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True Samples, Multiple Price Points at Thakoon's Sample Sale

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The Thakoon and Thakoon Addition sample sale got off to a low-key start this morning at 225 Varick Street, with just a handful of fans shopping the many racks of samples and overstock options. However the space was sunny, clean, and generally chaos-free, so a great sale to stop by if you prefer your sale shopping environments calm and relaxed.

The sale was roughly separated into two sections, with the main section immediately after coat check dedicated to samples and the smaller section in the back dedicated to overstock production pieces. While it's usually in your interest to check out the samples first, try beginning with the production pieces here—many of the sample pieces were also in the production section, and sometimes at a lower price.

Everything here is priced as marked. We found a long-sleeved dress with sequins that looked perfect for your office Christmas party that was $300 for overstock was only $150 for the sample, as well as a beautiful double-breasted vest with fur trim that retailed for $1,120 showed up at the sale at multiple price points.

Dresses from Thakoon were typically $300, while those from the Addition line were $150. Knits were also laid out on tables—Thakoon sweaters were $125, and addition sweaters were $100.

Though the samples weren't all marked with sizes, most were a 2 or a 4, and in good shape to boot—those items that appeared on both the sample racks and in the overstock section were virtually indistinguishable. However, some have pins and notes clipped into them, as a fellow shopper discovered when she got jabbed trying something on. The cheapest sample we saw were a pair of work pants that seemed to require some finishing, for $50.

The sale is at its best in the outerwear department. Whether you're in the market for a transitional jacket or a full-blown winter coat, there were a lot of options that looked current and unpredictable when compared with your go-to black puffer that ranged from $300 to $400.

A furry, hooded black Thakoon Addition sample retailed for only $175, and there was even one lone shearling coat for a lucky size 10 out there for $300 (down from $1,850). There was also a nice selection of camel wool coats for $400 in multiple sizes, and leather bottoms that would keep your lower half insulated.

Unfortunately, the shoes here were not as praise-worthy. The selection was very limited, and all but 2 pairs looked to be worn runway samples by Laurence Dacade for Thakoon (which means sizes were primarily in the 39-40 range). The obvious wear made the $100 and $150 price tags (for shoes and boots, respectively) a bit of a stretch. There also appeared to be one lonely belt nestled in among the shoes that was easy not to notice at all.

There were no dressing rooms available here. Beware that Thakoon and Thakoon Addition seem to be mixed together in the racks, so if you're looking for one over the other, prepare to sift. No word on further markdowns, but since they didn't offer any at their last sale in May, expect these prices to stay where they are. The sale runs through Friday, November 7th—and don't forget your ID to get into the office building.—Joanna Smolenski

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