Monday, March 3, 2014

Must Go: Monika Chiang Sample Sale

We love to go to a great sample sale but it's always sad when you know that the deals come along with the demise of a designer. It's no secret that the Monika Chiang brand had trouble getting traction among consumers but the end is always a surprise.

Sample sale organizers wouldn't confirm that this was a liquidation sale. It's not a leap to assume that the company is closing considering the brand's well-publicized layoffs, there's no retail distribution this season and the website wasn't stocked with spring merchandise. So, we say good-bye to Monika Chiang and suggest that shoppers not miss this shopping opportunity.

Inside the sale, you will find leather moto jackets (toupee, wine and blue-grey) reduced to $100 from almost $1000. There were still a few motos in black but all were a size xs. Leather pants are all priced at $80 and the inventory includes stretch leather leggings (silver, black, gray), leather cargo (black), leather moto (black, gray, light blue, pink) and leather sweat-pants (black). The retail prices on most of these styles range from $700 to $1100. We also found a selection of leather body-suits and tops, both for $65 from $795.

We admit, it's hard to get past all the leather that's reduced about 90% but there are still lots of other sale items. Almost everything from the Fall 2013 presentation can be found at the sale. The heavy weight canvas jackets and long wool coats are $100. The sale also has a full rack of stretch dresses with sexy mesh incerts for $50 from $325. There are also racks of assorted tees and tops. None were very interesting to most shoppers.

All of the bags are priced at $50, which is a huge discount from about $600. There are lots of these leather embossed clutches, this large hobo and this pony shoulder bag. The shoe selection is mostly tranny heels and cheesy over-embellished wedge sneakers. Although the shoe styles aren't very desirable, the all-under-$69-price-point is. Every shoe from the Monika Chiang site is represented at the sale. The OTK boots and shearling boots were the only styles that completely sold out.

Click clack your mouse on the link below to see a full range of photos from the sale, along with the complete price sheet.

Monika Chaing Sample Sale
Monday, March 3 through Sunday, March 9
Mon—Sat 10am—7pm, Sun 10am—3pm
225 Fifth Ave (btwn 26th and 27th


Sarah said...

Thanks for the review. I was anxious to find out what's at the sale. How much are the jewelries? And will they be restocking the sold out boots? One last thing, how are their sizing? Are they mostly in line with other American brands? Or are they more fitted and tends to run "small" like Italian brands? Many thanks in advance!

Lila Delilah said...

The jewelry is priced between $20 and $40. I was told that another shipment is coming this week but I don't know if or what boots will be included. Sizing is pretty close to american contemporary brands. BE warned, there is no fitting room. If you want to try on leather pants we suggest wearing leggings or tights , unless you're okay stripping in the aisles.

Anonymous said...

Do you know what the additional discounts were today?