Your weekly sample sale update
Wed Sep 2 2009
Lisa Curran swimwear + Matiko shoes
Whether you have plans to spend Labor Day lounging on a beach in the Hamptons or just relaxing in Central Park, hit up this sale for summer essentials to spruce up your warm-weather wardrobe. Pick up a swimsuit from designer Lisa Curran, including sexy red one-pieces for $75 (as opposed to $185), and bamboo-ring bikinis, whittled from $176 to $72. Then choose a pair of funky and fashionable Matiko shoes, such as neon thong sandals halved to $44, or buckle-up strappy wedges, sheared from $178 to $75. 307 W 38th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 18th floor (212-388-0339). Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th St--Penn Station. Today until 8pm, Thu 3 10am--7pm.
French Sole, originator of the ballerina flat, first opened its tiny shoe shop in 1989 on the Upper East Side. For 20 years, it's continued to stock more than 5,000 pairs of shoes, library-style, with sales staff climbing up and down ladders to retrieve footwear. Now you can snag some of its fashionable flats at major discounts. Mesh-and-patent-leather slingbacks are slashed from $220 to $109, fabric ballerina styles with leather piping are cut from $180 to $89, and embroidered floral designs are $109 (were $220). 976 Lexington Ave at 71st St (212-472-9200). Subway: 6 to 68th St--Hunter College. Mon--Fri 10am--7pm; Sat 11am--6pm; Sun noon--5pm. Thu 3--Sept 10.
Walk past the jewelry and handbags at the flea market at Wooster and Spring Streets to find the real deals. Havaianas, the comfortable Brazilian flip-flop brand, has set up shop to unload its line of colorful summer sandals for both genders. Select three styles for only $20 (normally $18 to $35 each). Spring St at Wooster St (havaianas.com). Subway: N, R, W to Prince St; 6 to Spring St. Daily 11am--6pm. Thu 3--Sept 17.
Chloe & Reese
Party girls should shimmy their way over to this blowout for a selection of flirty and feminine threads perfect for a night on the town. Dresses are $70--$150 (normally $340--$385), skirts are $70--$100 (as opposed to $275), and blouses are $70--$90 (usually $270). 313 W 37th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, suite 601 (888-317-1695). Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th St--Penn Station. Thu 3, Fri 4 noon--7pm.
Don't underestimate the feeling you get from scoring a pair of designer shoes for up to 70 percent off. Now every woman can have a Shoegasm through Labor Day by making her way to this footwear haven, where Jeffrey Campbell suede pumps are halved to $60, Devani patent-leather Mary Janes are nicked from $160 to $80, and MIA gladiator sandals are $49 (were $70). Locations throughout the city; visit shoegasm.com for more info. Thu 3--Mon 7.