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We've got a busy week ahead of us for New York sample sales, and it's a week dominated by indie and emerging brands rather than luxury labels or high street big names - so plenty of opportunity to discover something a little different to put in your closet!
On Monday we kick off the week with a New York sample sale from Sachin & Babi, going down for three days in their NYC showroom, with up to 80% off on their contemporary womenswear. But also don't miss out on two separate jewelry sample sales - one from The Collection at the Lotte New York Plaza Hotel, and one from body-jewelry specialist Britt Bolton in her showroom on Grand Street in Brooklyn. That latter one is booking required, so make sure you're on the list if you want to attend.
New York sample sales from Bonobos and Jack Rogers dominate the diary on Tuesday - with Bonobos running for six days at 260 Sample Sale on Fifth Avenue, and Jack Rogers bringing together a bunch of cool brands for their three day event on Broadway. But again, there's a selection of smaller sample sales that you may want to consider, with Wala Swim bringing you hot swimwear from brands like Eberjey, L*Space and more, and New York sample sales Jemmy Wynne jewelry, CalaXini footwear, Y7 Studio activewear and Tommy John men's underwear all in the diary too!
On Wednesday we get the first day of the Club Clio sample sale - which is packed with your favorite K-Beauty brands, so definitely worth a look. That's on for two weeks. And also the return of the Kal Rieman New York sample sale, where you can add some of their unique tailored womenswear to your collection. Chicmi VIPs get exclusive access to the NU New York sample sale a day in advance on Wednesday too - so if that's your thing then make sure you check out our VIP club for more details!
Thursday is always peak New York sample sale day, and this week is no exception - with many of the previous sample sales still going and also new sample sales from lemlem, NU New York, The Hop and Bit'z Kids. Prices will start at just $25 at the NU New York sample sale, which is going down for four days on Broadway, including dresses, tops, bags and accessories!
That's it for the New York sample sales for this week - but things are beginning to warm up as we start heading back towards sample sale season, even though peak is still a long way off. So keep a close eye on your fashion alert emails and make sure you don't miss out on a bargain!
Published August 13th 2017
New York's sample sale scene is second-to-none, making it the best city on earth to find a fashion bargain.
The seasonal and constantly changing world of fashion means that brands often have items left over from past seasons, runway shows or the design and production process that they've collected in their offices or warehouses. Sample sales are sales events - often held in dedicated showrooms or event spaces - where you can buy these items at a significant discount on their normal retail value. Many sample sales discount between 70% to even 90% off.
Sample sales are often an experience in themselves - popular sales will frequently have queues to enter, you might have to store your coat or bag in a cloakroom, and you will often be competing with other shoppers to find and buy the items you want before others do. You you'll often find samples come in limited sizes, and you shouldn't expect the perks of proper luxury clothes shopping - many places don't have changing rooms and you're not likely to get a personal shopper!
Items bought in a sample sale are usually sold as is, and you won't be able to return them. Many sample sales accept cash and card, but check before you go, as some will be cash only or card only.
New York has one of the worlds most vibrant and eclectic fashion communities, and the sample sales match! You'll find sales ranging from luxury brands and high street labels through to independent and emerging brands. The sample sales for luxury and high street brands are often quite practical affairs where you are there to grab a bargain as quickly as possible - but the independent and emerging events can be a great way to discover a brand's clothes, meet the designers, and sometimes enjoy entertainment or drinks alongside the sales.
Along with sample sales organised by the brands themselves, there's also a rich calendar of sample sales organised by third parties or collectives. For example Shelly & Renee organise New York sample sales on behalf of many luxury brands and European labels, and companies like Soiffer Haskin and Clothingline host sample sales in their spaces all year round as well.
Because the fashion scene in NYC is so big, you'll find sample sales all year round - but the most common periods, or "sample sale seasons", are when the fashion seasons come to an end. Spring Summer sample sales often happen between April to June, and Autumn Winter sample sales happen October to December. These are the times that you really want to keep an eye on the sample sale calendar, and make sure you don't miss your favourite brands!