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As the peak season approaches each year, we try to enlighten our readers with the What, Why and How of Sample Sales.
Once upon a time, designers sold their handful of sample size items at the end of the year. These are the individual pieces shown to store buyers. Some make it to full production, some do not. Typically, these are size 2, 4 or 6. That was then, this is now
Now, sample sales are BIG business and one can expect big inventory. All seasonal overstock in ALL sizes as well as those coveted one-off samples, are offered at Massive discount. This is an opportunity to buy often unaffordable clothing and accessories at very affordable prices. Or to chase down the designer names you love. or to simply shop for cool stuff. Essential to know: Must get to Sample Sale on its First day open!
In New York City, the apex of the 2017 sample sale season is November 13 to December 15.
Here are but a few names we are excited about. Starting in NOV
Zadig & Voltaire
3.1 Philip Lim
Pas de Calais
Biking in NYC can be lots of fun and a fascinating way to see parts of the city from a different perspective. While many locals have adopted bike riding in lieu of mass transit – I a long time resident
That said, a pleasurable few hours on a bike armed with the right itinerary…. YES! im down with that. Here is a Recommended Itinerary for a few afternoon hours of “non taxing” NYC bike exploration.(Manhattan). Best if you are having a late dinner !
2pm: Get your bikes at Liberty bikes on Ninth Avenue between 55th and 56th street, just a couple of blocks from the Hudson River Bike Path. Bikes at Liberty are $5 an hour pre-reserved or $6 for walk ins. There are always plenty of everything from girly bikes to mountain bikes, so really no need to reserve. Freddie will set you up and remember to rent a lock.
Ride south on the Hudson River Bike Path, a relatively flat but winding road running parallel to the Hudson River. With ever present views of New Jersey, pretty parks with sunbather, The Intrepid Museum and Chelsea Piers, there is plenty of take in along the ride.
2:30 Destination The marina at Battery Park officially known as North Cove Marina. 4- 5 miles. You will run right into it. Almost at the southern tip of Manhattan, this is the place to stop for views of The Statue of Liberty, The Freedom Tower and all of lower Manhattan. Plenty of cafes abound as well as a very high end Mall if you need some shopping therapy. We suggest you just Rest your bikes, grab an outside table at the marina , order some iced coffee or lunch and soak in NYC.
Head back north on the Hudson Bike Path.
5pm: Destination:the West Village. Get off at the path at West 10th street. Walk or ride east crossing over 12th Avenue and Washington. Walk one block north to Charles Street. Destination: Casa La Femme, 140 Charles St, between Washington and Greenwhich .
One of the most delightful environments you will find in NYC, sit by the large open windows in the luscious high back chairs and order some Turkish coffee and mezze at this wonderful Egyptian restaurant, a little slice of paradise.
Ride around the West Village just a couple of blocks to take in the lovely townhouses which fill this coveted corner of the city.
Destination : hotel nap. Return your bikes and head immediately to your hotel for a nap.
New York City is all about Sample Sales in June
Do the names DVF, Current Elliot and Helmut Lang make you long to shop? And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
On Shop Gotham’s Garment Center “insider” Shopping Tour, you will be escorted behind the scenes to showrooms for a private wholesale experience. Then we will send you off with complete list in hand to explore all these hot sample sales on your own
Come home with some fabulous New York City in your bag.
Free music in the middle of Central Park ?
nothing more magical.to commence your day.
ABC’s Good Morning America hosts this annual series, which by the way is never as packed at those at Rock Center. See you there
SoHo & NoLita tours commence again March 4th with brand new exciting Indie Boutiques. Whether you are a teen, group of fashionable ladies on a fun outing, or mixed generation, visitors to NYC of all types will Love this fun and fast paced shopping extravaganza
Sweet 16 Shopping Programs in chic NYC will thrill your teen and her BFF’s
Private NYC Shopping tours are Always the way to go, as we can custom tailor your itinerary to perfectly suit your fashion aspirations and budget. Programs are for 3 or more guests.
Spring Sample Sales commence mid May. To get your fix, all guests on our Garment Center Shopping Tours receive a complimentary list of all the worthwhile sample sales while they are in town.