Congrats Mizhattanites! You've made it through anther year of bargain bonanzas and sample sale hysterias. Now, let's take a moment to reminisce about some of the most unforgettable events we encountered together, shall we? Here are the 10 most memorable (good and bad!) sample sales that happened in 2013.
1. YSL in June & October
I hate to start this list with negative remarks but the summer and fall YSL sample sales were the most disappointing bargain events of 2013. Merchandise from both sales were comprised of ancient Pilati designs that couldn't be sold off at past events. Despite this, many shoppers still showed up on the first public day making the shopping experience extra woeful.
2. Hermès in September
Where do I even begin? Ever since the brand moved to Soiffer Haskin, a once "not-to-be-missed" sale is now but a shell of its previous form. I will always miss the days when shoppers were able to score Constance bags, silk scarves, neckties, enamel bangles, and fragrances.
3. Manolo Blahnik in November
The wild chaos of the May sample sale resulted in the brand's PR office initially publicizing their November sale as an invite-only event. Fortunately, we saw a happy ending as the announcement was proven to be just a decoy.
4. Diane von Furstenberg in June & its absence in December
DVF in 2013 was full of twists & turns. It all started when the brand decided to forgo their summer event. A few weeks later, the company did a 180° on their decision and hosted what was a great sale. As December rolled around, my source let me know the winter event was a no-go. Will it be gone forever? We'll have to see what happens in 2014.
5. Mulberry in September
New Yorkers were delightfully surprised when the British label announced its first public sample sale in 4 years. The event offered 70% off on iconics like Alexa and Bayswater. Fingers-crossed the sale will come back next year.
6. Roger Vivier in April
If there was an award for the longest sample sale line, Roger Vivier would easily be crowned the winner. Their April sale attracted so many shoe fanatics that the queue in front of Soiffer Haskin stretched all the way down to 9th Ave and continued around to 32nd Street. WOW! To give you specific numbers, there were well over 900+ patrons waiting to snatch up Gommette ballerinas and Belle Vivier pumps.
7. Marissa Webb in November
Oh~ how can I forget Marissa Webb's warm & friendly presence. The designer made a personal appearance at her November sample sale and the graceful host doled out sage style advice to her adoring fans. A few very lucky shoppers even had the privilege of indulging in some bubbly with Ms. Webb. The deep discounts on her debut collection was icing on the cake.
8. Bottega Veneta in July
July is usually one of the quieter months for sample sales but the Bottega Veneta event was truly an exciting experience. Merchandise was in short supply by the time the sale opened to the public but prices were mind-blowing. Shoes were $100~$250 while handbags were as low as $250. RTW and accessories were very affordable as well. Tops & bottoms were under $100 and, on the last day of the sale, prices were slashed an additional 50%. Now, this is what I call a sample sale!
9. The Row in October
Speaking of mind-blowing prices from a high-end designer label, The Row was also a fan favorite sale this year. On the last day, an hour before closing, items were marked down to 95% off. Who said procrastination never paid off? Can't wait for next year's sale!
10. Alexander Wang in August
Mr. Wang's sample sales always draw excitement and anticipation from amongst the young fashion crowd and this summer's event was no different. In August, hip fashionistas found a variety of Rocco duffles, Emile totes, and Ingrid satchels.
So, that's my list for 2013. What sales particularly stood out in your mind? I love to hear your stories. Write them in the comment section below.