5th Avenue Style Deluxe Monthly Review – May 2018
5th Avenue Style is an accessories subscription box based out of New York City that specializes in luxury fashion items at a deep discount. Their motto is “Effortless Elegance” – and they boast that their company is made up of a team of highly professional stylists and fashion veterans. In the deluxe box, you are guaranteed 4-5 branded luxury accessories items with a minimum value of $350.
When you sign up for this box, or any of the variations (e.g. other subscription boxes, their membership club, or limited edition boxes) you will complete a short questionnaire indicating things like what colors you love, which you avoid, your preferred accessories, style, and metal color – and some sizing info where applicable (for instance, with rings).
There are several subscriptions available from 5th Avenue Style including:
- SUBSCRIPTION BOXES ($98/month or 3 months for $279): Includes 4-5 luxury accessories items such as jewelry, scarves, bags, small leather goods, sunglasses with a minimum value of $250.
- DELUXE SUBSCRIPTION BOXES ($159 or 3 months for $447): Features 4-5 branded luxury accessories items such as jewelry, scarves, bags, small leather goods, sunglasses with a minimum value of $350.
- LIBERTY CAPSULE SUBSCRIPTION ($249 every 2 months): Liberty Capsule is a bi-monthly subscription that features 2-3 pieces of high-quality clothing and 1-2 accessory pieces.
- QUARTERLY VIP SUBSCRIPTION BOX ($390 every 3 months): Features 4-5 items of brand name jewelry and accessories including popular European designers and seasonal items. This box has $900+ Retail Value.
- QUARTERLY DRESS FOR SUCCESS BOX ($490 every 3 months): Features a branded handbag, 4-5 items of brand name jewelry and accessories along with upscale beauty and skin care products. This box has $950+ Retail Value.
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This review is for the 5th Avenue Style Deluxe Subscription, $159 a month, box.
About 5th Avenue Style
The Subscription Box: 5th Ave Style Deluxe Subscription Box
The Cost: $159 (or 3 months for $447) + free US shipping
The Products: Features 4-5 branded luxury accessories items such as jewelry, scarves, bags, small leather goods, sunglasses with a minimum value of $350.
Ships to: Worldwide! “Anywhere where ladies desire upscale accessories.” Standard shipping is free in the contiguous 48 states. International shipping is $35.
Good to Know: This website is (in my opinion) dire need of updating – so be patient with it. Due to international brands, shipping can sometimes take longer than advertised (advertised at 10-15 days, but honestly, I’ve never received a box in that window – they always take much longer!). I was billed for this box on 5/18/18 and received this box on 6/28/18 – and I’m a recurring subscriber! They have said in several communications that they are working on improving their shipping process – so I’m sticking with them! Once you get to the items you’ll see why! 😊
Additionally, if you don’t like your items you are able to use their exchange policy within 7 days of your delivery date. Their customer service team is friendly and I honestly do believe that they try to respond to your inquiry/ question/concern as timely as possible – but I feel like it’s just one overworked rep behind the e-mail – and this subscription is one where you need to be proactive with your follow up or else it gets lost in the shuffle.
An example of this, I asked to exchange 2 items from a past box – I sent them back over a month ago and have not yet gotten a replacement. I need to follow up on this!
5th Avenue Style “Deluxe” May 2018 Review
This is the invoice that was included in the package. I’ve said it before – and I’ll say it again – it’s great that they tell you the country of origin for each piece, but I do wish they would list retail price. It can be difficult to gauge the actual value of the box you receive.
This month I received five items – all from the USA! What a nice, patriotic treat to see fantastic quality, artisan style pieces made right here at home!
Coach Crossgrain Leather Minetta Handbag (Style F57847) – Retail Value $325 (retired style found here for $172.95)
I am always thrilled to see a coach logo when I open this box! I can never have enough fantastic handbags – and I’m a huge fan of the coach brand – I think that their quality, craftsmanship, and style is top-notch!
The bag I received this month is the perfect summer style! It’s a very light, buttery pale yellow (it’s called Vanilla) with all the features that I love in a bag. This little beauty measures 11.5” L x 9.5” H x 4.5” W and has an adorable boxy shape that feels very modern. This bag features silver hardware, is made from cross-grain leather, and is lined in a matching fabric. The handles have a 5.5” drop.
This bag also comes with a long, adjustable strap for shoulder or crossbody wear.
The inside of this bag is smartly divided into 3 main parts. The middle of the bag has a fully zipped, secure pocket flanked on either side by an open, lined space. One side has a slip pocket for your cell phone and the other has a smaller zipped pocket. There is also a large, slip pocket on the outside of the bag. At the top, there is a magnetic closure, though I myself rarely use those and tend to just care these types of bags open on top.
This bag came in a Coach box, with coach tissue, making it giftable if it’s not your style – but I was disappointed that it didn’t come with a dust bag. Regardless, I think I’ll keep this bag since it’s a perfect size, a timeless style, and pretty versatile for a yellow bag!
And here I am with it, to show scale.
Every deluxe box that I’ve received contains this type of white box containing the smaller items and the packing slip. This plain white box is sturdy and I stockpile them for a variety of other uses (including easy gift wrapping). I’m excited to see an Évocateur piece (I’ve always wanted one!) and a pair of sunnies, among the other treats!
Let’s dig into these goodies!
Evocateur Red Coral Earrings in Gold (USA) – Retail Value $148
The enclosed card reads “congratulations! You are now the owner of a stunning, one-of-a-kind Evocateur treasure. Each Évocateur piece is handcrafted, which means that no two pieces are exactly alike.”
Stunning is exactly the word that I would use to describe these earrings. These are quality pieces. These 1″ disc earrings are made of 22K gold leaf and are perfect for summer! I have long admired this brand, and I am SO excited to finally have a piece of it to call my own! These earrings are handmade in the US and pack a statement. They’re a perfect size, and basically wearable art. Now, I just need to talk my husband (or 5th Ave style!) and convince someone to get me the matching bangle! *swoon*
I would be thrilled to build a collection of these beautiful pieces!
Kathy Ireland Women’s Sunglasses (LP2687B) – Retail Value $40?
This is the second pair of Kathy Ireland sunglasses that I have received in this subscription, and I although these are not ones I would typically pick up myself, I do really like them! Even with the item number, I couldn’t find this exact pair online (meaning they’re either a retired or brand-new style). This oversized, exaggerated cat eye style feel sturdy, with its acetate marble patterned frame with a contrasting marble inlay. The UV400 lens features 100% UV protection. Kathy Ireland sunglasses are advertised as being durable and shatterproof. They came with the pouch case, to keep them scratch free!
Alta Vintage Layered Necklace (USA) in Silver & Gold
I couldn’t find this brand, or style online so I don’t know much – except that I really like it! This layered necklace is mostly silver, with some gold details on each silver strand. End-to-end this necklace measures 18” and has 5 sturdy stands. The clasp is very secure, which is necessary for this somewhat heavy piece. It reminds me of the Brighton brand – with similar features that I’ve seen on some of those pieces.
Here I am in the earrings, sunglasses, and necklace.
ArtZen Gemstone Wine Stopper (USA)
Again, I couldn’t find this style online (very common with the 5th Avenue subscription) but this is listed as a “gift” item. I can always use another wine stopper, and this one is absolutely beautiful. It has a glass base, acrylic seal, and a large gemstone top – which I believe is brown agate.
And finally, here’s one last photo to remind you of how fantastic this box was this month. I couldn’t be happier!
The Verdict: It’s very difficult to quantify value on this 5th Avenue Style Deluxe Box. You’re guaranteed a value of $350 – and the 2 pieces that I was able to find online (the coach bag and the Évocateur earrings) retail for a combined $473 – which already exceeded the promised price, without even factoring in the sunglasses, wine stopper, or necklace!
For me, the quality of the pieces and the fun of receiving this subscription outweigh the negatives that I continue to note – their shipping time is terrible, their customer service needs continued prompting to follow through on their promises, and I know college students with better personal websites than this company. If I wasn’t so pleased with the products, I would be really irritated that I get my order on average 6 weeks after I pay for it, and probably cancel on those grounds alone.
That said, if the Évocateur and Coach pieces keep coming, then I still feel that the pros outweigh the cons!
The Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Because of the variation, it’s unlikely that you would get the same items that I’m showing here. The value should be similar and is promised to at least be $350.
Value Breakdown: This month, the $159 subscription sent me 5 items. If you weight them all equally (which they obviously aren’t!) it means you’re paying on average $31.80 per item. Since that’s about 10% of the coach bag’s retail price – I’d consider that alone a big win!
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What do you think of this month’s 5th Avenue Style Deluxe Box?