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How to Survive the Glory That is Steven Alan's Sample Sale

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If you haven't heard the hype and been personally preparing already, know this: The biannual Steven Alan sample sale is a must-stop for any shopper. The event, at Alan's Tribeca showroom, is two levels of glorious deals (three if you include the fact that stock is consistently being brought up from the basement) with prices ranging from $5 to $600 and savings of 30% to 75% off on a selection so vast, it will kill your camera to take it all in. That's why we've got so many photos, and that's why we're tackling it in two posts. First up: How to shop. Coming soon: Details on the merchandise.

Most importantly, plan ahead. There is a huge selection, so having time to sift is crucial. Even traditionally speedy shoppers should expect to spend over an hour at the venue. Also, dress in comfortable, easy-to-change clothing. There are no dressing rooms at all, and the first level only has one mirror located by the highly exposed, highly trafficked entrance, so it might help to bring a trustworthy friend for second opinions. Also, modest shoppers need keep in mind that this is a men's and women's sale, so stripping may not be an option as at others.

Finally, keep in mind that no clothing is allowed between levels, meaning purchases must be made by floor. All the actual Steven Alan pieces are located downstairs, and other designers, brands and vintage are on the first level, so plan your budget accordingly. Whether it's trading off with friends holding items or doing a total test of nerve and generally surveying your options before actually grabbing anything, this sale takes strategy.
· Dealfeed: Steven Alan [Racked NY]

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