Get Yourself Party Ready At Romance Was Born’s Epic Sample Sale This Weekend

By Lucy Bell Bird
5th Dec 2019

‘Tis the season for shopping and this year, Sydney's got a bunch of special opportunities to soak up. From killer discounts to complimentary champagne, coffee and bespoke Christmas wreaths, these sales have truly committed to making festive shopping as fun as possible. 

So treat yourself or treat your loved ones to something sweet from one of these amazing sales and Chrissy pop-ups happening this weekend in Sydney.

Romance Was Born Christmas Sample Sale


Just in time for party season, iconic Australian fashion label Romance Was Born is having a sample sale. If you love your wardrobe to be a little metamorphic, artistic and dreamy, you'll want to make sure you hit this sale. Expect samples from their PURPLE REIGN and CHIMERA CALLING collections, as well as rarities and one-offs. Ringing in the new decade in one of these dresses would certainly make for a New Year’s to remember. Head here for more info. 

When: Friday 6 December - Sunday 8 December
Where: 257 Crown Street (cnr Goulburn Street), Darlinghurst


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IN BED Christmas Shopping Day


Time to drag yourself out of bed and down to IN BED's stunning Paddington store. They're hosting a Christmas shopping activation this weekend that'll make your Christmas shopping less of a headache and more of a dream. Shop everything from their signature linen bedding and sleepwear, to beautiful ceramics, tableware as well as some brand new items. If you are looking for a gift that's extra special this year, you’d be pretty crazy to give this one a miss. 

On Saturday 7 December, you’ll be able to score complimentary coffee and gingerbread cookies courtesy of Coffee Supreme and Brickfields. You may also be able to grab yourself one of the limited number of Christmas wreaths created exclusively for IN BED by floristry genius Christelle Scifo from Fleurette. Honestly, this store is so dreamy it's worth dropping in just to see it. 

When: Saturday 7 December, 10am - 5pm
Where: 72b Oxford St, Paddington


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PCP x Banks Journal Pop-Up


Paramount Coffee Project and Banks Journal, a clothing label that’s all about celebrating the lifestyle of the modern surfer, are teaming up for a pop-up at Taylor Square. You can expect brand new merch featuring original artworks from WeBuyYourKids’ Sonny Day. Artwork will be splashed across shirts, slippers, bathrobes, caps and more. And from December 12-15, Sonny Day himself will be on site, painting a brand-new artwork. 

Because Paramount events are always a neighbourhood affair, you’ll also be able to enjoy a plant installation from Jana Stewart of Microcosm and maybe pick up a plant or two of your own. Bec Parson’s recent photography book Lone Dove will also be for sale. And, because shopping (done right) is sure to work up an appetite, you’ll be able to grab some house-baked cookies or an experimental savoury pie (we’re talking Mac ‘n’ Cheese pies) and of course wash it all down with a PCP's bloody epic house-roasted coffee. The pop-up will be open Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and then 11am to 5pm on Sundays. 

When: Until Sunday 15 December
Where: 191 Oxford Street, Taylor Square, Darlinghurst 


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Reliquia And Valet Studio Pop-Up


Warning: this pop-up may see you shopping Christmas presents that you’ll fall in love with and not want to give away. You are in for discounted past styles from Reliquia and Valet as well as bags from Respiro—so, gorgeous jewelry, statement hair clips and the coolest resin bags that will definitely see you raking in the compliments all summer long. 

When: Wednesday 4 December - Sunday 8 December
Where: Suite 5, 24 - 30 Wellington Street, Waterloo


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Vera Wang Sample Sale


Are you about to take a trip down the aisle? Is your sister engaged? Best mate? A girl you just met in an Uber Pool? Well, round them up because they won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Vera Wang of fancy, iconic, Carrie Bradshaw-level, bridal fame (and that Anne Hathaway versus Kate Hudson movie, Bride Wars), is having a sample sale at the Sydney flagship store. You’ll have to book an appointment but every appointment booked gets you a free ceremony of service, champagne and access to Vera Wang’s gorgeous gowns, accessories, veils, and jewellery at some incredible prices. Email [email protected] to book an appointment. 

When: Friday 6 December, 9.30am -7pm
Where: Shop 5 InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney


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Dar Smith The Brutalist Pop-Up


Recently back on home soil after an extended time in Berlin, Aussie creative Dar Smith is set to host his first extended pop-up concept, The Brutalist. Dar is a DJ and multi-disciplinary creative and The Brutalist will house several of his best projects including jewellery label Breath & Stone, his leather accessories label Body Code and a selection of his personal photography from the last seven years featuring subterranean bunkers and scenes around Berlin. This is art meets fashion and a quick visit to the store alone is worth it to get a glance at the hero-piece: Breath & Stone's Eustace X white and black diamond-encrusted knuckle duster. It's the sort of thing that needs to be seen to be believed!

When: From Saturday 14 December
Where: 498 King St, Newtown


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When Net-A-Porter has a sale, we pay attention. It's a rare event, but when it happens, the discounts on seriously good designer gear are well worth it. This time around, they have dropped up to 50% on a sprawling edit of shoes, bags, clothes, accessories, activewear, make-up, skincare and lingerie.

Been thinking about snapping up some summer looks from GANNI or STAUD? Maybe you've had your eye on something a bit exxy from of-the-moment fashion house Bottega Vanetta? Maybe you're ready to rock that absurdly tiny Jacquemus belt bag. Well, you'll want to check this sale out, stat. And if, like us, you have a stacked wishlist on your Net-A-Porter account, we recommend starting there—as items you've been wishing for may have just dropped in price!

When: While stocks last
Where: Online, here


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Image credit: Romance Was Born Resort '19 via Getty

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