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The Gargyle Sale Is Definitely Worth a Rainy Day Trek

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The Gargyle end-of-season sale is kind of what we wished Barneys would be. No disrespect to the legendary warehouse sale, of course, but sometimes it's refreshing to shop a more straightforward and edited sale—especially on days like today when crap weather is sapping your patience. The diminutive boutique is offering up to 80% off of women's and men's clothes and footwear from coveted downtown labels like Vena Cava and Rachel Comey.

The sale pricing is designated by color dots, starting from a red dot $30 running to a lime green dot of $125+ ( or "priced as marked"). Well, no time to waste—ladies, you're up first.

We noted that most items hovered around the $125 mark, but let's start with the best deals spotted first. At the lowest $30 color dot, we saw a bunch of camel and black Kai-aakmann cropped riding pants. In the $50 range, we picked up a Kai-aakmann black cowlneck LBD, an Acne silk grey tank, a Corpus sheer floral peasant top and black Them jeans.

At the $75 mark, highlights included a black fitted Surface to Air knit dress with laser-cut holes, a black and white paint-splotched silk Won Hundred dress (great for the transition to spring), a bunch of Viva Vena t-shirt–top frocks, an adorbs Sea New York satin Peter Pan-collared car coat, a melon-hued laser-cut Vena Cava silk tank (from Fall 09), and a royal purple, silky and baggy Whyred dress.

Let's go back to the $125+ bulk of goods that tempted despite the price. Highlights on the racks included a United Bamboo cowl neck dress with a lace skirt ($200), a lovely Lerario Beatriz purple velvet detail frock ($175), a Kai-aakmann duster trench ($150), a Rachel Comey ankle length black knit dress with fringe ($200), one Rachel Comey convertible Sojourner's Suit ($175), and Vena Cava distressed denim-printed tapered pants (the matching jacket is $175 and also from Fall 09).

As for footwear, the boots and booties are mostly priced at $150, such as the B Store brown peep-toe felt wedges and stacked heel moccasin loafers.

Now, on to the gents, who can find their racks toward the back of the tiny shop. We noted a bunch of items in the $75 range, including marled-knit Gargyle cardigans, heavy Fred Perry polos (in both black and white plaid and solids), and work-friendly Shipley & Halmos button-downs. In the $50 range, we saw a random smattering of one-off Velour plaids, Them jeans, and in the bins. bright fuschia Raf Simmons polos.

The sale is also a great chance to pick up end-of-season outerwear. We admired a Whillas & Gunn army green shearling-lined vest with leather collar ($100) and plush D.S. Dundee wool double breasted trenches ($275).

Men's shoes run from $75 for canvas oxfords to $150 for Rachel Comey black brogues to $175 for Rachel Comey shiny ankle-lace-ups and chukkas.

There are two private dressing rooms in the back for fitting, and both cash and credit are accepted. We saw a bunch of additional shoe boxes piled above the racks, so that bodes well for footwear, but pretty much all of the apparel is out on the floor. Extra bonus: Once you've finished up at Gargyle, take a stroll on over to the Project No. 8 sale to make the most of your rainy day shopping excursion. More on that in a bit.
· Dealfeed: Gargyle [Racked]
· Dealfeed: Project No. 8 [Racked]
· Gargyle [Official Site]


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