If you’re after an excuse to update your spring wardrobe on the cheap, look no further than the bumper crop of sample sales that are hitting the capital over the next couple of weeks.
Tomboyish Brit designer Margaret Howell is offering unmissable discounts of up to 80 percent on her trademark clean-cut shirts, heritage-inspired knits and cool coats.
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, W1K 5AB. Thu Mar 26 and Fri Mar 27, 9am-7pm.
The slick men’s footwear brand is hosting three days of bargains at its east London outpost, promising one-off boots, brogues and trainers from the archive, with prices starting as low as £50.
Oliver Sweeney, 133 Middlesex St, E1 7JF. Thu Mar 26 – Sat Mar 28. Thu-Fri 9am-7pm; Sat 10am-4pm.
Shoreditch-based mens fashion agency Concrete Studio is having a clear out – expect exclusive pieces from the likes of Christopher Shannon, James Long and Stutterheim Raincoats, with up to 80 percent off.
Dray Walk Gallery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL. Thu Mar 26 – Sun Mar 29. Thu 1pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm.
Charlotte Olympia’s extravagant shoes are favoured by the well-shod likes of Alexa Chung, Emma Watson and Taylor Swift. For one day only, you’ll be able to pick up some extremely high heels at remarkably low prices, all in the comfort of the oh-so swanky Connaught hotel.
The Mayfair Room, The Connaught, Carlos Place, W1. Fri Mar 27, 10am-7pm.
Accessories powerhouse MAWI has opened up its archive and is offering discounts of up to 80 percent on its quirky statement jewels. Prices range from £20 to £100.
MAWI, 11 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP. Fri Mar 27 – Sun Mar 29. Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm.
House of Hackney
This weekend, House of Hackney is flogging its covetable printed homewares at a snip of the usual price. Fabric, wallpaper, lighting, furniture and other interiors bits and pieces will all be available with discounts of up to 70 percent off. It’s cash only, so empty the nearest ATM before your shopping spree – and you might want to think about how you’ll get that five-seater sofa back home, too, as larger items must be collected before close of play on Sunday.
Kachette, 347 Old Street, EC1V 9LP. Sat Mar 28 – Sun Mar 29, 10am-5pm.
If you’re heading up the aisle this summer but still not found ‘the one’, this sample sale will solve any dress conundrums. Prices for meringue-y gowns from Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa and Reem Acra start at £1,000. Arrive early to snap up the best bridal bargains.
Browns Brides, 12 Hinde St, W1U 3BE. Sun Mar 29. 11am-5pm.
Stella’s offering big discounts on ready-to-wear styles from past collections, as well as lingerie, accessories and sporty stuff from her Adidas collaborations. If you’ve got a mini-fashionista to buy for, check out Ms. McCartney’s kidswear line, too. Prices start at £20.
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, W1K 5AB. Tue Mar 31 – Wed Apr 1. Tue 12pm-8.30pm; Wed 8.30am-8.30pm.
If you’re a fan of Matthew Williamson’s swishy, Ibiza-friendly designs, set your alarms early for Maundy Thursday. Prices for previous season pieces by the king of boho will start from as little as a tenner.
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, W1K 5AB. Thu Apr 2. 8am-8pm.
At the latest sample sale from Danish-born design supremo Peter Jensen, you’ll find discounts of up to 90 percent. As well as archive pieces, there’ll be womenswear and accessories from recent collections.
18 Shacklewell Lane, Studio 1C, E8 2EZ. Fri Apr 10 – Sat Apr 11. Fri 3pm-8pm; Sat 11am-5pm.
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