I really hesitate to write about sample sales. I find them to be chaotic, expensive and a waste of time. Hermes, however, has an exception. Once (or twice) a year hosts a doozy of a sample sale. It's orderly and the merchandise is sublime.
I am very excited to announce that the Hermes Private Sale starts Tuesday, September 23, 2008 from 2pm to 6pm. The private sale is by invitation only but the public is invited to join in on the fun on the following day. It all goes down at the Metropolitan Pavilion (123 West 18th street, 4th floor Gallery). Big spenders bring leave your cash at home because only credit cards are accepted.
No, don't expect to find any Birkins or Bolides hanging around. You can, however, expect to see lots of scarves, ties and Garden Parties (canvas totes) and ready-to-wear. This past March, Racked.com offered a very helpful and insightful play-by-play of the sale. I think we can expect to see the same process and 2 hour wait.
At the last sale the cloths were eh, the bags were eh and the shoes were in all the wrong sizes. The best finds were the ties that were marked down to $96 from $160 and scarves $213 from $355. The only things missing were the orange boxes and brown ribbons. Otherwise this is a two thumbs up sample sale-- just keep your expectations in check!
P.S. Thank you for the tip Laura!