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After hearing about the drastically discounted shoes at Filene’s Basement on State Street, we decided to pop in and see what all the fuss was about. Little did we realize that the stock of Derek Lam, Lanvin, and Jil Sander footwear was just the tip of the iceberg. An abundance of past-season, designer prêt-à-porter shipped from Fred Segal, Mitchells, and Barneys New York is awaiting discovery.
Sifting through the racks and racks of clothing, we discovered a mixed bag of designer labels in a range of “hey, that’s not so bad” to “might have to sacrifice buying much else” prices. If you're going for the Jil Sander items, though, you might want to err on the side of not sacrificing as it is the real standout of the selections. We eyed a basic silk tank top ($69), some black, skinny, neoprene-material pants ($299), and sharp wool blazers in heather gray, burnt orange, and black ($699). As a bonus, all Jil goods are now priced at an extra 40%, which alone justifies a visit.
Moving on to other good stuff, we also dug up a gorgeous D&G khaki sherling coat for around 65% off ($999), wedged in between a fuzzy, turquoise green Piazza Sempione jacket ($399) and a summer-y, mosaic window-patterned Dries Van Noten skirt ($299). There was also a small Max Mara rack filled with light-washed jeans for $69, and slightly matronly evening dresses in iridescent colors, starting at $299.
Be prepared for a mish-mash of merchandise and a great range of sizes, but you just might uncover some steals if you’re willing to dig a little. Just try not to accidentally poke anyone with all of the Lanvin heels tucked under your arm while perusing through all of the clothes.—Chai Lee
· Filene's Basement [Official Website]