268 Elizabeth St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.724176 -73.993420
Neighborhoods: Downtown, NoLita
Sample the merch--if you're willing to put up with attitude. – The Scene
You really have to be in the right mood to shop here. The salesman buzzes in clientele even though they're in plain view and so is he. There is a Dalmatian dog on the premises, sniffing at customers upon entry (better than a German Shepherd, no doubt). And without any prompting at all, Mr. Sample proceeds to explain that almost everything you see around you has been in Conde Nast Traveler or some such glossy and therefore has been flying off the shelves.
Granted, the goods are alluring. The knitwear ("It's what we do," he intones) is fine and elegant, available in year-round cashmere, a silk/rayon blend, or Merino wool. Styles are limited to deep V-necks, turtlenecks and cap-sleeve tees. Italian-leather handbags are handsome, original, and only occasionally overdone. And a smattering of pretty jewelry by the checkout counter does its best to wring a girl's checkbook dry.
good clothes, big attitude – the editorial review is pretty on point. the day i shopped at sample the salesperson took me under her wing and explained to me all about their in-demand top quality goods and how the store is customer oriented, while at the same time refusing to buzz other customers in. no flashy clothes here. just versatile & comfortable knit tops that are good for work.
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