With New York sample sales from Veronica Beard, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, rag & bone and so many more to get your hands on this week, it's without doubt a week for discount shopping!
With so much going on, it's almost impossible to pick our faves - but the one that everyone's talking about is the Veronica Beard Sample Sale, running for 5 days - followed closely by the 5 day rag & bone Sample Sale at 260 Sample Sale - NoMad; and the Prada Private Event, on for 2 days at 260 Sample Sale - Soho. So make sure you don't miss out on those! But make sure you don't get too focussed on the big name sales - there's so many great sales to discover that it's worth the time to research!
Another New York sample sale for your hit list is definitely the Marc Jacobs Sample Sale, and then there's the STAUD Sample Sale as well - which might very well be a highlight!
And you're going to want to check back here regularly, because there's new sample sales in New York announced all the time! We recommend getting on our mailer and downloading our app, so so you don't miss the sale of your dreams!
Published November 21st 2019
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. They are also sometimes called archive sales, private sales or warehouse sales.
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!
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