With all the attention being focused on the Comme des Garçons sample sale, let’s not forget another sale taking place in Chelsea worth checking out. The Staff USA sample sale offers pieces from Maison Martin Margiela (and its diffusion line, MM6) Viktor & Rolf and Dsquared2 and more…
First, let’s talk about the markdowns. This sale is notorious for slashing prices as the days of the sales go on. We stopped in on the first day and found racks of Maison Martin Margiela pieces from the current spring line. Some standouts were lots of asymmetric dresses (a pink silk one caught our eye sale price at $351, orig. $880), a pleated silk dress for $500 (was $1,030),
We also spotted a few runway pieces such as asymmetrical long gowns, strapless heart-shaped bodice dresses and jumpsuits ($856).
Also on offer were amazing pieces from Viktor & Rolf, including a beautiful gown ($2,091), a strapless black dress ($760), silk top ($240), leather jacket ($1,185), white day dresses with black roses ($476) and so much more.
There were also items from Dsquared2 – more casual than the other designers. Plus, jeans. Since we didn’t have much time, we didn’t get a chance to look at the men’s clothing. There were racks for dudes in one section of the airy loft space.
This sale also had accessories, including a couple of nice handbags by Margiela. We considered a pink convertible fold-over leather clutch for $469 (was $1,145).
In a separate room were shelves of shoes, boots and sneakers for both men and women. Pricing here was a bit better. I saw a number of Margiela pumps and a sandals for around $250. We did like the MMM metallic leather and wooden wedge mules ($500+) but the price was a bit more than we were willing to shell out. Sizing is limited.. with mostly 37s for women.
The sale ends tomorrow when the discount MIGHT go down to 70% off wholesale (prices listed above). Do the math… this sale offers some great deals on the last day.
Where/When: 220 W. 19th Street (b/w 7th & 8th Aves), 10th Floor, NY, NY; May 9-11; Thurs (2pm-7pm), Fri (10am-7pm), Sat (12pm-7pm).