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Yesterday, we got word from Mizhattan that a "hush-hush" Reed Krakoff sample sale has supposedly been going on all week. Even though this sale is strictly for invited guests, we thought we would try our luck—and we're glad we did.
When we dropped by the Associated Press building at 450 W. 33rd Street yesterday afternoon, building security called a sale employee downstairs to verify our identity. We were told that today and tomorrow's sale were for employees of Coach at designated one-hour time slots, but with twenty minutes remaining in the hour, they were still kind enough to let us in.
To reiterate further, if you try your luck today, there's obviously no guarantee you'll make it inside, but we decided to publish the below report to give you an idea on whether or not you think it's worth it to try.
Walking into the sale space, we saw only a handful of Coach employees eagerly shopping away. To the left were the handbags. Selection was relatively sparse compared to say, the Rebecca Minkoff sales, but what were left were real gems. And prices were at least a solid 80% off. The first thing that caught our eye was a bright yellow Micro Atlantique Tote, $175 (from $890). A Standard Mini Python Shoulder Bag in fuchsia could also be had for $350 (down from $500 this morning, and a regular price of $2,490).
A large Atlantique tote with python and shearling was $500, and a beautiful brown Boxer I tote with maroon calf hair was $350. If these were the so-called "leftovers," we are curious to know what was available on the first two days.
The shoe section on the right was much more abundant in selection. The entire wall was lined with boxes filled with luxurious winter boots, summer sandals in decadent leathers and exotic skins, and a small selection of flats. There were also sample bins filled with exotics.
Reed Krakoff shoes tend to run small, so we recommend sizing up half a size for comfort. Pricing varied for individual styles with flats starting at $75, sandals at $125, and boots at $150. Sizes were ample except in flats, where small sizes will have the most luck. We spotted the boar hair sandals from the spring 2011 collection in a variety of sizes. For the adventurous, you could own the low heel nude and charcoal variations of the mesh boots Miranda Kerr wore in her (NSFW) spread for Harper's Bazaar for a mere $175.
Between the bags and the shoes was a limited selection of small leather goods and sunglasses, but nothing really caught our eye.
We unfortunately didn't have time to take a good look at the ready-to-wear in the far back of the space, but as far as we can tell there was ample selection of fall and winter clothes in a variety of sizes. A staffer was kind enough to tell us that coats were going for $400 and up. We should also mention that shoppers were limited to two handbags, three small leather goods, one pair of sunglasses, and three pieces of jewelry each.
If you are feeling lucky, the Reed Krakoff sample sale has a lot to offer. The sale runs until 6pm today at the Associated Press building, 450 W. 33rd Street. Credit cards only. Let us know in the comments if you manage to get in!—Joy Fan
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