Swimsuit chain Everything But Water just opened its first Manhattan location on the Upper East Side, where it also offers special fittings with its in-store experts. Curious, what that entails, we scheduled one.
The Everything But Water store on Madison Avenue opened this past weekend, despite the very unbeachy weather that plagued both Saturday and Sunday. The shop, the brand's first in New York City, fills a void that Manhattan is lacking: standalone swimsuit shops. We stopped by earlier today for an appointment with one of the store's fit experts, and found that this is a hell of a lot better than going at it alone. After the jump, we've broken that down into five of the most crucial reasons why.
1. You could use a hand navigating the selection
There are a lot of suits to try on at Everything But Water, including one-pieces and two-pieces by Zimmermann, Mara Hoffmann, Lisa Marie Fernandez, and all the other swim staples. (There are also sarongs, resort wear, sandals, etc.) Had we walked in solo, it would have taken for-ev-er to sort through them all. Instead of walking in with ten, we walked in with five, and left with two.
2. You probably don't know your size
Swim suit shopping means fitting both your top and bottom in very little material, and if you're like most women, those parts of your body are probably two different sizes. This gets especially tricky when shopping at a multi-brand retailer, since you might not personally know if Zimmermann runs small and if Mara runs big. It was extremely helpful to find out that information ahead of time—it prevented a few dressing room meltdowns.
3. Mirrors are the worst, anyway
Sure, a mirror can tell you whether or not something fits you, but picking up on the slight nuances in your mannerisms is a different story. (For example, you might not notice if you're covering your subconsciously covering your body, but they will. They'll also notice if you step out of the fitting room like you own the place.) If you do that, you should probably buy that suit.
4. It's good to shop with someone who doesn't love you as much as your mom.
Or your (impatient) best friend, or your boyfriend. (There are some things your significant other shouldn't bear witness to, like you grunting your way through bathing suit shopping.) Having an unbiased, third-party participant in this excursion should keep you from buying something that doesn't do you any favors. It might, however, make you buy more than I you planned, which isn't the worst thing that could happened.
5. And shopping with someone is a lot better than shopping alone.
Because you might need someone to talk you down from the ledge when that one-piece gets stuck around your thighs and just won't budge any further.
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This morning, we stopped by the friends and family portion of the Tibi sample sale. Overall, we vote that it's definitely worth a trip on this beautiful day: prices are seriously marked down at up to 70% off, with further reductions expected over the next few days. And as an added bonus, there are actual samples to shop.
There's a lot of stock available, arranged by style on racks around the room. We did notice, though, that several items were either the only one of their kind, or one of very few available. For example, there's only one of the whimsical lobster skirt. If you don't grab that one, though, there are still plenty of skirts at $65, ranging from color-blocked pink and black minis to pleated black leather.
Tops and pants are each $75. Dresses range from $150 for day dresses, $175 for cocktail dresses, and $200 for long dresses. In other words, summer wedding attire is readily available.
Knits ($90) can be found in boxes in the middle of the room. Floral jackets, $150, are a fun summer option for work or play. Shoes are currently $50 a pop, and are a very tempting option to round out a full outfit at the sale.
If the stock discounts don't satisfy you, there are even bigger markdowns on sample items in boxes lining the middle of the room. Sample tops, knits and pants are $50. With sample skirts at $40, it would be hard to walk away without one. Sample dresses range from $100 to $150, and sample jackets are $75. If you're willing to dig, there are a lot of great ones in good condition.
When we left the sale at just after 10am, the line for the rest of the friends & family portion was halfway down the block. If you choose to wait until Thursday, you'll get an additional 20% off coupon with your purchase.—Jessica Wisniewski
· Dealfeed: Tibi [Racked NY]
· A Look at What Will Stock Tomorrow's Tibi Sample Sale [Racked NY]
· Your Guide to May's Seventy-Two (And Counting!) Sample Sales [Racked NY]
Today's pick comes from Racked NY editor Tiffany Yannetta
Mel x Forever 21 Studded Sandals, $19.80
I will always have a soft spot for jelly sandals, which is why I've ordered multiple colors of Mel's shoe collaboration with Forever21. My favorites so far as the studded pairs that come in three different colors (black, pink, and green) at just $19.80 a pop.
I've never been one to spend a lot on sandals, particularly plastic ones, so it was easy to justify buying all three. And regardless of what anyone says, jellies don't make your feet sweaty. They might, however, make you look like an awesome 12-year-old.
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The VPL sample sale, set in the brand's Soho location, feels more like a casual shopping trip than a high-stress sale. There were hardly any shoppers there this morning around 10am, and the deals were abundant: everything at the sale is under $125, and the spring and resort collections were worth a browse at 40% off. The best deals were found in the bins set in the center that included bras and bathing suit pieces for $25, and underwear for $15 in all sizes.
There were four racks full of dresses, from short, knit-insertion style summer dresses for $100 and the signature Convexity Breaker Maxi for $125 to fully draped dramatic fall styles that are also $125.
If you're into the sporty look that VPL is known for, be sure to go through the racks of assorted knit tanks that were priced from $25 to $50. If you're looking for the avant-garde pieces, there is a small selection of lightweight asymmetric sweaters that are discounted to $50. And for those of you with shoe sizes 8 and up, the LD Tuttle for VPL shoes were only $50 $100, but they were selling quickly when we left the sale around noon.
Some of the other noteworthy deals included dress pants for $75, and knit leggings for $50. There were only a few outerwear pieces for $125, but we couldn't help but notice a classic full-length black winter coat in size 6.
For those of you who don't like to change in front of a room full of ladies, don't be discouraged—if you're willing to wait, there was one private fitting room. For those of you who don't mind stripping down to try on their signature sporty bras, there was a separate room in the back with three full length mirrors.
The staff was friendly and helpful, and we overheard them answering questions about how to wear some of the more complicated silhouettes and offering other colorways in some of the styles. While we were there they continued to bring new merchandise out, and kept the sale nicely organized.—Christina DeSmet
· Dealfeed: VPL [Racked NY]
· Your Guide to May's Seventy-Three (And Counting!) Sample Sales [Racked NY]
CHELSEA MARKET—Get a head start on Memorial Day Weekend tomorrow with Artists & Fleas at their Summer Jump Start party at their Chelsea Market seven-day pop up. Enjoy drinks, DJs, and discounts from 7pm to 10pm tomorrow. See all the details here. [RackedWire]
EVERYWHERE—On Friday, Sandro will kick off its summer sale, where all spring and summer styles will be marked down up to 50% off. Head here to find the closest store, or start browsing online—the sale will go live there, too. [RackedWire]
WEST VILLAGE—Designers Khirma Eliazov and Alvin Valley are teaming up for a trunk show tomorrow at Eliazov's Charles Street store. Stop by from 12pm to 7pm to get in on the exclusive discounts that will be applied to all of the goods, including Khirma Eliazov's exotic skin handbags and premium pants from Alvin Valley. [RackedWire]
Photo via Tibi/Instagram
Tibi's sample sale is in full swing, and the brand just posted on their Facebook page that from 5pm to 8pm tonight only, shoppers can take an extra 20% off the goods. Head here for the rundown, and be sure to scroll through the comments section—it sounds like the sale was hit hard last night and today.
· Dealfeed [Racked NY]
· Shoes Are Just Fifty Bucks at the Tibi Sample Sale [Racked NY]
Deal: 70% off hair accessories and costume jewelry. Prices range from $15 to $50 (normally $55 to $270).
When/Where: Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13. Daily 10am—8pm. 594 Broadway between E. Houston and Prince Sts (212-941-9588)
Link: Colette Malouf
Socially-responsible brand Industry of All Nations has set up a pop up within Bloomingdale's 59th Street's mens department. The company was founded back in 2010 and works closely with manufactures around the world to ensure that the best of local products are made and distributed fairly, with minimal environmental impact. Basically, they're a model example of how to do cool product made in a fair way and sold at competitive prices that fast fashion could learn a thing or two from.
At the Bloomingdale's pop up, which will run through the summer, IOAN is showcasing products that they manufacture in collaboration with communities from Argentina, Kenya, India, Indonesia, and domestically. Their Clean Clothes Project—which uses organic cotton and natural dyes—features cotton basics and denim. They also have espadrilles and trainers for sale.
· Industry of All Nations [Official Site]
Deal: Up to 70% off women's clothing, including dresses, jackets, tees, and more, ranging in price from $10 to $60.
When/Where: Tuesday, June 18 through Sunday, June 23. Tues—Fri 8am—8pm, Sat 10am—6pm, Sun 10am—4pm. 402 W. 13th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St (212-242-7490)
Link: Lilla P
Deal: 70% off and more on women's ready-to-wear. Shirts start at $55, and dresses start at $60. Cash only.
When/Where: Thursday, June 6 through Friday, June 7. Daily 10am—7 pm. 262 W. 38th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, #703 (no phone)
Link: Anni Kuan
Deal: Deep discounts on women's and men's denim, with prices starting at $15. The sale will include skinnies, boot cuts, straight legs, flares, and shorts.
When/Where: Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6. Tues 9am—7:30pm, Wed 9:30am—5:30pm, Thurs 9:30am—7:30 pm. 500 Greenwich St between Spring and Canal Sts, suite 202 (212-221-4603)
Link: James Jeans
Deal: 50% to 80% off jewelry. Bangles start at 3 for $25, and necklaces are marked down as low as $40.
When/Where: Wednesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 14. Mon—Fri 9am—6pm, closed Sat and Sunday. 347 W. 36th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, suite 405 (212-216-0044)
Link: PONO by Joan Goodman
The Araks sample sale opened bright and early at this morning and designer Araks Yeramyan was even on hand to help shoppers wade through the offerings. Bargain bins started at $10 and included finds like camisoles, panties, rompers, and more, reports Sample Sally. Underwear, bras, and slips ranged from $40 to $85, and ready-to-wear ran from $100 for a silk top to $670 for a leather top. [Sample Sally]
Deal: 50% to 75% off women's clothing and denim from all three brands.
When/Where: Tuesday, June 4 through Saturday, June 8. Tues 9am—7pm, Wed—Thurs 10am—8pm, Fri 10am—7pm, Sat 10am—4pm. 260 Fifth Ave between 28th and 29th Sts (212-741-0141)
Link: Joie, Equipment, Current/Elliott
Deal: Up to 75% off children's and maternity clothing from Jules et Jim, 9 Fashion, Egg, and Shade. Buy five items, get one free; buy ten, get three free.
When/Where: Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 7. Mon—Thurs 9:30am—5:00pm, Fri 9:30am—3 pm. 347 W. 36th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, suite 601 (212-268-1152)
Link: Circle Showroom
Wondering what's just in store at your favorite NYC boutiques? Look no further than Instagram—heck, we'll even do it for you. In New Arrivals, we scan the 'gram for some of the latest offerings from the best shops in the city so you'll always know what's just in.
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In our very first edition of New Arrivals, we've found lots of summery pieces to get excited about: bright bikinis at American Two Shot and Dagny + Barstow are begging to be packed for the long weekend with the Locals flip flops in stock at Warm. Wouldn't hurt to toss in a new pair of Illesteva sunnies—Creatures of Comfort has unpacked a ton of cool options.
Guys may consider the cheetah-printed trunks that just landed at Owen, or the "This Isn't Fucking Paris" basketball jersey at Oak. A new black-on-black Comme des Garcons Play tee is in at Opening Ceremony, too. All this and more, after the jump.