Sample sales for holiday shopping


Nicole Brown

The SOHO Sample Store, a holiday pop-up shop on Mulberry Street, offers discounted designer looks.

Shoppers armed with credit cards, walking shoes and gift lists can only mean that the holiday season has arrived. Black Friday brought in millions of dollars in revenue with long lines, discounts and complete shopping disorder. Yet some of the best gifts of the season can be found at the holiday season’s designer sample sales. Finding cashmere sweaters and high-quality apparel is simple because New York City offers a plethora of sales in the coming weeks.

Winter Needs

Until Dec. 7, J. Crew is hosting a sample sale on men’s and women’s apparel, crewcuts, jewelry, shoes and outerwear. The preppy and classic style of J. Crew makes for easy holiday gifts at discounted prices. The sale is up to 60 percent off retail prices for fall and winter collections. Madewell women’s pieces will also be sold. Women’s apparel will be sold at 260 Fifth Ave. between 28th and 29th streets. Men’s apparel will be sold at 225 Fifth Ave. between 26th and 27th streets.

Cashmere Goods

If in need of new sweaters for the winter season, Autumn Cashmere is hosting a sample sale until Dec. 12. The sale will include up to 75 percent off luxury crewnecks, pullovers and thermal sweaters. Menswear, womenswear and accessories sales will take place at 231 W. 39th Street, Suite 1111.

For the Feminine

Pop into Alice + Olivia’s sample sale next week between Dec. 9 and 14. Featuring embellished tops, party dresses, leather leggings and full gowns, Alice + Olivia, located at 260 Fifth Ave., is a hub for the feminine yet attention-grabbing dresser. The sale includes fall and winter styles from previous collections.

Maximum Discounts

Charlotte Ronson’s sample sale will continue through Dec. 19 with up to 90 percent discounts. With dresses from $15 to shoes starting at $10, this sale has something for everyone. Coats and jackets including leather goods run from $25 to $50 while tops are sold between $5 and $10. Head to the Showroom Seven Sample Sale at 263 11th Ave., third floor.

Luxury Finds

For those willing to spend a little more, a few major designer labels are lowering their prices for a limited time. Helmut Lang, known for its sleek and ultra-modern aesthetic, is holding one more day of sales that ends today, so hurry down to 261 W. 36th St., second floor for stylish tees, chic sweatpants and luxe leather goods. A sample sale on Nicholas K’s men’s and women’s collections begins today and will continue until Dec. 13. Grab a deal on an urban look like no other from this contemporary design duo at 127 Grand St. Finally, head to 204 Elizabeth St. for a deal on the cutting-edge jewelry of Eddie Borgo. With up to 75 percent off of sterling silver rings, necklaces and more, the designer holiday sale is sure to confirm that diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

A version of this article appeared in the Dec. 3, 2014 print edition. Email Lauren Craddock at [email protected].