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The Alexis Bittar sample sale opened yesterday to friends and family with deep discounts, great selection, and beautiful merchandise, making it a real pleasure to shop. You'll find bracelets, earrings, cuffs and necklaces to rack, pack, and stack at 50% to 70% off. The merchandise comes from the Spring 2011 and Spring/Fall 2010 collections and includes both one-of-a-kind pieces that were used in editorial layouts and samples that never hit the mainstream.
Enter to a mandatory coat and bag check, and grab a plastic box to hold your treasures while you search for more. This isn't your average sample sale with items dumped in bins that require patience to sort through—everything is well-laid out and easy to navigate. Collections are grouped together by material: Gold, rose gold, Lucite and gunmetal, etc. In each collection there are rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and cuffs in a variety of styles.
Earrings ranged from $40 to $200, rose gold pieces were $80 to $150, and we liked one gold lattice bracelet with mixed gems for $158. All items are marked, but in the odd case something doesn't have a price, the very helpful and friendly staff will be glad to find out for you. Staffers know the merchandise quite well, so don't hesitate to ask for styling advice.
In addition to jewelry, there are pieces from the Curiosities collection—a nice treat. Pillows with fun sayings run from $45 to $100, faux leather (vegan) bags are $22, and rattan bags are $350 (originally $700). Also available are silk scarves printed with vintage photos for $111 (originally $300).
A table in the center of the room holds flower pins, $5 and $10 wooden bangles, silver rings with stones for $75 to $100, gold rings with stones for $50 to $100, and brightly colored Lucite bangles. Generally, the pieces displayed around the room were a bit more expensive than what was laid out here.
Sale logistics: This is a cash-only sale and there will be no further markdowns. The sale will be restocked throughout the day. The storefront is all glass so you can check the layout before you get inside. And handheld mirrors are available at the checkout desk.—Pam Krywy
· Dealfeed: Alexis Bittar [Racked NY]