Alice and Olivia Heads Downtown + Illesteva, Freeman's Sporting Club & More

The run-up to Fashion Week is a little bit light on Sample Sales, but there are still a few opportunities to grab something shiny and new to show off at the tents —no, Post Office/Future Train Station and Raw Industrial Spaces. Yeah, they really need to figure out a proper venue for this business.
Anyway, here are three sales of note this week:

ALICE and OLIVIA has been going strong with a extra sale down at a new —possibly additional?— action at Century 21's C21 Edition in the financial district. This sale is dedicated to designer Stacey Bendet's distinctive gowns and eveningwear and runs through Friday the 5th.

Stylish sunglass resource ILLESTEVA is offering savings on their bold eyewear starting on Thursday the 4th through Saturday. While the dead of winter is not really sunglass season, it's never a bad idea to stock up on good frames at a great price for summers to come or maybe a winter getaway somewhere warm.

Cult menswear store FREEMANS SPORTING CLUB is celebrating Super Bowl weekend in its own special way with its clearance sale promising 70% off a full range of its offerings from its signature tailored suits and coats to denim, casual sportswear, accessories and more. The sale starts on Thursday and plan on digging through bins of deeply discounted merchandise with plenty of FSC's devoted fans.

See all the details in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left including late breaking sales. Next week, look for luxe sportswear from PORTS 1961, precious baubles for PAUL MORELLI and more.


Three Late Sample Sale Additions from Billy Reid, Cadet & Samantha Pleet

As per usual there are always some late breaking sales, and since there is no blizzard expected for this weekend and the heaps of leftover snow have been melting away in a timely manner, you might want to check them out these latecomers to the schedule:

BILLY REID has been quietly running his seasonal basement sale this week at his Bond Steet flagship store near the Bowery (pictured above). You only have until Saturday night at 8, but it will be worth rushing over to get 75% off the Fall 2015 collections for men and women including hundreds of items brought in just for the sale.

Popular indie designer SAMANTHA PLEET will be offering 80% off the Fall collection for this weekend only. Head to Williamsburg on Saturday and Sunday for the savings.

Finally, burgeoning menswear brand CADET has been devoting its 8th Avenue shop to clearing out of previous season's goods at 80% off through the weekend. Head over there through Sunday to stock up on the hot label's military-inspired sportswear and accessories.

See our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for times, locations and other details.


Theory's First Sample Sale This Season Plus Ernest Alexander, United Nude & More

So it's not exactly the best week to go out Sample Sale shopping what with the sidewalks piled waist high with heaps of snow and the propensity for more, darker, dirtier slush growing as the week continues, but there are some signs of life during this quiet stretch of the season.

Because of the blizzard, DENNIS BASSO had to cancel the weekend days of his sale at Soiffer-Haskin, but don't worry of you think you missed the boat. The sale is now extended through Friday, so there's still time to go nab that discounted sable coat.

While your shoe thoughts may be running to sturdy, knee-high waterproof storm boots right about now, you may want to shift gears for UNITED NUDE's seasonal sale which started yesterday at its NoHo flagship store and features both high-tech casual sneakers for men and women as well as more innovative high heels at an enticing 70% off. Shop through Saturday the 30th.

Starting today, Upstart fur outerwear and accessory label JOCELYN will be taking 70% off its collections in the Garment District. Look for bold, colorful and fairly well-priced coats, jackets and vests that have garnered a following amongst Instagram style stars. Shop through Thursday the 28th.

Tomorrow, THEORY will kick off its seasonal round of multiple samples sales at Chelsea Market. Known for running a series of sales (another one is already set for next month) this one is designated women's only and promises up to 70% Off through Saturday the 30th.

On Thursday, up and coming menswear designer ERNEST ALEXANDER is offering up to 80% off his men's bags, accessories and sportswear (pictured above) for two days only in his NoMad showroom. Look for one-off samples and prototypes along with regular stock.

Finally, gentlemen looking for savings on the most elegant hand-tailored clothing can be relied upon to converge upon Soiffer-Haskin for the seasonal KITON sale starting on Sunday the 31st. Look for the celebrated Neapolitan label's complete offerings to be available including suits, luxury sportswear, dress shirts and furnishings and shoes through Wednesday the 3rd of February.

See our SALE ROLL sidebar for locations and details as well as late breaking sales and schedule changes. Next week, keep an eye out for a women's PORTS 1961 sale and an ALICE and OLIVIA blowout in a new location. Shop well!


Dennis Basso, Mikimoto & Seize sur Vingt Make For A Luxurious Sale Week

Dennisbassosale2016The Sample Sale scene is on a slow simmer for the time being, but it isn't totally dormant. While it won't kick back into high gear for several weeks, there are a few choice events perfect for the season set for this week.

Starting tomorrow, MIKIMOTO will open its Fifth Avenue showroom for a three-day sale on its renowned jewelry which typically features luminous cultured pearls. It's an excellent opportunity to get a jump on extravagant Valentine's Day gifts.

Luxury handbag brand KHIRMA will also be launching a sale on Wednesday through Saturday in the West Village featuring its signature sleek clutches and other exotic skin bags. Save up to 70% off retail prices with no bag priced under $500.

Local favorite expertise in all things sartorial SEIZE sur VINGT will kick off its seasonal sale of Friday featuring its men's ready-to-wear Suitings, shirtings, sportswear, shoes and accessories. The deep discounts top out at a whopping 80% off. This year, a 2-day online preview will precede the sale starting today at noon for anyone unable to make it to the brand's Greene Street flagship store. Those who prefer to shop in person will have to wait for friday, but there should be l=plenty of shopping time as it runs through the end of the month.

Finally, on Saturday, fur fans will flock to Soiffer-Haskin for DENNIS BASSO's seasonal sample sale. The main attraction is, of course, the fur coats and jackets (pictured), but there will also be shearlings on hand as well as the designer's opulent ready-to-wear apparel and accessories along with scarves, pillows and other home accessories. Runs through next Wednesday. Be warned that security will be extra tight at this venue which is already the most strict in town. Leave the kids at home and expect to check all coats and bags going in . Photo IDs will be required for this one as well.

Most of the other regular sale venues are quiet for the week, but look for 260SampleSale's three locations at 260 Fifth Avenue and 43 and 151 Wooster Street to be open with a mix of merchandise culled form sales over the past few months.
Yeah, it's leftovers, but in the past, they have been priced to move, and there is always the opportunity to find that little gem that everyone else has passed over.

See our SALE ROLL sidebar for details and locations plus any late breaking sale events. Next week, casual furs from Joc and the popular KS clearance sale are set to take place.


Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, UGG, Timo Weiland, Diesel, TOD's, Furla, Ben Minkoff, & more

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!

Versace, VIX Swimwear, Honeydew Intimates, Shoshanna, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Garrett Leight, English Laundry, Dolce & Gabbana, Vince Camuto, Ben Minkoff, GBX, Mr. Turk, Jean Shop, Ron Tomson —join HERE
Michael Kors, TOD's, Seychelles, CORUM Watches, Ponte Vecchio Jewelry, Feizy Rigs, Alex and Ani, Penhaligon's, Furla, LillamP, ThomasDean, Lagos, Lafayette 148, Sue Wong, ZERO Halliburton, Mountain Hardwear, Me Too, Oris Watches —join HERE
UGG Australia, Siwy Denim, American Apparel, Diesel, EVER, Civilianaire, TUMI, Kenneth Cole, Vince Camuto, Tart, Corso Como/Ciao Bella, Versace Jeans, Lloyd Germany, Penguin/Random House —join HERE
Fendi, Timo Weiland, Yigal Azrouël, Burberry, MICHAEL Michael Kors, ASH, Saint Laurent, Cullen, Ted Baker, Oroboros, AVI-8 Watches, Brioni, Frame Denim, Halston Heritage, Alicia Adams Alpaca, Schutz, Scott Barber, Stone Rose, Miu Miu, Ruthie Davis, Grayers, John Varvatos —join HERE


Rag & Bone Arrives + A Surprise Jean Paul Gaultier Finale

As if by request, shortly after we mentioned that the RAG & BONE sample sale had been MIA so far this season, it was announced to be beginning today at its usual Chelsea Market location. In fact this is around the same time it happened last year —even a bit earlier than last year. The Shophound stopped by yesterday afternoon for the preview day (which experienced R&B sale shoppers know is only loosely restricted) and found everything pretty much as expected, which is generally what is to be loved or not about the brand in general (pictured above). The long denim table was exactly where it always is. Mostly everything we saw fell into the black, brown, olive green or gray color category. There are plenty of great vintage or military inspired shirts (pictured below), knits and coats, with a particular abundance of men's pea-coats and a bit more of the kind of sports performance inspired separates in keeping with current trends. As of yesterday afternoon, the sale was still in the late stages of set-up mode, so there may have been more merchandise to bring out. Without going into granular detail, prices seemed to be around 60% to 75% off retail depending on the item's original retail price, so Rag & Bone on sale costs perhaps just slightly more than J.Crew at full price. Fans of the brand should make haste to get themselves down to Chelsea. The first day is generally a madhouse.
While KIKI de MONTPARNASSE will continue its warehouse sale through the weekend, the only other sale of note we discovered this week is  what is being billed as a JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Farewell To Ready-To-Wear sale which is beginning tomorrow at Century 21's Upper West Side location in Lincoln Square through Sunday the 17th. This is a new venue for Century 21's recent foray into sample sales, and it promises vintage and collectors' pieces from the celebrated French designer who recently ended his prêt-à-porter line in favor of concentrating on his Haute Couture and fragrance businesses. We are not quite sure what to expect from this sale, but it sounds like an intriguing option especially with few other sale events  happening.

Be sure to check our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details, locations and any late breaking sales.
Next week, SEIZE sur VINGT's popular sportswear and haberdashery sale begins with an online preview starting on Tuesday.


Desigual, Kiki de Montparnasse, Marissa Webb & Not Much Else for The Sample Sale Shopper

Well, Sample Sale Shoppers, your wallet is getting another break this week as the Sample Sale schedule has slowed to a crawl. January is typically a welcome respite from the crush of the previous months, but, as our friends at Racked have pointed out, several big name sales including Alexander Wang, Opening Ceremony and Rag & Bone have either decided to forgo sample sales this season or are holding out for later in the winter. Still, there are a few bright spots. Our friends at 260SampleSale have promised a few surprises coming up —they have hosted Wang sales in the past— and there are a few events worth noting this week.

Popular Spanish sportswear chain DESIGUAL is returning to Clothingline in the Garment District starting today promising its signature rowdy prints for Men, Women & Children through Thursday the 7th.

 MARISSA WEBB will be offering her Resort and Spring 2015 collections for two days starting on Friday the 8th in her showroom just off University Place. Look for deep discounts and the chance to get a jump on filling out your spring wardrobe.

Finally, luxe lingerie and erotica label KIKI de MONTPARNASSE will be staging a big warehouse and archive sale starting this Sunday the 10th running clear through next week at 260SampleSale's Wooster Street location. Look for previous season's merchandise as well as special samples and Vintage items as well as brand experts who will be on hand for private consultation.


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.


Strong Sale Shopping With Diesel, Tory Burch, Isaia, Ovadia & Sons, Ralph Lauren & More

With the Holiday Season chugging along, this is a solid week for sample sales with big names over the door.
So here we go. . .

Yesterday's shoppers got a surprise early opening from TORY BURCH's weeklong sale at Clothingline originally scheduled to kick off today. Generally, that suggests that they have an abundance of stock to move, which is always a good sign. All sizes and all categories including clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories are promised through Sunday.

Another surprising late entry is DIESEL at C21-Edition running through Sunday in the Financial District. Didn't we just have a pretty sizable Diesel Sample Sale a few weeks ago? Yes we did, but in case you missed that, there's another. Discounts of 75% are promised. Men's, Women's and Children's collections are promised including denim, shoes and accessories, but we don't know if the luxe Diesel Black Gold line will be included or exactly how much the assortments will differ from what was at the last sale. The savings look good,  however, so you can't go too far wrong if you are a Diesel fan.

Stylish gentlemen have been saving up all season for the ISAIA sample sale that launches today at 43 Wooster Street in SoHo through Saturday. It has now become a regular stop for people looking for sophisticated Neapolitan hand-tailored clothing. While there is usually a selection of casual sportswear pieces, shoes and accessories, the suits are where the action is. They tend to start out extremely expensive, so even with a deep discount, they remain pretty pricey, but they are a worthy investment if you have a penchant for finely tailored off-the-peg clothing.

That line down the sidewalk you may be seeing today on Fifth Avenue in NoMad is for the Contemporary crowd-pleaser ALICE AND OLIVIA at 260 Fifth through Monday. There will likely be some competition to take home the best party dresses for the Holiday season that are designer Stacey Bendet's stock in trade, so prepare for a motivated crowd. Shoes and accessories are promised as well for a full range of assortments.

Burgeoning mens' label OVADIA & SONS will once again open its SoHo showroom on Wednesday and Thursday for its seasonal sale. Look for mostly samples (with a smattering of stock pieces) from the brand that has evolved from traditionally inspired classic tailoring to a more directional and sporty aesthetic over time. As always, a selection of vintage and antique items will also be included along with shoes and accessories. Definitely a sale where early birds are rewarded.

Finally, RALPH LAUREN will return to Soiffer Haskin from Friday through Monday with his top luxury labels including Purple Label Collection and Black Label for men and women. RRL denim and sportswear is also often included, but not officially announced this season. Usually the offerings are pitched towards the more basic, classic side of the collections, but Lauren's luxury basics are generally worth investing in. Shoes and accessories are also expected to be offered.

See the SALE ROLL sidebar for locations and other details, and keep an eye on it for the inevitable late breaking sale additions. Next week, make time for JOHN VARVATOS, JOIE and more.


Back In The Sale Swing With J.CREW & Madewell's Triple Header, Orley, Nanette Lepore, Hugo Boss & More

Thanksgiving week gave the Sample Sale schedule a welcome breather, and though we may not hit the saturation levels of a few weeks ago, we are returning to a fuller lineup to kick of the Holiday Season staring today with a seasonal favorite, J.CREW (pictured above).

This sale continues to pack them in, bur as we have noted in the past it is a real hit-or-miss proposition. Generally, it is a strict sample sale, meaning full of actual samples, but some stock merchandise seems to dribble in to fill out the assortments and size ranges. It is the sort of sale where you can discover a great item, possibly a sample of something in an alternate color or a version that never got produced, but merchandise has often been around the block a few times and may not be in the best condition, so it is important to inspect your purchases carefully. As in the past, the sales are now divided into separate 260 Sample Sale locations with Women's J.Crew and Crewcuts at the home base at 260 Fifth Avenue, Men's at 43 Wooster Street, and MADEWELL at 151 Wooster Street in SoHo. The Shophound stopped by the Men's preview yesterday and found the offerings to be particularly sample-size heavy, meaning that there is tons of stuff in the medium-size range and less in the others. of course, there are no guarantees for any sample sale, but the other caveat is that there is often an abundance of sale merchandise in J.Crew stores which, especially considering the promotional tie of year, is often priced around the same if not sometimes better than the sample sale goods. Still, the sale generates long lines when it opens, and, truth be told, The Shophound always finds something worth our while every season (check the men's shoe racks pictured below). You'll find it at the three locations listed through Sunday with the strong likelihood of  price reductions as the week progresses.

Tomorrow, NANETTE LEPORE fans will be heading once again to her garment district showroom for her 3-day Holiday season sample sale featuring the recent Fall 2015 collection. Lepore is one of those designers who seem to have several sample sales a year, but her customers still swarm to them for great prices on a contemporary favorite.

On Friday, the up-and-coming knitwear mavens of the ORLEY family will be holding a sample sale through the weekend featuring their acclaimed men's line as well as the recently launched women's line.  Not unlike a nascent, American counterpart to Missoni, the group of siblings and in-laws have become insider faves who are breaking out at important retailers like Bergdorf's and Opening Ceremony. Their unique touch with complex knitwear has evolved into full sportswear collections that made them CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists, and you stand a good chance of meeting at least one charming Orley in person at the sale. It's a great sale for fashion you won't find everywhere —yet.

Also on Thursday, the Launch Collective showroom will be offering sample from several emerging designers including another CFDA favorite, TANYA TAYLOR, supermodel Liya Kedebe's made in Ethiopia label LEMLEM and luxe shoe designer SARAH FLINT. Also included will be KEMPNER, from descendants of the legendary socialite Nan Kemper, socially conscious bags and accessories for STATE, and more. Shop through Monday the 5th.

HUGO BOSS is another big brand that does a couple of sales every season. The earlier one at the Starrett-Lehigh Building showroom is for the actual samples. The one starting Saturday at Soiffer-Haskin for five days is expected to include overstock from all the collections meaning a fuller size range of merchandise cut for actual guys not models. A selection of the Jason Wu-designed women's line is also promised.

Be sure to check our SALE ROLL sidebar for hours and locations as well as the inevitable late-breaking sales. Next week, look for the returns of TORY BURCH, ALICE AND OLIVIA, ISAIA and more.