J.Crew Sample Sale Review 11/29
It’s music to your ears: The J.Crew Sample Sale, Up to 60% Off! The brand that can do no wrong, kicked off its lusted over sample sale today, hosted at (and by) 260 Fifth Ave. Exploding with overstock and F/W apparel, handbags, accessories, and shoes, this sale attracted so many early bird shoppers that the line wrapped well around the corner and down the block, even after doors had already opened. Cheery 260 Fifth employees raced around, tidying up and answering any and all questions, in fact so many employees that they began to get in the way of shoppers. Helpful Tip: Make sure to check your bag and coat upon arrival; this large room is packed in like sardines, causing browsing to be extremely difficult.
I made a bee -line right for the shoe section, allowing no distractions in between. Despite the hefty price, J.Crew notoriously sells top quality boots and flats that last a lifetime, but not today! Their soft, yet sturdy Lace Up Oxfords (with tassels and without) $65 (pictured), along with their Mid Calf Buckled Leather Boots (black and brown) $120 , were definitely the most popular and truly an amazing deal. Trying on these gorgeous shoes may count for your daily yoga practice as it is nearly impossible to find yourself more than twelve inches of space.
Standard sweaters and cardigans ($35) were plentiful, in every color imaginable from bright and cheery, to winter blacks and grays. The cashmere V-Necks and Cardigans were $90 and anything from the “Collection” was marked for $75. Unfortunately, I didn’t see many sizes beyond XS and Small. Most of these sweaters are samples that never made it production but don’t let that fact deter you, they are still your typical V-Neck and button down designs you see in every catalogue. As J.Crew fans know, the brand uses various manufacturers for everything from jackets to handbags. An incredibly soft Jetrich Sweater in Vintage Champagne was manufactured by Millicami, and was available in Size 4 and 6 ($35).
Blazers lined up in blacks, whites, creams, and navies, with a few tweed options at the end of the line, ($130). The Schoolboy Mustard Blazer ($130) stood out as a funky original, but as I pulled it out to inspect I noticed the lining was ripped inside.
This sale also features Madewell, but since all is coming from the same factory it is difficult to determine which samples belong to which brand. If I had to guess, being that I am a shopper of both, I would pin the Vintage Black Motorcycle Jacket by Weanmaster $250, Soft Brown Leather Button Blazer $150 and Twig Ankle Zip Acid Wash Jeans $45, under their name.
Tucked away in the back of the room is a variety of accessories. A few leather handbags by 1937 Accessories hung, marked as originals and definitely worth the price ($120 for Larger, $80 for Smaller). Also arranged in neat piles were $10 tights, $20 Weekend Leggings, $15 scarves, and $15 belts.
Be sure to not let the jewelry pass by you, the cases are set up like it is in any J.Crew store. This less hectic area of the sale features sparkles and knotted designs for an unbelievable price (Knot Ring $15). The bracelets and earrings will only run you $25, and the necklaces $35.
If you’re currently sporting a sweatband and running sneakers, then you’re all set to race over to 260 Fifth Ave and get your shop on. Be prepared to wait in the rain and elbow your way through toward great deals. Have a focus in mind before heading in – the best way to handle this madness is to focus on one area and head over to others once your satisfied. Remember: Accessories are in the very back, Shoes in the left back corner, Jewelry on your right, just passed the cash registers.
WHEN: 11/29 – 12/3; Tue-F (10-8), Sat (10-6)
WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue
(between 28th & 29th street)
N,R,6 Trains to 28th Street
NYC NY 10001
By Caitlin Colford
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