Anna Sui, Haute Hippie, Neil Barrett, Paul Smith, Billy Reid, Jimmy Choo, Brioni, John Varvatos, Kooba, Cole Haan

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!

Haute Hippie, Pyrenex, Tibi, SEE by Chloé, Neil Barrett, Barrow & Grove Cashmere, Brooks Brothers, Michael Bastian, Spurr NY, 2(X)IST, Robert Graham, Paul Smith, Billy Reid, Gucci Home, nuLoom, Safavieh —join HERE
Lela Rose, TUMI, Cuisinart, OMEGA Watches, KidKraft Toys & Furniture, Sucre d'Orge, Trina Turk, Tommy Bahama, Aaron Basha Jewelry, Puma, Maui Jim, BOSCA Leathergoods, JBW Watches, Maclaren, Vera Bradley, Dyson, Cole Haan —join HERE
L.A.M.B., Franco Sarto, Forté Cashmere, Skinnygirl, Adidas Y-3, Ben Sherman, Dooney & Bourke, Tom Ford, French Connection, Samsonite, Stephen Oliver, John Varvatos, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Giraldi, Robert Graham, Chan Luu, MICHELE Watches, Swarovski, Kier & J, Level 99, Jessica Simpson —join HERE
Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Magaschoni, Soia & Kyo, Chocolat Blu, Anna Sui, Adrienne Vittadini, Kooba, Dolce Vita, Kenneth Cole, Brioni, Mateo Bijoux, Robert Graham, John Varvatos, Gilded Age, Valentino, ASH, Ecco, Ben Sherman —join HERE


Opening Ceremony's Sample Sale Will Move To Williamsburg This Friday

It was inevitable that, at some point, a major sample sale would head out of Manhattan into Brooklyn, and now we hear word that, after trying out various spaces in SoHo and Chelsea, OPENING CEREMONY will be holding its highly anticipated sample sale in Williamsburg this weekend at 50 N. 3rd Street. Expect the same lines and crowds, just in a far cooler location that may entail some more slightly extensive transit.

See our SALE ROLL at left for more details, and start saving up.


Opening Ceremony's Sample Sale Heads To Chelsea This Friday

We always tell our readers to stay tuned for late breaking sales and this is why. OPENING CEREMONY's huge Sample Sale/Clearance will happen on Friday, but regulars should adjust their direction because after years of happening in the store's native SoHo neighborhood, the sale is moving to 545 West 22nd Street near 11th Avenue in Chelsea. We don't know how big this space is, but we are guessing that it is large, perhaps big enough to mitigate the constant line of anxious customers outside. Novices should know that this sale causes a guaranteed wait outside at its opening, so shoppers should plan on leaving themselves lots of time to get in and hope for good weather. Heavy helpings of the store's popular house label (which is also wholesaled to other retailers) are to be expected along with a generous selection of Kenzo which is designed by the stores founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. Beyond that, there is plenty of clearance merchandise from previous seasons of other labels carried at the store's various locations. This sale is often where some of the best bargains are found, and patient shoppers will know that on Sunday, prices are traditionally deeply slashed again on whatever is left. Mark your calendars, and know that with Capsule Market Square offering its own bargains across the street at Center 548 on the same three days, the far western end of 22nd street is clearly the place to be shopping this weekend.

OPENING CEREMONY SAMPLE SALE December 5-7 at 545 West 22nd Street between 10th & 11th Avenues, Chelsea


Opening Ceremony's Tech Shop Has The Stuff You Didn't Know You Wanted

It's not unusual for a big retailer to open a trendy tech department full of the obvious headphones, smartphone covers and wireless speakers, but leave it to the folks at Opening Ceremony to fill their new tech shop with a small but carefully curated collection of the stuff you might not have known even existed, but you must have immediately. It's not a sprawling selection by any means, and, this being Opening Ceremony, you can be sure that the item's own aesthetics were a factor in its being chosen for the assortment, but then, that's why you shop there any way. It it's pure functionality you want, then you can go right to J&R... oh, wait, no you can't.
Well, you can go somewhere else.
Anyway, for those who need their tech to be pretty as well as functional, you will find sleek Leica cameras and lenses, Fujifilm portable printers, featherweight Bang & Olufsen headphones and brilliant little items like an auxiliary light to improve your iPhone photos, attachable smartphone lenses —even a humidifier. Opening Ceremony's Tech Shop is open online, so now that Father's Day is finished, go get something for yourself.


H&M's COS Pop-Up Returns To Opening Ceremony Next Month & Finds A Permanent Home In Beverly Hills

Though we have yet to hear a firmer date than "this Spring" for the opening of America's first COS store in SoHo, the pop-up shop that introduced H&M's more upscale label to the U.S. last Fall will return to Opening Ceremony on April 17th. Though it's really more of a pop-up "fixture", this season it will also include clothes for children, and will be duplicated at Opening Ceremony's Los Angeles store. The arrangement has been a good teaser for the brand, and the relationship with is expected to continue even after COS has opened its own stores here. Opening Ceremony's Carol Lim and Humberto Leon tell WWD, “We are looking forward to continuing our partnership this spring with another offering of COS products exclusively in North America and to creating another beautiful pop-up experience in April, this time within our Los Angeles store." And speaking of Los Angeles, Cos has announced that a 13,000-square-foot space at 357 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills will be the site of its second Stateside store opening "later this year". This particular street has become something of a enclave for contemporary brands like Alice + Olivia, Sandro, Maje and others, so COS should be right at home there.

Back here in New York, since "Spring" starts in about 10 days, the actual opening date of New York's COS store on Spring Street is still a bit of a mystery, and the brand still has no official U.S. website yet. The last time The Shophound passed by the site, there was no way to tell what progress had been made in constructing the store (the image above is from a COS store in Milan), but Opening Ceremony's assortments will be available in its stores and through its website as long as they last. 

H&M's COS Set to Cover the Coasts (WWD)


Ralph Lauren & Opening Ceremony Anchor A Huge Sample Sale Week
w/ Isaia, Thom Browne, Alice + Olivia
& More

Those blazers you see above come from the ISAIA sample sale which officially starts today (pronounce it 'eez-ah-ee-yah' if you want to sound like you know what you are talking about). It's one that fans of immaculately hand-tailored Italian men's clothing wait for, and for good reason. It's full of luxurious fabrics whipped up into classic, Neopolitan suits and sportcoats along with handmade dress and sport shirts in silky cottons, luxurious sweaters and sumptuous outerwear. If you look at the price list after the jump, you will see that even at a deep discount of around 70%off, everything is still pretty pricey, but if you are willing to make an investment in impeccable, elegant quality, it's not a sale to miss. If it's too rich for your blood, then don't worry, there are a ton of other sales to hit this week. A burgeoning women's contemporary powerhouse and a cult menswear favorite turned FLOTUS fave round out the week with America's biggest designer, Ralph Lauren, and New York's favorite fashion store, Opening Ceremony, anchoring the weekend. See some highlights below, and schedule accordingly.

The NANCY GONZALEZ sale is happening now through Wednesday the 11th featuring the designer's handbags and accessories in brilliantly colored crocodile and other exotic skins. It's not the place to look for a simple leather bag, and, again, the prices here reflect the luxurious materials, but a portion of the proceeds will go to the New York Cancer Center.

Celebrated jewelry designer STEPHEN DWECK will be offering deep discounts on his eclectic jewelry for two days starting today. With bold, 80's inspired jewels on the comeback trail, you can't do better than one of it's prime practitioners. Through Wednesday the 11th.

As a perennial denim favorite, DIESEL always draws a crowd to its Chelsea showroom for sample sales. The one starting today should be no different, though there will be an unusual, separate, early bird session starting at 7 AM. Through Thursday the 12th.

ALICE & OLIVIA is another crowd pleaser, so prepare for lines today at 260 Fifth Avenue regardless of any inclement weather predictions. Through Sunday the 15th.

Wednesday brings THEORY's final sample sale of the season (we think). This one's for for menswear. Find it at Chelsea Market through Sunday the 15th

The First Lady's new favorite THOM BROWNE is moving his seasonal sale from his West Chelsea showroom all the way across town to the Bowery starting on Thursday. Presumably, this will be to accommodate his expanded womenswear line, but you should still expect to see a lot of his trimly tailored menswear. Traditionally, the discounts are substantial, so, again, expect a line of natty gentlemen in flood pants. Through Friday the 13th.

Thursday also brings a sale from the young designers at the CFDA's FASHION INCUBATOR in the Garment District including Project Runway alum DANIEL VOSOVIC, high tech wonder ISAORA and the globe-trotting BURKMAN BROS to name a few. Through Saturday the 14th.

Finally, Friday brings the week's biggest events starting with RALPH LAUREN at Soiffer Haskin in Midtown with his more exclusive Collection, Purple Label and Black Label brands. offerings generally range from apparel and shoes to accessories. There probably won't be any surprises, but there is usually a ton of stuff,  and that's how his fans like it. Through Monday the 16th.

OPENING CEREMONY is reliably guaranteed to draw hordes of eager shoppers and will be setting up shop on Mercer street now that last season's location has been permanently annexed to the main store. Expect plenty of the popular private label collections along with clearance merchandise by other designers from previous seasons which can often include some bargain gems if you are lucky. Through Sunday the 15th.

Be sure to check the SALE ROLL at left for details as well as many more sales and late breaking events that we will add as soon as we hear of them.

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Opening Ceremony Launched COS Last Friday, But The Real News
Was A Brand New Men's Floor

In all the excitement over Opening Ceremony's exclusive U.S. preview of H&M's upscale brand COS, nobody seemed to notice that the ever-evolving retailer had added an entire new men's floor to the mazelike complex that serves as its flagship store on Howard Street. In an unusual, and particularly OC-ish move, the new floor is actually the street level of the building that houses the men's departments, most recently used for the store's sample and clearance sale, now remodeled and permanently open with its own entrance and a new passage through to the original store. Inside, the space is OCMensInsideset up with long racks on each side and a series of arched, cagelike fixtures (at left) in the center which are currently showcasing some of the store's brightest and loudest designers for men like Bernhard Wilhelm, Walter Van Beirendonck alongside mainstays like Raf Simons and Dries Van Noten, and the store's ever expanding private label collection. Of course, this being Opening Ceremony, it's still a workout to get around the whole store. The second and third levels are still only accessible by a bunch of stairs, but the configuration leaves the store in a configuration somewhat reminiscent of the old Barneys on 17th Street with separate, self contained men's and women's stores side by side.

An as for COS, seen in person, it lived up nicely to its advance hype. Presented in a single, four sided gazebo-like structure (pictured below), the capsule selections for men and women had a sleek, minimalist yet accessible vibe that reminded us how much we missed Uniqlo's +J collections from Jil Sander. The prices seemed quite reasonable for the quality we saw, falling in roughly the same range as J.Crew, and while we were there on Friday afternoon, shoppers were snapping it up. There still seems to be a reasonable selection online, but we don't expect it to last terribly long, so act fast if you are intrigued, or wait until next Spring, when the line arrives in its own store in SoHo.

Opening Ceremony Men's Store 33 Howard Street
COS at Opening Ceremony 35 Howard Street between Crosby Street & Broadway, SoHo
Launchpad: Opening Ceremony To Launch H&M's COS In-Store & Online Next Week



Opening Ceremony To Launch H&M's COS In-Store & Online Next Week

Once again showing how it is one of New York's most dynamic retailers, Opening Ceremony will be the first store in America to offer H&M's more upscale COS brand. Though the European chain is slated to debut its own flagship on Spring Street next Spring, next Friday October 11, a COS pop-up shop will introduce the label to New Yorkers in Opening Ceremony's Howard Street Store and its merchandise will also become available on the store's website.

"We see COS as a completely separate brand from H&M," cofounders of Opening Ceremony, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, tell WWD, "COS is a fashion-industry favorite for those who often travel to London and Paris and haven’t been able to get the collection in the U.S. until now. We’re excited to share our love of this brand with our New York customers for the first time.” They compare it to the way their store sold several collections from Topshop including designer collaboration lines, for a few years before that chain finally entered the U.S. market officially with its own flagship store in New York. Coincidentally (or maybe not) the COS Pop-up will open barely a week before Opening Ceremony debuts H&M award winning designer Minju Kim's collection in association with the Swedish fast fashion giant. Should we look for more collaborations between these two fast paced though very different companies? Nobody's saying anything, but Opening Ceremony's SoHo store will definitely be the place to keep an eye on this month.

COS to Open N.Y. Pop-up Shop at Opening Ceremony (WWD)
Opening Ceremony To Sell H&M's Design Awards Winner + COS Coming To SoHo + All Of Isabel Marant's Men's Looks


Opening Ceremony To Sell H&M's Design Awards Winner
COS Coming To SoHo
All Of Isabel Marant's Men's Looks

8013_PR_08_lowThere's a truckload of news coming out of H&M today.
First on deck is the unusual occasion of H&M selling its wares in another store, and the impressive surprise of that store being New York's epicenter of directional design, Opening Ceremony. The Swedish chain's 2013 Design Award winner, Minju Kim will debut her collection (pictured at right) at select H&M stores on October 17th as well as at Opening Ceremony's New York, Los Angeles and London stores. It's the first time that H&M has partnered with another retailer, and Opening Ceremony's participation suggests that this new designer will be someone to watch. Born in Korea and schooled at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, Minju's manga-inspired collection was selected by a jury of fashion experts, and in about three weeks, you'll get a chance to see it for yourself.

The next bit of news concerns H&M's more sophisticated and expensive brand COS —which stands for Collection Of Style. Heretofore unavailable in the United States the brand will make its stateside debut sometime next year at an as yet undisclosed location somewhere 129 Spring Street between Greene and Wooster Streets in SoHo. No word yet on how big or extensive the store will be, but it's website —which does not ship to the U.S.— shows collections for Women, Men and Children. Hopefully, more details will emerge soon.

And lastly, this week has seen excitement for the upcoming Isabel Marant pour H&M collaboration collection increase exponentially as images of the offerings mede their way onto the internet via a variety of blogs and websites. Today, GQ was the first to present a detailed imagery from the men's section of the capsule collection including prices. They are Marant's first men's designs, and probably the only ones you will see from her in a while. The good news is, they translate the designer's eclectic boho vibe quite well for men including great outerwear pieces, jeans that are embellished just enough, and some easy tees and sweatshirts. The bad news is they won't be cheap. The jeans are $99, the terrific brass buttoned peacoat is $299, and the suede ankle boots are $199. The prices are in line with last year's ill-fated Maison Martin Margiela project. While we hope Marant's collection does better with shoppers than that one did (and it looks like it probably will) H&M wasted no time in marking down excess Margiela merch within a few weeks of the launch. In the event that guys are not quite ready for Marant's chunky sweaters and skinny, decorated jeans, more adventurous shoppers with paitence may find some bargains.
Have a look at more of Minju Kim's collection and some of Isabel Marant's key men's items in the gallery below. 

Bombshell: H&M's COS Is Coming to NYC! Specifically, Soho! (Racked)
Every Isabel Marant x H&M Menswear Piece (With Prices) (The GQ Eye)

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A Look At Opening Ceremony BTW*
At The SuperPier

Last week, between runway shows, we stopped bythe  Opening Ceremony BTW*(*By The Water) Fashion Week pop-up over at Pier 57. It's really less of a pop-up store and more of a series of micro-boutiques stuffed inside shipping containers, but it should prove to be a pleasant diversion for anyone who has to kill a few minutes between shows at Milk Studios.

Though Youngwoo & Associates, the company tasked with revitalizing the massive Pier 57 has extensive plans to use repurposed shipping containers in it's reinvention scheme, the OCBTW installation shows that they may have some serious limitations for use as retail spaces. Specifically, they are tiny. There is just enough room inside each one to squeeze in Rihanna's River Island collection, the store's exclusive DKNY retro line, and a selection of OC's own collection in two side by side containers. The rest are devoted to a nail-art salon by Naomi Yasuda and Estée Lauder, a special "curated" newsstand and food from Asiadog, Spur Tree, Scharf & Zoyer and Dominique Ansel (though none of his infamous cronuts were visible when we were there).

How much this pop-up will resemble the permanent store that Opening Ceremony has agreed to open on the pier in a couple of years remains to be seen, but for now, it's an entertaining reminder to shoppers of both the dramatic fashion show the brand staged on the pier last night as well as a little taste of what's to come.

River Retailing: Opening Ceremony To Move Into SuperPier 57 As A Permanent AnchorOC-BTW1