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Bird, Brooklyn's mini-empire of hip, kicked off their warehouse sale at noon today, and by 12:30 the 5th Avenue store was—well, "packed" isn't the right word, because there was some elbow room, but certainly much more crowded than usual. For a relatively comfortable shopping experience, though, the sale has some real finds.
Case in point: No.6 clogs for $109 (down from $230), which is the lowest we've even seen them priced. The shoes in general were pretty great: Snakeskin Loeffler Randall heels in black and gray for $119 (down from $495); Isabel Marant fringed boots for $299 (down from $1210), Rachel Comey's giant clog-stompers for $209 (down from $425), and a stash of Bird's favorite old-lady slip-ons from Worishofer for $39 (down from $78) were all stacked in the back. Up front, by the No.6 section, we also found more wintry footwear from Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, and Swedish Hasbeens. Sizes generally run large—this was true throughout the sale—but if you wear a size 41 there's a pair of still-on-trend tan Swedish Hasbeens clog boots from last winter with your name on it.
On to the clothes! Before you start grabbing, note that while there are dressing rooms, they have a six-item limit. It's probably a good idea to put your name on the restaurant-style list of dressing room reservations first, then begin to shop.
Boys, the menswear section is relatively small and filled with mostly larger sizes. The always-trustworthy Choosy Beggar has a big, beautiful slideshow of what's on hand and how much it costs, so in the interest of time, we'll direct your attention over there rather than re-report his findings.
OK, ladies, now that we're alone: 3.1 Phillip Lim jersey dresses were under $200, while a bright pink-print Thakoon dress that would be perfect for a late summer wedding was $409 (down from $1635.) There's a lot of Isabel Marant Etoile on the racks, including a gypsy-ish dress in a fabric woven through with silver threads for $299 (down from $1195) and those memorable harem pants, in a similarly boho material, for $419 (down from $850. The most affordable piece of Marant we found was a slubby silk dress for $99 (down from $400), but it was less appealing than its neighbor, a tweed jacket for $139 (down from $565) that was the second-cheapest Marant we could see.
More casual options included James Perse basics, $19 from $55, and a ton of T by Alexander Wang for under $40. We liked a simple blue Velvet romper for $39 (down from $100) but they only had one left, and it wasn't our size. There's an abundance of Rag & Bone—a striped dress for $179, a chambray shirt for $99, a suede cardigan for $179—but relatively little APC outside of jeans. In fact, we just saw one jumper, $79 down from $210.
As for the denim, it ranges from $69 to around $150, with Current/Elliott jeans going for $79 down from $205 and J.Brand skinny cargos—not technically denim, but filed alongside the pants—for $119 down from $240.
And about that PS1 bag. There's exactly one. It's smallish, it's teal, and it's on sale, which is almost unheard-of. A sales associate told us that they figured that since everything else in the store is on sale, they might as well mark it down too, since it might make some lucky woman very happy. If you happen to have $958 in your bag fund, go now. On the off-chance that it lasts, it'll go back to $1595 on Monday.
· Dealfeed: Bird's Summer Warehouse Sale [Racked NY]
· Inside Bird Summer Warehouse Sale [The Choosy Beggar]