It has been a whirlwind month here at the Bill Blass headquarters. As we kick off 2019, we’re excited to launch this new blog called “Moodboard” to give you a peek inside our colorful world. Just like the oversized collage that's front and center in our showroom (filled with photographs, magazine clippings, and fabric swatches), this blog will include a diverse mix of everything. You’ll find articles here spanning from design inspiration, highlights from our archives, to upcoming events.
First off, let's talk news: our sample sale is coming up and you’re invited! It will be open to the public this Friday, January 25, from 10am-6pm and Saturday, January 26, from 11am-4pm (extended: we will be open again on Feb 1st, Feb 7th & 8th, 10am-6pm ), at 236 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001. Get ready to shop for shoes, bags and ready-to-wear—some of which have never been featured online—at up to 80% off. Plus, the first 25 guests to walk in on Friday will receive a coupon with a mystery discount that will be revealed upon checkout.
We teamed up with shopping expert and style blogger Michelle Blashka aka @LeHoarder who will be filming a live preview of the sale on Thursday night that will stream on her IGTV channel. If you're out of town or simply can’t make it in person, you can check out the video to see what's in stock and email orders to us at email@example.com. "It will be fun to shop past collections of the iconic American brand. Everyone’s gone gaga for my yellow 'Becky' bag and I know there is at least one more available. I'm sure it will go in a second,” she says. “Small top handle bags like this are back and having a moment right now. As for the clothes, I’m excited for all the pieces with sheer overlays, ruffles, and stripes. There are some really bright pops of color too—think classic with a twist. I'm looking forward to integrating these into my wardrobe.”
Blashka hasn't shopped retail in more than two decades. "I used to do a lot of thrifting and have always shopped at a heavy discount. As a New Yorker, it's all about the accessibility. I love high fashion and shopping sample sales was the only way I could afford it back when I was a post-college student in my twenties.” She’s been hooked since.
In fact, 90% of the pieces in the F.I.T. grad's overstuffed closet have been bought at slashed prices throughout the years. Now, it's more than just about hunting for a major deal to take home, it's about the thrill of the adventure while doing so. Dramatically put, sample sale-ing is a serious addiction and way of life for Blashka. The mom of three originally started her blog as a platform to share her "shopaholic ways" and since then, it has evolved into a not-so 9 to 5 career.
One item of note in LeHoarder's current collection? “My Bill Blass ‘Ellie’ heels in nude," she says. “They are beautiful and crystal embellished. You better believe that I'm going to be getting a couple more pairs of these in black and tie-dye denim at the sale. It’s a stacked heel with nice padding and an adjustable ankle strap. It also isn't too heavy so you can be on your feet for hours. I'm 5’5" and every time I have an opportunity to wear a heel that’s comfortable, I will do it.”
Other key items to look out for are the ‘Carmen 90' Sandal in Carnation Pink (from $228 to $68), the ‘Mica North/South’ Tote Bag in Red/Black (from $788 to $99) and the ‘Wenda’ Slide (from $58 to, wait for it…$9.99!). Cash, AmEx, Visa, and Mastercard are accepted.
There will be fitting rooms on site, feel free to play dress up and make a fun day out of it. Check in your coat and bag, get comfy and shop on. All sales are final, so bring your friends to help solve the “Should I get this?” dilemma. Side note: the answer is yes. Come one, come all—the early bird gets first dibs on the shoes, bags, and clothes. See you then!
Jan 25-26 (10-4PM)
Bill Blass Showroom
236 5th Avenue 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10001
Sample Sale is extended.
Feb 1st (Friday) 10am-6pm
Feb 7th & 8th (Thursday & Friday) 10am-6pm
Please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org