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There's nothing like The Row's annual sample sale to brighten up a gloomy day. The event kicked off at noon today with deep discounts of 70% off apparel and 60% off handbags. The handbag selection was larger this year and prices started at $500 for the multi-pouch cross-body bags and went up from there. The clothing was mostly made up of leather pants in every color but black, and suit separates. The traditional blazer was going for $400 and the more ornate blazers went up to $900. Most of the clothing was from previous spring and resort collections, with limited cold-weather apparel in the mix.
Just like last year, everything was marked with the retail price (most shoppers had their calculator app out). Most of the outerwear looked appropriate for spring and early fall, including a trench coat from the spring 2013 collection for $700 and long leather jackets for $1400. In the center of the sale were tables filled with folded tees and knitwear. There was a limited sweater selection with navy and merlot color-blocked styles going for $400. Long-sleeve knit tees were probably the cheapest items at the sale, at $105 (retail $350). Jersey maxi dresses were going for $175. We were hoping to pick up some chunky knit sweaters but there were none in sight.
Among the bags we saw black top handle satchels, black and ivory sling hobos, and a clutches in exotic skins. The majority of the bag prices were still above the $1,000 price point, with a few styles around $800.
The racks were divided by sizes, which made shopping a breeze. Casual styles were marked small, medium and large while more tailored designs were labeled with sizes zero through ten. On the casual racks we spotted pull-on pants for $200, long denim skirts for $180 and silk blouses for $360.
If you wear sizes six through ten, you have a better variety of styles to choose from. Simple tailored dresses were going for around $450, satin jackets were around $800 and leather shift dresses were between $750 and $1,100.
There was a mandatory coat and bag check at the door, so allow for additional time if you decide to go during your lunch break. A large communal fitting room was set up at the back of the sale, with mirrors leaning against the walls and chairs to pile your clothes on. Be sure to scroll through the photo gallery to get a glimpse of what to expect at the sale, which is open until 7pm tonight. Check the Dealfeed below for more details.
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