Rag & Bone's Sample Sale Is Happening, But Not The Way You Are Used To —And It's Tomorrow

Af there the announcement that RAG & BONE would be moving their sample sale to L.A., we, like a lot of other people, thought that we would be missing out on the popular brand's reliable sale this season, but it turns out that the R&B folks wouldn't do that to us faithful New Yorkers. The sale is happening, just not at its usual Chelsea Market location.
The brand is joining forces with STEVEN ALAN, who just held what we thought would be his final clearance last week in SoHo. Alan's sale will be continuing with deeper discounts to 80% off in Industry City, Brooklyn's current hotbed of development. Rag & Bone will be joining him with their sale. We have no idea whether or not it will be as extensive as what we are used to, but it's probably worth a trek out to Brooklyn to find out. Officially, it starts on Friday the 24th at noon, and we have no idea whether or not Rag & Bone's traditionally easy-to-get into VIP preview is happening today or not, but at least we know that the label hasn't forsaken its hometown sample sale shoppers just yet.

See the sale notice after the jump.

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A Summer Sale Onslaught Including J.Crew, Theory & Helmut Lang Redux, Canali, MCM And More

As Summer kicks in officially this week, it has brought a barrage of Sample Sales along with it. Here are some highlights:

Yesterday kicked off some heavy hitters including the always highly anticipated J.CREW, CREWCUTS and MADEWELL sales divided between 260 Fifth Avenue and its satellite location on Wooster Street for menswear (pictured above) for a solid week through Sunday. Longtime shoppers will find the sales pretty much the same as always, featuring a smattering of stock pieces, but mostly composed of samples from various seasons. Sometimes that means that quality is not at regular production level, but it can also mean that items in exclusive materials or colors that are not available to regular customers. At the early morning preview yesterday, we found much of what we expected with a particularly good selection of shoes including random pairs form Nike, Sperry, New Balance and other brands.
Also on Monday, Soiffer Haskin debuted a 4-day CANALI sale featuring luxurious suits, furnishing and sportswear from the tony Italian label.
At Clothingline's Garment District location, another installment of the multiple Th and HL sample sale tour opened featuring samples for men and women along with slightly irregular pieces which should translate into great prices, but buyer beware of hidden flaws and damages.

contemporary favorite NANETTE LEPORE launches a 4-day sale in her Garment District showroom on Tuesday featuring Spring and Summer samples and stock.
Luxury ready-to-wear designer PRABAL GURING has, in typical New York fashion, let us know at the last minute that his sample sale will run from Tuesday to Thursday featuring current and past collections, but mostly small sizes, so be warned.
Contemporary women's designer JONATHAN SIMKHAI will be offering a hefty 70% off current and past collections, and as a coincidental bonus, both sales are on different floors of the same building, for your ease of shopping.
SHOWROOM SEVEN, which is responsible for introducing many an emerging designer, is starting its four-day sale in Western Chelsea on Tuesday featuring a multitude of apparel, accessory and shoe designers.
Most prominently, the mens custom tailor and haberdasher SEIZE sur VINGT is kicking off its extend 11-day sale on Tuesday through July 1. In its Greene Street boutique, look for samples, stock and exclusive items from theblabel's current and past collections.

In more of a fast-fashion vein, veteran sportswear chain FRENCH CONNECTION launches a 2-day sale on Wednesday featuring 80% off men's and women's summer collections for a wear-now treat at what can be presumed will be some pretty irresistible prices.

Designer SIMON MILLER is holding a rare 3-day sample sale in NoLita featuring his signature made-in-the-USA sportswear crafted from artisanal Japanese fabrics crated into apparel.
A few blocks away, luxurious but sporty handmade shoe label FEIT will be launching a four-day sale including both men's and women's footwear, and over on West Broadway, Canadian accessory brand m0851 will be offering up to 80% off bags and outerwear.
Also in SoHo, resurgent status label MCM will be slashing up to 80% off bags and accessories for women and men making for a conveniently localized quartet of sales.

That's just a small sampling of what's going on this week. Make sure to check the SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations and details as well as more sales and as many late-breaking events as we can keep up with.


The Rag & Bone Sample Sale is Moving
. . . To California?

There are a few things that we New York City sample sale watchers can reasonably count on. There will be numerous Theory and Helmut Lang sales. If there is an Hermès sale, then people will wait in a ridiculous line for it, and Rag & Bone will show up with a sample sale at the Chelsea Market every season like clockwork. Rag & Bone does have one of the longer running and most consistent sales, and they are going to have another one this month.
In Santa Monica.
Yes folks, Rag & Bone has moved its sample sale to the greater L.A. area from June 23rd to the 25th as you can see in the official flyer pictured below. We don't know that this precludes its regular New York sale, but we sure hope it doesn't. The sale is being promoted by Privé, which also tends to operate the sales in the Chelsea Market space that Rag & Bone usually uses, but it's only for three days which is a bit shorter than its usual NYC run. Typically, the sale here would be happening around now, but sometimes these designers like to break up the predictable pattern.
Call us cautious, but concerned. It's all well and good that L.A. should have some sample sales, too, but not at the expense of our New York schedule. There are a lot of New Yorkers who count on that sale to replenish our wardrobes of cool sportswear at a neatly reduced price. We will keep this issue updated as necessary.


Steven Alan Moves Off-Site (UPDATED) + Alice & Olivia, Nautica, Luxury Watches and Lanvin?

From the Steven Alan Sample Sale, L to R, Classic Pocket tee $68 $40, blue plaid Masters shirt $198 $65, women's Fargo top $188 $55, Felicity jumpsuit $275 $85, black piped Lily bag $198 $60

We are getting into the thick of things this week as the sales begin to pile up. Some major players return including one longtime favorite with a major twist. On top of all that, Splendid and Ella Moss have extended their sale into this week, and Michael Bastian has created an online flash-sale sequel if you missed him over the weekend. Here are some more highlights:

Another contemporary powerhouse hits 260 Fifth Avenue this week. ALICE and OLIVIA opened yesterday and runs through Saturday with Stacy Bendet's immensely popular collections (selections pictured below). Expect crowds throughout the week.

Local boutique mini-mogul STEVEN ALAN's seasonal sample sales have been a major draw for years, generating blocks-long lines through TriBeCa even as Alan has experimented with online alternatives to reduce the crush. This season, he has finally allowed the experts at 260SampleSale to take over  the nuts and bolts of his sample sale (they even have ApplePay now) at their Greene Street location in SoHo. As always, the sale will include both the ever expanding house label -including those ever-popular shirts (pictured above)– as well as other labels that Alan carries in his stores. Look for the lines to start forming on Tuesday through Sunday.
(See update review below)
Also on Tuesday, mainstream label NAUTICA is joining with stars bag-makers KIPLING for a three-day sale at Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Shop through Thursday, but get a sitter because your little kids and strollers will be personae non-gratae at the sale.

This one we had to think about for a minute before we even posted about it. LANVIN is holding a sample sale at C21-Edition at the flagship Century 21, which should cause great excitement, but it is really a relocation of the strictly enforced invitation only Friends and Family sale that have taken place seasonally over the years. While at department stores, "Friends and Family" usually means "anyone who walks through the door", for European luxury brands like Lanvin, it really means that you need to be expressly invited and on the list. However, C21-Edition is not exactly a private venue, and sometimes, as persistent crashers at Christian Louboutin sales can attest, the restrictiveness of door policies at such events can vary from mount to moment. If you are a Lanvin fan looking to get your hands on some of beloved designer Alber Elbaz's last collections for the label, then it my be worth a long shot to get in, but we can promise nothing, so take you chances if you are so inclined.
UPDATE NOTE: "The Grapevine" is telling us that the guest list will not be heavily enforced, so entry should be easy with or without an invitation.

Real luxury watch sales are not so common on the sample sale schedule. It has been several seasons since Tourneau has unloaded outdated and discontinued models at off-site sales, but Two noted swift watchmakers have joined forced to clear out some back stock at the Metropolitan Pavilion for two days starting on Thursday. FREDERIQUE CONSTANT and ALPINA will be taking up to 75% off their swiss-made timepieces through Friday, so anyone looking to add to their watch wardrobes should make time to stop by.

As always, exact locations and hours can be found in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left along with late-breaking sales that we are always working to add as soon as we can. Next week, look for another Theory and Helmut Lang sale, Italian menswear from Canali, perennial faves Nanette Lepore and Seize sur Vingt as well as another multi-location blowout from Madewell and J.Crew to name just a few events.

From the Alice + Olivia sale, L to R, Embellished Jacket $1,398 $299, Bohemian Paisley Maxi-Dress $495 $199, Embroidered Jacket $660 $279, Embroidered Dress $598 $269, Box Pleat Boat neck Dress $368 $159, Embroidered Skirt $798 $279


After the Friend's & Family preview, we can report that the move off site has been a successful move for STEVEN ALAN's Sample Sale. As expected, the folks at 260SampleSale have created a well-organized environment in their Greene Street location that is easy to shop. Will manic shoppers rip it all apart? Probably, but for now, the sale is well organized with tons of merchandise. There are price lists for the house label (see them after the jump) and all non-Steven Alan branded merchandise is a hefty 75% off the original price, which means you can pick up a pair of Vans for as low as $15. Shoes and accessories are located on the lower level (pictured above) and there were lots of them including covetable brands like Common Projects and exclusive versions of Wolverine's 1000 Mile Boot which never go on sale. On the street level, Men's has the majority of the racks and the house brand and 3rd party labels are carefully separated into separate sections for easier shopping. House brand merchandise is arranged by size while 3rd party march is by style —mostly. All in all it was much easier to shop than the previous Steven Alan sales in his own showroom. Hopefully it will stay that way. After the jump: Price Lists

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Maison Margiela, Bottega Veneta, Rebecca Taylor, Montblanc, The Kooples, Adidas Y-3 & More

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!

Herve Leger, Erno Laszlo, Rachel Zoe, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Aperlai, Cadet, Kenzo, Mezlan, Sanborn Canoe Paddles, Saint Laurent Handbaga & Shoes, Jack Rogers, JILL by Jill Stuart, Nanette Lepore, Theory, John Varvatos ★ USA, Maison Martin Margiela, Ron Tomson, Native Union Tech Accessories, John Varvatos Collection Accessories —join HERE
Bottega Veneta, Shun, LeVian, Hale Bob, Hobo The Original, Dr. Brandt Skincare, Clarks, Miraclesuit & Magicsuit, Rebecca Taylor, Montblanc, ADAY Activewear —join HERE
Sharagano, Segolène en Cuir, Dooney & Burke, Tart, Siwy Denim, The Kooples, Sigerson Morrison, Oakley, Bulova, Neuw Denim, ALDO, Eileen Fisher, Lois Hill Jewelry, RAGA, Rachel Pally, Adidas Y-3, C-IN2 Underwear, Z.A.K., Ganesh —join HERE


Michael Bastian & Rebecca Taylor Sell Their Samples, But It's Herschel Supply Co. That Will Bring The Crazy Lines

Our curated list of sample sales are always found in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left, but as the sale season heads toward its peak, it can be a lot to scroll through. Here are a few highlights you probably won't want to miss for the week:

Today's big opening is from popular contemporary designer REBECCA TAYLOR who faithfully returns to 260 Fifth Avenue today through Saturday with her spring sale. As with all of the contemporary collections, expect an eager line of shoppers for the first few hours. Also opening today, California casual wear brands  SPLENDID and ELLA MOSS are taking up residence in the garment district for a rare three-day-sale on the east coast. The men's Splendid Mills label will also be included through Thursday.

On Wednesday, TOCCA completes its sale requirements for the season. We have already seen its popular candles and fragrances hit the tables, and not it's time for the original dress collection to have its moment. The Flatiron/NoMad showroom will be open for two days through Thursday offering discounts just in time for spring parties and weddings. Also on Wednesday, well-priced Swedish denim and sportswear label CHEAP MONDAY will have its own one-day sale in SoHo with its entire product offerings priced from $5 to $20. Get there early.

Shophound fave MICHAEL BASTIAN will once again be opening his West Chelsea showroom through the weekend starting on Thursday. His collection of classics always include some unexpected touches among the luxury, and, as he has launched a capsule women's collection this year, there might possibly be a few things scaled for the ladies in the mix. Look for a combo of slim fitting samples with some stock. The other big Thursday event will be the two-day sale from HERSCHEL SUPPLY Co. set for a storefront just south of Times Square. Herschel's already well-priced backpacks are ubiquitous, and while this sale took place quietly in a Lower East Side bar just a couple of years ago, last year it generated lines that wrapped around the block for the entire time. Not for the faint of heart, but if you are willing to put in the time for backpack bargains, then knock yourselves out.

Soiffer-Haskin is in the middle of its usual impressive run of luxury sales, and on Saturday, the reliably opulent ESCADA will take up residence for a five day sale that will keep its fans appropriately attired.

As is expected this time of year, sales will appear at the last minute with little notice, so keep checking the sidebar for new additions. next week, brace yourselves for contemporary powerhouse Alice & Olivia plus the first off-site sale from local favorite Steven Alan.


Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang & Versace Lead The Sale Week

Sometimes things just fall together, but this week seems to be a big week for sample sales from female designers. Why? Who knows, but that's how things have turned out including a few rarely seen sales that should draw out pent-up fans. Onward and forward:

It's the long awaited return of DIANE von FURSTENBERG to the sample sale schedule.
Once a reliable participant, DVF has stayed away from holding sample sales for the past few seasons. She's back, however, comfortably ensconced at 260 Fifth Avenue just where you expect her sale to be. Plan on lines.

On Wednesday, It's VERA WANG's turn to put her collection on sale on Greene Street in SoHo only a few blocks from her own boutique. Keep in mind that this is not her bridal sale, which usually happens elsewhere, but it is where you will find other gowns and ready-to-wear apparel items. Vera will be sharing the space with GILES & BROTHER featuring jewelry designed by Courtney Crangi Giles and Philip Crangi at deep discounts. See a gallery of Gile & Brother items expected at the sale after the jump

In keeping with the luxury theme, Soiffer Haskin will be launching a four-day sale featuring DAUM crystal and BUCCELLATI Jewelry, Watches and Silver tableware, gifts and Hollowware.

VBH LUXURY will also be holding a five-day sale on the upper east side not far from its former boutique that is now an Apple Store. This elusive handbag label (they still have no website) is known for elaborately designed bags for day in evening often in precious, exotic skins.

It's one-day-handbag sales on Thursday with vegan accessory brand DEUX LUX in the Flatiron District and men's and women's bag company ONA in SoHo both featuring deep discounts.

Designer EILEEN FISHER is once again offering savings on her pervasively popular sportswear separates featuring both one-of-a-kind samples and regular stock in full size ranges. Find her on East 9th Street in the East Village just for the weekend.

Finally, Sunday brings a rare appearance on the sale schedule by VERSACE.
We don't know when the last time Donatella Versace has brought her main collections to New York for a sample sale was, if there even was one. Look for a strong initial response  to this sale and remember not to bring too much with you as Soiffer Haskin enforces a strict bag and coat check policy as well as barring children and strollers.

Next week, look for the schedule to ramp up with Tory Burch, LaPerla, Rebecca Taylor, a rare New York sale from Splendid & Ella Moss and much more. See our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for times and locations and the inevitable late-breaking sales.

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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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