Nov 7, 2013

*SAMPLE SALE* Webb Browsing

Having garnered recognition as Jenna Lyons' wingman at J.Crew, Marissa Webb decided to go solo with the launch of her own namesake label a year ago. If anyone is responsible for adding sartorial personality and charm to J.Crew's preppy clothes (read: engineering the brand's success), it's Marissa Webb. The way she magically transformed old classics into girly Americana looks made everyone do a double take and look at J.Crew in a different light. For this reason, I was brimming with joy when the brand announced its first-ever sample sale. So, kick back and grab your mouse, we got some Webb browsing to do.

When I stepped inside Marissa Webb's intimate showroom, I was instantly greeted by the brand's extremely friendly staff. The designer herself was also present and her smile & attentiveness to shoppers made this gloomy day bright & cheerful. Unlike any other sample sale I've been to, I was happily astonished to witness Marissa personally taking her time and care to help customers pick and choose pieces which best fit their look. I was completely enamored by her warmth and compassion in giving her professional style suggestions.

Now, let's talk about the merchandise. There were about 8~10 clothing racks that lined the showroom's walls. Each of the racks were comprised of items from Marissa Webb's debut collection. They included Skyler sequin tops, Albertine dresses, Mika lace skirts. Every piece was individually priced but let me give you a rough idea of what I found. Leathers were priced $250 while dresses, skirts, and jackets were marked down to $150. Sweaters, lightweight knits, and jeans were organized on a center table. Jeans were available in various hues like pink, red, green, and white. They were $70 per pair. Sweaters and knit tops were priced lower at between $15 and $35. I also spotted a sample rack which included lace skirts, sequin tops, silk blouses, and flirty frocks. Items placed on the sample rack were all under $100 with a majority priced at $50.

A small selection of shoes was also available at the sale. I spotted Marina sandals in black and white, Alina cut-out booties and ankle straps in red, pink, and black. Prices for footwear ranged from $100 to $150.

Marissa Webb's name might not instantly ring a bell to some but, whether you're a fan of the designer or not, I highly suggest dropping by. If you're lucky enough to catch her in her studio today or this weekend, I guarantee she'll make you feel special. I know I did.

23 comments:

  1. So this is probably one of my fave sample sales I've been to in the past 4 years that I've been frequenting sample sales. I came here from the Phillip Lim sample sale, which was a disaster. It was not worth the stress of waiting in line for 2 hours and navigating through people everywhere in a cramped space and an unorganized mess of ugly and poor quality merchandise at not so affordable prices.

    On the other hand, the Marissa Webb sample sale was a stress-free shopping experience. Granted that the brand is relatively new and not as mainstream. Merchandise was well organized, the fitting room was curtained (@ Phillip Lim, some creepy dude was chilling by the dressing area and was peeping because there was no divider), there were lots of samples priced btwn $25-60, and all the workers were very personal and friendly. Marissa was sketching at a desk with the cashier girl and was super personable and friendly. I snatched up the brown leather clutch for less than $150 and was told that it's a one-of-a-kind piece as they sampled and decided not to produce. Great quality and beautiful design. I'd highly recommend this sale to all you shopaholics.

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    1. Gorgeous jackets, pants, and skirts in black.

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  3. In the evening I did not see any leather skirts any more but the leather jackets were pretty especially the light grey one I saw. And the atmosphere was so great - who does not like to chat with the head designer over a glass of champagne? :)

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  4. All your comments are tantalizing me to go during lunch today. Damn you all!

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    1. You should definitely go. If you get to see Marissa, you won't regret it. She was so sweet to her customers.

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    2. I went and bought something I think is really cute. I hate all of you now.

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  5. Good news! Prices have been reduced today.

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    1. i will go tonight for sure! thank you Miz.

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  6. what were the sizes like for the samples and stock?

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  7. samples mostly S, stock was at least sizes 0-6 (mostly 2/4) not sure about bigger

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  8. i just left this sale and - my oh my - i left with a lot more than I'd anticipated! Not to mention the fabulous Marissa Webb was there! I was a little starstruck, having spent most of my 20s in JCrew. I wished I had come earlier for the sample rack, which were size 4 and 27. The production pieces were still in abundance - the majority of the ones here are at the sale: http://www.barneyswarehouse.com/shop?q=marissa+webb

    You might want to browse through her website's summer sale page as well and if you like what you see, they're about 30% off those prices :)

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    1. Wasn't Marissa awesome? I was starstruck, too. Never thought I would see her there yesterday. She was so sweet to everyone.

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  9. I think I have a crush on Ms Webb. Incredibly nice and love love love her style. This sale was in my top favorite ever! I hope she continues to have this caliber of sample sales in the future.

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  10. I completely agree! I got a beautiful Italian tweed skirt, and Marissa and her staff were so lovely!

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  11. I don't see the address... anyone?

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    1. Just c&p'ed it from Miz's sale listing.

      60-62 E. 11th St. (bet. Broadway & University Pl.), 6th Floor

      You have to click the red link "first-ever sample sale" to get you to the location and hours.

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  12. Prices are crazy reduced. One more dayyyy sat! Most items
    Are under $100 now lots of crazy cheap stuff for $40/$50

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  13. Def worth the visit!!! Got sooooo much stuff at like 90% off retail

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    1. I got mostly production pieces which were more like 80 off retail (from 300 to 60, from 1200 to 250, from 500 to 100) still good but it was more about the great shopping experience rare for a sample sale. Super nice staff and of course marissa webb.

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  14. How do the sizes for the tops run? For reference, I'm a 32B and normally wear an XS/S in J. Crew. Would you recommend a 0 or 2 in her tops? Awesome post and thank you for sharing!

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