Rachel Zoe Sample Sale: Less Than Gilt-y Prices

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26 June 2012

This just in June 28th @ 10:00AM from the organizers of Rachel Zoe Sample Sale :AN ADDITIONAL 30% OFF ALL APPAREL

You voted and we listened! By a large margin, your votes for The Stylish City to review the Rachel Zoe Sample Sale beat out all of its competitors, providing us with a clear blue winner. So here you are sample sale shoppers, behold your requested review of the Rachel Zoe Sample Sale!

If you’re a fan of Rachel Zoe then IMMEDIATELY run on down to 260 Fifth Avenue for exclusive VIP access today, before doors to the Rachel Zoe Sample Sale open to the public tomorrow. An RSVP is no longer required, therefore from noon until 6PM, the always organized 260 Sample Sale space will be letting in all who drop by for deep discounts on silk tops, wrap dresses, and well tailored blazers.

Rachel Zoe Silk Printed Ruffle Blouse ($100, similar style on Gilt for $119)
Rachel Zoe Sawyer Silk Georgette Tie Neck Blouse ($100,  on Gilt for $119)
Rachel Zoe Sample Sale
Rachel Zoe Sample Sale

This is the first ever sample sale for Rachel Zoe, the one-year-old line, and it is truly stocked to the fullest. Organized by sizes from petite to size 12, every aisle is perfectly arranged and mirrors its neighbor. The clothing here is not samples, nor is the majority of clothing available in strictly sample sizes, making the sale a perfect fit for all shapes and leaving no room no disappointment as no piece is prejudice to the smaller or larger frame.

Essentially, the majority of the Rachel Zoe Sample Sale can currently be purchased via Gilt until midnight tonight. It is interesting how brands have been doing this as of late. The trend seems to be: put your overstock merchandise on a sale website such as Gilt, and sell the remaining items at the sample sale that will typically begin the next morning as the online sale ends. One may say, “Well, why the heck would I suffer through a crowded sample sale when I can shop online?” The answer being, at the sample sale the price is still right and they put aside enough styles and sizes for both events, providing no benefit either way in that department. I noticed today that prices at the in-person Rachel Zoe Sample Sale were much more price efficient than their counterparts on Gilt. Plus, at the in-person sale, there are additional styles, a handful of samples, and shoes for you to try on. Below, I provide you with a few examples of the price difference and what is not available online.

While browsing the endless supply of silk tops marked with ruffles, buttons, and flattering cuts, I fell in love with the Sleeveless Silk Button Down Blouse ($100, pictured, not available on Gilt), a Red Silk Printed Ruffle Blouse ($100, pictured, similar style on Gilt for $119), and the Sawyer Silk Georgette Tie Neck Blouse ($100, pictured, on Gilt for $119).

Rachel Zoe Sleeveless Silk Button Down Blouse ($100)
Rachel Zoe Jacqueline Belted Silk Ruffle Dress ($175, $179 on Gilt)
Rachel Zoe Getty Textured Dress ($175,  $179 on Gilt)
Rachel Zoe White with Black Swirl Party Dress ($175)

The black and white party dresses, as well as colorful printed sleeveless dresses were all sorts of fabulous with sequence, ruffles, silk, and velvet to boot. The stand outs of this bunch was the multi-colored and sleeveless Jacqueline Belted Silk Ruffle Dress ($175, pictured, $179 on Gilt), a beige sleeveless Getty Textured Dress ($175, pictured, $179 on Gilt), and the sleeveless White with Black Swirl Party Dress ($175, not available on Gilt).

Interestingly enough, the Sullivan Leather Blazer (pictured) that I noticed shoppers flocking to is $289 on Gilt but $350 at the sale. This was the only item I saw that was more expensive in-person aside from the Bailey Sequined Cardigan ($250, pictured, $179 on Gilt), which would be the perfect swap for a blazer to spice up your outfit.

Rachel Zoe Sullivan Leather Blazer ($350)
Rachel Zoe Bailey Sequined Cardigan ($250, $179 on Gilt)

The shoe selection was small and average at best. Colorful flats are available for $120, while sky-high ankle boots are on hand for $200. If you’re looking for something neutral then you may be in luck at the shoe table, but if you’re looking for something flashy and unique, then try your luck elsewhere.

Before you head to the cash register, take a gander at the two racks of Wide-Leg Bell Bottoms ($70, pictured, not available on Gilt), as well as the boxes of samples featuring sweaters, namely a cream sweater dress with nude lining ($100, pictured, not available on Gilt).

Rachel Zoe Colorful flats are available for $120, while sky-high ankle boots are on hand for $200.
Rachel Zoe Colorful flats are available for $120, while sky-high ankle boots are on hand for $200.
Rachel Zoe Wide-Leg Bell Bottoms ($70)
Rachel Zoecream sweater dress with nude lining ($100)
Rachel Zoe Sample Sale
Rachel Zoe Sample Sale Price List

I would be surprised to find the in-person sample sale phased out. People still prefer trying on in person and feeling the fabric before they commit to a designer piece, no matter how cheap it is. Although there was a duo of clothing items available cheaper on Gilt, the fair in-person prices may be reason enough to breath easy and know that our beloved in-person sales will be around for some time to come.

WHEN: 6/27 – 6/30; W-F (10-8), Sat (10-4)

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue
(Between 28th & 29th Streets)
New York, NY 10001
N / R/ 6 Trains to 28th Street

By Caitlin Colford


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