- What | Dakota Group Sampe Sale
- Date | TODAY!
- Time | 10am – 6pm
- Location | 102 – 256 West 7th Ave
The Dakota Group Sample Sale is held periodically throughout the year and features a large showroom full of racks of clothing by brands like Velvet, Graham & Spencer, sleepwear by PJ Salvage, shoes by Chinese Laundry, and handbags by Matt & Nat. Whenever I arrive at this sale, I beeline straight for the shoes and boots section which is always ample and full of cute styles. Alas, it seems they now only carry sample size 6 in both which is too small for me. If you’re a size 6, I highly recommend checking out this sale; the prices on the shoes are generally steal deals.
For the most part, I don’t seem to have much luck finding anything amongst the clothes. However, a long white bodicon dress by Supertrash caught my eye (pictured). Reminiscent of the signature Azzedine Alaia bandage dresses from the 80’s, this dress was both skintight sexy with a touch of elegance with the cutout lacing. It’s like a more sophisticated grown-up version of the white dress I found at the Skout Warehouse Sale.
Besides the footwear, the Dakota sale is a great place to look for handbags and wallets, especially if you’re a fan of Matt & Nat. They also have a good selection of practical outerwear with a few for men too.
Words + photos by Aurora Chan
I became a devoted Dakota Group sample sale shopper a few years back because of their fantastic shoe selection. I knew it was coming, but didn’t want to admit it to myself… In the past few seasons the shoebrands were listed, but all that was available at the sale was older stock of my fave shoe brands Matiko, Pour La Victoire, and Kelsi Dagger as well as coat fave Mackage.*sigh*
But I would say that this sale is still worth going to if you can make it early to fight for a Soia & Kyo jacket. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Matt & Nat bags (got my big red one from this sale), Tana & Bee perfectly comfy and modern basics, and Christopher Kon handbags. It’s also worth checking out their two new brands, Supertrash and Bella Luxx.
Are we ready for the Dakota Group sample sale once again? I just hope there are lots of new PLV, Kelsi Dagger and Matiko. Looking forward to it as usual!
This used to be my favourite must-attend sample sale, but since I barely saw any cool boots last time (or maybe I went a tad late for the good stuff). But from vicarious past experience, their second round of a season’s sale has MASSIVE blowout prices like the ad suggests. A former manager got some awesome shoes for $2o or $30. You can barely get ONE shoe at that price!
PS Best to go today as the lulu sale starts Friday!