Nov 18, 2015

*SAMPLE SALE* Kitty Kitty Sitting Pretty

The invasion of British soles from across the pond seems to be the trend for this fall's sample sale season. Starting with Jimmy Choo and Nicholas Kirkwood in October, followed by this month's Manolo Blahnik and L.K.Bennett events, plus this week's Charlotte Olympia and next month's Sophia Webster sales (whew!), New Yorkers have been fortunately bombarded by British designed shoes. And in case any of you have been dreaming of sprucing up your shoe closet with Charlotte Olympia's quirky designs, the label's fall 2015 sample sale is one way to grab a deal--though, unfortunately, you'll have to cough up more dough than you had to at last spring's sale to get your hands on some kitties.

This week's 2-day long Charlotte Olympia sample sale kicked off at 9am for press and VIPs. Since the brand's inaugural NYC shopping event was such a success (Kitty flats were $130), I went in expecting to find similar deals and assortments this time as well. Sadly, I can report that the sale was a letdown in that regard. Starting with Kitty flats, the selection was down significantly with only Mexi-Cat espadrilles available for feline fans. Prices, on the other hand, was up. Mexi-Cat espadrilles were now priced at $250 per pair. As for restocking or new shipments, I asked three different employees and they gave me the same answer: everything was out and there would not be any replenishments later today or tomorrow.

Moving onto Charlotte Olympia's other designs, sizes were available from 34 through 42 and prices ranged from $100~$400. To mention a few specifics, Esmé espadrilles were $150, Tequila Sunrise pumps were $250, Pom sandals were $150, Savannah sandals were $250, Zodiac pumps were $250, Patty sandals were $200, Phoenix sandals were $300, Sue sandals were $350, Fernanda sandals were $250, Marilyn platforms were $200, Daisy ankle-wrap sandals were $200, and Minx pumps were $250.

The handbag selection was also very disappointing with less inventory than their March sale. Merchandise was mostly comprised of the label's Mexico-themed Cruise '15 collection. Prices on clutches varied from $200 to $1,000 depending on the style and I found Zodiac Pandora clutches, World Cup clutches, Worth Its Weight clutches, Kitty shoppers, and Magazine clutches.

So, to briefly sum up, this week's Charlotte Olympia sample sale may not be worth your time if you're looking for the exact same deals as their March sale. Very disappointing, I know. But there is a positive note to report as I received word today that Charlotte Olympia's UES brick-n-mortar just started their private sale. Their entire Pre-Fall & Fall '15 collections (including Abstract Kitties) are slashed half off. So, turn that frown upside down and instead head over to the company's NYC boutique to indulge in some discount shopping.

19 comments:

  1. How much are the beauties in pic #5?

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    1. Serena denim platform sandals were $250.

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    2. I did awesome last year- snagged a few pair for $150. I'm skipping the sale. Thank you as always!

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  2. Something was telling me last night that this sell wont be anything like the one last year and decided not to go. After reading your report I am so glad I didn't, the lines the styles and the prices are not worth it. Thank you for your report and photos.

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    1. Yes, it was a huge disappointment! I suggest shopping the boutique sale which sounds much more enticing.

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  3. Totally agree. it's a lot of the same things on repeat. wish they had more mainline shoes/bags!

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  4. Must avoid at all cost, the worst sample sale. Overpriced for last season shoes. Horrible selection and I was there at 9.05am. You can get them cheaper at Saks last summer sale without waiting in-line. AVOID AVOID AVOID

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  5. i actually did not think the sale was that bad. YES Things were more expensive and selection was less but the markdowns were still huge. The tequila sunrise pumps were down 250 from 1190. I suppose for someone who buys things at retail price 250$ is a steal regardless. More than 130 but still a steal! I don't think i can get these kitties much cheaper at the boutique even with the 50% off. but what do i know. Besides, the prices of the kitty shoes have also gone up in general. I dont remember seeing them for as high as 600 in the past. looking forward to Sophia

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  6. Did you see any sneakers at the sale?

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    1. No sneakers but I could be wrong because I didn't check every single box in my size.

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  7. 130 to 250 is a big jump for seasonal kitties. If any of the classics were on sale I would consider 250 a fair price. Thanks for the great pics and review Miz!

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  8. Got there 1.5 hours before they opened and was disappointed. Nothing good at all, and nothing in normal sizes. No birthday flats either.. I felt it was a waste and prices not that good for the selection

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  9. I have to echo all said here. I was there an hour early, and it was cleaned out before it opened. What a waste of time, energy, and a personal day.

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  10. how much is the red "KISS ME" with the pink lips pumps? what size? Thanks!

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  11. I accidentally bought a size too small. What are the chances they will let me exchange tomorrow for a bigger size? I love the shoes. Don't know how I managed to make such a silly mistake :(

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  12. any kitty flats/espadrilles left?

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  13. SALE UPDATE (11/19): Price reductions at the Charlotte Olympia sample sale. Shoes are now $150~$300 while bags are $75~$300. Today is the last day.

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  14. Avoid this brand, they said there were $100 shoes, I was there at 9.05 am for press, I ask around they were clueless, overpriced last season junk that the boutique cannot sell

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