The Row sample sale kicked off quietly this morning, offering discounts of 70% to 85% off the luxury label's tailored wardrobe staples. The spacious white loft of the Metropolitan Pavillion set the scene for the sale, which was filled with racks clearly labeled by size and tables of neatly stacked knits.
Be sure to have your calculator app handy, since everything has retail price tags and it's left up to you to calculate the sale price. Everything was 70% off unless marked with green—those are 80% off—although we never saw anything marked in green. Some styles marked with red are 85% off, but most are damaged, from small holes or runs in fabric. Even with the discounts, most of the merchandise was still pretty pricey.
Pieces from the spring 2013 collection are available, including boxy tanks, slip dresses, and lightweight trench coats. Beautifully tailored blazers, from tuxedo styles to open robe silhouettes, are $300 to $600, while coats started around $600 and only increased in price.
The knit tables were constantly buzzing with shoppers scooping up the signature tees for around $40, while the colorblock sweaters for $240 weren't getting much attention. An abundance of denim Stratton leggings and scuba cropped skinny pants are available in smaller sizes for under $200. We spotted classic silk black button down shirts for $120.
On the accessories tables, there are three styles of sunglasses, all with smokey ivory frames, pairs of Superga x The Row sneakers, simple zip clutches, and if you were feeling spendy; an alligator bucket bag, fur backpacks, and ivory calf hair totes.
The large, shared fitting room located in the back of the space was poorly lit, and didn't have enough mirrors or racks to hang your clothes on. On the up side, it ended up being a good place to find more merchandise before the sales people put it back on the floor. We noticed most shoppers were trying on leather pieces, from black shorts and pink dresses to cropped jackets and pencil skirts.
With more than enough merchandise on the floor, there won't be any restocking and no word yet about further discounts. The sale runs through Saturday; check out the deal feed for all of the details.—Christina DeSmet
· Dealfeed: The Row [Racked NY]
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