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The Anna Sui sample sale kicked off this morning with a flood of fans pouring into the small, sample-filled midtown studio and grabbing armloads of Sui's signature designs. With sportswear marked at 40% to 80% off retail, samples starting at $15, boxes of t-shirts at $10 each, and purses, patches and blanks priced anywhere from 50 cents to $20, there was something for every size, style and budget.
The well-organized room featured racks overflowing with samples (including collaboration pieces from Anthropologie and James Coviello) arranged by type. One respective rack each was dedicated to dresses, pants, tops, skirts, embellished tees, and outerwear, with the addition of five more racks near the check-out holding the higher-priced, more unique merchandise. The hit of the morning, though, conveniently placed like the candy racks at the grocery check-out, were heaping boxes of Anna Sui graphic t-shirts. In our time there, we didn't spy a single patron leaving without at least one $10 t-shirt.
Selling out in mere minutes were scarves, specialty bags, and embellished jackets. One knit scarf surfaced 30 minutes in, causing much excitement. As for other items, there was a wide selection, with many styles in many sizes. We spied a saturation in sizes small, 2, 4 and 6, but Sui's generous cuts and full silhouettes (lots of trapeze and shift cuts) mean you don't have to pay too much attention to the numbers on the tags.
The coats are a steal. Listed at a flat $80, these included everything from brocade walking coats to warmer wool blend overcoats. Jackets, mostly at $50, came in everything from cropped metallic to track zip-up.
The wide selection of dresses, skirts and fun-cut pants, additionally, will have any Sui fan swooning. We saw velvet, chiffon, brocade, print, lace and silk for miles. Some standout pieces were a champagne silk drop waist tie-front dress priced at $159 and a graphic crimped tulle shrug for $152.
Luckily, the hardworking staffers kept things extremely organized and flowing smoothly. There were fitting area attendants taking the items that didn't work off of customer's hands—that's right, customer service at a sample sale.
General logistics of the venue: There is a coat/bag check upon entry, so no need to worry about carrying your purse while juggling heaps to try on (checking non-clutch handbags is actually required). As far as trying on goes, there are two spacious dressing areas complete with one mirror, two chairs, an extended bar to hang clothing, and the aforementioned attendants to swiftly remove unwanted items.
Overall, the Anna Sui sample sale is a must-stop for anyone who is already a follower of her designs or still regretting not grabbing that specific piece from a former collaboration. And for the die-hard fans on a budget, the promise of a $10 t-shirt or 50 cent patch featuring her namesake is worth the trip.
· Dealfeed: Anna Sui [Racked NY]