Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Yigal Azrouel's Amazing Sample Sale

If you were considering going to the Yigal Azrouel we suggest you stop thinking and start moving. Today we headed downtown to preview the sale and were so successful that we canceled our trainer and substituted bag carrying as a full body workout.

For starters, the sale takes over the Yigal's entire retail space on Grand Street. Insiders told us that the sale space expanded because the designer wanted room to release his archive pieces, which he has never done before. To say there is a lot to choose from is an understatement and the prices are even better than the selection.

Open stock prices for Yigal's contemporary line, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel start at $75 for skirts and $100 for dresses and run up to $300 for leather jackets. The best part is that much of the selection is from this season, which is currently in stores. For example, a non-leather jacket very similar to this awesome motorcycle jacket is at Saks for $895 but is just $175 at the sale. A knit dress is $125 from $375 and this skirt is $75 from $250.

Moving over to the designer's namesake collection, there was a large selection of open stock items with this floral print. Dresses like this great silk print, this knit number and this blue eyelit style that are all $250 from a retail price of about $900 and can be found in a range of sizes. Leather jackets, like this $1800 version , are $500 and a perfectly assembled white leather dress is %500 from a retail price of almost $2500.

If you're on the hunt for the real killer deals then you need to head straight to the back. There are samples and archive items galore and everything is priced to move. Yigal samples are $60 and leather items are $125. Cut25 samples are just $30 and leather items are $100.

Sample racks can be hit or miss but almost every item we found was a hit. We found this classic Yigal tuxedo jacket from resort 2013 ($60). A cropped version like this was also $60. This stretchy print dress, this white and chartreuse number and this sexy body-con style were also all $60. There were also a smattering of leather jackets but blew out faster than a vintage Ducati on the Autobahn.

In addition to all the women's finds there is also a few racks of men's clothing. The guys shopping didn't even seem to notice the mostly nude women trying on clothing in every which corner of the room. Yup, you read correctly, there's no dressing room and a few guys wondering around. On the bright side, we couldn't imagine a more unsexy atmosphere and that's including the completely bare models.

You can see a full range of pictures and price sheets right here. On and on your way out, don't miss the python belts that are just $20!

Yigal Azrouel & Cut25 Sample Sale 
Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5
10am to 7pm
129 Grand St (btwn Broadway & Crosby)

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