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A Fully Booked Sale Week With Gant, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Louboutin, Walter Steiger & Much More

It's the middle of May, folks, and the Sample Sale Season is firing on all cylinders.
This week brings a fully packed schedule that should keep any eager shopper busy all day, every day. Yesterday, The Shophound previewed the GANT sample sale at 225 Fifth Avenue (pictured above). This sale has always been one of our favorites, but it has gone through a few different incarnations in recent seasons. The latest version, if it follows last season's pattern, should be a two part affair, This week it is almost exclusively a sale of showroom samples in limited sizes —really limited, as in only size Medium tops and 32 pants. The company has even reduced the number of sizes in its sample line, which is why it has moved to the slightly smaller venue it currently occupies. If you can fit the samples, it offers all the things Gant fans love, including all three labels like the main line, Rugger and Gant by Michael Bastian. Other sizes should sit tight, because in a few months —probably closer to the end of the Summer— Gant can be expected to close out their inventory for the season at 70% off. It's not quite the same as the old dirt-cheap showroom sample sales Gant used to hold, but things change and life goes on. See the price list below, and details at left on the SALE ROLL.
Anyway, here are just a few more choice sales this week that will get shoppers excited.

It's CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Sale Week which should get all the shoe shoppers out with their wiliest schemes to get into this strictly-invitation-only-except-sometimes-when-we-feel-like-letting-others-in sale. Therre's no guarantee of entry without being on the list, but people do slip in and this seasons reports seem to be positive. Attempt entry at your own risk. You may have better luck closer to Friday when the sale ends.

Anyone uninterested in the hassle of slipping into the Louboutin sale, but still interested in glamorous designer shoes at great prices should hit the WALTER STEIGER sale starting on Wednesday the 14th. All are invited this season, but RSVP by Email is required for a particular entry time. We have heard that prices start at $50 for this sale which is a steal.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA is in the middle of a sale at Soiffer Haskin right now which we hear is a bonanza featuring lots of day clothes, dresses, shoes, accessories and, of course, the extravagant gowns that light up red carpets. These sales don't happen every season, so who knows when the legendary designer may be holding another one? The discount is a whopping 80% off, but with Oscars prices, that means that items often still top $1000, so choose your purchases carefully. Runs through tomorrow the 14th

If you still want a glamorous gown, Brazilian designer CARLOS MIELE is closing his Meatpacking district boutique in favor of a move elsewhere which means that everything in the store is 80% off including those sinuous gowns that always grace his window. This one runs through the end of May when the store will shutter for good, leaving yet another empty storefront on the western end of 14th Street.

If you really want a bargain, THE LIMITED is holding their famous showroom sale in NoHo starting today and running through Wednesday the 14th featuring bins of goods starting at $8 each and topping out not much higher. It's a great source for cheap t-shirts and sportswear and whatever else you can grab

Designer ADAM LIPPES is back in business. His expansive sample sales once featured racks of his signature, luxurious pima cotton tees, but this time around he seems to be simply focused on his women's ready-to-wear collection in the West Village. Rediscover his label starting today through Thursday the 15th.

Starting today the 13th, Stylish men who love classic British and Italian sportswear should head over to the M5 SHOWROOM in SoHo for great savings on favorite labels like JOHN SMEDLEY, STONE ISLAND, ASPESI, DRUMOHR and more. Runs through Friday the 16th.

CFDA favorites PUBLIC SCHOOL will be featured as always at the popular showroom THE NEWS, whose dale starting on Thursday the 15th will also include hot brands like COMMON PROJECTS, TIM COPPENS, CHEAP MONDAY, SACAI and a host of others. Runs through Saturday the 17th.

And that's just a sampling. Check out our SALE ROLL at left for more information about sales this week from VERONICA BEARD, TRACY REESE, BONPOINT, LOEFFLER RANDALL, TER et BANTINE, ARAKS, JONATHAN ADLER and so much more.
Next week, JAMES PERSE, PIAZZA SEMPIONE and TIBI lead the charge with more to follow. Stay tuned.


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