Valentine’s Day Shopping: The Last Barneys Warehouse Sale As We Know It, jumelle, IF Boutique, and United Bamboo
This week, hearts are fluttering, arrows are flying, and those with a sweet tooth are squealing with glee in anticipation for Valentine’s Day this Thursday. New Yorkers’ reactions to the heart shaped holiday are across the board: Some simply love to be wine and dined, others enjoy a low-key night with their sweetie, while some shun the Hallmark-holiday all together. Whatever the case may be, if you’re shrieking over your new jewels, munching on chocolate truffles, or hiding under your pillow in your favorite sweats waiting for Friday to come, at least take the time to indulge in some good ol’ classic splurging this week as we celebrate our one true love of shopping together.
Sample Sale Alert: Orange
IF Boutique Basement Sale
The semi-annual IF Boutique Basement Sale is back on Wednesday in SoHo and ready for action. For lovers of avant-garde fashion, this is the sale for you. With up to 85% off clothing, footwear and accessories from edgy designer brands such as Junya Watanbe, Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Common des Garcons, and more, it’s almost guaranteed you can’t go wrong. Last year, Ivan Grundal’s pieces were the majority, while tops by Comme des Garcon averaged around $200, down from well over a thousand bucks a pop.
Barneys New York Warehouse Sale
It seems The Stylish City’s speculation in regards to the question, “Where, oh where did the sample sales go?” was in the ballpark, as exemplified by Barneys latest sale tactics. In late January of this year, WWD reported that on February 4th the now live off-price web site Barneyswarehouse.com would launch in a permanent fashion. If you can recall last year, Barneys presented a similar website to shoppers to go hand in hand with their infamous Warehouse Sale, which in turn trimmed the crowds at the typically jam packed Chelsea location.
This in turn is not good news for fans of the physical Warehouse Sale. WWD goes on to claim that after Barneys February Warehouse Sale beginning on Thursday and lasting through the 24th, future sales will be located a block away and “merchandise will turn heavily towards men’s.” Translation being: This will be the final Barneys New York Warehouse Sale as we know it.
Although the current selection on Barneyswarehouse.com doesn’t give us much to go on, for nostalgia’s sake, be sure to visit the beloved physical sale one final time before it leaves us forever.
jumelle Sample Sale
Last year’s jumelle clean out sale in Williamsburg impressed shoppers and it expects to do so again this time around. The small boutique filled with our favorite high-end designers, mixed with up-and-comers, offers an eclectic array of downtown fashion. This year, jumelle Sample Sale is advertising up to 75% off such collections from Alexander Wang, Electric Feathers, Isabel Marant and more. Last year, T by Alexander Wang pieces were discovered for $75, while $180 landed you a pair of Dieppa Restrepo lace-up boots and bins were on hand with $25 and $50 offerings.
United Bamboo Sample Sale
Lifestyle brand United Bamboo is holding a two-day sample sale beginning on Friday on Centre Street. The art inspired designing duo, not only incorporates creativity into their unique cuts and innovative fabrics, but also through projects such as artistic designed T-shirts and compilation CDs. The sale has been noted to offer steals, such as sample shoes for as low as $40, as well as jersey knit cardigans for the same price and denim for $50. This is a true blue same sale, so be prepared to do some sorting and initiate careful examinations on samples and merchandise from not only United Bamboo, but brands Creatures of Comfort, Tess Giberson, and Auntie Oti as well.
As Valentine’s Day concludes, we sincerely hope that if you’re not left with chocolates gifted with love, you, at the very least, are left with a new pile of clothing purchased at rock bottom prices.
By Caitlin Colford
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