Bonobos, A Rachel Zoe Blowout & Last Week's Sales Extended

We're enjoying a nice post-Holiday lull in the sample sale schedule right now, but the good news is that if you missed last weeks offerings, they are still around.
260SampleSale's SCOTCH & SODA and THE ARRIVALS + FAITH CONNEXION sales have been given another week to lure in shoppers. The Arrivals & Faith Connexion are right where you found them in SoHo, but Scotch & Soda will be moving to the organization's alternate space on Wooster street as noted in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left.

New Offerings include a RACHEL ZOE blowout sale at Clothingline in the Garment District on Tuesday and Wednesday that is promising savings uf up to 95% off and will also include some other contemporary brands as well.

Also starting on Tuesday the 10th, Men's trouser specialists BONOBOS will take over 260 Fifth Avenue through Sunday the 15th. Look for not only the famous pants, but the burgeoning brand's complete sportswear and tailored clothing collections.

There's not too much else going on this week, and the month in general is expected to be fairly light on the sales, but nest week, luxury shoppers should keep an eye out for FIVESTORY's seasonal warehouse sale along with upcoming sales from Vivienne Tam, Theory, Helmut Lang & more.


Versace, Gant, Tocca & More Present Holiday Sample Shopping Starting Today

It's the last week before Christmas, and the onslaught of sample sales will be letting up just a bit until after New Years, but that doesn't mean that the schedule will be going completely dark. There are even a couple of heavy hitters on deck for last minute shopping. Here are some highlights:

There are five prominent sales kicking off today, Tuesday the 20th, that might offer some useful opportunities for last minute Holiday gift buyers, the most prominent being VERSACE's four-day blowout at Soffer Haskin near Penn Station. Look for full Men's and Women's offerings from a resilient designer label that looks to be on the rise once more.
Heading east to 260 Fifth Avenue, GANT (pictured above) will be returning for its seasonal sale. Look for hefty discounts in the 75% range making it a good opportunity for last minute gifts and stocking up on basics. Shop through Friday the 23rd.
Down in SoHo, a trio of sales will launch on Tuesday including just-posted, three-day blowout at ZADIG & VOLTAIRE offering 70% off men's and women's collections through the 22nd.
The TOCCA BEAUTY and S’WELL sale at 150 Greene Street is essentially a four day gift shopping stop featuring scented candles and all manner of home fragrances alongside eco-conscious water bottles.
Finally, one block west shoppers will find sprawling sale from WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND running clear through to next Wednesday (not including the Holiday Weekend). This sale promises up to 90% off a slew of vintage wares, and though lesser known labels will definitely outnumber the coveted luxury brands like Chanel and Dior, that means that there will be some great bargains on other carefully curated vintage items including, if past sales are any indication, wide assortments of leather jackets and furs.

Check our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details, locations and late breaking sales. Next week, the sale schedule mostly takes a much needed hiatus, but listings are already drifting in for January including Scotch & Soda and more. Until then, Happy Holidays.


Thomas Pink, LeSportsac, La Perla. Equipment & More Hit The Pre-Holiday Sample Sale Trail

So we missed a big week of sale reporting last week because, well, things happen, but there is still a full roster of sample sales happening this week, and the heavy hitters all seem to be staring today, Tuesday the 13th.

Let's start with the reliable 260 Fifth Avenue where the seasonal triple header of EQUIPMENTJOIE and CURRENT|ELLIOTT have taken up residence through the weekend for a bonanza of contemporary sportswear and denim. Downtown at the company's sibling SoHo outlets, the guys have luxurious Neopolitan hand-tailored clothing brand ISAIA and its burgeoning little brother EIDOS taking up residence at 151 Wooster Street with discounts on elegant suiting and sophisticated Italian sportswear. For ladies, it's a walk one block east to 150 Greene Street where LA PERLA will be presenting discounts on their fabled intimate apparel and loungewear. Isaia and Equipment will run through Saturday, while La Perla gives shoppers one extra day through Sunday.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, famed British shirtmaker THOMAS PINK kicks off a three-day sale at Clothingline in the Garment District featuring dress shirts and furnishings with a smattering of women's items. At the ever-popular Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, sporty accessories brand LESPORTSAC will also be holding a sale for three days offering discounts on bags, luggage and small accessories.

Moving on to Wednesday the 14th, exclusive milliner EUGENIA KIM will be opening her showroom for a four-day sale through Saturday featuring hats for all seasons as well as cold-weather accessories and fur pieces. Just a block east, ELIZABETH GILLETT will hold a longer running sale until just before Christmas and Hanukkah promising apparel and lots of luxurious scarves and accessories.

Thursday brings popular jeweler IPPOLITA to Soiffer Haskin's spacious venue near Penn Station through Monday bringing sizable savings on baubles ranging from sporty sterling silver to more precious pieces featuring gold and precious stones. Exclusive accessory label VBH will also be holding a two-day event at the Shelly & Renée space on West 57th Street that promises opulent handbags.

On Friday, LIEBESKIND's affordable handbags and accessories will be even more affordable for three day through the weekend at its Lafayette Street store.

Coming up: A whole week of shopping before the Holidays take over the weekend featuring a major VERSACE event and the return of old favorite GANT.


J.Crew & Steven Alan Kick Off The Post-Thanksgiving Week With Theory, Billy Reid, Hugo Boss & More

Enough with Black Friday, Cyber Mondayand the heaps of holiday promotion at chain and department stores that we will all have to digest during a slightly longer than normal season. Bargain minded New Yorkers will be looking forward to their favorite sample sales before they start entering promo codes on their tablets and smartphones. Two perennial favorites kicked off on Monday in somewhat altered forms.

The J.CREW sale has regularly pulled huge crowds and sparked long lines, often taking over three of 260SampleSale's venues at once to include the main men's and women's labels as well as Crewcuts and MADEWELL. This year, the sale has undergone the kind of adjustment that such long-running sales often experience by going on a crash diet. Pared down to a single location at 260 Fifth Avenue, the once sprawling sale(s) has  assortments reduced dramatically, with men's products eliminated entirely except for a selection of shoes (pictured above). Why the slim-down, especially at its potentially most lucrative Holiday season sale? Who knows? There could be any number of reasons why, and it's worth remembering that nobody is actually obligated to hold sample sale at all, so they can do with them what they will. Shop what's left of the J.Crew sale through Sunday.

Having said all that, the STEVEN ALAN sale has returned to SoHo on Monday as well. Once the cause of frenzied lines across blocks of Tribeca, this sale has been under some transformations of its own, flirting with all-online versions and variations of public vs. private formats. The designer/storekeeper's choice to work with 260SampleSale appears to be working out nicely in terms of simple organizational efficiency as it has settled in nicely at 151 Greene Street through the weekend featuring its familiar mix of private label and third party designers with a sufficient cool factor. All SA-labeled goods are well-priced by category with everything less than $95 including his famous sorts (pictured below). Third party designers are a flat 75% off original prices which offers some great bargains as well. See the full price lists after the jump.

Some other old favorites are also returning this week including NANETTE LEPORE, whose showroom sales seem to pop ever more frequently. This one starts on Tuesday and runs through Friday featuring merchandise from the recent Fall and Pre-Fall collections along with archival samples and other special items.

The latest in a series of THEORY sales hits its usual Chelsea Market location on Wednesday. This one is dedicated to menswear and promises enough stock to carry it through the weekend.

BILLY REID fans should also mark their calendars for Wednesday as the designer opens up his Bond Street showroom for deep discounts on both his women's and men's collections. Located just across the street from his flagship boutique, look for shoes and accessories along with apparel through Saturday.

Finally, Saturday, brings us the stock version of HUGO BOSS's seasonal sample sale. Unlike the label's showroom sample events, this sale is expected to feature 70% the brand's famous tailored clothing in a full range of sizes for men and women along with shoes, accessories, furnishings and the rest of the brand's offerings.

For full details and locations, be sure to check out SALE ROLL sidebar at left. Next week, look for more excellent Holiday Shopping opportunities from Nancy Gonzalez, Alice and Olivia, Joie, Equipment and more.

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A Few Pre-Thanksgiving Treats From Ghurka, Montblanc & Bulgari

As usual, the week of Thanksgiving is not a big Sample Sale bonanza, but there are a few worthwhile stops to make for early Christmas shopping featuring luxury jewelry and prestigious accessories.

Tuesday is your last chance to pick a some discounted baubles from internationally renowned jeweler BVLGARI which has been in residence at Soiffer Haskin over the weekend. Look for covetable watches and jewelry, but there will also be leather goods, handbags and fragrance for those not quite ready to invest in precious gems and timepieces.

You also have until 5 PM on Tuesday to catch a bargain from MONTBLANC which is at 260 Fifth Avenue. While some may feel that pens are already obsolete in our touchpad ridden age, a fine writing instrument is always a mark of distinction, and Montblanc is the gold standard brand. They also promise savings on sleek and luxurious leather accessories, watches and jewelry.

Speaking of leather goods, classic American brand GHURKA is currently undergoing a revival, and its first Sample Sale (pictured above and below) is under way at 150 Greene Street through Wednesday. Look for hefty discounts on classic pieces for men and women including everything from luggage to tables stacked with wallets and even dog collars. We stopped by the preview on Sunday and saw lots of tempting items with prices kicking off at $50.

Next week, thing get back to normal with Holiday shopping from heavy hitters like J.Crew, Steven Alan, Billy Reid and more. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for updated hours and locations as well as late breaking sales. We post 'em as soon as we get notified or whenever the grapevine does its work.


Diane Von Furstenberg & Alexander Wang Return + Common Projects, Malo, Bulgari & More

The Sample Sale season has slid into gear nicely this month, and this week, two perennial favorites make their appearances this week. Here are some highlights:

DIANE von FURSTENBERG arrived promptly yesterday at 260 Fifth Avenue for what can only be expected to be a very busy week featuring the iconic designer's popular contemporary collections Shop through Saturday for a promised 75% off retail prices that may get even better towards the final days.

The main event on Tuesday is the long awaited return of ALEXANDER WANG to the sale scene. It's been a couple of years since the wunderkind has hosted a public sample sale, and this one promises the works at up to 80% off including archive pieces dating back to 2011. Shop through Saturday.

Also starting on Tuesday,  HANRO's luxurious Swiss-made innerwear and intimates for men and women will be on sale for two days only at up to 75% off in Midtown. SHOSHANNA's popular contemporary dresses will be similarly discounted in the Garment District for three days, as will RACHEL ZOE at Clothingline. 

Thursday brings shoe starlet CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA who will be taking up residence at the Roosevelt Hotel near Grand Central Terminal for one day only with her collection of shoes and handbags, as well as the bounty of labels at THE NEWS showroom including COMMON PROJECTS sneakers, OFFICINE GENERALE and others available at up to 70% off through Saturday.

Two iconic Italian brands hit the circuit on Saturday. MALO brings its sumptuous cashmere to Metropolitan Pavilion for its first New York sample sale at an enticing 80% off for three days. Finally, for the more ambitious shopper, BULGARI will arrive at Soiffer Haskin through Tuesday the 22nd offering rare savings on fine jewelry, watches, accessories and fragrance with substantial savings.

Details and locations can be found in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left along with any other late-breaking events.
Next week, the big J.Crew Sample Sale returns in a new, consolidated one-location version along with reliable player Esacada and Ghurka making its Sample Sale debut.


Elect Manolo Blahnik, Giorgio Armani, Derek Lam, Phillip Lim, J.W.Anderson & More At Sample Sales This Week

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It may be election day, but you might be forgiven for giving your priority time to the one-day MANOLO BLAHNIK sample sale which happens today only at the usual Warwick Hotel location. We all know that Hilary has zero chance of losing in New York, but that's not the only major draw Sample Sale that's happening this week. It's not quite as packed with big names as last wee, but it comes pretty close. 

DEREK LAMASICS and JOHN HARDY kicked off their sales yesterday at Clothingline, 260 Fifth Avenue and Metropolitan Pavilion respectively, but there are more sales coming throughout the week especially toward the end. Lam will be running only through tomorrow, while Hardy goes to Thursday, and Asics will be in residence through Saturday, reminding us that weekend sales are not necessarily covering the entire weekend anymore.

On Wednesday morning, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM opens to the public in SoHo at 150 Greene Street, We previewed this morning and found plenty of women's apparel (pictured above), a somewhat more random wall of menswear (pictured below) and a small but apparently relplenishable selection of bags

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(at right), as with Paul Smith a block west, the lower level showcases an unexpectedly large shoe selection for men and women. All in all, this should be a rewarding sale for Lim fans.
Also on Wednesday, THEORY moves the first of its regular series of sales a few steps away to Milk Studios. This one promises only womenswear. Stick around, There will surely be more of these to come.

Moving on to the weekend comes a pair of sales from two big guns. GIORGIO ARMANI returns to Soiffer Haskin with all of his labels (Except A|X). Find the main signature runway collection along with Armani Collezioni, Emporio, Jeans and Junior. This one's a classic. on the other end of the spectrum, celebrated London upstart (and current Loewe creative Director) J.W. ANDERSON will be debuting his first New York sample sale on Saturday at the Bryant Park Hotel for three days. Look for directional shapes and innovative looks, but prepare for a strict coat and bag check policy.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details and locations as well as late-breaking sales.
Next week, save up for Zac Posen, Charlotte Olympia, Hanro and the return of DVF. Happy shopping and don't forget to make time to vote.

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Marc Jacobs, Carven, Michael Bastian, Helmut Lang, Moschino, Ungaro, Alberta Ferretti —And That's Just On Wednesday Of A Big Sale Week

Sometimes, the Sample Sale season whips up like a cyclone with little notice, and this week is one of those moments. There are so many sample sales happening this week that we can barely list them all, but every venue seems to be booked, and some of them are expanding into extra spaces as well. Here are some super-standouts in a week of highlights:

A few sales have already started this week like Monday's 2-day NAEEM KHAN sale that ends today at 6 in the Garment District for anyone looking for some elegantly glittery eveningwear from this FLOTUS fave at a great price.
260SampleSale's home base on Fifth Avenue is being shared by NEST FRAGRANCESLAURA GELLER and DEVA CURL giving shoppers a trifecta of cosmetics, hair care and home fragrances through Saturday the 5th.
Today, luxury bed and bath fans will be heading to Soiffer Haskin in West Midtown for the PRATESI sale. The legendary Italian brand is known to be pretty pricey even with the discounts, but it's an ecxcellent opportunity to invest in some sheets that will make you swear off Macy's White Sales forever.

Here is one of the biggest sale days of the season, if not the year. We suggest a getting a car and driver for anyone who wants to make the most of what's being offered. First off is a decades-old favorite, the AEFFE Showroom sale. the designers have shifted over the years, but the current headliners, MOSCHINOALBERTA FERRETTI and EMANUEL UNGARO make a pretty compelling draw along with the luxury manufacturer's other popular labels like Fuzzi, Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini, Cedric Charlier and more.
Keeping on the European theme, CARVEN is returning for its second U.S. sample sale to be held in Western Chelsea. Look for three days of deep discounts on advanced contemporary style for men and women. 
Hometown fave YIGAL AZROUËL will also be offering similar discounts in his Garment District showroom along with some exclusive items unavailable anywhere else.
Menswear cult favorite MICHAEL BASTIAN will be once again opening his Western Chelsea showroom through Sunday, and is promising his biggest Sample Sale ever featuring Head to toe looks for men as well as a small selection of his nascent women's collection.
HELMUT LANG is also returning to familiar terrain at Chelsea Market for what is likely to be just the first of a few sales this season, id past form still holds. This sale, running through next Tuesday, promises mostly womens's apparel with a limited selection of the men's collection available as well.
Arguably the biggest draw of the day, however, will be MARC JACOBS whose sale will be found through Sunday at 150 Greene Street. As in past seasons, Jacobs will be offering all of his product lines including the last bits of Marc by Marc for men and women and those special items generally found only at his own shops.

There's a bit of a breather today, but there is a chance for some 80% Off bargains to be found on iconic furniture designs at the KNOLL
Sample & Warehouse Sale
in SoHo.

Things heat up again on Friday when the Staff International showroom in SoHo opens for three days through Sunday featuring DSQUARED2 and MAISON MARGIELA as the headliners, but often including other coveted labels as well. If that's not enough (and really why should it be?) PAUL SMITH will be taking over the spacious digs at 151 Wooster Street in SoHo for an unusually lengthy 10-day sale promising up to 75% off all of his product lines through Sunday the 13th.

That's just a partial list of all the sales happening this week. To try and keep all of those sales straight, keep your eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar for all the pertinent times and locations. Next week's sale lineup hasn't fully taken shape yet, but already, we are looking at Manolo Blahnik, Derek Lam, John Hardy, Phillip Lim and more to be announced.
Shop wisely!


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