Elizabeth and James Sample Sale - A Balanced Approach
Celebrity lines can be anything from eccentric to basic, and some strike a balance between the two. In the Early Aughts, The Olsen Twins were two very influential fashionistas, attending NYU and running from townhouse to towncar in what came to be known as their unique and iconic styles.
Harnessing that raw power that their influence has in the fashion world, the sisters founded fashion line Elizabeth and James, named after their non-identical younger siblings. The line seeks to bridge the gap and the difference between both each other and the two schools of fashion thought they embody. At the 260 Fifth Sample Sale space, Elizabeth and James goods were poised and primed to move just in time for fall season.
The clothes were a complete expression of a girl’s wardrobe. Everything from the simplest button down or thick knit sweater to the multi colored fur vest was available and at great discount. Tops ranged from $45 for a blouse to $100 for a blazer. The embellished and grosgrain colored blazers we think should go very quickly, as we saw flower printed jersey knit blazers right next to grosgrain satin and poly blends with button studding on both shoulders. These are really gorgeous pieces, and there’s no telling how long they will last.
This sale is organized by size, so bear to the left if you are a small and head to the middle if you are a medium or large. Leather jackets and specialty outerwear probably won’t last through Wednesday, so if you had a hand painted biker jacket in your heart, go grab it now! Fluffy down coats were $300 and came in a few styles most around waist length. Many cropped and season appropriate chunky sweaters were still floating around, we know how big layering is for Mary-Kate and Ashley! Their basics line, TEXTILE also had a few slightly cheaper priced basics such as 40 dollar sweatshirts, 60 dollar jackets, and 25 dollar tees. There was a ton of camo and army green, still going strong in fall 2014.
One thing you don’t see at many sample sales is quality eyeglass frames. For just $45, you can grab your very own mother-of-pearl vintage looking cat eyes, very stylish and putting an optical upgrade in anyone’s hands. Though there were plenty of skirts and dresses, we didn’t see anywhere near the same amount of pants. Don’t worry, they are still there, but they are not in as great of numbers as the plentiful tops, so again, get there quick if that is what you are wishing for.
Jewelry was also incredibly on point, most of Elizabeth + James’ stuff is normally pretty expensive, but this sale had discounts around 60-70% of retail. Head up to Flatiron this week for some clothes from the brains of some of fashion’s most unexpected but perfectly attuned devotees. Grab a funky fur or a chill sweater, both are on hand as different as can be!
By Danielle Guercio
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