Any long time sample sale veteran worth her salt knows that Hermès used to host sample sales bi-annually. And traditionally, that meant long lines would form in front of their sale venue in March and September. Unfortunately, the company hasn't had a March sale in quite some time which is why this week's Manhasset sale is like a diamond in the rough for Hermès fans.
When I got to Americana, there was a handful of shoppers shivering in the cold and waiting anxiously to get inside. The store was already jam-packed with early morning arrivals and the security was enforcing a strict '1 in, 1 out' door policy. When my turn came, I stepped inside and found the ambiance to be pure pandemonium--not unlike the last Hermès sample sale in late October. And to make matters worse, I knew right away that I was already late to the game because the entire store was almost completely wiped out. With no purchase limits (unlike their sample sales), it's my guess the first few early bird groups must have made out like bandits.
So sadly, there isn't much to report as the store was nearly cleaned out but if you're still interested in some details, here's what I found. Everything was marked down 50% off. I was told by someone at the sale that some handbags like Garden Partys were available in the morning but they were definitely gone by the time I was there. There were, however, some enamel bracelets left. The wide versions were $362 (photo above). Scarves were also very limited in quantity and I saw 90cm carrés for $225 (6th photo below) while 140cm silks were discounted to $410 (7th photo below).
Ready-to-Wear was comprised of two racks of Christophe Lemaire's designs and I spotted leather jackets, button-down blouses, several trousers, denims, and heavy cardigans. Shoes were also mostly gone with only a few pairs of $405 espadrilles (11th photo below), $725 brown wedge sandals (9th photo below), $712 suede booties (10th photo below), and $500 black booties (12th photo below) up for grabs. For men, the sale selection included 50% off leather boat shoes, sneakers, casual shirts, jackets, and trousers.
The sale does go on until Friday but, as you can tell from my report, it's not worth the trip to go anymore. As for me, I am currently kicking myself for not getting to the sale earlier. Imagine all the Hermès goodies I could have scored if I had only gotten there a couple hours sooner. Oh well, at least I got to share this report with you.