Thirty local boutiques. An 8,800-square-foot space. Sixty to 70 percent discounts on designer inventory. One communal dressing room. These are some key numbers for the upcoming Warehouse Sale (www.facebook.com/thewarehousesales) by ALG Style, presented by CUE at the Landmark Hotel (2601 Severn Ave., Metairie) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 30.
"It's our best boutiques in one location selling all their stuff discounted," says Aime'e Gowland, cofounder of ALG Style. "We like to give warning: We consider this similar to Black Friday at Wal-Mart, The Hunger Games... may the shopping be ever in your favor."
Participating boutiques include Abeille, Apricot Lane, Armoire, B Boutique, C Collection, Cella's, Elle, Emma's, Fini, Flying Fox, Hattie Sparks, Haus 131, Hemline Metairie, Hickory Chicks, Kay's, Kismet, Michele's, Naaz, Nola Shoes & Accessories, Porter Lyons, Pret a Porter, Fit by You, SOPO, Swap, tasc, The Elizabeth Chronicles, Urban Loft and Vita.
For the first time in its three-year history, the biannual Warehouse Sale will offer early entrance at 9 a.m. with purchase of a $15 VIP pass. CUE readers can sign up to enter at 10 a.m., and doors open to the general public at 11 a.m. There will be free parking, styling assistance from ALG Style and a cash bar.
"There are cocktails for those that need liquid encouragement," Gowland says, laughing. "We want you to be happy and look fantastic."
Though Gowland warns that the event can get "cutthroat at the end," the overall experience is a lot of fun.
"You will laugh a lot and find beautiful pieces," she says.