The wait is over… Larry Label Whore has sent us his review of the Dolce & Gabbana sample sale. After spending hours yesterday waiting in lines and shopping, Larry tells us it was all well worth it! Here’s his findings:
For those feeling nostaligic for the old game show “Sale of the Century” well you’re in luck because it’s back in the form of the Dolce & Gabbana sample sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion. I felt like I died and went to D&G heaven. There were racks and racks…and racks of main label Dolce & Gabbana and their discontinued D&G label for PHENOMENAL prices.
I started at the racks of shoes in the back because I felt overwhelmed by the aisles of clothes when I first got into the space. I spotted quite a few made in Italy Dolce & Gabbana patent leather black dress shoes going for 90% off down to $97. A few pairs of alligator shoes caught my eye with their $750 price tag down from $7,500. I got the steal of the century, according to one of the sales associates, when I found an amazing pair of D&G boots originally $120 and now down 80% to $24. That’s unheard of for any high-end Italian designer boots.
I then walked over to the racks of belts. Most of the belts were leather and made in Italy and at 80% and 90% off. I picked up a made in Italy D&G belt for myself for $25 (originally $250) and a made in Italy main label Dolce & Gabbana belt for my dad for $29.50 (originally $295). My belt was a size 95 (US 38) and my dad’s was a size 110 (US 44); However, if you look closer the size 110 belts are able to be cut down to fit your waist which is exactly what my dad did when I gave it to him.
I finally made my way to the clothes section and again I wasn’t disappointed. There were aisles of shirts, suits, vests, sweaters, pants, jeans, shorts, swimwear, underwear, and jackets at various discounts from 60-90% off. I picked up two buttoned down shirts: a navy Dolce & Gabbana shirt for $25 (originally $250) and a D&G black shirt for $22.50 (originally $225). Men’s suits were mostly around $500 after the discount. A gem I found was an alligator and leather jacket originally $53,000 down to $5,300 (The most expensive jacket I had ever seen).
The one downside of the sale is the 2-hour wait to pay! In my opinion, it’s worth it, but be prepared to wait a long time to get out of there. While on line I spotted a counter in the front of the space for small accessories. You will probably miss it when you first come in because the line of people at the cash registers blocks it. The highlight was a $2,075 men’s crocodile wallet down to $207.50! On line, I also spotted a few women with these beautiful pink open-toed pumps with animal print soles down 90% to $47.50 so I ran to the women’s section and picked up a pair for my mom. Needless to say, I spotted quite a few pairs of beautiful women’s shoes at under $100. A girl in front of me on line picked up a pair of mohair loafers for $10!! Probably the biggest steal of all at women’s shoes.
I didn’t think this year’s sale could top last year’s sale, but I was very wrong. Don’t wait ‘til the last day because the merchandise is going fast. We’re told there are 17,000 units at this sale, up from last year’s 14,000, and they still had more merch in the back to put out. Don’t walk, RUN to this sale! By far, the best sample sale I’ve ever been to.
-Larry Label Whore
Where/When: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th St., 5th Floor. Wed, Sept 19th thru Sun, Sept 23rd; Wed (1-6p), Thurs-Sat (10-6p), Sun (11-5p).