UPDATE: 3/2 Additional markdowns: sports bras $25, sweatshirts/leggings/pants $45+, sneakers $75.
Hello everyone! We’re in for one busy week of sample sales and shopping. I apologize for my lack of coverage and sporadic updates but it’s a new day and a new month which means it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Yesterday I attended three different sample sales, met up with a few blogger buddies 🙂 and am ready to do it again today! But before I get ahead of myself let’s take a look at the first ever Tory Sport sample sale that’s taking place at Clothingline. Tory Burch launched her new althleisure oriented label almost two years ago so it was inevitable that we’d see her activewear line front and center at its own sample sale.
I arrived late afternoon because I honestly did not want to wait in line and luckily I did not have to. The venue was fairly quiet with just a handful of shoppers perusing the racks. There was a good amount of stock in sizes from XS to XL. Most styles were individually displayed and hung on upper racks so it was easy to immediate spot any particular piece that might be on your agenda. Unfortunately I found the discounts to be lacking. Prices started at $39 for sports bras and basic tank tops but considering that they retail for $50-$75 this wasn’t much in terms of savings. Essentially you are paying a very high premium for the Tory Burch logo. Sure that’s true for a lot of designer pieces but in this case the quality is not better than the basic athletic wear you can find at your local sporting goods store. I expect better than 40%-60% off at a sample sale. Other price points included $65 long sleeve tops and sweatshirts, $45 shorts, $60 solid leggings and $85 print leggings, $95 dresses and sport jackets, as well as $115 sweaters and $129 woven shirts. Please check out the full price list in the photos below. The selection included work out, dance, yoga, as well as tennis and golf apparel. There were definitely some cute stand out styles. Color and bold patterns were certainly on display but the question you must ask yourself is whether these things are worth the premium price. I linked up some of the styles from this week’s sale so you can see for yourselves what these pieces retail for.
All the way in the back of the room you’ll find shoes that consisted of just three styles: $95 ballet flats, $125 embellished slides, and $150 pearl encrusted slip-on sneakers. There was a full range of sizes from 5 to 11. Clothingline’s sale flyer mentioned handbags but I did not see any. I’m not sure if they sold out during the employee shopping hours or if they were listed by mistake. A dressing room was available.
BOTTOM LINE: As cute as some of these styles are they do not warrant such high “sample sale” prices. When I can easily find $25-$50 Italian made shoes at other sales why would I overpay for lesser quality? Same goes for apparel. But you know………that’s just me 😉 The sale is set to run through Friday and I sincerely hope that there are some major markdowns. As it currently stands you can easily skip this one.
261 West 36th St., 2nd Floor
Tuesday 1pm – 7pm
Wednesday – Friday 11am – 7pm