Monday, April 14, 2014

NYC Sample Sales: April 14-20, 2014

Sample sales are sparse this coming week, but there will be a few more interesting ones to look forward to at the end of the month. Happy Shopping!

Who: C. Wonder Sample Sale
What: Up to 75% off preppy women's clothing, accessories, and home goods.
When: April 15-20, 2014. Tues-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-3pm.
Where: 260 Fifth Ave (b/n 28th & 29th St)

Who: Rachel Zoe, Bonobos, Bruno Magli Sample Sale
What: Up to 70% off on Rachel Zoe's Spring RTW collection, shoes and jewelry. Up to 70% off Bruno Magli's clothing for men and women. Up to 70% off perfect fitting pants and menswear from Bonobos.
When: April 16-20, 2014. Wed-Sat 10:30am-7pm, Sun 10:30am-5pm
Where: Prive Sales, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue (b/n 15th & 16th St)

Who: Jamari International Ltd Sample Sale
What: Children’s sportswear and ready-to-wear from several European brands and designers. Up to 80% off retail. All sizes from layette to 16 available. No strollers or children allowed.
When: April 7-18, 2014. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Where: 525 Seventh Avenue (at 38 Street), Suite 906, 212.695.1733

Who: Fred Perry
Who: Discounts on men's and women's apparel, accessories, and shoes. Cash only.
When: April 21-26, 2014. Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 12pm-5pm.
Where: 547 West 27th St (b/n 10th and 11th Ave), third floor

Who: Yigal Azrouël, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël
Who: Up to 75% off women's RTW
When: April 22-25,2014. Tues 1pm-7pm, Wed—Fri 9:30am-7pm.
Where: 225 West 39th St (b/n 7th & 8th Ave), 5th Floor

Who: MiH Jeans
What: Snag discounts on British designed women's jeans and shirts, and a selection of men's jeans. Last time around they had some velvet jeans starting as low as $20 a pair.
When: April 23-25, 2014. Wed 10am-7pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri 10am-7pm.
Where: 584 Broadway (b/n Prince and E. Houston St), Suite 609

Who: Scotch & Soda
What: Up to 70% off women's and men's apparel.
When: April 22-27, 2014. Tues-Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-3pm
Who: 260 Fifth Ave (b/n 28th and 29th St), 212.725.5400

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Next H&M Designer: Alexander Wang

H&M announced last night at the Coachella Music Festival, that their next designer collaboration will be with the ubiquitous designer Alexander Wang. This partnership is unique because it will be the first time that an American designer teams up with H&M on a designer collaboration! Can you believe it?

 I was an early Wang adopter, when I stumbled upon his sample sale back in 2007 when he first launched his line in New York City. Slowly but surely the designer has built a reputation for his Downtown cool style that built on the Model-Off-Duty look. The look which combined refined with raw has helped bring about a new urban uniform that is anything but sweet.

The Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel and accessories for women and men. Wang's capsule collection will go beyond fashion and feature a his take on lifestyle product. The full collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide, and online starting November 6, 2014.

Alexander Wang says, “I am honored to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

“Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today. He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious. It feels incredible to be collaborating with him this year,” says Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor.

Are you excited for this upcoming collaboration? I'm curious as to what he will bring to the table.


Monday, April 7, 2014

This week sample sales abound! My top pics are the Marissa Webb, Elizabeth & James, Zero + Maria Cornejo and the Nicholas Kirkwood sale. I'll keep you posted if I snag anything awesome! Let me know what you find and if any of the sales are worth going to. Happy shopping!

Who: Loro Piana
What: Discounts on women's and men's cashmere knits, outerwear, accessories, and clothing. Credit cards only.
When: April 6-10, 2014. Sun-Wed 9am-6:30pm, Thurs 9am-5pm.
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 West 33rd St (nr 9th Ave)

Who: Alexia Crawford Sample Sale
What: Buy novel pieces designed for the private labels at stores such as Nordstrom, Fred Segal, Isetan in Japan, and David Jones in Sydney at 80% off retail price.
When: April 7-11, 2014, Mon-Fri 9am-7pm
Where: 8 West 36th Street, 7th Floor

Who: Rena Lange Sample Sale
What: Up to 90% off suits, separates, knits and outerwear made of the finest fabrics and in the best spring colors
When: April 6-9, 2014. Sun-Wed 9am-5pm
Where: 430 West 14 Street, Suite 201(b/n 9th & 10th Avenues)

Who: Minnie Rose
What: Discounts on women's clothing and cashmere.
When: April 8-11, 2014. Tues-Fri 9am-6pm
Where: 264 West 40th St (b/n 7th & 8th Ave)

Who: White + Warren
What: Cashmere starting at $75, cotton sweaters starting at $40, t-shirts starting at $15.
When: April 8-10, 2014. Tues-Wed 8am-7pm, Thurs 8am-2pm
Where: 80 West 40th St, 3rd Floor (b/n 5th & 6th Ave)

Who: Elizabeth and James Sample Sale
What: Up to 75% off women's apparel, eyewear, and jewelry.
When: April 8-13, 2014. Tues-Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-3pm
Where: 260 5th Ave (b/n 28th and 29th St)

Who: Elie Tahari Sample Sale
What: Up to 70% off women and men's clothing and accessories.
When: April 8-12, 2014. Tues-Fri 8:30am-7:30pm, Sat 10am-6pm.
Where: 501 Fifth Ave, 2nd Floor (b/n 41st and 42nd St)

Who: United Nude
What: Up to 80% off past season shoes.
When: April 8-12, 2014. Tues-Sat 9am-7pm
Where: 146 West 29th St, Suite 9W (b/n 6th & 7th Ave)

Who: Nicholas Kirkwood Sample Sale
What: Up to 70% off women's shoes.
When: April 9-10, 2014. Wed 10am-8pm, Thurs 8am-8pm.
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St, 4th floor (b/n 6th & 7th Ave)

Who: Sferrra
What: Up to 70% off luxe bedding and linens.
When: April 9-13, 2014. Wed-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (b/n 15th & 16th Ave)

Who: Marissa Webb
What: Discounts on the Fall/Winter 2013 collection, including a range of stylish, effortless separates that are easy to mix and match, such as menswear-inspired shirting and outerwear, leather moto pants, feminine dresses, and silk blouses. Liya Leather Pants, Originally $1795, Now $450. Sabrina Dress, was $1398, Now $398, Alina Cut-Out Bootie, Originally $498, Now $198.
When: April 10-12, 2014. Thurs-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat noon-6pm.
Where: 60-62 East 11th St, 6th floor (b/n Broadway and University Place)

Who: Tess Giberson
What: Up to 80% off women's clothing.
When: April 10-13, 2014. Thurs-Fri noon-8pm, Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm.
Where: 97 Crosby St. Unit #1, (b/n Spring and Prince St)

Who: Zero + Maria Cornejo
What: Up to 80% off women's clothing from the 2013 collections. The sale will include RTW, shoes, accessories, and one-of-a-kind samples.
When: April 11-12, 2014. Fri-Sat 11am-6pm
Where: Triple A Loft, 359 Broadway, 4th Floor (b/n Leonard and Franklin St)

Who: Pixie Market
What: Serious discounts on women's clothing and accessories. Everything priced at $20, $40, or $60. Cash only.
When: April 11-13, 2014. Fri-Sat noon-8pm, Sun noon-7pm
Where: 100 Stanton St (b/n Ludlow and Orchard St) 212-253-0953

Ongoing Sales:
Who: Tusk Semi-Annual Sample Sale
What: Save more than 50%-70% OFF select fine Italian leather bags & accessories for women, men and travel. Enjoy 15% OFF REGULARLY-PRICED merchandise in our retail store during the sale. And to sweeten the deal, receive a free canvas tote! Women’s Leather Wallets: $40 (was $98), Men’s Leather Billfolds: $30 (was $70), Travel Items: $25-50 (was $40-120), Women’s Leather Totes: $150 (was $350), Gift Items: $25-35 (was $65-75).
When: April 4-12, 2014 11am-7pm Daily, Closed Sunday April 6.
Where: 242 West 26th St, (b/n 7th & 8th Ave). 212-242-8485

Friday, April 4, 2014

The 5th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards

A couple weeks ago I had the fortune to attend the Fashion 2.0 awards. Since the launch 5 years ago, social media has changed drastically from something that brands never talked about to an integral part of marketing strategy and customer relations.

The Fashion 2.0 awards founded by the beautiful Yuli Ziv, the founder of Style Coalition and Fashion 2.0, are the first industry recognized distinction honoring fashion brands for outstanding achievements and communication strategies across a variety of digital media channels. When the awards first launched, DKNY's DKNY PR girl aka Aliza Litch was one of the only attendees and Foursquare was honored as the best start-up. Could we have dreamed then how much times would have changed? Today over 400 industry insiders helped celebrate the event at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. 
The awards were hosted once more by the ever charming Robert Verdi with legendary designer Zac Posen invited to give a keynote speech. After he ended his speech he attempted to take an audience wide "selfie" but ended up leaving himself out of the picture. Host Robert Verdi later corrected the error in good fun and soon the entire room was standing to be a part of it!

As for some of the winners, Marc Jacobs won big, sweeping awards for best Instagram and Twitter. Nordstrom won for the Best Pinterest. DKNY won for best online campaign with DKNY Draft. The campaign featuring both models and football players for the Super Bowl taught us in the words of pioneer Aliza Litch that "Models can't throw for shit". Acustom Apparel won for best start-up
Eva Chen was honored by Fashion GPS with the online Navigator award and rushed in a little late after being caught in a heated ping pong match with the Warby Parker boys. The Fashion Navigator Award took into consideration the fact that ambitious women are not just bossy, ambitious women can become the boss. Eva Chen exemplifies this modern attitude.
Fashion expert Jeannie Mai presented the Visionary award to the Warby Parker boys, while telling a touching story about how the brand changed the life of one woman who had a life altering ordeal in which she no longer had the confidence to go shop in public. The award celebrates not only what fashion can do, but what fashion can do for others.
The beautiful and charming Coco Rocha presented the evenings top honor for Top Innovator to ASOS as she shared how this year both the internet and herself turned 25. "For decades, industry standards dictated that models be seen and not heard. This model is one with an opinion, not seen but heard. If you have a loud voice, have something to say. Social media has given me a voice to be someone beyond just a face".

After the awards ceremony let out, everyone hit the cocktail reception for some in-person socializing. It was a grand night with red carpet glamor and beautiful people celebrating the digital world. I wonder how the awards will change and change again in the next 5 years!

Special thanks to photographer Ken Arcara for the bottom three images.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Big Egg Hunt

This week marked the launch of Fabregé's The Big Egg Hunt which is an ever so clever game that invited the public to hunt eggs all over New York City, in each of the five boroughs. These aren't just any eggs however, they are large sculptures that have been commissioned by over 260 artists and are beautiful, unique works of art. 
The eggs can be found using The Big Egg Hunt app on both Android and IPhone platforms where you digitally check in eggs into your basket using a QR code or Bluetooth check-in. Have you noticed any of these eggs yet? Some are indoors, while others are located outdoors. The hunt launched on April 1, 2014 and will continue through April 17, 2014 at which point all of the eggs will be gathered and displayed at the Rockerfeller Center. 

In the initial phase running until April 8th, the "egg cracker phase", eggs are to be discovered and only after 10 people discover an egg will it be added to the map. However if you aren't as much of an explorer, after April 8th you can find all of the eggs on the egg map.

While there are three prizes for the winners that include diamond and gemstone encrusted Fabregé egg pendants worth $30,000,$48,000 and $50,000, The Big Egg hunt raises public awareness of two worthy charities. Studio in a School and The Elephant Family will benefit from the eggs when the hunt is over, as the eggs will be a auctioned off and 100% of the proceeds will go to these noble causes.

Studio in a School has enriched the lives of almost 800,000 children aged 3 to 23 in New Yorks City's five boroughs since 1977. Their unique method brings professional artists into schools and community organizations to help students achieve mastery in multiple media, including painting, collage, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, 2D applied design, and media technology. Every year, 90 professional artists work with nearly 30,000 Pre-K through college students, about 90% of whom are economically disadvantaged.

Elephant Family exists to save the Asian elephant from extinction in the wild, along with tigers, orangutans and all the other animals who share their habitat. Working with local communities and partner NGOs, they currently fund 20 projects across Asia and invest where they are needed most: to protect habitat, prevent conflict and reconnect the forest homes of the endangered Asian elephant.

The Big Egg Hunt brings out the inner kid in you! I encourage you to get involved and explore the city. See more details on TheBigEggHunt.org

Monday, March 31, 2014

NYC Sample Sales: March 31-April 6, 2014

This week the sample sales continue and although Roger Vivier, apparently had not much for ladies with small feet, it might be worth stopping by now that the initial chaos has died down if you have larger feet. I think Hugo Boss would be great to pick up a gift for that special man in your life, while Thakoon Addition seems promising to find affordable pieces for yourself. For great gift ideas, Bindya usually has scarves starting at just $5, while Tusk has some affordable and beautiful wallets worth snagging.

Who: Roger Vivier
What: Past season collections will be discounted 50~65% off!
When: March 28-April 1, 2014. Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Mon 9am-6:30pm, Tues 9am-5pm
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 West 33rd St (near 8th Ave)

Who: Nili Lotan Sample Sale
What: Up to 60% off women's Spring merchandise from the former Ralph Lauren designer.
When: March 30-31, 2014. Sun 10am-6pm, Mon 10am-7pm.
Where: 188 Duane Street (at Greenwich St), 212-219-8794

Who: Hugo Boss Sample Sale
What: Snag discounts on the brand's apparel, shoes, handbags, and accessories. Menswear will be in full swing. From past experience, size 43 footed man or a 34R pant size or a size L top are what to expect. See more details here.
When: April 1-4, 2014. Tues-Thurs 9:30am-5pm, Fri 9:30am-4pm
Where: 601 West 26th St (b/n 11th & 12th Ave.), Suite 845

Who: Thakoon Addition Sample Sale
What: Shop merch from past Fall and winter collections. Prices for open stock are usually discounted 70% off and samples start at just $50.
When: April 1-5, 2014. Tues-Sat 8:30am—6:30pm Daily
Where: 225 Varick St (b/n West Houston and Clarkson St), suite 300

Who: Bindya Sample Sale
What: Snag scarves that can be found at shops such as Calypso, Henri Bendel, Nordstrom and others. Prices from $5 to $60 (retail $50 to $300). Cash and credit cards accepted.
When: April 1-4, 2014. Tues 5pm-8pm, Wed-Fri 10-5:30pm
Where: 49 West 38th Street, 9th Floor (b/n 5th & 6th Ave), 212-730-8852

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sample Sale Report: Jonathan Simkhai

I stopped by the Jonathan Simkhai sample sale after work yesterday and found some great buys. Yes, the sale is pretty tiny with just one rack of clothing and one bin but if you are a size Small this sale is a treasure trove of goodies.
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