Sample Sale Season

by Kéla Walker

It’s the Most Wonderful time of the year… SAMPLE SALE SEASON!!!! Now, THIS is my favorite time of the year.   It happens twice a year, November – December and May – June.  Sample Sales are one of the great perks to living in New York City.  It’s the only way I would fathom buying some of the more pricier items in my kloset. It’s THE BEST time to stock up on loads of designer goodies for the season ahead not to mention a chance to score designer labels for significantly low prices.  It’s also a great time to make an investment in your wardrobe finally purchase that designer kloset keeper you have been eying.  Inside are a few of my favorite samples sales to kick off the spring/ summer ’13 season and a few new ones that I will be checking out for the first time… sample sale



Ali Ro and Donna Morgan

Kloset Klue: I wear a lot of their pieces for work.  They make great dresses that will easily take you from day to night and you know we love that in the kloset. Prices are really good and you can have a great haul for $100. Don’t slack on this sale; it’s only for a couple of days so you will want to get there earlier than later.

Details: Sun-May 7. Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon. & Tues., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
261 W. 36th Street, b/t Seventh & Eighth Avenues, 2nd Fl


 Rebecca Minkoff


Kloset Klue:  MY FAVORITE! However you should note, this sample sale is more like sale than a sample sale. In the past Morning After Bags are priced around $325 for the large size (the one I favor most) which is more like 40% than the enticing 75% that the flyer promotes. However the great thing about this sale is there are some prototype bags that never made it to the market so you could end up with a one-of-a-kind bag that no one else will ever have.   At any rate, if you are in the market for a great everyday handbag or a little something to add an edge to your look, RM is it!!! This sale also includes ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories which will all be up to 75 percent off. another great thing about htis sale are the

Details:  May 6-11. Mon., noon-9 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
260 Fifth Avenue, b/t 28th & 29th Street




Jimmy Choo

Kloset Klue:  I’ve never made it to this sale but I hear it is pretty good.  The key is too get there early because the good stuff comes in small quantities and will go fast.

Details: May 7-8. Tuesday- noon – 7p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion 123 W. 18th Stret, 4th Fl

Manolo Blahnik

Kloset Klue:  This is the shoe synonymous with Sex and The City. Prices start at just $100 and no matter what you get (minus those manolo timbs they once created) you really can’t go wrong with this sale. Just get in line  early because it can  get really looooonnnnggggg.  Also take note, it’s a CASH ONLY SALE.

Details: Thursday, May 9th 9 a.m. –
Warwick Hotel, 65 W 54th St. (near 6th Ave.), 2nd Floor


Kloset Klue: Making Cash Money – or at least that’s what I grew up thinking the iconic MCM stood for.  That would be a NO. MCM stands for Mode Creation Munich.  Beyond the iconic MCM logo the luxury brand is known for their leather goods.  I’m hoping to score an awesome leather bag minus the logo.  The sale will offers up to 70 percent off handbags, totes, wallets, clutches & small leather goods.

Details: May 7-9. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
150 E. 34th Street, b/t Lexington & Third Avenues, 3rd Fl

Veronica Beard

Kloset Klue: Two sister-in-laws created this effortlessly chic label that included tailored blazers, pants and dresses that aim to simplify dressing for women.  SIGN ME UP.  I’ll be looking for some new kloset keepers.  The sale will be up to 80 percent off the latest spring and resort collections and include pieces from their archives as well

Details: May 8 & 9. Wed. & Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
26 W. 17th Street, b/t Fifth & Sixth Avenues, Suite 303

Staff USA

Kloset Klue: This is a show room sale which will is great for seeing multiples designer and luxury pieces in one place. This SS will includes ready-to-wear for both men and women and accessories from Maison Martin Margiela, DSquared2, MM6, and Viktor & Rolf. More often than not you really have to be sample size (0-4) to score clothing at SS like this one. Good luck with that.  I on the other hand will be checking out the accessories.  I’ll be checking out the accessories

Details: May 9-11. Thurs., 2-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.
220 W. 19th Street, b/t Seventh & Eighth Avenues, 10th Fl

Sample Sales to be on the look out for …
Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch  and Christian Louboutin. I’ll post as soon as the details become available so check back here in the upcoming weeks for details.