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- Isabel Marant top, $169 (was $676)
- Some of the Rachel Comey prints on offer (dresses were $248)
- An array of house-brand silk dresses and tops
- Jeffrey Monteiro dress, $158 (was $635)
- The infamous Isabel Marant sweatpants, $59 (were $224)
- Rittenhouse double-layer cardigan, $72 (was 288)
- The Acne trench at left was $530, is now $132
- The Sophomore section in the back room
- No. 6 tassled clogs, $130 (were $250)
- Rachel Comey booties, $184
- One-fourth of the men's section. Lots of Gilded Age here.
- In front, that's a collarless Rag & Bone shirt for $73
You might expect a sale in a Brooklyn boutique to be long on dressing room space and short on actual stock, but the Stuart & Wright sample sale, on through Sunday in Fort Greene, reverses the formula. The store's front and back room are packed with merchandise from labels like Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey, and Lewis Cho, but if you want to try anything on, you're probably going to have an audience. Don't let shyness deter you, though—opportunities to expand your wardrobe with such cute stuff and at such reasonable prices don't come along every day.
Let's begin with the Isabel Marant selection, which feels like a minor miracle given the French boho queen's usual exorbitant pricing. A quilted black jacket was $308 (down from $615), a little structured dress was $390 (from $780), and a printed gray-and-pink jacket and a metallic top were both $169 (from $676 and $667, respectively.) It's nearly impossible to find Marant for under $100, but Stuart & Wright has her infamous sweatpants for $59. Is $59 still sort of crazy for sweatpants? Sure, but these are designer sweatpants with a cult following—and they used to cost $224.
Another Brooklyn favorite, Rachel Comey, was priced at similar better-but-not-rock-bottom levels. The black-and-white Iota cardigan was $173, while the Contrary dress in the same print was $218. A Kelly green leather dress in Comey's signature so-unsexy-it's-sexy style was $430, while a series of cute floral-print dresses clocked in at $248. Those with limited budgets might do better in the denim-heavy In God We Trust section, where we found an insanely flattering dark-wash miniskirt for $80. Also under $100: Dresses from Lewis Cho for $59 and $89 (including a few we remember from the Steven Alan sample sale) and some $45 T by Alexander Wang tops.
The men's section was much smaller: Four racks, most of them dominated by Gilded Age shirts ($70) and jeans ($50 to $80). Many of the button-downs were a tad flamboyant for most guys, but we did love the APC bomber jackets (only three left at $333) and Rittenhouse's double-faced cardigans ($69, and they had them in girls' sizes, too.) A couple Mark McNairy desert boots were cute at $159, but honestly, this is really a sale for women.
So much so, in fact, that the entire back room is girls-only and doubles as a makeshift dressing room—helpful because there are only two small ones out front and they don't have curtains. "If you've seen one set of boobs, you've seen them all," said a sales associate when we asked. (If that's not your philosophy, wear a tank top.) Among the changing ladies, you'll find tops from Lawless ($30 to $40), Sophomore zip dresses and skirts ($30 to $50), and more Lewis Cho. There's also a ton of Martin denim for $50, slouchy chinos for $60, and sweet silk floral dresses for $90.
Out front, $150 bags, shoes and boots from Rachel Comey and No.6 for under $200, and outerwear from the likes of APC round out the mix. If this sounds like a lot, it's because it is—give yourself lots of time. And go soon: When we left yesterday evening, the place was filling up, and these deals won't last the weekend.
· Dealfeed: Stuart & Wright [Racked NY]