F.I.G. x ATM = i need more hangers.

Today I headed into Downtown Dallas to the Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G) for their Semi-Annual Wholesale event.  

Seriously, it was Orgasmic. 

The F.I.G is a 25,000 multi-level showroom/loft style warehouse, so to speak, that hosts special events– usually geared towards fashion/art.  

Nicole Richie had her “Truth about Diamonds” book signing here.  Apparently Valentino hosted a private Neiman Marcus cocktail party here.  Grey Goose used the F.I.G. for  the “La Poire” vodka launch party (good place too with exposed brick and polished concrete floors= easy cleanup;  becuase vodka launches = sloshy-ness).  

Modern Luxury Dallas has also hosted parties out of his venue.  

I arrived around noon, expecting it to be chill and similar to the sample sale at the Zaza, I really hadn’t done much research on it, so I was going in blind. 

BAD IDEA. 

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After finding the Valet (which was full), and attempting to park in the parking garage (which was also full), I scouted out a parking meter about 4 blocks away from the event– following the fashionistas of Dallas stomping their stillettos through downtown. 

I passed other women headed back to their cars, trash bags slung over their shoulders with the strut of pure satisfaction and an “I really hope I didn’t overdraft on my ATM card” look– of course off set by the justification to their husbands of “but baby… it was a reeeeeeeeeallly good buy” .

…yes hundreds of dollars worth of clothes in trashbags, but hell- when you are paying 35 dollars for a 280 dollar cashmere sweater I’ll freaking put in a lunch bag.

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Two Levels. Probably 75 showrooms. Hundreds of designers. Thousands of dollars worth of discounts. 

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This is Pam Martin & Company’s show room.  She sells to the boutiques and doesn’t actually have a permenant store, so it was exciting to see alot of new treasures she had stored away. Pam Martin and her representative, Katie Koloc, were there working the store.  

They were incredibly sweet and carried some fantatic lines: 

bordeaux 
cooper by courtney
creme fraiche
isabella fiore
shae
testament 
weston wear 
white + warren 
zoa

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I was constantly texting Andrew “OMFG” “YOU NEED TO BE HERE” “DRIVE HERE NOW” “TWO WORDS: BEN SHERMAN” 

BTW, Ben Sherman was COMPLETELY sold out by the middle of the day. 

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Below is a photo of the “kiosk” style show rooms… tons of local stores such as Epic and V.O.D. had a great showcase of items. 

Tommy Bahama had a huge showcase, Ben Sherman (as mentioned), a lot of gorgeous jewelry designers, massages…. if you were looking for something, you could find it. 

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The Cupcakery was giving out free mini cupcakes and waters. Delicious. Seriously, Sprinkles doesn’t hold a flame.  I had the Red Velvet– it was spectacular. 

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Of course I had to get a shot of the Dallasite in training… you shoulda seen this girl, she can go through some racks like no one’s business.  

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A great bar serving mixed drinks, smoothies, energy drinks, little snackies, etc. 

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And of course… the treasures. 

The pictures don’t really do them justice, oh well. 

 One Girl Who plaid cardigan: 

Retail: 140 

Price: 30

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White and Warren Cashmere Coon Shrug, three-quarter length sleeve. 

Retail: 145

Price: 35

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ISDA and Co Cashmere Dress

Retail: 158 

Price: 30 

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Line Open Poncho with Tie

Retail: 253 

Price: 63

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and a White and Warren flowy white mesh sweater I scored for 75% off orginal price, probably somewhere around 20 bucks. 

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…and yeah, thats the dorm room, FML. 

I could definitely have stayed there for hours, luckily I only put an hour and a half into the parking meter.  

Words of Advice: 

1. They usually only take cash. 

2. Set a prelimit for how much you want to aim to spend, it makes bargain hunting that much more fun. I did this by only withdrawing XXX.XX amount of dollars. 

3. Wear something like leggings and a dress. You could tell the girls who were damn serious about scoring some amazing loot, becuase they said F changing rooms, and pulled shorts on over their tights and took their dresses off with a cami underneath. 

4. Go Hungryish,.. obvi nothing’s worse than trying on a shit ton of clothes with a full belly… plus, cupcakes were there! 

5. Plan Ahead.  

Scope out the parking spots.

Set a list of exactally what you are looking to find and how much you are willing to spend on a particular item (be it how much it must be discounted or an exact over/under amount).

 Do a once over when you first get there, take a jog of where the stores are, who is sellign out fast, who seems to have more in the back, and who is going to be opening their showcase the next day (they usually space designers out so that there is new stuff each day).  

Also, do NOT be afraid to ask them to hold items for you, but don’t be an asshole about it and not come back. Ask if they will hold it for you for 15-20 minutes and that you will be back whether you want to purchase the item or not. 

Check out http://www.fashionindustrygallery.com for more information or look them up on facebook. 

(marisa) 



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2 Responses to “F.I.G. x ATM = i need more hangers.”

  1. Me & Marisa Says:

    Great post! I’m very depressed though that I didn’t see anything in the loot for me… ahem?

  2. Um, AWESOME! I am so jealous! I just bought a couple of pairs of fabulous shoes online about 10 minutes ago, though, so I’ll be OK……… 🙂

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