I have to thank fellow shopper, Deme, who saved me the trip and checked out the La Garçonne Warehouse sale yesterday…  When I saw the list of designers (Maison Martin Margiela, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Vanessa Bruno and more), I must say I was tempted.  But after reading her account (I trust her opinion on sales!), I’m not sure I’m heading over there now.  She was so put off by the display of the apparel that she stuck to shoes… Here’s Deme’s scoop:

I have never seen a more unappealing layout for clothing.  You have to seriously want to find something to be willing to pull out each item individually just to get an idea of what it looks like.  Pricing on clothing was up to 75% off but the items I liked were still a few hundred dollars so I concentrated on shoes.

The sale is worth it for the shoe selection.  Shoes seem to be the big draw in the “Cage.”  I spotted Jil Sander, Thakoon, Opening Ceremony, Rochas, Proenza Schouler and others.  Most designer shoes retailed for $695 and were marked down to $195.  Lower end brands were $100 (originally $400). Besides the variety of selection, shoes were a big draw just because they were neatly organized and visible while the clothing was situated on long racks. Not displayed well and not easy to see.  You have to literally pull out each piece of clothing from the tight racks to have any idea what designer or size it is.  It just appears to be too much effort when the side walls have beautiful shoes on display at a discount.  If you are willing to sift through the racks you will find Alexander Wang, Viktor Rolf, Vanessa Bruno and tons of lesser known brands.  They should have considered organizing the rack by designer as the Barney’s Warehouse sales does.

-Deme

Where/When:  71 W.Houston St (b/w Wooster St & W. Bdway).  Thru Dec 4th; Fri-Sun (11-7p).