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!
Little Marc Jacobs $20
Day dresses $75
Evening dresses $250
Stock prices (Individually priced)
RTW 75% off
Handbags 80% off
Accessories 80% off