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Last week's Maje sample sale was a bit of a disappointment, price-wise (although those last-minute markdowns saved it), so we were hoping sister brand Sandro's sample sale, which kicks off today at 260 Fifth, would be more affordable. We checked out the preview last night and the discounts are indeed better (but still not uber cheap), with prices for women's clothing and accessories ranging from $25 to $250.
The accessories section should be your first stop, since inventory is low here. We found small leather goods—including card holders, coin pouches and clutches—marked down from over $200 to $25. There are three handbag styles, all priced at $95: a medium black leather duffel (originally over $1000), a light pink chain-strap pouch, and a multi-colored python-embossed leather bag.
In the same section, you'll find a tray with blue sunglasses for $55, scarves for $40 and four trays of leather belts priced at $50. Men's accessories include bow ties and neck ties (in solid black, stripes, or polka dots) for $40, as well as polka dot handkerchiefs (also $40).
Moving towards the shoe section in the back, you'll walk by a lone bin with women's 'Aqua' floral swimwear (tops and bottoms) for $25 per piece. Beside the bin, there is a rack of long floral dresses for $95.
In the shoe section, we counted just over a dozen styles, all priced at $125. The selection isn't impressive but standouts include a black and white heel sandal (originally $510) and a black perforated wedge bootie (originally $565). The men's shoes are in a separate section in the back of the room and we found cool slip-ons, leather sneakers, white high tops and nice lace ups. All men's shoes are also $125 except for Dr. Marten's and sneakers, which are both $95.
And now onto the women's clothing! There are t-shirts for $50, jeans for $65, sweatshirts for $65, cozy sweaters for $85, a wide variety of trousers for $80, and nice tailored blazers for $175. At $250 (down from $1100, in most cases) leather jackets are great deals. We particularly liked a combo wool and leather style, a blush pink leather moto (similar to one at last week's Maje sale), and a super-soft leather puffer. There are also some leather pants and skirts for $195, as well as a few 100% leather skirts for $75.
Skimming the racks of dresses (all $95), we found many styles that we could wear from the office straight to a hot date or a party. The lace and combo-textured designs, in particular, are flattering to a wide variety of body types. Silk tops ($75) and cute skirts ($75) can also do work-to-weekend double duty.
Men's clothing occupies two rows of racks in the left section of the room. The rundown: vests are $75, suit jackets and blazers are $225, some button down shirts are $70, denim is $70, and baby blue and white swim trunks are $50. There's a lot of great outerwear, including khaki jackets and Burberry-esque trench coats, all priced at $225.
The sale is well-stocked and we found many of the styles in multiple sizes ranging from T1 to T3 (small to large which is more like US extra small to medium since sizes run small). Bottoms, shirts and jackets come in European size 34 to 42. There is a dressing room (women only) in the back with a 10-piece limit per person.
The sale runs through Sunday and we're hoping for some markdowns near the end. However, it's always best to go early to get the best selection. The small leather goods and leather jackets were pretty popular last night and we're not sure if they'll last until the weekend. —Hsini