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"Garçonne" is French for "flapper," but it's also the feminine of "garçon," as in "boy." E-commerce site La Garçonne embraces both meanings with a selection of gamine, unfussy designer picks for modern-day flapper types. Today through Sunday, you can shop that selection at up to 75% off at their offices in Soho.

We stopped by this morning for a preview and found a wide range of merchandise from labels like Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, and Alexander Wang, all hanging inside a surprisingly chic industrial cage. With a few exceptions, everything cost at least $100, but we're talking about merchandise that in some cases started out costing over $1000, so relatively speaking the sale contains some good deals.

La Garçonne has held a few small offline sales before, but this is their first real warehouse sale. It takes place in the space that actually serves as a warehouse for the office, where clothing hangs on racks arranged by size. Everything is priced individually and nothing is arranged by designer or by season, so it pays to dig—we went through the racks twice and turned up completely different merchandise each time.

Casual highlights included pretty blush-and-white Rodarte for Opening Ceremony cardigans ($120), a Proenza Schouler shirtdress ($464 down from $1545), a splotchy black Vanessa Bruno burnout skirt ($131 down from $301), and an Alexander Wang nylon jacket ($275 down from $695.) On the fancier end, we found a sparkly bustier dress from Viktor & Rolf ($498 down from $1695), a ruched Helmut Lang number ($128 down from $425), and a glittery white Vivienne Westwood Anglomania dress that would be perfect for a holiday party as long as you stayed away from red wine ($183 down from $610.) Nearly everything is in good condition, though we did find a Henrik Vibskov cardi with a (totally fixable) torn arm priced at $20 down from $554.

Shoes aren't an afterthought at this sale; in fact, for some people they might be the main draw. Proenza booties with chunky heels were $395 and seemed to be getting a lot of attention. Marc Jacobs flats were $207, and Alexander Wang's Natasha pump was $128. We liked a mauve marbled Rachel Comey heel at $145 and some simple wooden sandals by Hope for $180 (though it might be hard to sit on them for the next six months waiting for sandal weather.) Also, there's a big range of Opening Ceremony platforms for the adventurous and strong of ankle.

Three smallish bargain bins held merchandise priced at $10, $20, and $30. The first bin contained pleated Daryl K shorts, the second bin leggings and a jacket, and the third bin such finds as a Future Projects "space poncho" (that's what the label said) in silver lamé. At the register, you'll see Bernhard Willhelm's usually-expensive nail polish marked down to $16, as well as some jewelry.

Note that there are no fitting rooms, though ladies shouldn't worry too much about prying gentlemen: La Garçonne only started carrying menswear this year, and their selection at the sale consists entirely of two size medium shirts. Better luck next time, boys.
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Marc Jacobs Collection

385 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012 212 343 1490 Visit Website

Henrik Vibskov

456 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013 (212) 219-3950 Visit Website

Rachel Comey

95 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012 212-334-0455 Visit Website

Alexander Wang

103 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013 212-977-9683 Visit Website