Oct 23, 2014

*SAMPLE SALE* Getting Carré'd Away

So, where do we start? The absence of Hermès from their traditional September sample sale definitely put a damper on our spirits. But, as it turned out, the French fashion house was just being fashionably late (thank goodness!). As you may have read from yesterday's early report, Hermès returned to the NYC fall sample sale scene with a big bang. If time is what they needed to get back on the saddle and get their groove back, then by all means. Ladies and gents, are you ready to get carré'd away?

I arrived to the sale at 6:30 this morning. The late October morning chill plus the on & off downpours got me feeling less than motivated but that didn't stop Hermès fanatics and professional line sitters from stationing themselves in front of Soiffer Haskin as early as 11pm last night. After shivering in the cold for a good two hours and a half, I entered to a warmly welcoming audience of scarves, enamels, timepieces, neckties, shoes, housewares, belts, fragrance, gloves, RTW, and shoes.

My first destination was at the scarf section where the de rigueur included lots of pushing and shoving. 90cm scarves were marked down to $217.50 (retail price $435) while 90cm dip dyes were $227.50 (retail price $455). Scarves were abundant and included many different shades of color. But keep in mind there was a limit of 3 scarves per person. Situated right opposite of women's scarves were men's neckties. A rainbow collection of Hermès silk ties were priced at $97.50 with a purchase limit of 10 per person.

The jewelry section consisted of a wide assortment of enamel bracelets and watches. As is the norm with such an attraction, chaos and frenzy ensued amongst the vitrines. 1-on-1 service by an SA was offered to shoppers but getting the attention of one was a monumental task since the glass counters were besieged by bargain-hungry female shoppers. Enamel bangles were available in 65cm & 70cm and I spotted Optique Chaine d'Ancre, Clic Clac à Pois, Capitales, and many more. Just like scarves, there was a purchase limit set at 5. Prices for narrow sized bangles was $237.50 while wide versions were $287.50. As for watches, I found single & double strap Cape Cods, orange leather strap Heure Hs, Barenia & white Kelly 2s, single strap Nantuckets, and several varieties of Clippers. They were all discounted 50%.

Ready-to-Wear for both women and men were marked down by half the retail price. Sizes ranged from 38~48 for menswear and 36~48 for womenswear. I found sweaters, pants, jackets, and shirts for both genders. Shoes were situated on the left side of the showroom and there were black suede knee-high boots for $1,037, Carina ballet flats for $350, and dark brown alligator sandals for $1,025. Sizes for women's shoes ranged from 5.5 to 11 while men's footwear was available from 6 to 13.

Hermès' fragrance also made a comeback this year. I spotted Un Jardin sur le Nil body lotion for $31 (originally $62), Voyage d'Hermès EDT for $45 (originally $90), 24 Faubourg dry oil spray for $32 (originally $65), 24 Faubourg jewel bottle spray for $105 (originally $210), Eau de Merveilles 10ml spray for $31 (originally $62), and Terre d'Hermès gift set for $57.50 (originally $115).

Belts (sizes 70~110), gloves (sizes 60~80), housewares, silver goods, baby gifts, beach towels, hats, handkerchiefs, and pocket squares were also all available at this sale for 50% off. I've been told inventory will be replenished but, judging by today's insane turnout, I have a feeling merchandise will not be plentiful come tomorrow. Therefore, I wouldn't wait around and take your chance. Get your hiney over there and get your holiday shopping done early at this year's Hermès sample sale. It's back and it's good.

80 comments:

  1. Are there any mens belts or mens dress shirts?

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    1. Yes, there were men's dress shirts. I believe men's belts were mixed in with women's.

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  2. Am I guaranteed entry if I get in line @530? Or would u recommend I go tom morn better?

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    1. The sale closes at 7pm today and resumes tomorrow at 9am. Unless Soiffer Haskin cuts the line to ensure they close on time, you'll be able to get in.

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  3. Great photos's Miz! I want to hit up Hermes and Yurman Sale tomorrow. Hit up H first as it will be busier? Thanks for all the great reporting from the frontlines :)

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    1. Excellent plan of attack. You're a sample sale tactician!

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  4. You have outdone yourself! The photos are making me drool. My husband would love a tie or two for Christmas. Those bangles are beautiful and they have the baby items I would love my baby. Unfortunately I had my little one 10 days ago and I am pretty sure that Soiffer Haskin is not even going to let me in with my baby in the carrier. Also, I don't think I could brave the line yet. Ugh...

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    1. Congratulations! Stay at home and soak it all in. There will be other Hermès sales.

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  5. any line updates as of 3:50 pm?

    Thanks

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  6. Just add some info. Regarding china, there were Pythagore: dinner plate, cake plate and bread & butter plate, Africa: tea cup, tea pot and so on, and Rythme: a huge bowl (green)

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  7. Do they give you vouchers if you show up at 6:30pm or is tomorrow morning first come first serve?

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    1. No, I don't think they've ever done any sort of voucher system. It's always been first come first serve.

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  8. Does anyone know if there are any scarves left?

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  9. FOR THE MEN:

    Just to add a little info...Most of the baby stuff was sold out. The there were not too many light blue ties. compared to other colors. Don't expect to find ties from this season---although in my opinion Hermes ties are timeless and never go out of style. They had some solid ties - some were the basket weave. I remember colors included light blue, red, hunter green, pink and gray. They also had some H solid ties. The twill ties included a few heavy twill ties. Many of the ties were a slightly narrower- an indication that they were from a newer season. Very few skinny ties. Men's shirts came out to around $350 give or take. Men's fragrance included Terre D'Hermes for something like $55. Very very few mens belts and they were canvas. They did not have the H belts. Shoes were around $500-$600. They had nice oxfords in black and brown and short side zip black boots with a nice Hermes logo on the outer top sides. A few pairs on suede drivers. pants were around $350 to start. Sport coats were in the $1000 range and up. They had a few big pillows varying in price.

    As for wait time to get in...I got there around 9 am and got in at around 1:30. It may go a little faster now but who knows.

    p.s. the staff were super helpful! Especially by men's ties. Good luck getting through the feisty women though. Watch out for the hoarders who are clearly there to resell elsewhere.

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    1. Thank you so much for your insight on the men's goods!

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  10. What time is the latest you can show up today and still be allowed inside?

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    1. At the latest, you should be leaving now as it closes at 7pm today.

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  11. Just a heads up the line is very long

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  12. You truly are the best Mizhattan! Thank you for your informative report and for all the PHOTOS! And much respect for replying back to us commenters. As I read somewhere else in your comment area you really are the real deal. No other website compares. xoxo

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  13. Are they restocking?

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  14. Are they still letting people online?

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  15. any H bracelets? don't see any in the photos

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  16. I waited in line from 10:30 - 2:30, entered the sale around 2:30 and the scarves were severely depleted. SA's mentioned they would not be restocking for Fri/Sat - I left around 5pm and there were *maybe* a dozen scarves left (only 90's). I had hoped to pick up a 140, but by the time I got in, there weren't any there.

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  17. are there any ties left?

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  18. Hi miz, thank you so much for the updates, I got there at 8 didn't get in the door until at least 11, upstairs by noon, seems that the 8 to 830 people were stuck waiting the longest. I'm guessing because it was that weird middle time and lunch for the staff was brought in right as i got my coat checked!

    But I can report that I was lucky enough to have gotten two items that I love and will treat like priceless family heirlooms. I did score the last 70cm, I don't think there were any 140s. Seeing how those were the two sizes I wanted it was a bit disappointing (but only the teeniest little bit), I find the 90 an awkward Size (but of course I still got one) do you have any styling suggestions?

    Additionally, just wanted to say your pics are amaze and I love the mermaid scarf on the upper left of the 70cm pic. Jelly to whoever got it!

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    1. I hope you treasure your new scarves! Hopefully they made up for the long wait you had to endure. As for styling suggestions, I've linked a few articles I wrote back in 2010. They're old but still have pertinent details:

      *MIZSPECIALS* Scarf 101 {part 1: Tutorial}
      *MIZSPECIALS* Scarf 101 {part 2: Coordination}
      *MIZSPECIALS* Scarf 101 {part 3: Inspiration}

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    2. Thank you so much miz, I didn't even think of some of these

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  19. Sorry, I got the mermaid scarf !

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    1. Soo lucky! But I have to say the more I look at the écleattes (sp) I got the more I fall in love with the deep purples and emerald greens. I hope you enjoy yours just as much!

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  20. anyone left almost at closing? my friend is debating if she should go tomorrow since now people are saying there wont be any restock and only a handful of scarves left .... thanks

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  21. I went in line at 455. I got in after 6. I was the second to last group to get in. At 645 they werent letting anybody else in and the pple inside were told to check out. If anybody is going just for scarved tom it is NOT worth it. There is a handful of scarves left and staff said there will be no restocking. On the other hand there are tons of bangles and a nice selection to choose from. There is still plenty of watched left and a decent amount of ties. Houseware and shoes looked untouched. I did not have a chance to check out rtw. I got 3 scarves. Thanks so much Mizz! This was my first Hermes ss! On a diff note did you check out the Marissa Webb ss? Im thinking of going tom morn and wondered what you found.

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    1. No, I didn't attend the Marissa Webb sale. Thank you for the update. Enjoy your new scarves!!

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  22. Thanks for the update. Anyone going today?

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  23. out of curiosity..how much were the cashmere scarves?

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  24. I went there at 8:30 and there was already quite a long line, but was the first que to get in. Lots of watches, bangles, ties left. Not many scarves left though. Almost no silk scarves at all.

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  25. Are there any Size 90 cm scarves left?

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  26. Does anyone know f they had the H sandals? And how is the line now?

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    1. None left - there were only a few on the VIP day and those were all gone by end of day.

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  27. Are there any parfume left? Thanks

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  28. I was a part of the group that did not get in last nite. I received a ticket a went in this morning at 9am. Little to no silk scarves left. The ones that are there are not that nice. There was cashmere scarves and wraps. Those were nice but around $500-1000 Bangles were great but bring your boxing gloves to get thru that group. The SA only helping one person at a time takes a long time and when a person has their attention they unfortunately take their time. Perfume/cologne/RTW/Shoes are all still alot of stock. and are about 50% off.

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    1. Thank you so much for the update!

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    2. Thank you so much

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    3. You're welcome, Miz! Big fan of your site!

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  29. Do you know if they are offering further discount on the last day - specially for glassware and home.

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    1. I doubt there will be further markdowns, but I will definitely let you know.

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    2. Thank you so much for your kind reply.

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  30. does anyone know what the current line situation is?

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  31. I just went there, still one hour waiting

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  32. Would love to know whats left? Thinking about going tomorrow to check out

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  33. Solid tie selection around 11AM today. They kept bringing out more. Got one for the brother and BF. Scarves weren't great. The older guy in front of me went home with 5 ties...he did well.

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  34. Line was about one hour long at 2 PM, by 3:30 PM they were out of narrow gold size 65, lots of gold narrow in 70 left.

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  35. Miz, could you please provide an evening update or anyone that was there today and still there when they close and advice if it is worth it to get there tomorrow for bangles and if anything will be left? PLZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!! I want one really bad but can only make it there for 9am tomorrow ....

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    1. The commenter above gave us an update on the enamel bangles.

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  36. thanks miz but they close at 7pm tomorrow just wondering if any enamel will be left when the last group goes through after closing to see if it is worth it to make the trip tomorrow to the city. thanking you in advance...... all of your help is appreciated if you have that info after the doors close.... or anyone else...

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  37. Anyone know if there were any fragrances left? Didn't pick up the limited edition kelly and am kicking myself.

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  38. A ton of enamels left so don't worry.....it's a madhouse though. Lots of pushing and shoving. Decent amount of watches. Nothing good left in scarves or shoes. Perfumes basically only lotions and limited editions ledt

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  39. Miz - I didn't go to this sale and am not planning to go to it - but just want to tell you that you are amazing and I enjoy reading all of your postings and comments. :)

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    1. Aww... Thank you so much for your kind words.

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  40. The photos are beautiful! I was probably just ahead of you on line! It was cold and rainy, but lots of fun!

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    1. It was! Hope you bought something nice. :)

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  41. anonymous @6:52pm, thanks for the update on the enamels. :)' Will try my luck tomorrow.
    Miz, without this I am not sure how we would manage.
    Thanks for keep us abreast!
    You rock!

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  42. Any line update for today?

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  43. They mark down price today? Thank you

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  44. Anyone can comments about if there's any price reduction today please?

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  45. Any updates at all today? Bangles left?

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  46. Line varies from 15-30 minutes. Still have bangles and ties. Only two fragrances left. One is $1,100.

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    1. any price reduction for today?

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  47. There were hidden price increase! I went to buy a Cape Cod double tour and was told the original retail was over $300 more than what is currently on their website for the same item. Other shoppers were being overcharged by $25 or more on bangles. Check your receipts! And no, when I tried to get the price normalized, they wouldn't budge.

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    1. There are two types of cape cod watches - original is cheaper, tonneau is more expensive.

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    2. It was the original, not the tonneau (which is also not $3090 on the H website).

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  48. Any size 65 gold wide bangles.left

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