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 BASTIAN, ERNEST ALEXANDER, BURKMAN 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.