Best Ongoing Sample Sale - 2009
Clothingline in the Garment District is the best-kept secret in sample sales, except for the twice-annual explosion when it's the absolute worst—you know, the handful of days when preppy young women line up five blocks deep for the Tory Burch blow-out bazaar. (You've heard the shrieking.) But except for those over-publicized days, the permanent warehouse hosts an impressive and under-publicized revolving roster of temporary sales: Theory, Free People, Gryphon, and Helmut Lang have all dropped their same-season wares here at up to 90 percent off. Just follow the newsletter carefully, or you'll fall prey to the hopelessly mercurial hours of operation. And contrary to so many chick-flick montages, this sample scene is a relatively demure affair: There's no catfighting or mad hysteria in sight—at least not until Tory and her acolytes descend.