The trick of being able to afford any of the exquisite hand-sewn clothing here (they look like updated versions of the clothing Betty Draper from Mad Men would have worn in season 1 or 2) is to ring at the main store and ask to be taken to the second-floor outlet across the street. You see, this is true couture, which means that all of the goods are made to order and cost in the thousands. But samples (which are for sizes 8 and 10 usually) are taken across the street when a type of fabric is no long available, which means the women can get a dress that would usually cost, oh, $6500, for just $200 or so.
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Lee Anderson Couture
988 Lexington Ave.
Our Rating Neighborhood Upper East Side Transportation Subway: 6 to 77th St. Phone 212/772-2463 Web site Lee Anderson Couture