There's plenty in the calendar for bargain hunters this week as we start inching closer to London sample sale season! Not that we've had much of a down season this month - with a constant stream of great sample sales to enjoy since Christmas - but hold on to your shorts because it's about to get a lot more busy!<;p>
We kick off straight away on Monday with a London sample sale from Smythson - the first one we've covered for that brand. Expect up to 75% off in the two day event, packed with their quality leather goods and books for men and women.
Then on Tuesday our highlight is the Rupert Sanderson London sample sale, which kicks off at The Royal Institution for two days - it's the perfect opportunity to add some of their gorgeous and elegant footwear to your collection.
Wednesday is all about Charlotte Simone and Zone Two. Charlotte Simone will be bringing her fluffy treasures to Marylebone for three days - while Zone Two will be back with their classic mix of London sample sale brands, including Scotch & Soda, Sperry, Psycho Bunny, Kent & Curwen and more.
On Thursday you'll need to get to two London sample sales - because you've got fabulous watches from Larsson & Jennings to shop in Shoreditch, and also classic menswear and womenswear to explore at the Margaret Howell sample sale in The Music Room, where prices will be up to 80% off.
Friday is the busiest day of the week - with many of the previous London sample sales still running, and also new sales to shop from Astley Clarke, Axel Arigato, Arran Frances and more, including a cute multibrand London sample sale south of the river, with Lowie, Little Green Radicals, Karen Morrison and other indie brands.
And then finally it's the weekend, with London sample sale highlights from Needle & Thread at The Music Room, and House of Hackney at The BOX in Hackney Walk. Expect both of those to be popular - so make sure you get there early for best results!
Published 24th 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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