If you live in Los Angeles and haven’t been to the Cooper Design Space Last Friday Sales, you are missing out! On the last Friday of each month (day after tomorrow), select showrooms open their doors to the public and offer discounts on samples, overstock and past season styles. There is a mix of permanent and pop-up showrooms and not every brand does a sale each month, so there’s always a new variety of sales to shop.
Let’s start from the beginning. What is a showroom?
A showroom is a space used by a brand to show off current or upcoming products for sale. They are generally used by designers/brands to sell goods to retailers through wholesale buyers. A single building may contain several floors of showrooms spanning a wide variety of labels. This allows buyers to make appointments to see multiple designers within a short time-frame.
The Cooper Design Space is situated in the Fashion District downtown LA, which means parking is going to be tricky. There is some (very expensive) valet parking nearby if that’s your vibe. Otherwise, plan on spending some time hunting for ever-elusive metered street parking or bring cash for cash lots.
Speaking of cash, bring it! Some samples sales accept credit cards but many are cash only. There is a large corkboard in front of the elevators in the lobby with flyers for all the sales happening that day. Those flyers should tell you what form of payment is accepted at each sale as well as locations within the building and hours. Pay close attention to what time each sale closes. Some sales end as early as 1pm, while others may go later. Make sure to take that into account while you’re plotting your plan of attack.
What I Found
Cooper Design Space Last Friday Sales are also a great way to discover new brands. You may come with a mission to visit the Ted Baker showroom and end up spending just as much time wandering around lesser-known brands offering killer discounts, like $5 tops.
I hit the Halston Heritage/ Haute Hippie sale while I was there and snagged this incredibly gorgeous Halston Heritage Colorblock Ruffle Hi-Lo Dress, retail $525, for just $60. It was a true sample, so there was only one dress in that style. I was over the moon when I tried it on and it fit me perfectly!
- Close Out – The item will no longer be made or sold.
- Overrun – Extra merchandise available after retailers have filled their orders.
- Retail – Refers to the business of selling goods to consumers of the general public.
- Sample – Product that is made to be shown as the example to wholesale buyers and retailers before product is ordered and large quantities are produced. Women’s apparel samples are generally size 2 or 4.
- Seconds – Items with some type of flaw that affects the overall quality or look.
- Solo Mayoreo – Wholesale only. Store is not open to the general public and retail shoppers.
- Wholesale – Refers to the business of selling large quantities of goods, typically to be sold in retail stores.
Good luck, I can’t wait to see what you find!