Through this Thursday, the French casual wear label, Comptoir des Cotonniers, is holding its sample sale at Clothingline on West 36th Street. I stopped in over the weekend. It was fairly busy but not crazy on the first day of the sale (Saturday). A short line in the afternoon… Many of the shoppers appeared to be familiar with the brand.
Inside, there’s plenty of merchandise to be had. The items are hanging on racks organized by size. What you’ll find is a fairly muted colorway – a bit disappointing since I was looking for more color. But there are spring and summer-like shades (peach, green, red and blue) sprinkled here and there – just for the Parisian ingénue in you. Great deals on basic tees ($15). And I did spot a subtle Iris-colored T-shirt that I liked. I did hope to also score on a floral top. After looking in my size, I finally found one not-so-chic printed blouse.
The pricing is simple – tops are $65, bottoms at $50, dresses tagged at $80 and jackets $120. There was lots of cotton basics – knits (tops), dresses, pants and jackets/coats. For this sale, Clothingline opened its large communal dressing room equipped with mirrors (an important note: you can only take in 10 items at a time). Make sure to try things on since these are French sizes, quite different from American apparel sizes. One group of ladies waiting in line (a second time) to get into the dressing room mentioned that they’d found such a difference in what size they were per garment that they had to get other sizes and try them on.
A small section in a corner was devoted to footwear and accessories. There were heels and flats ($90), sneakers ($60), bags ($65), belts ($40) and most other accessories tagged at $30. In addition, they had two racks of children’s clothing near the registers. Not a great selection but prices were amazing ($40 for outerwear, everything else is $15).
Clothingline, 261 W. 36th St., (b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves.), 2nd flr. Thru April 5. Mon-Thurs (11-7p).