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How you feel about the James Perse sample sale that began today in the Chelsea Market depends on how you feel about paying $80 for a discounted sweatshirt. Perse's high-quality basics don't come cheap—that sweatshirt could be $135 full-price—but some people will balk at shelling out that much money when they could get something similar at American Apparel for only about $40. Regardless of the pricing, the Choosy Beggar makes the environment sound lovely:
A modern, seductively-lit venue; polite staff and fellow shoppers; separate entrance on the south side of 16th Street (about halfway between 9th & 10th); a clear separation between men's and womenswear; clearly priced stock—this sale's superior to most Madison Avenue shopping experiences.There's apparently a ton of merchandise, with polos going for $40, long-sleeved tees going for $60, and coats going for $105 to $129. Also, sale staffers are handing out James-Perse–branded water—a random perk if there ever was one.
· Dealfeed: James Perse [Racked NY]
· At Blessed James Perse Sample Sale [The Choosy Beggar]