Is there another big Band of Outsiders sample sale in the future?
A liquidation sale at the much admired but now defunct label's short lived SoHo store was expected to be its last gasp, but WWD reports that the company's creditor, Belgian fashion fund CLCC SA will be holding a public auction of intellectual property and leftover inventory on July 29th at its offices. That means that the brand could be revived in some way, but probably not involving its founder and designer Scott Sternberg. Reportedly, there are more than 5,000 units of inventory included in the auction, and while they are expected to be auctioned off as a single lot, they are eventually likely to make their way to market in one way or another either in a big sale or trickling through off-price channels which could include retailers like Century 21 or flash sale sites like Gilt or My Habit. In fact, it it not yet know if the what's left of the company will be sold as a single asset including the inventory and the IP or as separate lots. In the best of worlds, someone well financed might relaunch the line and lure Sternberg back to run it, but it is more likely that it may re-appear as a label in a less expensive segment of the market, proving once again that old brands never really die, they just get repurposed somewhere else.