For everything there is a season. Spring? Some darn good sample sales. You ask. We deliver.
What: The Vera Wang Warehouse Sale
When: Saturday, 4/27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue, between 32nd and 33rd Streets, Penntop Ballroom (212-575-6400).
Why: It happens once a year, and it’s always a frantic mess. Even if you don’t have a diamond, get your claws ready (diehards start queuing up at 4 a.m.), because there are plenty of bridal and bridesmaids’ dresses, evening dresses, and shoes to go around. Prices range from $35 to $2500.
What: Tufi Duek
When: 4/30-5/2; Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 530 Broadway, at Spring Street, tenth floor (212-925-8277).
Why: Coveted Brazilian-made dresses, tops, pants, jeans, swimsuits, bags, shoes, and belts sold at Barneys, Language, and Neiman Marcus are below wholesale. Dresses were $395, now $110; tops were $135, now $45; shoes were $300, now $85.
What: Badgley Mischka
When: 4/25-4/28; Thurs.-Sun. 9 a.m. -6 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, fourth floor (212-921-1585).
Why: Gowns at up to 90 percent off? Cinderella just scored — big-time. The urban-chic designers dress Ashley Judd, Winona Ryder, Sharon Stone, and Whitney Houston.
When: 4/24-4/27; Wed.- Fri. noon-6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. -6 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 W. 19 Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues (212-813-0190).
Why: Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing from the spring/summer 2002 collections of Versace Jeans Couture, Versus, Sport, and accessories (handbags, belts, wallets, luggage, neckwear, and small leather goods) at wholesale and below.
When: 4/25-4/28; Thurs. and Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues (800-869-8424).
Why: Because you’ll be in the ‘hood after Versace, and Badgley. Escada Sport, eveningwear, and accessories will be up to 80 percent off wholesale.
What: Meg Cohen Designs
When: 4/25-4/26; Thurs. and Fri., and 5/8-5/10, Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 920 Broadway, between 20th and 21st Streets, Suite 905 (212-473-4002).
Why: Because perfect cashmere and silk scarves never go out of style. Because they were $150-$170 and are now $35-$50. Because she also makes cashmere blankets, and you need hostess gifts for all the weekends you?ll be mooching come August. And if you bring a copy of this e-mail, you’ll get an extra 10 percent off.
What: The Terence Conran Shop Warehouse Sale
When: 4/26-4/28; Fri., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 25-11 Hunters Point Avenue (718-706-0138).
Why: Because this Brit can make a trash can look chic. Furniture, sofas, accessories, textiles, display merchandise, and buyers’ samples will be up to 70 percent off.
When: 4/24-4/27; Wed.& Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 20 West 57th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, sixth floor (212-246-9860).
Why: Traveling light? For sissies! Luggage, briefcases, wallets, belts, agendas, and more are 25 percent off wholesale. Silk scarves were $115 to $245, now are $45; men’s suits were $795 to $1,300, now are $325 to $525.
What: Judith Leiber
When: 4/25-4/26; Thurs. & Fri., 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 20 West 33rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, second floor (212-736-4244).
Why: Before the baguette, there was Judith. Red-carpet status bags coveted by Tyra Banks, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, and Debra Messing are $50 to $2,000.