Today (Saturday) is the last day of the Staff USA showroom sample sale… For those in the know, this is the day to find the best deals here. The sale tends to offer current season samples from high-end European avant-garde designers Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf and Dsquared2. On hand is apparel, accessories, shoes and handbags for both men and women.
There are hard-core fans of the brands who have been coming for years. Some of them were here yesterday evening when we were there checking out the current markdowns. At the end of the day yesterday, they were offering an additional 50% off the ticketed price which translates to the wholesale price. From previous experience, this tells us that they might go down to 70% off wholesale today!
What does that mean? We’ll get to that in a minute. But first, let us tell you what was available last night. On of the staffers told us that the sale had been lightly trafficked this season. Therefore, there’s still plenty of merchandise left. The apparel is in the main room of the raw space – women on one side, men on the other. Shoes and handbags are in a separate room.
If you’re familiar with the brands, especially Maison Martin Margiela, you’ll know these pieces are expensive, even on sale. But at 70% off wholesale, they can be affordable.
Let’s get to pricing… and to give you an idea here’s some examples of what we spotted yesterday: MM6 button-down black shirt $100 (wholesale $205), Margiela basic knit dress $180 (wholesale $358), another more elaborate Margiela dress $525 (wholesale $1,055), MM6 leather motorcycle jacket $255 (wholesale $515), Margiela motorcycle jacket $937 (wholesale $1,875). Among the most expensive items was a Dsquared2 pony-hair leopard-print coat at $1,792 (wholesale $3,587). As for shoes, Margiela pumps are $208 (wholesale $417), sneakers $294 (wholesale $588), a small red cross-body is $318 (wholesale $637). If you happen to stop in today, let us know what you find.
Where: 220 W. 19th St. (bet. 7th & 8th Ave.), 10th Floor. May 5-7th; Thurs (2pm-7pm), Fri (10am-7pm), Sat (Noon-5pm).