To get the inside scoop from the Hermès sale we sent in our most knowledgeable Hermès spies to sniff around the VIP sale today. The self-named LuxMommy and BonnieBirkin were very excited to participate. Both spies report that there was no line to get into the sale but the line to pay was torturous, up to 90 minutes.
On line, Lorraine Bracco was spotted on her phone and overheard telling a friend that she couldn’t get her in. (Couldn’t have been a very good friend.) Also at the sale, and at no surprise was Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford. (Maybe she needs to get swag lessons from SJP.)
Once inside, LuxMommy was dismayed with the shoe collection, which is often plentiful and a highlight of the sale. However, there were many enamel bracelets, which were 40% off or $306 for the mid-size. LuxMomma’s fanciful eye was caught by cashmere mufflers for $237 and lady’s swimwear, which ranged in price from $450 to $1000. If you have a body worth swagging with a $1000 bathing suit, we say, go for it!
Leather goods range from 40% to 70% off, depending on the season and condition of the item. Wallets and Constance bags are plentiful in a variety of colors and sizes. A small size Dogon (wallet) is $780.The Constance bag is priced at about $2400 for the small size and $2800 for the larger size.
BonnieBirkin reports that the Bolide bag ranged in price from $1500 for a damaged bag to $3200 for one in perfect condition. There are lots of men’s briefcases, in a variety of sizes and colors, including leather canvas combinations.
Both shoppers spotted lots of belts, including some with hardware. A thin version of the Collier de Chien is $680. Mini-sized garden-party bags are abundant and were ignored by most shoppers. As usual there is an abundant amount of silks and ties and especially lots of Twillys. Silky Pop bags, the Hermès version of an eco friendly re-usable shopper was 70% off at $300.
As seasoned Hermès sale shoppers, we all suggest skipping anything that you may not love. Even at 40% off, Hermès items are very expensive and everyone agrees it’s better to invest a bit more for true love than to settle for good enough. Good luck and please pass along your Hermès shopping conquests in the comment section below.
Hermès Sale NYC
Public Sale: Wednesday, March 24 to Sunday, March 28
Weds. 9am to 6pm, Thurs. 9am to 8pm, Fri. to Sun. 9am to 6pm
Metropolitan Pavilion: 123 W. 18th St. @ 6th Ave.
Credit Cards Only