The Sample Sale schedule may have lightened up a bit for the last week before Christmas, but it is not on a Winter break just yet. Some heavy hitters will be making extra appearances to make the most of last minute Holiday shopping.
Last week's surprise LUCIANO BARBERA sale is scheduled to continue through Thursday with some very deep discounts on luxurious Italian menswear. Our visit last week found mostly warm weather offerings and a literal heap of sumptuous neckties for $25 each. We don't know how much is left at this point, but if you have always thought that Barbera was hopelessly unaffordable, there might be a Holiday surprise for you at Rockefeller Center if you act fast.
If it looked like MARC JACOBS was skipping the sale schedule this season, you might be relieved to see that he just pushed his sale back a few weeks from when we all used to expect it. Starting on Tuesday the 18th, he'll take over 260SampleSale's Greene Street location with all of his collections. Men's collections as well as the Marc by Marc Jacobs labels are promised even though they have been out of production for a few seasons by now. The main label should offer fresher merchandise. As usual, the sale will run through Sunday.
Walk one block west to find HELMUT LANG's seasonal blowout. While the label seems to be without much of a creative direction lately, it seems to have retreated into denim basics and signature looks closely linked to its namesake designer which also happen to be worthy additions to anyone's wardrobe.
Uptown at 260 Fifth Avenue, beauty buffs will be lining up for a cosmetics extravaganza featuring TOCCA fragrances, ARTÍS brushes, STILA makeup and DR.JART+ treatment products.
If you can wait until Wednesday, there is one more menswear for anyone looking for a wardrobe refresh. HUGO BOSS will be holding a special Holiday Sale at Soiffer Haskin through Sunday. If the usual pattern holds, you will find savings of up to 70% off with possible further reductions toward the end of the sale.
That should be enough shopping for anyone as we head towards the end of the year. We will be keeping an eye out, though for the inevitable sample sales that present themselves for those who don't feel like braving the post-Christmas madness elsewhere. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for times and locations as well as late breaking events.