UK Fast Fashion Brand Boohoo Set For Lower Fifth Avenue Debut

Yet another fast-fashion chain from a faraway land is set to make its New York debut. UK based internet retailer Boohoo.com, has reportedly signed a lease for a 2,000 square foot store at 3 West 13th Street just off Fifth Avenue and a block away from Union Square. The 10-year-old site has become one of the fastest growing online retailers worldwide. Aimed at 16 to 24 year-old customers, it looks to be poised to take on chains like Forever 21 with trendy but wallet-friendly looks for high school and college-aged shoppers. Though not an enormous store, it is being designed to be "experiential" space that will also serve as an event space and presumably encourage shoppers to shop on their phones and mobile devices while they are there.



Sale Season Heats Up With Oscar de la Renta, The Row, Rebecca Minkoff & More

True to form, the Sample Sale season is ramping up, and the heavy hitter sales will be coming fast and furious for the next couple of months.
Already under way this week are REBECCA MINKOFF, a popular favorite currently ensconced through the weekend at 260 Fifth Avenue, PRABAL GURUNG with a four-day blowout in the Garment District and OSCAR de la RENTA which has returned to Wooster Street in SoHo through the weekend offering designer Peter Copping's final seasons for the label at what has been reported to be some excellent prices.

Starting today the 26th, 260 Sample Sale will install status accessory brand MCM into its Greene Street location through Sunday offering up to 80% Off its collections for men and women while VIVIENNE TAM will be launching a three day sale in the Garment District.

On Thursday the 27th, the Olsen sisters' low-key luxury label THE ROW will kick off a three-day sale at Metropolitan Pavilion that should have its loyal customers lining up. Bespoke-minded gentleman will head to SoHo where PROPER CLOTH will be offering deep discounts on Tailored clothing and furnishings including a reported selection of shirts priced to move at $25.

Finally, of Friday the 28th, cashmere specialist JENNIFER TYLER will be making her seasonal stop at the Surrey Hotel on the Upper East Side with her English and Italian knitted apparel and accessories on sale through Monday.

Be sure to check our SALE ROLL sidebar for locations, times and other details.
NEXT WEEK, brace yourselves for the triple header of Marc Jacobs and Paul Smith in SoHo and the longstanding AEFFE showroom sale in Midtown featuring Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, Emanuel Ungaro, Cedric Charlier and more.


Pearl River Mart To Return Next Month In Tribeca

New York shoppers were disappointed to say the least last year when Pearl River Mart, the beloved Asian emporium in SoHo, was forced out of its Broadway home by a fivefold rent increase. The company has switched to an online business model since then, but the void it left has been glaring. There's good news for hopeful fans of the store, however. Pearl River Mart is set to return with an 8,000 square foot pop-up store on November 17th at 395 Broadway in Tribeca. In February, the pou-up will close for a build-out to become a permanent store. It will not be a replica of its 30,000 square foot SoHo predecessor (pictured above), however. Due to the smaller space, the store will forgo some of its more arcane departments such as traditional Chinese medicine and musical instruments. Some of the outsized decor items such as giant buddha figures will also be gone from the assortments, but popular departments like apparel and home and kitchen goods should be represented in abundance. According to Joanne Kwong, the new president of Pearl River, the new store will dedicate space to presenting Asian and Asian-American culture with a rotating assortment of products from designers and artists meant to educate shoppers of Asian traditions with special events and demonstrations.
The new store is still relatively close to Pearl River's SoHo and Chinatown roots, and hopefully, longtime fans will have not trouble finding it once it reopens.



Montblanc, Prada, Paul Stuart, Happy Socks & More On Flash Sale This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

Judith Leiber Couture, Vintage Rolex, Saint Laurent, Romano Martegani, Breitling, ZAC Zac Posen, Dolce Vita, MCM, Haute Hippie, LaPerla, Laura Mercier, FENDI, S13 Outerwear, Envie de Fraise, Piazza Sempione, Members Only, Montblanc, S. Cohen, Levi's Red Tab, Prada Uomo —join HERE
UGG, Portolano, Adrienne Landau, L'Occitane, Lockhart Cashmere, Happy Socks, Stride Rite, Samuel B., Fendi Optical, Bailey 44, Paul Stuart —join HERE
Sorel, Mavi, Carmen Marc Valvo, Salvatore Ferragamo Watches & Eyewear, Lindbergh, Spenglish, Shinola, Halston Heritage, Jessica Simpson, Romeo & Juliet Couture, 7 For All Mankind, threads 4 Thought, Unsimply Stitched, Vince Camuto, Barbour, C&C California, Rogue, EDGE by ED.ny, Ray-Ban Sunglasses, WeSC —join HERE


Pottery Barn To Make A Big Bow In Flatiron

Once a pervasive presence in Manhattan, the Pottery Barn chain has lost some prominent stores over the years in the city, and is now down to two locations in the city while its sibling chains, Williams-Sonoma and West Elm have held their own or grown stronger. That's about to change, as the company has inked a deal to open a major store at 11 West 19th Street in the heart of the Flatiron District as reported by multiple sources. The 20,000 square foot space is currently occupied by Lillian August (pictured above) which has been looking to get out of its lease there, and will surrender the space to make way for the deal. Like the West Elm in Chelsea that sits between Sixth and Seventh Avenues and opens out to both 17th and 18th streets, the new Pottery Barn will have entrances on both 19th and 20th streets. While missing the desirable Fifth Avenue frontage of other chains in the neighborhood, the new store will be right across the street from Muji as well as bakery hotspot Dough. It is in the middle of a home furnishings enclave popular with downtowners, and should still be a potent destination for shoppers. It's still too early to expect a firm opening date, but sometime next year should be a safe bet. In the meantime, shoppers can now check out West Elm's new luxury "Collection" store that has recently opened at 123 West 17th Street right next to its main label mothership.


Hermès, A.P.C., Vivienne Westwood & Another James Perse Redux Lead A Packed Sale Week

It's an unseasonably warm mid-October, which is just about the time that tha Fall Sample Sale Season kicks things up a few notches. Designers are starting to ship Holiday/Pre-Spring, and it's time to start shedding overstock and old samples, so every sale venue booked.

Earlier this week, JAMES PERSE kicked off another of his ever more frequent sample sales and ELIE TAHARI opened his midtown showroom for a seasonal blowout, both running through Saturday the 22nd.

Today, BONPOINT returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion with discounts on its collections of luxury apparel for precious little ones and babies for two days only. For those looking for French clothes for grown-ups, A.P.C. has set up an overstock sale through Sunday the 23rd at its overstock location in Williamsburg, so get there early if you want to snag the best items. The more athletically minded will be heading to SoHo for SOUL CYCLE's Warehouse sale featuring performance workout gear whether you are toiling on a stationery bike or elsewhere.

KIMORA LEE SIMMONS made her name on the runways and then as the designer for flashy Baby Phat, but her current signature collection is much more grown-up and sophisticated, which you will see at her two-day sample sale launching on Thursday the 20th in NoMad. Avant Garde Icon VIVIENNE WESTWOOD's four-day seasonal blowout also begins on Thursday in Midtown. Look for all of the designer's newly streamlined product lines for men and women through the weekend.

On Friday the 21st, sporty gentlemen will be heading to SoHo for the seasonal GILDED AGE sale running through next Tuesday. Those who have planned ahead and bought tickets will be heading to Chelsea's Altman building where the GILT CITY
Warehouse Sale
is making a more convenient return after its Sunset Park outing a few weeks ago in Brooklyn. Check for available spots left in this timed entry event.

Finally, a word about the week's big heavy hitter.
The now infamous HERMÈS sale returns to Soiffer Haskin's West Midtown location for the first time since it caused lines of shoppers to line up around several city blocks without even getting a chance to get inside at all. We don't know if Soiffer Haskin has devised a new protocol to make sure that potential shoppers don't waste their days hoping to be let inside, but we might warn eager Hermès shoppers to proceed with caution when it comes to this enticing event. This is the time when one must decide whether it is worth it to spend a day waiting on a sidewalk to buy some discounted luxury merchandise that will, in all likelihood, still be really, really expensive. It's worth noting that, as always, the brand's iconic items, Birkins, Kelly's etc., are never included at this sale. Shop at your own risk through Sunday.

Next week, things heat up further with The Row, Oscar de la Renta and more. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for all details and late breaking events.


Norma Kamali, Miu Miu, Burberry, Stuart Weitzman & More On Flash Sales This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

Miu Miu, Maje, Hudson Jeans, Norma Kamali, Céline Accessories. Maison Fabre Gloves, Three Dots, Maiden Lane Shoes, Karen Millen, Cosabella, Baxter of California, PUMA, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, Gucci, Tahari, Shades of Grey, Filson, Stuart Weitzman, Versace, Hawke & Co., Antonio Maurizi, Cuisinart, BOSS Home, Rizzoli —join HERE
Escada, Burberry, Curatore, Joie, Colosseum, Olympia USA, Chloé Fragrance, Hutch, Stuart Weitzman, Saint Laurent, OMOGA Girls, Tiffany & Co., Santana, Susana Monaco, Tahari ASL, Geox, Current/Elliott, Majorica, Amrita Singh —join HERE
TUMI, Rudsak Outerwear, Sanctuary, Born, LORAC, Mizuno Men, ELEVENPARIS, Joe Fresh, Bianca Nero, BCBGeneration, Ivanka Trump, Bony Levy Diamonds, Rockport, Bulova Watches, Brio, Aquatalia, Genetic Denim, Philosophy & Premise Cashmere, Tom Ford Eyewear, Kiehl's Since 1851, Diptyque Paris, Fossil, Affliction —join HERE


A 3D Shopping week With Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, D.L. & Co. + More

An excess of election crap is not enough to totally derail Sample Sale shopping this week. Some big names will be making anticipated returns, so have a look at the highlights.

260SampleSale has all of its venues filled this week starting with home base on Fifth Avenue where British sportswear mainstay REISS will be in residence through Sunday. Look for contemporary apparel and accessories for men and women with a hip, London edge, While downtown at 150 Greene Street, DIESEL will once again be unloading Samples and overstock from the previous season. Look for plenty of denim, sneakers and casualwear, and keep an eye out for the luxury Black Gold runway collection designed by Andreas Melbostad the erstwhile PHI designer.

ON Thursday the 13th, Sioffer Haskin will be offering a comprehensive DOLCE & GABBANA  sale including Men's, Women's and Children's Wear along with accessories. Shop through Sunday with a fair bet that there will be a few more deductions before it's over. Leave and little kids and the cash at home —this one's credit-card-only. Also on Thursday, get a jump on a little early gift shopping as luxury art publisher ASSOULINE and candlemasters D.L. & Co. share some space at 151 Wooster Street in SoHo for the rest of the week.

Friday the 14th is the day for savings on luxury eyewear including sunglasses and optical frames. Popular optical chain ROBERT MARC will be slashing prices up to 80% at the Chelsea Market in time to stock up on some sleek new shades or frames through Sunday.

Next week, look for one more return of the Gilt City Warehouse sale as it returns to Chelsea and more. Check our SALE ROLL sidebar for more details


Dita Von Teese, Tom Ford, Belstaff, Kate Spade, The Kooples & More On Flash Sale This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

Nanette Lepore, Dita Von Teese Intimates, British Belt Company, James Tattersall, Kooba, Badgley Mischka, French Sole FS/NY, La Prarie, Inhabit, The Kooples, Issa, Joe's Jeans, Belstaff, Aspesi, Frye, Royce Leather Goods, Tani Underwear & Loungewear —join HERE
Me Too, Dorissa Girls, Kay Unger/Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman, Hobo The Original, Caporicci, RapidBrow Eyebrow-Enhancing Serum, Three Dots, Tom Ford, Clarisonic, Kate Spade New York, SophiaCashmere, Kenneth Cole New York, Mrs. Prindable's, Spode & Portmeiron, Mr. Turk —join HERE
Sam Edelman, Tart, Kenneth Cole New York, Robert Graham, Gervil Watches, X-Ray Jeans, AG, Muubaa, Dogeared, Stila, Bed|Stu/Cobbler, Pendleton, Ganesh, Bluetooth Solutions, Movado, LOVE Moschino, Via Spiga, Laura Geller New York, RACHEL by Rachel Roy, Ike Behar —join HERE


Fendi Expected To Find A Permanent Home On Greene Street

99 Greene Street Photo via Sinvin.com

It has been the retail equivalent of couch surfing for Fendi in SoHo for a while, now. While the brand has found the block it wants, it has been bouncing around from pop-up to pop-up for several seasons. First on the corner of Greene and Prince Streets, a space absorbed by the Louis Vuitton boutique, and then a few doors down in an awkwardly long and narrow store that subverts its visibility almost entirely. Multiple reports, however have the LVMH-owned luxury label in talks for a more appropriate, permanent space just across the street in the former home of Space NK at 99 Greene Street. Pushed aside in favor of bigger siblings Vuitton and Dior no longer, the brand will be able to settle comfortably in its own 6,000 square foot store in the middle of the block between Spring and Prince Streets. Look for a more spacious new store to appear there sometime next year.


Dual Perspective In SoHo Edition

Photo: Danny Ghitis for The New York Times

It's been a minute since we talked about the Thursday Styles' Critical Shopper here at The Shophound because, you know, we've been doing it for a while, but today marks a first for the column: two Critical Shoppers combine forces as Jon Caramanica and Katherine Bernard explore the new Rick Owens boutique in SoHo together. After quite some time of each shopper ignoring the offerings for the opposite gender in the boutiques they have covered, we are finally getting a comprehensive assessment of everything all in one column.
So what have we learned? Not too much about what we didn't already know, though both critics concur that Owen's clothes, freeform-like though they may often seem, disappointingly appear to look their best on the willowy model-esqe type of person so beloved of designers in general. Though only one of our shoppers comes close to fitting that bill —Ms. Bernard is determined to be Tilda Swinton-esque in her angular haircut— they soldier on, noting the significance of Owens' sumptuous fabric innovations that aren't always apparent from afar. Ultimately, they conclude that Owens is more Rick-Owens-y than ever at his new, more accessible location on the corner of Howard and Crosby Streets. This is good for him commercially since the designer has been so pervasively copied in recent years that his signature look, though not exactly classical, now feels much less avant-garde than it once did. It's all still hideously expensive, though, even if the pre-Raf Simons era Jil Sander boutique it took over has been stripped of its polished marble in favor of humbler concrete.

Critical Shopper: Both Sides of a Fashion Eccentric By   


David Yurman, OXO, Desigual & Plenty In Between On Sale This Week
UPDATED w/ Bespoken

This week's sales run the Gamut from David Yurman's endlessly popular seasonal jewelry sale to OXO's hallway grab-fest of well designed household and kitchen goods, so let's jump into some highlights:

Today, Tuesday the 4th brings some winter-y sales to us including cozy sweaters from KOKUN CASHMERE in the Garment District, Italian luxury ski and sportswear on Greene Street in SoHo from POST CARD along with a plethora of parkas and other sweaters and sportswear from the return of WOOLRICH John Rich & Bros. at 260 Fifth Avenue. You can expect mostly outerwear here, but keep an eye out fore Woolrich's more exclusive lines including the tiny but still going Woolrich Woolen Mills sportswear line designed by Mark McNairy. Shop through Sunday

On Wednesday, the ever popular Spanish sportswear chain DESIGUAL returns to Clothingline in the Garment District for three days offering savings on its cacophonously colorful sportswear for grownups and kids. Also on Wednesday, Chelsea Market presents a duo of contemporary favorites including the recently revamped HAUTE HIPPIE alongside the party-dress favorite HALSTON HERITAGE through Sunday.

Thursday brings a pair of seasonal favorites. Jewelry designer  DAVID YURMAN once again takes up residence for four days through Sunday at the Altman Building. Look for ascending savings on semiprecious and fine jewelry for women and men in gold and Sterling Silver along with watches, eyewear and other accessories. For something easier on the wallet, follow the signs in the Starrrett Lehigh Building to the 10th floor hallway where OXO will array samples and stock from its well-designed collections of household items and gadgets. Prices generally run fro a couple of bucks or less to the mid-teens of dollars. Bring your own bag, it's easy to fill up on useful bargains you may or may not need!

Finally, on Friday, acclaimed designer PAMELA LOVE will be offering savings on her jewelry designs at her only sample sale of the year in her Chelsea/NoMad showroom. It's never too early to think of Holiday gifts.
We just got word that sleek men's sportswear purveyors BESPOKEN will be holding a rare Warehouse Sale this weekend starting on Friday through Sunday in their showroom atop the Turnbull & Asset building on East 57th Street. Look for 60% off the label's modern men's apparel.


Belstaff, Jonathan Simkhai, Bottega Veneta, The Kooples & More In This Week's Flash Sales

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

In Cashmere, T3 Hair Tools, Canali, Vince Camuto, Donald J. Pliner, Rawlings Leather Goods, M Missoni, Seychelles, Givenchy, Young Fabulous & Broke, Jonathan Simkhai, Luciano Barbara, Victorinox, Harry's of London, Curatore Footwear, Diesel, Bottega Veneta, Pyrenex, Jack Georges Accessories —join HERE
Salvatore Ferragamo, The Art of Shaving, Elaine Turner, Nambé, Le Mystere, Nanette Lepore, Dyson/iRobot, Legacybox, Eyebobs —join HERE
Rebecca Minkoff, Nue by Shani, Kenneth Cole, The Squad, Current/Elliott, Joie, English Factory, Cosabella Intimates, English Laundry, Suslo Couture, Gordon Rush, Portolano, The Kooples, Franco Sarto, Majestic, Andrew Marc, John Varvatos, Belstaff, Jared Lang, Nixon Watches —join HERE


GAP x GQ's Best New Menswear Designers Collections Are Now In Stores

Image: GAP.com

For the fifth year running and celebrating the program's 10th season GAP and GQ have collaborated on capsule collections from the magazine's picks for the Best New Menswear Designers in America. This time, as was announced earlier this year, it's an all-star team featuring returning MVPs Steven Alan, Saturday's NYC, John Elliott and, a three time winner, Michael Bastian (all pictured above). The collections appeared in store today and on Gap.com and, as in past seasons, offer some classic, signature looks from each designer including double layered tees, stretchy ripped jeans and a well-priced moto jacket from Elliott, tailored shirts, khakis and slim tweed coat from Alan, graphic sportswear from Saturdays and typically eclectic separates from Bastian. You'll find them in Manhattan's more prominent Gap locations including Fifth Avenue in both Midtown and the Flatiron District, The Upper West Side, Greenwich Village, Herald and Times Squares to name a few. As always, eager shoppers should act fast. Elliott's collection sold out almost to the piece within a day in 2014, and though Gap's merchandisers have ordered accordingly, popular pieces are already running low, like his double layered tees. Another caveat is that while prices have generally been somewhat higher than regular Gap fare, this season, they are a bit higher than they have been, but still substantially less expensive than any of these designers' regular lines. Online shopping is also a great option but note that the lines are not included in Gap.com's myriad price promotions, at least not initially, so sometimes it pays to wait, but if you have been waiting months for these collections to hit, you should act now.



Loro Piana Luxury + Norma Kamali, Vince, Milly & More In This Week's Sales

We missed a week there, but there is still plenty happening this week to keep sample shoppers happy including a few perennial big name favorites. Here are some of this week's Sample Sale highlights:

LORO PIANA returned to Soiffer Haskin over the weekend, and is still going strong through Thursday. the Shophound stopped by yesterday and found an abundance of merchandise including scarves for men and women as well as cashmere knitwear. Further reductions in all categories have already been taken, but, as is usual for Loro Piana, the prices are staggering even at 50% to 60% off. Still, if you are looking to invest in some exquisitely made, classic Italian luxury, you can hardly do better.

Contemporary label MILLY took over Clothingline in the Garment District on Monday for a four-day stay featuring all the label's product categories for women and girls including accessories. Shop through Thursday.

Today, one of the most popular sales at 260 Fifth Avenue returns. RENT THE RUNWAY promises gently used designer dresses and accessories from popular designers which usually go for a song. Promised labels include Halston Heritage, Kate Spade, Badgley Mischka and more through Sunday the 2nd.

On Wednesday the 28th, New York Fashion legend NORMA KAMALI will turn her 56th Street boutique into a one-day-sale house featuring merchandise and one-of-a-kind samples priced from $50 to $100 curated from all of her product lines.

Also on Wednesday, contemporary powerhouse VINCE will return to Chelsea Market through the weekend featuring a selection of mostly men's sportswear. A limited offering of womenswear is also promised, but this one's mainly for the guys. 

One more Wednesday sale features TOM and LINDA PLATT's elegant day, cocktail and evening dresses at substantial discounts. Bring cash for an additional 10% off and that old-school, cash only sample sale experience.

Next week, look for sales from Woolrich, Desigual, David Yurman and more. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for all details as well as late breaking events.