The Kooba sale is worth it if you’re a fan of the handbags.  The place was crowded when I stopped in after work with evidence of a buying frenzy.   Women were digging into boxes – some of them clutching at least five bags.   A long line had formed at the cash register.  Most items were marked under $200; large handbags between $150-$225 and small ones priced at $75.  The handbags were going fast.  I heard a sales person say they planned to restock in the morning.  In another room, I found boxes with samples at reduced prices ($50-$100) but many of them were damaged.

I picked out a couple of bags – one of them looked a bit like the Vivienne Westwood handbag I carried that night.  After consultation with another shopper who didn’t like the shape of one of my bags and thought that the other was too shallow, I took a closer look at my finds and decided against them.  In the end, I didn’t want to spend the $175 on a handbag I didn’t absolutely love.

Where/When: 141 W. 36th St., nr. Broadway, third fl.; daily.  April 14-16th.

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