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Above The Fray: The Art Of Shopping Sale

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Above the Fray details the goings on at some of the city's biggest sample sales. Had a fantastic (or less-than-fantastic) experience at a sale? Do let us know.

If every cloud has a silver lining, then The Art of Shopping does have a faint sheen. We're sorry to report, though, that their denim sample sale, running through Sunday September 23rd, is where overly-whiskered jeans come to die. Some positives: Though the dressing room's communal, at least it's there, and even if the denim styles are a little behind the times, there's a variety of sizes and plenty of each. However, the deals aren't spectacular. Denim prices don't rise above $75, but the jeans offered here are ardently distressed, embroidered, and bejeweled—the kind of denim you'd expect to see on clearance for far less. Brands stocked here include 7 for all Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, William Rast, and 575 Denim. If you're into Theory and T Luxury, there's an abundance of tanks and tees, starting at $10. Men can find decent Ben Sherman and racks of embellished t-shirts. The items for sale here are not samples, but remnants and overstocks, an it's easy to see why. There's not much about this sale that's artful, but it's certainly plentiful.
· The Art of Shop [Official Site]