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

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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.

 


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Steven Alan Moves Off-Site (UPDATED) + Alice & Olivia, Nautica, Luxury Watches and Lanvin?

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We are getting into the thick of things this week as the sales begin to pile up. Some major players return including one longtime favorite with a major twist. On top of all that, Splendid and Ella Moss have extended their sale into this week, and Michael Bastian has created an online flash-sale sequel if you missed him over the weekend. Here are some more highlights:

MONDAY JUNE 13
Another contemporary powerhouse hits 260 Fifth Avenue this week. ALICE and OLIVIA opened yesterday and runs through Saturday with Stacy Bendet's immensely popular collections (selections pictured below). Expect crowds throughout the week.

TUESDAY JUNE 14
Local boutique mini-mogul STEVEN ALAN's seasonal sample sales have been a major draw for years, generating blocks-long lines through TriBeCa even as Alan has experimented with online alternatives to reduce the crush. This season, he has finally allowed the experts at 260SampleSale to take over  the nuts and bolts of his sample sale (they even have ApplePay now) at their Greene Street location in SoHo. As always, the sale will include both the ever expanding house label -including those ever-popular shirts (pictured above)– as well as other labels that Alan carries in his stores. Look for the lines to start forming on Tuesday through Sunday.
(See update review below)
Also on Tuesday, mainstream label NAUTICA is joining with stars bag-makers KIPLING for a three-day sale at Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Shop through Thursday, but get a sitter because your little kids and strollers will be personae non-gratae at the sale.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 15
This one we had to think about for a minute before we even posted about it. LANVIN is holding a sample sale at C21-Edition at the flagship Century 21, which should cause great excitement, but it is really a relocation of the strictly enforced invitation only Friends and Family sale that have taken place seasonally over the years. While at department stores, "Friends and Family" usually means "anyone who walks through the door", for European luxury brands like Lanvin, it really means that you need to be expressly invited and on the list. However, C21-Edition is not exactly a private venue, and sometimes, as persistent crashers at Christian Louboutin sales can attest, the restrictiveness of door policies at such events can vary from mount to moment. If you are a Lanvin fan looking to get your hands on some of beloved designer Alber Elbaz's last collections for the label, then it my be worth a long shot to get in, but we can promise nothing, so take you chances if you are so inclined.
UPDATE NOTE: "The Grapevine" is telling us that the guest list will not be heavily enforced, so entry should be easy with or without an invitation.

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Real luxury watch sales are not so common on the sample sale schedule. It has been several seasons since Tourneau has unloaded outdated and discontinued models at off-site sales, but Two noted swift watchmakers have joined forced to clear out some back stock at the Metropolitan Pavilion for two days starting on Thursday. FREDERIQUE CONSTANT and ALPINA will be taking up to 75% off their swiss-made timepieces through Friday, so anyone looking to add to their watch wardrobes should make time to stop by.

As always, exact locations and hours can be found in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left along with late-breaking sales that we are always working to add as soon as we can. Next week, look for another Theory and Helmut Lang sale, Italian menswear from Canali, perennial faves Nanette Lepore and Seize sur Vingt as well as another multi-location blowout from Madewell and J.Crew to name just a few events.

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From the Alice + Olivia sale, L to R, Embellished Jacket $1,398 $299, Bohemian Paisley Maxi-Dress $495 $199, Embroidered Jacket $660 $279, Embroidered Dress $598 $269, Box Pleat Boat neck Dress $368 $159, Embroidered Skirt $798 $279

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UPDATE:

After the Friend's & Family preview, we can report that the move off site has been a successful move for STEVEN ALAN's Sample Sale. As expected, the folks at 260SampleSale have created a well-organized environment in their Greene Street location that is easy to shop. Will manic shoppers rip it all apart? Probably, but for now, the sale is well organized with tons of merchandise. There are price lists for the house label (see them after the jump) and all non-Steven Alan branded merchandise is a hefty 75% off the original price, which means you can pick up a pair of Vans for as low as $15. Shoes and accessories are located on the lower level (pictured above) and there were lots of them including covetable brands like Common Projects and exclusive versions of Wolverine's 1000 Mile Boot which never go on sale. On the street level, Men's has the majority of the racks and the house brand and 3rd party labels are carefully separated into separate sections for easier shopping. House brand merchandise is arranged by size while 3rd party march is by style —mostly. All in all it was much easier to shop than the previous Steven Alan sales in his own showroom. Hopefully it will stay that way. After the jump: Price Lists

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SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Michael Bastian & Rebecca Taylor Sell Their Samples, But It's Herschel Supply Co. That Will Bring The Crazy Lines

Our curated list of sample sales are always found in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left, but as the sale season heads toward its peak, it can be a lot to scroll through. Here are a few highlights you probably won't want to miss for the week:

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Today's big opening is from popular contemporary designer REBECCA TAYLOR who faithfully returns to 260 Fifth Avenue today through Saturday with her spring sale. As with all of the contemporary collections, expect an eager line of shoppers for the first few hours. Also opening today, California casual wear brands  SPLENDID and ELLA MOSS are taking up residence in the garment district for a rare three-day-sale on the east coast. The men's Splendid Mills label will also be included through Thursday.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 8
On Wednesday, TOCCA completes its sale requirements for the season. We have already seen its popular candles and fragrances hit the tables, and not it's time for the original dress collection to have its moment. The Flatiron/NoMad showroom will be open for two days through Thursday offering discounts just in time for spring parties and weddings. Also on Wednesday, well-priced Swedish denim and sportswear label CHEAP MONDAY will have its own one-day sale in SoHo with its entire product offerings priced from $5 to $20. Get there early.

THURSDAY JUNE 9
Shophound fave MICHAEL BASTIAN will once again be opening his West Chelsea showroom through the weekend starting on Thursday. His collection of classics always include some unexpected touches among the luxury, and, as he has launched a capsule women's collection this year, there might possibly be a few things scaled for the ladies in the mix. Look for a combo of slim fitting samples with some stock. The other big Thursday event will be the two-day sale from HERSCHEL SUPPLY Co. set for a storefront just south of Times Square. Herschel's already well-priced backpacks are ubiquitous, and while this sale took place quietly in a Lower East Side bar just a couple of years ago, last year it generated lines that wrapped around the block for the entire time. Not for the faint of heart, but if you are willing to put in the time for backpack bargains, then knock yourselves out.

SATURDAY JUNE 11
Soiffer-Haskin is in the middle of its usual impressive run of luxury sales, and on Saturday, the reliably opulent ESCADA will take up residence for a five day sale that will keep its fans appropriately attired.

As is expected this time of year, sales will appear at the last minute with little notice, so keep checking the sidebar for new additions. next week, brace yourselves for contemporary powerhouse Alice & Olivia plus the first off-site sale from local favorite Steven Alan.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

John Varvatos, Michael Bastian & Vintage from What Goes Around Comes Around Headline This Week's Sales

The Sample Sale scene  may be lightening up just a bit as the Holidays approach, but there are still plenty to keep bargain shoppers busy this week including the inevitable last minute entries that pop up for a day or two. The big events this week come courtesy of 260SampleSale  which is fully booked through the weekend.

At the home base at 260 Fifth Avenue, the denim and contemporary triple header of EQUIPMENTJOIE & CURRENT/ELLIOTT starts today through Saturday the 19th making its now familiar seasonal appearance promising tons of jeans and casual wear just in time for the Holiday season.

Down at 151 Wooster Street, JOHN VARVATOS has shifted venues for his seasonal sale. This time around the initial discount promised is a whopping 80% off which is tough to beat but also suggests that there should be an abundance of goods to last through a 6-day sale. No word on whether the the John Varvatos ★ USA diffusion label will be included, but the main collection should be well represented.

A few more blocks downtown at 43 Wooster Street, Vintage specialists WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND are also staging their big clearance through Sunday. Flyers are promising pre-owned merchandise from a glittery list of coveted labels like Chanel, Vuitton, Dior, Hermès, but the best bargains might be found among the slightly less illustrious labels as well as the retailer's own private label vintage-inspired clothing line. Look for a big assortment of vintage leathers and furs as well.

Among the smaller independent designer sales, JONATHAN SIMKHAI will be offering his women's designer collection starting tomorrow through Friday the 18th in the garment district, and VERONICA BEARD will be doing the same in the Flatiron District on Thursday and Friday. The Beard sisters-in-law are promising umm to 70% off collections from 2015 and previous seasons.

Finally, on Friday, menswear favorite MICHAEL BASTIAN will be opening his showroom for the weekend featuring his signature luxury clothing and sportswear. Typically, that includes samples and overstock form the most recent season plus odds and ends from previous collections as well as collaboration items like shoes and accessories created for cookbooks and runway shows. Follow the smartly dressed gentlemen to the western end of Chelsea.

See out SALE ROLL at left for hours, locations and other details as well as the late-breaking sales that are expected to appear this week.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Major Menswear Shopping Week With Michael Bastian, Burkman Bros, Kiton, Boglioli & More
UPDATED

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We aren't sure if they plan it this way, but every Sample Sale season there is one week that is a menswear bonanza, and it is happening right now.
First out of the gate is the coveted Neapolitan tailored clothing label KITON, which given its high luxury status appropriately started its seasonal clearance yesterday at Soiffer Haskin. Men looking for some of the finest ready-to-wear suits you can buy should be flocking there as you read this, but the sale is also promising luxurious sportswear, shoes and accessories as well as a selection of equally finely made Women's clothing through Thursday.
Yesterday also launched the weeklong sale from another widely loved Italian luxury label, BRUNELLO CUCINELLI, which is promising an expanded selection on it's sumptuous sportswear and cashmeres along with shoes and accessories for men and women through Friday.

The big women's sale of the week is ALICE + OLIVIA, taking up its usual residence at 260 Fifth Avenue through Saturday. Expect lines of eager shoppers ready to snap up designer Stacey Bendet's colorful contemporary clothing, shoes and accessory collections, so, as always plan shop with purpose.

Today, Tuesday is really the big day for men starting with a quadruple header combined sale from MICHAEL BASTIANERNEST ALEXANDERBURKMAN BROS., and CRAFT ATLANTIC (pictured above). Any of these brands could easily hold a respectable event on its own —as they have in the past— but combined, they make an unmissable event set for SoHo running through Thursday. Each label fills a different niche with Ernest Alexander's classic accessories and shirting, Michael Bastian's luxurious take on American style, newcomer Craft Atlantic's Italian-made, travel inspired casual wear and Burkman Bros' outward bound sportswear all under one roof. Notices are promising up to 80% off retail prices with items starting at just $5.
UPDATE: There's tons of great stuff at this sale, and this morning's visit revealed a beautiful selection of DOM VETRO's handmade Italian sunglasses and frames. See a few price lists and some more views in the gallery below.

Just around the corner, for maximum convenience, one more Italian luxury sportswear label BOGLIOLI, will be holding its first New York sample sale at 260SampleSale's newest location on Prince Street from Tuesday through the weekend. A mainstay at stores like Barneys, look for Milanese sprezzatura at a healthy discount. Known for its menswear, the label is also promising women's items as well.
UPDATE: As with many Italian designers, this sample sale is mostly samples in samples sizes with a few pieces of stock in an expanded size range. Regardless, there are a ton of the label's signature unconstructed sport jackets  in myriad materials for any season, so it's worth a visit for any fan of Italian men's sportswear. See a few looks inside in the gallery below.

Golfing guys will be marking their calendars on Tuesday for the GREG NORMAN & DUNNING GOLF sale for two days through Wednesday in Midtown at the Strand Hotel. Look for golfing duds for both men and women including samples and overstock.

Another first ever sample sale comes form Canadian cult brand VIBERG, which is offering its bench made men's boots and shoes including overstock, seconds and unique samples four a four-day sale on the Lower East Side staring on Friday. Prepare for a hipster bottleneck, because you can never have too many sturdy boots.

It's not only about the guys, though. Dueling contemporary dressmakers SHOSHANNA and TOCCA will both be holding sales starting on Wednesday in the Garment District and Chelsea respectively offering 75% to 85% off retail prices. GERARD YOSCA's jewelry will also be offered for two days starting on Wednesday, and if you can wait until Saturday, ESCADA's seasonal sale returns to Soiffer Haskin.

Next week, make time for another Theory sale, La Perla, Alexis Bittar, Nicholas K and more, and check our SALE ROLL at left for all sale locations details as well as the late-breaking additions that are always to be expected.

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Have a look inside the Michael Bastian/Burkman Bros/Ernest Alexander/Craft Atlantic Sale & the Boglioli Sale including select price lists

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Michael Bastian Is Done With Gant,
But His Uniqlo Line Is Back
—Now With Shorts & Tees

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fans were disappointed when they learned that last Fall would be the final season for his collaboration with Gant, leaving them only with his main collection which is beautiful, but, even by the designer's own admission, often staggeringly expensive. They may have forgotten for a moment about the designer's other much more affordable team up, his Spring polo shirt collaboration with Uniqlo. Well, it's Spring now, and yesterday, Bastian tweeted an announcement that a new batch polo shirts are back at Uniqlo, and they come with some welcome surprises. Now that the Gant line is over, the (apparently) annual collaboration with Uniqlo has broadened a bit. Last year they added kids polos, and now the assortments include men's t-shirts and tank tops is Bastian's signature stripes. Still not enough? Shoppers who like a total look will also discover two new styles of shorts, a rugged bush short in four solid colors and a cargo in a camo print that upon closer inspection reveals itself to represent a a cunningly designed cloud and bird pattern. We haven't yet gotten a chance to confirm that the collection is in stores yet (it wasn't as of Sunday), but it's on Uniqlo's e-commerce site right now.
While it doesn't quite replace the already missed Gant collection, we are all for any opportunity to get an affordable piece of Bastian style, and this year the prices run from $19.90 for kids polos to $29.90 for the shorts. Get 'em while you can. The best pieces always have a way of selling out fast, and let's hope there's more to come from this team-up —maybe a Fall edition? Just asking.

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LAST MINUTE SALE NOTES:

Make Room On Your Sale Calendar For Alexander Wang & Michael Bastian

MBastianFW13There are two late breaking sales you may want to make some time for in the next few days; one big and one small.
Let's start small.
Not to diminish designer MICHAEL BASTIAN's importance (he is after all a Shophound favorite), but his own signature collection is indeed a small, independent operation, and as such, his West Chelsea showroom at 210 11th Avenue will be open on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday offering samples and perhaps some overstock from his Fall 2014 collection and previous seasons. The discount can be counted on to be significant, but as Bastian's retail prices can be on the high side, think of your purchases as an investment in timeless style.

Now for the big.
AWANGss14After a day or two of rumors, ALEXANDER WANG is officially holding his first sample sale in a couple of seasons starting on Tuesday the 9th through Saturday the 13th at 151 Wooster Street in SoHo. Women's and Men's clothing and accessories from Fall 2013 through Spring 2014 are expected to be included as well as shoes. Will there be VIP shopping on the 8th? Who can say, but for those unfamiliar with Wang's sample sales, they often have customers waiting outside hours ahead of time to get the first crack at the merchandise.
Expect a madhouse, but if you are a Wang fan, you already knew that.

Hours, addresses and other details can be found in our SALE ROLL at left. Plan carefully.


TECH TIME:

The Michael Bastian x Hewlett Packard Smartwatch Launches Today

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You may be waiting for the AppleWatch to become available in the coming months, but for those with less patience and less affection for futuristically styled timepieces, the smartwatch designed by Michael Bastian for Hewlett-Packard is available now on Gilt.com. Created with the objective of marrying smart technology with elegant style, it is a rugged alternative to the space-age styling that many tech-savvy yet fashionable folks may not care to sport on their wrists every day. The Chronowing, as it is called, after Bastian's wing insignia, may not have the capacity for third party apps that the AppleWatch is promising, but it will sync with iOS and Android, bringing email, texts and other data to your easily accessible wrist. It will also hold its charge for up to a week, which seems to be way longer than Apple is promising, and comes in two stylish versions including the basic stainless steel with three interchangeable straps for $349 and a limited edition all-black version with an alligator strap made in a limited run of 300 with an authenticity card hand signed by the designer himself for $649. Both are available exclusively through Gilt.com. Have a look at the gallery below for more images.

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Previously:
Tech Race: Will Michael Bastian's Smartwatch Beat Apple's To Market?

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SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Super Sale Tuesday with
Michael Bastian, James Perse, Tibi
Maison Kitsuné, Hudson Jeans & More

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The Shophound thought that the sample sale scene looked a little quiet this week, perhaps owing to the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, but then, yesterday, a whole ton of sales were announced at the last minute, so there's still plenty of shopping action to keep you spending happily (Aren't you broke yet? No? OK, carry on).
By now, the PIAZZA SEMPIONE sale on West 57th Street will have been packing them in for a couple of days, but there should still be enough sophisticated Italian sportswear to keep them going until tomorrw, its last day. More highlights for this week include...

Since he took full control of this label a couple of years ago, MICHAEL BASTIAN has not held a sample sale of his own that we know of, until today. For the next couple of days, Bastian's West Chelsea showroom will be offering merchandise from current and previous seasons. We have no precedents for this one, so what will be offered and at what discount are something of a mystery. Plenty of the city's most stylish men have been waiting a looong time for this one, but they will be familiar with the location since it's in the same building Thom Browne calls home and where we used to find Simon Spurr. Expect a crowd. Bastian's signature label is substantially more expensive than his Gant collection, so prepare to spend. Ends on Wednesday the 21st.

Ladies with a taste for bold, graphic dresses and sportswear will be headed to SoHo today for designer Amy Smilovic's TIBI sale at 57 Greene Street. The event promises runway samples and one-of-a-kind prototypes along with regular stock and accessories from current and past seasons. Through Thursday May 22.

Also today, JAMES PERSE will offer an excellent opportunity to stock up on his famous tees and casual wear for men and women for the Summer at 260 Fifth Avenue with reductions starting at 50% to 75% off. We got a preview yesterday, and fans of Perse's lounge-y L.A. style should be pleased. There was a ton of merchandise including racks and racks of his famous tees, this time arranged by style and color rather than size (as pictured above). The majority of the merchandise was for women, but there was still plenty there for men. See preview photos above and below including price lists.

If that's not enough to choose from, HUDSON JEANS will also be offering discounts of up to 70% off on women's and men's denim just a few steps away at 225 Fifth Avenue. Ends Sunday the 25th.

Another last minute addition, WANT AGENCY will be offering savings on its popular brands through Friday on the Bowery including WANT LES ESSENTIALS de la VIE bags and accessories, NUDIE JEANS, MAISON KITSUNÉ, SWIMS and ARC'TERYX VEILANCE. Be warned that apparel offerings are usually sample sized only at this sale, but if you can fit them, there's always great pieces to be had.

And that's just what's opening on Tuesday.
Wait until Wednesday the 21st for luxury designer womenswear on the demure and elegant side from LELA ROSE and with a glittery, red carpet point of view from NAEEM KHAN, who will also be offering jewelry from RANJANA KHAN as well as some MANOLO BLAHNIK runway shoes in model's sizes (the one category where they are typically larger than average).

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL at left for details and updated information and what is sure to be another ton of last minute additions to the schedule.
Next week, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG and OPENING CEREMONY should keep everyone busy for a bit.


COLLABORATION ANTICIPATION:

UNIQLO X Michael Bastian Polo Shirts Are Back Now —For Kids, Too!

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Our favorite designer collaboration of last year (and, ever, really) just made an surprise return appearance today as 38 styles of Uniqlo X Michael Bastian polo shirts just hit the chain's website this afternoon. His collection for Gant may be ending this fall, but his relationship with Uniqlo is apparently continuing which couldn't delight The Shophound more. Some styles are repeats from last Spring, and others are brand new, and if that isn't enough for you there is a whole new batch scheduled to arrive on April 14. The price is a little bit higher, $22.90 vs. last year's $19.90, but that's still a pittance compared to the price of similar pieces in his own label, or even the Gant line —and it looks like they are selling fast online. We haven't even gotten a chance to get into the stores to see them, but as always, the best styles won't stick around for long.
And here's just one more twist: This season's collection introduces 11 styles for kids, so you can share some of that classic style with the young'uns this year.

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