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The first official Tamara Mellon sample sale began this morning at 260 Fifth Avenue. We checked it out at last night's preview, and the discounts are seriously off the charts. Need an idea of what we mean? There are high-heeled sandals on sale for $55 that are currently retailing for $995 elsewhere.
Shoes from this season being discounted upwards of 90% off is as good as it gets when it comes to a sample sale. If you were thinking twice about attending, by now we'd hope you've made up your mind.
Heading towards shoes first should be a no-brainer, since Ms. Mellon was the mastermind behind Jimmy Choo for years before she decided to launch her own line. Find everything from basic heels and pumps for $50 to legging boots for $150.
Standout styles include the Submission studded leather sandals for $55—and still $995 on Net-A-Porter. Other popular styles we found include the Rebel leather calf boot for $75, and the Troublemaker sandals for $50.
The clothing is worth a browse, with lots of options for work and play. For the office, find an array of blazers in both basic and bright colors for $100, and pencil skirts for $40.
And anyone that just so happens to be obsessed with jumpsuits will be ecstatic to find a variety of versions that include both velvet and leather numbers. The leather versions are $100, while anything else is $50. The outerwear selection is not too shabby either, with capes for $100 and luxe furs for $250.
Finally, have a look through the bags that are situated on tables right before the cash registers. Totes and shoulder bags are $100, while small cross-bodies and clutches are just $50. The brand's totes usually retail for about $2,000, so again this markdown is amazing.
There is some back stock in addition to the huge amount of what's already out on display, and word is that samples should be arriving today. Given the discount on the regular stock, we can only imagine how cheap the samples might be. See the gallery above for the complete price list and photos from inside, and the Dealfeed below for more sale info.
·Dealfeed: Tamara Mellon [Racked NY]
·September Sample Sales: From McQueen to Paragon Sports [Racked NY]
· All Sample Sale Coverage [Racked NY]