Spring Samples LDN

March 31, 2009


I went to this Reiss Sample Sale last year, except it was in Brick Lane and tricky to find. When I finally arrived I remember wishing I hadn’t found it …after a sharp  elbow was aimed strategically at my rib, and apres being shoved into a rail of clothes and nearly passing out from the heat, I decided to cut my losses. For the hard-core among us – enjoy!


Reiss Sample Sale

Perfect for fashionable workwear to carry through to evenings, Reiss is throwing it’s samples open to the public, with new stock arriving daily over the 4 day event. Check back soon for times and further details.

When: TBA
Venue: The Music Rooms, 26 South Molton Lane, W1
Cost: Free Entry
Info: website

M&L Harris Sample Sale

Womenswear, menswear, and childrenswear sample sale in all sized. Names include Valentino Red, See by Chloe, Sonia, Tara Jarmon, Elie Tahari, Manoush and others.

When: 30th March – 17th April, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Venue: , 18 Devonshire Street, W1
Cost: Free Entry
Info: website

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Laura Lees Sample Sale

One off samples, past season’s stock (in all sizes), and new stock at bargain prices.

When: 2nd & 3rd April: 12pm – 8pm, 4th April: 10am – 4pm.
Venue: Wharf Studios, Baldwin Terrace, N1
Cost: Free Entry
Info: website

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Duchamp Sample Sale

Up to 70% off menswear, including shirts, ties and accessories.

When: 2nd April: 11am – 7pm, 3rd April: 10am – 6pm, 4th April: 10am – 7pm, 5th: 12pm – 4pm.
Venue: The Music Rooms, 26 South Molton Lane, W1
Cost: Free Entry
Info: website

Thursday, 2 April 2009

The Boutique Sale

London’s elite boutiques and designer labels gather together for this massive sale of menswear, womenswear, footwear, accessories and jewellery at up to 90% off. Including Paul&Joe, Jas MB, 3.1 Philip Lim, See by Chloe, Anna Sui, Marc by Marc Jacobs, McQ , Matthew Williamson and J Brand amongst more.

When: 2nd: 11am – 9pm, 3rd: 11am – 8pm, 4th: 11am – 7pm, 5th: 11am – 5pm.
Venue: The Old Truman Brewery, Shop 14, 16 Hanbury Street, E1
Cost: Free Entry

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Clemens en August Tour 09

Clemens en August are back with their super secret selling tours, which they embark on twice a year instead of having stores; so you’d be right in thinking these collections are pretty exclusive. Doesn’t mean they’re not accessible though, and with clothes in limited, numbered editions, they’ll strike the right chord with your spending rationale.

When: 2nd – 4th April, 11am – 8pm.
Venue: 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11
Cost: Free Entry
Info: website

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Sample Sale for Boys and Girls

Up to 70% off Stansfield Clothing, Folk Clothing, Mine, and Cecilia Hammarborg.

When: 11am – 8pm
Venue: Orange Dot Gallery, 2 Sutton Lane, EC1
Cost: Free Entry
Info: website

Friday, 3 April 2009


DWS Menswear

Spring/Summer designer must haves for men at up to 80% off. Designers include Polo Ralph Lauren. Citizens of Humanity, Cerrutti, Timothy Everest and Vivienne Westwood Red Label.

When: 3rd April: 10am – 8pm, 4th April: 10am – 6pm, 5th April: 11am – 5pm.
Venue: 5-6 Islington Studios, Thane Works, Thane Villas, N7
Cost: £2 Entry
Info: website

Saturday, 4 April 2009


Juicy Couture

For all those Juicy fans! You’ll find velour goodies, accessories and childrenswear at massive reductions.

When: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, SW3
Cost: Free Entry
Info: website

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Buy My Wardrobe

This credit crunch defying event is back for its latest event with more fashionistas willing to sell you their wardrobes, as well as a new area featuring designers using vintage and recycled materials in their designs. Expect the usual personal shopping service and pamper zone complete with makeover and manicures to complete your look.

When: 12-5pm
Venue: Adam Street Members Club, 9 Adam Street, WC2
Cost: £5
Info: website

Thursday, 23 April 2009

DSUK Spring Sample Sale

The Bargains at DSUK this April will put a spring in your step, with bargains from Westwood, DSquared2, Biba, Sara Berman, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe, Missoni, Valentino, Romeo Gigli, Martin Margiela, with discounts up to 90% off retail.

When: 23rd March: 12pm – 10pm, 24th March: 11am – 9pm, 25th March: 11am – 8pm, 26th March: 10am – 5pm.
Venue: The Boilerhouse, 152 Brick Lane, E1
Info: website


March 29, 2009

This is just a mini whine…Top Shop is opening in Manhattan. When will it open in Toronto?????? I’d love to start one of those online petitions – anyone inerested?

US fashionistas go wild as Topshop gets set to open in Manhattan

Philip Green lays on supermodels, socialites and swanky dinners to celebrate the belated arrival of a UK high street favourite

The billboards are everywhere, the parties scrupulously planned and Kate Moss, the supermodel and designer, is poised to waft through New York’s über-chic restaurants and clubs schmoozing a salivating fashion press.

“They’re not draping the Empire State Building in the Topshop logo, but, yes, the customer is extremely excited,” said Jim Fallon, editor of the fashion bible Women’s Wear Daily

After all the hype and all the setbacks, including flood, fire and a seven-month delay, the British clothing retailer will this week open its first US flagship store in midtown Manhattan. “It’s just Topshop mania over here,” said TeenVogue’s fashion news director, Jane Keltner.

For those this side of the pond it is, perhaps, hard to comprehend such febrile anticipation for what is, essentially, a mid-budget fast-fashion chain store found in most high streets.

But a combination of the store’s hitherto elusiveness in the US and the deft hand of Sir Philip Green, chief executive of the Arcadia group that owns Topshop, in ramping up the celebrity content during a whole week of events, means that the opening will go unnoticed by very few people.

There are, reportedly, 18 intimate dinners and drinks receptions planned for “friends” of the brand, including a dinner at Balthazar restaurant in SoHo, Manhattan, and a party at Simon Hammerstein’s burlesque downtown club The Box. British home-made biscuits will feature. Acts are rumoured to include London DJ and producer Mark Ronson and the American singer-songwriters Santogold and Lady Gaga.

Meanwhile, breathless socialites have been confiding their Topshop triumphs. British model and New York dweller Poppy Delevigne, 22, reveals her favourite as an “amazing” emerald-green one-shouldered dress designed by Moss. “They did it in red and I missed it in my size and literally cried for days,” she told New York Observer fashion writer Meredith Bryan.

Lindsay Lohan, Keira Knightley, Kate Bosworth, Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow have all been outed as Topshop fans. Others, selfishly, are bemoaning the fact that outfits previously available only in London will now become ubiquitous in the US.

“Obviously, the delay has drawn out the process and allowed even more time for the hype to build,” said Bryan. “Queues? Oh yes. But that’s as much about New York as Topshop. We’re big queue people.”

Originally due to open in October – TeenVogue published a whole feature on British style around that date which was too late to pull – Topshop now finds itself faced with a global recession that is even hitting fast fashion retailers.

“The price point it’s coming in at is going to make it easier for them,” said Fallon. “They do have Kate Moss and all of that blah blah buzz. That is going to make it easier for them. But is it going to be easy for them for them? No, given the economy. It’s a huge store and a big investment, and I am sure they will have their fair share of hiccups along the way. There will be thousands in store every Saturday, but you can’t define what will happen on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.

“Many British retailers underestimate how difficult it is to do well in the US. That is why it is seen as the graveyard of British retail. But I don’t think Philip Green has underestimated it and he will be biding his time.

“And this is the way he does things. The parties, 18 dinners, bands. There isn’t a juggler, I don’t think. But it’s ‘Look. Look. Look at me. Don’t look over there. Look here.’ And the plan is to have Kate come over on a fairly regular basis and hold these dinners and get the clothes photographed.”

According to Keltner, Topshop captures “that great London street style”.

“All those British girls are such muses to teenagers in New York. They have such great personal style,” she said. “And I think they’ve got it right with the location. It’s a very on-the-cusp neighbourhood, a little bit south of SoHo, and around the corner from Opening Ceremony, a very cool indie label shop.”

The launch of Moss’s new collection will also add to the hysteria, said Robyn Berkley, fashion PR at the New York agency People’s Revolution: “People know her, they know the brand. And, even in these economic times people have to shop. And with Topshop, it’s not such a thought-provoking process. It’s not ‘Oh, my God. It’s going to be $500.’ And it’s what they’re watching on TV with the whole Gossip Girl thing.”

Faith Hope Consolo, from Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, specialises in finding Manhattan stores for European retailers including Zara, Paul Smith, Burberry and Aquascutum..

“We’re very excited about Topshop. It’s the right retailer, and the right time and the right price,” she said. ” And there will be queues. I’m telling you. The billboards have been up, the word is out, and I expect them to be camped out in the streets from the night before.”

I love Office

March 29, 2009

Not my office, but OFFICE, the best shoe store in London.

65 down to 50

65 down to 50


Sale-ing in London

March 25, 2009

What: Ted Baker
Why: Clothing and accessories from £10.
When: 25 & 26 Mar. Wed., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Camden Centre, Bidborough St., WC1H 9JE (020 7255 4800).
What: Meli Melo
Why: Handbags and accessories from £20.
When: 27 Mar. Fri., 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 1 Ensor Mews, SW7 3BT (020 7835 1363).
What: Designer Warehouse Sales
Why: Up to 80 per cent off gear from Bottega Veneta, Graham & Spencer, Goat and more.
When: 27-29 Mar. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 5-6 Islington Studios, Thane Works, Thane Villas, N7 7NU (020 7697 9888).


What: Boudicca
Why: Discounted ready-to-wear from previous seasons from £30.
When: 28 Mar. Sat., noon-7 p.m.
Where: 45 Vyners St., 1st flr., E2 9DQ (020 8981 9413).

What: Fashion Forward
Why: Up to 80 per cent off See by Chloé, Valentino RED, Manoush and more.
When: 31 Mar. Tues., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: 18 Devonshire St., W1G 7AU (01908 233640).




Thanks to Sands…

March 24, 2009

for pointing me in the direction of Moneysavingexpert.com…why doesn’t Mr. MSE start a website in Canada??

This one’s for my sisters in London (I love magazine vouchers!):

  • Mango, Warehouse, Coast & more 25% off
    Magazine based vouchers and online discount codes

    Get this week’s copy of Grazia magazine (issue no. 210 with Kate Moss on the front) for £1.90 an inside you’ll find six vouchers for 25% off various high street shops valid all this week. Go to p88 of the mag to find vouchers for:

    1. Coast – You’ll find a cut out voucher for 25% off full price merchandise in all Coast stores in the UK and Rep of Ireland. The voucher is not valid in Coast Outlet shops. Use the voucher Tuesday 17 – Wednesday 25 March. Find your nearest Coast.

    2. DKNY JEANS – The cut out voucher will get you 25% off all merchandise excluding DKNY shoes, accessories, underwear and fragrances from Tuesday 17 – Wednesday 25 March. Use it in DKNY Jeans stores or House of Fraser concessions on full price items only. Find your nearest DKNY JEANS or House of Fraser.

    3. Warehouse – Get 25% off at Warehouse and Warehouse concessions until Wednesday 25 March with a cut out voucher found on page 88 of the mag. One voucher per transaction. Find your nearest Warehouse.

    4. Mango – Fill in the voucher and use it in store before Wednesday 25 March to get 25% off all merchandise. Find your nearest Mango.

    5. Flannels – Get 25% off non discounted stock at Flannels. The voucher is valid until Wednesday 25 March for a maximum of three items per transaction. Find your nearest Flannels.

    6. Oli.co.uk – Find an online discount code for 25% off on the Grazia website. There you’ll also find online discount codes for all the above stores – but watch out for delivery charges which are not included in your discount. All the online codes are valid until Wednesday 25 March.

    Remember you’ll have to spend at least £7.60 on your purchases to make the initial outlay of the £1.90 magazine worth buying.

  • Faith 25% off
    Online discount code

    You can get 25% off online at Faith. Just enter the code GRAZIA4SHOE309 from the Grazia website in the promotional box at the checkout. The code is valid on full price merchandise only until Tuesday 24 March.

  • New Look 20% off
    Free in store magazine voucher

    Grab the April edition of New Look’s in store ‘Most Wanted’ magazine (with Alexa Chung on the front cover) and on the back page of the mag you’ll find a cut out voucher for 20% off. The free magazine should be placed on a rack in store, usually by the entrance to the shop.

    Use the voucher from Sunday 29 March – Sunday 12 April for one single transaction on either full price or promotional items (but not permanently reduced products).

    Get the mag and you’ll also find a 20% off code to use online at New Look, valid on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March only.

  • Uniqlo 20% off
    Magazine based voucher

    To get 20% off at Uniqlo simply take page 145 of April’s Glamour magazine (£2 with Nicole Richie on the front) to your nearest Uniqlo store before Saturday 4 April. Grab the mag and you’ll also find a 20% code to use online.

    The voucher is valid for one transaction only and cannot be used with any other discount or offer.

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    March 8, 2009

    I love this bracelet! $12.99 on sale at Urban Outfitters, online only.

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     I love this Art Deco Betsey Johnson watch too…

    Betsey Johnson Watch on sale online only $59.00

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