Arriving at the sale a little after 5am, I found 250 shoppers already in queue (many had brought tents, blankets, and chairs to shelter themselves and sleep in) across the street from Soiffer Haskin. After catching up on my reads, having a quick breakfast, and waiting 4 hours, I finally made my way inside the venue at around 9:30am. Thank goodness the weather was cooperating!
Because of tipsters like MZ and T, I already knew what to expect before I stepped inside the sale. Just as they warned us, there was absolutely no jewelry to speak of. Instead, shoes, apparel, silk scarves, and men's ties greeted shoppers, and hungry bargain hunters wasted no time snatching them up. Scarves were available in several different styles and prices were $87.50 for 45cm, $150 for 70cm, $197.50 for 90cm, $335 for 90cm cashmere/silk shawls, $550 for 140cm cashmere/silk shawls, $400 & $435 for mousseline, $80 for twilly, and $162.50 for maxi twilly. There was a purchase limit set at 7 scarves per person.
Men's ties were available on the right side of the venue where the jewelry section used to be. Upon my inspection, I found a full rainbow of colors to choose from. Twill ties were $90 while basket weaves were $112.50. Adjacent to the colorful assortment of neckties were scarves and pocket squares for men. Silk twill pocket squares were $72.50, cashmere/silk scarves were $350~$537, and cotton/silk scarves were $172~$210. FYI, a limit of 10 ties and 5 men's scarves were allowed for each shopper.
Shoes were situated by the window and you can't miss them. With sizes available from 34 through 41, I was able to find exotic skin pumps, espadrille sandals, smoking slippers, leather sneakers, peep-toe pumps, tall boots, as well as Corfou sandals. Men's footwear included loafers, moccassins, sneakers, smoking slippers, and oxfords, and they were situated at the back. All shoes for both genders were half off.
The RTW section was organized by size with women's apparel available from 34~46 and men's clothing from 46~58. Everything on the racks were 50% off. In addition, the sale also carried accessories like belts, swimwear, hats, gloves, shoe polish, and more at 50% off.
Reporting on sample sales for nearly seven years, I thought I had seen it all – clearly, I was wrong. Today's Hermès sample sale proved once again that it's indeed the mother of all sample sales. No amount of disappointing news or chaotic frenzy could deter Hermès fanatics away from setting yet another record for the longest queue at a sale. Mindblowing, to say the least.
So, this is my report. Now it's your turn. What did you think about this year's sale? Feel free to weigh in and join in on the conversation in the comment section below.
45cm Silk twill scarf $87.50
70cm Vintage silk scarf $150
90cm Silk twill scarf $197.50
90cm Cashmere/Silk shawl $335
140cm Cashmere/Silk shawl $550
63x180cm Mousseline $400
140cm Mousseline $435
Maxi twilly $162.50
Twill tie $90
Basket weave tie $112.50
Silk twill pocket square $72.50
Men's cashmere/silk scarves $350~$537
Men's cotton/silk scarves $172~$210
RTW 50% off
Shoes 50% off
Accessories 50% off