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High-End Fashion, Low Prices

Get out of the rain and into some sample sale rooms! Top designers are clearing out their old inventory with seriously steep discounts. Check out the upcoming sample sales below, and make sure to get there early.

May 19th & 20th Derek Lam will be up to 70% at this sale. 10 Crosby Street, between Grand and Howard Street, 3rd Floor.

May 18th - 20th Snag up to 50% off of clothing, accessories and shoes by UGG Australia.12 West 57th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave, Suite 807.

May 18th - 22nd Up to 65% off at the Theory Women’s sample sale. 261 W. 36th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.

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Showroom Seven's Sample Sale
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Retail Therapy For Your Tax Day Blues

April 15th usually means one thing--it's time to pay up. Maybe you're an early bird and already filed your taxes weeks ago; maybe you're scrambling to meet the ominous deadline. Hell, maybe you just don't feel like dealing with it right now and filed for an extension (why do today what you can put off until October, right?), but no matter what your situation, hardly anyone is enthuasiatic about emptying their pockets for the IRS. Tax Day is just gloomy, and even though it was pushed back to the 18th this year, that doesn't make us any more optimisitic about parting with our hard earned dollars

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Wal-Mart Legal Case Affecting Industry

Wal-Mart is having legal trouble again, and this time it is affecting the fashion industry. WWD confirmed last month that Wal-Mart has taken part in what could be the largest gender discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history. A small group of female employees claimed that the retailer favored men over women, in fields such as wages and promotions.

This fast-moving lawsuit could affect more than one million female employees in the company. Wal-Mart’s appeal has stated that the case “does not fulfill the legal requirements for class action certification,” so allegations are still underlying. Similar claims go back all the way to 1998 with almost identical accusations.

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Olsen's Fashion E-commerce Takeover: StyleMint.com

Technology is finally expected to go a long way for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen with their newest fashion adventure. These twin entrepreneurs will launch a new social media platform named StyleMint.com this July, according to WWD, in partnership with BeachMint Inc.

Its e-commerce-based design is exactly what the Olsen’s wanted for their new brand, and it will offer consumers a unique shopping experience. With personalized suggestions for products available for customers every month, it is similar to BeachMint’s first fashion enterprise JewelMint, which was based on jewelry. The registered members of the site take short quizzes, which allow the database to pick up on their unique style, which creates these personalized recommendations.

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Sample Sale at Sauvage!

Balenciaga, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen--you love them all. It's not your fault. Designer clothes are just pretty, but that means they come at a pretty price too, which leaves us at Forever 21 buying low quality look-a-likes, praying that Target's next GO collection will be by Oscar de la Renta or some other amazing designer. It's torturous--coutureturous--looking at pictures of runway shows, walking through your outlet mall while the window displays taunt you. You totally understand what that redhead was going through in Confessions of a Shopaholic. Nevertheless, designer clothes mean one thing to you--debt; so you've accepted that you have to take what you can get. That's just life, right? Wrong. There's a way to get your paws on luxe designer duds without completely breaking the bank. How? Sample sales, and there's one happening this weekend!

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9 Sample Sales You Won’t Want To Miss!
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Vera Wang's Change

WWD recently confirmed that the Vera Wang group officially hired its own creative director for the first time in 21 years that the company has existed. After years of hounding, Michelle Kessler Sanders now claims the position that has made history. She is currently employed as the creative director for The New York Times Style Magazine, but will start Wang in two weeks.

This designer label offers a massive number of products from clothing to home products, with the Simply Vera Very Wang collection at Kohl’s offering more than 40 different categories. Wang’s wide variety of products may be even expanding to men’s wear, jewelry, and even a cosmetics deal with Estee Lauder, according to industry insiders.

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Sylvester Stallone Takes On The Fashion Industry

Who knew that Sylvester Stallone would be a movie star gone fashion designer? WWD confirms that the “Rocky” star will be launching a men’s fashion line!

Being recognized for his sweatsuits, camo gear, and non-stop T-shirts in his roles in his movies, he feels like he knows what real men want when it comes to fashion and is destined to break into the industry. He developed a business named “Sly Inc,” owned by Stallone himself, in order to make his men’s lifestyle brand, “Stallone.”

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