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Today marked the start of the Yumi Kim sample sale at 44 Prince Street, just a short walk from their LES store. The local brand that's adopted bright patterns on silky tops and dresses as their signature has lots of back stock and prior seasons' merch available here at up to 80% off retail prices. If loud colors and soft fabrics aren't your thing, there's also a good selection of Dolce Vita shoes.
Yumi is keeping it simple for shoppers with uniform pricing for all garment types, marked on signs throughout the store (although the prices are written so faintly in pen, we missed it the first time around). Dresses and rompers go for $75, while tops and bottoms are $50. DV flats are $40, and all other styles of shoes are going for $50.
Most of the garments still had their original price on them, so let's do some comparisons to see how good these discounts really are. We spotted short rompers for $198 and long ones for $213, while dresses were in the $200—$235 range. Some long-sleeve tops were originally $150, loose-fitting silky pants were $139, and tanks were $128. Not bad, right?
In terms of sizes, we saw a range from XS to XL, though it looked like there were more items in the smaller sizes. Luckily, there's fitting rooms in the back of the space with a large mirror along the back wall, so you can double-check to see what truly works on you.
You'll see some boxes in the middle of the room—that's some extra styles that they don't have any room for on the racks. Unfortunately, we noticed that a lot of the garments both in the boxes and hanging looked very wrinkled, as if they hadn't been properly packed for transport. That means everything needs to be ironed or steamed before you wear it. This sale is going on through Sunday.—Laura Gurfein
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