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The suspiciously sparse line at the Steven Alan sale this morning was a bit misleading. Shoppers came in droves once the doors opened at 8:30am, and by the time we left there were over 40 customers digging through boxes and scouring racks.
As is generally the case with Steven Alan, the sale's strongest point is its shirting. There are plaids aplenty for anyone looking to start (or add to) their collection. The selection is best in the smallest and largest sizes, and in some cases there is only one piece per style on the floor. The best strategy is to grab what you like in any size as soon as you see it, and take everything to the mirrors to try on once you have your stash. Minor quibble: The sale, housed in a studio on Sunset, is spacious but the aisles between the racks are a bit tight.
Shirting aside, the selection is pretty limited for pants (which start at $75), shorts, jackets (as low as $95), and shoes. Accessories are also pretty scarce. Shoe prices are pretty hard to beat: $15 for Toms, $10 for Keds. If you dig enough through the sweaters and shirts, you'll find some of the more coveted "Store Only" labels on a few.
All in all, if you're looking for the most distinctive pieces, head there sooner rather than later.—Noah Adler