SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Holiday Crush Sales With Buscemi, Altuzarra, Sophia Webster, Ippolita, Adam Lippes & More

With Chanukah happening right now, and one more full weekend before Christmas, shopping is at a peak just in time for some sample sales that should be particularly appealing. Here's a few highlights:

Popular premium denim label J BRAND has been going on all week at 260 Fifth Avenue and will run through the weekend for ever popular jeans gifting opportunities.

Italian luxury furrier GIULIANA TESO will be sharing her sale with opulent handbag label V.B.H. through Friday the 15th for those looking for some end-of-the-year extravagance.

Always reliable gifts like hats and gloves will be heavily featured at sales form PORTOLANO in the Garment District through the 22nd as well as MEG COHEN in SoHo through Saturday through the 16th

Luxury sneaker heads will likely be raiding the first BUSCEMI sample sale in SoHo through Sunday the 17th while ladies looking for equally exclusive footwear are expected to swarm the one-day-only SOPHIA WEBSTER sale on Saturday the 16th. (UPDATE) Along the same lines, TABITHA SIMMONS has extended her sale in SoHo through Saturday with additionally reduced prices starting at $75.

Designer milliner EUGENIA KIM is opening her Garment District showroom once again for a timely holiday sale featuring her beautifully made headwear for men and women along with shoes & accessories for the winter.

Jewelry designer IPPOLITA makes a well timed return to Soiffer Haskin in midtown for anyone looking for special jewelry gifts in gold or sterling silver.

For women looking for a little something special for themselves, maybe for a glamorous New Year's Eve, there's a 2-day ALTUZARRA sale in Tribeca through Friday the 15th and if you miss that one, ADAM LIPPES starts a 4-day sale in NoMad on Saturday the 16th through Tuesday.

For more sales and  all details, see our SALE ROLL sidebar for updated information. next week, make time for Eileen Fisher, Superdry and Desigual among others as we head towards Christmas.


POP-UP ALERT:

WIRED's Holiday Shop Returns Tomorrow At Brookfield Place

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Images courtesy of Wired Magazine and Condé Nast

One of the season's favorite shopping events is making its 4th appearance tomorrow when it opens its doors, such as they are, at Brookfield Place in the Financial District. Not quite a traditional store, this season's WIRED pop-up (pictured above) will be inhabiting a series of booths amongst the palms in the complex's Winter Garden. As usual, it will feature the latest in must-have tech gifts and gadgets as chosen by the magazine's editors. Highlights will range from the Anki Cozmo Collector’s Edition Robot which at $179.99 seems reasonable for a robot to the more extravagant Shinola Canfield Over-Ear Headphones at $595. For tech savvy gift shopping or just a break from the rest of your Holiday shopping, the pop-up will be open through December 22, and most merchandise will also be available online through the Wired Store website, while it lasts.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

A Holiday Sample Cavalcade With LaPerla, ISAIA, Alice + Olivia, Tory Burch, Christofle, Frette & More

Well, Shophounders, in case you thought people were over Sample Sales, we would refer you to the fistfight that reportedly broke out earlier this week at the ALICE AND OLIVIA sale earlier this week. People are still enthused about a designer bargain which could be seen by the around-the-corner line in front of the LA PERLA and KEVYN AUCOIN sale opening in SoHo yesterday. Both of those sales will run through the weekend along with a bumper crop of others timed to maximize holiday shopping.

Also running through the weekend are men's luxury Italian sartoria fave ISAIA along with its about-to-be-revamped sibling label EIDOS featuring a guest appearance by exclusive eyewear brand BARTON PERREIRA where some deep but still pricey discounts will be found. 

Still on the luxury train, today marks the appearance of the seasonal CHRISTOFLE sale at Soiffer Haskin through Monday the 11th. This time around the french silver brand is teamed with JUDITH LEIBER's opulent handbags and POMELLATO jewelry.

In the middle of her seasonal sale, TORY BURCH has taken over Clothingline in the Garment District through Saturday featuring deep savings on her full collection.

On there affordable side, contemporary chain FRENCH CONNECTION is in the middle of a midtown sample sale that ends tomorrow which is when men's sportswear label GILDED AGE will launch a two-day holiday gift sale in SoHo featuring classic denim and sportswear.

Finally, on Friday, Italian linen maestro FRETTE will be holding a sale promising up to 80% off through Tuesday in SoHo on grand Street which should be a promising place to shop for home gifts.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar for updated hours and locations as well as other sales. Next week, an extra-long Holiday shopping season marches on with shoes from Schutz, Tabitha Simmons and Buscemi along with Altuzarra, Desigual and more.


A STORE OF ITS OWN:

Everlane's First Permanent Store Makes It Official This Weekend

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Online retailer Everlane has given us all an abject lesson in taking one's time to get things right. A few years ago, they were an upstart offering just a few basic apparel items whose appeal was split between their deceptively simple design and the label's radically transparent production ethos which demonstrated a commitment to taking full responsibility for maintaining high quality standards and ethics for production and sourcing right down to revealing the full supply chain and costs of each item. There would be no murky network of factories "overseas" in who knows what nation and what conditions. The strategy proved to be a hit in the new millennium and offerings quickly expanded to include all manner of sportswear, shoes and accessories in a signature, stripped down but stylish aesthetic.
A few pop-up stores in trendy New York neighborhoods allowed customers to see the quality up close, but now, Everlane is about to launch its next phase with a permanent brick and mortar store opening on Saturday at 28 Prince Street in Nolita. The new store (pictured above and below) will reflect the brand's minimalistic but stylish look, putting the focus on the product offerings which customers will now be able to touch and try on before purchasing. if you are unfamiliar with Everlane, this will be the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself. More stores are on the way as the company evolves into a full-service retailer, but New Yorkers are privileged to be the first to get their own permanent Everlane outpost, so look for a crowd on Saturday.
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SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

It's The J.Crew Takeover + Billy Reid, Steven Alan, Feit, Nancy Gonzalez & More

The post-Thanksgiving sample sale week feels a little bit bigger than it actually is mainly because it's J.CREW & MADEWELL time. Twice a year, the retailer takes over much of 260SampleSales's top venues to clear out its samples, a sale which typically sparks a huge public response despite the caveats that the overwhelming majority of merchandise is only in sample sizes, and sometimes the chain's own in-store promotions offer better discounts. Still, we have never left a J.Crew Sample Sale empty-handed. This year we got a brand-new tuxedo, so, you never know. At the men's location in SoHo, we saw lots of great shoes in multiple sizes even on the third day of the sale as well as bins overflowing with neckties and other accessories alongside the racks and racks of sample shirts. Today starts additional reductions of 30%, making it a worthy visit.

A block east, STEVEN ALAN is sharing 260's other SoHo store with designer BILLY REID and modern artisanal shoe brand FEIT. Reid's merchandise makes up the majority of the offerings, as Alan has already held a big sale in Sunset Park earlier this season, while Feit has commandeered much of the lower level. The prices are good at around 80% off with special cannot miss items like Reid's $10 ties.

Also this week seasonal stalwart AUTUMN CASHMERE is running a well-times Holiday sale through next Friday on weekdays only at its Garment District showroom. Cashmere for the whole family will be featured making an excellent gift-shopping destination.

MEG COHEN's winter sale also features the precious fiber with more cashmere hats, scarves and gloves looking to land under someone's Christmas tree through Saturday.

Finally, on Saturday the 2nd, those looking for more opulent fare will be converging on Soiffer Haskin for NANCY GONZALEZ sale featuring her signature bags and accessories made from crocodile and other exotic skins. As usual, leave the kids and strollers at home and prepare to check everything through Tuesday the 5th.

Consider all of tis a warm-up for next week which will bring big sales for La Perla, Nanette Lepore, Tory Burch, Alice and Olivia, Barton PerrieraIsaia and more. Be sure to check our SALE ROLL sidebar for hours, locations and other updated information.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Pre-Holiday Blowouts Starring Marc Jacobs, Bulgari, Anna Sui, Gucci, Gant, Elizabeth And James & More

It's a busy Sample Sale week we're having before a brief lull for Thanksgiving. After that, we will be fully immersed in Holiday Shopping, but in the meantime, this is an excellent week to get some pre-Holiday shopping done for those who like to plan ahead.

Let's start with he heavy hitters. MARC JACOBS is back, and though his brand has shed a bit of clout among the city's tastemakers, it still remains a popular label, and its new repositioning as a single collection somewhere between "Designer" and "Upper Contemporary" means that most of the offerings should be somewhat more affordable than they have been in seasons past. The sale starts on Wednesday the 15th, and will run through Sunday the 19th.

One of Jacobs' fellow 90s superstars, ANNA SUI is also having a sample sale this week in the garment district. Starting on Monday, the sale will end this Friday the 17th and include an abundance of her vibrant, vintage-inspired wares as well as many one-of-a-kind runway samples and other items.

Looking for international luxury mega-brands? None other than GUCCI, whose sample sales are usually private, is holding a Jewelry and Watch sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Thursday and Friday, and excellent opportunity to find some extra special gifts.

Those hunting for even more opulent baubles will have to hold out until Saturday when the four-day BVLGARI sale begins at Soiffer Haskin through Tuesday. Look for precision watches, leather goods, fragrances and, of course, precious jewelry featuring diamonds and multicolored gemstones.

While it technically starts next week, writing instrument enthusiasts will not want to miss the MONTBLANC sale in NoMad from Monday through Wednesday just before Thanksgiving. Famous for those pens, shoppers will find watches, jewelry and accessories as well.

The Olsen sisters held their sample sale for The Row a few weeks ago, and now its time for their more affordable collection, ELIZABETH and JAMES to take the spotlight at the Chelsea Market starting tomorrow the 15th through Sunday the 19th. Originally a sporty contemporary line, the collection has grown up along with its owners, and those who remember it as a casual separates collection should find much more sophisticated looks at this week's sale.

Another seasonal highlight, the GANT sample sale started an extended residency today in SoHo. It will be running for over a solid week until the day before Thanksgiving. That's a long time for a lot of merchandise to unload. While this sale has evolved over the seasons as the label has, its current form features an abundance of classic mens clothing comprised almost entirely of samples, so shoppers who fall outside that arrow size range might need to satisfy themselves with a small offering of accessories. Sample sized gentlemen, however can have a field day there through the 22nd.

Longtime downtown designer NILI LOTAN is enjoying a career boost at the moment, which makes it a perfect time to check out her sale starting on Thursday at her Tribeca headquarters. Look for deep savings on her luxurious sportswearthrouogh Saturday the 18th.

Finally, sneaker fans wait all season to pounce at THE NEWS Showroom sale in SoHo which starts on Thursday. The early birds get the best pick of the minimalist but luxurious COMMON PROJECTS sneakers they always have, but shoppers will also show up for TIM COPPENS, COLOVOS, CLU and a host of other emerging contemporary labels. The three-day blowout ends on Saturday.

That should be enough to keep any eager shopper busy, but a look at our SALE ROLL sidebar shows even more events as well as updated hours and locations for everything. After the Holiday weekend, get ready for the ever-popular dueling J.Crew and Madewell sales and much more.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Big Sale Weekend With Giorgio Armani, Gilt Warehouse, Phillip Lim, Bandier & Helmut Lang

The Shophound has been preoccupied with some other projects for the past week or so, but we are back to update our SALE ROLL sidebar at left, and make note of what has been a pretty full sample sale week. 

Along with the extension of last week's PAUL SMITH Sample Sale through this Saturday, this week has seen major sales from SFERRA, BANDIER and S’WELL', 3.1 PHILLIP LIM and HELMUT LANG to name just a few. All of these sales are still running today, though Sferra is on its last day, and one other longtime shopper's favorite, the Aeffe Showroom Sale featuring MOSCHINO, ALBERTA FERRETTI and JEREMY SCOTT, will close tomorrow. Going through the weekend are Lang at the Chelsea Market, Lim in SoHo, Bandier and S'Well which are sharing space at 260 Fifth Avenue. Don't worry if you were too busy to shop this week, because this weekend will bring THE GILT SAMPLE SALE starting with an exclusive preview on Friday night with various tickets shopping sessions through Sunday. If anyone is looking for a major mega-designer fix, then they should head to Soiffer Haskin on Saturday for the seasonal GIORGIO ARMANI sale featuring all of his major collections running through Wednesday the 15th.

As for next week you may want to save up as the ever-popular MARC JACOBS and GANT sales will serve as a pre-holiday season treat featuring Jacobs' newly repositioned brand and more accessible price range. Stay tuned for more sale news and see our updated SALE ROLL at left for all hours and locations.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Manolo Blahnik Kicks Off The Heavy Hitter Sale Season With Oscar De La Renta, Rebecca Minkoff, Elie Tahari, The Row & More

For anyone holding out for the big Sample Sale season to start, it's here.
As per the usual protocol, the MANOLO BLAHNIK Sample Sale —the Godmother of New York Sample Sales— has been announced at the last minute. It begins tomorrow in its usual location at the Warwick Hotel. We are told that at 10 AM tomorrow the 25th, the VIP event will be opened to the public for as long as the merchandise lasts which is usually sometime in the mid-afternoon. 

Blahnik generell signals the start of a crush os sales that proceeds over the next couple of months. While sample sales never really end in New York, this is the beginning of the peak season. Schedule accordingly.

Earlier this week, contemporary powerhouse REBECCA MINKOFF kicked off her seasonal bash at 260SampleSale's NoMad flagship on Fifth Avenue. Look for tables full of handbags and racks of shoes. Typically, there is also a small selection of URI MINKOFF men's shoes and accessories as well. Generally replenishments come throughout the week, but crowds usually remain consistent. Sho through Sunday.

Tuesday brings OSCAR de la RENTA, still a coveted label among classic American designer apparel. Look for all the luxury and glamour at prices that will still be an investment even at deep discounts. Still, for fans, it will be a can't miss sale and promises a bit of men's and children's wear amongst the more plentiful shoes, bridal wear and, of course, luxury ready-to-wear. Runs through Sunday in Soho.

The Garment District's popular outlet Clothingline is also presenting another sterling American heritage label, although one that has seen some rocky times with a four day HALSTON HERITAGE sale. While the brand's days as a go-to for stars and socialites are long gone, the contemporary Heritage line has become a reliable resource for smart clothes with at least a hint of its namesake's sleek style. Shop through Friday.

If you don't have the patience for the epic line outside the Blahnik sale on Wednesday, head west to Soiffer Haskin for an ELIE TAHARI blowout featuring the full assortment of contemporary apparel and accessories. This sale runs through Sunday, and as is usual for this venue, expect to check pretty much everything you bring with you.

Finally, Saturday brings one more seasonal event that fans have been saving up for when THE ROW takes over the fifth floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Look for deep savings on deceptively sleek and simple apparel in sumptuous materials form the Olsen sisters. Shoppers will have four days through Tuesday to shop.

That's not all. JONATHAN ADLER and WHITE + WARREN are also expected to draw crowds this week. Next week promises another cavalcade of coveted labels starting with Paul Smith, The Kooples and Zadig & Voltaire. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details including hours and locations as well as any late-breaking events.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Sale Shopping This Weekend With Hickey Freeman, Soulcycle & Wolford

We are a little late this week with the Sample Sale update, but there is still plenty of bargain opportunity through what is expected to be a balmy Fall Weekend. Here are a few highlights:

Serious businessmen, or anyone who just needs a decent suit will be flocking to Soiffer Haskin for HICKEY FREEMAN's season blowout. They may not have the trendies suits, but you can count on them being elegant and worth the investment to last through a fleeting trend. Multiple shopping will pay off with three suits for $400 each or three Sportcoats for $250 each, and we are talking about items that can easily run between $1,000 to $1,500 and up.

Luxury hosiery mainstay WOLFORD is in residence at 260 Fifth Avenue through Saturday ready for customers stocking up on luxury leggings and other sleek bodywear.

Fitness cult chain SOULCYCLE is back at 260SampleSale's Greene Street outpost more another blowout on fitness apparel and gear whether you like to toil away on a stationary bike or one that actually moves through space. Shop through Sunday. NOTE - A "buy 5 items get one free" promo was just added.

Starting today, perennial favorite JAMES PERSE is throwing a four-day sample sale through Sunday in NoHo. Look for racks of casual tees, knitwear and easy apparel in muted colors that one can never have too much of. Generally, a limited selection of shoes and accessories are on hand at his sales as well along with a smattering of home furnishings.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for updated hours and locations as well as any late-breaking events. Next week, prepare for some heavy hitter sales from Oscar de la Renta, Rebecca Minkoff, Elie Tahari and more.


SAMPLE FLASH:

Steven Alan Just Announced A Surprise Sample Sale At Industry City Starting Tomorrow

It pays to keep an eye out for special events. New York fave retailer/designer Steven Alan just email blasted the news that he will be holding a Sample Sale at Industry City, in Sunset Park. If that part of Brooklyn seems far away from the Lower Manhattan locations where Alan's sales are usually held, be comforted that it's only a swift trip on the D, R or N trains away. The sale will run from Friday afternoon through Sunday. Get ready for reductions of up to 75% off.

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SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

A Strong Fall Sale Week Featuring David Yurman, Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Andrew, Milly & More

Hey Shophounders, the sample sales are back this week. It's a something for everyone offering that ought to satisfy anyone who has got some funds burning holes in their pockets featuring some old faves and promising newcomers. Here are some highlights:

REISS LONDON is returning all week to 260SampleSale's NoMad home base on Fifth Avenue featuring a hefty 75% off their men's and women's collections —a known favorite of none other than the Duchess of Cambridge herself.

Starting on Tuesday, contemporary powerhouse MILLY will be back at Clothingline in the Garment District for four days. Look for Fall/Winter collections, but be prepared, it's sample sizes only at this one.

Also starting on Tuesday, luxe boutique THE LINE will be unloading its clearance in at 260SampleSale's Greene Street featuring deep savings on advanced designer apparel, shoes and accessories along with a selection of home merchandise. Shop through Sunday.

On Wednesday, accessory designer EDDIE BORGO will be offering savings of up to 70% off his signature jewelry and handbag collections for two days only on Elizabeth Street in NoLita

On Thursday, CFDA Award-winning shoe designer and newly anointed Women's Creative Director for Salvatore Ferragamo, PAUL ANDREW will offer a limited selection of women's footwear for two days only at his midtown showroom. Look for sample sizes, so be prepared for limited availability.

Later, head downtown for jewelry maestro DAVID YURMAN's seasonal blowout at the Altman Building in Chelsea. Look for 30% to 60% savings on a wide range of Yurman;s offerings ranging from precious jewelry to his signature gold and silver pieces to men's jewelry to eyewear and watches. It's a smorgasbord that attracts his fans in abundance, so plan carefully.

Finally, the week's biggest event will also open on Thursday at Soiffer Haskin as DOLCE & GABBANA takes over for four days through Sunday to clear out of the brand's vast product offerings for men, women and children. Look for crowds as the ever-popular mega-brand offers deep discounts on previous season collections.

Be sure to keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations and details as well as additional events and late breaking sales. Next week, Bonpoint and Soulcycle hit the racks along with much more.


NOW OPEN:

Face Values Evolves Beyond On The Upper West Side

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It seems that there is no stopping the proliferation of big box stores throughout the city, and yet another permutation of the Bed Bath & Beyond mega-chain has arrived on the Upper West Side. What was once a Food Emporium on Broadway and 90th Street has just re-opened its doors as Face Values & Beyond, a combination of the Harmon Face Values cosmetics and beauty supply chain on the street level with a condensed version of the mother ship downstairs where the deli counter used to be. So far, no sign of Buy Buy Baby or Cost Plus World Market has materialized, but the new store shows how the conglomerated chains are being creatively tweaked and combined to fit various locations as they become available. One would not have thought that the space, empty for many months, would have been considered for a full Bed Bath & Beyond, and so it wasn't, but the Face Values concept should be a hit in the neighborhood, especially with the recent loss of a couple of nearby Ricky's. The lower level, it turns out was just enough space to fill with a "best of" version of the main chain including housewares, bed & bath and just a bit of the basics that the company is known for, situated equidistant from full line stores at Lincoln Square or 125th Street. The best thing here, as at all of the company's outlets, is the coupon game. It may be the 20% Off coupons that fuel this retail behemoth's continued expansion, but as convenient as it now is, one should never go there without at least one or two discounts in hand. Don't have them? They are easy to get, and can be ordered by mail, email, text message or, even better, all three. There are even occasional, limited offers to join as a member (for a small fee) to get a discount on all purchases at all times. Snap these up if you see them. They work across all four of the nameplates, and you will have a new appreciation for the big box stores coming to your neighborhood.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Diesel, Hanro, Sandro & Hugo Boss Lead This Week's Sale Lineup

As the weather finally shifts toward Autumn, we can count on the Sample Sale Season to reach another peak in only about six or seven more weeks at the most. In the meantime, there are plenty of smaller sales peppering the calendar to keep us all busy, and this week is no different. Here's a sampling:

Lets start with what's underneath. For gentlemen who are not satisfied with three-a-pack mighty whites, Swiss innerwear label HANRO is hosing a two day sale featuring its luxurious underpants and sleepwear alongside those from similarly luxurious label HOM. Merchandise is offered at up to 75% off which brings it down to about Calvin Klein level-pricing.

For what to put on over those underpants, head to 260SampleSale's NoMad location on Fifth Avenue for the big DIESEL sample sale featuring denim, sportswear, shoes and accessories at deep discounts starting today, Tuesday the 3rd, through Sunday.

Downtown at 150 Greene Street, 260 is offering the seasonal SANDRO Sale for fans of that chain featuring discounts on the full line for men and women through Sunday.

Starting on Wednesday the 4th, Women's shoe designer SARAH FLINT will be hosting a two-day sale featuring up to 85% off her line in her Flatiron District showroom.

On Thursday, contemporary favorite CYNTHIA ROWLEY will be offering a sizable 70% off rare samples and past collections on Bleecker Street through Sunday.

Finally, on Friday, Soiffer Haskin will kick off a five-day event featuring HUGO BOSS's full offerings of apparel, accessories and shoes for men with a smaller selection of women's merchandise through Tuesday the 10th.

Next week, an even more eventful selection of sales including David Yurman, Milly, Reiss London, The Line, Paul Andrew and more. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details, more sales, updated locations and hours as well as late-breaking events.


OFF-PRICE ALERT:

Nordstrom Prepares For Its Uptown Flagship With A Humongous Rack On 6th Avenue

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The operating rules of enormous department store chains have changed a lot in the past decade. Once relegated to the suburbs, outlet and clearance divisions have inched ever closer to major full-line shopping neighborhoods, with the latest example being a great big Nordstrom Rack store set to open in about a month at 855 Sixth Avenue at 31st Street, just a few blocks south of Macy's Herald Square and the sprawling collection of mall-stores that spill across the stretch of 34th street west of Fifth Avenue.
A glance at the windows pictured above  tells us that the store will open its doors in about a month on October 26th, and if it looks like it will be pretty big with the entirety of the first two floors of the new building, consider that with the lower level as well, the store will total about 47,000 square feet over three floors. That makes it one of the larger Rack stores around, especially in a location like Manhattan where space is always at a premium.
It has been decades since a major out of town retailer has attempted to crack Manhattan's powerhouse ranks of home-grown retail palaces, but as once sterling names like Gimbel's, Bonwit Teller, B.Altman and Abraham & Straus have fallen over the years, there's a little more room for more competition now. JCPenney of Plano TX, has only managed to get in with an innocuous subterranean location taking up a mere fraction of the building that once housed the entirety of the mighty Gimbel's, but the pride and joy of Dallas, Neiman Marcus, is on its way with an unconventional store in a yet to be completed Hudson Yards tower. The big event on deck, however is Nordstrom's Columbus Circle flagship slated for 2019. The chain has managed to slyly whet New Yorkers' appetites first by taking on the suburbs surrounding the tri-state area where it is now a mainstay. Next, it made Manhattan safe for Department Stores' outlet divisions by opening a Rack unit where the Union Square Virgin Megastore once stood, paving the way for a Saks Off 5th appearing on tony East 57th Street, a once unthinkable location for such an establishment, only seven blocks north of its lavish full-price namesake. Before the splashy Nordstrom flagship debuts, however, its 3-level Men's Store will serve as an extended preview when it opens across Broadway this coming Spring. By the time the Mother ship opens its doors, Manhattanites should be chomping at the bit as if it is one of our own illustrious chains. As for the upcoming Rack, its sheer size suggests that it will be just like the Rack stores we have come to know, but bigger, which outlet shoppers know, is almost always better. By now we all know that most of what these stores carry is either overstock or merchandise made expressly for selling in "outlet" venues. That doesn't mean that they aren't worth your shopping dollars, and Nordstrom Rack at least makes the effort to specially tag items that have indeed come from their full-line stores. It's never a bad idea to catch the opening weeks of such a store either, as off-price chains have been known to pepper their opening offerings with particularly enticingly priced merchandise to ingratiate themselves with new customers. If you happen to have a reason to make your way through the Herald and Greely Square neighborhoods in about a month, you might find yourself making a habit of it.