A bumper crop of sample sales are hitting the capital just in time for the warm(ish) weather, allowing you to update your wardrobe (or your home) and still have money left over to blow on a budget flight. Here’s our pick of the best.
Snap up colourful pieces from accessory designer Sophia Webster’s tongue-in-cheek AW14 collection at a fraction of their usual prices. Look out for trademark speech bubble clutches and pom-pom embellished heels. Prices start at £60. The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, W1K 5LF. Thu May 28. 10am–8pm.
Motel’s massive sample sale is an essential pit stop for anyone hoping to do their summer shopping trip on the cheap. You’ll find big discounts on summery styles (including their trademark patterned separates), party gear and swimwear. Prices start at £3. 71-73 Great Portland St, W1W 7LP. Thu May 28–Fri May 29. 10am–7pm.
For one day only, jeweller Noemi Klein is selling off her lovely, delicate designs at bargain rates. Pieces from Noemi’s current collection will be available at 30 percent off, while archive designs and sample stock will be going for a song (with many pieces priced under the £100 mark). Third floor, Jon Nash Studios, 22–27 The Oval, E2 9DT. Thu May 28. 3.30pm–9pm.
Sharpen your elbows and prepare to do battle over heavily discounted clothes, shoes and accessories from past collections by fashion supremo Christopher Kane. It’s sure to be a popular one, so prepare for queues around the block. The £2 entry charge goes to St Andrew’s Hospice and Great Ormond Street Hospital. The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, W1K 5LF. Fri May 29. 9am–8pm.
Fashion PR agency A.I. is opening up the doors of its Shoreditch showroom this Friday, selling off sample stock at discounts of up to 70 percent. Its roster of clients includes understated bag-maker Ally Capellino, Parisian chic from A.P.C and British heritage brand Sunspel. 6-8 Boundary St, E2 7JE. Fri May 29. 9am–8pm.
Sleek Scandi label Wood Wood is selling off men’s and womenswear designs from its recent SS15 collection, with discounts of around 75 percent. It’s a cash only affair, so raid the nearest ATM before you visit. Prices range from £10 to £200. 10-12 Baches St, N1 6DL. Sat May 30. 10am–6pm.
For one day only, the queen of glitzy evening dresses (as worn by Kate Middleton, Kim Sears et al) hosts a sample sale at her Mayfair showroom. You’ll find eveningwear, bridal accessories and lingerie from past seasons at up to 80 percent off. First floor, 34 North Row, W1K 6DQ. Thu Jun 4. 8am–6pm.
A must-visit for anyone who’s serious about interiors, the Tom Dixon sample sale promises design-conscious furniture, lighting and home accessories at up to 70 percent off. There’ll be prize giveaways each day, and free champers for shoppers on the Friday and Saturday evenings. Old Pipe Factory, 26 Cross St, N1 2BG. Fri Jun 5–Sun Jun 7. Fri noon-9pm; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-3pm.
Wimbledon champ Bjorn Borg has been putting his name to a pants range since the mid ’90s, back when Becks was otherwise occupied trying to make sarongs happen. From basic briefs to neon prints for men and women, rifling through the bargains on offer at BB’s sample sale is sure to brighten up your underwear drawer. 19 Great Titchfield St, W1W 8AZ. Wed Jun 3–Fri Jun 5. 9am–6pm.
Off The Rails
The latest in a new series of quarterly pop-up sales, Off The Rails has gathered together end of season pieces and new sample stock from contemporary menswear brands, to sell them off at purse-friendly prices. This time around, you’ll find designs from the likes of Blood Brother, Retrosuperfuture and Harry Stedman, at discounts of up to 70 percent off. Entry is free, but it’s worth booking online to get your hands on a free beer. 291 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2QA. Sat Jun 13–Sun Jun 14. Sat 10am–6pm; Sun 10am–5pm.
Steel yourself for three days of discounts from pricier high street staple French Connection. Coats and party wear will be priced from £50, dresses and knitwear from £30 and tops from £20, with accessories going for a fiver. 39 Camden St, NW1 0DX. Fri Jun 5–Sun Jun 7. Fri 9.30am–7pm; Sat 10am–6pm; Sun 11am–4pm.
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