clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Pricey Leather Dominates the Helmut Lang Sample Sale

New, 21 comments

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.


If you skipped this week's Helmut Lang and Theory sample sale (or just haven't gotten your fill of the former's discounted clothes yet) you're in luck: the brand is hosting yet another sample sale, this time at 462 West Broadway. We swung by this afternoon to check it out, and found tons of current and past season merch at a decent markdown. Contradictory to what we were told, the inventory does overlap a bit with last month's sale at Chelsea Market, and prices are the same, starting at $39 for basic tees and capping off at $399 for leather jackets.

Tops, dresses, and outerwear are on the ground floor of the sale space. The selection of tops is pretty varied, with both cool-weather knits and summer tanks on display. All sweaters and blouses are $89: expect to find structured shells and cropped knits on the racks. More casual styles, like dolman-sleeve burnout tees and pullover sweatshirts, are $49.

All dresses—even those with leather—are $119. We found tons of great picks, including silky shifts, leather-bodice styles, and strapless dresses with snakeskin detailing.

There are lots of leather jackets to choose from, but we found them a bit too pricey at $399 a pop. Standout styles include shearling-lined leather coats and cropped leather blazers. If your budget allows, these are definitely great investment pieces. If not, we'd recommend splurging on a $199 leather vest instead.

The selection of shorts and skirts isn't that varied, but you'll find leather-paneled shorts for $129, printed fabric styles for $79, and leather pencil skirts for $299. Downstairs, you'll find more bottoms, including $79 jeans, leather leggings for $299, and skinny trousers for $129.

No Helmut sale is complete without blazers, and there are a lot to choose from here —from leather-sleeved styles to more traditional single-breasted blazers. All of these are marked $199, while cotton-blend jackets are $89. There's also a small selection of winter coats from last season for $299.

A lone rack holds men's gear, including jeans ($79), jackets ($299), and long sleeved cotton tops for $49. We really didn't find anything special in the men's section, so we'd advise the guys to sit this one out.

Finally, the sale includes a selection of shoes, all of which are $249. You'll find heeled leather booties, pony hair stilettos, and chunky mid calf boots. The sizes run from 36 to 40, but there were less available in the 37-38 range.

The sale space includes two fitting rooms downstairs (one for the guys and one for the ladies), and further markdowns are likely later in the week. All merch will be restocked throughout the sale, which runs through July 30, and some new items may be added, so keep your eyes open. —Gillian Fuller
· Dealfeed: Helmut Lang [Racked NY]
· More July Sample Sales: Helmut Lang, Theory, Vivienne Tam [Racked NY]