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Reed Krakoff’s Sample Sale: $100 Handbags, $75 Shoes

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This morning, the Reed Krakoff sale begins in SoHo, and judging by eager visitors at yesterday's preview, shoppers may have some steep competition. Spotless stock in all sizes is 75% off, and samples are even further reduced. This is by no means a "cheap" sale (no $10 bins here), BUT it is a large collection of high-end clothes and accessories for way below retail. Below, the lay of the land:

When you walk in, check your bag and head to the left side of the room to peruse the plentiful stock, in sizes 00 through 10. All ready to wear is 75% off the marked retail price. We saw a cream honeycomb jacket for $448 (originally $1,790), a fitted jersey dress for $323 (was $1,290) and a hot pink ruched gown for $572 (was $2,290). For tops, we noted a silk shirt with a leather collar for $323 (was $1,290) and a foil canvas short sleeve tee for $223 (was $890).

It wouldn't be a Reed Krakoff sale without leather and snakeskin, and we found plenty of that spread throughout. A sleeveless leather jacket is $998 (was $3,990) and red leather pants are $573 (were $2,290). A top with a python collar is $498 (was $1,990) and a Python biker jacket is going for $1,448 (was $5,790). Cashmere is also everywhere; we saw a dress for $298 (originally $1,190), a crew neck long sleeve sweater for $248 (was $990), and a button-down polo for $198 (was $790).

Stock shoes are in the back, and there are plenty of styles to choose from for 75% off. Sizes run from 35.5 up to a 41 in women's, and prices start at $650 for loafers and go up to $995 for exotic heels and leather boots.

In the samples section, there are fewer clothing options but many, many shoes. Prices are posted: dresses are $125, skirts are $75, pants tops and knits are $75, vests are $100, jackets are $125 and outerwear is $175. The rack of "grey concept" samples has pants and skirts for $75, sweaters and tops for $100. Most clothes are in good shape, though many are one-off designs. For the sample shoe racks, leather footwear is $75 and exotic styles and boots are $100. We saw a full spread of sizes, but again, many one-off styles and colors. A few looked a little more well-traveled than the stock options nearby. Sizes are mixed, with the most common being 37 through 39.

Handbags are next, in the back right corner. Leather designs are between $100 and $400, all categorized with labels from HB1 to HB5 (prices are noted on the wall). Exotics are $500 for HB6, $800 for HB7, and $1,500 for HB8. We noted some great small leather clutches for $100, and nice cross-body leather options for $125-$200. If you're going for anything with snakeskin, be prepared for higher price tags.

On the accessories table, you'll find jewelry for 75% off and well as sunglasses for $75 (were $275) and a few scarves ($100). Fragrances are $200 and belts and gloves are $50.

Most items are well-stocked and in good shape, but that might not be the case by the end of the sale.