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60% off luxury name brands like Alexander Wang and 3.1 Lim sounded enticing, but when we arrived at the Otte sale in Flatiron, we didn't find many of the brand names we'd been expecting. Instead, the selection included Sonia Rykiel, Tashkent, and See by Chloe, and it was fairly slim—probably because we arrived later in the day. The crowds couldn't have helped: Several groups of women rushed in while we were there.
As in previous Otte sales, don't go expecting a Clothingline-style bonanza of merchandise. The tiny space holds five half-filled racks, three full bins of jeans, a corner of shoes, and a table of deliberately spaced out jewelry. Do go for the prices, though: We were excited to find that everything in the store was marked an extra 50% off the lowest marked price on the tag.
Among our favorite pieces were a few kaleidoscopic Seventh Wonderland kaftans marked $108.50 after the 50% discount. Two stellar drape Something Else by Nathalie Wood tanks with printed constellations ($60.50 each) hung amidst a rack of some Sonia by Sonia Rykiel noir knit tank tops ($84). One lonely Only Heart floral bralette ($15) was hung next to its companion chemise ($21).
A single rack of trousers and pants ranged in price from $38 for a a pair of Hope lab trousers to $73.50 for a pair of Vince ski pants. Only three bins of jeans sizes 28 to 30 were left full. Among the pairs, we loved the MiH breathless jeans ($81.50) and the torn Current/Elliot skinny jeans ($83.30). Small sizes will have the best luck. Most pieces were sample sizes and it doesn't seem as if there will be replenishment of any larger sizes.
In the shoe corner, the selection was limited to about twelve different pairs. The shoe with the most availability were the six pairs of Tashkent black shearling boots ($120). They ranged in sizes from 36 to 38. The shoe that deserves the "most unique" award was the Sonia Rykiel Clea boot with the cow-fur tongue and small bow priced at $133. There were a few pairs of heels, such as the Loeffler Randall Zola platform, but those were getting snapped up before our eyes.
The accessories table was small, but it had some intriguing pieces. A collection of snakeskin Cara bracelets were priced at $22.50, Shashi Pocahontas earrings were $46, and a Streets Ahead double rivet belt was $18. There weren't many doubles of jewelry pieces, but there were multiple Felix Ray purple sequined clutches for $19.50.
Many of the pieces at the sale can be found on Otte's website, but don't fall in love with anything specific before you go. The majority of the selection consisted of single pieces that were the last of their kind in stock. But there's still a few more hours today and one more day to shop the sale tomorrow, so plan to head over early. Having gotten there late, we're left wondering what Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Elizabeth and James pieces we missed.—Jena Glick
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