Tomorrow marks the start of rag & bone's semiannual sample sale at Chelsea Market, but earlier today, we got to poke around the racks. The space, divided between menswear and womenswear, is full of items from the label's spring/summer collection and includes pieces that are still for sale online. Perhaps the best part of the selection is the blazers: the Bromley, Bailey, and 42nd Street designs are all there in a selection of colors and sizes. There are also a bunch of pretty summer dresses, an array of knits, and some specialty items, like runway pieces and leather jackets, that come in very limited numbers. If you're brave and patient enough to squeeze into a tiny space with naked strangers, there's a small changing room with full-length mirrors, where you'll be butt-to-butt with your neighbor. There seems to be a good range of sizes (there are even signs directing shoppers to ask for a size if it's not on the rack). If you can't be the first in line tomorrow, here are a few words of comfort: They'll be restocking throughout the week. Click ahead to some of the best items from the sample sale, and see below for a full list of prices.
Rag & bone sample sale: 6/14–6/17; Th–F (10:30–8), S (12–7), Su (12–5).
This Bromley Blazer, also available in yellow and turquise, is still full-price ($415) online. We also saw tuxedo jackets, many different styles of tweed blazers, and school-boy blazers trimmed with piping in a range of colors.
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Take a right at the entrance and you'll find a ton of dress styles. Some of them — like the layered dress (far left), which also came in black, and the Sophie dress (middle) — were available in wide selection of sizes, but there were much fewer of the Agathe dress (right) and other specialty designs, like the leather-trimmed Marseille dress (originally $695!).
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There was a huge selection of blouses, including sheer button-ups, bias-cut tops, and short-sleeve silk shirts, all available in different sizes and colors. Be warned, though: The same size in different styles can fit very differently.
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Knits and Sweaters
Rag & bone's soft knits are always a main attraction at their sales, and this one is no different. A table at the front of the room is covered in soft tanks, tees, and long-sleeved shirts in a range of patterns. Sweaters and cardigans fill the next table, also covering many different styles and sizes.
Shirts/sweatshirts: $115 T-shirts: $40
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There was one rack of shorts, and while there were a few different styles (silk, striped, and pleated), not a lot of sizes were there.
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Maxi skirts in pink, yellow, green, and blue fill several racks near the cash register. There were fewer short skirts, but we spotted the tweed Best Ever Mini in both this blue version and plain black, as well as a few other summer-friendly silk options.
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Summer-weight scarves are available in many different colors, and there's also a good selection of hats: straw, wool, wide-brimmed, and fedoras. We also saw some great leather wallets and lots of leather belts, if you have the energy to dig.
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Some dressy work pants were available in black and dark plum, but most of the options were jazzier: We saw lots of fun prints in a variety of sizes, as well as these wide-legged silk Racine pants, which come in a red shade as well.
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The jeans table, which takes up part of the men's section, is stocked with tons of options in pink, white, navy striped, red, grey, electric blue, black, and traditional blue washes. For the most part, you can find sizes 24 to 30 in all of the styles, but there are more of the smaller sizes (and they do run small).
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There are a lot of maxi skirts, but only one of this Cecil skirt, which is a production sample, and still in the "New Arrivals" section on the rag & bone website for $595. You can also find a few single runway pieces and a tiny selection of leather jackets. We were told that even if you miss a limited item tomorrow (which is likely, let's face it), you may see other ones, as they'll be restocking throughout the week.
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If you get in early enough (or have a tiny foot!) you might snag a pair of Newbury Boots (right), which come in white, brown, and army green in canvas for $195 (normally $475–$495). There are also some cute flats with summer-friendly orange cap toes and, if you're lucky, a few Katja high-heeled leather sandals in fun colors like orange and turqoise.
Shoes: $195 Lux shoes: $350
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Apparently men's shoes go fast, but there are good lace-up and sneaker styles in stock. You can find tons of belts, messenger bags, and wallets, and there are a bunch of ties — most of which are still full-price online — for only $35.
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Men's tees are available in lots of colors and sizes, including this Basic Pocket Tee, which is $95 online.
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A huge table in the men's area is covered with button-downs in stripes, checks, plaid, and chambray. There are a lot of different styles, but not a lot of each item, and some shirts are one-off samples.