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Welcome to another cram-packed week of sample sales.
The middle weeks of November are typically high season as designers must clear their warehouses to make room for Spring and Pre-Spring deliveries that are on their way and need room.

Things kicked off in a big way yesterday with one of 260 Sample Sale's seasonal heavy hitters, REBECCA MINKOFF at 260 Fifth Avenue. When The Shophound stopped by the press preview yesterday morning, the abundant selection of bags were neatly arranged on numerous tables (pictured above), and there was every sort of bag anyone would want from big totes to small clutches and everything in between. Prices were scaled out in a way that could have given a discount from about 40% to 60% off depending on the bag's original price, and there was a small but appealing collection of men's Ben Minkoff bags and backpacks waiting to be liquidated as the line has now been renamed after the designer's brother and business partner Uri Minkoff. A line of regular shoppers was beginning about an hour before the sale opening, and we imagine that the neatly regimented arrangement has been hopelessly disrupted by now. The sale runt through Sunday with likely restocking and possibly price reductions along the way for those holding out for a greater discount. See a gallery of price lists and images after the jump.

Also on Monday, ANNA SUI opened a rare weeklong Sample Sale that is offering deep discounts in a reportedly tiny showroom space that only allowed a few shoppers at a time. Those with the patience to wait will find many items under $100 making it a must for Sui fans.

The big draw this week is ALEXANDER McQUEEN which is being presented by Soiffer Haskin for three days starting today through Thursday at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Look for both Men's and Women's collections. Last year's sale had discounts that reached up to 90% off with prices that seemed more designer collaboration than luxury Prêt-à-Porter, so this one is likely to attract early rising crowds of eager bargain hunters. 

Also today, FLOTUS fave THAKOON will invite shoppers down to western SoHo for discounts up to 70% off both the main and Thakoon Addition collections from the past Fall season through Saturday.

Wednesday brings contemporary mainstay VIVIENNE TAM promising up to 75% discounts as well as one-of-a-kind vintage samples through Friday the 13th.
HELMUT LANG is also making its first sample sale appearance this season on Wednesday at one of his usual haunts, Chelsea Market. Women's and Men's collections are being offered at 60% off through Sunday.

Thursday will be a quadruple whammy of sales featuring one fabled Parisian label's diffusion label and three major showroom sales. First up is SEE by CHLOÉ, in midtown promising 70% off this popular French contemporary line.
Next up, the ever-popular STEVEN ALAN sample sale is returning to Tribeca. This one has occasionally flirted with online alternatives, but this season it is back in full force on Franklin Street with 70% off the house brand's famous shirts and sportswear and 50% off other brand's merchandise. Look for a line of faithful fans through Sunday.
A few blocks uptown, THE NEWS opens its SoHo Showroom with its regular lineup of coveted brands including current Wunderkinder PUBLIC SCHOOL, sneaker wizards COMMON PROJECTS, Tim Coppens, Cheap Monday, Officine Generale and a host of other hot labels through Saturday.
Finally, PEREGRINE SHOWROOM on Lower Fifth Avenue will offer 60% to 80% mostly men's collections from OLIVER SPENCER, GILDED AGE Sandqvist, Chimala and more through Sunday.

That's just a sampling of this week's offerings. See our SALE ROLL at left for all the details, updates and even more sales plus late breaking events. Next week, mark your calendars for OSCAR de la RENTA, YIGAL AZROUËL, THEORY, REBECCA TAYLOR and more before we get a much-needed Thanksgiving break.

Images from the Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale. Click each image for a larger view

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