SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik & David Yurman Mark A Major Sale Week

Yes, the season is upon us, and as if to give us a little kick-off, word spread around town in its usual last-minute way yesterday that MANOLO BLAHNIK's sale, perhaps the mother of all high-pressure, mad-dash, fight-through-the-crowd sample sales, will take place on Thursday. Manny's fans know the drill. Get up early. Line up early and try to grab the best shoes you see. As usual, it will be at the Warwick Hotel in Midtown for one day only, and we have heard that it will stay open for as long as the merchandise lasts —which isn't expected to be for very long.

Of course, That isn't the only high luxe sale this week. Already scheduled well in advance was OSCAR DE LA RENTA's sale starting today the 25th in SoHo. Since this sale recently migrated from being a more discreet showroom affair to being a full-public sale, it has become a mainstay for women looking for a bit of that authentic de la Renta glamor at a price. While the label has been having some creative growing pains over the past few seasons before stabilizing with its current design team, there still should be spectacular items t be found. While Oscar's full-priced customers didn't quite warm to former creative director Peter Copping's work as well as his former Nina Ricci fans did, sale shoppers can count on elegant eveningwear and day dressing along with shoes and accessories. A small menswear selection is also promised among the samples and stock merchandise. Shop through Sunday.

Another longtime sale mainstay, DAVID YURMAN will be returning to the Altman Building in Chelsea once again on Thursday the 27th through the weekend. If previous form holds, shoppers will find the full range of Yurman's offerings from sporty sterling silver items to more exclusive pieces in gold and precious gemstones. at discounts generally starting around 40%. Generous selections of Sunglasses, Watches and Men's Jewelry are also expected.

Further uptown in midtown, more jewelry from IPPOLITA will be on sale at Soiffer Haskin's spacious showroom near Penn Station. Expect a strict coat and bag check and shop through Sunday.

Elsewhere this week, look for a first U.S. sample sale from burgeoning British chain KAREN MILLEN at Clothingline, exclusive Italian sportswear at the COMPONENTS by JOHN McCOY SHOWROOM sale, another blink-and-you'll-miss-it one day sale at MOLESKINE's West Chelsea showroom. THE KOOPLES are back in SoHo with their seasonal clearance plus find great everyday accessories at FURLA as well as more fanciful evening bags at EDIE PARKER.

Find the details for these and more late-breaking sales in our ever growing SALE ROLL sidebar at left. Next week, brace yourself for two of the most popular, longstanding manufacturer/showroom sales at AEFFE and Staff USA back to back plus Phillip Lim, Nest and more.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Saint Laurent, Valentino, Versace, Balenciaga & More In This Week's Flash Sales

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Saint Laurent, Alice + Olivia, Renvy, Balmain Eyewear, Sam Edelman, Chantelle, G-Star Raw, Armani Collezioni, Balenciaga Accessories, Antonio Maurizi, Bulova Watches, Royce Leather Goods, Helen Kaminski, Dolce Vita, Cambridge Satchel Compay, Origins,  Jack Spade, Slate & Stone, Ron Tomson, Portmeiron —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Valentino, Versace, Feiyue Sneakers, Alex Woo, Eyebobs, Cinzia Rocca, J Brand, J.Mclaughlin, Kerastase, Hale Bob, Pandora, Bailey 44, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Pasquale Bruni —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Rebecca Minkoff, Aratta, Lucchese, Brooks Brothers, Steve Madden, Halston Heritage, Few Moda, Rogue, Nike Sunglasses, MOTHER, DKNY Intimates, Oliver Peoples, Havaianas, Isabel Garcia, Kenneth Cole, Maui & Sons, Diesel Watches, J Fold Accessories, Lime Crime, Chiara Ferragni, Minuet —join HERE

MOVIN' ON UPTOWN:

Balenciaga Does The Kering Shuffle Uptown With Gucci

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The Shophound hasn't had a stroll down Madison Avenue in a few months, and what did we notice on Monday but a substantial swath of plate glass backed in the unmistakable logo of Balenciaga. It turns out that Manhattan did not really need three Gucci boutiques. As the new Alessandro Michele-era Gucci store opened in Brookfield Place, the Tom Ford/Frida Giannini version in the former Westbury Hotel was shut down in preparation to be ceded to its sister brand. Balenciaga has only ever had one New York store at a time, but its expansion to tony Madison Avenue and 69th Street is a signal that even directional "downtown" brands can benefit from uptown exposure. This will also be first U.S. store for Balenciaga under its still new creative director Demna Gvasalia. While the current, lavish SoHo flagship opened under the brief tenure of creative director Alexander Wang, it was planned under Nicolas Ghesqiuere, who spearheaded the once sleepy label back to prominence. This new shop is expected to have a radically different ambiance given Vêtements designer Gvesalia's more avant-garde point of view. The store is slated to open in June, and will be patterned after the Balenciaga boutique that recently opened in Paris which features a Warehouse style decor with industrial fixtures, foil covered ceilings, cast concrete walls and furniture upholstered in synthetic leather. It's a far cry from the dramatic marble floored opulence found in SoHo. In fact, it's almost as if the two stores will each have an interior more typically suited to the other one, with an elegant uptown ambiance in SoHo, and a downtown industrial look on Madison Avenue. Look for the new boutique's publicity blitz to begin in a couple of months as the store opens just in time to stock the pre-fall collection.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

The Season Ramps Up With Marc Jacobs, Maje & More

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Well, it's finally here.
Spring is unfolding and patient sale sale shoppers are getting the first major sample sales of the season with heavy hitter MARC JACOBS (pictured above) kicking off the upcoming weeks-long shopping marathon in SoHo. Jacobs' sale launched on Tuesday with a whopping 85% to 90% discount on nearly everything. As usual, the offerings were a mix of past seasons with a few eye popping price tags on runway pieces that remained high even with major discounts, but overall, it has been a fairly strong showing for Jacobs fans with what remains of the affordable Marc by Marc Jacobs collection selling for giveaway prices. It's not as vast an array of merchandise as we have seen in past seasons, but there is still plenty to satisfy the designer's loyal followers. Shop through Sunday.

Also this week, the popular French contemporary chain MAJE has taken over 260 Fifth Ave with its seasonal clearance. This one is always a popular draw, so expect a motivated crowd through Sunday.

Sporty gentleman will be heading to SoHo starting today the 20th for another installment of GILDED AGE's high-quality classic sportswear and denim sales. Look for investment worthy casual wear at 60% to 80% off through Sunday.

Finally, Saturday the 22nd brings accessory favorite NANCY GONZALEZ to Soiffer Haskin offering luxurious handbags and accessories in exotic skins like crocodile and ostrich. While her bags are well priced considering their precious materials, this is always a pricey sale but full of great investment pieces. Shop through Tuesday the 25th.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar for hours and locations as well as late breaking sales. In future weeks look for the heavy hitters like Oscar de la Renta, David Yurman, Phillip Lim and AEFFE USA's regular multi brand European treasure trove featuring Alberta Ferrretti, Moschino and Ungaro —and those are just the ones we already have scheduled. The season has started. Save your pennies.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Givenchy, TOMS, Paul Smith, Diesel, Members Only & More On Flash Sales This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Missoni, Free People, Tart, L'Agence, Hunter Boots, Sisley Cosmetics, Givenchy, Diesel, Persol, Andrew Marc, TOMS, Paul Smith, Valentino, Sophie Anderson, PUMA, Thomas Pink, Yves Saint Laurent Suiting, Mr. Turk —join HERE
RUE LA LA
VELVET by Graham & Spencer, Tahari ASL, Rockport, Dolce & Gabbana Eyewear, Isabel Marant, Lladró, Dolce Vita, Donald J Pliner Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, Macbeth Collection, Christian Dior Optical —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
BCBGMaxAzria, Dolce Vita, Dooney & Bourke, Siwy Denim, WeSC, Converse, Sam Edelman, Love Stitch, LOVE Moschino, Sanctuary, Haute Hippie, Robert Graham, Gordon Rush, English Laundry, Michael Bastian Gray Label, Projek Raw, James Perse, Diesel, Splendid, Just Me, Mario Valentino, Mario Badescu, Tarte, LAB Series, Lindbergh, Members Only, Joseph Abboud —join HERE

THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Jil Sander, Azzedine Alaïa, Stella McCartney, Shoshanna, Billy Reid, Opening Ceremony, Dr. Martens & More In This Week's Flash Sales

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Tibi, Jil Sander, Tadashi Shoji, Jay Godfrey, TOD's,  Hanro, Prada, Opening Ceremony, Superga, ZAC Zac Posen,Thomas Pink, Curatore, Cole Haan, Moncler, L.K. Bennett, Trina Turk, Azzedine Alaïa, Mikoh Swimwear, Maiyet Jewelry, Boss Bags, Donald J. Pliner, Calvin Klein Underwear, Floris London, Onia Swim —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Magaschoni, TART, Swarovski, Sophie Catalou, Unsimply Stitched, Teva, Marika, Shoshanna, Stella McCartney, Hudson Jeans, Algenist Skincare, Spode, Commando —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
7 For All Mankind, Frye, Three Dots, Karen Mullen, Billy Reid, Perry Ellis, Red Wing, Sperry, Elizabeth and James, Sky, Little Mistress, Dr. Martens, Unsimply Stitched, Burnside, Jantzen/Jag, Rock Revival, Anna Beck PRE, RAGA, Love + Harmony, A.L.C., ERIN Fetherston, BCBGeneration, Mirenesse Australia, Luli Fama Swim, Hartmann Luggage, Mezlan, Andrew Marc —join HERE

TODAY IN BELT TIGHTENING:

Ralph Lauren's Fifth Avenue Polo Store Is Getting The Axe

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In an unexpected but only marginally surprising move, Ralph Lauren will be shuttering the splashy Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue as a cost cutting measure. It turns out that the high profile, loss leader flagship stores we have come to know so well in New York are not the investment in publicity that they once were. WWD is reporting that the store closure along with other measures including a workforce reduction and an updated digital platform will save the company a not insignificant $140 million per year after an initial $370 million cost. 
Opened less than three years ago, the Polo store was meant to be represent a grand relaunch of the Polo brand for Lauren. it was to put the designer's original brand back into the spotlight with the rebranding of his women's "Blue Label" collection to make Polo a masterbrand for men and women along with a newly designed label. Its Fifth Avenue location should have been a tourist magnet, and the attached restaurant became one of the most coveted reservations in town. This is the first indication we have heard that the lavish three-level store has not lived up to expectations, although when it opened we were struck by impression that though the store is very large, it offered little in terms of newness in either environment or product. Lauren still remains content to draw from the same creative wells he has established over his 50 years in business. That leaves us with a whole bunch of reinterpretations of reinterpretations of the same things he has been making for years., which may be the root of his company's current troubles. At any rate, the "way forward" business reorganization plan that the company has been following seems to be the on right track in shedding some of the behind the scenes excesses that has always plagued the organization, but it is somewhat surprising to see it extended in such a high profile way. At least it shows that they are serious about setting the business right.
There is no closing date announced for the store, and the company is not giving up on new retail concepts, and it identified the Ralph's Coffee counter within the Polo store as a future opportunity. We also expect a newer, more modestly sized Polo store to appear somewhere in Manhattan to maintain the label's presence. With all this cost cutting, we immediately thought about the future of the cult-sized RRL label which has gone through several iterations before settling on an antique-inspired menswear theme. The collection is presented with evocative stores in Los Angeles and SoHo, but not a business on the scale that might warrant its continuation at this point under the company's apparent willingness to make hard choices. One has to wonder if the big RRL store on West Broadway, which has also had a series of lives under Lauren, might be headed for yet another transformation into a Polo store?

UPDATE:
The store is slated to close on April 15, only a week and a half away, however, the popular Polo Bar restaurant is expected to remain open as far as we can tell.

(WWD)
Previously:
Flagship Flash: Fifth Avenue's New Polo Flagship Holds Few Surprises


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy, Maison Margiela, St. JohnBalenciaga & More On Flash Sale This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
St. John, Vita Fede Jewelry, M.i.h. Jeans, IRO, Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney Accessories, Timo Weiland, New Balance, Maison Margiela, C/89, Bavna Jewelry, Burberry —join HERE
RUE LA LA
J.McLaughlin, Effy Fine Jewelry, St. Lynn & Blanc Menswear, Cole Haan, Balenciaga, Melissa & Doug, Salvatore Ferragamo Eyewear, Sparkling Sage, Hale Bob, Givenchy, Pisley & Gray, FENDI, Technomarine, Cosabella, Badgley Mischka, Nine West, Bailey44, AG Jeans, Diane von Furstenberg Luggage, Mariposa —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
L.K. Bennett, Parker, Michele Watches, Saint Laurent Sun & Optical, Park & Ronen, Stone Rose, Keds, Majestic Loungewear, Ivy Park, Fergie & Fergalicious, IRO, Ron Tomson, Vince Camuto, Skagen Watches, Giorgio Brutini, Jason Wu, Morphe Brushes, Aquatalia, Level 99, Sea Gypsies, Supplies by Union Bay, Riller & Fount, GO SMiLE, Ike Bear, Versace —join HERE

COLLABORATION ANTICIPATION:

J.W. Anderson Is Uniqlo's Next Designer Collaboration

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Image Courtesy of UNIQLO

If Japan's largest retailer seems to be at a bit of an impasse on how to expand it's U.S. business, it remains committed to its strategy of bridging the exclusive designer world with the mass market. The announcement of this fall's designer collaboration at Uniqlo should please fashion fans, as J.W.Anderson's Jonathan Anderson (pictured at right) will be creating a special capsule collection for men and women exclusively for the chain. As designer for both his own label as well as the Spanish luxury leather goods label Loewe, Anderson has caught the attention of fashion insiders even if his public profile has yet to rise to superstar status. That doesn't matter as much to the chain, as it's collaboration with lesser known label Lemaire sold out anyway and led to an ongoing collection with Christophe Lemaire for the Uniqlo U label.
“When I think of Uniqlo, I think of things that are perfectly made, that people have spent a lot of time considering; it’s a difficult job, and I think Uniqlo does it very well,” said Anderson in a statement regarding the upcoming collection. “Working with Uniqlo is probably the most incredible template of democracy in fashion, and it’s nice that my design can be accessible to anyone, on all different levels.”
As of yet, we don't yet know if the exclusive line will extend beyond the fall season (Lemaire's initial collaboration spanned two seasons), but for now we can look forward to a potentially intriguing line from a designer whose aesthetic can range from classic to avant-garde, often in the same collection.

 


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Strong Shoe Sample Sales From Frye, Sarah Jessica Parker & Paul Andrew This Week + Desigual, BLK DNM & More

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The real start of the Spring Sample Sale season is only weeks away, and things are starting to heat up. This week brings some popular favorite brands and one intriguing rescheduling, so lets get started.

Starting today, Tuesday the 28th, our friends at 260SampleSale have a pair of worthy sales that kind of go together. At its Fifth Avenue home base, heritage footwear brand FRYE (pictured above and below) will be filling the store with boots, bags and other wares at a promised 70% off retail. This might finally be the chance you have been waiting for to pick up a pair of those biker boots, and if you do, you can wear them with some jeans from the BLK DNM sale down in SoHo. Look for plenty of trendy denim, tees, leather jackets and other edgy basics. Both sales run-through Sunday the 2nd.

Also Starting on the 28th, ELIE TAHARI will be offering 70% off collections for women and men at it's Fifth Avenue outlet just below 42nd Street.

If you rushed to the Warwick Hotel a few weeks ago for the SJP by SARAH JESSICA PARKER sale you will have been disappointed  to discover that it had been postponed due to that week's snowstorm. Well, Parker has rescheduled, and the sale is now promised for tomorrow, March 29th at the same place with all the same details. As she shares a CEO with Manolo Blank, pro shoe sale shoppers should probably expect a similar sort-up for the one-day event as at that designer's sales, but possibly without the same level of rapacious shopping.

Also on Wednesday, Spanish contemporary chain DESIGUAL will be settling in for three days at its usual venue, Clothingline in the Garment District. Look for Savings up to 75% off all collections through Friday.

On Thursday the 30th, Tribeca Designer NILI LOTAN will be offering up to 80% off her collections at her Walker Street boutique through Saturday while London fashion legend VIVIENNE WESTWOOD will be offering savings on all of her collections for Women and Men in the Garment District through Sunday.

Finally, another shoe extravaganza will be taking place starting Thursday for two days. CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner and newly installed Ferragamo creative director PAUL ANDREW will be opening up his showroom. Andrew has been building faithful following over the past few years for his elegant and pricey shoes and boots, so this may be the one to line up early for, though be warned that selection may be limited for non-sample sized feet.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for times and details as well as late breaking events.

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Image courtesy of FRYE

THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Manolo Blahnik, Jason Wu, Alexis Bittar, Trina Turk, Pomellato, Todd Snyder & More On Flash Sale This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Stuart Weitzman, Missoni, J.Brand, Alexis Bittar, SPANX, Carven, Three Dots, Scotch & Soda, Prada, Montblanc, Versace Ties, Nicholas, Splendid, Manolo Blahnik, Jason Wu, Elorie, Blank NYC, K-Swiss, Jared Lang, Skins, Frette, Bodum, Vince Camuto Bedding, D.L. & Co. —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Anne Cole, Alexis Bittar, Vera Bradley, Maui Jim, Brio/Schylling/Madame Alexander, Nanette Lepore, Jack Rogers, Kosta Boda/Orrefors, Three Dots, Jared Lang, St. John, Eyebobs, Giorgio Armani, Calypso St. Barth, French Sole, Pomellato —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
AG, Asics, NANETTE Nanette Lepore, Zanerobe, James Tattersall, Ganesh, Trina Turk, Dee Elle, Robert Graham, Skagen/Fossil, John Varvatos, Todd Snyder Suits, Vince Camuto, BVLGARI Sunglasses, SKYN Iceland, Bruno Magli, Slate & Stone —join HERE

SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Your Weekend Sale Plans Include A Blowout At Industry City + Ports 1961, John Hardy & More

We have been a little late with our sale round-up this week, but we didn't want to let it pass without quickly noting some events that you might not want to miss over the weekend.

Still running through Sunday, are 260Sample Sales roster of clearance events from British contemporary chain REISS at 260 Fifth Ave, the Pure Barre sample sale in SoHo along with an extension of last week's SPYDER warehouse sale now on Wooster Street.

Another long runner, the GREATS warehouse sale in Williamsburg is scheduled to wind up on Sunday, though the selection is reported to be pretty depleted by now. Keep it in mind as one to catch early next time.

For runway-minded men, PORTS 1961 is holding a private sale of the Fall 2016 collection upstairs from the brand's Meatpacking District boutique offering  up to 80% Off through Sunday afternoon.

Starting Sunday, the always anticipated JOHN HARDY sale will be taking up residence at Soiffer Haskin for four days featuring the label's classic Bali-made woven silver and gold jewelry along with more updated contemporary designs featuring diamonds and precious gemstones.

The weekend's big event however, is INDUSTRY CITY's MARCH MADNESS event designed to draw crowds to the renewing industrial complex in Brooklyn. The event features Samples Sales from popular draws like Rag & Bone and Steven Alan along with a multi-brand sale from Clothingline and furniture from Design Within Reach. Shop long with local food vendors and other activities through Sunday.

Next week, the Sample Sale scene starts to heat up with Frye, Elie Tahari, BLK DNM and a rescheduled SJP-Sarah Jessica Parker shoe sale. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar for details and late-breaking events.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Ferragamo, Reem Acra, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Adidas x Stella McCartney, Trina Turk, TOMS & More In Flash Sales This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Carolina Herrera, Salvatore Ferragamo, A.L.C., Reem Acra, Wolverine Boots, James Tattersall, King Baby, 7 for All Mankind, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, JoJo Maman Bèbè Maternity, Rebecca Minkoff, Adidas x Stella McCartney, 2(X)IST, Hudson Denim, Bruno Magli, Blind Barber  —join HERE
RUE LA LA
L*Space, Trina Turk, Meshmerise Jewelry, Valentino, Kate Spade New York, Cuisinart, Calphalon, Tempur-Pedic, Free People, Dr. Scholl's, Wacoal/B.Tempt'd, KUT for the Kloth, Tiffany & Co., E-Land, Philip Stein Watches, Kenneth Cole New York, RUE SAMPLE SALE —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Joe's Jeans, L*Space, Meghan LA, Roberto Cavalli Sunglasses, Aldo, Creative Recreation, Travis Mathew, Persaman, TOMS, Tularosa, Commando Intimates, Bony Levy Jewelry, Rogue, Tailorbyrd, Brera Watches, SPANX, Hobo, Eva Franco, Hale Bob, OOBERSWANK, New Balance, Levi's, Hart Schaffner Marx, Eton, Lacoste —join HERE

REVISITING RETAIL:

Anthony Thomas Melillo's First ATM Store Returns Him To Retailing

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That big new ATM sign on Bleecker Street is not meant to alert shoppers to a cash machine.
Fans of designer Anthony Thomas Mellilo's ATM collection of deceptively simple sportswear will be pleased to discover the label's first freestanding boutique on Bleecker Street. Opened last month, the sparely designed shop offers clean backdrop for one of the collections that helped launch the unfortunately named "athleisure" trend, but should also remind shoppers with longer memories of the store that first brought Melillo attention in the late 1990s. Back when the Lower East Side was becoming an infamous hipster epicenter, Nova USA by Tony Mellilo appeared on the corner of Stanton and Ludlow Streets. The men's sportswear line brought acclaim, but the usual challenges of being an independent designer made it a relatively short lived venture. Still, Melillo persisted, helping to relaunch classic brand Generra and putting out another eponymous men's collection before finally hitting the right groove with ATM in 2012. This time, he let other retailers like Barneys present his collection, but now that he has his own store once again, it seems like a circle has finally been closed. While his designs have evolved, his straightforward aesthetic remains consistent, showing his skill for making basics that don't look boring based around cleverly designed jersey knits. ATM evokes the ongoing appetite for athletic wear without making customers look like they didn't bother to change after yoga class. Look for the new shop at 405 Bleecker Street in what was once one of Marc Jacobs' series of boutiques between West 11th and Bank Streets.

(ATM)


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Snowstorm Be Damned! Sample Sales March On With Milly, Ghurka, Spyder & Sarah Jessica Parker

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There's little to stop a determined sample sale shopper. These are people who have been known to wait on the sidewalk for ridiculous amounts of time just for the chance to grab a coveted item at a discount, so, today's Winter Storm Stella will be just a minor inconvenience. While we don't have exact information on schedule changes due to the storm, 260SampleSale, a key promoter of such events has made it clear that they are open for business today which is a good thing since they are holding 2 notable sales this week.

Let's start however, with Clothingline in the Garment District where a big MILLY sale launched last night to run through Thursday. Expect the full range of Milly products, but don't dally. This label has a devoted cult customer.

Today, despite the sleet and ice, athletic label SPYDER (pictured above) will open its warehouse sale down at 260 Fifth Avenue. It's fitting, since performance ski and snowboarding gear is this brand's specialty. Fans and customers shouldn't be daunted by a bit of winter weather, and should be shopping through the weekend

Down at 260's SoHo location, the JIL SANDER NAVY diffusion collection is also launching its sale today featuring discounts on the luxury label's more affordable women's collection. Early reports have deep discounts putting most items well under $100 including accessories and shoes. Shop through the weekend.

Since the SJP by SARAH JESSICA PARKER shoe line shares a president with Manolo Blahnik, it's not surprising that the entrepreneurial actress is mimicking the celebrated shoe maestro's sample sale scheme. Her sale will be a one-day-only affair on Wednesday the 15th at the Warwick Hotel, so Manolo sale veterans should expect a similar set-up but perhaps without such rabid crowds. Parker's elegant shoes are something of a sleeper line, however, so plan ahead, and don't expect to simply sail in and out.

Finally, heritage leathergoods label GHURKA has switched its sample sale promoter to Soiffer Haskin which is where its rates sale will open tomorrow for three days through Friday the 17th. Look for savings up to 75% off including luggage as well as bags and accessories for men and women.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for all details and any late-breaking events. Next week, look for events from Reiss, Berretta and more.