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.