Surprisingly, the turnout this morning was very modest. With less than 20 shoppers in queue at 8am, I entered the venue without the usual clamor we've all come to expect at a high profile sample sale. Therefore, I took advantage of this rare opportunity and browsed the sale goods at a sedate pace.
Alber Elbaz's past collections for Lanvin were laid out on both the main floor and upper level. Handbags, small leather goods, scarves, belts, hats, jewelry, sunglasses, ties, and bow ties were displayed on the first floor while womenswear, menswear, shoes, and girls apparel & shoes were housed on the second floor.
The bag section held lots of seasonal and classic styles from the Elbaz era. Everything was a flat 80% off the original retail price. Some of the highlights included medium Sugar bags in silver for $498, medium Happy bags in black lambskin for $350, Shopper leather totes in black for $290, mini Happy crossbodies in black for $340, and medium crocodile Happy bags for $3,400 (salmon pink) & $4,600 (navy). There were also Trilogy satchels in various leathers and colors, evening clutches, quilted pouches, Sugar studded crossbody bags, and mini Rigid bags.
Located on the opposite side of the main floor were multiple vitrines that showcased Lanvin's costume jewelry and sunglasses. Everything here was also 80% off. Generally speaking, sunglasses were all under $120 while statement jewelry was priced $100~$700.
Moving upstairs, women's shoes were the first thing I noticed when I made it to the second floor. Unfortunately, Lanvin's blue boxes were stacked in a very unorganized fashion, so you'll have to dig through almost every box to find your size. However, I guarantee prices will make up for all the hard work because everything was 80% off. The brand's classic ballet flats, for instance, were available in a slew of different shades and styles, and I spotted patent leather, suede, basic calfskin, snakeskin, bow-embellished, and cap-toe. Prices on these flats were $97~$150 depending on the design.
Womenswear was also 80% off retail and the merchandise included evening dresses, furs, blouses, skirts, jackets, coats, and pants. As for men's offerings, the sale carried blazers, button-down shirts, and dress pants.
The biggest steal was in the girls' section. Shoes, apparel, and accessories were 90% off and the selection was too adorable and chic to not mention. If you have a little fashionista at home, you really must stop by.
Several staffers informed me there are unopened boxes in the back (including more bags) that they plan on bringing out as the floor inventory falls, so bear that in mind. All in all, I highly recommend checking out this event if you've never had the opportunity to shop at a Lanvin sample sale before, as prices and selection were much better than last year's sale. Also, it's a chance to grab a piece or two of Alber Elbaz's incredible designs for the label before they disappear for good.