I’ve been going to the Jil Sander sample sale for quite a number of seasons now. In the past, I’ve had to spend a couple of hours waiting in line on the first official day of the sale. This time, I managed to make it into Monday’s preview. I must say what a difference! No line and the space was calm, except for a handful of shoppers.
I’ve scored great finds at these sales, which is why I’ve kept going season after season. I’ve gotten incredible deals on handbags, shoes and sweaters. However, this season’s offerings were a bit of a disappointment. In particular the handbag and accessory selection which was pretty dismal. The shoes weren’t any better with sizing and selection being spotty. The discount is at 80% off retail on most things. That includes all pieces from 2012 and 2011 collections as well as accessories (handbags & shoes). The markdown of 90% off is given to items from past seasons (2010 and back). It wasn’t easy to figure out the discount since you had to look at individual tags on garments to see the season.
Women’s merchandise dominates this sale from clothing to accessories. While I was in the showroom on Crosby Street, there were several men desperately trying to find something to walk out with. One of them asked a staffer if that was all they had and she said yes – that was it. For gents, there were several racks of clothing (shirts, pants and jackets) as well as a slim selection of knits and sweaters. Plus, I saw no shoes for men.
As for the ladies, there’s a large selection of pieces from spring 2012 and fall 2011. There are great spring dresses, tops and blazers. If you’re all done with the warmer climate stuff and are looking for current season appropriate attire, you’ll find wool trousers, jackets, coats and lots of sweaters (cashmere & wool). As for pricing, here’s a few examples to give you an idea: a wool coat for $1,000 (was $5,000), sleeveless dress $335 (was $1,675), long sleeve dress $592 (was $2,960), light-weight cashmere cardigan at $210 (was $1,050) and a t-shirt for $49 (was $245). As for accessories, a small handbag was $142 (was $710) and a pair of lace up shoes was $108 (was $540).
Tomorrow will likely be chaos with the line in the morning expected to snake around the corner. If you don’t want to wait, then my suggestion is to check out the sale later in the week when chances are sale organizers will offer further discounts.
Where/When: 8 Crosby Street, 4th Floor. Oct 16-
19; Daily (10a-6p) to Oct 20, Tues-Fri (10a-6p), Sat (10-4p).