Samples Sales and Shopping Events

1 Mister Market Gents, clear your calendars: Two of our all-time fave Brooklyn teams, Tommy Cole and Roy Caires of Alter and Mary Brockman and Mark Straiton of Kill Devil Hill, are joining to curate a massive men’s market. We’re pleased to report that this shopfest will be easy on your wallet since local retailers (Subports, Head Hoods, Houdstooth) and food vendors (Brooklyn Brine, Kombucha Brooklyn, Eastern District) will be offering their goods for just $1 to $100. While Rodney from NY Vinyl spins a collection of jams from the ’50 through ’90s, shoppers can guzzle down $4 mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys, enter a free raffle to win up to $300 worth of merch and scout manly wares. Top picks from Alter and KDH include nautical compass key chains ($18), Hey Ya tortoiseshell sunglasses ($20), leather suspenders ($55) and Stubby Brim fedoras ($35). 70 North 6th St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-5188, Sun 13 noon–6pm.

2Bird We can’t always afford to drop dough at this boutique chain, a go-to for indie designer threads (Rachel Comey, Comme des Garçons, 3.1 Phillip Lim), but with men’s and women’s spring styles 25 to 35 percent off, we’re willing to splurge. Slinky Alexander Wang dresses are sliced from $595 to $449, Steven Alan unisex reversible gauzy shirts are knocked down from $188 to $139, and Paul Smith men’s striped crew sweaters are dipped from $160 to $119. Locations throughout the city; visit Thu 10–June 25.

3 L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers We’re positively batty for Gwen Stefani’s rocker-glam line, L.A.M.B., and colorful Asian-inspired label, Harajuku Lovers, which will be offered for up to 70 percent off. On our wish list: L.A.M.B. satchels with zipper details nicked from $275 to $80, L.A.M.B. houndstooth-print canvas totes cropped from $295 to $90, L.A.M.B. crinkled leather clutches with pyramid studded buckles lowered from $195 to $60, and Harajuku Lovers printed totes for just $18 (were $52). 307 W 38th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-388-0339, Thu 10 10am–8pm, Fri 11 10am–6pm.

4 NatureVsFuture event at Mizu Sign us up: Mizu salon is hosting an evening of free brooze, complimentary blow-dries and discounted indie fashions. Sip yummy Original Sin Cider in pear and apple flavor and Rain Organics vodka cocktails, get your hair done by a Mizu hairstylist (appointments made on a first-come, first-served basis), and browse NatureVsFuture designer Nina Valenti’s eco-friendly spring and summer collection (20 to 40 percent off). Organic cotton asymmetrical tube dresses are sheared from $298 to $198, hemp and organic cotton knit reversible jackets are trimmed from $198 to $98, and chambray frocks are falling from $288 to $198. Partygoers will also receive a gift bag filled with treats such as 15-percent-off-discount cards for online NatureVsFuture purchases, $25 off any cut or color service at Mizu and La Mer beauty samples. 505 Park Ave between 59th and 60th Sts (212-688-6498, Thu 10 6–9pm.

5 Shoshanna and Anlo Upper East Side native Shoshanna Gruss, known for her whimsical, well-fitting frocks, has teamed with Anlo, a breezy line of colorful silky classics, to offer spring dresses, swimwear and jeans up to 75 percent off. On the chopping block: Shoshanna chiffon embroidered strapless dresses for $150 (originally $365), heart-print camisoles tagged at $100 (as opposed to $285), and floral frocks lowered from $350 to $150. 231 W 39th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-719-3601, Wed 16 10am–6:30pm, June 17 10am–5:30pm.

6 Calypso St. Barth Whether you’re planning a chichi getaway to Mykonos or just a staycation on Long Island, you’ll find luxe, island-ready duds 30 to 80 percent off at this markdownfest. Calypso silk dresses are cropped from $165 to $99, Calypso wear-with-everything tees are pared down from $65 to $29, Madame A Paris linen frocks are nipped from $275 to $149, and Chan Luu scarves are lowered from $75 to $29. 260 Fifth Ave between 28th and 29th Sts (347-926-6038, Tue–Thu 10am–6:30pm, Fri 10am–2pm. Tue 15–June 18.

7 Chelsee Eyes Frugal label whores will want to stock up on designer eyewear at this blowout, where styles start as low as $35. Mikli crystal speckled frames are clipped from $350 to $195, Prada gunmetal rectangle frames with tortoise temples are slimmed down from $285 to $150, and Anglo American retro frames are tagged $135 (normally $220). 20 W 20th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-242-4823, Mon–Fri 10am–5pm. Evenings and Saturdays by appointment. Mon 14–June 28.

8 Lee Angel Soho designer Roxanne Assoulin is known for adding drama to runway looks and classic outfits with her costume-jewelry collection. Raid the $5 bin, and score her haute gems for up to 75 percent off. Steals include stone and metal drop earrings trimmed from $120 to $84, multicolored bangles sliced from $95 to $38 (for a set of three) and gold leaf dangling earrings for only $18 (once $45). 524 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts, sixth floor (212-334-6573, Thu 10 11am–7pm, Fri 11 10am–5pm.

9 Archive of Contemporary Music Remember the pre-Apple days when CDs, LPs and cassettes were the only way to tune in? Brand-new versions of old-school music technologies (in genres including pop, rock, jazz, country and world) will be donated by record companies and offered at sweet discounts. Find hundreds of CDs for $1 to $10 each, and cassettes and classical LPs at two for $1. While you’re digging, keep an eye out for a Saturday Night Fever soundtrack signed by John Travolta ($150). Can’t bear to part with your iPod? Turntables, vintage housewares and clothing will also be sold. 54 White St between Broadway and Church St (212-226-6967, Daily 11am–6pm. Sat 12–June 21.

10 Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz Jazz up your little white dress with exotic gems made by Egyptian designer Isaac Manevitz. Chunky necklaces with gold circular pendants and sea-foam stones are cut from $220 to $100, coral and turquoise beaded necklaces are whittled from $78 to $20, and wooden cuffs are nicked from $40–$80 to $10–$30. 246 W 38th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, suite 12A (212-944-6480, Wed 16, June 17 noon–7pm.

11 Zero + Maria Cornejo Cameron Diaz, the First Lady and Sophia Copolla are all fans of Chilean designer Maria Cornejo’s cosmopolitan threads, which will be 30 to 40 percent off through September 7. Jumpsuits are nicked from $898 to $629, leather shorts are sliced from $798 to $559, and dresses are hacked from $640 to $448. 807 Greenwich St at Jane St (212-620-0460). • 33 Bleecker St between Bowery and Lafayette St (212-925-3849, Mon–Sat noon–7pm, Sun noon–6pm. Thu 10–Sept 7.

12 Full Figured Fashion Week We’ll be the first to admit that maintaining a sample-size weight (i.e., squashing our addiction to pad thai and cupcakes) is not on our to-do list, which is why we support this event honoring curvier women. Celebrities such as Grizz Chapman of 30 Rock, Nicole Brewer and Carla Triplett of The Biggest Loser and model Emme will be participating in the 13 festivities extending over four days. Highlights include a plus-size modeling competition (with a $1,000 prize), a runway show, a guided tour with blogger and stylist Marie Denee through showrooms and boutiques that cater to voluptuous gals, and a shopping market featuring more than 30 vendors shilling clothes, accessories and makeup geared toward the curvaceous customer. Visit for more info. Wed 16–June 19.

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Marie “Driven” Theodore is a Haitian American entrepreneur and celebrity publicist that got her start in New York City working for prominent music, fashion, and lifestyle labels. From mainstream to niche categories she manages a base of support and operations for clients through strategic relationship building. Her roster of creative individuals and brands is impressive and her knack for navigating cultural circles is unmatched, particularly within the Caribbean community.

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