Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale: Hidden Treasures
Zadig & Voltaire’s collections offer an unorthodox combination of Parisian street style with a hint of preppy. Their 4-day sample sale starting Thursday, October 25th located at 260 5th Avenue is an interestingly well-executed mix of the two aesthetics. The hidden gems of the sale merchandise are, without a doubt, their 2011 deluxe capsule collection with Erin Wasson (the face of the line for several years)…think Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s effortlessly chic style. The collection includes cashmere, silks, furs and leathers, but are limited and in popular demand.
Upon opening, there was a lengthy, velvet rope enclosed line that elevated my anticipations of the selections. It was quickly back to reality, when I arrived inside. Although each piece was well made, (I deduced that conclusion by inspecting the construction of the garments and reading their lengthy and specific wash instructions) the price points still seemed quite high for what are, for all intensive purposes, basics; never mind them being luxuriously distressed. My suspicions were affirmed when a fellow shopper, who conveniently lives across the street from their Meatpacking location, inquired to a staff member about the final sale price and then realized that the prices were no different than the in-store sale prices. It may have well been deemed a warehouse sale.
Nothing is offered from their most recent collection, but from the previous two seasons. All the merchandise is organized by category and their prices are denoted by signage, which seemed confusing to some shoppers, but were easily clarified by helpful staffers. The dressing rooms have a 5-minute use limit and the line was what one shopper called “overwhelming” Fall outerwear was abundant, but the sizes were limited to larger sizes. Heavier winter coats were few and far between. If you attended last year’s sample sale, do not be surprised to see unsold merchandise from 2011 making an encore appearance at the same discounted rate. Overall, the sale is worth the long line to get in, try on and purchase if you are in need or luxury basics and quality accessories or are lucky enough to stumble upon the hidden treasures in your size.
Erin Wasson Capsule 2011 Collection:
Silk Blouses originally priced at $450, now $130.
Leather shorts for $180!
All belts originally ranging from $100-$205 are now $60.
By Michaela B.
WHEN: 10/25 – 10/28; Th (9-8), F-Sat (10-7), Sun (11-6)
WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue
between 28th and 29th Streets
New York, NY 10001
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