On a cold dark February evening I left my office in the city for the commute home but first…I was going to the preview evening of the Joseph sample sale at The Box in Hackney!!!
I think the Box is a great sample sale space – ever since my first visit there for the Liberty sample sale last spring. The facilities are good (actual changing cubicles!) and simple things like they give you a bag for your purse and phone after you’ve been through coat check – oh! and it’s also for storing your finds whilst you browse. It’s a small detail but very thoughtful, the bag is black mesh so see through (security are happy) and it fits on your shoulder for hands free rifling through those rails.
So on to the rails…
There was an excellent selection of stock beautifully laid out at the Joseph sample sale- no jumble sale here. Tables of knitwear – including the fair isle Christmas jumper I had been coveting on Net A Porter in December. Great outerwear and the Joseph famous lamb skin.
Both men’s and women’s were available with a wide range of sizes. A large percentage of the stock was Joseph own brand, but a great selection of labels too. I saw Stella McCartney, Nina Ricci, Isabel Marant – some great Common Projects trainers in the men’s section. There were a number of bags including the Dries Van Noten envelope clutch that I have wanted forever. That was £795 down to £210. Some really nice Joseph tote bags in beautiful leather which were £995 down to £200. A small bit of jewellery and some gloves and hats.
Importantly there was a bar!!! Sample sale shopping and wine – what’s not to love?
Prices were good. The advertised 80% discount seemed to hold true. I did see a few Joseph pieces that I had seen in TK Maxx in Gracechurch Street and they had been cheaper there too, but on the whole, good discounts and the stock was pristine.
I bought some shoes. Which I LOVE. The other thing we’ll worthy of note is how lovely the staff were. Super friendly and nice.
Icing on the cake for me – no rubbish generic white plastic carrier bags for your haul – oh no, stiff cardboard Joseph bags to accompany me on the train home….
For a peek inside the Joseph sample sale see below.
Joseph sample sale (including Balmain, Victoria Beckham, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Laurence Dacade, Giuseppe Zanotti, Mira Mikati, MSGM, No. 21 and more)
On 23 (10am-8pm), 24 (11am-6pm) and 25 February 2018 (11am-5pm) at The Box, 4-6 Ram Place, London, E9 6LT.
Note: cash, credit and debit cards accepted (cheques and American Express not).