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If you love Paul Smith's statement-making cufflinks, or know a man who does, then we suggest you run, don't walk, to the brand's West Broadway sample sale as soon as possible. These boldly patterned cufflinks, which normally list for between $100 and $300, are just $25 dollars a pair. We saw plenty of stock, including some in boxes, at the sale's preview yesterday. But at these prices, we can't imagine too many pairs sticking around for long.
If cufflinks aren't your thing, you'll find plenty of other items at the sale for both men and women—as well as a few gems for your house. The British designer's quirky modern looks are normally quite pricey, but the majority of merchandise at this sale is at least 75% off. And if you're willing to dig, you can find some treasures that are discounted considerably more than that.
Men's styles include current season samples as well as Spring 2012 and Autumn 2011 stock. There are bold ties, normally selling for up to $300, now just $25. If you're looking for a suit to wear them with, the sale has a large number in the basics: black, navy and gray, for $400, as well as sports coats and outerwear for $200. We saw tons of gorgeous print men's shirts at $70 and t-shirts for $20. There were also plenty of jeans at $60.
While you're there, check out the sale's boldly colored underwear fpr $20, swimwear for $30, and robes and pajamas for $50. Note: If you're looking for a pair of fabulous Paul Smith Men's socks, you'll have to go to one of the brand's retail shops or their outlet store in Brooklyn, because the few at the sale were snapped up right away.
About a quarter of the merchandise at the sale is women's wear, and a large percentage of those items are samples. There's a small selection of blazers and coats at $200, including a few cute raincoats which originally listed for over a thousand dollars each. We saw a couple of racks full of dresses priced at $100, although a significant number of those are for summer. If you're looking for more casual wear, brightly colored slacks are $80, while jeans are $60 and t-shirts are $20. As for women's accessories, there are a few purses which range between $90 to $250 and silk scarves which are $40.
The sale's downstairs floor, where you'll find the women's selection, also houses both men's and women's shoes. The women's shoe selection tends to be made up of lightly worn samples, whereas the men's selection includes a significant amount of never-worn stock. Prices for both men's and women's shoes run between $60 and $120.
The most interesting section of the sale is the home goods area. There you'll find tons of hardback books, many with an art theme. There is also a small selection of vintage housewares, which Paul Smith sells in special collections in their stores. Standouts include colorful Bakelite cake cutters and staplers, white Swedish vases from the 1950s and 1960s for $50, and a vintage Pucci/Rosenthal tea set for $200. The set's flowered pattern is very atypical for Pucci, and the price of the whole set is what you'd normally pay for just one or two china place settings.