The Etro sample sale opened to the public today. During lunchtime the line to get in was about an hour. Despite the line outside, upstairs wasn’t very crowded but the wait to checkout was excruciating.
Inside the sale, everything is 80% off. The room is divided equally between men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. A majority of the merchandise is a range of skirts, coats, dresses and pants. There are a few tables of shoes decided by style, a few scarves still waiting to be purchased and a handful of bags and other small accessories. The tables in the center of the room are covered in an assortment of sweaters divided by size.
As expected, the assortment is plentiful. The ethos of Etro offers a mature and heavy esthetic that translates better during winter months. The most ornate and elaborate items seemed the most attractive but the retail prices on such items can easily range up to $10,000.
A Mongolian fur jacket is about $1000 from over $5000, a purple leather jacket is $572 from $2860, a fox fur jacket is comes to about $1600 and a jeweled dress is just above $800 from $4100. Some less expensive items include a light Spring silk coat is $552 from over $2700, suede ankle boots are $284 from $1420 and a plaid wool coat is about $470 from $2370. You can see lots of pictures in the jump or shop the items above for similar discounts.
Along the men’s side of the sale there are tables of color polos, shirts and sweaters. The colors come to about $50 after the discount and the men’s button downs range from $80 to about $120. If you’re shopping for your man, be sure to take note of his European sizing. Etro tends to run small and it’s always a shame to be stuck with items that don’t fit.
There are fitting rooms at the back of the sale but that’s another line. Speaking of which, the checkout desk was disaster when we were trying to leave. There were only three cashiers and each customer had a pile of purchases that they were sorting through, deciding on and one women was repeatedly running back to the racks and shopping as the line continued to grow.
We happened to like the assortment of men’s merchandise more than what we saw for ourselves. The prints and colors were a bit heavy for a Spring-time optimist. We also have a feeling there will be a markdown before the sale ends on Wednesday. It might be worth the secondary trip if there is another markdown. We’ll keep you posted. (For now, you can browse our pictures.)
Monday, June 5 through Wednesday June 7
Mon 1pm-8pm, Tues 10am to 8pm, Wed 10am to 5pm
Metropolitan Pavilion: 123 West 18 Street, 5 Fl