What makes this week's Helmut Lang sample sale so special? As advertised by the sale host, the appeal of this event isn't the abundant inventory from the company's recent collection, but rather the extensive archival pieces from the last five years. For shoppers, it's the rare chance not only to discount grab items currently found at HL boutiques, but to also snag pieces from the brand's distant catalogue that can't be found elsewhere.
When I dropped by yesterday for the preview, the space was nearly ready to go for opening. I quickly noticed the event was definitely geared towards the ladies as most of the racks were packed full of womenswear. There was a wide assortment of wearable wardrobe staples like belted trench coats, leather biker jackets, tailored office blazers, denim jackets, cashmere sweaters, and oversized cotton shirts. I also saw these open-back sweaters at the sale which are currently full price on Net-A-Porter.
The price list for apparel included cashmere sweaters for $159, dresses for $119 & $199, jackets for $199 & $349, pants for $89 & $129, skirts for $89 & $139, knits for $49~$139, and blouses for $89 & $129. The full breakdown is at the end of this article.
Unfortunately, in contrast to the plentiful ready-to-wear, accessories were sorely lacking. Shoes (sandals, pumps, and booties) were marked down to $159 & $189 while scarves were $69, bras were $49, clutches were $119, and backpacks were $249.
The menswear section, located on the right side, had fifteen racks of clothing. There were blazers, tees, jeans, shirts, sweaters, and other minimal separates.
Compared to Clothingline's HL sample sale this past February, prices are definitely higher here. But keep in mind, this week's Chelsea Market event carries more current season items as well as the special archive collection. In addition, during my look around, I found every single piece to be new, untouched, and out of the boxes individually wrapped in plastic.
Denim jackets $129
Dresses $119 & $199
Jackets $199 & $349
Leather jackets $499 & $699
Leather pants $329
Pants $89 & $129
Skirts $89 & $139
Sweaters $89 & $139
Knits $49 & $69
Blouses $89 & $129
Shoes $159 & $189