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The Elizabeth and James sample sale started this morning at 11am, and we stopped by around 1pm to have a look. You'll find that navigating the sale is ridiculously easy: The showroom is small, but all of the merchandise is well laid-out and organized by category. Within each rack there's a decent range of sizes; although it can be difficult to find the marked size on the sample tags, there are definitely options for size 0 through 8. Also, there are price lists posted throughout the showroom, and they also include how many of each unit is available.
The not-so-PETA-friendly brand had 13 pieces of leather/fur at the start of the sale for $200, but they seem to be favorites of the die-hard shoppers present at the sale's opening. A single pair of buttery, brown leather flares and three green fur-front cardigans were all snatched up by 2pm.
Almost half of the showroom is dedicated to the Textile Collection, and those racks are filled with casual cotton blends, hoodies, and loungewear. This is not particularly the area in which the Elizabeth and James sale excels in, but if you or anyone on your shopping list are in the market for comfy tees or layering tanks, they're on sale for $30 and $20 respectively.
The sweaters, priced at $75, are unremarkable, except for a few asymmetrical crew neck wool pieces. There's one rack of short, summery dresses priced at $75, and a second rack of full-length dresses and jumpsuits for $100. Jeans cost $50, pants are $75, and shorts are $60. For a full list of prices, see gallery above.
There is one rack of jackets ($100), but no outerwear to speak of. There are no shoes and no bags, but there is a table of jewelry that's marked 60% off, which may well be the highlight of the sale. The Meadowlark and Perched Bird ring is marked down from $295 to $177, the Feather Pendant and Drop earrings are available from the spring 2012 collection, and the Fox pendant from the previous spring, no longer online, is available in silver and gold.
If you love the brand, the prices are unbeatable. There is a lot of silk, and a lot of items from the Textile Collection in a range of sizes. Be careful, though: Since there's so much delicate silk, some of the pieces have been ripped or pulled, so check for damages before you pay. The sale ends tomorrow at 7pm; for additional info, see the dealfeed below.—Naomi Collett Ritz
· Dealfeed: Elizabeth and James [Racked NY]