The ABC’s of New York City Sample Sales
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.
Shop Gotham knows what is what and what is where. Come join us for private access to designer showrooms to shop at wholesale followed by a roster of all the best sample sales in town. Forget the Department Stores. This is oh so much chicer.
Here are but a few names we are excited about. Starting in NOV
Zadig & Voltaire
3.1 Philip Lim
Pas de Calais
You may live in a lovely city chock full of parks and wonder why bother visiting This park on your precious vacation to New York.
Yes, this expansive 2.5 mile long famous place has a Zoo, Broadway Baseball leagues, lovely restaurants, a carousel and skating rink, running paths galore and a million nooks and crannies to read a book, meditate or take a nap. All good reasons, but that is not the most important one.
We, who have been living in and observing New York and its inhabitants for 3 decades know that if you want to see real New Yorkers, this is the place to go. Our Oasis.
On a Sunday, especially in Spring and Fall, the park is doused with thousands of .. wait for it.. New Yorkers RELAXING! Away from our lightless apartments or stress filled office cubicles, the inhabitants of this city are actually kind and gentle people, who will caress and guide visitors with generosity of spirit as unknown on a Tuesday in Midtown.
Do not come to NYC and miss Central Park. It is worth the visit.
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NYC designer SAMPLE SALE SEASON is soon upon us! While no one is quite ready for holiday shopping, NYC Sample Sales are a bonanza of fun to look forward to (especially for personal shopping!)
The season” officially kicks off November 14th and continues robustly through December 16th. Each day one can expect 12 -20 excellent options for women’s apparel and accessories at exceptional discounts.
NOW: here is what matters. Every Guest on our Garment Center “insider” Shopping tour receives a comprehensive list of all of the worthwhile Sample Sales. And we know what is what, After you have shopped with us and fully enjoyed our Exclusive Access to Wholesale pricing, you can continue to power shop on your own. Now that’s the way to “do” NYC.
Music can be found on Rooftops, in Parks, by Water views. Visiting NYC this summer? Get your fill of music.
Our Top NYC Picks Of The Month
It goes without saying that New York City can be overwhelming. Here at Shop Gotham, we not only want to take you on the best shopping tours in the city, but we also want you to see things that are off the beaten—things only New Yorkers would know. Each month we will bring to you our Top picks of the city; whether they are places to visit, top tips and general advice that will help make your trip to the world’s greatest city, one to remember. Here it goes:
- Brandy’s Piano Bar, E 84th Street: An evening at a quaint bar is the perfect follow up to a shopping tour with us! Brandy’s Piano Bar on the Upper East Side is as old as New York but still makes for a fabulous evening of entertainment. Sing out loud with wonderfully talented broadway folks and enjoy a lovely drink while you are there. It certainly keeps the crowds coming! Visit: http://brandyspianobar.com/
- Link phone charging stations: Link have teamed up with the city to bring you very convenient charging stations. No need to worry about making sure your battery is full! You will be ready to Instagram your amazing day in the city in no time once you pitstop at one of these.
- Alex Bittar Jewelry Sample Sale: Known for awe-inspiring costume and fine jewelry, be sure to make it down to the Alex Bittar sample sale this week on 20 W 36th St. Thurs-Sun 10am-7pm.
- Lace it up! Our favorite spring/summer trend is in full swing. We cannot get enough of lace-up flats—the perfect shoe to wear whilst exploring the city all day and still looking completely stylish. These are a must have! Glamour tells us more: Lace Up Flats SS16
Until next week,
Shop Gotham x
Plan your New York City trip in advance
Planning ahead when visiting NYC is key. We’re not just talking about a few weeks in advance, but sometimes months or even a year! There are so many amazing events and organizations to see while you are here that it’s best to do your research in advance. Why you ask? So you don’t miss out on amazing events such as the Women in the World Summit, that we attended earlier this week.
Organized by journalist Tina Brown and in its seventh year, this three-day summit introduced several dozen inspiration women who are leaders or doing the kind of important work we should all know about. Shop Gotham was present at this extraordinary event at Lincoln Center and found it to be a must do in NYC.
Speakers included: Ayaan Ali Hirsi, a leader in the voice against the hardship of Islamic Laws on women, Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, Mindy Kaling, the actor and comedian, Meryl Streep, Katie Couric, Thomas Friedman, Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, the International Monetary Fund and many others.
If you are planning to come to NYC in 2017, we encourage you to really plan ahead to attend this summit and be prepared to be enlightened and inspired.
For more information click here.
See some pics we captured from the event below:
Above: Entrance to the summit at Lincoln Center
Above: Savannah Gurthrie interviewing Laura Bush, Barbara Bush Jr., Jenna Hager Bush
1.Pizza by the slice
2.Always a kook to gawk at
3.Broadway baseball league (summers)
And #4 of course, insane shopping & shopping tours: www.shopgotham.com
3 More Reasons NYC Rocks
1) Almost All Shops are open on Sunday (exception: upper Madison avenue). We recommend taking our Soho & Nolita shopping tour at noon on Sunday. Wake up late. Take your tour. Follow it by a late leisurely lunch at a charming cafe in Soho or Nolita. Shop some more. Drag your bags home. Take a nap. A perfect sunday.
2)Cover bands at BBKings. Almost any musician you have ever loved is represented at BBkings by a “look-alike band”, who are often as good as the real deal. Typically $15. Civilized environment with food & bev.
3)Philharmonic in Central Park. True that about a zillion other people also show up to picnic under the stars. But there is always a patch of grass to snag and hey, its the NY Philarmonic for free! July 17 2009.
SHOP GOTHAM NYC Shopping Tours
Columbus Day Weekend 2015
CALLING ALL TEEN and MOM FASHIONISTA DUOS!
If You Are Coming to NYC and Love to Shop, This is for You!
Fashion & Style Where it all “Happens”
Bring your Teen on a
Soho & Nolita Chic Boutiques Shopping Tour
on October 9, 10, 11, 2015
and teen comes at 1/2 price.
More to spend on clothes. yeah!
For Schedules, Rates, Details and to book: www.shopgotham.com
Booking Code: teenpromo
Tickets are very limited as tours have a maximum of 12 guests