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We've hit mid-January already and Christmas seems like a distant memory - and even the chaos of last season's sample sale season is fading into the distant past! But while the season is much less bargain-filled than it was last month, there's still a number of great New York sample sales to shop this week.
Starting off on Monday and the big news is the Zadig & Voltaire warehouse sale, which opens for a whole week from Monday at their store on Mercer Street. You can expect discounts of up to 70% off on the cool French brand here, including apparel for both men and women. Also on Monday you've got ongoing New York sample sales with John Paul Ataker, Blue Duck Shearling Max 'n Chester, Alpha Industries and more in the city.
On Tuesday we've got the first ever Jason Wu sample sale to celebrate - happening at 260 Sample Sale's Greene Street venue! We don't know much about the pricing yet, but we know that there'll be Jason Wu, GREY Jason Wu and FILA x Jason Wu on offer, and frankly this is not a business-as-usual New York sample sale, so we're excited! But Tuesday is not all about Jason Wu - there's also New York sample sales from Theory and Helmut Lang at Clothingline, and a Spyder warehouse sale at 260 Sample Sale's Fifth Avenue venue - so it's going to be an action packed day!
On Wednesday we've got the launch of the Kimora Lee Simmons New York sample sale to look forward to - happening at their West 24th Street store for two days only. Prices will start at just $40 for their designer womenswear, so we think this will be well worth your time! And then on Thursday we've got a sample sale from Khirma Collective in the diary - featuring Jessica Arden, Khirma New York, Maison de Papillon, Marta Scarampi, Michelle Waugh, Sienna Zac and more, who have all come together for this four day event.
Then there's nothing else in the New York sample sale calendar yet until the weekend - when on Saturday we've got a moving sale event from vegan fashion brand Vaute, who are closing their flagship store to focus on outerwear, and then on Sunday is the one day MIKI HOUSE New York sample sale in the East Village, packed with childrenswear at up to 75% off!
That's it for this week, and we don't have a busy diary ahead for the rest of the month - but there are New York sample sales in the calendar from Proper Cloth, Frye + Aquatalia, The Arrivals, Schutz, and Archerie to look forward to, and we're adding new ones all the time!
Published January 14th 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!