JINSoon, and much more.
As you enter the venue you’ll be greeted by racks of apparel organized by style. Along the righ hand wall you’ll find shirts, blouses, and tops. Dresses and sweaters can be found amongst the middle racks while denim is along the left wall. There is a good mix of designers and most items come from current collections that are still sold in stores. 70% off discounts mean that prices aren’t exactly cheap and a lot of the stand out pieces from Vetements, Loewe, J.W. Anderson, etc. will set you back $300 and beyond. Fans of Demna Gvasalia will nevertheless be happy to save on his designs as Vetements have never had its own sample sale. On the other hand long time bargain hunters will find that for designers such as Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, and J.W. Anderson the discounts aren’t quite as high as we’re used to. But if you’re looking to splurge or make an investment take a look at the following noteworthy pieces: Vetements Sweat Dress $320 (retail $1,065), Altuzarra Charles Coat $899 (retail $2,995), Gabriela Hearst Chunky Wool Coat, J.W. Anderson Feather Print Blue Maxi Dress $429 (retail $1,430), Nehera Turtleneck, Altuzarra Elly Top $419 (retail $1,395), and Jenni Kayne Striped Black Tank $95 (retail $315). There is a dressing room available but beware the lines if you come during lunchtime or after work.
All the way in the back you’ll find a large selection of shoes. There were lots of different styles from various luxury designers. The most represented designers were Pierre Hardy and Tabitha Simmons. Other labels included Proenza Schouler, Newbark, Robert Clergerie, and even Manolo Blahnik. For those of you interested in the latter, I saw just two styles with only 2-3 pairs per size. The Hagisi were only available in sizes 41.5 and 36.5. Overall I saw a full range of sizes from 35 to 41 but it all really depends on designer, style, and what you’re looking for. Some examples include Proenza Schouler Triple Strap Heels with ankle strap $299 (retail $995), Tabitha Simmons Leticia Perfirated sandals $209 (retail $695), Woman by Common Projects slip-ons $125 (retail $416), Manolo Blahnik Wendy flats $ (retail $695), Newbark Liza Loafers $105 (retail $350), Robert Clergerie Gaga Sandals $165 (retail $550). The staff was not sure if there will be any kind of restocking so if you want something it’s best to go now.
Considering that The Line’s SoHo boutique is a sort of a home decor sensory paradise and is aptly called The Appartment By The Line I was expecting a good selection of home and beauty items. Sadly I was disappointed by the selection or lack thereof. There was just one half-empty shelf with books, perfume, hats, a couple of handbags, and a few other odds and ends. Mirror by Regimes des Fleurs was a scent specifically designed for The Line and was arguably the only interesting item in that category. The lone Proenza Schouler Kent shoulder bag was not particularly impressive at $525 (retail $1,750). Maybe if it was leather? Beauty and jewelry could be found near the register and included JIN Soon nail polish $5 (retail $18) in three shades as well as a matte top coat. Jewelry selection was minuscule to say the least and not particularly impressive either. Considering that The Line carries such major cult beauty brands like Sunday Riley, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Marvis, Rodin Olio Lusso, and Serge Lutens I was very disappointed by what was on hand.
BOTTOM LINE: While the selection certainly impressed I found prices to be on the high side. If you e previously shopped some of the aforementioned designers’ own sales then you probably can agree that things could be cheaper. If on the other hand you e Brennan dying to get your hands on some discounted Vetements gear or other hard to find pieces then go now. I personally will wait to see what additional markdowns look like and keep my fingers crossed for beauty/home restocking.
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Sunday 11am – 5pm