Thanksgiving week gave the Sample Sale schedule a welcome breather, and though we may not hit the saturation levels of a few weeks ago, we are returning to a fuller lineup to kick of the Holiday Season staring today with a seasonal favorite, J.CREW (pictured above).
This sale continues to pack them in, bur as we have noted in the past it is a real hit-or-miss proposition. Generally, it is a strict sample sale, meaning full of actual samples, but some stock merchandise seems to dribble in to fill out the assortments and size ranges. It is the sort of sale where you can discover a great item, possibly a sample of something in an alternate color or a version that never got produced, but merchandise has often been around the block a few times and may not be in the best condition, so it is important to inspect your purchases carefully. As in the past, the sales are now divided into separate 260 Sample Sale locations with Women's J.Crew and Crewcuts at the home base at 260 Fifth Avenue, Men's at 43 Wooster Street, and MADEWELL at 151 Wooster Street in SoHo. The Shophound stopped by the Men's preview yesterday and found the offerings to be particularly sample-size heavy, meaning that there is tons of stuff in the medium-size range and less in the others. of course, there are no guarantees for any sample sale, but the other caveat is that there is often an abundance of sale merchandise in J.Crew stores which, especially considering the promotional tie of year, is often priced around the same if not sometimes better than the sample sale goods. Still, the sale generates long lines when it opens, and, truth be told, The Shophound always finds something worth our while every season (check the men's shoe racks pictured below). You'll find it at the three locations listed through Sunday with the strong likelihood of price reductions as the week progresses.
Tomorrow, NANETTE LEPORE fans will be heading once again to her garment district showroom for her 3-day Holiday season sample sale featuring the recent Fall 2015 collection. Lepore is one of those designers who seem to have several sample sales a year, but her customers still swarm to them for great prices on a contemporary favorite.
On Friday, the up-and-coming knitwear mavens of the ORLEY family will be holding a sample sale through the weekend featuring their acclaimed men's line as well as the recently launched women's line. Not unlike a nascent, American counterpart to Missoni, the group of siblings and in-laws have become insider faves who are breaking out at important retailers like Bergdorf's and Opening Ceremony. Their unique touch with complex knitwear has evolved into full sportswear collections that made them CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists, and you stand a good chance of meeting at least one charming Orley in person at the sale. It's a great sale for fashion you won't find everywhere —yet.
Also on Thursday, the Launch Collective showroom will be offering sample from several emerging designers including another CFDA favorite, TANYA TAYLOR, supermodel Liya Kedebe's made in Ethiopia label LEMLEM and luxe shoe designer SARAH FLINT. Also included will be KEMPNER, from descendants of the legendary socialite Nan Kemper, socially conscious bags and accessories for STATE, and more. Shop through Monday the 5th.
HUGO BOSS is another big brand that does a couple of sales every season. The earlier one at the Starrett-Lehigh Building showroom is for the actual samples. The one starting Saturday at Soiffer-Haskin for five days is expected to include overstock from all the collections meaning a fuller size range of merchandise cut for actual guys not models. A selection of the Jason Wu-designed women's line is also promised.
Be sure to check our SALE ROLL sidebar for hours and locations as well as the inevitable late-breaking sales. Next week, look for the returns of TORY BURCH, ALICE AND OLIVIA, ISAIA and more.