J.Crew & Steven Alan Kick Off The Post-Thanksgiving Week With Theory, Billy Reid, Hugo Boss & More

Enough with Black Friday, Cyber Mondayand the heaps of holiday promotion at chain and department stores that we will all have to digest during a slightly longer than normal season. Bargain minded New Yorkers will be looking forward to their favorite sample sales before they start entering promo codes on their tablets and smartphones. Two perennial favorites kicked off on Monday in somewhat altered forms.

The J.CREW sale has regularly pulled huge crowds and sparked long lines, often taking over three of 260SampleSale's venues at once to include the main men's and women's labels as well as Crewcuts and MADEWELL. This year, the sale has undergone the kind of adjustment that such long-running sales often experience by going on a crash diet. Pared down to a single location at 260 Fifth Avenue, the once sprawling sale(s) has  assortments reduced dramatically, with men's products eliminated entirely except for a selection of shoes (pictured above). Why the slim-down, especially at its potentially most lucrative Holiday season sale? Who knows? There could be any number of reasons why, and it's worth remembering that nobody is actually obligated to hold sample sale at all, so they can do with them what they will. Shop what's left of the J.Crew sale through Sunday.

Having said all that, the STEVEN ALAN sale has returned to SoHo on Monday as well. Once the cause of frenzied lines across blocks of Tribeca, this sale has been under some transformations of its own, flirting with all-online versions and variations of public vs. private formats. The designer/storekeeper's choice to work with 260SampleSale appears to be working out nicely in terms of simple organizational efficiency as it has settled in nicely at 151 Greene Street through the weekend featuring its familiar mix of private label and third party designers with a sufficient cool factor. All SA-labeled goods are well-priced by category with everything less than $95 including his famous sorts (pictured below). Third party designers are a flat 75% off original prices which offers some great bargains as well. See the full price lists after the jump.

Some other old favorites are also returning this week including NANETTE LEPORE, whose showroom sales seem to pop ever more frequently. This one starts on Tuesday and runs through Friday featuring merchandise from the recent Fall and Pre-Fall collections along with archival samples and other special items.

The latest in a series of THEORY sales hits its usual Chelsea Market location on Wednesday. This one is dedicated to menswear and promises enough stock to carry it through the weekend.

BILLY REID fans should also mark their calendars for Wednesday as the designer opens up his Bond Street showroom for deep discounts on both his women's and men's collections. Located just across the street from his flagship boutique, look for shoes and accessories along with apparel through Saturday.

Finally, Saturday, brings us the stock version of HUGO BOSS's seasonal sample sale. Unlike the label's showroom sample events, this sale is expected to feature 70% the brand's famous tailored clothing in a full range of sizes for men and women along with shoes, accessories, furnishings and the rest of the brand's offerings.

For full details and locations, be sure to check out SALE ROLL sidebar at left. Next week, look for more excellent Holiday Shopping opportunities from Nancy Gonzalez, Alice and Olivia, Joie, Equipment and more.

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A Few Pre-Thanksgiving Treats From Ghurka, Montblanc & Bulgari

As usual, the week of Thanksgiving is not a big Sample Sale bonanza, but there are a few worthwhile stops to make for early Christmas shopping featuring luxury jewelry and prestigious accessories.

Tuesday is your last chance to pick a some discounted baubles from internationally renowned jeweler BVLGARI which has been in residence at Soiffer Haskin over the weekend. Look for covetable watches and jewelry, but there will also be leather goods, handbags and fragrance for those not quite ready to invest in precious gems and timepieces.

You also have until 5 PM on Tuesday to catch a bargain from MONTBLANC which is at 260 Fifth Avenue. While some may feel that pens are already obsolete in our touchpad ridden age, a fine writing instrument is always a mark of distinction, and Montblanc is the gold standard brand. They also promise savings on sleek and luxurious leather accessories, watches and jewelry.

Speaking of leather goods, classic American brand GHURKA is currently undergoing a revival, and its first Sample Sale (pictured above and below) is under way at 150 Greene Street through Wednesday. Look for hefty discounts on classic pieces for men and women including everything from luggage to tables stacked with wallets and even dog collars. We stopped by the preview on Sunday and saw lots of tempting items with prices kicking off at $50.

Next week, thing get back to normal with Holiday shopping from heavy hitters like J.Crew, Steven Alan, Billy Reid and more. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for updated hours and locations as well as late breaking sales. We post 'em as soon as we get notified or whenever the grapevine does its work.


Diane Von Furstenberg & Alexander Wang Return + Common Projects, Malo, Bulgari & More

The Sample Sale season has slid into gear nicely this month, and this week, two perennial favorites make their appearances this week. Here are some highlights:

DIANE von FURSTENBERG arrived promptly yesterday at 260 Fifth Avenue for what can only be expected to be a very busy week featuring the iconic designer's popular contemporary collections Shop through Saturday for a promised 75% off retail prices that may get even better towards the final days.

The main event on Tuesday is the long awaited return of ALEXANDER WANG to the sale scene. It's been a couple of years since the wunderkind has hosted a public sample sale, and this one promises the works at up to 80% off including archive pieces dating back to 2011. Shop through Saturday.

Also starting on Tuesday,  HANRO's luxurious Swiss-made innerwear and intimates for men and women will be on sale for two days only at up to 75% off in Midtown. SHOSHANNA's popular contemporary dresses will be similarly discounted in the Garment District for three days, as will RACHEL ZOE at Clothingline. 

Thursday brings shoe starlet CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA who will be taking up residence at the Roosevelt Hotel near Grand Central Terminal for one day only with her collection of shoes and handbags, as well as the bounty of labels at THE NEWS showroom including COMMON PROJECTS sneakers, OFFICINE GENERALE and others available at up to 70% off through Saturday.

Two iconic Italian brands hit the circuit on Saturday. MALO brings its sumptuous cashmere to Metropolitan Pavilion for its first New York sample sale at an enticing 80% off for three days. Finally, for the more ambitious shopper, BULGARI will arrive at Soiffer Haskin through Tuesday the 22nd offering rare savings on fine jewelry, watches, accessories and fragrance with substantial savings.

Details and locations can be found in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left along with any other late-breaking events.
Next week, the big J.Crew Sample Sale returns in a new, consolidated one-location version along with reliable player Esacada and Ghurka making its Sample Sale debut.


Elect Manolo Blahnik, Giorgio Armani, Derek Lam, Phillip Lim, J.W.Anderson & More At Sample Sales This Week

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It may be election day, but you might be forgiven for giving your priority time to the one-day MANOLO BLAHNIK sample sale which happens today only at the usual Warwick Hotel location. We all know that Hilary has zero chance of losing in New York, but that's not the only major draw Sample Sale that's happening this week. It's not quite as packed with big names as last wee, but it comes pretty close. 

DEREK LAMASICS and JOHN HARDY kicked off their sales yesterday at Clothingline, 260 Fifth Avenue and Metropolitan Pavilion respectively, but there are more sales coming throughout the week especially toward the end. Lam will be running only through tomorrow, while Hardy goes to Thursday, and Asics will be in residence through Saturday, reminding us that weekend sales are not necessarily covering the entire weekend anymore.

On Wednesday morning, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM opens to the public in SoHo at 150 Greene Street, We previewed this morning and found plenty of women's apparel (pictured above), a somewhat more random wall of menswear (pictured below) and a small but apparently relplenishable selection of bags

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(at right), as with Paul Smith a block west, the lower level showcases an unexpectedly large shoe selection for men and women. All in all, this should be a rewarding sale for Lim fans.
Also on Wednesday, THEORY moves the first of its regular series of sales a few steps away to Milk Studios. This one promises only womenswear. Stick around, There will surely be more of these to come.

Moving on to the weekend comes a pair of sales from two big guns. GIORGIO ARMANI returns to Soiffer Haskin with all of his labels (Except A|X). Find the main signature runway collection along with Armani Collezioni, Emporio, Jeans and Junior. This one's a classic. on the other end of the spectrum, celebrated London upstart (and current Loewe creative Director) J.W. ANDERSON will be debuting his first New York sample sale on Saturday at the Bryant Park Hotel for three days. Look for directional shapes and innovative looks, but prepare for a strict coat and bag check policy.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details and locations as well as late-breaking sales.
Next week, save up for Zac Posen, Charlotte Olympia, Hanro and the return of DVF. Happy shopping and don't forget to make time to vote.

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Marc Jacobs, Carven, Michael Bastian, Helmut Lang, Moschino, Ungaro, Alberta Ferretti —And That's Just On Wednesday Of A Big Sale Week

Sometimes, the Sample Sale season whips up like a cyclone with little notice, and this week is one of those moments. There are so many sample sales happening this week that we can barely list them all, but every venue seems to be booked, and some of them are expanding into extra spaces as well. Here are some super-standouts in a week of highlights:

A few sales have already started this week like Monday's 2-day NAEEM KHAN sale that ends today at 6 in the Garment District for anyone looking for some elegantly glittery eveningwear from this FLOTUS fave at a great price.
260SampleSale's home base on Fifth Avenue is being shared by NEST FRAGRANCESLAURA GELLER and DEVA CURL giving shoppers a trifecta of cosmetics, hair care and home fragrances through Saturday the 5th.
Today, luxury bed and bath fans will be heading to Soiffer Haskin in West Midtown for the PRATESI sale. The legendary Italian brand is known to be pretty pricey even with the discounts, but it's an ecxcellent opportunity to invest in some sheets that will make you swear off Macy's White Sales forever.

Here is one of the biggest sale days of the season, if not the year. We suggest a getting a car and driver for anyone who wants to make the most of what's being offered. First off is a decades-old favorite, the AEFFE Showroom sale. the designers have shifted over the years, but the current headliners, MOSCHINOALBERTA FERRETTI and EMANUEL UNGARO make a pretty compelling draw along with the luxury manufacturer's other popular labels like Fuzzi, Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini, Cedric Charlier and more.
Keeping on the European theme, CARVEN is returning for its second U.S. sample sale to be held in Western Chelsea. Look for three days of deep discounts on advanced contemporary style for men and women. 
Hometown fave YIGAL AZROUËL will also be offering similar discounts in his Garment District showroom along with some exclusive items unavailable anywhere else.
Menswear cult favorite MICHAEL BASTIAN will be once again opening his Western Chelsea showroom through Sunday, and is promising his biggest Sample Sale ever featuring Head to toe looks for men as well as a small selection of his nascent women's collection.
HELMUT LANG is also returning to familiar terrain at Chelsea Market for what is likely to be just the first of a few sales this season, id past form still holds. This sale, running through next Tuesday, promises mostly womens's apparel with a limited selection of the men's collection available as well.
Arguably the biggest draw of the day, however, will be MARC JACOBS whose sale will be found through Sunday at 150 Greene Street. As in past seasons, Jacobs will be offering all of his product lines including the last bits of Marc by Marc for men and women and those special items generally found only at his own shops.

There's a bit of a breather today, but there is a chance for some 80% Off bargains to be found on iconic furniture designs at the KNOLL
Sample & Warehouse Sale
in SoHo.

Things heat up again on Friday when the Staff International showroom in SoHo opens for three days through Sunday featuring DSQUARED2 and MAISON MARGIELA as the headliners, but often including other coveted labels as well. If that's not enough (and really why should it be?) PAUL SMITH will be taking over the spacious digs at 151 Wooster Street in SoHo for an unusually lengthy 10-day sale promising up to 75% off all of his product lines through Sunday the 13th.

That's just a partial list of all the sales happening this week. To try and keep all of those sales straight, keep your eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar for all the pertinent times and locations. Next week's sale lineup hasn't fully taken shape yet, but already, we are looking at Manolo Blahnik, Derek Lam, John Hardy, Phillip Lim and more to be announced.
Shop wisely!


Hermès, A.P.C., Vivienne Westwood & Another James Perse Redux Lead A Packed Sale Week

It's an unseasonably warm mid-October, which is just about the time that tha Fall Sample Sale Season kicks things up a few notches. Designers are starting to ship Holiday/Pre-Spring, and it's time to start shedding overstock and old samples, so every sale venue booked.

Earlier this week, JAMES PERSE kicked off another of his ever more frequent sample sales and ELIE TAHARI opened his midtown showroom for a seasonal blowout, both running through Saturday the 22nd.

Today, BONPOINT returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion with discounts on its collections of luxury apparel for precious little ones and babies for two days only. For those looking for French clothes for grown-ups, A.P.C. has set up an overstock sale through Sunday the 23rd at its overstock location in Williamsburg, so get there early if you want to snag the best items. The more athletically minded will be heading to SoHo for SOUL CYCLE's Warehouse sale featuring performance workout gear whether you are toiling on a stationery bike or elsewhere.

KIMORA LEE SIMMONS made her name on the runways and then as the designer for flashy Baby Phat, but her current signature collection is much more grown-up and sophisticated, which you will see at her two-day sample sale launching on Thursday the 20th in NoMad. Avant Garde Icon VIVIENNE WESTWOOD's four-day seasonal blowout also begins on Thursday in Midtown. Look for all of the designer's newly streamlined product lines for men and women through the weekend.

On Friday the 21st, sporty gentlemen will be heading to SoHo for the seasonal GILDED AGE sale running through next Tuesday. Those who have planned ahead and bought tickets will be heading to Chelsea's Altman building where the GILT CITY
Warehouse Sale
is making a more convenient return after its Sunset Park outing a few weeks ago in Brooklyn. Check for available spots left in this timed entry event.

Finally, a word about the week's big heavy hitter.
The now infamous HERMÈS sale returns to Soiffer Haskin's West Midtown location for the first time since it caused lines of shoppers to line up around several city blocks without even getting a chance to get inside at all. We don't know if Soiffer Haskin has devised a new protocol to make sure that potential shoppers don't waste their days hoping to be let inside, but we might warn eager Hermès shoppers to proceed with caution when it comes to this enticing event. This is the time when one must decide whether it is worth it to spend a day waiting on a sidewalk to buy some discounted luxury merchandise that will, in all likelihood, still be really, really expensive. It's worth noting that, as always, the brand's iconic items, Birkins, Kelly's etc., are never included at this sale. Shop at your own risk through Sunday.

Next week, things heat up further with The Row, Oscar de la Renta and more. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for all details and late breaking events.


A 3D Shopping week With Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, D.L. & Co. + More

An excess of election crap is not enough to totally derail Sample Sale shopping this week. Some big names will be making anticipated returns, so have a look at the highlights.

260SampleSale has all of its venues filled this week starting with home base on Fifth Avenue where British sportswear mainstay REISS will be in residence through Sunday. Look for contemporary apparel and accessories for men and women with a hip, London edge, While downtown at 150 Greene Street, DIESEL will once again be unloading Samples and overstock from the previous season. Look for plenty of denim, sneakers and casualwear, and keep an eye out for the luxury Black Gold runway collection designed by Andreas Melbostad the erstwhile PHI designer.

ON Thursday the 13th, Sioffer Haskin will be offering a comprehensive DOLCE & GABBANA  sale including Men's, Women's and Children's Wear along with accessories. Shop through Sunday with a fair bet that there will be a few more deductions before it's over. Leave and little kids and the cash at home —this one's credit-card-only. Also on Thursday, get a jump on a little early gift shopping as luxury art publisher ASSOULINE and candlemasters D.L. & Co. share some space at 151 Wooster Street in SoHo for the rest of the week.

Friday the 14th is the day for savings on luxury eyewear including sunglasses and optical frames. Popular optical chain ROBERT MARC will be slashing prices up to 80% at the Chelsea Market in time to stock up on some sleek new shades or frames through Sunday.

Next week, look for one more return of the Gilt City Warehouse sale as it returns to Chelsea and more. Check our SALE ROLL sidebar for more details


Dita Von Teese, Tom Ford, Belstaff, Kate Spade, The Kooples & More On Flash Sale This Week

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!

Nanette Lepore, Dita Von Teese Intimates, British Belt Company, James Tattersall, Kooba, Badgley Mischka, French Sole FS/NY, La Prarie, Inhabit, The Kooples, Issa, Joe's Jeans, Belstaff, Aspesi, Frye, Royce Leather Goods, Tani Underwear & Loungewear —join HERE
Me Too, Dorissa Girls, Kay Unger/Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman, Hobo The Original, Caporicci, RapidBrow Eyebrow-Enhancing Serum, Three Dots, Tom Ford, Clarisonic, Kate Spade New York, SophiaCashmere, Kenneth Cole New York, Mrs. Prindable's, Spode & Portmeiron, Mr. Turk —join HERE
Sam Edelman, Tart, Kenneth Cole New York, Robert Graham, Gervil Watches, X-Ray Jeans, AG, Muubaa, Dogeared, Stila, Bed|Stu/Cobbler, Pendleton, Ganesh, Bluetooth Solutions, Movado, LOVE Moschino, Via Spiga, Laura Geller New York, RACHEL by Rachel Roy, Ike Behar —join HERE


David Yurman, OXO, Desigual & Plenty In Between On Sale This Week
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This week's sales run the Gamut from David Yurman's endlessly popular seasonal jewelry sale to OXO's hallway grab-fest of well designed household and kitchen goods, so let's jump into some highlights:

Today, Tuesday the 4th brings some winter-y sales to us including cozy sweaters from KOKUN CASHMERE in the Garment District, Italian luxury ski and sportswear on Greene Street in SoHo from POST CARD along with a plethora of parkas and other sweaters and sportswear from the return of WOOLRICH John Rich & Bros. at 260 Fifth Avenue. You can expect mostly outerwear here, but keep an eye out fore Woolrich's more exclusive lines including the tiny but still going Woolrich Woolen Mills sportswear line designed by Mark McNairy. Shop through Sunday

On Wednesday, the ever popular Spanish sportswear chain DESIGUAL returns to Clothingline in the Garment District for three days offering savings on its cacophonously colorful sportswear for grownups and kids. Also on Wednesday, Chelsea Market presents a duo of contemporary favorites including the recently revamped HAUTE HIPPIE alongside the party-dress favorite HALSTON HERITAGE through Sunday.

Thursday brings a pair of seasonal favorites. Jewelry designer  DAVID YURMAN once again takes up residence for four days through Sunday at the Altman Building. Look for ascending savings on semiprecious and fine jewelry for women and men in gold and Sterling Silver along with watches, eyewear and other accessories. For something easier on the wallet, follow the signs in the Starrrett Lehigh Building to the 10th floor hallway where OXO will array samples and stock from its well-designed collections of household items and gadgets. Prices generally run fro a couple of bucks or less to the mid-teens of dollars. Bring your own bag, it's easy to fill up on useful bargains you may or may not need!

Finally, on Friday, acclaimed designer PAMELA LOVE will be offering savings on her jewelry designs at her only sample sale of the year in her Chelsea/NoMad showroom. It's never too early to think of Holiday gifts.
We just got word that sleek men's sportswear purveyors BESPOKEN will be holding a rare Warehouse Sale this weekend starting on Friday through Sunday in their showroom atop the Turnbull & Asset building on East 57th Street. Look for 60% off the label's modern men's apparel.


Loro Piana Luxury + Norma Kamali, Vince, Milly & More In This Week's Sales

We missed a week there, but there is still plenty happening this week to keep sample shoppers happy including a few perennial big name favorites. Here are some of this week's Sample Sale highlights:

LORO PIANA returned to Soiffer Haskin over the weekend, and is still going strong through Thursday. the Shophound stopped by yesterday and found an abundance of merchandise including scarves for men and women as well as cashmere knitwear. Further reductions in all categories have already been taken, but, as is usual for Loro Piana, the prices are staggering even at 50% to 60% off. Still, if you are looking to invest in some exquisitely made, classic Italian luxury, you can hardly do better.

Contemporary label MILLY took over Clothingline in the Garment District on Monday for a four-day stay featuring all the label's product categories for women and girls including accessories. Shop through Thursday.

Today, one of the most popular sales at 260 Fifth Avenue returns. RENT THE RUNWAY promises gently used designer dresses and accessories from popular designers which usually go for a song. Promised labels include Halston Heritage, Kate Spade, Badgley Mischka and more through Sunday the 2nd.

On Wednesday the 28th, New York Fashion legend NORMA KAMALI will turn her 56th Street boutique into a one-day-sale house featuring merchandise and one-of-a-kind samples priced from $50 to $100 curated from all of her product lines.

Also on Wednesday, contemporary powerhouse VINCE will return to Chelsea Market through the weekend featuring a selection of mostly men's sportswear. A limited offering of womenswear is also promised, but this one's mainly for the guys. 

One more Wednesday sale features TOM and LINDA PLATT's elegant day, cocktail and evening dresses at substantial discounts. Bring cash for an additional 10% off and that old-school, cash only sample sale experience.

Next week, look for sales from Woolrich, Desigual, David Yurman and more. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for all details as well as late breaking events.