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Don’t Let Rent The Runway Take Away Your Closet

I’ve used Rent the Runway in the past. I am sure you have too. After all, why would anyone want to buy an haute couture dress that would most likely be worn once? It makes sense to just “borrow” it. You rent it, twirl around in it one night,... More »

Dear Retail, Millennials Don't Like You. Sorry. Move On.

Reading trade magazines is like following a never-ending rom-com… that never resolves. The retail industry is obsessed with generation Z and millennials, but those kids won’t give them the time of day. And it’s not like millennials are... More »

Dear Sample Sale Organizers, Here's Some Advice You Didn't Ask For

From the light traffic at Manhattan sample sales to the reduced interest in flash sales, it’s been a lackluster year for this niche of retail. True, this news might not come as a surprise to the non-fashionista considering the other events of... More »

Time Out for Social Media Celebs, Time In For NYC Sample Sales

Alert! Alert! We like these sale events this week: Wolford, James Perse, and SoulCycle. But hey, don’t call us “Influencers.” We’ve never been fans of the term, and frankly a handful of people are unhappy with the concept too… More »

Is Amazon Responsible for the Slow Sample Sale Season?

It’s nearly impossible to try to internet-stalk any business these days without stumbling across an Amazon-related article. Is that a reflection of Amazon’s efficient PR office? Or of their identity as a big bad wolf that terrifies the retail... More »

The Future Of Fashion Is Hazy... So What About The Future of Sample Sale Lovers?

As editors, buyers, and celebrities escaped to Milan this week for the Italian Spring 2018 Fashion Week, and retailer executives returned from the National Retail Federation Conference at Shop.org, More »

The Unknown Fate of Sample Sales (And Loro Piana's Sky-High

Phew—UN week is behind us, as is the awful traffic that comes along with it. OK, fine… we can afford to be a little inconvenienced while they’re busy saving the world, but hey, what kind of New Yorkers would we be if we didn’t complain just... More »

Hispanic Heritage Month, The Charlotte Olympia Sample Sale, & Surprise for Brides… A Holy Trinity?

We salute you; you survived New York Fashion Week. Don’t worry—you didn’t have to play an active role in it in order to be considered a “survivor.” Simply navigating the countless emails you received (The Stylish City was “blessed”... More »

New York Fashion Week And A Slow Start To The NYC Sample Sale Season

Sure, maybe you don't live on fashion trends, but you must know it's Fashion Week. Why else would everyone you pass on the street be looking like they just stepped off the page of a fashion magazine? More »

Welcome To The (New) Stylish City. Sample Sales NYC And More.

It’s been ten times around the sun for NY sample sales at The Stylish City, which in both dog and internet years makes us a venerable 70 years old. Let’s face it – it was time for a facelift. Still, we felt something was missing.... More »

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