May 2018 Sample Sales

Practically Haute May NYC sample sale

Welcome to May everyone! The warm weather is finally here and in our little land of sample sales this means that the hottest shopping month has arrived. Just look at this month’s fiery line up that includes the likes of Jimmy Choo, Aquazzura, Derek LamBonpoint, Modo, Rebecca Minkoff, and many, many more. Whether you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes, looking to transition to a summer friendly bag, are in search of a killer dress for an upcoming wedding, need something for the kids or just want to spruce up your wardrobe there is something for everyone. The first week offers a great opportunity to find that perfect Mother’s Day gift. Look no further than Nest Fragrances and their bargain deals on perfumes and candles or go big with deals on luxury shoes and handbags. Do you want a leg up on the competition? Then be sure to RSVP to upcoming Jimmy Choo sample sale (you’ll find the info under the listing). There are currently 26 must shop sample sales listed on this blog and you know more will be announced in the coming days! Which one are you most excited to shop? Please comment below and don’t forget to keep an eye on my Insta and Twitter for the latest updates.

NEST | S’WELL | MOLESKIN | April 30 – May 5
260 Fifth Ave.
Monday 9am – 8pm
Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
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Just in time for Mother’s Day, Nest Fragrances will be up to 70% off with some categories offering even higher discounts. Think $20 EDP and $25 sets, candles $7-$20, and most items under $30. S’Well water bottles are $10/$15/$20 based on size and Moleskin prices range from $2-$10 journals and $25 to $80 bags.

MACKENZIE-CHILDS | May 1-3
Metropolitan Pavilion 123 West 18th St., 5th Floor
Tuesday 11am – 7pm
Wednesday 9am – 7pm
Thursday 9am – 5pm
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Another great opportunity for Mother’s Day gifts with whimsical home decor pieces. Expect savings of up to 70% off retail on tabletop decor, place settings, linens, decorative accents, jewelry, bags, candles, ornaments, and select decorative furniture.

MELISSA KAYE | May 2-3
Melissa Kaye Showroom 915 Broadway, Suite 803-2
Wednesday – Thursday 9am – 7pm
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Save up to 70% off fine jewelry at Melissa Kaye Spring sample sale. It’s a rare sale for this NYC based designer and might be a good opportunity for last minute Mother’s Day gifts.

ROSIE ASSOULIN | May 2-4
138 Wooster St.
Wednesday 10am – 7pm
Thursday 10am – 8pm
Friday 10am – 1pm
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NYC based, high-end brand is having a Spring sale with deep discounts on past season merchandise. Usually priced at well over a $1,000 this sale is worth a look provided the discounts are high enough.

AQUAZZURA | May 2-6
150 Greene St.
Wednesday 9am – 8pm
Thursday 10am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
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This is one sale that no shoe lover will want to miss! It’s been more than three years since Aquazzura’ last sample sale and this time the sale will be bigger than ever with a large inventory of shoes in all sizes. It’s worth noting that prices are likely to be higher than their showroom sale, think average discounts of up to 75% off retail. The big question is whether there will be actual samples and as always you can expect extra markdowns as the sale progresses.

AEFFE USA | MOSCHINO | May 3-5
Aeffe Showroom 30 West 56th St.
Thursday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
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Aeffe showroom, the official distributor of Moschino, Alberta Ferretti, Cedric Charlier, Fuzzi, Jeremy Scott, and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini invites you to their Spring event. Expect savings of up to 75% off retail featuring RTW, shoes, handbags, and accessories.

HERSCHEL SUPPLY | May 3-6
151 Wooster St.
Thursday – Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
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The popular backpack manufacturer is moving their sale to 260’s SoHo venue where you can expect discounts of 50% to 70% off retail. The brand has a near cult following and attracts enormous crowds so brace yourselves for 3+ hour wait times. It is also very likely that the sale will end before Sunday as supplies are bound to sell out before then.

REBECCA MINKOFF | May 7-13
250 Fifth Ave.
Monday 11am – 8pm
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 8pm
Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
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The sale affectionately dubbed as the Hunger Games (due to the shoppers’ competitive nature) returns with the usual savings of up to 75% off retail but its the deeply discounted samples that ensure you’ll be waiting in line for hours! Sample prices range from $25 to $100 and can include even current collection and classic handbag styles. Stock is usually priced between, $75 – $350. Also available will be apparel, shoes, jewelry, and Ben Minkoff for men collection. Please catch up on my previous reviews for all the info.

WOLFORD | May 8-10
Wolford America Headquarters 330 Seventh Ave., Suite 1702
Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 4pm
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Wolford has just announced a last minute sample sale at their corporate headquarters. No word on what type of discounts we can expect but something tells me that these deals will be much better than their past sales at 260..
Please note, this is a CASH ONLY sale.

CHRISTOFLE | May 8-12
Soiffer Haskin 317 West 33rd St.
Tuesday – Friday 9am – 6:30pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
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Save up to 70% off silver flatware (including 5 piece settings), holloware, crystal, porcelain, frames, gifts, and jewelry. Also available will be Paolo Castagli jewelry.

HELMUT LANG | May 8-13
150 Greene St.
Tuesday 9am – 8pm
Wednesday – Thursday 10am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
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Following in Theory’s footstept, Helmut Lang will now also be holding their semi-annual sample sale at 260’s SoHo venue. You can expect to save up to 70% off retail on men’s and women’s collections.

MADELINE WEINRIB | May 8-19
Madeline Weinrib 126 Fifth Ave., 2nd Floor
Monday – Friday 11am – 6pm
Thursdays 11am – 8pm
Saturday (May 19) 11am – 6pm
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It’s a sad day when a designer closes their business but a savvy shopper will see this as an opportunity to stock up on colorful and iconic Madeline Weinrib home decor pieces. You can expect discounts of 50% to 80% off retail with selection featuring hand knotted Tibetan wool carpets, cotton rugs, vintage Moroccan carpets, pillows, fabric by the yard, tabletop, fashion accessories, and vintage finds from Madeline’s travels around the globe. Some examples include:

Fabric by The Yard – Silk Ikat $150 (retail $475), Block Print $10 (retail $125)
Cotton Rugs – discounts starting at 70% off
Tibetan Carpets – discounts starting at 50% off
Pillows – discounts starting at 60% off

SIMON SHOWROOM | May 9-10
Simon Showroom 95 Fifth Ave., 3rd Floor
Wednesday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
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Shop this multi-brand showroom sale featuring designers like Iro, Amo Jeans, Delfi, Petersyn, and White + Warren. Please note that most sizes are sample only, Iro is only size 36 while other brands are primarily size small with a few mediums mixed in throughout the racks. Amo jeans offer slightly better size selection up to size 32. Discounts range from 70% to 80% off retail based on the designer.

JIMMY CHOO | May 9-11
Metropolitan Pavilion 123 West 18th St., 2nd Floor
Wednesday 11am – 8pm*
Thursday – Friday 8am – 8p
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Jimmy Choo Spring sample sale returns to Metro pavilion! You can expect similar prices and discounts as their past events: $200 – $375 shoes and $250 – $450 handbags. Read all about their last two sales here and here. Last entry into to the sale at 7:30 daily, no exceptions so get there early.

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VIVIENNE TAM | May 9-11
Vivienne Tam Showroom 580 Eighth ave., 17th Floor
Wednesday 9am – 8pm
Thursday – Friday 10am – 7pm
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The sale will offer original vintage samples ($20) as well as recent fashion collection pieces at up to 80% off retail. Some price points include:

Butterfly Garden Printed Jacket $90 (retail $450)
White Cotton Sleeveless Shirt $70 (retail $295)
Wave Patchwork Embroidered Pants $90 (retail $330)
White Pleated Lace Tiered Skirt $120 (retail $420)

BUTTER SHOES | May 9-11
Butter Showroom 130 West 57th St., Suite 1E
Wednesday – Thursday 9am – 6pm
Friday 9am – 4pm
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Shop sister brands Butter, Something BleuSkyler Blake, and Golo with amazing prices on footwear. Most items are women’s sample size 7 (they run a bit small so sizes 6-6.5 will have the best luck) and are priced at just $50. Stock shoes are $100 but the selection is small. There are also two boxes of $40 flats by Skylar Blake in all sizes.

DEREK LAM | 10 CROSBY | May 9-13
151 Wooster St.
Wednesday 10am – 8pm
Thursday 11am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday 11am – 8pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
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After a few years at Clothingline, Derek Lam sample sale finally returns to 260 and I’m personally hoping that we can expect similar amazing discounts as their past events. Initial discounts will start at 70% off retail but its those last day markdowns that have me excited, in the past they went as high as extra 75% off sale prices!

ELIZABETH & JAMES | May 9-13
Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave.
Wednesday – Saturday 10:30am – 7pm
Sunday 10:30am – 5pm
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Save up to 70% off retail on RTW and handbags during Elizabeth & James Spring sample sale. Expect prices similar to last year’s sale where tops and bottoms were listed between $79 and $99, dresses $119, outerwear $249, and fur coats $479. Handbags are likely to be priced between $129 – $179.

LAFAYETTE 148 | May 10-11
Lafayette Warehouse 148 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor
Thursday 9am – 7pm
Friday 9am – 1pm
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Time to stock up on workwear essentials at Lafayette’s sei-annual warehouse sale. Expect average discounts of up to 75% off retail and prices starting at $60 for tops, $90 dresses, jackets $90-$120, and shearling coats up to $1,000. Don’t forget to head to the 8th Floor for petites and plus sizes. Please read my reviews of their past sales for all the details.

EDUN | May 10-12
Edun Showroom 107 Grand St., 3rd Floor
Thursday – Friday 9am – 7pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm
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Save up to 90% off retail at Edun’s semi-annual sample sale! This sale is known for incredible deals including original samples and even leather jackets as low as $25. Shop this one early for the best selection.

CP FASHION GROUP MULTI-DESIGNER | May 10-13
CP Showroom 20 West 36th St. (between 5 & 6 Ave.), 6th Floor
Thursday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
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This is one sale you do not want to miss! From the same venue that brought you highly discounted Vivienne Westwood and Balmain sample sales now comes a special multi-designer event featuring Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Prada, Miu Miu, Tod’s, and many more. Did I mention it’ll all be up to 90% off retail?! You know what to do!

LELA ROSE | May 12-16
Lela Rose Showroom 224 West 30th St., 14th Floor
Saturday 9am – 4pm
Monday – Tuesday 8am – 7pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
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Shop for dresses and gowns at up to 75% off retail at lela Rose Spring sample sale featuring Resort and S/S ’18 collections. Keep and eye on samples as they’ve been known to go as low as $50-$100.

KINLY | WHITE + WARREN | May 15-16
White + Warren Showroom 80 West 40th St., 3rd Floor
Tuesday 8am – 7pm
Wednesday 9am – 1pm
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White + Warren sister brand, Kinly is having their own sample sale where you can save up to 70% off retail. There will also be W+W pieces including their popular cashmere travel wraps for $150. No word on whether samples will be available but lets hope so because they offer the best bargains.

BONPOINT | May 15-18
Metropolitan Pavilion 123 West 18th St., 5th Floor
Tuesday 1pm – 8pm
Wednesday 9am – 8pm
Thursday 9am – 7pm
Friday 9am – 2pm
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The most popular childrenswear sample sale returns this month with savings up to 70% off retail. Expect to find Spring/Summer collections for newborn, baby, boys, girls, and teenagers. Bonpoint sales always attract a large crowd so be prepared for long waits on the first day. Additional discounts are possible on the last day.

NANETTE LEPORE | May 15-19
Nanette Lepore Showroom 225 West 35th St., 6th Floor
Tuesday – Friday 9am – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
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Nanette Lepore is moving to a new showroom and will be holding a massive moving sale! Expect to find lots of production samples starting at only $25. There will be one-of-a-kind pieces, hidden gems, vintage finds, anything and everything going back as far as the early 90’s. Current season stock will also be available with prices $110 – $275.

RAG & BONE | May 15-20
260 Fifth Ave.
Tuesday 9am – 8pm
Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
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Rag & Bone moves their sample sale to 260 where you can expect to save up to 75% off women’s and men’s apparel and accessories.

PAUL SMITH | May 15-20
151 Wooster St.
Tuesday 9am – 8pm
Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
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It’s time for Paul Smith Spring sample sale where you can expect to save up to 75% off retail on men’s and women’s RTW, shoes, and accessories. The sale offers great deals on menswear, particularly shoes and accessories with additional markdowns towards the end. There will also be a small selection of children’s items as well as home decor. You can read about some past sales here and here.

MODO | May 22-24
Modo Showroom 594 Broadway, Suite 801
Tuesday – Thursday 11am – 7pm
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Just in time for summer, Modo unveils their eyewear sample sale where you can find Derek Lam, 7 For All Mankind, Modo, and Eco frames for as low as $20. Please read my reviews of past sales here and here for more details.

CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA | May 22-27
150 Greene St.
Tuesday 9am – 8pm
Wednesday – Thursday 10am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
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Another major brand brings their sale to 260! This time it’s British designer Charlotte Olympia, who’s whimsical footwear and handbags will be on offer. As this sale will run for almost a full week (unlike past events that were 1-2 days long) you can probably expect modest markdowns at start…..think 70-75% off retail. My advice is to keep an eye for markdowns during the weekend. Of course if you’re looking to score a pair of coveted Kitty flats then you’ll want to shop early.

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