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Just like every year, we put our photographic memories and note-taking skills to the test at 3.1 Phillip Lim's no-photos-allowed LA sample sale, which kicks off at 9am (now!!!) in Downtown. We scoped out the scene at last night's preview and can confirm that it is indeed quite the handbag-happy event—see what else there is to know below:
1. The sale has returned to the Cooper Design Space. Make your way over to mezzanine 3. (Pssst—the Jenni Kayne sale is also on the same floor.)
2. Bags will be checked at the door. Save yourself the hassle and bring just the necessities (wallet, phone, and keys).
3. Inventory will be replenished. VIPs didn't get to snap up all the good stuff at the preview, so no FOMO here—although no new merchandise will be introduced, existing styles and sizes will be restocked.
4. There are two tables of bags and accessories. We spotted medium Pashlis, Ryder bags (we saw a few large black styles in gold and silver hardware and small red styles), 31 Hour Weekenders, 31 Minute carryalls, men's bags, Name Drop backpacks in black and mint, and more. They're priced at $450 for large bags, $300 for medium-sized bags, $200 for small bags, $150 for clutches, and $75 to $100 for wallets; other accessories include sunglasses for $75, and belts and necklaces for $50.
5. Stock is as recent as resort 2015. We spotted those wave-trim separates and suede dresses from resort 2015, in addition to fall 2014 (like printastic Soleil sweaters, shearling jackets, and ruffled sweaters), spring 2014 (like embroidered organza bomber jackets and Wednesday Medium Boston satchels), and an array of items from prior collections.
6. Men, come hither. This time around, gents will be pleased to know that there's a larger selection of menswear—by our count, eight racks of merch and five footwear styles (mostly mandals). Tees and tanks are $50; pants, denim, shorts, and shirts are $100; and sweaters are $150.
7. Outerwear is top-notch. Womenswear pricing is $650 for shearling coats, $500 for leather jackets, $400 for coats, $350 for fur vests, $250 for trenches, and $175 for all other jackets/bombers (including tons of Soleil printed styles). For men, it's $700 for shearling coats, $500 for leather and suede jackets, $400 for trenches, $300 for wool jackets, $250 for cotton jackets, and $200 for denim jackets. The selection is heavy on fall 2014; we spotted the above shearling jacket in brown, lavender, and more colors and that color-blocked shearling and leather-paneled coat that you see up top.
8. The women's department is stacked, especially with statement dresses, fall-ready sweaters, and tops. Gowns are priced at $500, cocktail dresses are $400, and sweater/tee/day dresses are $175. Woven, embellished, and long-sleeved tops are $150 (we saw a bunch of Soleil printed blouses); short-sleeved tops are $100; and tees are $50. Embellished sweaters are $300 and regular sweaters are $150. There's quite the selection of leather and suede bottoms for $350 a pop; regular skirts are $100 and pants, denim, and shorts are $75.
9. Shoes are $50 and $100, but sizing is limited. All footwear is monitored by staff, who'll pull your size from behind a table. Just a few that we recall are the espadrille flats and heels for $50; the Marquis sandals (above) in flat and heel form and in black, brown, and peach; and some men's sandals and sneakers.
10. No swimwear or loungewear. Sorry!
11. There are no dressing rooms. Mirrors are located throughout the space, however.
12. Cash and credit are accepted; no returns. Swing by today from 9am to 6pm and tomorrow from 9am to 4pm. Good luck, and feel free to share your scores and experiences in the comments!