THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Christian Dior and Members Only with Tumi, Lela Rose, Diane von Furstenberg, Vivienne Westwood & More In Between.

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!

GILT GROUPE
Edie Parker, Pablo Costagli Jewelry, Zanella, Saint Laurent, B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen,Christian Dior, Dolce Vita, TUMI, Andrew Marc, Versace Scarves, Electric Yoga, Fuzzi, Ingrid & Isabel, Theory, Grenson, Vivienne Westwood, Cult of Individuality, Peter Werth Accessories, CR7 Cristiano Ronaldo Underwear —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Vince, Lela Rose, La Perla, Lole, Longchamp, Viking, Taylor, Christian Dior, Lagos, Movado, Melissa & Doug, Miriam Merenfeld Jewelry —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Hudson, Kier & J, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Victorinox, Scotch & Soda, members Only, Brand Black, Burberry Watches, Lafayette 148, Johnston & Murphy, Diane von Furstenberg, Fate, Mezlan & Lucchese, Engliush Laundry, Hartmann Luggage, Izumi Virtual Reality, Frye, Rebecca Taylor, Sofia Cashmere, Kensie, Josie Maran, Perricone MD, Andrew Christian  —join HERE

SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Sandro, Kiton, Victor Alfaro, Frette & More In This Week's Sales

There's a little bit happening for everyone on this week's Sample Sale Schedule from fine men's suits to a favorite designer returning to the spotlight. Here are some highlights:

It started last week, but fans of beautifully tailored custom clothing till have until Saturday the 17th to shop the first sample sale from the cult tailor MILLER’S OATH at it's western SoHo boutique. Suits, Sportcoats, Furnishings, sportswear and accessories from past seasons will be featured as well as discounts on the current season.

For more menswear, this time of the hand tailored Neapolitan variety, KITON has taken up residence in Soiffer Haskin on West 33rd St through Thursday the 15th. Look for the complete luxury lifestyle collection for men featuring the label's legendary tailored clothing as well as a small selection of Women's apparel.

Moving downtown, Italian bed & bath maestro FRETTE is at the Metropolitan Pavilion through Thursday the 15th featuring its sumptuous sheets, towels, robes and other accessories at a discount.

Starting on Tuesday, burgeoning French contemporary sportswear chain SANDRO will take over 260 Fifth Avenue through the weekend featuring sleek sportswear, shoes & accessories for men and women.

VICTOR ALFARO is back in business after a moment out of the spotlight. Fans of his soigné sportswear can head to his Flatiron district showroom for two days starting today the 13th for discounts on his luxurious women's apparel.

Head back to Soiffer Haskin on Saturday the 17th for jewelry brand IP's four-day sale featuring discounts of 65% to 85% on 18K gold, sterling silver, precious and semi-precious gemstones.

Next week, look for sales from Maje, St.John, James Jeans and more. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for times and details as well as the inevitable late-breaking events.


SO, THIS THING AGAIN:

The Barneys Warehouse Sale Is A Miserable Affair

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There used to be a time when we could all get excited for the Barneys Warehouse Sale.
Sure, it wasn't for amateurs. It was in a grotty basement that required patience and skill to negotiate —and then there were the crowds and the lines, but it was worth it for the thrill of the scavenger hunt as well as the satisfaction achieved when finding a great price on something one could never afford at full price, or even on a regular markdown in a regular Barneys store. Maybe it was even something one had one's eye on all season that appeared as if summoned by magic.
Well those days are long gone, and we figured that once Barneys started a year round Warehouse Sale website offering its own merchandise from previous seasons as well as overstock from its regular vendors there would be no point in continuing the in-person event sale. Why would we need to go to the Warehouse Sale when the best stuff was being funneled to the website? It seemed like a more up to date way to clear old stock anyway, but the seasonal, then annual Warehouse Sale persisted as the merchandise became less and less appealing and the event drifted into irrelevancy. A couple of years ago, it appeared to be gone for good, but then, last week, it reappeared, this time in a raw retail space on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg (pictured above). Could it be returning because the folks at Barneys have found a way to make it relevant again? Will it be cooler because its in Williamsburg? Is it worth revisiting?
The answer, sadly, is no on all counts.
The Shophound stopped by on the sale's first day, when it seems not fully set up, so we gave it the benefit of the doubt and checked back over the weekend to find that, yes, it had now been completely laid out and stocked, but still was a mess. In a space far too small for the amount of merchandise being offered, we found racks packed full of clothing crammed together to the point where it was nearly impossible to see what was being offered without tugging at garments and breaking hangers —if not damaging the clothes themselves. Barely categorized, there was little attempt to arrange things by size in the most rudimentary ways. In other areas, boxes were set out for shoppers to rummage through, many of which were filled with merchandise that may have been sold on the Warehouse Sale site, but probably never in an actual Barneys store. There was no attempt to separate designers, so the meant that a crazy Hood by Air showpiece was crammed on the rack by a Marc by Marc Jacobs bomber jacket from a past season and some of the Justin Bieber tour apparel that was touted as a prized exclusive in Chelsea only a few weeks ago. Clearly that was a merchandising mis-step.
Are there no gems to be found? Maybe there are some, but this Warehouse is more of a needle-in-a-haystack project than we have ever seen. And rather than imagining that one might find something good while rummaging around, one's mind quickly shifts to wondering if there is really anything we really need there, and then to questioning if it is really worth the time and trouble?
As far as we can tell, it is not.
Additional discounts have already started, but we will not be chronicling them as we once did. You have until the 14th to shop, but don't feel that you have missed anything if you don't bother. There are better opportunities to find better bargains these days. You don't have to subject yourself to this sloppy display to get them.

Barneys Warehouse Sale runs through September 14th at 280 Metropolitan Avenue between Driggs Avenue & Roebling Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Bonobos, Chopard, Nanette Lepore & More

As Fashion Week approaches, the Fall Sample Sale season is beginning to simmer having never quite cool down over what is traditionally the slowest weeks of the Summer. Here are a few highlights to look forward to this week:

Starting today, cult men's trouser brand BONOBOS will take over 260 Fifth Avenue which is only a few blocks away from its Flatiron "Guide Shop". Shoppers should find plenty of the brand's famously well-fitting pants as well as sportswear, shoes and accessories through Sunday.

On Wednesday the 7th, Soiffer Haskin ends its extended summer hiatus with a selection of CHOPARD's covetable Swiss watches and jewels. A small selection of accessories is also promised. Shop for four days through Saturday.

Also on Wednesday, NANETTE LEPORE brings us another in a series of sample sales. This one, billed as a "blowout" features stock and samples from previous seasons including archive pieces. All items are priced from $10 to $100 through Friday.

On Thursday, the shoe and accessory division of MARCHESA will be holding a fast sample sale at its showroom in the Starrett Lehigh Building in western Chelsea. No word on the level of discount will be offered, although this is often the kind of sale where great bargains can be had if your timing is right. Look for the label's signature lavish and fanciful decoration that will probably still be pricey even after the discounts.

That's all we have for this week —so far.
Be sure to keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for times, locations and other details as well as late-breaking events. next week, look for luxury menswear from Kiton, another contemporary blowout from Sandro and more.


THEY KEEP PULLING US BACK IN:

The Barneys Warehouse Sale Sneaks Back To Life in Brooklyn Tomorrow

BarneysWarehouseThe Barneys Warehouse Sale had been frustrating in its final incarnations, and now it has become downright inscrutable. As far as we can remember, the last time the once highly anticipated shopping event was held was two years ago, long enough to feel confident that the sale which had become a shadow of its formerly abundant self had finally been put down for a well deserved dirt nap. With little fanfare, however, Barneys announced yesterday that the famous seasonal event will rise from the presumed dead and take up residence for a couple of weeks in Williamsburg on Metropolitan Avenue. At this point, there's really no telling exactly what we will find there. In past years, there have been a few good finds, but also increasing amounts of merchandise that appeared to have been carted in from Barneys outlet stores that had never really seen the inside of a full line Barneys store or even just acquired from off-price vendors to fill bins that felt very off-brand. The Barneys Warehouse website handily took over from the live Warehouse Sale, often offering satisfying bargains throughout the year, but, just when we thought we would never see another one again (seriously, we actually though about it two days ago) here comes the news that the live, brick-and-mortar sale will come back tomorrow. Will the two years off be enough to make sure the sale has enough great merchandise to fuel two weeks of selling, or will it be a bunch of irrelevant, picked over dregs? We will have to check it out tomorrow to find out for sure. See you on the L train.

Barneys Warehouse Sale from August 31st to September 14 at 280 Metropolitan Avenue between Driggs Avenue & Roebling Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

TOMS Shoes, James Perse Redux, Cadet & ABC's Bronx Outlet Swan Song Sale

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Images courtesy of TOMS

For what is supposed to be one of New York City's deadest shopping weeks of the year, there is a remarkable roster of sales which are counting on the possibility that many New Yorkers will be having a late Summer staycation instead of heading out to beach destinations and beyond for the Labor Day weekend. Some of them are names that have had sales this season already, but as they used to say about reruns, if you missed it the first time around, then it's all new to you. Here are some highlights.

A host of sales are starting today, Tuesday the 30th, to get maximum weekday traffic  starting with still unusual arrival of TOMS shoes at 260 Fifth Avenue through the weekend. The ever more popular slip-on shoe label  is offering 60% off its footwear for men and women (pictured above) which brings a very affordable item down to a how-can-you-resist-? price point. The sale will be sharing space with S’WELL's sustainable water bottles (pictured at bottom). Both companies feature charitable initiatives with the purchase of each item which are understood to be in effect even at the sample sale through Sunday.

Downtown at sibling sale site 15o Greene Street in SoHo, JAMES PERSE will be returning (again) for (another) sale featuring the label's beloved t-shirts and casual sportswear. We have lost track of how many James Perse sales we have had this season, but it really doesn't matter, because any opportunity to stock up on high quality tees should be welcomed and this one runs through Sunday.

Another familiar sale name, REBECCA TAYLOR will be staging a one-day-only sale on Wednesday the 31st in her midtown showroom featuring up to 75% off her most recent Spring collections, leaving find several weeks of warm weather to take advantage of their purchases.

Popular burgeoning brand CADET is broadening its focus from the military inspiration that has characterized its past collections, but there will probably still be a lot of functional, rugged looks at its reprise sale starting on Wednesday at its Williamsburg boutique in Brooklyn. Look for current and past season merchandise including special runway pieces and samples through Sunday.

Starting on Thursday the 1st, ABC CARPET & HOME will be taking the entire month of September to clear out whatever is left in its 200,000 square foot Bronx warehouse. ABC's warehouse sales have been known to be treasure troves for bargain hunters with stamina and a sixth sense, and this may be the one to literally end them all.

Finally, on Saturday, it's back to Brooklyn for FRED PERRY's last minute Labor Day Weekend Sample Sale offering up to 70% off all of its collections past and present including samples and collaboration collections.

Next week, we start heading into Fall with Nanette Lepore, a promising Chopard sale that ends Soiffer Haskin's late summer hiatus and more last minute additions.

See below for a selection of S'well bottles expected at the sale.
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SAMPLE CIRCUIT ALERT:

Opening Ceremony's Big Sale Starts Friday + More Additions

We said to keep en eye out for late breaking sales, and a seasonal favorite just dropped it flyer today. The OPENING CEREMONY starts this Friday the 26th at Villain in Williamsburg. Expect long lines, deep discounts and a jumble of designer labels from the retailer's vast roster of directional designers. For the uninitiated, this sale is usually hit or miss, but mostly hit. You can't really approach it with the idea of finding a particular item, but with the attitude of being open to finding something cool in your size for a deeply discounted price. Go on the last day and the selection will be diminished, but then so will the prices, making it the perfect opportunity for even better unexpected fines. Go early, and bring lots of patience and imagination.

Also late breaking, ILLESTEVA sunglasses and the Burch sisters' modern lifestyle collection TRADEMARK both to be found in convenient SoHo. See our SALE ROLL at left for details and locations.

Have a look at the Opening Ceremony flyer after the jump.

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SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Sale Schedule Still Alive With Herve Leger, Scotch & Soda + More

By all expectation, there should be no sample sales happening right now as the immediate world is taking advantage of whatever bit of Summer Vacation it has left, and yet, there are still a few sales out there vying for your attention. Last week's BARBARA BUI sale has been extended through this Sunday the 28th, so if you missed it, you have a chance to catch up. Another under-the-radar event is the HERVE LEGER Moving Sale currently taking place at the label's Madison Avenue boutique offering deep discounts on stretchy dresses and more. Where it is moving to, we don't know, but this is a secondary concern when there are 80% off bargains to be had. Designer HEIKE JARICK, a popular Sample Sale favorite is at it again through Wednesday the 24th at her Garment District showroom offering no price tag over $100, and, finally, the folks at 260SampleSale have turned over their home base at 260 Fifth Avenue to SCOTCH & SODA through Sunday for everyone with a hankering for that particular Euro-take on classic preppy clothes.

Those are the highlights. See our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details and locations and any late-breaking sales that may pop up at the last minute. Next week, there are, in fact, more sales from Cadet, Dolce Vita and a James Perse redux.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Light Sale Week With Barbara Bui, Vilebrequin & Ligne Roset

You might think that a muggy heatwave would be enough to keep anyone home from sample sale shopping, but even though it is the quietest few weeks of the summer there are still a few sales to hit, and think of the lack of crowds as a plus that leaves more stuff for you.

We do mean a few sales, however, mostly thanks to our friends at 260samplesale whose main space on Fifth Avenue will be hosting the VILEBREQUIN sale starting today the 16th through Sunday. Look for sporty, classic French sportswear for men including their famous swim trunks just in time for a late-summer poolside style refresh.

Downtown at their Greene Street space, French designer BARBARA BUI has returned with her popular sale. Look for savings on ready-to-wear apparel along with shoes, handbags and other accessories. Shop through Sunday.

Finally, starting on Friday the 19th, LIGNE ROSET opens its big 3-day sale featuring reductions of up to 60% off everything from floor models, overstock and discontinued furniture, lighting and home accessories.

Be sure to keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for all times and locations including late-breaking events. Next week, well, there's a Scotch and Soda sale and not much else on the schedule so far. check back to see if anyone is gutsy enough to launch a sample sale during the last weeks of August.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Signs Of Sample Sale Life Featuring Tamara Mellon, Ramy Brook, Korres, Miansai & More

It is traditionally the time of year when even the Sample Sale calendar goes quiet for a few weeks. Reliable venues and promoters like Soiffer Haskin, Clothingline and Privé are all on hiatus, promising to return in the fall, and yet, there are more than a few sale options appearing this week Sale shoppers who can't hold out until things return to life sometime next month will be able to find a fix or two that are actually worthwhile. Yesterday, the 8th, contemporary designer RAMY BROOK launched a three-day sale in her Garment District showroom featuring up to 60% off her dresses and sportswear, but the real action this week starts today:

Designer TAMARA MELLON is reorganizing her fashion business to be a purely online, buy now venture, so in the meantime, she has lots of inventory to liquidate including apparel, accessories and, if previous sales are any indication, lots and lots of stylish shoes (she helped to develop the Jimmy Choo brand in her previous job). She will be launching this season's sale on Greene Street in SoHo today. Past events have been deeply discounted and this week-long sale is promising 80% off at the outset. Mellon will be sharing the sale with jewelry designer LULU FROST for extra bang for your effort. Greek skincare brand KORRES will also be in SoHo starting today clearing out back stock at an enticing 80% off, and not far away on Mulberry Street, Japanese fashion icon YOHJI YAMAMOTO will be holding a sale on its eyewear line promising 70% discounts just in time pick up some striking sunglasses for the summer. Finally, 260 Sample Sale will turn its home bas at 260 Fifth Avenue into a clearance sale curated from previous sales throughout the season. No word on exactly what labels will be included, but everything will be under $30, which should be enticement enough for a visit

On Wednesday, hipster jewelry label MIANSAI will open its showroom for three days promising 80% off its collection including its signature cord bracelets as well as watches for men and women, and on Thursday, up and coming shoe designer SARAH FLINT will kick off a two-day sale in the Flatiron District featuring 70% off her stylish, Italian-made women's footwear.

Be sure to check our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details and locations. Next week, there's Vilebrequin and Barbara Bui on deck, with a few more likely to be announced before then.