Exactly one year ago today Manolo Blahnik swung open the doors to their sample sale to the general public. We were very excited by the last minute decision because it allowed us to shop for $100 Manolos without the crowds or the wait.
This year, we are doubtful the New York public will be so lucky. That is, unless you're willing to take a road trip. Mark your calendars! On Saturday, November 14, Manolo overstock and samples will be available at UConn’s West Hartford campus. The entire inventory was donated by Blahnik execs, George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis. The money raised will provide financial aid for UConn animal science students interested in dairy production or manufacturing.
We are told that prices will range from $150 to $450 and include an assortment of runway-ready stilettos, slides, slip-ons and boots ranging in size from 4.5 to 13. The sale follows a wildly successful sale in August in Bantam that attracted more than 1,000 shoppers.
We did a bit of research and suggest that you top off your Manolo hay-day with a weekend at Winvian Farm. The property is a five star, Relais & Chateaux resort that includes 18 individually-designed resort cottages, a luxury spa, a five-star farm-to-table restaurant and an extensive wine cellar. For reservations, contact Steele Luxury Travel and receive a free upgrade, complementary breakfast, a spa credit and lots of other special perks.
Here's to sample sale priced Manolos and a beautiful Fall weekend!
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Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale
Saturday, November 14
9am to 4pm
85 Lawler Road (in the UConn School of Social Work)
West Hartford, CT
Cash & credit cards accepted