There as once a moment when it seemed like designer collaborations were everywhere in every chain you saw in the mail. The craze may have cooled, but it hasn't disappeared completely, and for certain chains, it has been an an going tool for creating buzz and generating traffic. One of those chains is Uniqlo, and today the Japanese apparel giant announced that it was joining forces with Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier for a summer capsule collection under his own label. Whether or not this will be a one-off event or the beginning of a series of product drops remains to be seen. One of Uniqlo's current LifeWear collaborators, J.W.Anderson is about to deliver his second (and last?) collection for the chain, though a floor-up season for these projects are usually only announced after the initial collection has been accepted by customers. French model-turned-designer Inès de la Fressange seems to have an ongoing arrangement with Uniqlo, while Christophe Lemaire became the permanent designer of a new sub-brand, Uniqlo U, after two seasons of his collaboration. We shouldn't get ahead of ourselves, or Mr. Maier. All we know so far is that the collection will be arriving sometime this summer, and it will reflect the sensibilities of Maier's own signature collection. Unlike the opulent luxury items he creates for Bottega Veneta, Maier's own label features more casual, relaxed sportswear in luxury materials. Call them luxe basics. Now he will be creating affordable versions of his collection for a chain most known for well priced, simple basics in quality materials. This one will be yet another collaboration to save up for. Though it's too early for preview images, we are looking forward to some irresistible clothes and accessories for both men and women to come out of this team up.
Nicholas K, Brian Atwood, Freemans Sporting Club, Canali & More Keep The Winter Sample Sales Humming
It is the dreary time of year when retail therapy may be the only way to get through short, cold days until Spring finally starts to take hold. This week, the Sample sale schedule has been doing its part to lift shoppers' spirits, starting with a debut in nomad from beauty and fragrance chain RITUALS. Customers have been responding well to the sale this week featuring bath and body indulgences along with gift sets and beauty items open through Sunday.
Also this week, designer NICHOLAS K enlisted 260SampleSale for the first time for his women's sample sale in SoHo. Look for savings on the advanced Contemporary collection also through Sunday. For good measure, last week's HERVE LEGER archive sale has been extended through Sunday. The label has recently changed hands, and is due for a revamp, relaunch or repositioning of some sort, so this may be the last chance for a while to pick up an iconic bandage dress.
For anyone with a taste for more advanced fare, the esteemed SoHo boutique IF is holding its seasonal basement sale through Sunday. Look for directional European labels like Margiela, Dries Van Notes and more at below-wholesale prices while they last.
For the tried and true menswear classicists, Lower East Side boutique FREEMANS SPORTING CLUB is holding its winter sale from Friday to Sunday at its Rivington Street boutique. Known for its timeless, meticulously constructed men's tailored clothing and sportswear, she label has evolved from Lower East Side pseudo-heritage brand trailblazer to classic clothing mainstay, and looks like a weekend must for men who are disenchanted with the parade of sneakers and streetwear that fashion seems be pushing on them these days.
This weekend, designer BRIAN ATWOOD appears to be holding a final clearing out of his stock of women's designer shoes advance of an expected relaunch of his signature brand. Fans looking for past favorite styles should be expected to turn up at the East Village Standard Hotel's penthouse on Friday and Saturday for a last chance before, hopefully, Atwood is ready to reveal the next steps for his brand.
Finally, Italian menswear mainstay CANALI will be taking over Soiffer Haskin for four days starting on Sunday with discounts on its luxurious men's tailored clothing, sportswear and accessories. It will be stock-up time for suited gentlemen looking for something more than middle-of-the-road classics.
Be sure to keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for hours and locations as well as any late-breaking events
At this point, a new Trader Joe's is not as unique an event as it used to be, unless it is but a couple of blocks away, as the upcoming Columbus Avenue unit is from Shophound HQ. As we regularly pass breathlessly by the site to gauge progress, we noticed through the recently uncovered front windows that they are starting to install fixtures and registers to the store, suggesting that an opening may be only weeks away. We don't have a firm date yet, but the store at the corner of 93rd Street is listed as 'opening soon' on TJ's website, along with the more unusual news that it will include not just beer but also wine and spirits in its assortment. This will be only the second Trader Joe's liquor store in New York City where it has been notoriously difficult for the chain to navigate the licensing requirements to sell alcohol. Interestingly it will be just down the street from the only Whole Foods around that has a separate liquor store. This may signal fewer obstacles in the future for both chains in adding alcohol to their stores as the Trader Joe's slated for later this year on Spring Street in SoHo is also listed as selling wines and spirits. Perhaps the stores are being more aggressive in achieving their full presentations because, though it's taking a while, and it's going to be all the way in Brooklyn, there's one store on the way that will give both chains a run for their money: Wegmans. Get ready for a grocery way where all New Yorkers might turn out to be the winners.
While the immense Mothership across Broadway is at least a year away from opening, the Nordstrom Men's store near Columbus Circle is now prominently posting 'Help Wanted' notices —right in its windows. While the notices are a bit tongue-in-cheek —we don't think that there is actually a position called 'sock svengali' at Nordstrom— their presence indicates that the retailer has set a firm opening date for what is the most significant men's store to to open in New York City since Bergdorf Goodman took advantage of an exceptionally good real estate deal to open its separate mens store in 1990. New York Magazine published a simple floor plan of the store in its current issue with a few highlighted items that don't seem earth shattering, but suggest that Nordstrom is looking to stock up on some cultish, New York-y items like Le Labo beard oil and and Mykita sunglasses which are far removed from the classic but accessible fare that made Nordstrom into a Menswear powerhouse. Little other early info has been released, but it's Nordstrom, so we can safely expect an extensive Mens tailored clothing presentation and an enormous shoe shoe department built to compete in a city now known for its enormous shoe departments. Add competitively pleasing service to that mix, and you should have the menswear staffs of Barneys, Bergdorf's, and Saks on their toes and on notice to see how this new interloper will stand up to the hometown faves. Its only a few months away now, so start the countdown.
Shop Fivestory's Blowout, Dennis Basso's Fur Frenzy, Aquatalia's Footwear Feast & More This Weekend
The Sample Sale Schedule is rolling along this week as the big designers have finished their seasonal clearances, the more independent brands now step in.
For example, classic accessory designer ERNEST ALEXANDER has been holding his latest sale in NoMad this week through Friday featuring savings of up to 70% off accessories as well as his apparel lines.
In a similar vein, custom shirtmaker PROPER CLOTH will continue its sale through Saturday in SoHo featuring racks and racks of shirts in a myriad of fabrics as well as a small selection of furnishings and some very well priced cashmere sweaters (if you can still get one).
America's oldest shoemaker, FRYE is sharing its sample sale in NoMad with AQUATALIA's high-tech Italian-made, waterproof footwear for men and women. While the sale is an efficient, streamlined affair with limited offerings, enough merchandise is available that secondary markdowns have already been taken. The duo's sale runs through Sunday.
Fans of the higher end of high fashion have already been flocking to FIVESTORY's seasonal off-site final clearance. The posh Upper East Side boutique is taking 60% to 80% off a lavish if a bit hit-or-miss assortment of American and European designer finery including a healthy offering of extravagant heels through Sunday the 28th.
Finally, New York's cult furrier DENNIS BASSO has landed once again at Soiffer-Haskin with a selection of fur outerwear of nearly every configuration including selections in shearling for those less inclined to sporting the more lavish pelts. Alongside the furs, Basso's equally opulent ready-to-wear collection will also be available at significant discount through Sunday.
Be sure to keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for additional sales as well as late breaking events and updated hours and locations. Next week, luxe ready-to-wear returns with HERVE LEGER and MORGANE Le FAY plus a cosmetics blowout and more.
It is a bit of a challenge keeping up with all of Uniqlo's rolling collaboration collections, but the first of the season arrives this week when the next UNIQLO U collection designed by Christophe Lemaire and his exclusive team becomes available. As has been the mega-chain's custom, the collection will be purchasable online tomorrow evening the 25th at 9 PM Eastern Standard time. It will appear in selected stores the next morning for in-person shopping. As usual, the store distribution will be limited, but all three of New York's Flagships, Fifth Avenue, SoHo and 34th Street, will have it along with Chicago's Michigan Avenue store, L.A.'s Beverly Center and San Francisco's Union Square.
And what will select shoppers find in their curated locations? More of what we have come to expect from the chain's "deluxe" label, which, in this case is basics with an advanced Euro-style edge, so the khakis are now full and billowing instead the slim and tapered silhouette that has fully captured the mainstream aesthetic. T-Shirts in heavier-gauge cotton are now also full and boxy in more directional colors, and if the new, edgier silhouettes are too much to carry off all at once there are enough appealing outerwear pieces and clean-lined separates to ease into the new proportions one piece at a time, at a much more affordable price than what comes of Europe's runways. Tees start at $9.90, with special outerwear pieces topping out at $99.90. Typically, some things sell out fast, and others linger, but sometimes it's hard to figure out which will be which, so we usually recommend jumping on the the things that make the strongest impression quickly. See the lookbook HERE, and make your choices accordingly.
Well, Shophounders, we have had a nice Winter Break, and we are back to remind you that just because the Holidays are over, that doesn't;t mean that the Sample Sale schedule has just gone completely dark. In fact, you can't call the season finished if there are still THEORY and HELMUT LANG sales on the calendar, and it just so happens that starting today, Tuesday, the sibling brands will be holding their seasonal joint sample and irregular sale event through Friday at Clothingline in the Garment District. Be warned that everything in the sale is sold "as is", and a full size range of anything may not be available, but, seasoned shoppers will tell you that these are the places where some of the biggest bargains can be found.
For something a bit more luxe, today also marks the start of the JASON WU sample sale on Greene Street in SoHo through Sunday. The former FLOTUS fave is offering his full assortment of collections from the main ready-to-wear line to shoes, accessories, handbags and the GREY Jason Wu diffusion line as well as his collaboration with athletic brand Fila.
Anyone looking for new duds before they hit the ski slopes is likely to be heading to NoMad for the SPYDER Warehouse Sale which also starts today. Savings start at 60% off performance athletic wear and accessories for Men and Women.
It has been an exceptionally cold winter so far, and while they are not for anyone, there are few things that protect fend off the bitter cold as well as furs. One of the city's biggest furriers, FREDRICK GELB will be opening its showroom to the public starting today. Expect classic coats as well as more discreet reversible and fur-lined coats and vests. Shop through the end of the month.
Finally, The designer best known for the glitzy Baby Phat line has long since moved on, and her more refined KIMORA LEE SIMMONS collection will be available for two days starting on Wednesday the 17th. Look for Fall samples starting as low as $40 and previous season's merchandise at 50% off in Chelsea.
Be sure to check our SALE ROLL sidebar for times, locations and late breaking additions to the schedule. Next week, get ready for a cavalcade for shoes from Frye, Aquatalia, Schutz, Butter, Golo and more plus more fur from Dennis Basso and Uptown boutique Fivestory's seasonal clearance blowout.
The Sample Sale schedule is in for a bit of a lull as we head into the Holidays and the inevitable post-Christmas clearances, but there are still a few events worth checking out this week. Here are some highlights:
EILEEN FISHER has turned her current sample sale over to the folks at 260SampleSale to manage this week in SoHo through Wednesday.
Who doesn't like a fragrant candle? TOCCA is counting on everybody as it launches its seasonal sale today at 260 Fifth Avenue in NoMad alongside STILA which brings the opportunity to pick up a hostess gift along with some new makeup through Saturday.
Festive clothing will be the order of the day at DESIGUAL's three-day sale starting today through Thursday at Clothingline. Find a brightly patterned party outfit for everyone in the whole family.
Finally, HUGO BOSS will drop a special four-day Holiday Sale starting on Wednesday through Saturday at Soiffer Haskin which promises savings of up to 70% off its collections with an emphasis on festive Holiday gear and last minute gift items.
See our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for hours and locations as well as last-minute additions, and Happy Holidays!
Holiday Crush Sales With Buscemi, Altuzarra, Sophia Webster, Ippolita, Adam Lippes & More
With Chanukah happening right now, and one more full weekend before Christmas, shopping is at a peak just in time for some sample sales that should be particularly appealing. Here's a few highlights:
Popular premium denim label J BRAND has been going on all week at 260 Fifth Avenue and will run through the weekend for ever popular jeans gifting opportunities.
Italian luxury furrier GIULIANA TESO will be sharing her sale with opulent handbag label V.B.H. through Friday the 15th for those looking for some end-of-the-year extravagance.
Luxury sneaker heads will likely be raiding the first BUSCEMI sample sale in SoHo through Sunday the 17th while ladies looking for equally exclusive footwear are expected to swarm the one-day-only SOPHIA WEBSTER sale on Saturday the 16th. (UPDATE) Along the same lines, TABITHA SIMMONS has extended her sale in SoHo through Saturday with additionally reduced prices starting at $75.
Designer milliner EUGENIA KIM is opening her Garment District showroom once again for a timely holiday sale featuring her beautifully made headwear for men and women along with shoes & accessories for the winter.
Jewelry designer IPPOLITA makes a well timed return to Soiffer Haskin in midtown for anyone looking for special jewelry gifts in gold or sterling silver.
For women looking for a little something special for themselves, maybe for a glamorous New Year's Eve, there's a 2-day ALTUZARRA sale in Tribeca through Friday the 15th and if you miss that one, ADAM LIPPES starts a 4-day sale in NoMad on Saturday the 16th through Tuesday.
For more sales and all details, see our SALE ROLL sidebar for updated information. next week, make time for Eileen Fisher, Superdry and Desigual among others as we head towards Christmas.
One of the season's favorite shopping events is making its 4th appearance tomorrow when it opens its doors, such as they are, at Brookfield Place in the Financial District. Not quite a traditional store, this season's WIRED pop-up (pictured above) will be inhabiting a series of booths amongst the palms in the complex's Winter Garden. As usual, it will feature the latest in must-have tech gifts and gadgets as chosen by the magazine's editors. Highlights will range from the Anki Cozmo Collector’s Edition Robot which at $179.99 seems reasonable for a robot to the more extravagant Shinola Canfield Over-Ear Headphones at $595. For tech savvy gift shopping or just a break from the rest of your Holiday shopping, the pop-up will be open through December 22, and most merchandise will also be available online through the Wired Store website, while it lasts.
A Holiday Sample Cavalcade With LaPerla, ISAIA, Alice + Olivia, Tory Burch, Christofle, Frette & More
Well, Shophounders, in case you thought people were over Sample Sales, we would refer you to the fistfight that reportedly broke out earlier this week at the ALICE AND OLIVIA sale earlier this week. People are still enthused about a designer bargain which could be seen by the around-the-corner line in front of the LA PERLA and KEVYN AUCOIN sale opening in SoHo yesterday. Both of those sales will run through the weekend along with a bumper crop of others timed to maximize holiday shopping.
Also running through the weekend are men's luxury Italian sartoria fave ISAIA along with its about-to-be-revamped sibling label EIDOS featuring a guest appearance by exclusive eyewear brand BARTON PERREIRA where some deep but still pricey discounts will be found.
Still on the luxury train, today marks the appearance of the seasonal CHRISTOFLE sale at Soiffer Haskin through Monday the 11th. This time around the french silver brand is teamed with JUDITH LEIBER's opulent handbags and POMELLATO jewelry.
In the middle of her seasonal sale, TORY BURCH has taken over Clothingline in the Garment District through Saturday featuring deep savings on her full collection.
On there affordable side, contemporary chain FRENCH CONNECTION is in the middle of a midtown sample sale that ends tomorrow which is when men's sportswear label GILDED AGE will launch a two-day holiday gift sale in SoHo featuring classic denim and sportswear.
Finally, on Friday, Italian linen maestro FRETTE will be holding a sale promising up to 80% off through Tuesday in SoHo on grand Street which should be a promising place to shop for home gifts.
Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar for updated hours and locations as well as other sales. Next week, an extra-long Holiday shopping season marches on with shoes from Schutz, Tabitha Simmons and Buscemi along with Altuzarra, Desigual and more.
Online retailer Everlane has given us all an abject lesson in taking one's time to get things right. A few years ago, they were an upstart offering just a few basic apparel items whose appeal was split between their deceptively simple design and the label's radically transparent production ethos which demonstrated a commitment to taking full responsibility for maintaining high quality standards and ethics for production and sourcing right down to revealing the full supply chain and costs of each item. There would be no murky network of factories "overseas" in who knows what nation and what conditions. The strategy proved to be a hit in the new millennium and offerings quickly expanded to include all manner of sportswear, shoes and accessories in a signature, stripped down but stylish aesthetic.
A few pop-up stores in trendy New York neighborhoods allowed customers to see the quality up close, but now, Everlane is about to launch its next phase with a permanent brick and mortar store opening on Saturday at 28 Prince Street in Nolita. The new store (pictured above and below) will reflect the brand's minimalistic but stylish look, putting the focus on the product offerings which customers will now be able to touch and try on before purchasing. if you are unfamiliar with Everlane, this will be the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself. More stores are on the way as the company evolves into a full-service retailer, but New Yorkers are privileged to be the first to get their own permanent Everlane outpost, so look for a crowd on Saturday.
The post-Thanksgiving sample sale week feels a little bit bigger than it actually is mainly because it's J.CREW & MADEWELL time. Twice a year, the retailer takes over much of 260SampleSales's top venues to clear out its samples, a sale which typically sparks a huge public response despite the caveats that the overwhelming majority of merchandise is only in sample sizes, and sometimes the chain's own in-store promotions offer better discounts. Still, we have never left a J.Crew Sample Sale empty-handed. This year we got a brand-new tuxedo, so, you never know. At the men's location in SoHo, we saw lots of great shoes in multiple sizes even on the third day of the sale as well as bins overflowing with neckties and other accessories alongside the racks and racks of sample shirts. Today starts additional reductions of 30%, making it a worthy visit.
A block east, STEVEN ALAN is sharing 260's other SoHo store with designer BILLY REID and modern artisanal shoe brand FEIT. Reid's merchandise makes up the majority of the offerings, as Alan has already held a big sale in Sunset Park earlier this season, while Feit has commandeered much of the lower level. The prices are good at around 80% off with special cannot miss items like Reid's $10 ties.
Also this week seasonal stalwart AUTUMN CASHMERE is running a well-times Holiday sale through next Friday on weekdays only at its Garment District showroom. Cashmere for the whole family will be featured making an excellent gift-shopping destination.
MEG COHEN's winter sale also features the precious fiber with more cashmere hats, scarves and gloves looking to land under someone's Christmas tree through Saturday.
Finally, on Saturday the 2nd, those looking for more opulent fare will be converging on Soiffer Haskin for NANCY GONZALEZ sale featuring her signature bags and accessories made from crocodile and other exotic skins. As usual, leave the kids and strollers at home and prepare to check everything through Tuesday the 5th.
Consider all of tis a warm-up for next week which will bring big sales for La Perla, Nanette Lepore, Tory Burch, Alice and Olivia, Barton Perriera, Isaia and more. Be sure to check our SALE ROLL sidebar for hours, locations and other updated information.
Pre-Holiday Blowouts Starring Marc Jacobs, Bulgari, Anna Sui, Gucci, Gant, Elizabeth And James & More
It's a busy Sample Sale week we're having before a brief lull for Thanksgiving. After that, we will be fully immersed in Holiday Shopping, but in the meantime, this is an excellent week to get some pre-Holiday shopping done for those who like to plan ahead.
Let's start with he heavy hitters. MARC JACOBS is back, and though his brand has shed a bit of clout among the city's tastemakers, it still remains a popular label, and its new repositioning as a single collection somewhere between "Designer" and "Upper Contemporary" means that most of the offerings should be somewhat more affordable than they have been in seasons past. The sale starts on Wednesday the 15th, and will run through Sunday the 19th.
One of Jacobs' fellow 90s superstars, ANNA SUI is also having a sample sale this week in the garment district. Starting on Monday, the sale will end this Friday the 17th and include an abundance of her vibrant, vintage-inspired wares as well as many one-of-a-kind runway samples and other items.
Looking for international luxury mega-brands? None other than GUCCI, whose sample sales are usually private, is holding a Jewelry and Watch sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Thursday and Friday, and excellent opportunity to find some extra special gifts.
Those hunting for even more opulent baubles will have to hold out until Saturday when the four-day BVLGARI sale begins at Soiffer Haskin through Tuesday. Look for precision watches, leather goods, fragrances and, of course, precious jewelry featuring diamonds and multicolored gemstones.
While it technically starts next week, writing instrument enthusiasts will not want to miss the MONTBLANC sale in NoMad from Monday through Wednesday just before Thanksgiving. Famous for those pens, shoppers will find watches, jewelry and accessories as well.
The Olsen sisters held their sample sale for The Row a few weeks ago, and now its time for their more affordable collection, ELIZABETH and JAMES to take the spotlight at the Chelsea Market starting tomorrow the 15th through Sunday the 19th. Originally a sporty contemporary line, the collection has grown up along with its owners, and those who remember it as a casual separates collection should find much more sophisticated looks at this week's sale.
Another seasonal highlight, the GANT sample sale started an extended residency today in SoHo. It will be running for over a solid week until the day before Thanksgiving. That's a long time for a lot of merchandise to unload. While this sale has evolved over the seasons as the label has, its current form features an abundance of classic mens clothing comprised almost entirely of samples, so shoppers who fall outside that arrow size range might need to satisfy themselves with a small offering of accessories. Sample sized gentlemen, however can have a field day there through the 22nd.
Longtime downtown designer NILI LOTAN is enjoying a career boost at the moment, which makes it a perfect time to check out her sale starting on Thursday at her Tribeca headquarters. Look for deep savings on her luxurious sportswearthrouogh Saturday the 18th.
Finally, sneaker fans wait all season to pounce at THE NEWS Showroom sale in SoHo which starts on Thursday. The early birds get the best pick of the minimalist but luxurious COMMON PROJECTS sneakers they always have, but shoppers will also show up for TIM COPPENS, COLOVOS, CLU and a host of other emerging contemporary labels. The three-day blowout ends on Saturday.
That should be enough to keep any eager shopper busy, but a look at our SALE ROLL sidebar shows even more events as well as updated hours and locations for everything. After the Holiday weekend, get ready for the ever-popular dueling J.Crew and Madewell sales and much more.
Big Sale Weekend With Giorgio Armani, Gilt Warehouse, Phillip Lim, Bandier & Helmut Lang
The Shophound has been preoccupied with some other projects for the past week or so, but we are back to update our SALE ROLL sidebar at left, and make note of what has been a pretty full sample sale week.
Along with the extension of last week's PAUL SMITH Sample Sale through this Saturday, this week has seen major sales from SFERRA, BANDIER and S’WELL', 3.1 PHILLIP LIM and HELMUT LANG to name just a few. All of these sales are still running today, though Sferra is on its last day, and one other longtime shopper's favorite, the Aeffe Showroom Sale featuring MOSCHINO, ALBERTA FERRETTI and JEREMY SCOTT, will close tomorrow. Going through the weekend are Lang at the Chelsea Market, Lim in SoHo, Bandier and S'Well which are sharing space at 260 Fifth Avenue. Don't worry if you were too busy to shop this week, because this weekend will bring THE GILT SAMPLE SALE starting with an exclusive preview on Friday night with various tickets shopping sessions through Sunday. If anyone is looking for a major mega-designer fix, then they should head to Soiffer Haskin on Saturday for the seasonal GIORGIO ARMANI sale featuring all of his major collections running through Wednesday the 15th.
As for next week you may want to save up as the ever-popular MARC JACOBS and GANT sales will serve as a pre-holiday season treat featuring Jacobs' newly repositioned brand and more accessible price range. Stay tuned for more sale news and see our updated SALE ROLL at left for all hours and locations.