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Nanette Lepore's Archive Sample Sale Is So Good, It Overwhelms

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We've been to a lot of Nanette Lepore sample sales, but never one as amazing as her latest—a sale composed of merchandise taken directly from her archives. That's right: rack after rack of samples, runway items, and one-of-a-kind pieces spanning back more than ten years. With prices ranging from $5 to $85, this is an honest-to-goodness sample sale—and a really good one.

We checked out at a press preview yesterday, but if you're worried that all the good stuff got picked over, fear not. Nanette cleared out so much merchandise from storage that we're guessing you could show up during the last hour of the last day and still find plenty to choose from.

While the selection is great, size is an issue. Most items are sample size 2s and a few 8s, but you'll need to try them on as the fits vary. If you're a size Small or X-Small, you'll probably go home with bags of clothing. If not, it's going to be more of a challenge—but arguably worth the hunt because there are some larger pieces mixed in.

When you arrive, we suggest you make a beeline to the front rack filled with "Nanette's Picks." These items are some of the designer's favorites, and the ones she felt the most nostalgic about. And though they tend to be some of the sale's more dramatic pieces, they're priced the same as everything else.

And as we mentioned, those prices are good. There are about six racks of coats and jackets priced at $85 and $60, respectively. We saw tons of dresses for all seasons at $50 and $65, depending on their lengths and whether or not they're beaded.

Tops range from $20 to $40, with T-shirts and tanks going for $20, dressier tops are $30 and $40, and sweaters are $35. Skirts are $30 and $40, and pants are just $25.

Although the clothes are the highlight of the sale, there are plenty of accessories that are also reasonably priced. Most of the handbags are made of fabric and are from older Nanette collections before she started doing leather pieces. Prices range from $5 to $30, depending on size. Shoes are also $30, and this includes heels from the runway, Wellington-style boots, and a few of Nanette's shoes for Keds. There are also quite a few hats made from straw, sequins or fabric for $10 each.

If you love Nanette Lepore's clothing, appreciate one-of-a-kind garments, and wish there were more real sample sales, you're definitely going to want to check this one out. There is a communal dressing room, and credit cards are accepted. The sale runs until 7pm daily through Friday. See additional info in the dealfeed below.
· Dealfeed: Nanette Lepore [Racked NY]
· Nanette Lepore [Official Site]