May 6, 2015

*SAMPLE SALE* On Your Marc!

Well, this is a welcome surprise. Marc Jacobs, the American fashion powerhouse who's been discreetly hosting private sample sales for employees and F&F for many years, has now caved to the appeals of the general public and will for the first time ever open their sample sale to all guests starting tomorrow. I had a chance to check out the offerings this morning during F&F day and there are so many great things I want to share with all my fellow Mizhattanites. So, let's not waste a moment. On your marc, get set, go!

With the company's diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs soon to fold, one might wonder if the brand's first-ever public sample sale is a sign of dwindling times for this renowned fashion designer's eponymous multifaceted conglomerate. But after checking out today's sale, I highly doubt anyone will put any value into such notion as the markdowns were simply un-freakin-believable! Ladies, this sample sale is the real McCoy. Women's Ready-to-Wear, bags, shoes, and accessories were heavily discounted with markdowns starting at 75% off and going up from there. As you can see from the pictures below (photos were strictly prohibited but I managed to take "a few" sneaky shots), shoppers at this morning's F&F preview were busily grabbing up deals and steals with everyone looking like they were having a blast.

The handbag section was where the most action was at. All bags were 80% off retail and the selection included a plethora of styles like mini crossbodys, top handles, leather clutches, oversized totes, exotic skins and many more. MJ's safari mini Stams were $519 (originally $2,595), mini pony hair Victorias were $599 (originally $2,995), leather Victoria hobos were $300, Colorblock totes were $250, small Antonias were $250, small Venetias were $1,039 (originally $5,195), Mae shoulder bags were $899 (originally $4,495), and alligator Stams in various colors were $4,400 (originally $22,000 & 3rd photo below).

Women's shoes were arranged into two categories: samples and non-samples. Sample shoes were displayed on five shoe racks in the back of the venue and sizes were available from 5.5 through 11. All sample shoes were $50! Yes, FIVE-O! Stock shoes were priced individually but general markdowns were 80% off retail. The non-samples were displayed on top of several tables with very friendly sales associates waiting at your side to help you with sizes. Here, I spotted slip-on sneakers, black leather booties, patent Mary Janes, embellished platform sandals, sky-high wedges, striped espadrilles, color block loafers, satin ballerina flats, gold flat sandals, and python sandals.

The women's apparel section was UH-AMAZING! There were eighteen long racks filled with gorgeous samples and items from past collections. And get ready to be blown away because prices were truly stellar. Shorts, tops, and knitwear were priced at $40 while pants were $50. Skirts and day dresses were marked at $75 while jackets were $100. Coats & evening dresses were priced $250. The paillette embellished tweed coat in the 21st photo below, the sequin jacket in the 24th photo below, and the black fur collar jacket in the 25th photo below, if you can believe it, were all $250. Incredible!

In addition to sample racks, there were six racks of high-end merchandise from recent collections near the entrance. Here, everything was priced individually and markdowns were 75% off. I spotted a striped tee from the Spring '13 line for $425 (originally $1,700 & 30th photo below), a raccoon bolero for $1,225 (originally $4,900 & 31st photo below), a printed dress for $487 (32nd photo below), a sequin floor-length gown for $1,200 (originally $4,800 & 33rd photo below), and this red lace dress was $625.

Inside seventeen large plastic bins placed in the center of the sale space was a stockpile of accessories in the form of small leather goods, socks, gloves, hats, and pouches. In addition, there were items from Little Marc Jacobs, lingerie, and burlap totes from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Apparel from Little Marc Jacobs were priced $20 while the line's accessories and shoes were on sale for $10. Also, it was interesting to see how almost everyone was snatching up those Marc by Marc Jacobs burlap totes seen in the 39th photo below. Who can blame them when they were priced at only $10!

I asked about restocking and was told that only handbags and shoes would be replenished for tomorrow's public opening. The sample sale kicks off at 10am sharp and will run through Saturday. If you can (bear in mind, this will be one crazy sale) I would definitely recommend checking out this event as prices and selections were, again, un-freakin-believable. Happy bargain hunting!

Price list:
Sample prices
Little Marc Jacobs $20
Scarves $20
Lingerie $20
Shorts $40
Tops $40
Knitwear $40
Pants $50
Shoes $50
Skirts $75
Day dresses $75
Jackets $100
Coats $250
Evening dresses $250

Stock prices (Individually priced)
RTW 75% off
Handbags 80% off
Accessories 80% off

22 comments:

  1. Hi Miz, Any stuff for men there?

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    1. There was a very tiny selection of sample RTW and shoes.

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  2. Was there a good selection for Little Marc Jacobs things?

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    1. There were 2-3 bins full of tops, pants, shoes, and swimsuits. The bins are in the center of the room just in case you want to head there first when you go.

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  3. I actually didn't think it was that good. I wound up not buying anything. None of the shoes i liked were 39 or 40 and the bags i thought were still overpriced. You can get those bags on ebay for much cheaper. The Marc by coats were hight at 250. You can get similar ones at C21. I was ao excited but kinda let down

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    1. I definitely disagree - Maybe it depends on what time you got there and whether they were restocking? I bought amazing sample tops for $40, shoes for $50, a coat for $100 and an originally priced $2K dress for $75. I'd say pieces were in great shape - not unfinished, torn, or messed up, although I'm sure that will not be the case as the sale goes on. The tote bags and small accessories were an amazing deal - perfect for gifts!

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  4. How strict are they at the door today for F&F?

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    1. F&F was yesterday. Starting today, the sale is open to the public.

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  5. Waiting on line now. At least 100 people in line. Also, there is a number of line hoppers. They have 1 friend waiting on line and then additional 3 join closer to the door. Ridiculous!

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    1. Thank you for the line update. Line cutters suck. Hope you don't have to wait too long before you get inside.

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  6. 10 Bucks for a tote!?!?! NIIIICE!! Might have to rethink my lunch situation

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  7. Hi Miz,

    Thanks for the many updates. Do you know if DVF and/or Under Armour will be having sample sales this spring? Thanks!

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    1. I'll reach out and see if anything has been planned.

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    2. Thank you! Much appreciated :)

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  8. Miz, again thanks for a great review. I showed up at around 9:15, got in in the first wave. It was a madhouse but I persevered. They had sample bags for $100 and $250. Thanks to you, I made out like a bandit as always. I may or may not have also lost an eye in the process, but it was worth it ;)

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    1. So happy you scored big! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. How is the line looking right now? Planning on heading over after work around 630pm. Will the line be crazy by then?

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  10. 21st photo! The pink embellished tweed coat! is that still around? Was that the only one at the sale?I am planning on going tomorrow just for that coat!

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    1. I was one of the 1st to go this morning and didn't see it there. Today was a madhouse so it could have gotten lost in the craze.

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    2. I went in at around 11:45am and I didn't see it either. In fact, I didn't see a lot of coats at all.

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  11. Were there any pretty little nylon tote bags, backpacks? Any leather drawstring bags. If anyone seen these please respond. Thanks.

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  12. How was the line today? Where there many shoe sizes left?

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