As Summer kicks in officially this week, it has brought a barrage of Sample Sales along with it. Here are some highlights:
Yesterday kicked off some heavy hitters including the always highly anticipated J.CREW, CREWCUTS and MADEWELL sales divided between 260 Fifth Avenue and its satellite location on Wooster Street for menswear (pictured above) for a solid week through Sunday. Longtime shoppers will find the sales pretty much the same as always, featuring a smattering of stock pieces, but mostly composed of samples from various seasons. Sometimes that means that quality is not at regular production level, but it can also mean that items in exclusive materials or colors that are not available to regular customers. At the early morning preview yesterday, we found much of what we expected with a particularly good selection of shoes including random pairs form Nike, Sperry, New Balance and other brands.
Also on Monday, Soiffer Haskin debuted a 4-day CANALI sale featuring luxurious suits, furnishing and sportswear from the tony Italian label.
At Clothingline's Garment District location, another installment of the multiple Th and HL sample sale tour opened featuring samples for men and women along with slightly irregular pieces which should translate into great prices, but buyer beware of hidden flaws and damages.
contemporary favorite NANETTE LEPORE launches a 4-day sale in her Garment District showroom on Tuesday featuring Spring and Summer samples and stock.
Luxury ready-to-wear designer PRABAL GURING has, in typical New York fashion, let us know at the last minute that his sample sale will run from Tuesday to Thursday featuring current and past collections, but mostly small sizes, so be warned.
Contemporary women's designer JONATHAN SIMKHAI will be offering a hefty 70% off current and past collections, and as a coincidental bonus, both sales are on different floors of the same building, for your ease of shopping.
SHOWROOM SEVEN, which is responsible for introducing many an emerging designer, is starting its four-day sale in Western Chelsea on Tuesday featuring a multitude of apparel, accessory and shoe designers.
Most prominently, the mens custom tailor and haberdasher SEIZE sur VINGT is kicking off its extend 11-day sale on Tuesday through July 1. In its Greene Street boutique, look for samples, stock and exclusive items from theblabel's current and past collections.
In more of a fast-fashion vein, veteran sportswear chain FRENCH CONNECTION launches a 2-day sale on Wednesday featuring 80% off men's and women's summer collections for a wear-now treat at what can be presumed will be some pretty irresistible prices.
Designer SIMON MILLER is holding a rare 3-day sample sale in NoLita featuring his signature made-in-the-USA sportswear crafted from artisanal Japanese fabrics crated into apparel.
A few blocks away, luxurious but sporty handmade shoe label FEIT will be launching a four-day sale including both men's and women's footwear, and over on West Broadway, Canadian accessory brand m0851 will be offering up to 80% off bags and outerwear.
Also in SoHo, resurgent status label MCM will be slashing up to 80% off bags and accessories for women and men making for a conveniently localized quartet of sales.
That's just a small sampling of what's going on this week. Make sure to check the SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations and details as well as more sales and as many late-breaking events as we can keep up with.