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Welcome to our latest New York sample sale roundup - and although we're still in peak sample sale season, it's starting to get a little quieter as we wind down towards Memorial Day weekend, so all of the volume in the sample sale calendar is earlier in the week, which is unusual for the city.
Kicking off on Monday and we have a diverse mix of New York sample sales from brands including Ramy Brook, KAS New York, Jenny Chase, 360CASHMERE, Kal Rieman and more. We suggest that Ramy Brook will probably be the most popular from the mix - their sample sale runs for three days through Wednesday at their HQ, and will have up to 80% off retail prices on pieces from the archive, but also pieces from recent seasons. Worth a look!
On Tuesday we've got two new big New York sample sales from those folks over at 260 Sample Sale. First up is the return of the popular Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott sample sale, which is taking over their Fifth Avenue venue. No idea of pricing yet, but hopefully look out for a price list the day before or the morning it opens! And then over at their 150 Greene Street venue it's the Charlotte Olympia sample sale - packed with beautiful, innovative British footwear at up to 70% off retail prices. We can't get enough of those Olympia heels, so make sure you don't miss out!
Then Wednesday brings us New York sample sales from Cushnie et Ochs and the Dora Landa showroom - but at the time of writing that's it for this week, with no new New York sample sales popping up in the city until after Memorial Day, when we've got A.L.C., Bandier and Desigual to look forward to!
June of course is still New York sample sale season, so save some pennies for then, we've already got sample sales in the diary from Eileen Fisher, Autumn Cashmere, Chaser Brand, GANT, Paul Carroll and more, and there's more to be announced - including the long awaited Alice & Olivia Sample Sale.
Published May 20th 2018
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!