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The Irish Designer Sample Sale Event (IDSS) returns to Cork city from 5pm on Friday April 20 for its second annual showing of the very best in contemporary Irish fashion and accessory design. 

The two-day extravaganza kicks off with a Sample Sale Shindig, where style-savvy shoppers will get the chance to purchase some gorgeous Irish fashion at a fraction of the retail cost. 

The pieces on offer include samples used for photoshoots, prototypes for production and items previously displayed in store, as well as end of line stock. 

Free and open to the general public, bargain-hunters will not only get to meet some of Ireland's best-loved designers, but they'll also be treated to complimentary drinks from Cork's Stonewell and tunes spinning into the evening. 

Speaking about the event, founding member of the collective, Emma Manley, said: "I'm so excited to be coming back to St. Peter's, Cork with our Irish Designer Sample Sale for the second time, For us designers, we love meeting our customers while they shop and we talk all things fashion and Irish design!"

The event will also feature Theo & George by Philadelphia designer, Katie O'Riordan, as well as work from 2015's 'Irish Designer of the Year', Jill De Burca. 

For more details, and to register your interest, click here



There is no better way to nab cool, edgy, unique fashion pieces at a bargain price than at a sample sale. 

Usually the haunts of fashion insiders only, Style Soko has opened up their one-of-a-kind sample sale to the public, and with the amazing threads on offer, we think you'd be mad to miss it. 


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The brand describes itself as providing 'everyday clothing with an oriental vibe.'

Judging by their Instagram, the pieces are edgy, on trend and every bit worth battling it out for samples. 


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The sample sale is this weekend, May 27, in the Chocolate Factory Arts Centre in Dublin.

Tickets are limited, but you can apply for an e-ticket here.

We'll see you there, and we're angling for that pink ruffled top. 


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If you've ever watched a rom-com/read a chick-lit book where the main character happens to work in the world of fashion, you've no doubt heard about the elusive myth of the 'sample sale.'

Designer pieces at knock-down prices? Sounds like perfection to us, but it's something we rarely see on Irish shores.

But happily that's all about to change as NINE of Ireland's most covetable labels have come together for a massive three-day sample sale in Dublin city centre.

Yup, starting from next week you'll be able to pick up some stunning pieces at marked-down prices from Irish design greats like Manley, Caroline Kilkenny, Mona Swim, Jill De Burca, Theo & George, Electronic Sheep, Edge Only, Maria Dora Raj and Love & Robots.

The Irish Design Sample Sale kicks off next Thursday April 7 at the RSAI, 63 Merrion Square.

Opening hours are as follows:

Thursday 10am-9pm

Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

On the Thursday there will be refreshments served from 5pm, so pop along after work for a glass of wine or a beer and nab yourself a bargain. Plus, you may even get to speak to some of the designers behind the labels while you're shopping.

Be sure to tweet your designer finds using the hashtag #irishdesign!