Over the years the Saint Laurent sale has either been a total bust or a complete score. Considering the tremendous deals we found the few seasons we were almost sure that this season was going to continue the trend. We couldn't have been more wrong. Shoppers at today's YSL sample sale VIP preview were unanimous disappointed.
For beginners, the VIP sale kick-off to the sale is usually not very strict. Today, however, organizers were checking names AND photo identification before allowing admittance. This is the strictest door policy we've ever encountered. Not even Christian Louboutin or Hermes VIP sales required a photo ID. (Perhaps they were trying to hide the fact that this sale is so dismal?)
If you were one of the lucky shoppers to get into the sale you were still not immune to disappointment. One shopper texted, "Don't bother. It's clothing from the dark ages and prices are a fortune." As a matter of fact most items are just discounted 50%. "Even the scarves are expensive," another spy wrote.
This season Tribute pumps are priced at $399 as opposed to $350 at last season's sample sale. Saks Fifth Avenue has a selection of Tributes priced at $417. Clearly not worth the cab ride to 8th Avenue. White Y shoulder bags, which were yellowed with age, were priced at $749 from a retail price of $1795. Tiny keychains were $99 from $199 and leopard scarves were $200 from $400.
Most everyone who shopped today left empty handed. Our advice is to skip this sale and enjoy the 50% discount at the boutique or wait for the third markdown at department stores. It shouldn't be too long now.
Saint Laurent Sample Sale
Friday, June 28th through Sunday, June 30th
Fri &Sat 9:00am—7:30pm, Sun 9:00am—6:30pm
Soiffer Haskin 317 W. 33rd St btwn Eighth & Ninth Ave