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Usually events that advertise free wine entail a small crowd huddled around said booze (come on, we've all been there), but the fact that bottles remained corked at Jennifer Mankins's closet sale last night is a tribute to just how sweet the deals were. The Bird owner was there overseeing the sale of her former wears, peeking in people's shopping bags to see what goods they'd snagged, and giving advice on how to wear some of the artful pieces. We were worried that sizing would be limited, but thankfully there was a range of sizes, not to mention brands and styles. Setting aside some valiant efforts on the part of shoppers to squeeze into $50 Rachel Comey booties (Mankins is a size 37-38), there was something there for everyone, including accessories such as purses and scarves.
There were three racks packed with Mankins's lightly-worn clothing, and since prices were only slightly higher than Beacon's Closet, things were a little crazy. A few minutes past the official sale opening, there was already a line at the dressing room and we watched a girl giddily pay for an Alexander Wang purse which she had been coveting for months.
To name a few of the steals, there was a Dries van Noten sweater for $75, a super soft Phillip Lim cardigan for $50, a Vena Cava dress for $35, a Rag & Bone trench for $150, and a wool Mayle coat for $350. In addition to the closet sale, everything in store was 20% off, although it looked as though most women were sticking to the rolling racks.
The whole event only lasted three hours, and when we left less than an hour into the sale, things had been picked over. But if you missed it, don't fret: This was the third time Mankins has cleaned out her closet for our benefit, and she intends to continue doing so annually.—Rachel Traub
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