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Considering we're supposed to be in down season for New York sample sales, we've got a surprisingly cool collection of brands at a discount in the week ahead, proving that it's pretty much always sample sale season in New York these days!
The fun all kicks off on Tuesday, with a selection of great New York sample sales to choose from. The top pick for us is surely the ASICS sample sale, going down at 260 Sample Sale in their Fifth Avenue location for a six day run, and featuring up to 85% off on their famous footwear and apparel. This is probably our highlight of the week, so make sure you get there early for the best deals as we expect it to be popular. However also on Tuesday, you've got a massive end of season blowout sample sale from Clothingline, which is another not to miss - it will feature tons of brands on offer, including AG Jeans, Desigual, Kal Rieman, Tamara Mellon, Twenty and more, including some that they can't name.
Wednesday brings you a flash sale on eveningwear and bridal from top British designer Catherine Deane, which will have up to 85% off retail prices - find that happening for three days in Midtown. And also a two day New York sample sale from Figue, where you can stock up on their luxurious bohemian womenswear at bargain basement prices.
Thursday, as usual, is the busiest day for New York sample sales, with Michael Bastian, Archerie, Onepiece, New Form Perpective and Stephen F all holding sample sales across the city. With such an eclectic mixture of brands, it's hard to choose a favorite, but our personal picks will be to hit Onepiece, NFP and Archerie. Onepiece will be bringing you up to 90% off their luxurious Norweigian loungewear over two days with prices starting at just $5 - so that is one definitely not to miss - while NFP will be getting you ready for winter already with up to 70% off so much woven and knitwear at prices ranging from $75 to $100. Finally Archerie will be in their Lower Manhattan venue with vintage-inspired tops and skirts starting from just $50.
That's pretty much it for the New York sample sale scene this week, but keep an eye on your alerts because we already have J Brand, Adam Lippes, Kisan, and a super cool indie multibrand sample sale from eM Productions in the diary for next week - and Vivienne Tam and Fivestory hitting the diary already for next month. And there will be much more to come as usual!
Published July 16th 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!