The Sale: We were very sad when we received the email on Monday informing us that one of our favorite stores, Dernier Cri, is being bought out, and will close at the end of November with no plans of reopening. The entire store is marked down by 50%. The store is located at 869 Washington St. b/t 13th and 14th St.
The Strategy: Dernier Cri is known for stocking hard to find independent labels, ranging from cult European brands like Preen and Sonia Rykiel to local downtown designers, including Fiftytwo Showroom's very own Lerario Beatriz. Don't count on seeing many of these labels further discounted at sample sale time, since most of them are based elsewhere. Plus, the sale includes all current Fall 08 merchandise, which won't be marked down at other stores for another few months, so even though the 50% discount isn't that steep, it really is an opportunity to pick up some amazing in-season designer clothes. It's selling very quickly, so I suggest you head over now!
The Stuff: Although I tried on plenty of sweaters and jackets, most of the oversized Tsumori Chisato and Preen clothes that I liked so much were too big, and made me look like I was swimming in a designer tent. Not wanting to walk out empty handed, I picked up these dip-dyed Tsumori Chisato tights, marked down from $135 to $67 (not cheap, but I know I'll use them), which are perfect for winter. Also of interest: plenty of cute Sonia Rykiel sweaters, Rose's drapey knit cardigans, Manish Arora's psychedelic embroidered jackets, and our favorite Melissa shoes.