Quite surprisingly, today's turnout wasn't as big as I first expected. Even though the brand hasn't hosted a public sample sale in over five years, it seems many McQueen fans decided to forgo the event rather than go through the grueling grind on this pleasant Monday morning. Thus, at 7:50am, there were less than 50 people waiting to enter.
VIP clients and Kering employees were allowed in at 8am sharp. Thirty minutes later, perhaps due to the low turnout, the sale organizers started letting in the public. I believe this was the first time Soiffer has opened its doors earlier than the advertised schedule. I was part of the first few groups to enter, so I started my thorough inspection of the goods as soon as I raced up the stairs.
Hands down, the highlight of today's Alexander McQueen sample sale was at the accessories section situated on the right side wall. From McQueen's iconic Knuckle clutches and Heroine totes to skull print silk scarves, everything was priced reasonably. After threading my way through the bustling crowd, I was able find a crack in the wall of engrossed shoppers and nudged myself in. Upon the long line of tables, I found silk scarves priced $100. I spotted a pleated version in bright yellow and a skull-printed silk square in a golden sun hue. Bracelet scarves were also available and they were $50 each. Adjacent to the scarves were bags and clutches. Here, I found several varieties of Heroine totes in exotic skins and printed styles. Prices on handbags ranged from $150 to $1,000. If you're interested in clutches, you have several choices like Britannia, De Manta, and Knuckle. In addition to bags and scarves, there were other accessories like $100 sunglasses, $150 zip wallets, $50 iPad/iPhone cases, and $50 enamel bracelets.
Women's shoes were located in the middle aisle and sizes ranged from 5 to 11. Flats were $150, heels were $200, boots were $350, Puma sneakers were $100, and special outlandish shoes were $350. Though prices were impressive, the selection on women's footwear was disappointing with only a few styles of pumps, booties, wedges, and peep-toes available.
Women's Ready-to-Wear was well stocked but not very sought after by bargain hunters. There were couture dresses appropriate for any glamorous occasion as well as daytime suitings. Prices on evening gowns and cocktail frocks were in the thousand dollar price range (down from the tens of thousands) while pants, skirts, tops, and T-shirts were $150 & under.
The sale also featured men's merchandise. At a quick glance, I found jackets, trousers, dress shirts, blazers, sneakers, and lace-up oxfords.
I asked several different associates about restocking. Unfortunately, all of them answered with a firm "no". The sale runs until Thursday but, if you can, I suggest checking it out sooner than later since prices are good and merchandise was disappearing fast. And do let me know if you found something to brag about. Happy Shopping!