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London Sample Sales and Where to Look for Them

By on 23/10/2017

 

Have you ever dreamt of being in possession of a designer dress or a designer overcoat presented by a model on a catwalk? Have you ever wondered what happens to these fashion pearls after the fashion show is over? Many of those items made for fashion shows get sold in the so called sample sales arranged by a designer to get rid of their overstock or past-season items (not the same as “normal” sales which we posted about here). But what exactly the sample sales are and where to look for them? Today, we are taking you through absolutely unique type of sales in London. Designer clothes right from real catwalks and at really good prices.

 

What these sample sales are all about?

 

 

layflat of burgundy sweater and grey scarf with writing Sample Sale London

 

 

Originally, sample sales featured only designer’s sample items, but over time they have grown to include overstock items in general. Nevertheless, they still focus on designer clothing and as such they are of interest to us today.

 

Sample sales provide a way for shoppers to purchase designer clothing, handbags and other accessories at prices significantly below the regular retail price.

 

It is important to know that a sample sale is not put on by a traditional retail clothing store. Clothes and accessories sold at a sample sale come directly from the fashion designer or manufacturer of the clothing and accessories. Because the clothing and accessories circumvent the normal distribution channel for clothing sales, skipping warehouses and retail establishments, the items at a sample sale are listed for less than what a retail establishment would charge.

 

 

 

two girls holding shopping bags on the street

 

Where to look for them

 

 

 

If you want to hunt for real bargains, you have to know precisely where to look for them. And once you spot them, you need to act really fast. These items can go like hot buns, as they say. So those of us who really want to catch these rare pearls in our nets, must get really well prepared in order to locate the bargains fast and effectively. It is wise to be updated, so check designers’ websites to know when their sample sales starts and where. Sometimes concept stores announce such sales in advance as well. So our advice is to stay tuned and act fast.

 

 

What’s coming this month in London?

 

We are mid October now but there are still plenty of sample sales events to visit. If you happen to be in London this coming week you cannot miss the fantastic sample sales, and the rest of the month looks promising too.

 

Multibrand Designer Menswear

 

WHEN:

19th October 2017 to 22nd October 2017

Free Entry

WHERE:

Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Dray Walk Gallery, London, E1 6QL

WHAT:

Blood Brother, Mathew Miller and Tourne de Transmission have just announced a four day pop-up archive sale running from October 19th through 22nd.

 

 

fron of a building where sample sales takes place

 

Crew Clothing

 

WHEN:

20th October 2017 to 22nd October 2017

Free Entry

WHERE:

Crew Clothing, 20 Lydden Road, London, SW18 4LR

WHAT:

There’ll be up to 80% off on womenswear, menswear and accessories at this three-day warehouse clearance sale.

 

 

 

Pippa Store/Versace Sample Sale

 

 WHEN:

30th September 2017 to 26th October 2017

Free Entry

WHERE:

Pippa Store, 52 Lonsdale Road, London, W11 2DE

WHAT:

The Pippa Store in Notting Hill is hosting their latest sample sale residency – and this time it is Versace! Expect SS17 and AW16 collections plus archive seasons on offer for both women and men.

 

 

Herald and Heart

 

WHEN:

2nd October 2017 to 31st October 2017

Open Today, Free Entry

WHERE:

Herald and Heart, 703 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5UL

WHAT:

There’ll be up to 50% off hats, headpieces and fascinators from brands like Donna Hartley, Giulia Mo, Herald and Heart, Julian Garner, Monique Lee and Sophie Beale.

 

 

 

models holding colorful handbags

 

Anya Hindmarch

 

 

WHEN:

23rd October 2017 to 25th October 2017

Booking Required

WHERE:

The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5LF

WHAT:

Up to 75% off handbags, accessories, coats and shoes at this three-day Anya Hindmarch sample sale in The Music Room.

 

 

French Connection & Great Plains

 

WHEN:

24th October 2017 to 26th October 2017

Paid Entry (£1.00)

WHERE:

Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, Kings Cross, London, WC1H 9AU

WHAT:

Shop menswear, womenswear and homeware at this three-day London sample sale from French Connection and Great Plains.

 

 

A young woman with long hair holding shopping bags on a street during sample sales

 

Last Chance LDN

 

WHEN:

27th October 2017

Free Entry

WHERE:

The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5LF

WHAT:

Take up to 90% off on designer brands ranging from Balmain to Valentino – including womenswear, menswear, footwear and accessories.

 

 

 

models wearing colorful printed clothing

 

Tata Naka

 

WHEN:

28th October 2017 to 29th October 2017

Free Entry

WHERE:

Chelsea Reach, 78-79 Lots Road, London, SW10 0RN

WHAT:

Stock up AW18 sample sale along with a huge selection of clothing items from previous seasons at a discount. These colourful clothes must be yours this autumn season.

 

 

collection of leather and fur coats

 

 

Karl Donoghue

 

 WHEN:

26th October 2017 to 29th October 2017

Free Entry

WHERE:

Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Shop 11, London, E1 6QL

WHAT:

Shop Karl Donoghue’s handcrafted women’s outerwear and accessories at their three-day sample sale.

 

 

 

 Three Thousand and Nine/YearOne Collective

 

WHEN:

26th October 2017 to 27th October 2017

Free Entry

WHERE:

Three Thousand and Nine, 8 Lee Street, London, E8 4DY

WHAT:

Join this two-day sample sale from YearOne Collective to shop for their minimalist urban womanswear at a discount.

 

 

a woman in a tiger bed

 

Bella Freud

 

WHEN:

26th October 2017

Paid Entry (£3.00)

WHERE:

Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albermarle Street, London, W1S 4BP

WHAT:

Pay a visit to the Brown’s Hotel for this one-day sample sale from Bella Freud.

 

 

 

Cleo Ferin Mercury & Maria Francesca Pepe

 

 WHEN:

28th October 2017 to 29th October 2017

Free Entry

WHERE:

234 Brick Lane, London, E2 7EB

WHAT:

Cleo Ferin Mercury and Maria Francesca Pepe are inviting for a two-day pop up sample sale in Brick Lane. On offer: jewellery, clothing, and a wide range of accessories.

 

 

queue befor Mary Katrantzou sample sales in Music Room London November 2016

 

Mary Katrantzou

 

WHEN:

30th October 2017

Free Entry

WHERE:

The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5LF

WHAT:

Expect up to 80% off, with prices starting from just £25, at this one-day sample sale from Mary Katrantzou. On offer ready-to-wear clothes, accessories and shoes.

 

 

 

These are only a few of our sample sale suggestions for October in London for you. Stay with us for more on sample sales. We will keep you posted.

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