Gilt City Warehouse Sale comes to DC!
It was mayhem as the ever popular online designer discount outlet, gilt.com, hosted a pop up warehouse sale at Longview Gallery in DC this weekend. Fashionistas bearing tickets to the sold out event lined up around the block, clamoring to get in and take advantage of the deals in person. Many were seasoned gilt.com devotees who jumped at the chance to have the opportunity to try on the garments first and avoid the hassle of shipping and exchanging ill fitting goods purchased online. I grabbed one of my local fashion addicts and we hit the event Friday night to check out the scene and score some goodies.
The space is is a great venue for parties with a chic, industrial interior that lends itself well to transformations of any sort. The bar was a nice added touch for the price of admission ($20 for Friday, $10 for Saturday) and the DJ was blasting tunes that made you feel like you were not entirely lame for shopping instead of partying on a Friday night. It was packed and chaotic but as a former retail buyer, I have actually experienced worse ordeals trying to view a rack of garments with ill mannered New York shop owners at trade shows. The crowding made it a bit tough to get a good look at everything, but looking at every piece can be exhausting anyway. I swept through the accessory tables that included everything from watches and bathing suits to children’s shoes and fluffy fur pillows. I plucked a faux croc envelope clutch in matte gold from the handbag table and made a beeline towards the back for clothes and shoes.
My fellow shopper Adrian, a college student and former employee at my boutique, had already found a black lace peplum top by Free People and a lovely, flowing, yellow maxi she was gushing about. I picked out a striped tank that I insisted she needed for $15 to go with the adorable maxi skirt I gave her last summer for her birthday and then almost passed out to see a gorgeous Balenciaga printed skirt marked down from $1,150. to $250. We then discovered what we hoped was a mis-tag because a Jay Godfrey dress that retailed in my shop last year for around $300 was marked at $595 from $2,200! We were stunned! All the other merchandise seemed on par with accurate MSRP, so we choked it up to a mistake but buyer beware…always check those things out if it doesn’t seem right to you.
I settled on a pair of cut off shorts for my daughter from Free People ($30) Vince Camuto mid-calf, suede boots ($39) and the clutch. I debated grabbing a sleek pair of black, leather Chloe stiletto booties ($295) but decided my bunion on the right foot could not stand them for over an hour and passed them up.
Overall, if you have patience and a good eye you could definitely find a few things and the prices, barring the Jay Godfrey incident, were very good.