Monday, April 23, 2012

Inside the Jil Sander VIP Preview

By ManhattanMataHari

The Jil Sander sample sale doesn't officially start until tomorrow but we couldn't wait another day and decided to head straight into the "VIP preview sale"--whatever that means.

After the mandatory coat and bag check we headed towards the ready-to-wear section, which was all reduced 85% off retail. Our spring fervor made the heavy wools from the fall and winter collection less desirable but we were thrilled by the bright colored clothing from this season's line. We just wish there was more of it.



Our top picks included the minimalist tailored wool sheath dresses for an unbeatable $157. On the table in the middle of the room, which was stocked with mostly menswear, we found lovely lightweight silk and cashmere blend sweaters for just $127. If you are looking to stock up on office basics, you will not be disappointed. Crisp white button down blouses are now a mere $51 and there are also lots of black suit separates. Before you leave, be sure to check out the outerwear selection. Quilted down jackets with fur trimmed hoods are now marked down to $270. Bags and accessories are discounted 80%. Shoes are 85% off retail but we weren't impressed with either selection.

While the sale is promoted as "invite-only," even the doorkeeper, with the VIP list acknowledged that he wouldn't be turning people away. The wait on Tuesday, however, which is the first “public” day of the sale, will be quite hectic. Expect a long wait but the sale is definitely worth the trip downtown. Historically there aren’t too many headaches if you go on the second day of the sale.

Jil Sander Sample Sale
Tuesday, April 24th through Saturday April 28th
10am to 6pm
8 Crosby (between Howard and Grand), 4th floor

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