SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Bottega Veneta Returns To The Sale Scene
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This is one of those weeks where there aren't a ton of sample sales, but the ones we do have are worthy of note.
Lets start with the heavy hitter: BOTTEGA VENETA
The famed Italian luxury brand hasn't had a sample sale for a full year, so there should be a good complement of merchandise available for eager sale shoppers. The two-day sale starts tomorrow, Wednesday the 27th, at its regular venue, the Metropolitan Pavilion promising all product categories for men and women including shoes, handbags, leather accessories, ready-to-wear apparel, jewelry and more. Expect the kind of frenzy typically associated with european luxury brand sales, although, hopefully we won;t be subjected to Hermès-level insanity. If you ever wanted one of those famous woven intrecciato bags, this would be your chance.

Back up a day to Tuesday, and you will still have plenty more luxurious Italian goods to shop on sale. The SFERRA sale which can rove between a few regular venues, will be landing at 260 Fifth Avenue today through Sunday featuring the sumptuous bed linens, bath towels, table linens and other home accessories you have come to know and love. Note that while the elaborately patterned damask bed linens can still come in at a hefty sum even with the discount, there are usually plenty of more affordably proved but no less fine sheet sets and other items to be found at the sale. It's a must-visit for anyone  who likes to keep a well-appointed bedroom and bathroom.

Also on Tuesday, the reliably luxurious ISAIA is launching its seasonal sale at 150 Greene Street in SoHo through Sunday. This sale is one of the most highly anticipated for sartorially-minded gentlemen who make it a point not to miss the discounts on the label's immaculately tailored Neapolitan suits and sport coats. Shirts, ties, accessories and other dress furnishings are typically included as well as luxurious sportswear items and shoes. As always, the brand's increasingly popular sibling brand EIDOS will also be on hand. Under new creative director Antonio Ciongoli, the more casual line has been gaining a devoted following to rival its progenitor, so look for more fans than ever.

Finally, also on Tuesday, Clothingline will be matching downtown designer favorite NILI LOTAN with DEREK LAM who will be offering both his main collection and more affordably priced 10 Crosby labels for a three day sale at its Garment District headquarters. Look for shoes and accessories along with apparel at this wide ranging sale.

Be sure to check out our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for hours and locations and any late-breaking sales. Next week looks light on sales, as is expected for August, but keep an eye out for Fivestory's seasonal off-site clearance sale and, hopefully, more to come.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

A Rare M·A·C Sale Hits Chelsea
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Thomas Pink, Zachary Prell & Intermix

We may be heading into the slowest part of the year, Sample Sale-wise, but some of our hardworking venues are doing their best to keep things going with a mix of seasonal favorites and unexpected newcomers this week. Here are the highlights:

Over at Clothingline in the Garment District, British shirtmaker THOMAS PINK has been holding a four-day sale which started yesterday and runs through Thursday the 21st. Do we recall seeing a Pink sample sale in the past? Not really, so this may be a rare chance to pick up some smart shirts, ties & furnishings from the label at a deep discount. This one's mainly for the guys, though a small selection of women's items have been promised.

Fans of  JACK ROGERS's signature woven sandals will be heading to the label's showroom for 75% off a full size range of footwear plus clothing and accessories from a host of labels also found in the brand's boutiques. Shop through Friday the 22nd.

The big, rare event of the week is an unexpected and relatively unprecedented sample sale from the popular makeup brand M·A·C. From Tuesday the 19th through Friday the 22nd, look for throngs of eager fans to converge on the Metropolitan Pavilion for the brand's first ever Sample Sale, at least in New York. While we have often seen sample sales from makeup brands, we rarely see them from ones as big and beloved as M·A·C, so this is something of a major event. 60% discounts are promised on regular merchandise as well as special collaboration collections. Prepare to fight off crowds.

Our friends at 260SampleSale are offering a pair of summer sales that should keep two of their venues humming this week. At the main location at 260 Fifth Avenue, contemporary chain INTERMIX appears to be taking over the sadly departed Scoop NYC's warehouse sale slot. Look for 70% off women's apparel, shoes and accessories with plenty of summer time left to enjoy them.

Down at their Greene Street outpost, emerging menswear designer ZACHARY PRELL will be offering discounts on his refined, classic men's sportswear pieces. Both sales run through Sunday the 24th.

Be sure to keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations and hours as well as late-breaking events that we do our best to update as soon as we hear of them. Next week, look for sales from Derek Lam, Nili Lotan, Isaia, Eidos and an always welcome return of the Sferra sale.


STAMPEDE ALERT:

MAC Will Hold Its First Sample Sale Next Week
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Barker Black Add A Sale This Week

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Get ready for some shopping chaos. In an unusual move, popular makeup brand M·A·C will hold a public sample sale in New York. From next Tuesday through Friday the fourth floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea will offer a substantial 60% off on makeup from the brands regular and special limited edition lines. While it's not unheard of to have samples sales for makeup, it's unusual for a brand as bug and popular to hold a public sale on this scale. Expect long, long lines, so if you are inclined to check out this sale, be sure to bring some patience and fortitude.

Also added to the sale schedule this week are last minute additions from designer ALTUZARRA* and elegant men's footwear label BARKER BLACK
Altuzarra's glamorous ready-to-wear collection will be on sale for three days starting today its showroom in SoHo. Though designer Joseph Altuzarra's profile is high, his business is still small and independent, so we don't know if the sale will offer much more than actual samples, but it's a must-check-out for fans of the up-and-coming fashion star.

Fans of handmade English men's shoes will be much more familiar with Barker Black, who will be offering 60% off at its NoLita boutique. Look for beautifully made classic shoes with subtle twists including its signature skull-and-crossbones broguing.

Check our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations, hours and other details.

*UPDATE:
We have been notified that the Altuzarra sale that has been posted here as well as by several other blogs is not, in fact, open to the general public. Sadly, we can no longer recommend venturing down to the showroom this week. Maybe next season...


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

The RAG & BONE Sale You Know And Love Is Back And Starts Tomorrow + Whistles, Asics, Reem Acra & More

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Just to show you how unpredictable the so-called off-season can be in the Sample Sale world, the somewhat frustrating RAG & BONE Sample Sample Sale is indeed coming back to the Chelsea Market where it belongs. To recap, earlier this Spring when the sale's usual week came and went, Sale watchers like us wondered what was up? The came an announcement that the label would have a Sample Sale in Los Angeles for the first time. We thought we had lost it altogether, and then the brand joined Steven Alan for an extension of his sample sale that was held in Brooklyn's Industry City last month. We figured, that was it until this morning when, while strolling through Chelsea Market, we saw the usual space being set up for the Rag & Bone sale complete with window signage.
So it's on, with savings reportedly up to 75% off. We have heard that tomorrow will be the official VIP Friends and Family day, though, perhaps recognizing that the door policy for that event has been porous at best over the years, the window simply list Tuesday's hours as regular (as seen in the image above), so it's likely that anyone will be admitted. Rag & Bone fans can finally heave a sigh of relief and shop the sale through Sunday.

But there are other things happening this week as well. British chain WHISTLES, currently making inroads in the U.S., will be taking over 260SampleSale's SoHo venue for a women's only sale starting on Tuesday through Sunday. Look for savings of up to 60% off. 

Athletic brand ASICS will be returning to 260 Fifth Avenue on Tuesday with it's soup to nuts sale for Men and Women including workout and running gear and tons and tons of shoes.

Though June is over, there will be plenty of brides heading to REEM ACRA's midtown showroom on Fifth Avenue for deep savings on bridal gowns as well as* the designer's impeccable Ready-to-Wear collection. The sale last for two days through Friday and clicking here to RSVP is highly recommended.

Perennial favorite NYC designer CYNTHIA ROWLEY will be holding her Sample Sale on Bleecker Street from Thursday through Sunday featuring up to 70% Savings on her main clothing line as well as swimwear, footwear, accessories and those covetable one-of-a-kind items as well as past season's merchandise.

Starting on Friday up and coming cult brand BROOKLYN TAILORS will hold a two-day sale in its namesake borough featuring mostly men's apparel and accessories with a smattering of samples for women at savings from 50% to 75%.

Next week, look out for Thomas Pink, Intermix and other events TBA, so keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations, times and other details as well as late-breaking events.

*Correction:
Earlier we indicated that Reem Acra would be offering bridal gowns at her Sample Sale this week. This is not the case. Only the Ready-to-Wear will be offered at the sale —which still makes it a must for anyone in search of a great deal on some truly gorgeous dresses.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Summer Slowdown Brings A Debut Sale From Swimwear Specialists Orlebar Brown & The Return Of Nicholas K

As predicted, the Sample Sale Schedule has lightened up considerable after Independence Day, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing out there for eager bargain hunters. In fact, our friends at 260SampleSale are promising a full schedule throughout the summer which, this week, includes one more week of the GANT Sale at the 260 Fifth Avenue home base, and the first American sample sale from a swimwear stalwart, ORLEBAR BROWN starting today. This is the brand that is responsible in great part for getting grown up men out of baggy board shorts and back into shorter, more sleekly tailored swim trunks that make everyone look better at the beach. The British company's trunks are pricey but coveted, so this is the perfect sale for not only guys, but anyone looking to spruce up their seaside wardrobe. The women's line will also be featured at the sale through Sunday in SoHo.

Another summery label, MELISSA SHOES, is also joining the sale schedule on Thursday the 7th featuring its own synthetic shoe line as well as collaborations with major designers like Jason Wu, Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood and others. Find them Western Chelsea through Saturday.

Also on Thursday, perennial sale fave NICHOLAS K will be offering deep discounts on recent collection overstock as well as one-of-a-kind samples. The label will be taking up residence for a solid month on Broome Street in SoHo, and with that much time we can assume that there will be a great deal of merchandise. Discounts are said to be in the 65% range, but with the extended time frame, they could go deeper at the end of the month.

Next week, look for more sales including bridal and evening wear from Reem Acra, n athletic wear blowout from Asics and women's sportswear from Whistles, the British chain now making U.S. inroads. As usual, check our SALE ROLL at left for details as well as the late breaking events that can pop up even during the so-called off-season.


COLLABORATION ANTICIPATION:

Get Ready For Adidas x Yeezy Stores Coming Soon

 

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Courtesy Photo: Eric Liedtke of Adidas with Kanye West

It may not be the first musician/sneaker collaboration, or even the best, but Kanye West's Adidas x Yeezy team up is set to be the biggest. While the collection's Yeezy Boost shoes have been an unqualified hit, selling out almost instantaneously, the apparel and accessories have been a rockier road. First shown for Fall 2015, they were surprisingly well-received but the press and retailers, but upon delivery, the high prices for sweatshirts and stretch separates rattled even manufacturer Adidas, who stated that they would only be working on the shoes going forward. The Spring 2016 apparel line seems not to have materialized, and the coming Fall line boasted glittery collaborations with Balmain shown at a combination fashion presentation/album release party at Madison Square Garden that threatened to overshadow anything else that may have happened during Fashion Week. Now that the dust has settled, Adidas is back in the fold with plans for the future that include not only more Yeezy sportswear, but performance athletic wear and freestanding retail stores. A whole new division, Kanye West + Adidas has been created to produce Yeezy products for men and women based out of Adidas U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
Adidas group executive board member Eric Liedtke calls the West "a true creator who has the ability to see things others don’t". A timeline for the full flowering of the collaboration is unclear, but it seems likely that New York would be high on the list —if not at the top— of locations for one of the new stores. If there is one thing we have learned about West as a showman, it's that he doesn't like to come at these sorts of reveals in a normal way. A last minute addition to either the upcoming men's or later women's New York Fashion Weeks would not be out of the question, but then neither would a crashing of Paris Couture Week, so keep an eye out for Kanye's next sneak attack as his apparel ambitions seem, against all odds, to be taking shape in a big way.

 

Adidas and Kanye West Step Up Collaboration (WWD)


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Ralph Lauren Home, Gant, Selima's Sunglass Blowout, The CFDA Incubator & More

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It's starting to look like we might have a somewhat busier Summer Sample sale season than we have had in the past, and as we head into the independence Day weekend, there's plenty to keep shoppers spending. Here are some highlights:

MONDAY JUNE 27th
A few popular sales got an early start yesterday including seasonal favorite RALPH LAUREN HOME. As usual, this sale is at the Metropolitan Pavilion North (entry on 19th Street) through Wednesday. Look for tons substantial but slightly random furniture pieces (i.e. don't look for matched sets) as well as heaps of merchandise from other home lines like bed & Bath and tabletop. Shop through Thursday
Eyewear maven SELIMA OPTIQUE is having a blowout at her Bond Street headquarters that includes deep discounts on her stylish sunglasses and frames as well as the of other designers. Vintage styles as well as accessories will also be included, and a 20% discount will also be applied to optical lenses. Shop through Thursday the 30th, just in time to fortify you summer sunglass wardrobe.

TUESDAY, JUNE 28th
It's time for the GANT sale again (pictured again). We have been through the years with this one since it was a small showroom affair, and it has gone through some twists and turns. It has once again transformed somewhat with the changes in the company's product lineup and the exit of both the creative director and the end of the Gant by Michael Bastian collection. At yesterday's preview, we saw neatly arranged racks of merchandise with no size markers. That's because this year all apparel is sample sized M, so, for the most part, other sized men can keep walking past 260 Fifth Avenue. There is still a great deal of aged merchandise (noted by the redesigned labels) which sale regulars will probably recognize, and a smattering of women's merchandise including some shoes and some apparel whose fabrics and prints reveal it to be from the Bastian line of several years ago. The prices appear to have gone down a bit compared to last season (see the lists after the jump), however, and the best deal is likely to be found in the back where all shoes are a mere $30 including a range of sizes. Shop through Sunday the 3rd by which time some additional discounts will have been taken if past form holds.
Also on Tuesday, popular chain DESIGUAL will be bringing its dizzying printed apparel back to Clothingline one more time. The label seems to be hitting the sale circuit quite regularly these days, which we are sure is good news for its fans. This event run-through Thursday the 30th

WEDNESDAY JUNE 29th
The big event for Wednesday will be a sale of the emerging American designers at the CFDA Fashion Incubator in the Garment District. Led by accessory label HÆRFEST and rising star THADDEUS O’NEIL, the lineup also includes Alix, Brother Vellies, DDugoff, Haus Alkire, Ji Oh, K/LLer Collection and Yestadt Millinery. The event runs through Thursday the 30th, and offers a great opportunity to support some of tomorrow's important designers as they build their businesses.

Be sure to keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations and other details. next week, look out for Melissa Shoes and New York's first sample sale from swimwear masters Orlebar Brown.

See the Gant Sample Sale price lists after the jump

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SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

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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SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

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

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

MONDAY 6/20
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.

TUESDAY 6/21
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.

WEDNESDAY 6/22
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.

THURSDAY 6/23
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.


WESTWARD HO:

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.
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