Botkier Sample Sale: Sunshine Found on Fifth
The line crept slowly along 5th Avenue toward the Botkier Sample Sale this drizzly morning. Hosted by the always organized 260 Sample Sale, security ushered only a few folks in at the time. As I approached the window my heart began to pound and butterflies ensued. Right there, before my very eyes, a sample of Botkier’s Mint Green Cowhide Valentina! I stayed fixated on my dream bag of the season like glue up until the moment my heart was crushed, and world was seemingly over – a shopper excitedly grabbed it for herself. However, all hope was not lost as I saw colors of mint green peaking out from the tables as I hurriedly raced toward it upon being let in.
A glorious assortment of Botkier bags were neatly propped up on tables around the room with posters depicting photos and prices of each and every bag on sale, were displayed on the walls above. I spotted correctly; the Valentina Mint Green Cowhide Hobo Bag ($225, orig. $395) was stocked and plentiful (albeit no satchel to be seen), as was its sister color cinnamon. Another hot buy on hand from this season is the Leon Small Satchel in Green and Brown ($225, orig. $425). Satchels, satchels, satchels were definitely the hot commodity among shoppers at the Botkier Sample Sale – if they weren’t toting around the Leon bag, I spotted them modeling the Phoenix Satchel ($295, orig. $575) or the Nicola Satchel ($250, orig. $545).
Crowds swarmed the back of the room where a large selection of one-of-a-kind samples were being sold from $50-$200. A Botkier employee suggested to inspect each sample – dependent, you may not know what you’re going to get, some had small stains and were not in tip top shape, but those in pristine condition made up for this. I was excited to find a Distressed Peach Valentina Hobo ($175) (I know, I’m obsessed), but unfortunately there were two noticeable water stains on its surface. The Carlyle Satchel from Botkier’s 2011 Resort line was in great shape and only $100.
There were two hectic stands of Botkier shoes, mainly samples, but they all seemed fairly beat up. In fair condition were the Turquoise Audrey Sandals ($50) and Lulu Flats ($50).
Botkier’s great clutches are featured toward the registers. I spotted the Stella Clutch ($150, orig. $295) and the Phoenix Clutch ($175, orig. $345) as well as the gorgeous and practical Misha iPad Case ($175).
The Botkier Sample Sale will continue to be restocked until its last day on Sunday, May 6th. A variety of new samples are set to be unveiled at various points during the sale’s run, so a trip or two (or three) to 225 Fifth Avenue is certainly worth your time and subway fare!
WHEN: 5/1 – 5/6; Tue-F (11-8), Sat-Sun (10-4)
WHERE: 225 Fifth Avenue
between 26th & 27th street
New York NY 10001
By Caitlin Colford
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