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Jonathan Simkhai's sample sale kicked off at 11am this morning, and by the time we left at 1pm it had been hit pretty hard by the lunchtime crowd. There are still some gems to be found, but before we get into that let's go over the price list. Tees are $45, knits are $75, skirts and pants are $80, tops are $100, dresses are $150, and leather pieces are $300—overall, quite the price hike from last year's sale. Those numbers are firm, meaning a sample dress held together with safety pins and a store-quality version of that same dress, hanging neatly in a garment bag, will both ring up at $150.
Starting at the back wall—the one directly across from the entrance—there are two racks of skirts, skorts, and pants. Here you'll find loads of clingy white knit pencil skirts (originally $295), hunter green skorts with thick elastic waistbands, stretchy geometric-print tube skirts (originally $335), and a variety of fit-and-flare minis. We also spotted laser-cut leather shorts (originally $884), as well as leather-paneled pinstripe trousers and cropped pants in a shiny, lightly quilted black fabric.
Onto the dresses! There are a few styles from last season (like drop-waist white eyelet designs and chambray shirtdresses) mixed in with office-ready shifts and midi-length paneled looks. Browsing the racks along the right-hand wall also brought up a few dressier options, like a tea-length baby blue racerback dress with a layered hem, and a blush mesh fit-and-flare.
Top-wise, cropped mock turtlenecks (originally $325) were well-represented, as were patchwork chambray oxfords, button-downs with high-low hems, and silky royal blue short-sleeved blouses. The racks were studded with a few paneled leather tees (originally $805), and one or two sheer bomber jackets.
As far as sizes go, the sale skews small, with a decent selection of 8's and 10's as well. There are lots of unmarked samples, which look to be between a 2 and 4, but we recommend trying them to be sure. Speaking of that, there are no dressing rooms and only one mirror, so wear leggings if you're shy about stripping down.
Tuesday, March 3rd through Friday, March 6th. Daily 11am—7pm. 247 W 37th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (no phone).