I was walking to BART after work today when this sign stopped me in my tracks. I had missed last year’s cameo appearance by the James Perse sample sale in SoMa (near Montgomery and Howard) when I happily stumbled upon this new location. Turns out the sale had just popped up in another spot in the Financial District.
For those of you who missed the first round, this one goes through Sunday, on the corner of Sutter and Kearny, in the space recently occupied by Loehmann’s Mens’ Store. The sale attendants were still unpacking fresh boxes of Perse’s men’s and women’s signature slouchy T-shirts, tanks, premium denim jeans, and cargo pants when I got there at 6 p.m. today. But already the after-work crowds were starting to swarm like bees, which means stock will likely go pronto.
For anyone not entirely familiar with this characteristically laid-back L.A. brand, check out this amusing piece about the James Perse flagship opening in SoHo from the New York Times…and you’ll get the picture.
Oh, and here’s something unexpected to look forward to: live music while you shop. This guy was playing a pretty good rendition of Damien Rice’s “The Blower’s Daughter” while I was scouring the racks. Random, and slightly confusing, but cool nevertheless!
WHAT: James Perse Sample Sale
WHEN: Sat., April 30 (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) to Sun., May 1, (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
WHERE: 211 Sutter St., San Francisco, 94108
INFO: Men’s/Women’s/Accessories; Live music and drinks while you shop; cash/credit only; everything 50-80% off retail prices
When was the one before? I thought they only had one this year?
You’re right. The other sample sale was actually last April, so this is the first one this year. I have made the correction in the post above. Too bad this one’s already over! Hopefully you snagged something good. Thanks for (carefully) reading!