Can you believe it is already the end of October? And with Thanksgiving quickly approaching we are also coming to the end of full price selling on fall merchandise. I still haven't come to terms with the idea of buying fall merchandise during the summer, I can't get past buying wool when it's 100+ degrees outside. So when sample sales start, you will find me scouring the jam packed racks for the last good finds of the season.
Luckily I don't have to wait every six months to snag a great designer deal. In 2007 a new website and idea launched called The Gilt Groupe. The website provides access, by invitation only, to Men's, Women's, and Children's coveted fashion and luxury brands at prices up to 70% off retail. Each sale lasts 36 hours and features hand selected styles from a single designer. The concept is in a way Ebay meets NYC sample sale craze on the Internet superhighway. When you place something in your cart, you have two minutes to check out. After two minutes of inactivity, the merchandise is removed from your cart and available to be poached by another eager shopper. The website has hosted sales for designers like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Philip Lim, Diesel, D&G, Michael Kors, and Chloe. I will warn you that prices are not always reasonable for a sample sale, but if you can justify the price difference from retail you can often find some great deal.
Beginning October 30th, the website is hosting their last chance to save BIG on Ready to Wear with up to 90% off. If you're interested in becoming a member, let me know and I'll send you an invite.
What: Dolce & Gabbana
Why: Two Floors' worth of fall and winter items
When: Oct 27-31
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W 18th Street, 4 & 5 flrs
What: Miss Sixty
Why: Purple Down Jacket $95 (reg. $449), Long Sleeved V-Neck Dress $45 (reg. $179), Black Satin Shoes $95 (reg. $193)
When: Oct 27-Nov 1
Where: 260 Fifth Ave 212.725.5400
Why: Handbags, vests, and leather jackets at 50-80 perfect off
When: Oct 28-30
Where: 141 W 36th Street; b/t Broadway and Seventh Ave.
What: Vivienne Tam
Why: Save up to 75 percent
When: Nov. 5-7
Where: 260 W. 39th Street; b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves; 3rd flr (212.840.6470)
What: Lela Rose
Why: Her feminine dresses are perfect for Holiday parties
When: Nov. 13 & 14
Where: 224 W 30th Street b/t Seventh and Eighth Ave; 13 flr