It's Time For The Big Opening Ceremony Sale

Opening-Ceremony-FlyerThere's no more bittersweet signal for shoppers that summer is coming to a close than the big OPENING CEREMONY clearance sale (Click on the flyer at right) which, like clockwork, is happening this weekend, the last one before Labor Day. As the innovative retailer/wholesaler has become increasingly popular, its offsite final clearance sale has generated more interest and even longer lines. While it bounced around various Manhattan locations for several seasons, the sale has now comfortably settled into a regular location at the Williamsburg, Brooklyn club Villain. While the selection can be hit or miss, the process are usually exceptional, especially on Sunday when they typically get another deep discount. The good news is that the weather looks favorable through the weekend, so make sure to have a good audiobook loaded on your phone.

Although OC tends to cap off the clearance season,that's not the only sale around this week. THE SHOE BOX has taken over 260 Fifth Avenue through the weekend with its seasonal blowout of shoes and more shoes along with apparel and handbags. 

Emerging designer ROSETTA GETTY will be opening her showroom today only for 80% savings on apparel and swimwear, and popular contemporary brand TUCKER will be taking up to a whopping 90% off its wares in the far western reaches of Chelsea on Friday and Saturday.


Manolo Blahnik, Jason Wu, Alexis Bittar, Trina Turk, Pomellato, Todd Snyder & More On Flash Sale This Week

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!

Stuart Weitzman, Missoni, J.Brand, Alexis Bittar, SPANX, Carven, Three Dots, Scotch & Soda, Prada, Montblanc, Versace Ties, Nicholas, Splendid, Manolo Blahnik, Jason Wu, Elorie, Blank NYC, K-Swiss, Jared Lang, Skins, Frette, Bodum, Vince Camuto Bedding, D.L. & Co. —join HERE
Anne Cole, Alexis Bittar, Vera Bradley, Maui Jim, Brio/Schylling/Madame Alexander, Nanette Lepore, Jack Rogers, Kosta Boda/Orrefors, Three Dots, Jared Lang, St. John, Eyebobs, Giorgio Armani, Calypso St. Barth, French Sole, Pomellato —join HERE
AG, Asics, NANETTE Nanette Lepore, Zanerobe, James Tattersall, Ganesh, Trina Turk, Dee Elle, Robert Graham, Skagen/Fossil, John Varvatos, Todd Snyder Suits, Vince Camuto, BVLGARI Sunglasses, SKYN Iceland, Bruno Magli, Slate & Stone —join HERE


It's Time For Opening Ceremony's Big Brooklyn Blowout + Derek Lam & Fred Leighton

As we mentioned last week, its the off-season for sample sales, but this weekend should cause a but of a stir in the middle of the doldrums as shoppers will be flocking to Williamsburg for OPENING CEREMONY's seasonal sample sale and clearance event. This sale has bounced around Manhattan for years, but it seems to finally have found a steady location at Villain on North 3rd Street in Williamsburg, just an easy L train jaunt away. As always, the sale is expected to include a hefty amount of the SoHo retailer's eponymous collection overstock along with what's left of the store's clearance from Fall 2016 collections. Look for prices to reduce by Sunday, when shoppers with a sixth sense for finding needles in haystacks have been known to come away with hidden gems at giveaway prices. Shop from Friday through Sunday.

While nobody would be blamed for saving their pennies for that sale, there are still a few other worthwhile events happening this week. Today the 22nd, NORMA KAMALI is having another one of her signature one day sales at her midtown boutique with most items priced from $50to $100. Contemporary outerwear newcomers THE ARRIVALS are closing out their Crosby Street pop-up shop with a sale on all of its stock through Sunday the 26th. Look for wear-now savings on coats and leather jackets for men and women. DEREK LAM will be finishing off a three day sale through Thursday the 23rd at Clothingline in the Garment District featuring both his main and 10 Crosby collections. 260SampleSale is featuring its seasonal ROBERTA ROLLER RABBIT sale at its home base on Fifth avenue, and stylish sportswear from GERARD DAREL and FIGUE at its Greene Street satellite location pin SoHo through Sunday.

Finally, if you aren't into trekking out to Brooklyn this weekend but you still have money burning a hole through your wallet (and we mean heaps of money), diamond specialists KWIAT and vintage master FRED LEIGHTON are taking over Soiffer Haskin's ample showroom this weekend from Saturday through Tuesday the 28th. These are two top names in the jewelry business, so along with some discerning bauble collectors, you should expect a high-security experience, so expect to check everything except your wallet, and make sure you have proper I.D.

As always, keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for updated locations and hours along with any late-breaking sales. Next week The Shoe Box starts its epic clearance, and later on, cult hosiery label Wolford will be offering its wares.


Giuseppe Zanotti, Gilded Age, Nambé, Victorinox, Miansai, Diesel & More In Flash Sales This Week

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!

UGG Australia, Rolex Estate Watches, Gucci Clothing & Accessories, Martin Greenfield, Montblanc, Curatore Shoes, Saint Laurent, ZAC Zac Posen, Miansai Jewelry, Maiyet, Adrienne Landau, Envoie de Fraise Maternity, J.Lindeberg, Gilded Age, Movado Watches, Waterford, Errebiacasa Bed Linens, Nourison, Assouline —join HERE
Susana Monaco, True Religion, Algenist & Clarins, Tahari ASL, Hobo The Original, Phat Buddha, Saint Laurent, Céline, Sharper Image, Giuseppe Zanotti, Richard Limoges, Nambé, Donald J Pliner, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, Alice + Olivia, D'or 24K & L'Reve, Phillip Gavriel —join HERE
Joe's Jeans, Love Token, Sky, Reigning Champ, Victorinox Swiss Army Watches, Free People, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Gorjana Jewelry, Triple Five Soul, King Baby, Religion, Sandro Moscoloni, Asics, TART, Diesel, Skagen Watches —join HERE


Opening Ceremony's Big Sale Starts Friday + More Additions

We said to keep en eye out for late breaking sales, and a seasonal favorite just dropped it flyer today. The OPENING CEREMONY starts this Friday the 26th at Villain in Williamsburg. Expect long lines, deep discounts and a jumble of designer labels from the retailer's vast roster of directional designers. For the uninitiated, this sale is usually hit or miss, but mostly hit. You can't really approach it with the idea of finding a particular item, but with the attitude of being open to finding something cool in your size for a deeply discounted price. Go on the last day and the selection will be diminished, but then so will the prices, making it the perfect opportunity for even better unexpected fines. Go early, and bring lots of patience and imagination.

Also late breaking, ILLESTEVA sunglasses and the Burch sisters' modern lifestyle collection TRADEMARK both to be found in convenient SoHo. See our SALE ROLL at left for details and locations.

Have a look at the Opening Ceremony flyer after the jump.

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Anna Sui, Haute Hippie, Neil Barrett, Paul Smith, Billy Reid, Jimmy Choo, Brioni, John Varvatos, Kooba, Cole Haan

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!

Haute Hippie, Pyrenex, Tibi, SEE by Chloé, Neil Barrett, Barrow & Grove Cashmere, Brooks Brothers, Michael Bastian, Spurr NY, 2(X)IST, Robert Graham, Paul Smith, Billy Reid, Gucci Home, nuLoom, Safavieh —join HERE
Lela Rose, TUMI, Cuisinart, OMEGA Watches, KidKraft Toys & Furniture, Sucre d'Orge, Trina Turk, Tommy Bahama, Aaron Basha Jewelry, Puma, Maui Jim, BOSCA Leathergoods, JBW Watches, Maclaren, Vera Bradley, Dyson, Cole Haan —join HERE
L.A.M.B., Franco Sarto, Forté Cashmere, Skinnygirl, Adidas Y-3, Ben Sherman, Dooney & Bourke, Tom Ford, French Connection, Samsonite, Stephen Oliver, John Varvatos, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Giraldi, Robert Graham, Chan Luu, MICHELE Watches, Swarovski, Kier & J, Level 99, Jessica Simpson —join HERE
Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Magaschoni, Soia & Kyo, Chocolat Blu, Anna Sui, Adrienne Vittadini, Kooba, Dolce Vita, Kenneth Cole, Brioni, Mateo Bijoux, Robert Graham, John Varvatos, Gilded Age, Valentino, ASH, Ecco, Ben Sherman —join HERE


Opening Ceremony's Sample Sale Will Move To Williamsburg This Friday

It was inevitable that, at some point, a major sample sale would head out of Manhattan into Brooklyn, and now we hear word that, after trying out various spaces in SoHo and Chelsea, OPENING CEREMONY will be holding its highly anticipated sample sale in Williamsburg this weekend at 50 N. 3rd Street. Expect the same lines and crowds, just in a far cooler location that may entail some more slightly extensive transit.

See our SALE ROLL at left for more details, and start saving up.


Opening Ceremony's Sample Sale Heads To Chelsea This Friday

We always tell our readers to stay tuned for late breaking sales and this is why. OPENING CEREMONY's huge Sample Sale/Clearance will happen on Friday, but regulars should adjust their direction because after years of happening in the store's native SoHo neighborhood, the sale is moving to 545 West 22nd Street near 11th Avenue in Chelsea. We don't know how big this space is, but we are guessing that it is large, perhaps big enough to mitigate the constant line of anxious customers outside. Novices should know that this sale causes a guaranteed wait outside at its opening, so shoppers should plan on leaving themselves lots of time to get in and hope for good weather. Heavy helpings of the store's popular house label (which is also wholesaled to other retailers) are to be expected along with a generous selection of Kenzo which is designed by the stores founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. Beyond that, there is plenty of clearance merchandise from previous seasons of other labels carried at the store's various locations. This sale is often where some of the best bargains are found, and patient shoppers will know that on Sunday, prices are traditionally deeply slashed again on whatever is left. Mark your calendars, and know that with Capsule Market Square offering its own bargains across the street at Center 548 on the same three days, the far western end of 22nd street is clearly the place to be shopping this weekend.

OPENING CEREMONY SAMPLE SALE December 5-7 at 545 West 22nd Street between 10th & 11th Avenues, Chelsea


Opening Ceremony's Tech Shop Has The Stuff You Didn't Know You Wanted

It's not unusual for a big retailer to open a trendy tech department full of the obvious headphones, smartphone covers and wireless speakers, but leave it to the folks at Opening Ceremony to fill their new tech shop with a small but carefully curated collection of the stuff you might not have known even existed, but you must have immediately. It's not a sprawling selection by any means, and, this being Opening Ceremony, you can be sure that the item's own aesthetics were a factor in its being chosen for the assortment, but then, that's why you shop there any way. It it's pure functionality you want, then you can go right to J&R... oh, wait, no you can't.
Well, you can go somewhere else.
Anyway, for those who need their tech to be pretty as well as functional, you will find sleek Leica cameras and lenses, Fujifilm portable printers, featherweight Bang & Olufsen headphones and brilliant little items like an auxiliary light to improve your iPhone photos, attachable smartphone lenses —even a humidifier. Opening Ceremony's Tech Shop is open online, so now that Father's Day is finished, go get something for yourself.


H&M's COS Pop-Up Returns To Opening Ceremony Next Month & Finds A Permanent Home In Beverly Hills

Though we have yet to hear a firmer date than "this Spring" for the opening of America's first COS store in SoHo, the pop-up shop that introduced H&M's more upscale label to the U.S. last Fall will return to Opening Ceremony on April 17th. Though it's really more of a pop-up "fixture", this season it will also include clothes for children, and will be duplicated at Opening Ceremony's Los Angeles store. The arrangement has been a good teaser for the brand, and the relationship with is expected to continue even after COS has opened its own stores here. Opening Ceremony's Carol Lim and Humberto Leon tell WWD, “We are looking forward to continuing our partnership this spring with another offering of COS products exclusively in North America and to creating another beautiful pop-up experience in April, this time within our Los Angeles store." And speaking of Los Angeles, Cos has announced that a 13,000-square-foot space at 357 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills will be the site of its second Stateside store opening "later this year". This particular street has become something of a enclave for contemporary brands like Alice + Olivia, Sandro, Maje and others, so COS should be right at home there.

Back here in New York, since "Spring" starts in about 10 days, the actual opening date of New York's COS store on Spring Street is still a bit of a mystery, and the brand still has no official U.S. website yet. The last time The Shophound passed by the site, there was no way to tell what progress had been made in constructing the store (the image above is from a COS store in Milan), but Opening Ceremony's assortments will be available in its stores and through its website as long as they last. 

H&M's COS Set to Cover the Coasts (WWD)