Fivestory Off-Site Sale

Fivestory is hosting a sale at the Bowery Hotel through July 23rd.  Enter on 3rd street and inside you’ll find several racks of menswear and sneakers for 60%-80% off retail.  Items include Michael Bastian linen shirts, Kitsuné shirts, Orlebar Brown swimming trunks, White Mountaineering Vests, Ovadia shirts, and more.  There are some really nice heavy jackets by Ten C for 80% off which is a brand that I wasn’t familiar prior to the sale with but they are turning out some very high quality outerwear.

Spring 2014 Opening Ceremony Sample Sale Report

The Spring 2014 Opening Ceremony sample sale starts today at 76 Mercer in Soho and runs through Sunday.  Inside, the menswear section is dominated by the Opening Ceremony brand and collaborations from past seasons.  You’ll find a ton of the Elvis line (sweaters for $50 and shirts for $65).  There’s a small rack of last year’s Adidas Originals collaboration with a paisley patterned shorts (~$55), pants (~$55), and jackets ($80).  There are also some shorts by Gitman for OC ($40) and some water shoes by Timberland for OC in various colors (~$55).

There is a smattering of other brands.  The best deal were last year’s Orlebar Brown polos in solid green or orange for $40.  We didn’t see any Kenzo and the only Patrik Ervell items we found were Fall/Winter 2012 daypacks for $230.  If you’re into the OC brand, definitely check it out.  Not a huge selection otherwise.  

Bonus:  You can use your sample sale receipt at the New York Opening Ceremony stores between now and Sunday to get an additional 15% off sale items.

Spring 2014 Shipley & Halmos Sample Sale Report

The Spring 2014 Shipley & Halmos Sample Sale kicked off today and runs through Saturday at 8 Greene st.  A wide selection and great prices make this is the best S&H sale that I’ve been to.  All shorts are $45, cotton blazers for $125, and shoes for $75.  Specifically, we saw some Scottie Pennie Loafers in blue and tan ($75), Rhodes jeans in different colors ($65), and the Stephen sweater ($75 in S, M, and XL).  There’s also a table of accessories like ties ($30), belts ($35), socks ($10), and briefcases ($75).  Also, if you’ve been snubbed at previous sample sales because you’re not a size medium/32, this sale features sizes from 36-44 in blazers, 8-12 in shoes, and s-xl in everything else.

Want Agency Spring 2014 Sample Sale

The Want Agency Sample Sale starts today at 168 Bowery.  Menswear highlights include Maison Kitsune, Kitsuné tee, Arc’teryx Veilance, Nudie Jeans, and accessories from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.

The Maison Kitsuné selection was pricey but well-represented.  Shirts and pants were mostly $150.  There were plenty of current season items with highlights in outerwear like the Teddy BiColor JacketSatin Jacket ($350), and gingham print jacket ($300).  Kitsuné Tee t-shirts were $45 and a few striped polos for $50.

There was an extensive collection of Nudie jeans for mostly $75 with a couple pairs for $50 as well as Nudie shirts and sweaters for around $50.

Michael Bastian Spring 2014 Sample Sale

This season’s Michael Bastian Sample Sale starts today at 210 Eleventh Ave. Ste 300.  There’s a nice selection but some of the steepest prices we’ve seen at a sample sale.  $100-$190 for shirts.  Polos at $80.  Many sweaters are over $400.  Pants starting at $70 and a suede jacket for ~$1500.  Unlike some sample sales, the items here aren’t all sample sizes with a good selection of larger sizes as well.  The best value we saw was last year’s plaid linen bomber jacket for ~$250 in size 52.  They also have this season’s red printed jacket for ~$450 and this cardigan-track-jacket hybrid.  

The News Showroom Spring 2014 Sample Sale Report

Head over to The News Showroom at 495 Broadway for their sample sale that started today.  The menswear selection starts with racks of $30 unisex Cheap Monday jeans that range across all sizes.  Everything else is priced as marked.   There was a small selection of Cheap Monday t-shirts (around $20), sweaters (around $40), and jackets ($30-$50).  Things get more expensive as you hit the Tim Coppins section where t-shirts (around $50), sweaters (around $200), and jackets (up to $750).  Two racks of Public School followed with items like camo shorts ($130) in sizes 32-36, the extended rib cardigan ($200), and denim running $120-$150.

The Officine Generale selection offered the best value with polos running $30-$50, their signature selvedge-trimmed shirts starting at $50, and leather jackets for $550.  There weren’t nearly as many Common Projects sneakers to go around as last time with exactly three pairs for sale (each $175) in the afternoon.  But overall, a pretty good sale

Peregrine Showroom Spring 2014 Sample Sale Report

The Peregrine Showroom Spring 2014 sample sale kicked off today at 89 5th Ave Suite 902.  It’s similar to last years sale but with even more bags and more footwear.  As usual, there’s a large selection of Oliver Spencer clothing running from $40 for t-shirts up to $250 for coats.  Practically everything is from the Spring/Summer 2014 line.  Specifically, we spotted the Fisher Jacket ($200), the linen-cotton sweater ($70), and some different flavors of pocket tees ($40).  Almost everything from Oliver Spencer was size Medium or 32.  However, jean sizing from Chimala ($30-$60) ranged across the board from 26-36.  There was also a large selection of Gilded Age items ranging from $25 for t-shirts to $95 for jeans on up to $320 for leathers.

Moving on to footwear, there were a couple pairs of Common Cut boat shoes and chukka boots ($60) as well as footwear from Oliver Spencer ($100).  And if you are in the market for a bag, this is definitely the place to be.  There was an entire wall of bags from Oliver Spencer ($120), Bill Amberg, and Sandqvist.

Gant 2014 Spring Sample Sale

The Gant 2014 Spring Sample starts today and runs through Sunday at 225 Fifth Ave.  Pricing and selection are on par with the last sample sale with plenty of items from Gant, Gant Rugger, and Gant by Michael Bastian from past and current seasons like the new Gant Rugger Windblown oxfords ($45), Gant Rugger chino shorts ($50), and summer chinos ($50).  Most of the Spring 2014 items are size medium but there is a wide selection across the board.  I did not leave empty handed.  Definitely worth checking out.

M5 Showroom Spring 2014 Sample Sale

The M5 Showroom sample sale starts today and runs through Friday May 16 from 11am-5PM at 375 W. Broadway in Soho.  Ring suite #501 and head up to the fifth floor to find items like Buglioli shirts (from $65) and blazers (from $95), Edwin Pants for $30, and Duvetica vests $110.  The prices varied on the racks of Stone Island.  One of the highlights was Private White jackets for $175.  Private White wasn’t a label I was familiar with until checking out the sale, but they are producing some really nice items.  Overall, great prices on some nice items. Check out this sale if you can make it.

It’s a Great Week For Menswear Sample Sales in NYC

This week, four of the finest semi-annual menswear sample sales are opening in NYC.

Start the week by calling in sick Tuesday morning to partake in a double-header.  Checkout the Gant Sample Sale opening at 10am hosted at 225 Fifth Ave featuring current and past season Gant, Gant Rugger, and Gant by Michael Bastian.  This is always one of my favorite sales.  Then head over to the M5 Showroom sample sale opening at 11am at 375 W. Broadway.  M5 represents Stone Island, Duvetica, Sunspel, and more.  

The action picks up again on Thursday with The News Showroom Sale at 495 Broadway (5th Floor) opening at 10am.  It looks like The News doesn’t represent White Mountaineering anymore (bummer), but they now include Public School and as usual, they’ll have Common Projects, Cheap Monday, Officine Generale, and more.

Later Thursday afternoon, another one of my favorite sample sales starts at 3pm at Peregrine Showroom on 89 Fifth Ave in Suite 902 featuring Oliver Spencer, Gilded Age, Sandqvist, and more.  See you there!