Roberto Cavalli, Tracy Reese + Theory & James Perse Redux

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, the sample sale schedule will ramp up, and we are full expecting more last minute events to pop-up before the end of the week. Here are some highlights for what we have on schedule so far:

Yesterday brought a two-day RACHEL ZOE blowout sale at Clothingline in the Garment District that you can still catch before the end of today. Otherwise, shoppers can head down to the Meatpacking District for a combined sale from LILLA P. and LEO & SAGE which are promising plenty of summer sportswear and dresses at deep discounts through Thursday.

Today brings a few heavy hitters that shoppers will have been anticipating. TRACY REESE has long been a favorite for her contemporary dresses and sportswear, and her label has frequently found its way to the back of the First Lady, so this is always a popular sale featuring samples, runway pieces and back stock in all sizes starting at $40 through Thursday.
ROBERTO CAVALLI makes his debut with 260SampleSale today in their SoHo location featuring Women's and Men's Apparel, Shoe and Accessory collections. It promises to offer all the glitz and glamor associated with the designer, so look for a line, and enough merchandise to last through Sunday.
Wasn't there a JAMES PERSE sale just a few weeks ago? Yes, there was, but this one has moved back uptown to its usual haunt at 260 Fifth Avenue with vastly more room and merchandise. It's always worth a visit to stock up on Perse's singular tees and casual wear which will be there through Sunday.

Fans of elegant women's apparel will be making their way to The Meatpacking District today only for deep discounts from one of the Duchess of Cambridge's favorite designers, JENNY PACKHAM. The one-day-only sale promises all of Packham's collections with an emphasis on Bridal wear, so be prepared to shop alongside a few Bridezillas.
Finally, yet another THEORY sale hits the Chelsea Market on Wednesday. This one is for the guys, promising up to 60% off the label's popular sportswear and tailored separates. Shop through Sunday.

While sales may taper off for the Holiday weekend, there are already some big names scheduled for the upcoming weeks including Tory Burch, La Perla, Rebecca Taylor and the return of the long lost Diane von Furstenberg sale. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for times and locations as well as late-breaking sales.


The Comme des Garçons/Dover Street Market Sale Will Close Early On Sunday

See that line of people wrapped around the corner of Houston and Washington Streets? They have cleaned out the Comme des Garçons/Dover Street Market Super-Market-Market, and now there's not enough left to keep the sale open for the full four days it was originally scheduled for. If you were planning to catch the last gasp on Monday, then you will have to change your plans and brave the crowds on Sunday from noon to 7 PM. Best of luck to all, and plan for a bit of line waiting.


Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market's Super-Market-Market Rules The Week, But Don't Miss Paul Smith, Public School & More

Were you waiting for a busy sale week?
Well, it's here. This week offers a bona fide plethora of sample sales timed just before retail stores start their first seasonal markdowns. Let's get started because even the highlights are a lot to cover.

Yesterday was the first day of NANCY GONZALEZ's always anticipated sale, but don't worry. The popular designer's exotic skin bags and accessories will be on sale in midtown through Wednesday, so you still have plenty of time to snag a nice little crocodile clutch or whatever strikes you.

We have a big day happening on Tuesday.
Starting off we have PAUL SMITH's ever-popular seasonal sale at 260SampleSale's Greene Street location just a few steps from Smith's own flagship store in SoHo. Look for deep discounts on Men's and women's designer apparel and shoes along with books and the other collectible furnishing items that he loves to spice up his shops with. Speaking from our personal experience, we can report that it is tough to go through a Paul Smith sample sale without finding some must have item. Be prepared for eager crowds. Today's session starts at 3 PM after the VIP's do their shopping, but more regular hours will continue through Sunday.
UPDATE: The Paul Smith sale is mostly menswear with a smaller women's section. Shoes and Gift Items are downstairs and priced by colored dot. See the price lists after the jump.
260 Fifth Avenue has been give over to an unusual triple header cosmetics, fragrance and candle sale featuring TOCCA candles, STILA makeup and GHD styling tools, so it should be popular for beauty and fragrance fans through Sunday.
Heading back to SoHo, CANVAS HOME has moved its warehouse sale from its former Chelsea home to to a new venue. Look for its signature table and glass ware along with furniture and other modern home accessories through Sunday.

It's a good day for ladies as Texas-born LELA ROSE's popular dresses and ready to wear will be up to 75% off in the garment district for three days through Friday.
For something a little sportier, head to the West Village for designer Rie Yamagata's RHIÉ contemporary collection on sale for two days only. Look for quirky dresses and sportswear at great prices including both samples and stock.
It wouldn't be a big sale week without some kind of THEORY sale. This one is at the Chelsea Market and promises 70% off the women's collection only.

One of fashion's most influential designers, NORMA KAMALI has almost become almost like a best kept secret. Her sales are short but productive and shoppers have but one day, Thursday, to pick up items from all her collections past and present for a mere $50 to $100. RSVP HERE to ensure admission. 
One of the season's most reliably satisfying showroom sales kicks off Thursday at THE NEWS in SoHo. This hub for men's and women's upper contemporary collections is always worth a serious visit. Go for PUBLIC SCHOOLTIM COPPENS or COMMON PROJECTS' coveted sneakers and stay for all sorts of other labels like Cheap Monday, Officine Generale and more. Shop through Saturday, but go early for the best selection.
Also on Thursday, jewelry designer ALEXIS BITTAR will be offering deep savings on his jewelry designs ranging from fashion pieces staring at $25 to more important pieces featuring precious metals and gemstones through Sunday

One big event is scheduled for today, but it might have shoppers waiting outside all week. It's the only-once-every-few-years COMME des GARÇONS DOVER STREET MARKET SUPER-MARKET-MARKET which promises not only items from all of the myriad Comme des Garçons collections including Noir and Junya Watanabe, but also Dover Street Market collections. Whether or not this means private label only or previous season overstock from the many other designers carried by the store is still in question, but either way, this is one of the main events of the season. Be prepared for a wait, although the location at Skylight Clarkson Square in SoHo should allow for plenty of room and hopefully lots of room for everyone to shop.

Finally, if you have been unable to shop all week, take advantage of Soiffer Haskin's FRETTE sale to restock you luxury bed and bath needs through next Tuesday.

That's a full week by anyone's standards, but there's more coming next week including James Perse and Roberto Cavalli's main collection along with plenty of last-minute additions. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar on the left for times and locations as well as the inevitable late breaking sales.

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Scoop Shifts Into Liquidation Mode While Carson Street Remains Serene At Half Price

It's going to be a sad couple months with some great bargains as New York says goodbye to a cornerstone of contemporary retailing along with a short-lived but much admired men's boutique.
Scoop NYC confirmed early Monday that all of its stores would be closing over the next several weeks and commenced a modest 10% off storewide promotion suggesting that it would be going the slow route toward clearing merchandise, but as regular, non-liquidating stores are set to release spring markdowns in a few weeks, it seems like an acceleration is in order. Today, The Shophound was notified that storewide discounts have risen to 20% off with certain categories like boots and off-season accessories discounted 30% to 40% off the lowest ticket prices. We didn't see anything that had been previously reduced, so it would appear that most everything offered is still marked at full price, but the ugly liquidation posters are up in the windows, and when we stopped by the Third Avenue Scoop on the Upper East Side (pictured above and below) merchandising was being reorganized on the racks by category; dresses over here, pants over there, etc. At this point, the discounts are not extraordinary, but it may be worth it to venture forth to save a little on certain non-seasonal items that rarely get discounted like certain shoe and sneaker styles and other accessories. Further reductions are sure to be on the way , but regular Scoop fans should know that the most recent sale notice was sent to Shophound email as a press notification and specifically not to the personal email which is on's regular mailing list. This may be because Scoop's e-commerce website has been closed entirely aside from a landing page that will direct you to the nearest store. The G.O.B. sale is now exclusively brick-and-mortar, so don't wait for any big discounts online, but, since it is not a court-ordered bankruptcy liquidation, the store is still accepting any remaining gift certificates.
The other big goodbye this season is to the short lived but much loved Carson Street, (pictured below) which notified its customers that its entire stock is now a tough to resist 50% off. We stopped by on Monday afternoon to check it out in person and found the store locked and dark at what seemed to be a reasonable shopping time. We were a bit perplexed as to how its clearance would be handled. Online only? We made our way there again this afternoon, and found it open as normal. You would never have known that there was a closing sale going on. The store seemed as tranquil as always, and full of lots of designers that aren't widely distributed, or discounted, and certainly won't found at half price at this point in the season. On the racks as usual were labels like Lemaire, J.W. Anderson, Jil Sander, Greg Lauren, Tim Coppens, Tomas Maier, Umit Benan and Ami to name just a few. Anyone who is a fan of more directional menswear should make it their business to get down to Carson Street's Greene Street store posthaste, although, if you can't make it down to SoHo, its e-commerce site is still up and running and featuring the current discount.
So that's the clearance report for the moment. We will do our best to keep you as up to date as possible on these bittersweet sale situations.


Diesel Denim, Louboutin & Another Minkoff Handbag Bonanza Lead This Week's Sales

It's not a heavily scheduled sale week, but what we do have are some tried and true favorite events that bring out serious crowds.
Lets start with one of the most anticipated:

The big shoe sale trifecta is completed today with CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN's highly exclusive sale set for the garment district. We divulge this information with major caveats as this sale is notoriously hard to get into without an invitation. it is known to open up occasionally on the final day, but intrepid shopper have been known to slip in. Venture forth at your own risk if you must, but we can't promise you will get in.

REBECCA MINKOFF can be relied upon for a strong sale sale turnout, and the line waiting to get into yesterday's opening day went all the way down the block at 260 Fifth Avenue. Regular Minkoff fans will be familiar with the offerings which basically comprised tables and tables of every permutation of handbag from glittery minaudière to casual totes. True to the brand, there are lots of bright colors and textured materials. There was a small selection of men's Ben or Uri Minkoff bags and accessories, but not a huge amount, and we don't expect much to stick around unless there is major restocking. There were even some Men's shoes, which we didn't even know they made. Overall, prices looked good, merchandise looked abundant and fans should be satisfied. Runs through Saturday.

Downtown at 260SampleSale's Greene Street location, DIESEL unloads its seasonal array of samples and overstock today including both the main label and the premium Diesel Black Gold runway line. The selection seems a bit smaller than last season's offerings, but there is still tons of stuff which we previewed yesterday. Runs through Sunday.

AEFFE's seasonal showroom sale on West 56th street has been a major draw for decades. The designers have changed over the years, but the allure remains strong. Currently, the luxury manufacturer/showroom's lineup includes MOSCHINOALBERTA FERRETTI and EMANUEL UNGARO as well as Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Cedric Charlier, Fuzzi and more. Shop for three days through Friday.

Finally, on Sunday, gentlemen looking to refresh their business wardrobes will be converging on Soiffer Haskin to hit the HICKEY FREEMAN sale through next Thursday. Look for racks and racks of classic, expertly tailored suits along with dress furnishings and elegant but very conservative sportswear and golf apparel.

That's not all. There's also Lalique in New Jersey, Loeffler Randall,  Bonpoint and Adam Lippes to name a few. Keep your eyes on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details and late breaking events.
Next week, brace yourself for more with Nancy Gonzalez, Paul Smith and much more as we head to peak season as Memorial Day approaches.


The Comme des Garçons Mega-Sale Is Coming Back With Dover Street Market Too!
More Last Minute Sample Sales

CDG-DSM-SuperMarketMarket-CutWe told you that there would likely be a few last minute sale announcements this week, and we weren't wrong. Like the private JIMMY CHOO sale that went public today at Metropolitan Pavilion (through tomorrow the 5th), Several covetable labels made their sample plans know with only days and even hours to spare, but the big exciting news comes from COMME des GARÇONS who announced that their only-once-every-few-years blowout sale is coming back in a couple of weeks on May 20th for three days at Skylight Clarkson Square, a new venue for them that should hopefully be cavernous enough to mitigate the inevitable long lines that this event has generated in the past. The "Super-Market-Market" will be offering not only every brand user the Comme des Garçons umbrella (and there are always more of those than you think), but also DOVER STREET MARKET brands as well. We're not sure if this means DSM-labeled merchandise and specialty items like their housewares, or if this will be more of a warehouse sale meant to include clearance leftover merchandise from past seasons? Maybe it's a little of both? Either way is fine with us.

But back to this week. There's plenty to fill out your shopping schedule if you weren't already booked up.
Tomorrow, Thursday the 5th, brings a one-day GIAMBATTISTA VALLI sale in West Chelsea that is promising up to 80% off the popular couturier's ready-to-wear collections. It hasn't been fully specified, but we are guessing that the sale would include both the luxurious main collection as well as the more accessible and sporty Giamba line. 

Anyone looking for more prosaic fare should look for JAMES JEANS on Greenwich Street just north of Tribeca where denim for men and women will be 50% to 80% off from Thursday to Friday.

The other longtime seasonal fave happening tomorrow through Saturday is the Staff USA sale in Chelsea featuring the DSQUARED2, MAISON MARGIELA and MM➅ collections for men and women. Bargains aplenty have been known to be found at this event in the past, but novice shoppers should be warned that it is typically heavy on sample sizes. It is a veteran crowd-pleaser, so it's one worth getting up early for.

As always, find details and locations on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left where we do our best to update any other last-minute additions that we catch wind of.


Spring Contemporary Sales From J.Lindeberg, Sandro, Maje & More

It's only a few weeks away from Regular retailers' first markdowns, so the Sample Sale schedule continues to heat up for the season. Here are this week's highlights:

It's a great week for trendy, contemporary brands with a continental edge, starting today with popular French sibling chains SANDRO (select items pictured above) and MAJE (select items pictured below). They will be sharing space at 260 Fifth Avenue featuring their signature sleek contemporary apparel, shoes and accessories for men and women.

Downtown at 150 Greene Street in SoHo,  J.LINDEBERG will be taking over the store only a few blocks from its New York flagship with its trend-driven menswear at up to 80% off offering an excellent opportunity for some fashionable menswear at nearly irresistible prices.

Still in SoHo, Franco-Japanese sibling brands PAS DE CALAIS for women and SAGE DE CRÊT for men will be taking over the basement of their boutique at Broome & Wooster for their seasonal sale featuring current and past season merchandise up to 80% off.

On Thursday, popular contemporary brand LAFAYETTE 148 will be relinquishing its showroom at, yes, 148 Lafayette Street for a 75% off sale of merchandise from the past Fall collections for two days only.

Walk over uptown a few blocks to NoHo and find find cult like New York label ZERO MARIA CORNEJO selling apparel, shoes and accessories at up to 75% off including Samples, one-of-a-kind items and regular stock.

Finally, Saturday shoppers can take a detour to Soiffer Haskin near Penn Station for 65% off IMPOLITE Jewelry just in time for Mothers' Day. A special selection of items will be specially proceed at 75% to 80% Off which should be incentive enough to get there early.

It's more than likely that more sales will be announced at the last minute before the end of the week, so keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar for details on all sales. Next week, brace yourself for heavy hitters like Diesel, Rebecca Minkoff and AEFFE's seasonal European designer blowout.


Hit Or Miss At Scoop's Warehouse Sale + Helmut Lang, Carven & Christofle

We are just on the edge of where the Sample Sale season starts to heat up, but until that happens next month, there are a few major events not to be missed for Sale mavens.

Today, the SCOOP NYC Warehouse Sale (pictured above and below )makes a return engagement after being MIA for a season. You may understand why after a visit. In past seasons, the sale has been worth lining up for on Day 1, as well as visiting throughout the week as discounts deepened on a ton of designer and contemporary goods for men and women. From what we could gather from last night's preview, however, the merchandise available seemed just more meager than it has been in past seasons, which is probably why it has migrated to 260SampleSale's slightly smaller Greene Street location. On the plus side, though the flyers advertised 75% off, the discount we encountered was already 80%, so things are starting out at almost irresistible discounts —if there turns out to be anything you want. Runs through Sunday.

Uptown at 260 Fifth Avenue, Dancewear brand BLOCH has taken over the store for a rare sample sale featuring all manner of dance footwear and apparel for Women, Men and Chidren. It's a rare opportunity that is likely to turn out all manner of twinkletoes from amateurs to the city's deep bench of professionals. Shop through Sunday.

On Wednesday, contemporary label ALICE & TRIXIE will be offering its 100% silk separates at discounts of 80% off and more for 3 days in the Garment District. As an added enticement, the first 100 customers will receive a free gift with purchase.

Also on Wednesday Sample Sale stalwart HELMUT LANG will open at Chelseas Market featuring Men's and women's collections discounted up to 60% off. This may not, as many regular sample sale shoppers know, be the only Helmut Lang sale we see this season, but each one tends to have something to offer. Shop through Sunday.

Covetable French label CARVEN is launching its first New York sample sale on Thursday for 2 days in West Chelsea. Expect some dedicated fans as the discounts are promised up to 80% off including Samples and Stock for both men and women. Shop through Friday.

Finally, the luxe French silver company CHRISTOFLE is making its seasonal appearance for four days starting this Sunday at Soiffer Haskin offering exceptional discounts on silver and silver plate flatware as well as hollowware, crystal, porcelain and other gifts and jewelry. As usual, they will share the space with a few other labels including JUDITH LEIBER who is promising evening bags, presumably including at least a few of Leiber's famous crystal paved minaudières. Speaking of sparkly things, the sale will also include gold and precious gemstone jewelry from PAOLO COSTAGLI.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for times and locations and any late-braking events. Next week, save up for a French sportswear triple header from Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot as well as J.Lindeberg, Piazza Sempione and more.


Soulcycle, Reiss, Suno & More Hit The Sale Trail

It's a strong Sample Shopping week with with some old favorites making their usual appearances for dedicated fans. Here are the highlights:

You still have two more days to catch JOHN HARDY's sale at Soiffer Haskin which has announced reduced prices on all merchandise through Wednesday if you have been dawdling.

Starting today, fans of fine underpants can line up at HANRO of SWITZERLAND's showroom on Fifth Avenue to replenish their seasonal supply of innerwear as well as loungewear, sleepwear and other underpinnings through Wednesday.

Spinning devotées should be heading to 260SampleSale's SoHo outpost on Greene Street for SOULCYCLE's warehouse sale. Look for about 40% off workout wear for women and men suitable for any kind of exercise even if you aren't into spending hours riding a bicycle to nowhere. Shop through Saturday.

British contemporary chain REISS, which has been known to dress the Duchess of Cambridge as well as plenty of other more humble common folk, will be installed at 260 Fifth Avenue through the weekend offering a sizable 75% their men's and women's collections of clothing, shoes and accessories.

Tomorrow, fans of scented candles —and we know they are legion— can trek out to the vast Starrett Lehigh building in West Chelsea for a two-day NEST FRAGRANCES sale featuring discounts starting at 50% off their deluxe candles and other home fragrances.

Up and coming label SUNO has been off the sale schedule for a bit, but they are back on Wednesday in SoHo with savings on their women's designer apparel. Past sales have been noted for great bargains, so hopes are high for this return.

Yet another Duchess Kate fave, L.K. BENNETT is also opening its Madison Avenue showroom staring on Wednesday through next Tuesday offering savings on British designed apparel, handbags and the shoes that are known to cover those royal feet.

Keeping with the English theme, punk pioneer VIVIENNE WESTWOOD begins another of her much awaited samples sales on Thursday in the Garment district featuring, as expected, the full range of her offerings for men and women from apparel to shoes and accessories. Shop through Sunday the 24th.

Finally, for the guys, GILDED AGE will once again be offering great its great vintage inspired sportswear, shoes and accessories 60% to 80% off retail prices through Sunday in SoHo.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar for times and locations as well as late-breaking sales. Next week, look for Scoop's last-chance-warehouse sale, Bloch's ballet shoes and more.


A Fully packed Shopping Week With Oscar de la Renta, Thakoon, Elie Tahari, Ports 1961 & More

If you were worried that Sample Sale Season wasn't picking up fast enough, then you should be heartened by this week's schedule which is full of promising events from major labels.

Burgeoning women's label THAKOON kicked things off yesterday in SoHo with a whopping 90% off the Thakoon and Thakoon Addition lines this FLOTUS fave is always a popular draw, but a full four days of sale through Thursday suggests that there should be a lot to go around.

Today is a big kickoff day for many labels' sales including YIGAL AZROUËL always popular sample event in the garment district. Look for 80% off the designer collection from both current and past seasons through Thursday the 14th.

ELIE TAHARI will be holding one more sample sale in its midtown store for five days featuring contemporary separates and accessories for both women and men. Look for up to 70% off through Saturday the 16th.

The Olson sisters' contemporary label ELIZABETH AND JAMES is back at 260 Fifth Avenue starting today through Sunday featuring the apparel line as well as jewelry, eyewear and other accessories at deep savings that tend to go deeper before the end of the sale.

Today's biggest opening, however is OSCAR DE LA RENTA, which is hosting a more public than ever sale in SoHo through the weekend. All of the label's luxury collections are promised including ready-to-wear apparel, accessories and shoes, but early reports have the selection very heavy on furs, with deep discounts on everything.

On Wednesday, petite shoppers can fight their way through PRABAL GURUNG's seasonal 3-day sale in the Garment District. The rising young designer is known for dramatic eveningwear which is expected to be available, but sizes can be spotty with most selections offered in smaller, sample range sizes.

Finally, on Thursday, PORTS 1961 is opening a sample sale upstairs in its Meatpacking District boutique. While the flyer is vague, this sale notice was sent to us as a Men's sample sale featuring assortments from Fall 2015. That would be the first collection for the label from Milan Vukmirovic, making it something of a hot property, so plan to fight among the stylish gentlemen for the label's luxe outerwear and deceptively sexy knits.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL at left for locations and hours as well as the inevitable late breaking sales.
Next week, look out for Hanro's seasonal innerwear blowout, Soulcycle, Reiss, Vivienne Westwood and more.