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This morning, we were one of the first batch of shoppers let through the door when the Alexander Wang sample sale opened a half an hour early. After we checked our bag, it all seemed pretty quiet inside—until we got a good look at the chaos surrounding the bag section. A crowd had quickly formed and staffers were trying to make sure everyone formed a straight line hugging the tables by the shoes. Within fifteen minutes, they decided to rope the area off by table and let shoppers in slowly, so that they can get a chance to pick out their bags with less stress.
All bags mentioned in yesterday's preview were there and they were definitely going fast. About 30 minutes into the sale, the Roccos were already all gone. (We only saw two large Roccos in the camel color on the shelves at the beginning of the sale.) Due to the rush, we heard the staff shout out that there would be a limit of three bags per person.
While the girls gathered around the bags, the men were digging through the bins of T by Alexander Wang goods. T-shirts and sweaters seemed to be the biggest hit. The ready-to-wear for men was all mostly by the entrance, and the area was fairly quiet. Note that there are no men's shoes.
The shoe selection is the most interesting for sizes 36 and 40, while the pickings are slimmer for size 37 and 38s. Shoes were being picked up left and right, which surprised us because at $175 a pop they're not super cheap.
The women's ready-to-wear section was quiet at first, but got crowded once ladies finished picking out their bags. The white cutout dresses were a popular pick, as we saw a couple of ladies holding on to some, as well as combo leather garments.
A couple of the T by Alexander Wang bins were already getting replenished by a staffer only about 30 minutes into the sale. We looked for items below $50, and saw many residual tanks and sweaters from past sample sales. Shoppers impatiently dug into each bin, but there wasn't too much worth grabbing.
There was still plenty of stock by the time we left, and you'll definitely find a good range of sizes for most items (for now!). There aren't any fitting rooms, but there was a small line (that formed into a crowd) of girls stripping down in front of a single large mirror near the back. It was chaotic, and not at all a pleasant place to undress.
If you're not rushing to get anything in particular, we'd suggest you wait out this morning's rush and come back during the week. The line was still nearing Wooster Street by the time we left, and would have been probably an hour or two wait. Both cash and credit cards are accepted.—Hsini
· Dealfeed: Alexander Wang [Racked NY]
· The Line for the Alexander Wang Sample Sale Is Steadily Growing [Racked NY]
· Inside the Alexander Wang Sample Sale: Bags, RTW, and More [Racked NY]