With just one day left before its official grand opening, we stopped by LA's first-ever Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th outlet store, located at Beverly Connection and across from the Beverly Center. Giving the shopping center's existing Nordstrom Rack a run for its money, Saks Off 5th covers a whopping 27,000 square feet and features two floors filled with hundreds of men's and women's designers at 40-80% off. The best part: four huge trucks will deliver new items to the store every. single. week.
From the moment you step into the store, you're faced with a huge display of eyewear options, with stylish sunglasses ranging from $29.99 to $119.99. Brand names include Ray-Ban, Coach, Thierry Lasry, Prada, and even hometown hero Wildfox. Next to eyewear is the jewelry section, complete with a cheeky "Sparkle Like You Mean It" neon sign. (We saw some great Ippolita statement pieces.) With the first floor dedicated to the ladies, here you'll find closet essentials in every category imaginable: tops by cult-favorite brands (Helmut Lang), dresses by luxury brands (Marc Jacobs), premium denim (Paige), activewear and athleisure wear (Reebok, Calvin Klein), wide-brim hats (Sak Fifth Avenue), and trendy jewelry (Vince Camuto).
Over on the second floor is where the real damage happens. Bags and shoes are on the left, and the inventory is so good that you may never want to buy full-priced designer items ever again. We spotted racks of Chloé and Prada bags under $1,000, tables of Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors bags under $300, and a generous display of Rebecca Minkoff's bestsellers under $100. Shoes are just as enticing, with brands ranging from blogger-approved Superga and Schutz to celebrity-beloved Charles Jourdan and Stuart Weitzman.
Also on second floor is the men's small (in comparison to women's) but mighty offerings, with suiting being the department's standout star. Tell all the dapper gents in your life to skip Men's Wearhouse next door and go here first, where in-demand brands include Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Versace, and Saks Fifth Avenue's in-house labels.
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 9:30pm, and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.