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The doors were already open when we arrived at Otte's West Village store just before 11am to check out the clearance sale that began this morning—it's a precursor to the boutique's renovation that'll begin after the Fourth of July—with about ten shoppers browsing the racks in the small space for discounts advertised to be up to 80% off some high-end spring collections. However, the vast majority of what we picked up was closer to 50% off (if that), making this on par with the typical end-of-season sales going on right now.
Where you'll find the biggest discounts—even more than 80%, in some cases—are in the six bins at the front of the room that are marked between $35 and $75. The selection is pretty limited (one bin is solely printed Otte New York shorts), but we also spotted Iro skinny jeans for $50, and Otte New York silky cobalt slip dress for $49 (from $288), and a fun lime green Kenzo skirt for $50, all the way down from $730. If you're already looking forward to fall, grab some lightweight wool sweaters from the house brand in a variety of colors for $95 apiece.
On the racks, which are organized by color, you'll be hard-pressed to find something whose price tag has only two digits. Some of our favorites included an Alexander Wang mesh pencil skirt for $375 (from $625), a Chinti and Parker sweater with a cute pineapple cartoon on the sleeve for $353.50 (from $505), and a striped Rag + Bone sweater for $95 (from $305). Scroll through the gallery above for some more options.
Everything on the denim wall is pretty much half-off as well, with pairs from Citizen of Humanity going for $144 (from $288) and some J Brand skinnies at $166 (from $240). A tiny selection of swimwear is made up of mostly Mara Hoffman and is slightly more expensive than what was at her sample sale last weekend, with a printed v-line bikini top going for $60 (from $121; sample prices were $20—$40). Some of these are mixed in a bin with a bunch of bralettes, like a blood-colored For Love and Lemons lacy number for $84.70.
In the accessories department, we spotted an Alexander Wang crossbody for $577, down from $825. There's also a bunch of shoes for a variety of seasons, like Joie slides in rose gold and ecru for $94.50 and the famous—or infamous—Isabel Marant sneaker wedge for $250 (from $695). And while a bunch of sandal styles are on display, be sure to check under the racks on the right-hand side for boxes with heels and boots—we spotted four pairs of Rag + Bone Newbury booties in the back corner for 50% off ($262.50).
The sale is running daily from 11:30am to 7:30pm (Sundays are 12pm to 6pm) through July 3rd, and there's a couple fitting rooms in the back that are open for try-ons. And while we're not sure if there will be more merchandise to hit the floor, markdowns are likely towards the sale's end, as we overheard a staffer saying today. Let's keep our fingers crossed for more pieces that are under $100.