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We can not stress this enough—if you are a fan of Fred Perry and you are within the realm of a sample size—slog all the way west (when you hit the Hudson you went just slightly too far) for the twice-annual Fred Perry sample sale at 547 W. 27th St., third floor. The event started Monday, but we just visited yesterday evening and it is packed with the same stuff that's in stores right now as well as Spring '10 pieces that won't be available until the new year. And prices are 60% or more off retail—we're talking shoes starting at $26 and signature polos under $40.

For men we loved wovens and polos in a sort of '80s silk robe, modified paisley print in a spectrum of navys, merlots, and mustards—around $60; as well as a variety of long-sleeved button downs in gingham/tartan mash-ups, black on gray pin dots, and not-your-everyday ginghams in turquoise or hunter—starting at $38. Crisp cotton argyle v-necks in black and gray with shocks of kelly and yellow started at $55—that's less then argyle brethren at J.Crew (and not much more than Old Navy). Cardigans in a variety of colors—tomato red, gray chalk dots on black, navy with shawl collars—were as low as $73. An entire rack of workwear, barracuda, and boy racer jackets in a assorted nylons and cottons started at around $80; our favorite was sort of what we imagine the bastard child of our American Eagle barn jacket circa 1997 and the classic Barbour hunter's coat would look like in a sturdy, brown waxed canvas.

Classic two-tone Fred trackies were a mere $39; funky purple polka-dotted numbers will set you back $60. So many classic tennis shoes in whites, grays, and checks: canvas were $26, leather $39. We also almost went home with one of two amazing faux-leather weekender bags—one in a traditional navy and forest printed tartan (there was a matching wallet), the other in embossed black on black checkerboard—they were only $48.

Plenty of goodness for girls, as well—lots of basic shoes, polos, and track jackets that take a direct cue from their menswear; and gingham shirt dresses, gray leather motorcycle jackets, sweater-knit handbags that definitely do not. Dashes of liberty florals stood out—paneled blouses and dress shirts in red with gingham trim (starting at $48), navy track jackets ($60), solid barracuda-style outwear and trackies trimed in liberty piping ($83 and up). Riffs on the classic polo were also refreshing—look for a collared scoop neck version in fushia (around $45) as well as a totally crazy Ann-Sofie Back collaboration that involved shoulder pads straight out of the Balmain lookbook ($63).

And speaking of collaborations—there is a co-ed rack of Fred Perry by Raf Simons at 70% off retail. Lots of creams, burnt oranges, and blacks including the polarizing glittery knit pieces you might've seen at Barneys. There's even a small selection of Buckler—jersey cardigans, thick epauleted turtlenecks, military-style jackets and more—also at 70% off retail.

The sale runs through the weekend, and there will be limited replenishments.
· Dealfeed: Fred Perry [Racked]