As if three covetable Italian luxury brands aren't enough, Tuesday morning brings the news that LUCIANO BARBERA is joining the sale schedule this week with a seven-day sale at its showroom near Rockefeller Center beginning on Thursday. If you know that label, then you are getting excited. If you are a fan of Brunello Cucinelli, Isaia or Eleventy, then you should be getting excited. The drill is the same. Everything is going to be very expensive, but at up to 85% off, you might find some special pieces worth investing in, and devoted Barbera fans will be loading their arms with examples of the label's classic, elegant, handmade menswear with a sophisticated northern Italian touch.
We really aren't sure if someone plans it this way, but sometimes the sample sale schedule converges in a way that highlights a particular category. IN this case, it's sophisticated, luxurious Italian apparel. Yesterday, the folks at BRUNELLO CUCINELLI launched their highly anticipated seasonal sample sale just off Fifth Avenue in midtown. The brand is one of those luxury mysteries that pop up in the fashion landscape. It's exorbitantly expensive, but also massively popular which means that there is an abundance of overstock left hanging around when it comes time to clear the warehouse in favor of new arrivals. The sale will run through Friday and, as with its fellow luxe labels like Loro Paina or Hermès, the prices are still staggering even at 60% off. That means that you will find fewer customers at the sale who load up their arms a lot more stuff. Still, it looks like there are enough goods to last through the week, but if you are a devoted Cucinelli fan or just looking to splurge on one special piece, we would recommend going sooner rather than later.
If that's still too rich for your blood, and you wouldn't be lamed if it is, a valid alternative has coincidentally opened its showroom to the public this very same week. Luxury label ELEVENTY offers a similar style of laid back Italian elegance at somewhat more digestible prices. The brand is no slouch —you'll find it in Barneys, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales as well as in its own SoHo boutique— but at around 80% off retail, the prices at this sale start out at $25 for small items and top out at $299 for outerwear and leather pieces. This sale is weighted a bit more heavily toward showroom samples, but there are still a few bigger stock sizes mixed in here and there, and more than enough cashmere and slouchy tailoring to satisfy any sprezzatura fan.
Rounding out the lineup of Italian artisanship, Neapolitan men's label ISAIA has returned to 260SampleSale's Wooster Street Location where it is scheduled to start welcoming its cultlike following today through Sunday. As usual, the pricey main label is joined by its somewhat more affordable little brother EIDOS offering a mix of past season's merchandise and a bit of current product that has been revamped by its latest creative director Simon Spurr in his signature streamlined style —keep an eye on the brand's ever-evolving logo to catch the differences from season to season. This time, the labels are sharing space with American heritage leathergoods label GHURKA which adds an welcome accessory component to the assortment.
That's not all this week's sales are offering. There are some other heavy hitters operating including contemporary powerhouse ALICE and OLIVIA which will be at 260 Fifth Avenue through the weekend. Over at Clothingline in the Garment District, KAREN MILLEN will be holding a three-day sale of samples and stock. Designer ULLA JOHNSON will be taking up residence at 150 Greene Street for four days starting on Thursday.
As always there are still more sales this week to be shopped like Ippo, Butter and Quinn Cashmere, so keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for hours and locations as well as any late breaking sales we can add.
Next week, save some cash for Desigual, Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang and more.