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We stopped by the Steven Alan sample sale's friend and family sneak preview last night, and were pleasantly surprised (read: excited to the point of concern from the sales assistant) by the amount of merchandise in stock.
As usual, the sale is being held in the Steven Alan showroom, a first-floor and basement space at 87 Franklin Street. The first floor is mostly filled with other brands the store carries, including racks of Wren, Mollusk Surf Shop, No. 6, and Demylee. Most items are priced as marked, and we saw $75 Wren dresses and $100 matching sets, ($50 a piece for striped leggings and peplum tops), rompers for $75, and one $150 black-and-white blazer. Towards the back of the room, Edith A. Miller knits and A Peace Treaty scarves are $45-$85.
Two Mollusk racks feature both kids' and adult clothing, all from $10 to $20, including buttery soft cotton zip-ups and tons of plaid. Also of note: No. 6 silks, like $85 tops and $130 sleeveless, flowing summer dresses, which would pair well with the striped Demylee cashmere men's and women's sweaters ($150 down from $178—we're holding out for a further reduction) stacked nearby.
But the real goods are downstairs, where space and time cease to exist, and you find yourself wandering endlessly through racks of clothes, constantly implored by nearby signs to spend $200-$300 and receive an additional 20%-30% off your purchase, respectively. The Steven Alan brand is housed down here and there are multiples of almost everything with every size currently available. This promotion is expected to run through the last day of the sale.
In the men's section, we saw button-downs for $78, pants and trousers for $68, loungewear for $48, and outerwear for $138. There are also bins and shelves filled with useful accessories like pocket squares, belts, iPad cases, and fedoras.
Prices in the women's section are the same, with outerwear for $138, blazers for $118, shirts for $68, children's clothing for $48, and and accessories for $38. Of note was a shelf devoted entirely to Clare Vivier clutches and bags, and a strong shoe selection, primarily made up of summer slides and flats, with most sizes still available.
At closing time, there was still a long line at the register, so maybe try and stop by on your lunch break to avoid the crowds. There are no fitting rooms, but people were trying things on in various corners anyway. Staff confirmed that merchandise will continue to be replenished over the next few days. Doors opened to the public today at 10am and the sale runs through 6pm on Sunday. Check out the Dealfeed below for more info.—Marina Charny
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