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Early morning shoppers at day two of the 3.1 Phillip Lim sample sale were treated to a happy surprise: The doors opened half an hour early! That, however, was pretty much where the luck ran out.
When we arrived at 9:45am, the only bags left were large 31 Hour bags for $450, which, likely due to the fabric's striking whiteness, appeared a bit dirty. Most of the other bags were small clutches ($200) and laptop accessories, which no one seemed all that interested in. And though staff restocked this morning (and will continue to do so for the remainder of the sale), there were zero Pashli or Ryder bags in sight.
Likewise, the other accessories—scarves, belts, sunglasses, wallets, gloves—had been entirely cleaned out. The shoe selection, however was still surprisingly robust, especially for their low price of just $100 each.
Popular sizes like 37 through 39 took up the majority of the space, including pony hair loafers and oxfords, metallic sandals, and pointy toe flats, making the back part of the room undoubtedly its most crowded.
As for clothing, there was still plenty on the racks, and in a wide range of sizes—however, you'd be hard-pressed to find the same item in multiple sizes. Jackets, located in the back near the shoes, were especially cute—there was one massive tri-color fur coat for $900, a few leather jackets for $550 and other jackets for $250, but only about 15 pieces overall. Oh, and that sick leather jumpsuit for $550 we warned you about? Still there.
Dresses take up a good chunk of the left wall, with newer shift dresses going for $400 and older summery dresses for $175, but most hovered around $250. Again, you're unlikely to find multiple sizes of the samedress; ditto with tops, jackets and pants. There was still a decent selection for men, with pants from $75 to $100.
Since it's only the second day, the sale is far from over, and is worth a visit—if only to scope out the shoes and pants (trousers are only $75-$100, leather pants are $350) and the adorable children's rack (we overheard a mom saying, "My kid needs these studded leather shorts."). Plus, the showroom wasn't particularly crowded, so expect far shorter lines today than yesterday.
Nothing had been marked down, and staff tells us there will be no further price reductions whatsoever—but for brand diehards, that shouldn't be reason to skip the sale.
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