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Shearling, Leather Going Fast at Theory's Sample Sale

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Feeling a sense of loss after all the shearling coats sold out at last week's Helmut Lang sale in, like, ten minutes? If you move quickly, you'll be able to pick up shearling outerwear for $499 at Clothingline's Theory sample sale, starting today. We suspect these will be the first items to sell out—the long line of shoppers outside will almost certainly be in the market for something warm.

Another hot commodity:leather, which is in much higher supply than shearling. In fact, this sale seems to have leather in every category: jackets ($499), blouses ($209), skirts ($249), pants ($349), dresses ($349), and blazers with leather detailing ($169). If you've been hesitant about trying the leather legging trend because of the price point, now's your chance to give it a shot.

Otherwise, this sale is chock full of Theory classics (or, in other words, perfect officewear), all organized by size from 00-12 and P-XL, with a pretty even distribution. What's uneven, however, is the pricing. Instead of having one price point per category, certain styles have been singled out for higher price tags. For example, if you're looking for pants, they'll cost you $109—unless, they're the Emory, Louise, or Max styles, in which case they'll be $169. This is bad news not only because it's complicated, but because some of these more expensive styles are currently a lot cheaper online (the Louise, for instance, is on sale at Nordstrom for $125.98). Also, unlike at previous Theory sales, we didn't spot any Theyskens' Theory.

All knits (mostly $99 for men and $109 for women) and tees (most styles are $49) are available on a table between the men's and women's sections. Note that there are no try-ons here, and many items are in their original plastic wrap.

In the men's area, dress shirts ($59) are stacked in boxes, while casual shirts ($79) are hanging on the racks. Men's pants are $89, sport coats are $239, outerwear is $259, and leather jackets are $399. The men's selection is considerably smaller than the women's.

There is definitely back stock for both men and women, though organizers couldn't tell us which specific items had surplus available and which didn't. That said, they did suggest that knitwear and tees in particular were in short supply. No markdown schedule was offered, but in the past markdowns have been taken so we wouldn't be surprised to hear of some coming within the next few days. Check out the dealfeed for more information.

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