Meet Frances Valentine And Her Deeply Discounted Accessories

You all know Kate Spade but how well do you know Kate Frances Spade? After selling her eponymous company back in 2006, Kate and Andy Spade embarked on a new venture. Founded in 2016 and dubbed, Frances Valentine, the new label embodies the same principles that made Kate Spade a household name back in the 90’s. Frances Valentine is about new beginnings and elegant yet quirky designs with a touch of preppy suburbia. Now that I’ve introduce you to Frances it’s time for some serious shopping and what better way to do so than at a sample sale. Now through Friday you can save as much as 90% off original sample footwear and bags while stock merchandise is discounted by up to 70% off retail. Oh and did I mention that prices start at just $25?


The sale is taking place at the brand’s new showroom in the Garment District, same place as Rebecca Taylor and White + Warren (both of whom also have sales this week). Upon taking the elevator up to the 8th floor you’ll be stepping into a colorful, whimsical paradise replete with highly discounted merchandise. Every girl loves a good pair of shoes but you know what I love even more? A stylish yet comfortable pair and luckily for me this sale has plenty of that! Colorful flats with a buckle detail, rhinestone emblazoned Mary Janes, silver tassel loafers, fur pom-pom slipons, and so much more. What’s even better is the abundant selection of samples. Sample shoes start at only $25 (yep! you read that correctly) and top out at $50. While most samples are either size 7 or 9, the $25 section had a few 6 1/2’s and 8’s. For everyone else though you’ll need to stick to the overstock selection priced at $175. It’s not quite a bargain but these shoes all come in original boxes with dustbags and are in pristine condition. You’ll find the three $25 racks opposite the register while size 7 samples are located in the middle, by the couches, and size 9 samples are on racks near the windows. New in-box shoes are arranged by size from 5 to 10 and can be found along the windows. There is also a small selection of boots and booties ($195) near the mantle.

Handbag lovers will be happy to know that there were lots of samples, also priced $25 or $50 depending on style. You’ll have to do some digging in the boxes but finding a small Charlie patent leather bucket bag (large size retails for $525) in the $25 bargain box is definitely worth it. The rest of the bags and small accessories were priced as follows: card cases $25, small wallets and wristlets $50, accordion tech wallets $75, small nylon and basket bags $50, large nylon $75, large basket $100, small leather $95 and large $125. Please consult the price list photo for more details.
I linked up a few styles spotted at the sale. As you can see even the online sale prices are way higher than what you’d pay here, especially for samples.

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BOTTOM LINE: The sale runs through Friday and there is restocking. In fact I was told that they’re expecting a big shipment this Thursday morning. If you happen to fit one of their sample sizes or are in need of nice handbag then head over ASAP!
80 West 40th St., 8th Floor
Wednesday – Friday
8am – 6pm

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