We're somehow more than halfway through March already, and it feels like 2019 is flying past our eyes already! The London sample sale scene hasn't really had a very quiet patch yet - and this week continues the trend with a great selection of brands to shop.
Kicking off straight away on Monday we've got the Aspinal London sample sale at The Music Room packed with accessories and gifts, and also the Winser London sample sale on Baker Street, open for just two days! Aspinal is already looking exceptionally popular so expect plenty of great discounts but also expect it to be busy - there might be a queue at the opening.
On Wednesday it's time for the Pringle of Scotland sample sale - we haven't had them in the London sample sale calendar since November, and they're promising up to 90% off on womenswear, menswear and accessories, so the pricing should be really keen! Definitely worth your time to pop in and check it out.
And then on Thursday it's over to The BOX in Hackney Walk, where they're hosting the latest London sample sale for multibrand boutique The Shop at Bluebird - packed with so many top brands. Our recommendation is to get there early for the best pick.
Then to round out the week we've got a Friday full of bargains, with London sample sales from Karen Millen, DANSE LENTE, Ally Capellino and Jo Gordon. DANSE LENTE was definitely a surprise - it's the first time we've had the cult brand in the sample sale calendar - so we'd love to hear what you find there!
Published 17th March 2019
The vibrant London sample sale scene makes it one of the best places for finding discount fashion.
Sample and warehouse sales can occur in London all year round and are sometimes announced at the last minute - so you need to keep a close watch if you want to catch your favourite brands - but they're most common when seasons are coming to an end, so in March to May and October to December.
You'll also find regular London sample sales from the likes of Designer Sales UK or One & Only Designer Sales, which occur all year round and often bring together clothes from a range of different designers every time.
Finally, look out for events at RSPV - a special little store in Chiswick which has sample sale residencies by a particular top designer for a few weeks at a time, and when they have an event on it's always worth a look-in.
You'll find sample sales sales in London from international brands to many emerging and independent labels. Make sure you don't limit yourself to just the famous names, as sample sales are a great way to cheaply discover the next up-and-coming talent too. Sometimes the sample sales by emerging labels - especially the group shows - can be really fun, with live DJs, food, drink and music, along with opportunities to meet the designers and discover the full stories behind their clothes.
On the negative side, some London sample sales can be pretty intense experiences. Some very popular sales can attract very long queues, so expect to wait if you're hitting a sample sale featuring a high street or luxury brand. And even with a luxury label don't expect a VIP service - often the more popular sales will require you to check in your coat and bag before you can enter, and there are seldom little niceties like changing rooms or a private shopper!
If you're unsure about a particular sample sale then check out the event page on Chicmi before you go and we'll share tweets and comments from people who are actually there - so you can get an idea of how good the pricing is, what items are available and what the queue is like before you go!
In terms of location, London's sample sales can be spread out all across the city, but there are some locations like the The Music Room in Mayfair or Chelsea Old Town Hall are hot venues and are used very regularly. You'll also find a lot of independent sample sales happen around Shoreditch and Hackney, where many emerging fashion designers have their studios.
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