Sample Sale Come Up feat. Marcel Floruss
November 22nd, 2013
Every fashion student
wants needs designer pieces to look fresh learn from the best in the business. But how do you score a $3,000 “lifetime piece” from your favorite designer on a student’s budget? Sample sales.
Not only are they super cheap (we’re talking 70-90% off retail) but you can also find very rare pieces that never made it to mass production.
My friend Marcel, for example, found this incredible olive green leather topcoat at the Alexander Wang sample sale last year. It’s one of those pieces that can completely transform a look, or even a wardrobe, and you never have to worry about somebody else rocking it.
Here, the professional hip-hop dancer who moved from Germany to NYC to study at the Fashion Institute, shows us the transformative power of a designer “investment” piece.
1. All Business
Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi
A leather topcoat is a fairly aggressive and fashion-forward move. It instantly ads an edge to an outfit, which Marcel offsets nicely with a sharply tailored suit and some warm brown tones.
“I tried to keep the suit simple, so the attention remains on the coat. I think the right accessories make it work…the tie, the wingtips, the watch and the vintage briefcase are all color-coordinated, in an attempt to create a cohesive color palette.”
Nothing says Fall like flannel suits and chunky wingtips walking over fallen leaves.
Makes me miss New York.
2. Easy Chic
“This is an easy outfit that looks dressier than it actually is…and it can be manipulated several ways.
All basics: v-neck sweater, tailored blazer, slim raw denim…and of course the coat finishes it all off.”
This look is all about the middle ground between dressy and casual.
For that reason, the chunky double-monk loafers with the rugged sole are a perfect choice. I also like the color play with the bordeaux sweater and the oxblood shoes.
3. Kickin’ It
As a former dancer and part-time model, Marcel is no stranger to flowy tank tops, skinny jeans and high top sneakers. Here he uses the leather topcoat, and a wide brimmed hat, to take his everyday casual look to another level.
“This coat is very transformative… It’s a very casual look, but the coat makes it special.”
I’ve always loved the Nike Blazer sneaker, especially when combined with some badass designer streetwear.
If you want to check out more of Marcel’s fly outfits, check out his blog: onedapperstreet.com
If you’re looking for sample sales in NYC, here’s my favorites resources:
theclothingline.com – a midtown warehouse that cycles through different designer sales, currently hosting a Theory sample sale.
Soiffer Haskin – a more “luxury” (expensive) version of a midtown warehouse that regularly hosts designer clearance sales.
thechooseybeggar.com – a blog to keep you updated with sample sales happening around NYC, such as the J.Press York Street sale going on now.
Thanks for reading and special thanks to Marcel for participating!
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Westley Dimagiba.