The French brand, Carven – a favorite of many fashionistas and one of the hottest label’s in Paris is hosting a sample sale through this Friday at its offices in Chelsea’s art gallery district.

Thanks to the early start (8am), we were able to check out the merchandise before work! While we’ve wanted to check out this sale in the past, this is the first time we made it.

The space is small. By the time, I left there was a small line of shoppers in the hallway waiting to get in.

The apparel hang racks throughout the room. Merchandise appeared to be organized by style and color. Handbags can be found displayed on tables along with belts. There were other bags hanging in the middle of the room. Shoes are scattered throughout the space. Sizing is limited.

Apparel offers lots of samples and stock. There was a mix of spring/summer collection pieces and fall items. The selection included fun colorful prints as well as neutral solids. Sale price is marked on the merchandise. Many of clothing was under $100.  That included dresses ($84 and $96), jeans ($75), blazers ($81), tees ($25), specialty tees ($85), pullover sweaters ($66). A leather mini dress was $281 and leather pants at $225.

There was a variety of handbags from small cross-bodies ($90) to medium sized shoulder bags ($175) to larger handbags ($225-$250).

Some of the shoes are under $100 (sneakers $64 and flats $70). Heels were under $120 and boots at $143.

Men’s merchandise is in one corner. Great deals on shirts $30-$50. Skinny belts for both men and women are $20. There’s also perfume near the register (price as marked) and some jewelry ($40).

One important note: there are no dressing rooms, just 2  long mirrors in the women’s section and the men’s.

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