Tory Burch Sample Sale: Skip It and Shop Elsewhere
Although the Tory Burch Sample Sale held a surprise opening at 2PM yesterday, it was today that drew in the crowds of ballet flat loving shoppers, anxious to get their hands on a few pairs of discounted shoes. Given the Fashion District location, many local employees came down from their cubicles to be on hand for the 11AM opening. Fortunately for those who arrived early, the line seemed to swell greater as the lunchtime rush spilled onto West 36th Street.
While waiting in line I took note to the numerous amounts of blue bags that were being clutched tightly by exiting shoppers, providing the prospect of fabulous deals for those waiting. One woman was nice enough to stop and share that the clothing selection “was disappointing,” stating further that this sale was “all about the shoes.”
Upon entering Clothingline on the 2nd floor for the Tory Burch Sample Sale, you are handed a number that will immediately place you in line for 10 minutes (and 10 minutes only) of fast paced shopping and try-ons in the shoe section. That’s right, after waiting in line your must…wait in line again. To provide you with an idea, I was handed number 461 and as I arrived they were just calling in numbers 405 and 406.
During your waiting time you are invited to browse the Tory Burch handbags and apparel sections, which are less than thrilling. While moseying around I heard many sighs of disappointment by the dismal selection. One shopper even approached me to inquire if merchandise will be added to the sale. The only additions will be additional stock from the influx of the same styles repeated throughout the size specific racks (0-12, S-XL).
Starting with the wall of handbags, prices reached as low as $95 for the Stitched Logo Swingpack to $250 for the Maisey Shopper, Maisey Tote (pictured), and Maisey Hobo (pictured). Also on hand was the Julian Small Convertible Bag in three different colors ($225, pictured).
The meek assortment of ready-to-wear was bleak, although the discounts on clothing certainly trumped the lame discounts on shoes and bags. One pro to the frustrations of the Tory Burch Sample Sale is the high quality apparel. If you make a trip to the sale, check out the Cornelia Dress ($150, orig. $395, various sizes, pictured), Walker Sweater Coat ($194, orig. $450), Adalia Top ($85, orig. $250, pictured), Original Sequin Dress ($425, orig. $850, Size M, pictured), and the beautiful Bridgette Dress ($150, orig. $425, Size M). There were some denim options mixed in throughout, mostly the Tory Classic Jean ($85, orig. $175, pictured).
I’m not quite sure what the excited shoe-shopper outside was speaking about, because there were only a handful of shoe options at the Tory Burch Sample Sale, none of which screamed “amazing deal!” Every pair of shoe on sale is pictured here, proving that there is no grand department worth waiting for.
The Alaina Booties ($200) and Kendrick Driving Loafer ($125) were available in a few colors, while Tory Burch’s Murphy Sneaker was available in one gold color ($99). The classic Ballet Flats were $150 and the traditional wedge were a bit more for $165. Lastly, there were two tall leather boots were featured in black and brown for $250.
All in all this Tory Burch Sample Sale is not worth your time. With the upcoming holiday sales at all of the main department stores, there are certainly better Tory Burch deals waiting for shoppers than here at her Midtown sample sale.
WHEN: 12/10 – 12/16; M (2-7), Tue-F (11-7), Sat-Sun(10-5)
WHERE: 261 West 36th Street
(between 7th & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10018
By Caitlin Colford
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