COS is amazing, but it's one of those shops that you either love it and get it... or it's just not for you. Very minimal, very relaxed fit on things, but it's amazing design for the money. Really great prices.
i love COS so much, i almost avoid it because i know i'll have to buy something everytime i'm there. as much as they do a lot of blacks, whites and greys the simplicity of their designs is amazing and you can't find anything like it on the high street!
Incidentally, I'l be going to London for a few days in September and will hopefully catch some of LFW. I know my way around pretty well but I want to deviate a little from the usual shopping routine (Topshop Oxford Circus, Brick Lane, Selfridges, Portobello Road etc). I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for offbeat or off the beaten track places to shop on my trip? Or if ther were any events revolving around Fashion Week that I missed, because it seems like there art an awful lot of fashion-oriented exhibitions going on in galleries and museums around the capital. Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
Try Claire de Rouen on the Charing Cross road - it's a bookshop but usually stocks hard-to-get fashion magazines
Sadly I'm already home in Russia with no Love or Industrie magazine bought. I was at RD Frank's but they also didn't have them.
and as for shopping places...
I don't know for sure if it's off the beaten places to shop but I liked A142 right outside Old Spitalfields market, may be because I've bought great discounted pair of jeans for 20 pounds there.
I left London but I can't leave this thread I guess until I will go there again, so, hope this info will help some of you to find great pieces on sales.
I've got it from Daily Candy:
What: The Secret Sample Sale & The London Accessory Sale Why: Jimmy Choo pony fur bag, £499 (reg. £1,290); Vivienne Westwood scarf, £29 (reg. £89); and up to 90 per cent off designers including Sophia Kokosalaki, Moncler and more. When: 2-5 Sept. Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Where: T2, The Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Ln., E2 6QL (020 7770 6000).
What: Boutique Sale Why: Up to 90 per cent off clothing from Missoni, Vanessa Bruno, Sonia Rykiel and more. When: 8-12 Sept. Wed., 1-7 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: The Old Truman Brewery, Shop 14, 15 Hanbury St., E1 6QR.
What: Rupert Sanderson Why: Shoes from £75, including Alcazar pink suede shoe boots, £200 (reg. £645), and Asteroid black platform sandals, £150 (reg. £795). When: 17 & 18 Sept. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5AB (020 7491 2220).
What: British Designers Sale Why: Goods from Jenny Packham, Edina Ronay, James Lakeland and others from £10. When: 17 & 18 Sept. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Where: Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Rd., SW3 2EE (020 7627 2777).
What:Margaret Howell Why: Up to 80 per cent off ready-to-wear. When: 23 & 24 Sept. Thurs. & Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5AB.
What:Temperley Why: Up to 80 per cent off ready-to-wear, bridal and accessories from the Brit designer. When: 23 & 24 Sept. Thurs., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Where: 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Gr., W11 2QA.
What:Georgina Goodman Why: Up to 75 per cent off boots and evening and day shoes in sample sizes (37 and 40). When: 27 Sept.-2 Oct. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: 12-14 Shepherd St., W1J 7JF (020 7499 8599).
Sample sales list from Daily Candy What:On the QT Why: Up to 80 per cent off past-season collections and samples from designers including Belstaff, Burberry and Acne Jeans. When: Thurs.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Where: Dray Walk Gallery, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln., E1 6QL. Admission is £1.
What: Designer Sales UK Why: Designer clothing for men and women, including Calvin Klein suits, £299 (reg. £695), Salvatore Ferragamo boots, £60 (reg. £359) and John Galliano handbags, £349 (reg. £825). When: Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Rd., SW3 5EE. Admission is £5.
What:Apartment C Why: Lingerie from Stella McCartney, Bordelle, Mimi Holliday, Hannah Marshall and more from £10. When: 7 & 8 Oct. Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: 70 Marylebone High St., W1U 5JL (020 7935 1854).
What: The London Accessory Sale & Secret Sample Sale Why: Clothes and accessories for men and women from designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Chris&Tibor, Santoni and more from £10. When: 7 & 8 Oct. Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Where: T2, The Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Ln., E1 6QL (07900 432661).
What:Paul Frank Why: Clothing, accessories and sleepwear for men, women and children from £8. When: 1-5 Nov. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: 19 Catherine Pl., 2nd flr., SW1E 6DX (020 7931 9274).
What:Chiltern Street Studio Why: Up to 80 per cent off brands such as Paige Denim, Bloch, Michael Stars, Local, Old Molly and more. When: 3 & 4 Nov. Wed., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: 78a Chiltern St., W1U 5AB (020 7486 4800).
What: Aimé Why: Up to 70 per cent off French labels, including A.P.C., Isabel Marant, Repetto and Antik Batik. When: 3-5 Nov. Wed., 5-8 p.m.; Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. When: 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Gr., W11 2QA.
What:Pringle of Scotland Why: Up to 80 per cent off ready-to-wear and accessories from current and past seasons. When: 3-5 Nov. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: The Courtyard, 255a Pavilion Rd., SW1X 0BP.
What: Reiss Why: Clothing and accessories for men and women from £10. When: 3-6 Nov. Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5AB.
What: Les Néréides Why: Up to 80 per cent off costume jewellery from past seasons. When: 3-7 Nov. Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Where: 73-75 Monmouth St., WC2H 9DG (020 7836 7940).
What:Finsk and Charlott Vasberg Why: Up to 70 per cent off shoes and handbags. When: 4-6 Nov. Wed. & Thurs., 4-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Universal House, 251 Tottenham Court Rd., W1T 7AB (07894 904315).
What:The London Accessory Sale and Secret Sample Sale Why: Up to 80 per cent off designer clothing and accessories, including Miu Miu and YSL shoes and Jimmy Choo bags. When: 4-7 Nov. Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Where: T2, The Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Ln., E1 6QL (07900 432661).
What:Ally Capellino, Tracey Neuls and Jo Gordon Why: Knitwear, shoes, bags and accessories for men, women and children from £5. When: 10 Nov. Wed., noon-7 p.m. Where: Ally Capellino studio, 5 Calvert Ave., E2 7JP (020 7613 3073).