The Rebecca Minkoff preview is always the morning of opening day. I'm usually there before they open the doors so I can be in the first shift into the venue. This time, due to traffic, I arrived at the venue five minutes after opening time. There were a few people in line but they weren't going in. I asked the girl in front of me if she was waiting for the sale and she replied that it opens in two hours. People were waiting online for when the sale opens to the public (a minimum of two hour wait).
I was surprised to see no crowds at the sample tables. When I got closer I realized why. All samples were $75. Last year samples were $50 on opening day and dropped as low as $25 midway through the sale. To add insult to injury, most bags were in crappy condition.
I didn't pay too much detail to the stock options but browsed it for Sample Sally. Believe it or not, their online sample sale has lot of the same items for less! I'm not crazy gaga of her handbags anymore so I was happy with the one bag I got. Obviously its a sample!
Shoes on the other hand were plentiful and great pricing! Today (Wednesday) is the third day of the sample sale and already markdowns have been announced on apparel and a few handbags. Expect more markdowns to come as we head towards the end of the week.
This sample sale's discount reminds me more of a boutique or department store sale than a sample sale. That said, I still look forward to their annual sale. A woman with a list of names and a beefy security guard were standing at the entrance. I was told there was a mix up with my invite and that I came to employee night, and that press night was happening the next night. Lucky for me, I was not sent home and the woman let me in.
The sale is a couple of blocks away from the space they used last year. It's definitely bigger. As I was browsing I suddenly noticed a commotion at the side. None other than Jessie Randall, the founder and partner of the Leoffler Randall wife-husband team, made an appearance!
As mentioned, prices are not rock bottom, but their merchandise is gorgeous and made well. I always get compliments when I wear their footwear. Footwear for every season is available. Many of the items selling on their website are available here for about 60% off. I really wanted the Suze or the Saskia but they didn't have either of them. There are also tables spread out through the venue with handbags and other accessories like cosmetic pouches, eyeglass cases, and tasseled pouches.