Aren’t fashion designers nice? To coincide with the season of gift buying and party dress hunting, a whole load of them are hosting sample sales, where you can pick up lovely one-offs at equally lovely prices. Here are five of the best Christmas clear outs from some of London’s biggest names in fashion.
House of Holland
Henry Holland’s signature colourful and quirky style will typically set you back a fair bit, but not this week – discounts start at around 70 percent off, with pieces available from a whole range of past collections. Tue Dec 9 – Wed Dec 10. 9am-8pm. Hoxton Gallery, The Arch, 9 Kingsland Rd, E2 8AA.
Fashion’s queen of print rounds off a stellar year with an equally super sample sale. At this two-day studio clear out, there’ll be discounts of up to 70 percent on Mary’s beautiful past collections, with stock replenished each day. If your name’s not down, though, you’re not coming in, so RSVP is essential – email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the guestlist. Tue Dec 9 – Wed Dec 10. 8am-8pm. Lyst Studios, 48 Hoxton Square, N1 6PB.
Prices start from as little as a tenner at this three-day sale from London label-done-good Preen, where you’ll be able to snap up pieces from their most recent collections. Arrive early to beat the crowds – you’ll have to fight us for the A/W14 Darth Vader jumpers. Thu Dec 11 – Sat Dec 13. Thu 12pm-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, W1K 5AB.
Head to Peter Jensen’s Hackney studio to pick up some Scandi-tinged chic on the cheap – you’ll find discounts of up to 90 percent off, with prices starting around the ten pound mark. As well as archive pieces, there’ll be womenswear, menswear and accessories from recent collections, with mince pies and mulled wine on hand for hungry shoppers. Fri Dec 12 – Sat Dec 13. Fri 3pm-8.30pm; Sat 11am-5pm. 18 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EZ.
This year saw Meadham Kirchhoff put on the first crowd-sourced catwalk show at London Fashion Week, after posting a casting call on their Instagram account. You’re sure to find something weird but definitely wonderful at the design duo’s sample sale – pieces from their edgy archives will be available at a snip of the usual label price, along with discounted t-shirts, tights, shoes and accessories. Sat Dec 13 – Sun Dec 14. 12pm-6pm. 295-297 Haggerston Rd, E8 4EN.