Oct 22, 2015

*SAMPLE SALE* Code: Orange

As Vogue famously stated Hermès is a place "where you don't just buy--you invest". So who wants to buy low and sell high? At this year's Hermès bargain event, an immense crowd of shoppers jumped on the opportunity to buy low on the Parisian brand's luxury goods. And how low were the prices? Let's just say it was a code orange alert for bargain hunters.

The layout of this week's Hermès sample sale was very much similar to their last sale in fall 2014. Scarves and men's ties were displayed in the center, shoes were on the left side by the windows, and the jewelry display cases were situated on the right side of the showroom. In addition, womenswear and menswear were also available just behind the neckties.

Starting with scarves, the selection wasn't as abundant as last year, but still, there were many colorful prints to choose from. With a limit of five permitted for each person, shoppers were carefully deciding which designs to take home. As for prices, I'm pretty sure you will be happy with their discounts. 90cm silk twill scarves were $158 only (this is a $60 savings compared to last year's sale), 70cm twill scarves were $120, 45cm scarves were $70, and twillys were $64. Situated right opposite of women's scarves were men's ties which were also generously priced. Silk twills and woven styles were $72 while basket weaves were $90.

Unsurprisingly, the atmosphere around the jewelry section was sizzling with commotion this morning. Enamel bracelets, especially, were a big hit amongst the crowd just like last year. You should also know that there was a purchase limit set at 5 for printed enamels and prices ranged $172 for thin, $220 for wide, $280 for extra wide, and $304 for mega. Adjacent to enamels were other fashion jewelry discounted 60% off. The selection included Goliath bracelets, Micro Kellys, Astrals, studded buckle bracelets, Circé necklaces, Cupidon necklaces, Assam Cubiste bracelets, and more.

Moving onto shoes, which were 60% off, I spotted many different styles like Carina ballet flats, Giorno wedge sandals, Florida pumps, and Icône sandals. There were also a nice selection of knee high boots and booties at the sale today.

The RTW section was comprised of Hermès' past collections. There were printed dresses, trench coats, suede jackets, shearling coats, leather jackets, and knitwear. Sizes were available from 34 to 42 and discounts were 60% off.

While markdowns were very impressive this time around, some items that you normally see at Hermès sale (fragrance, tableware, and such) were unavailable today. There were, however, other accessories like hats, swimwear, and gloves up for grabs for 60% off.

As I mentioned from yesterday's article, I've been hearing rumors that the sale organizer will limit the merchandise on the first day and put all the remaining inventory on Saturday. Though I was part of the first few groups to enter the sale, it appeared to me like there were enough scarves and bangles to go around. If any of you who stops by the sale later, please feel free to update us in the comment section below. Thank you!

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  1. Hi Miz,

    I heard wind that there is a ODLR sample sale going on today. Any way you can confirm?

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    1. Hi the Fashion Sherlock,

      I believe there will be an ODLR sample sale this fall, but it's not today.

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  2. Any men's/women's belts or wallets and how was the men's selection?

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  3. Neither belts nor leather goods were available at the sale today.

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    1. Yup and proud to be one of them :)

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  5. any update on the line now?

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  6. Are they re-stocking? Is it worth to go tomorrow?

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  7. Was on line since 6:15AM and the line was already 110 people strong. The pictures above really capture the assortment that was available when I got into the sale. By the time I left, there was not much left in terms of scarves. Wondering if the rumors are true about Saturday...

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  8. I asked one of the sales associates if they were restocking and he said all items will be restocked, if there is inventory, on Saturday.

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    1. What does it even? If they are restocking on Saturday, they must have got some stuffs on hold. If they are replenishing as the stuffs go out, there will be nothing left on Saturday. I am confused.

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  9. Is there still a line?

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  10. Wow, nice job on the photos Miz!

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  11. Miz, you have the best information (& most accurate) and the best pictures from these sales by far!!!!!

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  12. Amazing!! Do any of the scarves, ties or bangles come in the orange box?

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    1. No. Shoes are in the orange boxes.

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  13. Has anyone seen scarf ring?

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    1. None left when I was there

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    2. When did you leave? I asked the sales associates. They said there was no scarf ring, but some other bloggers claimed there was...

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    3. I was actually there this morning. Probably 3rd group in. No scarf rings when I looked.

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    4. Scarf rings were only available during VIP day. I was in the first group in and there weren't any

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    5. When did you arrive yesterday? I went there around 630pm. More than 100 people already ahead of me.

      Saw the pictures on your blog. Nice scarves!

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  14. got in line around 9am. was #520 going inside. didn't get inside until right at 4pm. had a great experience inside. scarves were the first to be almost cleared out. the bracelets section was very full but hard to get service bc associates work with 1 client at a time and no one else until the customer is finished. tons of mens+womens shoes and clothes. even swimwear. huge selection of ties in several color ways. no boxes for anything but shoes - shoes also include dust bags. waiting in line was so painful and frustrating at times, but leaving with what i wanted made it worth it. however i guess the staff cutoff letting people inside right before i left - as there were 50+ very angry people mobbing the door. made it terrifying pushing thru the moshpit of a crowd with a bag full of goods. but honestly these people could have decided to go home instead - seeing as the line was moving at a very slow to (sometimes) moderate pace. it was still wrapped around the corner of 43/9 when i was going inside. they were letting 10 in at a time, as 10 people left. no time limit once you're inside, and only 50 or 75 inside at a time. however once you get inside, you have to check in everything except your phone and wallet, and there is another line for approx 45 mins. don't get there any later than 9am if you want to get inside. also the rumor about saving everything until saturday is false. they were restocking everything all day long, except scarves were running out of styles by 5pm. good luck!!!

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    1. Easy for you to say 'these people could have gone home' because you got in. I was in the group right behind when they cut off, probably just a few people behind you. I could see the door. I was there early in the morning. Once people got in, they didn't care about the hundreds of people waiting outside but we do live in a selfish world. I have been going for sample sales for years but I have never experienced what I did today.

      The people that decided to wait weren't stupid. I mean if you're joining a long line at four pm that's on you. But for people that were there since 9:30 am, asking the staff hour after hour what the situation was with them egging you on. It was unfair and unprofessional. At a certain point they knew many people wouldn't have been able to get in. The Staff did a count every few hours of the people on the line. But still when people asked where the cut off was? Nothing.


      It isn't the wait that was the problem. It's the fact that they could have told us early on that we probably wouldn't get in. Hour after hour, I asked the supervisors. It was completely unfair to give that false hope. And the people that worked there today were so rude. I didn't recognize some of them. I think they just enjoyed watching people on the line stand for hours knowing they had no chance. Pure evil.

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    2. you waited on the line for 7 hours???

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    3. i understand where you're coming from. but the staff was actually beyond patient and professional. inside they were discussing the movement of the line and were handling it the best way they could. it's no ones fault that so many people showed up today. the reason so many people were turned away is due to partially there being no time limit once inside, as well as the amount of people in line - many of which showed up several hours before 9:30 am. we all knew the sale closed at 7pm, and we all saw how slowly the line was moving. they weren't going to extend the sale all night long in order to accommodate every single person that waited. Once inside, i did specifically ask if/when they were planning to tell people outside about the cutoff, and they said not until later - because we're voluntarily spending our day doing this. Its unfair and unprofessional from your perspective because of your experience.

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    4. The question we need to ask is what were people doing inside for so long? I've seen people linger at sales for hours and I wonder if that was the the mentality that kept the line from moving. It used to be that you could show up and wait a few hours. Showing up at 9am or so and having to wait 7-8 hours? WTF? You know Soiffer is going to start imposing time limits now and I wouldn't blame them in the least.

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    5. you're absolutely right about that. that was my big question while waiting in line. however honestly there is SO MUCH inventory inside. once you see it all you'd understand. all the different styles of bracelets, all the clothes and shoes, all the scarves - and people were taking time comparing SEVERAL different styles of everything and carrying 2,3,4 bags full of products before heading into the line to pay. we also asked that same question to a staff member inside and he said: a) Soiffer doesn't do time limits for any of their sales, B) Hermes isn't one of their Soiffer sales - Hermes just booked the space and the staff, and everything that takes place is per their request, and C) Yes - a time limit could perhaps help, but once you're inside, would YOU (after standing in line for so long) want someone telling you to get out?

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    6. No, I was in there and I was out in under 90 minutes, even with all the inventory. Paris has a method to manage the lines for their semi annual sales.

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    7. I think another thing really is like someone commented here, the staff decided not to tell people about the cut off until later. They did that knowingly. I asked and they replied " oh we haven't made a decision about the cut off yet" that's why people were so mad. If you didn't get in but we're at the front you would understand the frustrations because we kept asking. People at the back of the line knew they probably weren't going to enter.

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    8. The staff refusing to tell people to go home was the major problem here. There was around 400-500 people that did not get in. Soiffer does these sales every day. Come on! They let X number of people in every 20-30 minutes. They can do the math and at least have an estimate of when the last batch of people will make the cut-off. Around 2pm, dozens of women were asking them to be honest. People were seriously suffering from exhaustion but even at 4:30 I heard the staff tell people they should be able to get in so that hope kept them going. The store knew that there was no way all those people would make it unless they were going to end the sale at midnight. But they refused to tell the truth because they wanted all that buzz and free marketing. Also, you can't really blame the people tending the lines. Blame the manager. Disgusting! I made it into the sale but I saw people extremely fatigued! making phone calls for all sorts of alternatives plans for their kids! People who got in line after 8:30am did not get in and waited 8-9 hours.

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  15. Rewriting a comment I wrote elsewhere:

    We should all take a moment to give an enormous thanks and round of applause to Mizhattan for informing us of the Hermes sale and for the work she put in to get us these preview notes and for keeping us updated on the line this morning. We can all agree her work is invaluable and irreplaceable to anybody who sample sale shops in New York.

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  16. Hi, Miz! Thank you for the info! So happy to know that they have twillies available. Are there a lot of selections? What sizes do they have? 😊

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  17. How on earth can u wait for 8 long hours? Did u wear diapers & had food/drink in ur bag? Jst saying!

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    1. The average wait time was 6-8 hours. Most of the ladies around me were lovely so they made the wait easier.

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  18. Do u think it wud be just as bad tomorrow? Was there at 4:30 ish today jst to chk it out & was told by security that there was no way I cud get in given the still long line which btw wr mstly Asians (spec Chinese). Their fascination for d brand & all things hi-end/luxury is jst beyond amazing! Its not evn funny!

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    1. oh gosh. Did you ever learn how to spell?
      I got to say something here: There are posts every single year talking about how many Asians there are, especially for this sale. And they all sound negative in a way. I don't freaking get why you and a few others have to single out this group. I saw a lot of white people. I saw a lot of black people.I saw a lot of gay people too. so fucking what? Don't hate when other people got everything they wanted because they were there early in the morning and you couldn't get a fucking thing today.

      And sorry to post this on here. I am a big fan of Miz and I am thankful for this blog. But I just have to say this as I really don't know why there are posts that have to pick someone out.

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    2. The majority of people were Asian, specifically Chinese. Most looked like re-sellers, they definitely were not planning to wear the merchandise. My first Hermes sample sale was 10 years ago, when I was a student. The crowd was very different back then-- mostly the fashionista types.

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    3. To be realistic and perfectly honest, there were a lot of Asians in the queue yesterday morning. However, that said, there were also many other ethnicities represented, as well. Hermès is a luxury brand that is favoured by Asians -- as well as others who appreciate the brand's quality and the heritage of the house -- so it should be no surprise to anyone that Asian shoppers would be represented.

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  19. Thanks for the great report, Miz. I'm not around to shop the sale this time, but I still enjoy reading about it.

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  20. Seriously Ms Anonymous! I freaking know how to spell, its called shortcut, duh! ( living under a rock?!) Also, I did not mean to single out a particular group of people, was just stating the obvious! I think you need to take a chill pill missy......lol

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    1. I am not your Ms Anonymous, but just wanna add here. Anyone has the right to line up for the sample sale. So do Asians. Just a tip if you want to avoid the line next year, you could spend over $100k per year and get yourself on the VIP list.

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  21. At the Manolo sale, they give people tags and an approximate wait time and sometimes they just tell you you're probably not going to get in ( hours before closing time) but wait at your discretion. -> that would have been the decent thing for them to do today. Unfortunately they just didn't care.

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    1. Exactly! Ding Ding Ding. There were like 2000 people on line. Start giving out time cards.

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  22. Sorry for the rant, just had to say it! On a different note, thank you so much miz for the informative blog about the sale! It sure was very helpful!

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  23. I got there at around 7:45 and did not get in until around 4ish... Had to wait a bit once inside the actual building before heading up to the sale. I must say at one point I honestly didn't think we were going to make it in. I do think it was a bit rude of them to have not cut the line at a certain point. With the turn out they should have just been honest with people bc there was a lot of false hope for many....many who got there very early! I was very pleased with the items that I bought and there was certainly enough to go around but things could have definately been handled better. The staff was very nice but just a bit misleading for some.

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  24. For people going tomorrow, if you can't make it to the line by 5am, skip it. That's the honest truth. People who arrive at around 8am was the last to get in. Being that tomorrow is Friday and also with all the people that didn't get in today and attempt tomorrow, I think the line is going to be a lot worst.

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  25. Very good and valid point! Hats off to all those peeps who are patient & determined enough to camp out & wait in line for long hours! WOW

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  26. who under the age of 68 and with two working eyes wears this hideous junk? you waited for 8 hours to pay for this garbage? HAHA

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  27. I got into the queue at 5:10 a.m., and there were already 45 people ahead of me! There are evidently a few people who are running a business of holding spots in the queue, which I find to be slightly opportunistic and not entirely fair to those who wake up early to wait to get inside the sale. Soiffer Haskin allows 10 people in at a time to check in coats and bags, and they only allow a certain number of shoppers into the sale when the same number of people have left. Therefore, if 5 people leave, 5 new shoppers are permitted to enter the sale room. This is Soiffer Haskins' method of crowd control, which seems to work -- for the most part.

    People attending the sale should start removing their coats and consolidating their belongings, as this takes up time once they are in the lobby and near the coat check room. Shoppers are only permitted to bring their phones and wallets into the sale room. With this in mind, all personal items should be consolidated before entering the lobby. It wasn't that cold yesterday, and I saw people who appeared as if they were dressing for winter!

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    1. I don't see how line sitting is something wrong to do. You as a customer waiting in line are not losing your place. I'm not a line sitter, but you as well as anyone else have the right to hire someone to stand in line for you so you can rest and shop the sale with fresh eyes. I did the Hermes sale last year on no sleep and missed a lot of items I would not have passed up if I had slept right.

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    2. And frankly, for an 8-10 hour wait, investing in someone to stand in line for you early for a few hours for $100 or so is not a bad idea.

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  28. OMG! What a sale! Originally I though to go on Saturday, then decided to skip the sale this year.
    I went to Hermes sale last year, and I think I have arrived around 1pm, got in closer to 5pm, and by 7pm I was already at home. All I want this year is H enamel and black leather bracelets..since, it seems there is none of them there, I better skip and be safe from all this heartache.
    Good luck to all who is attending today and tomorrow, and I am sorry to hear about yesterday's chaos.

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  29. I am not familiar with Hermes pricing so with 60% off of shoes how much are a pair oshoes at this sale roughly? Thank you!

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  30. Any updates on the line on Friday morning? And also the merchandise available?

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  31. I usually refrain from selfish commenting but my frustrations have hit the ceiling.

    No, it is not about the clusterfuck that was the Hermes line yesterday.
    No, it is not about the total lack of foresight and compassion displayed Soiffer employees.
    No, it is not about the Hermes sale in general...

    It is about Madision Ave Spy. A sale blogger who lacks journalistic profession, honest and respect for her followers.

    So my rant begins...

    Madison Ave Spy never went to the vip sale on Wednesday. These are the ways she falsely took claim she went to the vip sale.

    1) She stole a photo of the vip invite from Insta and reposted as her own.
    2) She also stole a photo from another blogger's post from last year's Hermes sale and claim it was from this year's sale.
    3) Her writing was lifted off of vip commenters on the Hermes subforum on Purse Forum who actually attended and one of them is super pissed!
    4) When confronted with comments on her blog of her dishonesty she immediately deletes them.

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    1. She pulled that cr@p with her write up of the last Christian Louboutin sal. She used a photo that someone had posted last year as items from the may2015 sale. I called her on it and provided proof and she said and her minions attacked me for being jealous and having too much time on my hands. She eventually blocked my IP address, but jumped on someone else's wifi so I could still post. When she started out she stole my photo from the jimmy chop forum and my write up.

      I do not like liars. She constantly lies about sales she or one of "spies" has attended. When she knows a big sale is coming up, she will post in tpf asking if anyone has heard any intel. she doesn't use the same name, but the logo of the site is her avatar.

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  32. Anyone can double check my accusations as it is all plainly there on Insta, Purse Forum and the internet.

    These are typical Madison Ave Spy tactics to garner attention for herself and it is despicable. People interested in sample sales or any sales in general should heed my warning and stay away from her with a 10 foot pole if you know what's good for you. There are plenty of bloggers and sale website that operate with accuracy and honesty so subscribe to them instead. She is not one of them.

    Sorry to Miz for carpet commenting here and there. I am so frustrated and wanted to warn others.

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    1. I'm the Purse Forum member whose post was lifted word-for-word by MadSpy and I wholly endorse Anonymous' rant. In additon, MadSpy routinely steals Mizhattan's hard work and passes it off as her own. We know who the real deal is, Mizhattan, and it's you!

      I wonder where MadSpy got/stole the information she posted about the lines at Hermes late yesterday...

      In addition, I've foolishly chased some of MadSpy's 'exclusive' scoops only to find her rave reviews about 'enormous' selections were completely wrong. Talk about time wasted.

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    2. Agree and agree.

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    3. I would suggest talking to Racked as well so they know not to repost from her. Madison Ave Spy has gotten so much information incorrect that I look at her stuff with a grain of salt. She posted the incorrect dates for Manolo Blahnik & Louboutin. She also posted that last year's sale had no enamels or scarves, when it was overflowing in them. There was a time she also posted Herve Leger in Paramus was having blow out sale 75% off plus closing on a specific date, all false. She is not a journalist.

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    4. When she posts the wrong dates, as she did with manolo and the Louboutin sales, instead of saying she effed up, she'll blame the company for giving her the wrong dates. I don't think she gets invited to too many VIP sale dates anymore.

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  33. My Mom is on the line and says it was almost to 9th ave at 9:30, which I believe is much shorter than yesterday. However, security isn't doing a good job at preventing people from cutting in and add-ons to groups // and not sure if there was the same problem yesterday. Good luck all!

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    1. Thanks for the update! Would love to hear what she finds, and how long the wait for her to get in was.

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    2. Thank you for the info! Please keep us posted!

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  34. I can definitely appreciate luxury items such as Hermes. It can be appealing (believe it or not) to wait on line to get a great sale that only comes around once a year. However, keep in mind, you all look like Syrian refugees waiting to enter Europe (although most of you are Asian). When attending this sale keep in mind you DO look foolish, so go with a light heart and treat others around you with respect. You dignity is the real real prized possession you own. It's not worth it to give it up over a stupid metal bracelet or a scarf that doesn't look good on you/your bag/or poodle.

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  35. Hi,
    Were there any H or Hinged bracelets? Thanks.

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    1. No. Just printed enamel bangles. The hinged style just came out so you probably won't see those at a sale for a while.

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    2. Greatly appreciate it...thanks so much

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  36. What are the bracelet prices? can anyone take pics and pass along when there today to see what is left in the bracelet assortment especially colors? PLEASE!

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    1. Mizhattan has the prices in her article.

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  37. Been going to this sale for over 5 years and today while I didn't wait in line for long (paid someone else)- it was such a negative experience. I feel like a bigot and racist after this sale. Became quite agitated and turned into a mean girl. The resellers chased, stalked and attempted to grab items from me! At first I was polite. Then I just started yelling each time one of them approached me! Like deer in headlights they're so annoying and oblivious to the context and surroundings! Let's keep this sale fun people! So turned off by these ladies! You can tell that they don't wear this stuff- just out to resell :(

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    1. I had same experience yesterday, shame on them!

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  38. My friends and I were around the #190ish from Thursday. Got on line at 7:05am, let in a lil after 12:40. At the lobby, there was this PREGNANT woman who cut the line and everybody started to tell her to leave and she claims she's been on line for 4 hours, but none of us saw her at all and were trying to tell security to kick her out, then security came in and told everyone to relax bc he had let her in and she went straight up. TOTALLY NOT COOL.

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  39. Please post line/assortment update for today (Friday). Thanks!

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  40. Everything is sold out but a few weird ties and some RTW items.

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  41. That sucks, I'm in line now and was coming for enameled bracelets. :/ almost actually in the sale.

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    1. How bad is the line situation today? What time did you step online and how much further do you have to go? Thanks, good luck!

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  42. I'm in line now, been for about an hour wasn't bad at all when I got in, now stretches to ninth avenue. It's moving really really slowly. I still have about 100 people ahead of me.

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  43. Hi All,
    Got in line today (Friday) at 6:45AM and was in the building by 9:10AM (they opened at 9am) room by 10:15AM, out the door with my items by 10:40AM. Even when you get into the building you still wait a while. They I was probably #70ish in the line today and they only had a few scarves left that werent even worth purchasing. Most people were heading towards ties and bangles at this point. I bee-lined to the bangle section and there were LOTS left. Really happy with my selection. You could only take home 3 bangles though and scarves were limited to 2, ties were at 5. I got my 3 bangles (love them- they had gold and silver ones) and then headed over to the shoe section. Got $2000 boots for $800. Very pleased with their shoe selection.

    Overall a great experience but I didn't have high hopes and thought I would have been lucky to make it out with ONE bangle. Staff was exceptional. I know a lot of people are complaining but they are doing their best to work with a lot of frustrated people. It was REALLY nice to walk in the sale room and not have a mob in there like most sample sales. You have lots of room to move around.

    If you're thinking about making a move tomorrow (saturday) go EARLY. Like, 5AM/6AM be in line early. I heard those who got in line at 9am yesterday didnt even make it inside.

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  44. Got there at a little before 8am today & was inside by 11! Unfortunately, all d scarves & twillies were GONE! They didnt even bother to restock yet. I agree with one of d comments here that there were people who didnt even seem to wear hermes stuff but wr jst out there to resell them, i guess we can't really judge but you jst can't help it! The guy said all d scarves/twillies we gne the 1st hr they opened today which only means they never re-stocked from yesterday. Also, limit is dwn to 2 now fr 5 yesterday! Lots of ties left, enamel bracelets, shoes, rtw's. Left empty-handed. It was an experience but a total disappointment since they never even bothered to replenish !

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  45. FYI line is backed up all the way to ninth avenue now, maybe even further but I can't see from where I'm standing.

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  46. @mizhattan & people on the ground: Any word yet if they are still planning on restocking tomorrow?

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  47. are there any enamels left? literally going just for that!

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  48. Just left - line wasn't long at all when I went a little before 5pm (maybe waited 20 minutes total). That being said there's not much left.

    Only ~10 enamels left in 65, but a pretty big selection for 70. No scarves, a handful of ties in ugly colors. Lots of shoes and RTW for both men and women in a good range of sizes.

    Not sure if they're still restocking tomorrow but if they're not its really not worth going to at this point.

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  49. Are there any watches?

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  50. No watches, no clic clacs, only enamel printed bangles! The fact that they did not even re-stock the scarves & twillies was a bummer! They should've limited it to 2 per person from d get go (knowing they didnt hve any plans of restocking/had limited supply) instead of allowing 5 pp yesterday then cutting it to only 2 pp today when all of them wr gne anyway within the 1st few hrs of opening today! It would have been understandable that they already ran out if it were the last day but its still 1 more day to go!

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  51. Are there any bangles in 62?

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  52. Hello, will their be 90 cm s tomorrow SAT?

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    1. Anyone know if there will be restocking for tomorrow?

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    2. I was told on VIP day that they might - emphasis on MIGHT - get a small shipment in for sat if they sold out and restock if that should happen. A shipment of what was not said.

      But please take this with a grain of salt, since attending this sale for years I've only seen this happen twice and the shipment was mostly undesirables.

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  53. If they do restock scarves & twillies tom then I would really be pissed because like I mentioned they never even bothered to replenish them today when they were all gone shortly after they opened!

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  54. Hermes should be embarrassed that its sample sale has morphed from a civilized, respectable event filled with elegant women and the occasional celebrity, to an uncivilized mass of Chinese resellers and other hoi polloi. Another girl in line explained that starting a few years ago, all the Chinese papers and social media started advertising the Hermes sample sale... I arrived close to 6 am, Entered by 9:20 am, Left by 9:45 am. Scarves already were sold-out, and there was a mediocre selection of enamels in horrendous colors and patterns. The shoes selection was OK, the boots selection a little more impressive. I sheepishly purchased 3 enamels, immediately suffered buyer's remorse, and am now embarrassed to wear… Hermes used to be a coveted luxury brand, but its brand is being gradually diluted by the hordes of resellers, knock- offs, etcl.

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    1. I guess you also noticed all those chinese resellers snagging all the scarves like they're going out of style, jst saying!

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    2. Hermes actually advertises this sale in the papers as well. The Metro paper usually has a large ad. Last year the post had it as well. I was actually surprised they needed to have it advertise in the paper.

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    3. Hermes also advertised this sale in The New York Times

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    4. So true. I've been attending samples sales for many years. Poster is 100% correct. Chinese resellers are absolutely cheapening many brands. I'd rather buy at in-store sales and pay a bit more then fight these awful crowds. Fighting resellers really does diminish the experience of buying luxury goods. Sample sales used to allow fans of fabulous lines the chance to snag a few coveted pieces at a discount. Crowds were filled with lovely folks (of all types) who knew and loved the line for sale. Cash was king and you couldn't buy reams of stuff to resell on credit. Some things that might help... 1) No line sitting. If you're not the person on line, you shouldn't be allowed to shop. Professional line sitters want long lines so that anyone with a job will have to hire them. Enough is enough. 2) Put reasonable limits on the number of items any single person can buy. 3) No children/no strollers. SSales are not suited to kids and I've seen women frequently try and stash goods in strollers/carriers. 4) Consider time limits for particularly busy sales. This is a great site but frankly all the pre-sale hype and live tweeting these events whip folks into a frenzy. Lines were never like this in the past. New media coverage, resellers and line sitters all contribute to a less than idea shopping experience for fans.

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    5. I mean no disrespect to those who shop on credit but if these sales preferred cash, I can assure you, Chinese buyers would show up with suitcases filled with cash. Credit is not a Chinese way.

      Also, its Hermes who puts an Ad in the 2 main Chinese newspapers, as they do in other papers. I would deduce its Hermes who covets Chinese buyers.

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  55. I was in the first group in on Thursday and also returned today later evening.

    First off, if you know anything about this sale, the line has and always will be astronomically long. I too find it ridiculous that a large amount of people didn't get in, but it goes without saying this is one of those sales you have to be prepared to devote an entire day to. Even last year, the wait was 5 hours to get in.

    That being said, when I went in on Thursday, I was able to pick up one of the two caleche bracelets left and two twillies. There were 120 scarves, but mainly 90s. There were also stretch jersey Kelly scarves and some great signature prints.

    The enamel selection was reminiscent of last year, but not as good. My caleche was the highlight, and the rest of the pickings from the start were plain. There were some horse print ones, but not really the most desirable designs.

    Jewelry and leather bracelets -- not much. There were a pair of signature earrings, but a bright neon yellow. The leather bracelets were in undesirable colors and designs. There were tons of micro Kellys, but all neon yellows.

    Shoes were good for people in tiny or larger sizes. Some great high tops for men, but sneakers and sandals for women non-existent in average sizes.

    As of today, Friday 5pm, all scarves were sold out and the enamel selection dwindling. If delivery were to come, it would've been there, but looks like no restocking. Ties were nearly all gone. Enamels in even more undesirable colors. Some gloves came out, but again, non-desirable designs or very tiny sizes. Some boots remain for women, but most of the sig designs are now gone even in the larger sizes. If you are a 40+, you may be lucky to grab some sneakers in the mens.

    What's leftover is good for those who just want to own something from Hermes, not necessarily signature. However, real Hermes lovers won't benefit much from the final day.

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  56. Thank God I did not go. It's a shame to wait 8 hours. Thank you Miz for saving time and frustration.

    On another note, not sure what has happened to all the sample sales this year. Every sample sale is an over-advertised event drawing scores of people beyond reason. Soiffer Haskin has become a regular whole day trip...Clothingline has had such poor customer service, that I stopped going there all together...260 has also become an over-publicized event...

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  57. I do hope most understand that its also due to the media coverage that many sales have been holding more often or better stocked sales. Due to the fact that more buyers show up and its more profitable for a brand to well stock and hold these sales.

    The last 5 years of Hermes sales - not including the this one and the one before - did not induce such a long line. Lines yes, but not as vast as these last 2 sales - mostly due to the fact that there were scarves and bangles. Before the recent 2 sales, there were much smaller lines and no craziness.

    As per my corporate intel, hermes started stocking this sale with unsold scarves and bangles, most of which were not selling at stores, in order to get rid of them to the masses. If they did not sell out of these "undesirables" they would not stock the sale with them.

    It does cost Hermes more in the from of shipping it, hiring more security and so on to stock such a well stocked sale. Earlier sales had bare bones security staff and much less stock.

    All the people who were able to score bangles and scarves at 60% off were able to do so mainly due to the fact that these lines and buyers were anticipated.

    Though this last sales line was by far the most epic and even corp did not anticipate such a large turn out. The head count for the 1st day I was told was about 1900 people. That is larger then several other designer sales combined.

    Though Hermes has started to sell undesirable stock to many large chain retailers as well, Century 21 will routinely have scarves, clothing, shoes and other accessories for sale largely discounted year round. Most of the scarves, shoes and rtw at this sale can currently or recently be found at Century 21 for less then this sale was selling the same items for, yet many were buying it at this higher price points, because people tend to think that this sale equals amazing deals when it is not always so. Also, if you find a nice SA there are also routinely in house sales now comparable to this yearly sale of scarves, jewelry, rtw and such.

    Brands who do not want to dump undesirable items on the masses will not hold public days. Fendi, Gucci, Burberry, Vuitton, Prada and Celine are notorious for having only invite only sales and a strict door policy because they have no need to dump such mass quantity on the public. Also why you will not find much media or intel on these sales.

    Its a catch 22. If you want to attend more public sales with vast stock then larger turn outs are to be expected. If all the sales had less stock, it would mean less people and less public sales and also less media.

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    1. At first glance, this seems like an informative post, but let's delve deeper, shall we?

      "As per my corporate intel, hermes started stocking this sale with unsold scarves and bangles, most of which were not selling at stores, in order to get rid of them to the masses. If they did not sell out of these "undesirables" they would not stock the sale with them. " -- Historically, the Hermes sales have ALWAYS been stocked with excess inventory, whether it was scarves, canvas or leather goods, clothes, shoes, housewares, etc. In the most recent 5 years, there simply wasn't the excess inventory to be sold. Hermes held back whatever scarves they had until there was enough for last year's sale. In addition, due to the economy, the reduced production. This has no longer been the case for the past 2 years and this information is available in the Hermes annual report to shareholders.

      "Though Hermes has started to sell undesirable stock to many large chain retailers as well, Century 21 will routinely have scarves, clothing, shoes and other accessories for sale largely discounted year round. Most of the scarves, shoes and rtw at this sale can currently or recently be found at Century 21 for less then this sale was selling the same items for..." - This Madison Ave Spy-worthy piece of faux-journalism is simply incorrect. Sure, C21 has SOME Hermes items from time to time. They will have about 20-24 pieces of ready-to-wear in varying sizes and conditions and perhaps a dozen or so scarves. They may be less expensive than this sale BUT you will have a vastly reduced selection if you are lucky enough to find Hermes there at all.

      "Also, if you find a nice SA there are also routinely in house sales now comparable to this yearly sale of scarves, jewelry, rtw and such." - This is not true for the NYC stores which always send their excess inventory to the sample sale. It has been true for Hermes' privately owned stores, when locations are moving and more recently, for Beverly Hills and Florida.

      "Brands who do not want to dump undesirable items on the masses will not hold public days. Fendi, Gucci, Burberry, Vuitton, Prada and Celine are notorious for having only invite only sales..." -- Fendi, Gucci and Prada have all held public sales in the past. Gucci is scheduled to have one again in the next few weeks. Gucci has also dumped its past season merchandise at DSW, much to the consternation of the brand's fans. Additionally, all of the brands except for Vuitton have outlet stores where excess merchandise goes at the end of the season.

      And finally, "I do hope most understand that its also due to the media coverage that many sales have been holding more often or better stocked sales" - this is incorrect. If the brands have that much unsold, past season merchandise and/or they are underperforming financially, then they will hold these kinds of sales. Think back to 2008-2009. We had a virtual bonanza of sales back then from brands we never thought would have them.

      Anyway, take the above post and mine with a grain of salt. If you like a brand, go to the sale and we wouldn't know which sales are worthy of our time without the tireless efforts of Mizhattan, who provides the best coverage around.

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    2. Not the above commenter but I just wanted to say I’ve found some amazing hermes items at Century 21.

      A few of my Century 21 hermes purchases were at this sale for more then 3 times the prices, the logo booties pictured above was only $100 at Century 21 and $450 at this sale, a pair of ridding boots not pictured above was $200 at Century and $650 at this sale. A few high tops I got for my husband were also tripe in price. I just remembered these because they were all among my recent - last month purchases.

      And I’m shown hermes items from my century personal shopper every 2 weeks - I think that is when they get new shipments - dozens and dozens of items so they gotta have more then 25 items in at a time. I’ve brought more then 25 in a month and turn down a lot more.

      But then I have a super amazing Century personal shopper. I recommend the downtown store personal shoppers. They are amazing. That store gets a lot of Hermes and if they don’t have an hermes item you are looking for they will order it from other stores. Mine checks the system for me everyday.

      The Short Hills store - I’m from Jersey, always has sales if your nice to the SA. I don’t think that one is independently owned.

      The Manhasset store which is independently own has sales up to 80% all the time or more - picked up earrings for 95% off there last sale, a white gold bangle for about 95% off and clic clacs at their last sale for 60%. Picked up a garden party for 60% off too.

      Would say if anyone loves the brand to make friends with these 2 stores. They are the best around the tri-state I’ve found.

      Notice the pattern.... I buy too much hermes. =^^=

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    3. For the above poster who mentioned the gucci sale - is it going to open to the public like you said or is the comment above yours correct that gucci does not open to the public?

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  58. Just curious, for the people who are going to the last day of the sale/today, did they ever restock the scarves/twillies at all?

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  59. LINE UPDATE (10/24): As of 9:30am, the line in front is 450+ shoppers long.

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    1. WOW. It is crazy... Just curious if the Saturday restocking is true.

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    2. I would love to know since like I said, yesterday they wr totally out of the scarves & twillies, never restocked!

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    3. I returned to the sale on Saturday, and all scarves were depleted. There were only a handful of ties, which shoppers snatched up. There were still a lot of RTW and shoes. The bangles were limited to lacquered ones.

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  60. Please let us know if they ever restock. Thank you.

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  61. I just walked pass say 15 mins ago. The lines not too bad, compared to the last 2 mornings but its the longest I've ever seen the hermes sale be on the last day.

    About half a block or so. Hope this helps!

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  62. Hey miz any word on what's left at the sale? Thanks

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  63. No scarves no enamel bangles. 3 types of fragrances. Worn shoes and worn clothes. Items being held for employee 90% sale tomorrow. Fail.

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  64. Hi all..any update on.whats inside..any restockimg?

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  65. Hi everyone, I just got back from the store. Definitely slim pickings.

    There was NO restocking -- no scarves, no enamels left this morning (I was in one of the first groups to arrives). Still tons of men's ties, but limit is 3.

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  66. There was a restock this morning. Some ties, gloves, shoes, rtw and fragrance that was not out last night at closing.

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