Don’t expect to find much, if any, merchandise from the recent Theyskens Theory & Helmut Lang sample sale in Soho at this week’s Clothingline sale. This one located in the Garment District offers mostly overstock and samples from past seasons, including what they’re calling “irregular” merchandise. Plus, quite a few damaged goods.
Yesterday evening, the space was crowded with lots of shoppers (both sexes) looking for bargains. Women’s merchandise dominates – located in the front and takes up most of the space going all the way to the back windows. Items are organized by style on racks. Dresses and tops in one section, sweaters, blazers and pants in another. Despite the attempts at organization, it was still a bit of a mish-mash of items. And trying to find your size wasn’t easy. You had to go to the style that caught your eye and look for your size. I found this especially time consuming. As for what’s on offer… it was a real mix from basics to novelty pieces. There were dresses (solids & prints) at $45 (I spotted a pile of Theyskens Theory strappy dress from last sample sale in Soho), pants at $35 (tons of white trousers and jeans), blazers at $55 (lots of white, some black and other colors mixed in), sweaters at $40 and a range of colorful tees for $30. As I mentioned earlier, many of the offerings are damaged (ripped, torn, scuffed and so on). Some are labeled as such while others aren’t so look carefully.
The men’s stuff is found on one the side – a number of racks of pants ($45), shirts ($40), knits ($45) and suits ($149). Sizing is spotty and some items (blazers) it was difficult to tell what the size was. Looking at men’s button-down shirts, I found more size large than anything else. Sale ends this Thursday… If tradition holds, Clothingline will slash prices later this week.
Where/When: 261 W 36th St, 2nd Fl (b/w 7th & 8th Ave). July -23-26; Tues (11-8p), Wed-Thurs (11-7p). Closed Friday. Payment Type: VISA/MC/AMEX, and cash.