Temperatures are taking a nose dive and saccharine-sickly Christmas ads are everywhere already. ‘Tis the season to rejig your winter wardrobe, and thanks to a clutch of sample sales hitting town over the next few weeks, there’s never been a better (or cheaper) time to do so. Here are some of the best.
You’ll find a bumper crop of past season samples and archive pieces covering womenswear, menswear and accessories at this sample sale from the king of New York fashion, Marc Jacobs. Look out for discounts of up to 70 percent – we predict a sell out. Wed Nov 19 – Sat Nov 22. Wed 11am-9pm; Thu-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 11am-5pm. 89 ½ Worship St, EC2A 2BF.
Think ethical fashion means knitting with hemp and swathing yourself in tie-dye? Time to re-consider. People Tree’s stylish designs are made with a conscience, using sustainably sourced fabrics and following Fairtrade principles. At the brand’s latest sale, you’ll be able to pick up samples and seconds from current and archive collections: dresses, skirts and tops start at £15. What’s more, half the proceeds go to the People Tree foundation, which supports fairer fashion worldwide. Thu Nov 20 – Sat Nov 22. Thu 6pm-9pm; Fri 5pm-9pm; Sat 11am-5pm. 5 Huguenot Place, 17a Heneage St, E1 5LN.
YMC Sample Sale
Head east for three days of discounts on understated classics from YMC’s men’s and womenswear lines, as well as past season pieces from the equally stylish Folk and Oliver Spencer. There’ll be up to 80 percent off label prices, but make sure you’ve emptied the ATM beforehand, as cards won’t be accepted. Fri Nov 21 – Sun Nov 23. Fri noon-7pm; Sat noon-6pm; Sun noon-4pm. 28 Redchurch St, E2 7DP.
Lulu & Co Pop-Up Sale
Fashion East founder and all-round industry hero Lulu Kennedy is in charge of this extraordinarily good sample sale-come-pop-up shop. The week-long showcase will feature Kennedy’s own line Lulu & Co, as well as pieces from some of the capital’s most exciting designers: Louise Gray, Christopher Shannon, Martine Rose, Lou Dalton and LF Markey. One-off archive pieces and current season stock will be available from as little as £5. Fri Nov 21 – Thu Nov 27. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 1pm-5pm. 70 Paul St, EC2A 4NA.
If you like shoes of the sky-high, show-stopping variety – and can walk in them without resembling a baby giraffe in roller skates – then this is not a sale to be missed. At the two-day showroom clear out, prices for Nicholas Kirkwood’s exquisite heels start from as low as £50. It’s sure to be popular: put your best foot forward and get in the queue early. Tue Nov 25 – Wed Nov 26. 10am-8pm. The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, W1K 5AB.
Knoll Sample Sale
At the Bauhaus-inspired furniture brand’s annual sample sale, design lovers can snap up modern classics at astonishingly low prices. Ex-display pieces are available at up to 75 percent off, with iconic Barcelona chairs available from £1,999. Sat Nov 22. 10am-4pm. Knoll International, 91 Goswell Rd, EC1V 7EX.
Bella Freud Sample Sale
The Freud dynasty is one hell of a busy family. For one day only, you can pick up Bella’s quirky knitwear – worn by the likes of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung – on the cheap at Soho House’s swanky basement bar. There’ll be up to 80 percent off samples and previous season stock, while the £1 entry cost goes to the Hoping Foundation – a charity co-founded by the designer herself. Wed Nov 26. Noon-6pm. The Basement, Soho House, 17 Old Compton St, W1D 5JH.
Feeling festive? Check out London’s Christmas markets and fairs.