“Shop for Success,” the annual pop-up sale featuring fashion bargains of up to 70 percent off designer and name-brand labels, is returning to Palm Beach Outlets from Thursday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 6. Now in its fifth year, the flash retail experience benefits Dress for Success Palm Beaches, a nonprofit that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing not only head-to-toe workplace wardrobing, but also courses and coaching to build self-esteem and job readiness.
A ticketed VIP Preview Reception on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. officially kicks off the opening of the pop-up and is the perfect opportunity for diehard fashionistas to enjoy an advance shopping night with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Tickets for this launch are limited and cost $50. Ticket purchase is online only at https://palmbeaches.dressforsuccess.org. General public shopping hours on the following three days are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The “Shop for Success” inventory is a who’s who of both popular everyday wear and top-tier fashion names, from Ann Taylor to Armani, Brooks Brothers to Escada and Lilly Pulitzer to Tory Burch. Some items are gently worn, some still with original price tags. All were donated to Dress for Success but don’t quite fit the criteria the organization upholds for the workplace attire that it provides to clients at no cost.
In addition to clothing in sizes petite to plus, an array of accessories is offered, including shoes, handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, belts and scarves. The pricing is by category. So, for example, dresses are $12, suits $15, skirts and shoes, $10. The deals found in the pop-up’s “Couture Corner” are equally tempting, with prices as low as $35 for items like Ferragamo shoes, Chanel jackets or St. John pants.
Stepping up to co-chair this year’s event for the first time are DFSPB board members Lori Everett, director of human resources for Queen of Pawns, and Karen Velez, principal of the Velez Law Firm. They’ve recruited more than 100 volunteers who will be helping throughout the four-day event as sales associates, dressing room attendants and cashiers.
Palm Beach Outlets each year provides the temporary space occupied by “Shop for Success” as an in-kind contribution, utilizing an empty storefront. Good Greek Moving and Storage is another generous partner, transporting the merchandise pro bono.