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Sample sales: fashion that won’t hurt your wallet

Posted at 10:00 am, November 29, 2013 in Shopping & Style
Sample sales

Don’t get distracted by buying presents for others – that’s what Christmas Eve is for. This month, as designers clear out their cupboards ready for their spring collections (because in Fashion Land, spring starts in January), brands across the capital are selling their sample stock off for a song. We’ve rounded up the choicest cuts for your bargaining pleasure.


Opening Ceremony: Yes, the American ‘it’ brand (which arrived in the UK last year) is selling off collections by Kenzo, Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony and Proenza Schouler at up to NINETY percent off. One for the true fashion disciples.

YMC: Up to 80 percent off cool London label YMC, as well as sartorial chums Folk and Oliver Spencer. Great for men with an eye for a deal, but there’s girlswear too.

Christopher Kane: If we could save only one young British designer from a fire, it might well be Christopher Kane. Get a piece of the most exciting name in British fashion from just £5 at this sample sale



Hentsch Man and Co Christmas market: Shop it like a dude, with this round-up of cool menswear brands selling current season stock at 30 percent off.


Linda Farrow: Specs aplenty chez Linda Farrow, the opticals supremo behind the eyewear collections of Matthew Williamson, Dries Van Noten and just about everyone who’s anyone in the world of eyeball-covering.

ACNE: Normally, this godlike Swedish fashion brand don’t do sample sales open to the public. So get your shearling on while you have the chance at this sale of AW13 samples.

Preen: Pieces from Preen’s SS12, AW13 and SS13 collections will start at TEN POUNDS, along with some shoes that can’t be found anywhere else.


AIPR: This cool little Shoreditch PR agency rep the likes of APC and JW Anderson. So their annual sample sale is a great place to pick up some hipster gifts and clothing from current season (ie. in-store now) collections.

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