Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting For The Gucci Sale

There are very few designer labels that never go on sale. Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton come to mind, but these are companies that mainly trade in non-seasonal goods. Even highly desirable luxury brands like Prada, Hermès and Chanel have seasonal clearances because there's always something left over that didn't capture a customer. Normally, one would add Gucci to that list, but not this season, or possibly the next one. Gucci's CEO Marco Bizarre has announced that the customer response to new creative director Alessandro Michele's first collections (pictured above) has been so unexpectedly strong that there simply isn't enough left to put on sale without leaving the store's racks bare. Michele's shows with their offbeat "dressed in the dark" eclecticism delighted critics and stylists, but were far from what any retailer would have called a commercial sure thing. Recognizing the potential need for an adjustment period for the brand's new look, Gucci kept its production levels conservative, but the degree of caution was unnecessary, as Bizzari told Business of Fashion, "The full price [sell-through] was very, very high, so we don’t have a lot left, frankly.” What will happen when the collection is finally out of season? it may go to outlets, or possibly be held over until June, when a decision regarding marking down the current Cruise collection will be made. If you thought you might pick something up at a multi-brand retailer, you may not have much more success. Gucci's in-store shops at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's are leased operations that will follow the same markdown schedule as the boutiques, and while the ones at Bergdorf's are not leased, the store is likely to be experiencing the same kind of sell-throughs with the collection as the boutiques.
Will there never be a Gucci sale again? Probably, at some point, the brand will return to the practice. Eventually, if demand for Michele's collections keeps up, production will be increased and there will be more left at the end of the season to put on clearance, but the brand could always choose to keep production tight and burnish its image with a no-markdowns policy which always helps profit margins. Gucci, after all makes its money from shoes and handbags which are less seasonal items.While the fashion collections get a lot of press, they are less of a revenue generator for a company known for leather goods. Sale shoppers may have to wait this one out for a while.

Michele Momentum Means No Markdowns at Gucci (Business of Fashion)


Line Up For Serious High Fashion Sales With Proenza Schouler, Alexandre Plokhov & Marchesa + A Theory Double-Header & More

There may not be a more jam-packed week of sample sales than this one, so get ready. There's a sale for anything and everything somewhere, so here are just a few highlights to get your planning started:

Things have already gotten started in a big way with GANT on Wooster Street in SoHo (pictured above with price list after the jump) featuring a huge selection of almost entirely sample-sized goods (meaning size Medium on top and 32 on the bottom) and contemporary gave REBECCA TAYLOR at 260 Fifth Avenue. Both of these run through Saturday the 21st with likely price reductions toward the end of the week for the patient.

The big glamour sales start today beginning with PROENZA SCHOULER down at C21 Edition in the financial district. Officially starting today, reports feature an early opening for the public yesterday due to a mistakenly sent email but there still should be plenty of goods left including handbags and shoes at 70% Off and more.

Those in the market for a discount on dramatic eveningwear, and we're talking feathers and sequins here, will be heading west to the Starrett-Lehigh building for the 3-day MARCHESA sale. Look for the most expensive Couture line to still be expensive even at 65% to 70% Off, but the more affordable Marchesa Notte line should offer some more reasonably priced Holiday party-wear. A full size range, 0-12, is promised through Thursday the 19th.

Speaking of eveningwear, VERA WANG is kicking off her 7-day sale today at 151 Wooster street featuring her luxury ready-to-wear collection (sorry brides, you will get a different sale another time). Magnanimous lady that she is, she will be sharing the space with NEST Home Fragrances creating a unique opportunity to pick up a party frock and a hostess gift at the same sale.

But what about shoes? today also kicks off a 3-day SERGIO ROSSI sale at Metropolitan Pavilion offering 60% to 80% off the Italian luxury label's collections for Men and Women. 

Those in the market for something a  bit more every-day will be converging on Clothingline in the Garment District for the first of what is likely to be many THEORY sales. They are all a little bit different, and this one is expected to focus on Fall Womenswear —although that could mean anything.

Come Wednesday, there still may be time to make an appointment for the OSCAR de la RENTA sample sale at... Well, we don't know where, exactly. They only tell you where it is if you make an appointment, so you had be a serious customer. See the sidebar for details.

No such appointment is necessary at CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA's two-day sale at the Roosevelt Hotel starting on Wednesday. Known for whimsy, lavish decoration and especially vertiginous heel treatments, her shoes are not for the faint of heart, but brave footwear enthusiasts will get up to 70% Off what is promised to be a broad size range of 34 to 42.

Oh yeah, there's another THEORY sale starting on Wednesday, too. This one's for men only at the Chelsea Market through Sunday.

On Thursday, men after a more directional fashion look will be at ALEXANDRE PLOKHOV two-day sale in the Flatiron District. Plokhov is a longtime insider favorite who has also been gaining fans as the men's designer at Helmut Lang. Look for his brilliantly tailored menswear as well as his more recently launched women's collection.

More shoes? Stylist-turned-cobbler TABITHA SIMMONS will open her Starrett-Lehigh building showroom on Thursday for a two-day sample sale of her chic footwear.

Of course, there's soon much more including LELA ROSE, YIGAL AZROUËL, HANRO, PSYCHO BUNNY, JACK ROGERS, SHOSHANNA, and more, and if this is anything like last week, several more good sales that we haven't even heard about yet. Be sure to keep an eye on the SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details and the late breaking sales that we will try and post as quickly as possible.
Next week looks like a welcome lull before Thanksgiving, but last minute additions are likely to appear. In the meantime, shop wisely.

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Saint Laurent, Paul Smith, Illesteva, Haute Hippie, TOD's, Tom Ford, Hugo Boss, Balenciaga, Tory Burch, Brunello Cucinelli, Chan Luu

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!

Saint Laurent, Hunter Boots, Sandro, Three Dots, Alana Bess Jewelry, Russell Trusso, Paul Smith, PLAC, Incotex Ivory, Ben Minkoff, Alternative Apparel, Tommy John Lounge, Matteo Bedding —join HERE
Haute Hippie, TUMI, Hugo Boss, TOD's, Tacori, Saucony, iRobot, Bodum, Bettye Muller, 88 Rue Du Rhone, Brio Toys, Hanro, Cinzia Rocca, Michael Kors, Jared Lang, Evil Twin, Zanetti, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Sferra, Melinda Maria Jewelry, Elie Tahari, Rivkah Friedman, Illesteva, Frederique Constant Watches, Le Mystere, Judith Leiber, Swarovski —join HERE
Ajar Canada Outerwear, Tag Heuer, T Tahari, Tory Burch, BCBGeneration, Dior Beauté, Peri Luxe Furs, Rachel Zoe, Threads for Thought, Ben Sherman, Escada Sport, Kate Spade, Ray-Ban —join HERE
Kate Spade, Andrew Marc, DL1961, Creative Recreation, MUK LUKS, Hudson Jeans, Diesel, Hale Bob, Lorenzo Uomo, Vince, Asics, Vince Camuto, Judith Jack, Chan Luu, Stuhrling Watches, J Lindeberg, Mackage —join HERE
Balenciaga, 10 Crosby by Derek Lam, Oryany Handbags, Desigual, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tahari by ASL, Brunelli Cucinelli, Portolano, Chan Luu, TOD's, Tom Ford, Geoffrey Beene, Tommy Hilfiger, New Balance, Emporia Armani, Latico Accessories, Toscano, PAPI —join HERE


Six New Sample Sales Have Just Been Added This Week's Schedule

It's the time of year when they pile it on, so we wanted to let everyone know that they can add a whopping SIX new late-breaking Sample Sales to their calendars starting today. Here's a brief roundup. See the details  in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left.

J.PRESS YORK STREET/ICB This one slipped under everyone's radar and began yesterday in SoHo. Up to 90% Off is promised on samples from ICB as well as back season stock from the J.Press York Street menswear line. A smattering of other labels are included but the bulk of the merchandise id from ICB and York Street. Through Friday.

OXO A seasonal cult favorite for fans of well designed household gadgets  is promising more than 850 items at deep discounts. Bring your own bag to the Starrett-Lehigh Building through Friday.

WANT Agency A showroom sale featuring insider favorite names like WANT LES ESSENTIELS de la VIEMAISON KITSUNE, SWIMS and TOMORROWLANDStarting today, find savings on mostly samples on these labels through the weekend.

WOOLRICH From Friday to Sunday on two consecutive weekends the WP Lavori showroom will open with discounts on outerwear and sportswear from the American heritage brand along with SPIEWAK, BARACUTA & BD BAGGIES.

ARMANI Soiffer Haskin will be offering every collection from the Italian mega-brand including GIORGIO ARMANI, EMPORIO ARMANI, ARMANI COLLEZIONI & ARMANI JEANS starting on Friday through Wednesday.

GANT The ever more popular preppy brand will be launching its sale on Sunday the 15th at 260SampleSale's winter location at 43 Wooster Street. We aren't sure if it will be strictly samples or a full size range from the warehouse, but the sale is scheduled for a solid seven day run through next Saturday, so count on an abundance of goods.


A Packed Sale Week With Rebecca Minkoff, Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, Thakoon, Helmut Lang, Public School, Steven Alan & Much More

Welcome to another cram-packed week of sample sales.
The middle weeks of November are typically high season as designers must clear their warehouses to make room for Spring and Pre-Spring deliveries that are on their way and need room.

Things kicked off in a big way yesterday with one of 260 Sample Sale's seasonal heavy hitters, REBECCA MINKOFF at 260 Fifth Avenue. When The Shophound stopped by the press preview yesterday morning, the abundant selection of bags were neatly arranged on numerous tables (pictured above), and there was every sort of bag anyone would want from big totes to small clutches and everything in between. Prices were scaled out in a way that could have given a discount from about 40% to 60% off depending on the bag's original price, and there was a small but appealing collection of men's Ben Minkoff bags and backpacks waiting to be liquidated as the line has now been renamed after the designer's brother and business partner Uri Minkoff. A line of regular shoppers was beginning about an hour before the sale opening, and we imagine that the neatly regimented arrangement has been hopelessly disrupted by now. The sale runt through Sunday with likely restocking and possibly price reductions along the way for those holding out for a greater discount. See a gallery of price lists and images after the jump.

Also on Monday, ANNA SUI opened a rare weeklong Sample Sale that is offering deep discounts in a reportedly tiny showroom space that only allowed a few shoppers at a time. Those with the patience to wait will find many items under $100 making it a must for Sui fans.

The big draw this week is ALEXANDER McQUEEN which is being presented by Soiffer Haskin for three days starting today through Thursday at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Look for both Men's and Women's collections. Last year's sale had discounts that reached up to 90% off with prices that seemed more designer collaboration than luxury Prêt-à-Porter, so this one is likely to attract early rising crowds of eager bargain hunters. 

Also today, FLOTUS fave THAKOON will invite shoppers down to western SoHo for discounts up to 70% off both the main and Thakoon Addition collections from the past Fall season through Saturday.

Wednesday brings contemporary mainstay VIVIENNE TAM promising up to 75% discounts as well as one-of-a-kind vintage samples through Friday the 13th.
HELMUT LANG is also making its first sample sale appearance this season on Wednesday at one of his usual haunts, Chelsea Market. Women's and Men's collections are being offered at 60% off through Sunday.

Thursday will be a quadruple whammy of sales featuring one fabled Parisian label's diffusion label and three major showroom sales. First up is SEE by CHLOÉ, in midtown promising 70% off this popular French contemporary line.
Next up, the ever-popular STEVEN ALAN sample sale is returning to Tribeca. This one has occasionally flirted with online alternatives, but this season it is back in full force on Franklin Street with 70% off the house brand's famous shirts and sportswear and 50% off other brand's merchandise. Look for a line of faithful fans through Sunday.
A few blocks uptown, THE NEWS opens its SoHo Showroom with its regular lineup of coveted brands including current Wunderkinder PUBLIC SCHOOL, sneaker wizards COMMON PROJECTS, Tim Coppens, Cheap Monday, Officine Generale and a host of other hot labels through Saturday.
Finally, PEREGRINE SHOWROOM on Lower Fifth Avenue will offer 60% to 80% mostly men's collections from OLIVER SPENCER, GILDED AGE Sandqvist, Chimala and more through Sunday.

That's just a sampling of this week's offerings. See our SALE ROLL at left for all the details, updates and even more sales plus late breaking events. Next week, mark your calendars for OSCAR de la RENTA, YIGAL AZROUËL, THEORY, REBECCA TAYLOR and more before we get a much-needed Thanksgiving break.

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The Herschel Supply Co. Sample Sale Line Is Crazy Long

Last May, The Shophound stopped by a below street-level bar on Chrystie street for the HERSCHEL SUPPLY Co.  Sample sale. There was a modest line, but nothing that seemed like too much of a inconvenience for a Saturday afternoon. There were great bargains inside on products that aren't too expensive to begin with.
Well, things have changed.
Today, we stopped by 250 West 39th Street around noon (doors opened at 11) to check out this season's sale, expecting the same sort of public response, and boy were we surprised. Not really, though. Herschel has only become a more popular brand in the last sixth months outfitting hipsters and school kids alike with well designed, affordable bags and accessories, so it's not that surprising that lots of people would hit the sale. It's just surprising that so many would line up along 39th street all the way to Eighth Avenue, around the corner and halfway to 38th Street (pictured above). We heard that shoppers were being allowed a 15-minute time limit to make their choices, which seemed reasonable, and since the sale was in a street level space, we were able to get a peek inside the dingy windows (pictured below)  to see that there looked like a good selection of merch for shoppers.
No, we did not wait in the line mainly because we had a pretty good idea of what would be there and we really weren't up for waiting in line for a hour for things we didn't have a specific need for.
The sale is supposed to run through tomorrow afternoon, so there may be a chance to stop by more conveniently after the rush subsides. See our SALE ROLL at left for details.


The Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale Is Happening RIGHT NOW

Well, we heard that due to some chaotic behavior at the last one, the Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale might take a different form this year. We know that there will be a benefit sale in Connecticut on the 14th of this month which some thought might supplant the one in New York, but no. The NYC sale is happening RIGHT NOW at its usual Warwick Hotel location on 54th Street and Sixth Avenue on the second floor until 5 PM. There was, obviously, no advance notice, so maybe you won't have to contend with lines of people who got up at the crack of dawn. Prices are promised to be from $125 to $550, approximately 80% off. Cash Only.
Run, run run!
Good luck shoe mavens!


Another Cavalcade Of Sales From Derek Lam, Moschino, DSquared2, Vince, Adam Lippes & Much More

It's high season, shoppers, and there are more sample sales going on this week than any reasonable person should be expected to attend. We have something at nearly every price level going on between now and the end of the weekend, so lets dive in.

Starting today, the folks at 260 Sample Sale are running a triple header as they launch a second SoHo location for the winter season. Home base at 260 Fifth Avenue is devoted to ASICS athletic wear through Saturday including clothing, shoes and accessories for the entire family at up to 80% off. It's the perfect time to stock up early on workout wear for the inevitable launch of New Years resolutions after the Holiday season.

Down at 151 Wooster Street in SoHo, the premium designer sale of the trio is from DEREK LAM who will be offering savings on all of his collections including clothing, shoes & accessories from both his main collection and the 10 Crosby label. Expect some eager shopping crowds lining up on Wooster Street today through Sunday.

Finally, stroll a few blocks downtown to the group's newest satellite at 43 Wooster Street for a MARIMEKKO clearance offering its boldly printed women's apparel, bags and accessories as well as the Finnish label's famous home decor items including fabrics to put to your own use.

That's not all for Today. Clothingline is opening a 3-day INHABIT sale featuring the label's sumptuous sweaters at its Garment District home including both samples and stock from the Fall collection. Just a couple of blocks uptown, shoppers can find MISHA NONOO's acclaimed contemporary dresses and sportswear from the recent fall collection through Thursday the 5th.

On to Wednesday, which brings us to one of the season's most eagerly awaited sales. Though the designer roster from this manufacturer has changed over the years, the 3-day AEFFE showroom sale on West 56th street has been a sample sale shopper favorite for a couple of decades now. These days the lineup includes mainstay ALBERTA FERRETTI, Jeremy Scott's reinvigorated MOSCHINO, Fausto Puglisi's EMANUEL UNGARO collection as well as PHILOSOPHY di LORENZO SERAFINI, FUZZI, CEDRIC CHARLIER, POLLINI and more.

Anyone looking for more casual fare will be heading down to the Chelsea Market for a big  VINCE sale offering up to 70% off collections for men and women including clothing and accessories through Sunday.

Thursday brings one of the other highly anticipated longstanding showroom sales as the STAFF USA sale opens in Chelsea at  Diesel HQ on West 19th Street. Typically heavy on samples and often pretty pricey, the big draws in this season's mix are the perennial favorite DSQUARED2 and the resurgent, John Galliano designed MAISON MARGIELA collection as well as the more popularly priced MM➅ line.

On a more accessible note, popular backpack purveyor HERSCHEL SUPPLY Co. will be holding a two-day sale in the Garment District featuring its bags and accessories. Last season's edition offered excellent bargains as well as special early-bird deals, so look for more of the same.

Still with us? You may want to save up for Friday. That's when luxury sportswear star ADAM LIPPES will be offering his collection including samples and stock on Bank Street in the West Village through Saturday.

Take a breather on Saturday, then head over to Soiffer Haskin on Sunday morning for the seasonal CHRISTOFLE sale of French silver flatware, gifts and hollowware which is sharing the space with JUDITH LEIBER's renowned luxury handbags.

Finally, luxury lingerie fans will head down to SoHo for a week of LA PERLA's coveted intimate apparel on sale through next Saturday.

If that's not enough of a gamut for you, there are also sales through the week from RAOUL, TUSK leather goods, BEIRN accessories, SHALINI, JAMES JEANS, ANDREW MARC and more. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL at left for complete details, updates and the inevitable late-breaking sale info.

Next week, get ready for ANNA SUI, REBECCA MINKOFF's seasonal extravaganza, ALEXIS BITTAR and two more heavy hitters from local favorite STEVAN ALAN and ALEXANDER McQUEEN.


James Perse, The Kooples & MCM Set The Sale Shopping Pace This Week

It's a slightly lighter Sample Sale schedule this week, which is a nice little respite after last week's onslaught of events. It should give everyone a chance to regroup, especially after the Hermès-All-Day-Line-Disaster that traumatized so many —not that there won't be any lines.

Today, our friends at 260 Sample Sale have another double header starting with seasonal favorite JAMES PERSE who takes up residence at 260 Fifth Avenue through Sunday. Longtime Perse fans should know what to expect: Racks of deceptively basic tees, polos and tanks in a variety of subtly different weights and textures, all of them soft and comfortable. The sale is promising up to 75% off retail on all of the label's product lines for men and women including home furnishings. the California-based designer is known for his relaxed, laid-back casual wear, but if you are looking for something a bit more tailored and sleek, then you will be heading to . . .

THE KOOPLES sale, also starting today at 260's SoHo location at 151 Wooster Street. The burgeoning French Sportswear label designed with, yes, couples in mind, will be on sale through Sunday offering men's and women's contemporary apparel as well as accessories and shoes. Look for slim, sleek silhouettes for couples who like to stay coordinated.

On Wednesday, status-minded shoppers can catch up to 70% off women's handbags and accessories form the newly revitalized logo-heavy-brand, MCM. While the first day is always the most attractive day to shop, but this sale is promising daily restocking through Sunday, so a covetable bargain might appear at any time.

The big showroom sales are starting to hit as well with their cavalcades of brands. This week FASHIONHAUS takes center stage featuring RENÉ LEZARD, MARLENE BIRGER, ALLUDE CASHMERE and many more european sportswear labels for three days starting on Wednesday.

Finally, on Sunday, downtown fave designer NILI LOTAN will be taking 60% off apparel and accessories in her TriBeCa boutique through Monday.

As always, keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details on each sale as well as late-breaking sale news and addition. Next week, two blockbuster showrooms, STAFF USA and AEFFE will clear their excess stock while DEREK LAM's elegant ready-to-wear and 10 CROSBY lines will go on sale. Backpack toters will be converging on HERSCHEL SUPPLY's sale which has been known to feature rock bottom prices on all manner of sporty accessories plus more TBA before the end of the week.


Yesterday's Hermès Sale Line Was A Disaster

By all reports, the line to get into yesterday's Hermès sale at Soiffer Haskin on West 33rd Street was an unmitigated disaster.
In case you were wondering what people will endure to get a reported 60% off the retail price of an Hermès silk scarf or tie or enameled bracelet, it appears that they will endure a line that reportedly extended down 33rd Street all the way to Ninth Avenue, and downtown as far as 31st Street. The first people to get in were in line —or apparently hired people to wait in line for them— at 1 AM on Thursday. As the day wore on, people waited and waited and waited as the line inched forward at a glacial pace, and as late afternoon approached, it was made clear to hundreds of people still on the sidewalk, most of whom had been there for as long as six or seven hours, that there was no possible way they would get inside the sale before it closed at 7 PM.
They were not happy.
We have seen various reports of tears and tantrums, and by anyone's standards, it sounds like it was an ugly scene.
Why was it such a mess? Reports have the staff at Soiffer Haskin letting in a meager number of shoppers inside at a time, and once inside, those shoppers were in no hurry to exit before they scoured every table, rack and shelf to make sure that they weren't missing out on a fabulous hidden find. Normally, this venue is a paragon of efficiency and security with strict coat and bag checks and rules against strollers and bringing children. It is spacious, well furnished and well attended. That is why it is the location of choice to the most exclusive luxury brands when they need to schedule a sample sale, but perhaps, seeing the magnitude of the line, they were perhaps a little bit too cautious in limiting the number of shoppers to avoid the kind of competitive grabbing and elbow throwing that can arise at such sales.
Adding to the anger was the fact that many eager shoppers had saved up funds and waited months for the sale, with many taking time off from work or using vacation days to make sure that they would be able to have a special piece of Hermès by the end of the day. Many would not have the opportunity to return the next day to try again.
Clearly, Soiffer Haskin was taken by surprise yesterday. They have held many Hermès sales in seasons past with many long lines of early rising customers, but we have never heard of anything like this. Why was there such a strong turnout this year? Who knows? From what we have heard, the offerings were not any better than they have been at past sales. Perhaps the people who would normally see the long line and think, "Forget it. No way am I standing in that line for hours," decided to queue up instead of walking away, but the lesson here might be: Instead of spending an entire day waiting for the chance to maybe find something you like at a discount, cut your losses and move on. When they say you have to suffer for fashion, this is not what they mean.

I Waited in That Ridiculous Hermès Sample Sale Line for Eight Hours (Racked NY)
*SAMPLE SALE* Code: Orange (Mizhattan)
Skip the Hermes Sample Sale (Madison Avenue Spy)