The week in shopping
Since Halloween is past, now begins the official holiday shopping season. (Hmm, remember when it began after Thanksgiving?) Hence, the onslaught of sample sales. This week's offerings:

Chaiken's tailored trousers and chunky sweaters are less than half off retail at 260 Fifth Ave. (between 28th and 29th), Tuesday through Friday (11-7 Tue., 10-8 Wed., 10-7 Thurs., 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fri).

Fan-cee party clothes from Rubin Chapelle are up to 60 percent off at 410 W. 14th (between 9th and Washington) Thursday through Saturday (11-8 weekdays, 12-7 Sat.).

I can definitely vouch for the always-excellent Denise Williamson Showroom sample sale. This round features trendy, trendy stuff from FrostFrench, Ulla Johnson, Charlotte Corday, Samantha Treacy, Sass & Bide, and Fake London, with prices up to 75 percent off retail. Thursday through Saturday (9-7 weekdays, 11-6 Sat.) at 115 Mercer (Prince and Spring).

Attention shoe whores: Cynthia Rowley, Nancy Geist, and NancyNancy boots and shoes are on sale for $60-$100 (originally $175-$400) at 307 Seventh Ave. suite 2307 (27th and 28th) today through Friday (12-7). And it's all about the Benjamins, i.e. cash only.

Don't forget to buy your dog a Christmas present. New York Dog has carriers, collars, leashes, beds, coats, and toys at 133 W. 25th St., (6th and 7th), suite 8 West.

Perhaps the store with the easiest-to-remember-address, 12 Little West 12th St (located at, um, 12 Little West 12th Street, between 9th and Washington) is selling its trendy knitwear (sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, and skirts) for up to 75 percent off, today through Wednesday (12-8).

Clothingline has vince., Kooba bags, and Vakko shearling coats. I'll be checking it out during my lunch hour (I hope they have the $200 clutch I've been eyeing at Barneys for the last month), so expect a report sometime this afternoon. 261 W. 36th (7th and 8th), (10-6 Mon., Wed., Fri. and 10-7 Tue. and Thurs).

Max Mara's, suits, sportswear, knits, coats, eveningwear, and accessories are wholesale and below today through Thursday at 560 Seventh Ave. (40th and 41st), 2nd Floor (Mon.-Wed., 9-6:30, Thurs., 9-5).

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