Saturday, 12 October 2019

SHOP TALK: Kingston shoppers enjoy deals, steals and big price cuts at Take Style Out

FASHION FORWARD: At boutiques like Enigma, customers happily joined in the sale-abration.

IF there’s one thing shoppers everywhere love it’s a great deal, acquiring something special on sale. The ‘extra’ number of customers inside X’tras on Thursday night were ready to shop, shop, shop. With an appealing 30 percent discount on most of the store’s items, ranging from stylish dresses and tops to chic designer sunglasses, handbags and other accessories, the cash register was kept busy. Hardly surprising.

The 2019 renewal of Take Style Out (TSO) reignited the usual shopping extravaganza across the Corporate Area (and the rest of the island, for that matter), transforming boutiques, stores, shopping malls, street-side kiosks and regular haunts like The Mall Plaza (X’tras’ home for the past several years) into hubs of feverish excitement – on this night when doors are open well past regular business hours.

Menswear retailers Enigma was abuzz, attracting the gents, who took advantage of the 20 percent of on shorts and 30 percent off on pants, suits and blazers. At Kokobella next door, shelves teeming with fashionable womenswear, shoppers got 50 percent off on most items – a bounty including chic dresses, handbags and totes. Even fanny packs!

We also stopped by Closet Case to see what fashionable fids were flying off the racks. To our great delight, they were having the biggest sale-athon of all, with discounts (20-50 percent off) on items for both men and women. “We only carry women’s and men’s fashion at the moment. We don’t do kids’ stuff,” store manager Sunil explained, responding to our queries while tending to a handful of customers, a few of whom brought their children along.

There was something for everyone over at Lee’s Fifth Avenue, which sweetened their night of deals and steals with a ‘sip and shop’ special. A few blocks away, we saw people making a beeline for Sammy’s Shoe Store, which was offering 50 percent off on all footwear.

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