If you have never thought of sales shopping in September, you really should. This is the month when many designers clear out their stock and so designer sample sales abound. Discounts on original retail prices can be as high as 90%. For a few days, the most covetable pieces become attainable to us all.
London Boutique Sale, 8th to 12th September At Dray Walk Gallery, Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, Off Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL (nearest tube Aldgate East or Liverpool Street).
The London Boutiques Sales happen four times a year, offering stock from London’s most fashionable destination boutiques with prices greatly reduced by up to 90% off the recommended retail price. Brands include 3.1 Philip Lim, Missoni, Paul & Joe, See By Chloe and Vanessa Bruno.
Orla Kiely Sample Sale, 9th to 12th September At Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EE (nearest tube, Sloane Square)
Keira Knightley, Kirsten Dunst and nearly every Edokko love Orla Keily’s distinctive prints with hints of the swinging ’60s. With discounts of up to 70% on clothes, accessories and best of all, those bags, we can all get groovy. Proceeds from the £1 entry charge wil be donated to Maggi’s Cancer Caring Centres.
Rupert Sanderson Sample Sale, 17th to 18th September At The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, W1K 5LF (nearest tube Bond Street)
Visit the sample sale for up to 80% off Rupert Sanderson’s fantastic footwear. You could walk away wearing a pair of the designer’s shoes for as little as £80, instead of the usual £400.
Temperley London Sample Sale, 24th to 25th September At 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA (nearest tube Notting Hill).
Alice Temperley’s ladylike frocks are cut from deliciously rich and delicate fabrics and hand-finished. Very special clothes, all with at least 60% off.
Chataura 53 Sample Sale, 25th to 28th September At Old Truman Brewery, Unit 29-30, 4th Floor, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL (nearest tube Aldgate East or Liverpool Street)
Up to 70% off prices of labels like Double M, Luke Simon, Master Smith and TSovet for raw urbanite types, both men and women.