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
UPDATED w/ Bespoken

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.


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!

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
Vince, Lela Rose, La Perla, Lole, Longchamp, Viking, Taylor, Christian Dior, Lagos, Movado, Melissa & Doug, Miriam Merenfeld Jewelry —join HERE
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


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.


The Barneys Warehouse Sale Is A Miserable Affair

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.


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.


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