From the street, Loehmann’s looks like it might be a super frilly furniture shop, or even an upscale version of a 99 Cent store. To the initiated, however, Loehmann’s is nothing less than a closet’s best friend. Located in an out-of the way strip mall at 32nd Street and Lincoln, this shop is a goldmine of designer men’s and women’s fashions offered at cut-rate prices. Think outlet stores without the drive, or Nordstrom’s Last Chance without the frenzied, picked-through feel.
Founded in Brooklyn in 1921, Loehmann’s is a national chain with locations up and down the East Coast, as well as a smaller sprinkling of stores across the West and Midwest. However, since there’s only one in all of AZ, it tends to fly under the radar locally. So what exactly are you missing? Try a constantly-changing collection of designer brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Valentino, Nicole Miller, Anne Klein, Donna Karan and Michael Kors, most in season and all for 30 to 60 percent off department store pricing. There’s even a hit-or-miss men’s room featuring familiar names such as Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole and Dolce & Gabbana. (Be warned though, the men’s room has completely disappeared from time to time.)
Now don’t get us wrong. Loehmann’s is not the hippest place around, and you might have to dig through some old lady fashions and work around some not-so-helpful staffers. However, when you do find that perfect pair of designer shoes or a to-die-for handbag at knock-off pricing, you’ll thank us.
Cheap & Chic: 3135 E. Lincoln Dr., 602-957-8691