THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Tom Ford, Herve Leger, Gant, Longchamp, Burberry & 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!

GILT GROUPE
Sigerson Morrison, Antik Batik, Marabelle, T Tahari, New Balance, Eleven Paris, Muuba, Sam Edelman, Alexander McQueen, Dana Rebecca Fine Jewelry, Escada, Nicholas, Tom Ford, Corneliani, BANKS, Hanro, PRPS, Eileen Fisher, BCBG, Longchamp, 7 For All Mankind, Gucci, Burberry  —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Stuart Weitzman, M Missoni, Daniel Hector, Joyfolie, Herve Leger, TORN by Ronny Kobo, Joe's Jeans, Robert Graham, Bedhead Pajamas, VIMMIA  —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Hudson, Aquatalia, Ro & De, ZAC Zac Posen, Zanzara, Psycho Bunny, Cole Haan, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Gant, BRIC's, Dolce Guava, One Teaspoon, Meghan LA, LOVE Moschino, Swarovski Jewelry, Shahida Parides, Rogue, True Religion, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Hickey Freeman —join HERE

SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

A Jam-Packed Sale Week Including Billy Reid, Jimmy Choo, Hickey Freeman & Some Jenner Girls

There are a whopping 24 sales listed on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left, and those are just the ones we have curated. We don't know yet if this is the busiest week of the Sample Sale season, but it's definitely a contender. Here are some highlights of the sampling:

There are seven sales starting today the 16th alone, but the top draw is likely to be JIMMY CHOO, the luxury shoe brand that draws a bigger crowd every season. The caveat here is that it is likely to be invitation only for today, and possibly tomorrow, but that won't mean much to many of the shoe fans who will make this a priority sale for the week. By Thursday, it will likely be open to the public, but the trick is in getting there just when the sale runners decode to open the floodgates.

Anyone looking for a deal on this season's sunglasses will be heading to SoHo for MODO's annual eyewear blowout featuring designer shade and frames at a deep discount.

For more reliable offerings, JAMES PERSE, a perennial sale favorite, will be holding a sample sale on Broadway in SoHo featuring 75% savings on casual wear featuring those famous t-shirts. Shop through Saturday.

A bit further uptown in NoMad, popular Dutch sportswear chain SCOTCH & SODA will be taking over 260 Fifth Avenue through Saturday with extended hours to accommodate evening shoppers.

Wednesday the 17th is equally packed with sales. Fans of the eternal ballet flat will be heading to the Upper East Side for FRENCH SOLE's four-day sale while Instagram fans will be heading to SoHo for what appears to be the first KENDALL + KYLIE sample sale from those ubiquitous Jenner Sisters. Those in search of deals on luxury children's apparel will be returning to the Metropolitan Pavilion for the BP sale, and possibly making it a double header with Jimmy Choo. R13 DENIM will be kicking off a five day stint on Greene Street, while a block west will host SK underwear through the weekend.

On Thursday the 18th, THE NEWS Showroom in SoHo will once again open to the public for three days featuring a host of hot labels including OFFICINE GENERALE's sportswear and COMMON PROJECTS perfect sneakers to name a few.

A jaunt north will take you to BILLY REID's four day sale on the Bowery just around the corner form his flagship boutique. Look for a whopping 80% off and maybe a cocktail if you time it right.

Saturday the 20th brings a weekend-long sale from sexy swim and sportswear label CR promising 90% Off, and starting on Sunday, gentleman in need of tailored clothing will be heading to Soiffer Haskin for the five-day, seasonal HICKEY FREEMAN sale featuring racks and racks of elegant suits, furnishings and accessories.

That's just a selection of the sales New Yorkers will find this week. You'll find more sales on our SALE ROLL sidebar along with locations, times and other details. Next week save up for Paul Smith, Bobbi Brown, Desigual and much more.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Dior, Christian Louboutin, Mulberry, Max Mara, Adidas Y-3 & 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!

GILT GROUPE
Dior Accessories, Botkier, Siwy, Zadig & Voltaire, Bioderma, Cosabella, JACHS, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Tibi, Me & Ro, TORN/Ronny Kobo, Marchesa Rose, Schutz, Bobbi Brown, Martin Greenfoeld, Nudie/G-Star Raw, Bruno Magli —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Lela Rose, Anne Cole, TUMI, Max Mara, Mulberry, Reiss, Chloé, Ray-Ban, BB Dakota, Trina Turk, Joie, Max Studio, Andrea Candela, Burberry, Sharper Image, RapidLash, Tag Heuer/Breitling, Marc Fisher —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Ramy Brook, Jeffrey Campbell, JOE's Jeans, theBalm, MCM, Aldo, Quiksilver, Converse, Loveappella, Marina Dresses, TOD's, Joan Vass, Projek Raw, Kobi Halperin, TOV, Mirenesse Australia, James Jeans, L'Academie, Lindbergh, Joseph Abboud, Adidas Y-3   —join HERE

SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Accessory Sales Take The Week With Rebecca Minkoff, Judith Leiber, Loeffler Randall & More

As the Sale Schedule kicks into high gear, this week's selection of clearances has shifted focus to accessories and home furnishings, but don't worry, there is still fashion to be had. Here are some highlights:

The week's big star is perennial fave REBECCA MINKOFF whose sale kicked off on Monday the 8th, but will run for a full seven days through Sunday at 260 Fifth Avenue. Typically, Minkoff offers a bounty of goods ranging from her core handbag line to shoes, apparel, accessories and men's accessories. Prepare for crowds through the week.

Down at 260SampleSale's Greene Street location, popular Euro-Chain SANDRO opened on Tuesday the 9th for a run through Sunday. Look for sleek sportswear for Euro-sized men and women alongside shoes and accessories.

On Wednesday, the 10th, New York's current hat maestro ALBERTUS SWANEPOEL will be opening his Chelsea showroom for savings on women's and men's headwear for two days, enough time to get the best beach hat.

Also on Wednesday, Soiffer Haskin kicks off a 5-day luxury triple header headlined by French silver brand CHRISTOFLE featuring savings on flatware, hollowware, gifts, jewelry and more. They will be sharing space with minaudière mistress JUDITH LEIBER and precious gems from PAOLO COSTAGLI all running through Sunday.

That's not all the mid-week offers. Fans of luxury linens will be heading down to Chelsea Market for the return of the SFERRA sale featuring luxurious Italian linens ranging from simple sets to extravagant damask duvet sets. Generally, bath towels, robes, down pillows and comforters, table linens and other home accessories are to be expected as well. Shop through Sunday.

On Thursday the 11th, Danish housewife brand BODUM will be holding a single-day sale at its headquarters in the Starrett-Lehigh Building in West Chelsea. It's only open from 10:30 to 4, so act fast.

Also on the 11th, Contemporary footwear fave LOEFFLER RANDALL will star its 3-day sale in SOHO just above Canal Street. Not far away on Broome Street, shoppers will find Japanese/French label PAS de CALAIS on sale at its boutique with the men's line SAGE de CRET on sale in the basement. A bit further uptown in NoHo, ZERO MARIA CORNEJO's sophisticated collection will be on sale through Sunday including apparel, shoes and accessories on the Bowery.

It's a full lineup this week, but next week is shaping up to be even fuller with Jimmy Choo, Frette, James Perse, Scotch & Soda, The News Showroom and even Kendall & Kylie —yes, that's as in Jenner. Find all the details for this week's sales and upcoming events in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left which we will do our best to update with breaking events and sales during this busy sample sale season.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Christian Louboutin, Balenciaga, Fendi, St. John & 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!

GILT GROUPE
Frye, Sandro, Wildfox, Dior Sunglasses, Lubiam, Russell Park, Nixon Watches, King Baby, Seychelles, Christian Louboutin, Balenciaga, The Kooples, Anya Hindmarch, Toscano Linen, James Tattersall, Tani Underwear —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Alice + Olivia, HIHO, Christian Louboutin, Llum Girls, Minnetonka, D'OR 24k & L'Reve, FENDI, Lagos, Platypus Australia, Peter Millar, St.John, CREED, Luli Fama —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Stuart Weitzman, Ella Moss, Black Orchid, Stonefeather, George Brown, Frye, One Teaspoon, Kate Spade New York, Jack Spade, Suslo Couture, Diesel, Brandblack, J Brand, Vince, Ooberswank, ABS by Allen Schwartz, Liebeskind Berlin, Borgo 28, Golden Age, English Laundry, RUSH by Gordon Rush —join HERE

YOUR WEEKEND PLANS:

You've Seen The Met Ball Pictures, Now Challenge Yourself With Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

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A panoramic view of Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garçons: Art of the In-Between taken at the press preview on May 1, 2017

There's nothing to flood the press with extravagant images like the Met Ball week. It is a guarantee of at least two or three days of debate over whether Madonna looked good or ridiculous in her Moschino, or whether Katy Perry's elaborate Maison Margiela get-up was too much even for the most extravagant fashion party. Then there's the ongoing assessment of the fashion credibility of various Kardashians. After all the dust settles from that, there is a design exhibition to be seen, and in this case, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, which opens today, is one of the most challenging that the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has staged in years —on nearly every level.

As a designer, Rei Kawakubo has been at the forefront of promoting Japanese fashion since she launched her label Comme des Garçons in the early 1980s alongside a wave of designers that also included Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto among others. More than any other label, Comme des Garçons has been dedicated to pushing the boundaries of fashion in every way from materials and colors to actually distorting the way the shape of the human body is represented.  

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Gallery View, Clothes/Not Clothes © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

At the same time, as a brand, Comme des Garçons has steadily grown as a commercial enterprise, offering more accessible interpretations of the designer's aesthetic under a plethora of related diffusion labels, but only the most adventurous designs are represented in the exhibition. While some selections still bear little resemblance to the kinds of conventional clothes that most people wear, it's not hard to see the famous black wool sweaters consisting mostly of holes from 1982 (seen in the center of the gallery view at right) and draw a parallel to the current craze for "destroyed" denim jeans full of carefully curated ladders, tears and distressing. Kawakubo's aesthetic has tricked down and influenced fashion in subtle ways that are often totally unrecognizable to mainstream customers, and the exhibition may serve to clarify the importance of her avant-garde designs which, out of context, have often drawn derision and confusion from the mainstream. For this reason, the exhibition is arranged thematically with sections titled  Absence / Presence, Design / Not Design, Fashion / Anti-Fashion, Model / Multiple, High / Low, Then / Now, Self / Other, Object / Subject and Clothes / Not Clothes. Some have up to eight subsections with equally contradictory titles, but if you think they are inscrutable, then that is the desired effect. In keeping with Kawakubo's dedication to challenging the norms fashion, the exhibition design itself upends many museum conventions that visitors may, and should find unnerving. There are no statements on the walls introducing the various sections, and no information cards beside the objects describing their provenance and offering curatorial notes. Instead, visitors are expected to follow an expanded booklet that provides a map and legend to the show and its complex, mazelike structure. Visitors will be expected to refer to their papers, matching items to their numbered descriptions, constantly trading focus from the works on display to their booklets as they move through a series of often tightly enclosed spaces where objects are frequently placed for viewing in secluded nooks and structures that require peering around corners and into crevices. It is quite the opposite to the airy, open arrangements we have seen in some recent Costume Institute shows that offered maximum viewability. This is not a show to breeze through casually, but it may be more rewarding to keep the brochure in your bag and focus on the clothes as one takes in the show. Even better, visitors on a speedy mood might spring for the $50 exhibition catalogue which delves deeper into the Comme des Garçons aesthetic philosophy alongside spectacular photography both new and archival. (Hey, it comes with a free poster, too!) While this is one show that would have greatly benefitted from a recorded tour, there does not appear to be one available.

The other notable aspect of the exhibition is that it is the first at the Costume Institute since the Yves Saint Laurent show 1983 to focus on a single designer who continues to live and work with a going business. Why did it take 35 years for the Met to honor another living designer? The reasons stem from past concerns that the museum was being used as a promotional tool for big fashion businesses and their corporate partners. While that concern remains, it created a situation where no other curatorial department was forced to wait for an artist to actually die before they could stage a monographic exhibition. It appears that the museum and its board are realizing that the policy was not only morbid, but pointless, as many important (and dead) designers have names that continue on in business. Dior, Versace, McQueen and Chanel, to name a few have been eligible for honor with exhibitions of their work since the policy was imposed even as their companies continued to operate, but, until now, worthy designers like Rei Kawakubo among many others, were not eligible as they continued living. Hopefully, the current exhibition signals an end to the policy rather than an exception, opening up the possibility of honoring other important living designers in the future. 

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between opens today and runs through September 4 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

A Major Sale Week With Phillip Lim, Dolce & Gabbana, Carven & Two Big Showroom Sales At Aeffe & Staff USA

Folks, it sneaks up on you, but this week is one of those weeks that Sample Sale shoppers wait for with clear credit cards and careful plan. There's at least one major sale every day, so here are some highlights:

Today, Tuesday the 2nd kicks things off with an always anticipated 3.1 PHILLIP LIM sale on Greene Street in SoHo featuring both the Women's and Men's collections, shoes and accessories. Shop through Sunday.

On Wednesday, the AEFFE showroom opens its doors in midtown for one of New York's longest running sample sale favorites featuring MOSCHINOALBERTA FERRETTI and EMANUEL UNGARO as headliners along with the manufacturer's other collections including FUZZI knitwear, PHILOSPHY by LORENZO SERAFINI, CEDRIC CHARLIER and POLLINI. Womenswear is expected to be the bulk of the offerings, but a small selection of Moschino menswear has been promised. Shop through Friday

Parisian Haute Couturier turned Contemporary powerhouse CARVEN is also taking Wednesday to kick off a three day sale in its Chelsea showroom featuring 80% savings for both Women and Men.

Wednesday's third entrant is possibly the only Project Runway designer to launch a sustained business, CHRISTIAN SIRIANO who will be offering up to 75% Off his Ready-to-Wear collection including both samples and regular stock. Shop through Sunday.

Keeping Thursday all to itself, the iconic Italian label DOLCE & GABBANA will take over Soiffer Haskin through the weekend with savings on all of its offerings for Men, Women and Children. Expect lines and crowds, but you may want to save some money for the next day when . . .

The Staff USA showroom in Chelsea will open to the public through the weekend for its long-running seasonal sample extravaganza. DSQUARED2MARNIMAISON MARGIELA and MM➅ will form the bulk of the offerings, and as experienced shoppers know, this is another one requiring an early arrival to catch the best stuff.

There's more on our SALE ROLL side bar at left including late breaking events and all hours and locations. Next week, get ready for Rebecca Minkoff, Sandro, Sferra and more.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik & David Yurman Mark A Major Sale Week

Yes, the season is upon us, and as if to give us a little kick-off, word spread around town in its usual last-minute way yesterday that MANOLO BLAHNIK's sale, perhaps the mother of all high-pressure, mad-dash, fight-through-the-crowd sample sales, will take place on Thursday. Manny's fans know the drill. Get up early. Line up early and try to grab the best shoes you see. As usual, it will be at the Warwick Hotel in Midtown for one day only, and we have heard that it will stay open for as long as the merchandise lasts —which isn't expected to be for very long.

Of course, That isn't the only high luxe sale this week. Already scheduled well in advance was OSCAR DE LA RENTA's sale starting today the 25th in SoHo. Since this sale recently migrated from being a more discreet showroom affair to being a full-public sale, it has become a mainstay for women looking for a bit of that authentic de la Renta glamor at a price. While the label has been having some creative growing pains over the past few seasons before stabilizing with its current design team, there still should be spectacular items t be found. While Oscar's full-priced customers didn't quite warm to former creative director Peter Copping's work as well as his former Nina Ricci fans did, sale shoppers can count on elegant eveningwear and day dressing along with shoes and accessories. A small menswear selection is also promised among the samples and stock merchandise. Shop through Sunday.

Another longtime sale mainstay, DAVID YURMAN will be returning to the Altman Building in Chelsea once again on Thursday the 27th through the weekend. If previous form holds, shoppers will find the full range of Yurman's offerings from sporty sterling silver items to more exclusive pieces in gold and precious gemstones. at discounts generally starting around 40%. Generous selections of Sunglasses, Watches and Men's Jewelry are also expected.

Further uptown in midtown, more jewelry from IPPOLITA will be on sale at Soiffer Haskin's spacious showroom near Penn Station. Expect a strict coat and bag check and shop through Sunday.

Elsewhere this week, look for a first U.S. sample sale from burgeoning British chain KAREN MILLEN at Clothingline, exclusive Italian sportswear at the COMPONENTS by JOHN McCOY SHOWROOM sale, another blink-and-you'll-miss-it one day sale at MOLESKINE's West Chelsea showroom. THE KOOPLES are back in SoHo with their seasonal clearance plus find great everyday accessories at FURLA as well as more fanciful evening bags at EDIE PARKER.

Find the details for these and more late-breaking sales in our ever growing SALE ROLL sidebar at left. Next week, brace yourself for two of the most popular, longstanding manufacturer/showroom sales at AEFFE and Staff USA back to back plus Phillip Lim, Nest and more.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Saint Laurent, Valentino, Versace, Balenciaga & 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!

GILT GROUPE
Saint Laurent, Alice + Olivia, Renvy, Balmain Eyewear, Sam Edelman, Chantelle, G-Star Raw, Armani Collezioni, Balenciaga Accessories, Antonio Maurizi, Bulova Watches, Royce Leather Goods, Helen Kaminski, Dolce Vita, Cambridge Satchel Compay, Origins,  Jack Spade, Slate & Stone, Ron Tomson, Portmeiron —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Valentino, Versace, Feiyue Sneakers, Alex Woo, Eyebobs, Cinzia Rocca, J Brand, J.Mclaughlin, Kerastase, Hale Bob, Pandora, Bailey 44, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Pasquale Bruni —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Rebecca Minkoff, Aratta, Lucchese, Brooks Brothers, Steve Madden, Halston Heritage, Few Moda, Rogue, Nike Sunglasses, MOTHER, DKNY Intimates, Oliver Peoples, Havaianas, Isabel Garcia, Kenneth Cole, Maui & Sons, Diesel Watches, J Fold Accessories, Lime Crime, Chiara Ferragni, Minuet —join HERE

MOVIN' ON UPTOWN:

Balenciaga Does The Kering Shuffle Uptown With Gucci

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The Shophound hasn't had a stroll down Madison Avenue in a few months, and what did we notice on Monday but a substantial swath of plate glass backed in the unmistakable logo of Balenciaga. It turns out that Manhattan did not really need three Gucci boutiques. As the new Alessandro Michele-era Gucci store opened in Brookfield Place, the Tom Ford/Frida Giannini version in the former Westbury Hotel was shut down in preparation to be ceded to its sister brand. Balenciaga has only ever had one New York store at a time, but its expansion to tony Madison Avenue and 69th Street is a signal that even directional "downtown" brands can benefit from uptown exposure. This will also be first U.S. store for Balenciaga under its still new creative director Demna Gvasalia. While the current, lavish SoHo flagship opened under the brief tenure of creative director Alexander Wang, it was planned under Nicolas Ghesqiuere, who spearheaded the once sleepy label back to prominence. This new shop is expected to have a radically different ambiance given Vêtements designer Gvesalia's more avant-garde point of view. The store is slated to open in June, and will be patterned after the Balenciaga boutique that recently opened in Paris which features a Warehouse style decor with industrial fixtures, foil covered ceilings, cast concrete walls and furniture upholstered in synthetic leather. It's a far cry from the dramatic marble floored opulence found in SoHo. In fact, it's almost as if the two stores will each have an interior more typically suited to the other one, with an elegant uptown ambiance in SoHo, and a downtown industrial look on Madison Avenue. Look for the new boutique's publicity blitz to begin in a couple of months as the store opens just in time to stock the pre-fall collection.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

The Season Ramps Up With Marc Jacobs, Maje & More

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Well, it's finally here.
Spring is unfolding and patient sale sale shoppers are getting the first major sample sales of the season with heavy hitter MARC JACOBS (pictured above) kicking off the upcoming weeks-long shopping marathon in SoHo. Jacobs' sale launched on Tuesday with a whopping 85% to 90% discount on nearly everything. As usual, the offerings were a mix of past seasons with a few eye popping price tags on runway pieces that remained high even with major discounts, but overall, it has been a fairly strong showing for Jacobs fans with what remains of the affordable Marc by Marc Jacobs collection selling for giveaway prices. It's not as vast an array of merchandise as we have seen in past seasons, but there is still plenty to satisfy the designer's loyal followers. Shop through Sunday.

Also this week, the popular French contemporary chain MAJE has taken over 260 Fifth Ave with its seasonal clearance. This one is always a popular draw, so expect a motivated crowd through Sunday.

Sporty gentleman will be heading to SoHo starting today the 20th for another installment of GILDED AGE's high-quality classic sportswear and denim sales. Look for investment worthy casual wear at 60% to 80% off through Sunday.

Finally, Saturday the 22nd brings accessory favorite NANCY GONZALEZ to Soiffer Haskin offering luxurious handbags and accessories in exotic skins like crocodile and ostrich. While her bags are well priced considering their precious materials, this is always a pricey sale but full of great investment pieces. Shop through Tuesday the 25th.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar for hours and locations as well as late breaking sales. In future weeks look for the heavy hitters like Oscar de la Renta, David Yurman, Phillip Lim and AEFFE USA's regular multi brand European treasure trove featuring Alberta Ferrretti, Moschino and Ungaro —and those are just the ones we already have scheduled. The season has started. Save your pennies.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Givenchy, TOMS, Paul Smith, Diesel, Members Only & 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!

GILT GROUPE
Missoni, Free People, Tart, L'Agence, Hunter Boots, Sisley Cosmetics, Givenchy, Diesel, Persol, Andrew Marc, TOMS, Paul Smith, Valentino, Sophie Anderson, PUMA, Thomas Pink, Yves Saint Laurent Suiting, Mr. Turk —join HERE
RUE LA LA
VELVET by Graham & Spencer, Tahari ASL, Rockport, Dolce & Gabbana Eyewear, Isabel Marant, Lladró, Dolce Vita, Donald J Pliner Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, Macbeth Collection, Christian Dior Optical —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
BCBGMaxAzria, Dolce Vita, Dooney & Bourke, Siwy Denim, WeSC, Converse, Sam Edelman, Love Stitch, LOVE Moschino, Sanctuary, Haute Hippie, Robert Graham, Gordon Rush, English Laundry, Michael Bastian Gray Label, Projek Raw, James Perse, Diesel, Splendid, Just Me, Mario Valentino, Mario Badescu, Tarte, LAB Series, Lindbergh, Members Only, Joseph Abboud —join HERE

THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Jil Sander, Azzedine Alaïa, Stella McCartney, Shoshanna, Billy Reid, Opening Ceremony, Dr. Martens & 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!

GILT GROUPE
Tibi, Jil Sander, Tadashi Shoji, Jay Godfrey, TOD's,  Hanro, Prada, Opening Ceremony, Superga, ZAC Zac Posen,Thomas Pink, Curatore, Cole Haan, Moncler, L.K. Bennett, Trina Turk, Azzedine Alaïa, Mikoh Swimwear, Maiyet Jewelry, Boss Bags, Donald J. Pliner, Calvin Klein Underwear, Floris London, Onia Swim —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Magaschoni, TART, Swarovski, Sophie Catalou, Unsimply Stitched, Teva, Marika, Shoshanna, Stella McCartney, Hudson Jeans, Algenist Skincare, Spode, Commando —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
7 For All Mankind, Frye, Three Dots, Karen Mullen, Billy Reid, Perry Ellis, Red Wing, Sperry, Elizabeth and James, Sky, Little Mistress, Dr. Martens, Unsimply Stitched, Burnside, Jantzen/Jag, Rock Revival, Anna Beck PRE, RAGA, Love + Harmony, A.L.C., ERIN Fetherston, BCBGeneration, Mirenesse Australia, Luli Fama Swim, Hartmann Luggage, Mezlan, Andrew Marc —join HERE

TODAY IN BELT TIGHTENING:

Ralph Lauren's Fifth Avenue Polo Store Is Getting The Axe

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In an unexpected but only marginally surprising move, Ralph Lauren will be shuttering the splashy Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue as a cost cutting measure. It turns out that the high profile, loss leader flagship stores we have come to know so well in New York are not the investment in publicity that they once were. WWD is reporting that the store closure along with other measures including a workforce reduction and an updated digital platform will save the company a not insignificant $140 million per year after an initial $370 million cost. 
Opened less than three years ago, the Polo store was meant to be represent a grand relaunch of the Polo brand for Lauren. it was to put the designer's original brand back into the spotlight with the rebranding of his women's "Blue Label" collection to make Polo a masterbrand for men and women along with a newly designed label. Its Fifth Avenue location should have been a tourist magnet, and the attached restaurant became one of the most coveted reservations in town. This is the first indication we have heard that the lavish three-level store has not lived up to expectations, although when it opened we were struck by impression that though the store is very large, it offered little in terms of newness in either environment or product. Lauren still remains content to draw from the same creative wells he has established over his 50 years in business. That leaves us with a whole bunch of reinterpretations of reinterpretations of the same things he has been making for years., which may be the root of his company's current troubles. At any rate, the "way forward" business reorganization plan that the company has been following seems to be the on right track in shedding some of the behind the scenes excesses that has always plagued the organization, but it is somewhat surprising to see it extended in such a high profile way. At least it shows that they are serious about setting the business right.
There is no closing date announced for the store, and the company is not giving up on new retail concepts, and it identified the Ralph's Coffee counter within the Polo store as a future opportunity. We also expect a newer, more modestly sized Polo store to appear somewhere in Manhattan to maintain the label's presence. With all this cost cutting, we immediately thought about the future of the cult-sized RRL label which has gone through several iterations before settling on an antique-inspired menswear theme. The collection is presented with evocative stores in Los Angeles and SoHo, but not a business on the scale that might warrant its continuation at this point under the company's apparent willingness to make hard choices. One has to wonder if the big RRL store on West Broadway, which has also had a series of lives under Lauren, might be headed for yet another transformation into a Polo store?

UPDATE:
The store is slated to close on April 15, only a week and a half away, however, the popular Polo Bar restaurant is expected to remain open as far as we can tell.

(WWD)
Previously:
Flagship Flash: Fifth Avenue's New Polo Flagship Holds Few Surprises


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy, Maison Margiela, St. JohnBalenciaga & 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!

GILT GROUPE
St. John, Vita Fede Jewelry, M.i.h. Jeans, IRO, Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney Accessories, Timo Weiland, New Balance, Maison Margiela, C/89, Bavna Jewelry, Burberry —join HERE
RUE LA LA
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