Sample Sales Bonanza: What To Buy!



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Just in time for the holidays, sample season is rolling back around, and man are we amped for the mayhem of markdowns. But where to go? What to buy? The enormity of savings is enough to make even the savviest shopaholic scream. Enter our trusty team—we pounded the pavement and phoned up our favorite shop gals and guys to get the 4-1-1 on the very best of the best sales, and what to buy once you get there. Our insider tips include an insanely priced Rebecca Minkoff clutch to half-off Rachel Leigh jewelry, for gift-shopping (or, uh, personal pleasure) that has never been so guiltless. So, get a pen and paper—we've done a comprehensive sweep of the sample sales you need to check out—sync this itinerary with your iCal and get shopping!

MCM Sample Sale
What: Fine leather bags will be available at up to 70% off retail price, with new merchandise arriving throughout the week.
When: Now through Thursday, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: MCM Worldwide, Multiple store locations, see link for product details br>
Rachel Leigh Sample Sale
What: 30-80% off the retail price of Rachel Leigh jewelry. Grab a few refined friendship bracelets for your pals, they make for awesome stocking stuffers.
When: Tuesday, November 9, to Thursday, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Rachel Leigh Sample Sale, 252 West 38th Street, Suite 902, (between 7th and 8th avenues); 646-290-6034 .
Payment: Cash only
Standout Item: Tycoon Bracelet (was $310, now $100)

nOir Jewelry Sample Sale
What: nOir Jewelry Sample Sale with 50-80% off of retail prices
When: Tuesday, November 9, to Thursday, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: nOir Jewelry Sample Sale, 350 West 38th Street, 5th Floor, (between 8th and 9th Avenues); 212-244-4846.
Payment: Cash and credit
Standout Item: Maasai Necklace (was $220, now $95)

Tibi Sample Sale
What: Snag insane discounts on Tibi's fall '10 items, such as the City Crepe Jacket (now $170) and the Bahati Shift Dress (now $215).
When: Tuesday, November 9, to Thursday, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Tibi Sample Sale, 409 West 39th Street (between 9th and 10th avenues); no phone.
Payment: Cash and credit
Standout Item: Leather Jacket (was $798, now $320)

Heutchy and Nomia Sample Sale
What: An exclusive fall '10 friends and family sale. Have a glass of wine and shop both Nomia women's and Heutchy men's shoe collections at at least 50% off.
When: Wednesday, November 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Heutchy and Nomia Sample Sale at the Aikaz Showroom, 545 8th Avenue, Suite #845, (between West 37th and West 38th streets); 347-944-8503.
Standout Items: Red Heutchy boots and a black Nomia dress
Tip: Get there early. All available stock will be on the floor.

Catherine Malandrino Sample Sale
What: Sample sale featuring Catherine Malandrino fall/winter styles, and for the first time, the Malandrino Runway Collection. Blouses will be discounted from $395 to $95, skirts discounted from $275 to $65, and more.
When: Wednesday, November 10, to Saturday, November 12, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Catherine Malandrino Sample Sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues); 212-463-0200.
Payment: Cash and credit
Standout Item: Catherine Malandrino black blouse (was $325, now $95)
Tip: Get bonus discounts by RSVP'ing to samplesale@catherinemalandrino.com to receive an additional 10% off. Plus, score a gift certificate to Catherine Malandrino NYC boutiques—$25 when you spend $250; $75 when you spend $500; and $125 when you spend $1,000.

Tess Giberson Sample Sale
What: Minimalist-chic knitwear, cashmere, coats, dresses, leggings, jackets and accessories at minimalist (now 40-70% off) prices. We're in.
When: Wednesday, November 10, to Friday, November 12, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Tess Giberson Sample Sale, 97 Crosby Street, Ground Floor, (between Lafayette and Broadway); 212-414-8882.

ARAKS Sample Sale
What: Markdown mayhem on one of our favorite designer's merch. Araks' luxe ready-to-wear will be up to 75% off, lingerie up to 80% off, organic cotton lingerie (bras, panties, tanks, camis, teddies) up to 60% off.
When: Thursday, November 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, November 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: ARAKS Sample Sale, 137 Grand Street, 5th Floor, (Between Crosby Street & Lafayette Street); 212-982-5652.
Payment: Cash and credit
Standout Items: A cotton chemise retailing for $275, now $90, cotton camis with tulle trim retailing for $160, now $40. There will be $10 bins with bras, panties, and chemises, swimsuits retailing for $228, now $40 to top it all off.

Archetype Showroom Sample Sale
What: Archetype's stellar roster of designers will be priced at wholesale and below—including IRO, LNA, Quail, April77, Digby & Iona, and more.
When: Friday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, November 13, from noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Archetype Showroom Sample Sale, 676 Broadway, 2nd Floor, (between Bond and Great Jones streets); 212-529-1407.

Honey in the Rough Sample Sale
What: Honey in the Rough's 9-day pop-up shop is something to get excited about. This sale will feature fall and spring merch at 50% to 70% off on amazing designers like Surface to Air, Tsumori Chisato, Emma Cook, C.neeon, Thread Social, Alexandrea Herchcovitch, Mociun, United Bamboo, and Peter Jensen.
When: Friday, November 12, through Sunday, November 21, from noon to 8 p.m.
Where: Honey in the Rough Sample Sale, 129 Rivington Street (between Norfolk and Essex); 212-228-6415.
Payment: Cash and credit
Standout Item: United Bamboo boots
Tip: Although this sale runs for 10 days, stop by early for best selection. All available stock will be on the floor.

La Perla Sample Sale
What: It may be time to bundle up, but don't neglect your negligee. Fortunately, the ever-sultry La Perla will have fall merchandise—including lingerie, swimwear and ready-to-wear—up to 80% off.
When: Sunday, November 14, from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, November 15, to Wednesday, November 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, November 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: La Perla Sample Sale, 225 5th Avenue (between 26th and 27th streets); 212-725-5400.
Payment: Cash and credit
Standout Item: Pink lace balconnet bra (was $258, now $51)
Tip: Don't worry if you can't get there early…stock will be replenished throughout the sale.

Lauren Moffatt Sample Sale
What: Sale on Lauren Moffatt's coveted fall '10 items—up to 70% off.
When: Tuesday, November 16, and Wednesday, November 17, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Lauren Moffatt Sample Sale, 214 West 29th Street, Suite 1503, (between 7th and 8th avenues); 212-465-0839
Payment: Cash for purchases under $250; cash and credit accepted on purchases over $250
Standout Item: Melton Cape (was $388, now $160)
Tip: Be sure to make repeat visits. Sizes will be replenished throughout the sale.

Lutz & Patmos and Leroy & Perry Sample Sale
What: Lutz & Patmos and Leroy & Perry blow-out overstock and sample sale, with everything between $10-$150. This Lutz & Patmos' last season ever, which means no more awesomely quirky collaborations from them. Dry your tears with one of their fiercely discounted knits.
When: Tuesday, November 16, to Thursday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Lutz & Patmos and Leroy & Perry Sample Sale, 425 West 13th Street, Suite 401, (between 9th Avenue and Washington Street); 212-463-9110.
Payment: Cash and credit
Standout Item: Sofia Coppola dress (was $875, now $150)
Tip: Be warned: Lutz & Patmos is ending their run—grab their goods while you can.

Whit Sample Sale
What: Check Whitney Pozgay's (aka Kate Spade's niece) breakout line will be at insanely reduced prices (40-50% off) at her first-ever sample sale.
When: Tuesday, November 16, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, November 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Whit Sample Sale, 261 West 36th Street, 2nd Floor, (between 7th and 8th avenues); 917-412-8800.
Payment: Cash and credit
Standout Items: Large Dots Brain Dress and Galaxy Dot Mini Skirt
Tip: Stock will be replenished daily

Erin Fetherston Sample Sale
What: The sale will feature Erin Fetherston's ready-to-wear starting at $50 and runway shoes starting at $10—ridiculous!
When: Wednesday, November 17, and Thursday, November 18, from noon to 7 p.m.
Where: Erin Fetherston Sample Sale, 252 West 37th Street, 18th Floor, (between 7th and 8th avenues); 212-643-7537.
Payment: Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted
Tip: Get there EARLY! $10 shoes won't last long.

Yigal Azrouël Sample Sale
What: Enjoy 70% off select fall/winter '10 items for men and woomen, plus, nab the Azrouël's new, price-friendly line Cut25.
When: Wednesday, November 17, to Friday, November 19, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Yigal Azrouël Sample Sale, 226 West 39th Street (between 7th and 8th avenues); 212-302-1194.
Payment: Cash and credit
Standout Item: White matte jersey one-shoulder dress (was $360, now $150)

Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale
What: New season, new handbag. Perfect timing for NYC-fave Rebecca Minkoff's fall '10 It-Bags to be ridiculously discounted, yes? We suggest trying out the Main Squeeze bag, discounted from $495 to $272 at the sale.
When: Wednesday, November 17, to Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, November 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale, 93 Mercer Street (between Spring and Broome streets); 212-677-7829.

eM Productions Showroom Sample Sale
What: eM Productions Showroom's bi-annual pre-Holiday 2010 sample sale, with 30-50% off wholesale prices on designers like Ace & Jig, Gar-de, Grey Ant/Grey Antics, Seneca Rising, Society for Rational Dress, Something Else, Veda, and vintage clothing. Hurry up, because it's first come, first serve!
When: Thursday, November 18, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: eM Productions Showroom Sample Sale, 636 Broadway, #720, (between Mercer and Crosby streets); 212-228-2428.
Payment: Cash only
Standout Item: The Nala Dress by Gar-de

The News Sample Sale
What: Score sweet deals on Band of Outsiders, Boy by Band of Outsiders, Clu, Cheap Monday, Kimberly Ovitz, Shipley & Halmos, and much much more.
When: Thursday, November 18, to Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: The News Showroom Sample Sale, 495 Broadway, 5th Floor, (at Broome Street); 212-925-9700.
Payment: Cash and credit

Steven Alan Sample Sale
What: You know the drill: 30-75% off a wide selection of men's, women's, and children's collections from Steven Alan and other S.A. Annex designers. We're dying over the Demylee cashmere sweaters, slashed down to $125 from $375!
When: Thursday, November 18, and Friday, November 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 20, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, November 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Steven Alan Sample Sale, 87 Franklin Street (between Broadway and Church Street); 212-343-0692.
Payment: Cash and credit
Standout Item: Steven Alan Cotton Charlton Dress (was $225, now $89)