I’m just back from exercising heroic restraint at the “press preview” for the Steven Alan sample sale, which kicks off tomorrow online and at their Tribeca flagship at 103 Franklin Street. This is one of my favorite shops in the city, but it’s so expensive that I wait until their sales before I pounce. Happily the sample sale is enormous, spanning two entire floors, with the Steven Alan-brand stuff in the basement. I’d definitely start downstairs with the bags and shoes, which are fewest in number (though I did spot some sweet deals—Rachel Comey ankle boots for $150, and a few JW Hulme bags for $125). There’s a wide assortment of dresses and button-down tops, but my favorite items were the few silk blouses with vintage-y prints. Set aside an hour or two to take it all in, have pockets for your wallet and phone as they’ll make you check your coat and bag, and keep reminding yourself that even though the stuff is drastically reduced, it’s not cheap and there’s no returns. And ladies, it’s a co-ed sale so dudes are freely wandering about from the dude side (shocker). There are mirrors but no dressing rooms, so if you’re shy you’ll want to strategize with some opaque underthings.