5 Holiday Samples Sales You CAN'T Miss

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From the looks of the prime pickings we're presenting to you today, sample sale season is far from over—in fact, we'd say it's just about peaking. With crazy, crazy savings all around—50% off Opening Ceremony brands, an exclusive R29 Vena Cava deal, and incredible sales on Brian Atwood party pumps, Iro for lots less, and, uh Rag & Bone—we predict you'll be smooth stylin' all season long; oh, and you'll have that holiday gift giving thing in the bag. So, skim through our roundup of the five best sample sales of the holiday season to plan a hit-list on the cheap. You can thank us later.
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Rag & Bone Fall 2010 Sample Sale
What: Rag & Bone's sample sale will include both men's and women's merch from their totally functional fall '10 collection. Warm up with woolly jackets and blazers that'll be priced at $250, and snag a pair of brand new blue jeans for only $95.
When: Thursday, December 2, and Friday, December 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 4, from noon to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, December 5, from noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Rag & Bone Sample Sale at Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue (between West 15th and West 16th streets); no phone.
Standout Item: Rag & Bone women's Driving Coat (was $985, now $350)
Simon Showroom Sample Sale
What: Check out this sale to score designers like Aaron Ashe, Bailey 44, Duffy, Goldsign, Iro, and Wren at jaw-dropping prices.
When: Thursday, December 2, and Friday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Simon Showroom Sample Sale, 95 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, (between West 16th and West 17th streets); 212-242-1565.
Standout Item: Iro Gordon Jacket (now $200)
Vena Cava Sample Sale
What: Have you been dying to get your hands one of Vena Cava's perfectly pleated shorts or printed dresses? We know the feeling. These BFF designers' creations frequently find their way to the top of our lust lists. But lust no longer, with the sale featuring 40% to 70% off archival samples from their spring and fall '10 collections, you can actually nab your own Vena Cava original. Psst, shopping tip: both cash and credit will be accepted!
When: Thursday, December 2, and Friday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Vena Cava, 457 Broome Street, #25, (between Greene and Mercer streets); 212-226-6077.
Standout Item: Vena Cava Battening Cape Jacket (was $650, now at least 40% off)
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Opening Ceremony Big Winter Sale
What: While this isn't a sample sale per say, the shopping is just as competitive. Find 30% to 50% off select styles on men's and women's collections. Featuring fabulous designers like Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Rodarte, Jean Paul Gaultier, Toga, N. Hoolywood, and, of course, Opening Ceremony. We couldn't ask for betters deals and steals while we complete our holiday gift shopping.
When: Ongoing sale; Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 7 p.m.
Where: Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street (between Crosby Street and Broadway); 212-219-2688.
Standout Item: Suno Fabric and Pearl Cuff (was $280, now $196)
Brian Atwood Sample Sale
What: It's no secret that we drool over nice pair of Brian Atwoods—and not simply because the ex-model/designer makes for some sultry eye-candy himself (though that certainly doesn't hurt). His footwear designs have provided for some heavy competition with the ubiquitous Louboutin, with stars donning his pieces all over the red carpet. Feel like an A-list celeb yourself by snagging a pair of heels that we know you've been hankering for…like forever.
When: Monday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Brian Atwood Sample Sale at 3 Squares Salon, 444 West 17th Street (between 9th and 10th avenues); 917-847-3384.
Standout Item: Martay Platform Pump (was $635, now $445)
R29 GIVEAWAY: As per usual, we've got your back during sample sale season. One of our tippity-top fave brands, Vena Cava, is showing you guys some fierce loving! The first 50 Refinery29 readers to to hit their sample sale on Thursday morning will score a $30 gift certificate to spend on whatever your heart desires. Just print out the email or this article and bring it to the sample sale…if we were you, we'd get there mad early!
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