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The Rebecca Minkoff sale opened its doors to the public this morning, and not a minute too soon. Ladies were lined up past several storefronts down the sidewalk, and we were let in just as it started to sprinkle. An excited crowd of customers rushed in and began collecting bags immediately. The sale is housed in a large single room warehouse space with plenty of mirrors, but no changing area. Posters with photos list the prices, but you'll also find employees with flip books who are extremely helpful in finding how much a piece cost. Like at yesterday's preview, the bags were the main attraction this morning, but don't skip over the few racks of clothes and table of shoes.
We started by shopping the bags, which were laid out on long tables that created aisles. There are hobos, weekenders, clutches, bucket bags, laptop cases, cross body purses, and even baby bags. They come in a rainbow of colors that came studded or quilted, or made of fur, straw, suede, or faux snakeskin. As we were quietly sorting through the piles of leather, frenzied customers continually brushed past with a dozen bags hanging from each arm.
Some standout pieces were the 3 Zip Rocker for $105, and a fringed bucket bag for $180. The Forever Clutch, which features quilted leather and a zebra brooch on the front flap, was on sale for $215. Most styles had lots of multiples, and sometimes the same bag came in different colors. There was also a table of special sample bags that were individually priced. They made their way to the sale from photo shoots and runways, and thus might have very slight cosmetic defects. Also, there is more inventory to hit the floor once levels get low.
Next we stopped by the clothes racks near the checkout area. Here we found lots of animal prints, and leather accents. A buttery soft goat suede panel zipper dress was on sale for $95. We spotted army green jeans with quilted leather patches for $75. All silk blouses were $125, and silk shorts were $75. There was also a small selection on outerwear and skirts.
Loafers, platform booties, sandals, heels, and boots were sitting on the shoe table. The Doll Boot for $190 came in tan and brown suede. We spotted the Demure shoe in grey suede for $160, but also found it in black and gold pony hair for $175. Certain styles were only available in a size 10, but most other styles ranged in size from 6 ½ to 9 ½.
When we were leaving the sale, the line to purchase had grown to be just as long as the line was outside before the sale started. But if you don't mind the crowd and occasional nudging by overzealous shoppers, this sale isn't to be missed.—Apneet Kaur
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