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Elizabeth Daniels, 5/10
If you think that Refinery29's launch of an LA site would cause a Jets vs. Sharks fashion-turf war, you'd be wrong—it is absolutely impossible for us to hate somebody who throws a fabulous sample sale.
We got a sneak peek at the racks and racks of goodies filling the floor of the East/West sale at Space 15Twenty, and we can promise you that if you go, you will find something that you absolutely must have—even if it means eating Ramen noodles every day until your next paycheck. And possibly beyond.
Just to give you a taste: We saw LNA lace tees for $46, plain tees for $31 and tanks for $29; Wren skirts for $40 and tees for $45; Vena Cava tanks for $125; Jenni Kayne black blazers for $225 and lace blazer for $265; a Phillip Lim crazy embellished maybe-made-from-monkey-hair vest for $750; Alexander Wang (normal tuxedo) vests for $471 and skinny black cargo pants for $231; Rag and Bone skinny jeans for $126; Helmut Lang shirred dresses for $208, tanks for $45 and $88; Society for Rational Dress tanks and tees for $70; Band of Outsiders shirts for $138; Loomstate dresses for $58; Geren Ford dresses for $148 and tanks for $112; Bill Blass cropped blazers for $70 to $75; and Samantha Pleet tops and dresses for $138. And oh so much more, but we were tired and there were free cookies.
Though the prices aren't the lowest we've ever seen for some of the brands, the quality of the goods is definitely better than some sample sales where the goods have clearly already been rejected by every other shopper in the greater LA metro area. But some of these clothes are new to LA—they came from NYC courtesy of Housing Works, a charity that sells donated designer clothing to raise money for housing, medical care, meals and more to the thousands of homeless and low income men, women and children who live with HIV and AIDS. Though they're usually only available in NYC and online, they are testing the waters of LA, so why don't you go down and make them feel loved?