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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Eileen Fisher

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Meet Eileen Fisher; designer extraordinaire and creator of her own eponymous clothing line. Her comfy high-end line features everything from pajamas to business casual clothing. Her unique flare manifests itself in each of her pieces, which are designed to be comfortable, yet fashionable. Eileen’s line was premised on simplicity. She was irked by the fact that men have such an easy time getting dressed in the morning, while women’s clothing is forever getting more complicated. She doesn’t believe in runways or huge in-your-face events, she believes that clothing is made for real life.

Despite Eileen’s rise to fame in the fashion world, she didn’t follow the most traditional path to the designer life. Check out these 5 things you didn’t know about Eileen Fisher:

1Fisher’s Lack of Fashion Background

That’s right folks, this savvy designer who makes clothes for everyday use is not a graduate of FIT or LIM. Rather, she attended University of Illinois, starting out as a math major, before switching to interior design.

2. The Inspiration for Fisher’s First Piece Was Derived From the Japanese Kimono.

Those who have been exposed to the Eileen Fisher line are quite aware that none of her pieces look anything like the traditional kimono. Rather than the actual garb itself, Fisher was astonished by how this traditional article of clothing has withstood the test of time, and is still incredibly relevant. “I was intrigued that the kimono was the only shape in Japan that they used for years, how can you make a design to last that long? A design that belongs to a moment, but also, transcends a moment.” (Ellen Fisher quoted in an article in Fashionista.) This inspired the quality of simplicity in her line.

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3. She is an Entrepreneur as well as Designer

        As mentioned previously, unlike most famous designers with renowned brand name lines, Fisher had no formal education in neither fashion nor business. The first piece of clothing she made was done in her home, using a sewing machine and a pair of scissors. “If I had some technical training, maybe I might have gotten the idea off the ground earlier,” said Fisher.” On the other hand, because I didn’t know what I was supposed to do or how I should do it, I just did it differently in my own way.” (http://fashionista.com/2016/04/eileen-fisher-fashionista-meetup)

4. She’s an Activist

         Not only is Eileen an established designer, she also plays a large role in assisting women and girls by activating their leadership potential. The “Activating Leadership Grant” funds programs that help women and girls activate their natural leadership qualities. Each year of the grant has its own unique theme. Non-profit organizations that fit the category apply, and are awarded on a relevance and need basis. 2016, the 7th year of the grant accepted organizations that follow the theme of applying leadership attributes.

5. There’s a Sample Sale coming up!

Want to see what all the hype is about? Come check out the Eileen Fisher sample sale at the boutique’s 9th street location. The sample sale will feature a peek at the spring line for up to 50% off in select sizes. Winter line in various sizes for 40% off. Keep in mind this sample sale is only two days long so save the date! March 11th and 12th

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5 Sample Sales in NYC This Week

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Tuesday here… and that means another week of work, another week of winter and another week of wonderful shopping in New York City. If you are on the lookout for awesome designers selling merchandise for over 70% off, search no longer. Sample sales are your answer. Below I am listing 5 new sample sales this week in NYC. For more sales, personalized updates and details, check out the ShopDrop App. Only joy and no regrets.

1. Bruno Magli Sample Sale

Italian footwear is in and it is available at a 75% discount for both men and women for a few lucky days. Make sure to take full advantage and outfit your shoe-drobe with some elegant European styles.

What: Bruno Magli Sample Sale
When: Tue, Feb 14 — Sun, Feb 19: 10AM-7PM
Where: 260 Fifth Ave, NY
Hosted by: 260 Sample Sales

2. Hatch & Twobirds Sample Sale

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Hatch & TwoBirds

If you have a bun baking in the oven and find shopping for clothing to be an extremely difficult and cost-prohibitive activity, worry no longer. All Hatch items are on sale — 70% off. Yup, that’s definitely the way to go!

What: Hatch & Twobirds Sample Sale
When: Tue, Feb 14-Thu, Feb 16: 11AM-7PM
Where: 412 Broadway, 5th Floor, NY

3. Cremieux Sample Sale

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Men, listen up! French tailored suits are now in New York. Yes, and they are selling for 70% off. Although a credit card sale only, you can get all sorts of goodies for dreamy prices: shirts are 3 for $85, pants — 3 for $95, blazers-$99, suits-$199, and sweaters for only $65!

What: Cremieux Sample Sale for Men
When: Wed, Feb 8 – Fri, Feb 17: 10AM-6PM
Where: 166 Mercer St, Suite 6A, NY

4. Vaute Sample Sale

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Like the environment? So do we. Shop 100% vegan, made in NYC fashion at a 70% discount during the Vaute’s annual two-day sample sale. You’ll find clothes for every season: Summer, Winter and everything in between.

What: Vaute Sample Sale
When: Fri, Feb 17-Sat, Feb 18: 12PM-8PM
Where: 114 Stanton St, NY

5. The Line Sample Sale

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260 Sample Sale is throwing a party! At The Line, you’ll find everything ranging from handbags to accessories to footwear and ready-to-wear. Bring your mother, daughter, brother and sister and go!

What: The Line Sample Sale
When: Tue, Feb 14 — Sun, Deb 19: 11AM-7PM
Where: 150 Greene St, NY
Hosted by: 260 Sample Sales

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Best 5 Sample Sales in NYC to hit up before Valentine’s day

With one week left to the international yet pagan festival of love, a lots of people are interested in surprising their loved one with a unique and valuable gift. Here at ShopDrop, the ultimate authority on sample sales, we are recommending five of the best sample sales to hit up in New York. At the prices offered, you are guaranteed to get great bang for your buck: to make someone else feel cherished without breaking the bank.

So whether you’re at home, or at work and looking for a quick lunch fashion activity, check out the below sales. For more sample sales and detailed info, make sure to check out the ShopDrop App.

  1. The Reese+Riley Sample and Stock Sale in NYC
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The Reese+Ryley sample sale is one of the hottest in NY. Opening this Wednesday and staying open until Friday, February 10th — this sale will offer stock and brand new items for up to 75% off! RSVP to estee@shopdrop.app for an additional 10% off!

Who: Reese&Ryley sample sale (❤ ShopDropApp)
When: Wed. Feb 8th — Fri, Feb 10: 10AM-4PM
Where: 330 W 38th St, Suite #608 NY, NY

2. La Ligne Sample Sale in NYC

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First ever sample sale from La Ligne and will be a hit with prices as low as $50! Make sure to visit and stock up!

Who: La Ligne Sample Sale (❤ ShopDrop App)
When: Friday, February 10th —Sat, February 11th, 10AM-5PM
Where: La Ligne, 265 Canal Street, Suite 402, New York, 10013

3. Ineffable Pop Up Shop and Sample Sale

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This one day sale will be a hit for lovers of men’s fashion. Use your Saturday to grab a bright trendy jacket in New York’s East Village.

Who: Ineffable Pop Up Shop & Sample Sale (❤ ShopDropApp)
When: Sat, Feb. 11th, 11AM-8PM
Where: 434 East 9th St, New York, NY

4. NY Charisma Knitwear Collection Sample Sale

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We could all use a bit of charisma in our lives! Especially when it comes in the form of fashionable knit sweaters. This one-of-a-kind brand offers priceless items at 80% off! Open on weekdays only!

Who: NY Charisma Knitwear Sample Sale (❤ ShopDropApp)
When: Tue, Feb 7th — Thu, Feb 16th, 1PM-6PM
Where: 330 West 38th St, Suite 601, New York

5. Valentine’s Day Pop Up Market — One Day Only

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And if you want Valentine Day specific themed items, head to this unique love filled sale featuring jewelry, scented candles and other symbols of love! Make sure to RSVP to this one!

Who: Valentine’s Day Pop Up Shop
When: Thursday, Feb 9th, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Where: WeWork Harlem, 8 West 126th Street, New York

And of course, Thank you Chicmi NY for all the inspiration!

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So What Is a Sample Sale? 3 Facts

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If you’re one of millions who loves to shop designer stores but doesn’t quite know what a sample sale is, do not despair for you aren’t alone! Plenty of people don’t quite recognize the exact definition of sample sales, and therefore, don’t know how much utility and value they can get from it. Below are three key things for you to know about sample sales — so read on, enjoy and don’t forget to comment!

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  1. How Top Designers Get Rid of Excess

Versace, Lacoste, Morgane Le Fay — you name it! All fashion brands renew their inventory at least twice a year. And when they do, they need a quick and neat way to get rid of their excess inventory. Walla — come in sample sales. The designer rents out a warehouse and displays all the merchandise for a limited period of time.

2. a Way For You to Buy Near Perfect Merchandise @ a Fraction of the Price

That’s right — knowing what you know now, you could skip classic department store shopping. Instead, you could have mercy on your wallet and dress just as fashionably by attending different sample sales. Traditionally, sample sales used to display merchandise from runways in sample sizes only, but not anymore. Nowadays, sample sales display a wide array of merchandise in many sizes.

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3. How to Find’Em Sample Sales

The only catch is that sample sales were traditionally difficult to find. Designers wouldn’t advertise them, since they wanted customers to buy items at full price, and so only the most fashion-savvy would comb the garment district in search for designer gems. Thanks to the 21st century, there are websites and apps that comb the world-wide web to feature them in the best manner. Some of the best websites are Lazars, 260SampleSaleand The Choosy Beggar. The best app for sample sales is by far the ShopDrop app, featuring more than 265 sample sales per month in all the fashion capitals of the world: New York, LA, Paris and London.

This blog was inspired by one of our readers, Matt Kosman.

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