May Sample Sales

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Welcome to May everyone! What is usually known as one of the busiest months of the sample sale calendar offers some great upcoming events. During week one, shoe lovers should look forward to Jimmy Choo and Butter bi-annual sample sales. Jewelry lovers should get excited about next week's Ippolita sale as the event promises much higher discounts than what we're usually accustomed to. If you are like me and can't get enough of Parisian fashion then the joint Sandro and Maje sample sale this Tuesday should hit the sweet spot. And of course the frenzy inducing Rebecca Minkoff sample sale is not to be missed. The prospect of getting a $30 sample handbag tends to incite all sorts of craziness amongst the rabid fan base. Don't forget to check back here throughout the month as more sales gets announced and added to the list. Please follow me on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest updates. Happy shopping!

BUTTER | May 2-3
307 Seventh Ave., Suite 901 (between 27th & 28th St.)
Monday - Tuesday  9am - 6pm

Butter shoes, along with sister labels: Something Bleu, Skylar Blake, and Dolce Lei are having a stock and sample sale starting this Monday. The CASH ONLY event will feature lots of current styles priced $60-$100 (retail $200-$500). Butter shoes are made in Italy and have been featured in various fashion and style magazines. It's worth noting that their shoes tend to run 1/2 size smaller so the sample size 37 is more likely to fit sizes 36-36.5 (I'm a 37 and usually have to size up to 38).

VINTAGE CHANEL | PIAZZA SEMPIONE | May 2-5
37 West 57th St., 9th Floor
Monday - Wednesday  10am - 6pm
Thursday  10am - 3pm

Shelly and Renee are hosting a multi designer sample sale featuring vintage apparel, handbags, and accessories from Chanel. I have attended their last sale and found prices to be on par with regular consignment stores. The vintage items come from Roundabout and there should be a rep on hand to help answer any authenticity questions. While I found Chanel prices to be much too high for pre-owned merchandise, those looking for Italian made office apparel might want to check out the Piazza Sempione selection once the additional discounts kick in.

SANDRO | MAJE | May 3-8
260 Fifth Ave
Tuesday - Saturday  10am - 8pm
Sunday  10am - 5pm

UPDATE: Extra 20% off. Please read my report here.
The trendsetting French labels: Sandro and Maje, return for a joint Spring sample sale at 260 Sample Sale's flagship venue. The sale will offer savings of up to 75% off on contemporary Parisian fashions for ladies and gents. Please read my reports from last year's Sandro and Maje sample sales for more info and details.

JIMMY CHOO | May 3-5
Metropolitan Pavilion
317 West 18th St., 5th Floor
Tuesday  11am - 7pm
Wednesday  8am - 7pm
Thursday  8am - 4pm

Jimmy Choo is back with the brand's semi-annual Friends & Family sale. This year's event is scheduled to last for three days! Please keep in mind that it has not been announced yet when the doors will open to general public. This time you need a ticket and an RSVP in order to attend but these rules are likely to relax for day two and three of the sale. Those looking to get the best bargain may want to hold off until the last day when discounts have been known to drop to 90% off, especially on bags and accessories. Please read my reports from last year's Spring and Fall sales for more details.

LAFAYETTE 148 | May 5-6
148 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor
Thursday  9am - 7pm
Friday  9am - 6pm

UPDATE: Please read my report here.
Save up to 80% off on women's apparel and accessories at Lafayette's semi-annual warehouse sale. Prices usually range from $50-$300 but I've been able to find some major bargains among the specially marked racks during the brand's previous sales. The sale features a huge selection of office appropriate styles in a full range of sizes, including petites and plus sizes. Additional discounts are usually offered on the last day of the sale.

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI | May 5
605 West 27th St., 8th Floor (between 11th & 12th Ave)
Thursday  10am - 6pm

For one day only save up to 80% off at the Giambattista Valli sample sale held inside the brand's showroom. This event is hosted by Shelly and Renee and is open to the public. There is a private event happening at the same venue Tuesday and Wednesday but its run by different people who are among the most unpleasant and pretentious bunch I have ever come across so don't even bother trying to sneak into that one. Wait for Thursday's public sale and friendly pleasant staff.

STAFF USA | May 5-7
220 West 19th St., 10th Floor
Thursday  2pm - 7pm
Friday  10am - 7pm
Saturday  12pm - 5pm

UPDATE: Extra 50% off wholesale prices.
Get ready to save on apparel and footwear from Maison Margiela, MM6, and Dsquared at Staff USA semi-annual sample sale. Discounts start at around 40%-60% off wholesale prices but final day markdowns have been known to be very good.

IPPOLITA | May 7-10
Soiffer Haskin
317 West 33rd St.
Saturday - Sunday  9am - 6pm
Monday - Tuesday  9am - 7pm

Just in time for last minute Mother's Day gifts, this year's Ippolita sample sale promises much higher discounts on select merchandise. Certain items will be marked down as high as 85% off while most stock pieces will still be around 65% off retail. Expect additional discounts as the sale progresses but I highly advise shopping early for best deals. Please read my report from last year where I scored leather and exotic wrap bracelets for 90% off!

REBECCA MINKOFF | May 9-14
260 Fifth Ave
Monday  11am - 8pm
Tuesday - Friday  10am - 8pm
Saturday  10am - 5pm

UPDATE: Extra discounts on RTW and select bags.
There's a reason why Rebecca Minkoff's sample sales are such a huge hit among shoppers. It's not just the abundance of merchandise but the samples. Yes, all those original samples that start around $20 and get further discounted as the sale progresses. Go early for the best sample handbag selection. The sale will also have great deals on apparel and  offer a limited selection of footwear. While initial stock discounts are not terribly exciting (think 55%-70% off) prices do get much much better towards the end.

DIESEL | May 10-15
150 Greene St
Tuesday  9am - 8pm
Wednesday - Thursday  10am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday  10am - 7pm
Sunday  10am - 4pm

UPDATE: Extra discounts. Please read my report here.
Diesel's Spring sample sale will offer savings of up to 75% off on apparel and accessories for women and men. Expect additional discounts of up to 85% retail towards the end of the event. Please read my report from lats year's sale for more info.

REBECCA TAYLOR | May 11-12
80 West 40th St., 5th Floor
Wednesday 11am - 6pm
Thursday 12pm - 6pm

UPDATE: Please read my report here.
Don't miss this special two day sample sale from Rebecca Taylor. Held inside the designer's Garment District showroom, the sale will offer only sample sizes but the price points should more than make up for lack of sizing. Tops $30, blouses $40, bottoms/sweaters/dresses $50, jackets $75, eveningwear $100, outerwear $120, leather $150.

AEFFE USA | May 11-13
30 West 56th St. (between 5th & 6th Ave)
Wednesday - Friday  10am - 6pm

Save up to 70% off on major European brands like Moschino, Alerta Ferretti, Fuzzi, Cedric Charlier, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Emanual Ungaro. Expect to find women's ready to wear, evening wear, beachwear, shoes, and accessories. There will also be a limited selection of menswear. Prices at this sale are generally fairly high and there are no additional markdowns on the last day.

MAGASCHONI | May 12-13
525 Seventh Ave., 21st Floor (between 38th & 39th St.)
Thursday - Friday  9am - 6pm

Save on Magaschoni's signature knitwear, cashmere, sweaters, coats, jackets, dresses, and pants at the brand's Spring sample sale. The sale features only samples which is good news for your wallet as we all know sample prices are always a bargain!

TOCCA | STILA | GHD | May 17-22
260 Fifth Ave
Tuesday  9am - 8pm
Wednesday - Friday  10am - 8pm
Saturday  10am - 7pm
Sunday  10am - 4pm

UPDATE: Additional discounts. 
Beauty lovers will be happy to save some major $$ at this multibrand sample sale. Last year prices for Stila makeup started at just $3 with many items under $10, including liquid eyeliners, pencils, lipsticks, gloss, eyeshadows, and much more. This year you'll also be able to save on GHD's hair tools and products and fragrance lovers won't want to miss Tocca's signature scents and candles. The sale will also offer women's apparel from Tocca.

PAUL SMITH | May 17-22
150 Greene St
Tuesday  3pm - 8pm
Wednesday - Saturday  10am - 8pm
Sunday  10am - 4pm

UPDATE: 5/22 Extra 50% off! Extra 30% off.
Save up to 75% off retail at Paul Smith semi-annual sample sale. The beloved sample sale from the venerable British designer returns to SoHo! Expect to find apparel, shoes, and accessories for women and men, as well as vintage books, homeware, gifts, and collectibles. This sale always attracts a large crowd so be ready to wait in line and while additional discounts do arrive I wouldn't advise waiting 'til the last day because all the good stuff will be gone by then! Please read my report from last year for more details.

BENDON LINGERIE | May 17-20
180 Madison Ave, Suite 501
Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 5pm

UPDATE: Please read my full report here.
The New Zealand based company, with offices in NYC is hosting a lingerie and sleepwear sample sale. Bendon manufactures intimate apparel for brands like Stella McCartney, Heidi Klum, Pleasure State, and more. The sale includes both original samples and overstocks with prices $3-$25 and additional discounts likely towards the end of the sale.

THEORY | May 18-22
Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave
Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

UPDATE: 5/22 Extra 20% off. Please read my full report here.
Theory is having a women's sample sale at Chelsea Market. The sale features current season apparel, footwear, and accessories for ladies (guys will get their own sale next week). Expect to find an abundant selection in a full range of sizes (00-12) with modest discounts of around 70% off retail and a possibility of extra markdowns on the last day.

MELA ARTISANS | MASALA BABY + KIDS | May 18-20
580 Broadway, Suite 705
Wednesday  10am - 6pm
Thursday  12pm - 7pm
Friday  10am - 6pm

UPDATE: Please read my report here.
I always love a good home decor sample sale so I was very happy to see this announcement in my inbox! Mela Artisans is a luxury lifestyle brand that combines traditional Indian handcrafting techniques with functionality of contemporary design. Masala Baby + Kids is a vibrant kids wear and accessories company that is based in Brooklyn and handcrafted in India. Both brands feature products that are handcrafted or specially made with an environmentally responsible vision and socially conscious aesthetic. The sale will feature both stock and samples with discounts of 60%-80% off retail.

ALEXIS BITTAR | May 19-22
20 West 36th St., 6th Floor
Thursday - Sunday  10am - 6pm

UPDATE: Extra discounts.
Alexis Bittar semi-annual sample sale returns later this month but to a different venue. This time CP Fashion Group (they host the Vivienne Westwood and Balmain sales) where the organizers inform me that prices will start at $25 for fashion jewelry and $90 for fine jewelry. I will be very interested to see how the sale compares to the brand's previous events at 260.

EDDIE BORGO | May 19-21
204 Elizabeth St., 2nd Floor
Thursday 12pm - 7pm
Friday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

UPDATE: Please read my full report here.
Eddie Borgo's Spring sample sale returns for three whole days! Making it the brand's longest sale which hopefully translates to abundant inventory. At previous sales most items were discounted 80%-90% off retail with prices $15-$70 and $5 damage bins. This year will mark the first time handbags will be available although I would not expect bargain pricing in this category. You can read my reports from their last two sales here and here.

COMME DES GARÇONS | May 20-23
Dover Street Market
550 Washington St (between West Houston and Spring St.)

Friday  10am - 7pm
Saturday  10am - 8pm
Sunday  12pm - 7pm

UPDATE: Sale closes a day earlier!!! See updated hours above.
Once every three years Comme des Garçons rewards it's loyal NYC fan base with a sample sale! So this year get ready to save up to 70% off across all CDG brands. The self described epic sale of mammoth proportions will also have merchandise from the Dover Street Market brands discounted up to 80% off. Merchandise will be restocked daily so don't feel to bad if you miss out on the inevitably long wait time during day one of the event ;) The sale will also offer complimentary snacks, drinks, and music.

C21 LUXURY HANDBAG EVENT | May 23-25
C21 Edition
21 Dey St.
Monday - Tuesday 8am - 9pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm

Century 21 is having a special luxury handbag event featuring brands like Celine, Tod's, Jimmy Choo, Proenza Schouler, and more with advertised savings of up to 75% off retail. Not much else is known at the moment but it looks like these will be brand new (not vintage) handbags although I highly doubt we'll see a Celine Luggage Tote for 75% off. I will keep you updated as soon as I learn more.

RACHEL ZOE | May 23-24
Clothingline
261 West 36th St., 2nd Floor
Monday - Tuesday 11am - 7pm

UPDATE: Read my full report here.
For two days only Clothingline is holding a special Rachel Zoe blowout sample sale with savings as high as 96% off retails. Prices will start at $15-$25 for tops, $20 shorts/skirts/pants, $30-$60 dresses/gowns/rompers/jumpsuits, and $60-$109 leather/suede.

JAMES PERSE | May 24-29
260 Fifth Ave
Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

UPDATE: Now extra 20% off. Read my full report here.
The meister of all things casual cool, James Perse's eponymous L.A. based label returns for their Spring sample sale. Expect to save up to 75% off on casual basics for women and men as well as lounge wear, and accessories. Please read my report from last year for more info.

ROBERTO CAVALLI | May 24-29
150 Greene St.
Tuesday 11am - 8pm
Wednesday - Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

UPDATE: 5/25 Extra 20% 25% off. First look photos here and here, price list.
For the first time ever 260 Sample Sale will be hosting Roberto Cavalli sample sale featuring apparel, bags, and shoes for women and men. Expect to save up to 75% off original prices on Italian label's sexy and colorful designs. There have been previous Cavalli sales, mostly held inside various authorized showrooms so I am greatly looking forward to shop this particular sale!

JAY STRONGWATER | MACKENZIE-CHILDS | May 24-26
Metropolitan Pavilion
123 West 18th St., 4th Floor
Tuesday  12pm - 7pm
Wednesday - Thursday  9am - 6pm

UPDATE: Now extra 20% off.
Stock up on beautiful decor pieces at the Jay Strongwater and Mackenzie-Childs joint sample sale. Save up to 50% on Jay Strongwater's jeweled picture frames, vases, figurines, furniture, and much more. Meanwhile Mackenzie-Childs will offer discounts of 50%-70% off on home decor like dinnerware, tabletop, ornaments, bags, and more. Additional discounts are expected on the last day.

THEORY | May 25-29
Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave
Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

The ladies had their sale last week and now it's time for guys to have their very own Theory sample sale. Expect to save up to 60% off on current stock in all sizes. Lots of work appropriate looks and Spring/Summer merchandise including accessories.

JKNLEE | May 28-30
South Street Seaport
192 Front St.
Saturday - Monday
10am - 8pm

K-beauty and skincare pop-up opens with a three day sample sale offering buy 1 get 1 free deals on popular Korean brands like Goodal, Soo Ae, Clio, Dr. G, Peripera, Ostia, Freeset, and more. Promotions, giveaways, contest, and gifts with purchase. Read all about it  right here.



*Photo credit 260 Sample Sale PR/Rebecca Minkoff

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