The vibrant London sample sale scene makes it one of the best places for finding discount fashion. Read more >
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 Music Rooms 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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Well, have we got an amazing, packed schedule of London sample sales for you this week?! There's plenty of bargain hunting to be done every day, with deals on everything from high end womenswear through to childrenswear and furniture to explore!
Starting on Monday then, and you've got three sample sales to choose from, starting with the Percival and BEE Clothing menswear sample sale, which started at the Old Truman Brewery on Friday, and continues through to this Friday. Then, starting on Monday you've got the Ekaterina Kukhareva London sample sale going town near Chelsea Harbour for five days, with up to 80% off retail prices, and the Charlie May studio move sample sale in South Tottenham / Seven Sisters for three days, with designer womenswear starting at just £20.
Then on Tuesday you can explore childrenswear at the Junior Suite sample sale happening in Brick Lane - which later in the week at the same location also adds SUMERLOVE swimwear and Caleo Cashmere to the collections - and then on Wednesday, you've got a multibrand London sample sale at Chiltern Street Studios, with brands like Donna Ida, James Jeans, Humanoid and many more, and the start of the Swoon Editions warehouse sale up near Westfield in Stratford, where there's plenty of quality furniture at a discount.
Thursday is where the big names join the London sample sale party though, with Margaret Howell's sample sale opening at The Music Room in Mayfair for two days; the Options Multibrand sample sale bringing you discounts on brands like Antony Morato, Denham and Pendleton; Obey Clothing's four day sample sale opening at the Dray Walk Gallery in the Old Truman Brewery; a multibrand sample sale from Viola boutique stuffed full of discounts on brands like MOTHER, Rachel Comey, Rupert Sanderson, KOKORO and more; and last, but most definitely not least, the return of the ultimate London lingerie sample sale, featuring so many great brands including Asceno, Harlow & Fox, Playful Promises and many many more!
Friday doesn't lighten up, either with high street label Coast opening their warehouse clearance sale for two days only at Chiswick Town Hall, The Cambridge Satchel Company kicking off a three day sample sale at their Covent Garden boutique, and Ella Doran selling wallpaper and textiles in their two day London sample sale in Hackney.
Then we're into the weekend (yey!) and along with a number of the above London sample sales continuing throughout, there's also a Designer Sales UK sample sale to enjoy at Chelsea Old Town Hall featuring a whole host of top name brands, and a one day Kraken Couture sample sale to enjoy on Sunday at the Candid Arts Trust! That one's booking required, so make sure you get your RSVP in now!
Next week we've already got London sample sales from Rupert Sanderson, Liberty, Monica Vinader, Miista and many more in the diary, so we're definitely heading into sample sale season in earnest now! Look out for amazing bargains to be had over the next month!
Published 19th March 2017