This was the first time I checked out the Steven Alan sample sale. There was no line outside and I was not asked to show my invite. I'm sure some people were able to sneak in who were not on the press list. It was getting crowded inside. So I headed straight to the accessories and shoes. I checked out their website before i came to get an idea what will be on offer. Unfortunately the item I wanted- a Mansur Gavriel bag was not at the sale.
After checking out the accessories and footwear, I headed back upstairs to check out the apparel. Sally asked me to check out the menswear. There were lots of options and stock of both Steven Alan and third party brands.
There were fewer racks for women's wear. My teenage sister wanted some dresses but I told her most of the styles here were for mature, preppy women.
I was told the Lanvin sample sale was private and was asked not to share or publicize any details. Tuesday evening Century 21 sent out emails to their list, opening the event to the public.
Because of the last minute notice, there was a low turnout Wednesday morning. There were less than 30 people in line when the doors opened. At 8 a.m. the security guard opened the rope line, opened his arm wide, and said have at it!
Most people belined to the handbags. Everything was 80% off with the exception of kids which was 90% off! Lots of Happy bags in a variety of sizes. Other styles included Sugar, totes, and evening bags. There were tons of footwear in all sizes. Sandals, wedges, stilettos, and their signature flats. Accessories for both men and women were available as well. Also apparel for women and girls.
I seriously have to stop spending at these sample sales but I convinced myself that I will never see Lanvin at these prices. Lucky for us New Yorkers, Lanvin wants to purge all of its Alber Elbaz items. Their next sample sale will probably revert back to private and who knows what the selection will be like.