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A new Soho locale for discounted Lanvin flats, Louboutin pumps, Chloe knits, and frilly and extravagant Chanel dresses? Yes, please. For years, label-loving Upper East Siders have gathered at Roundabout Resale (72nd between Madison and Park Avenues) to buy modern, clean, and well-priced couture pieces. Now that Roundabout has opened a new downtown location at 115 Mercer Street, lower Manhattanites have the chance to get their hands on strappy Louboutin shoes for around $200, hard-to-come-by sequined Thakoon pieces for around $1,600, and silk Oscar de la Renta dresses with paillettes in smaller sizes for $995.
In Soho, you'll pass Agent Provocateur, A.P.C., and Rag & Bone sales on the way to this consignment store's new locale, but you may want to save up all your money. When we went to check out the roomy new downtown space, we were a little overwhelmed with the great mix of pieces, from classic Comme des Garçon to discounted Michael Kors to vintage Alaia outfits from the 1980s to new Derek Lam tops for only $159. Everything in there, including a Prada bag we have our eye on, was only a couple hundred dollars.
Most of the clothes, bags and shoes were used, but one of the Roundabout Resale staffers says they get new merchandise all the time from buying out boutiques. They have a small staff on hand to answer all your questions about the merchandise and what goes well with what. (They told us they've already had quite a turnaround on stock.) We found plenty of fitting rooms and a basement that will open up during their grand opening, which is scheduled for some time in September—we hear it will be a quite a spectacle with cocktails and all. In the meantime, stop by for fall staples like knits, knee-high boots and coats.—Joann Pan
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