After experiencing Hermes, it's nice to take it down a notch and enjoy the more quite luxury offered by The Row. As always, the ambiance at the VIP preview was considerably more mute and civilized that then anarchy that surrounds Hermes. This annual sample sale offered lots of timeless classics but, this season, there were some spots of disappointment.
As in past years, clothing is discounted 70% and bags, accessories and sunglasses are 60%. This season, exotic items and fur are discounted only 40%. (Disappointment #1) On the bright side, the sale had lots of bags, including backpacks, giant hobos, market bags and the multi-pouch shoulder bag. Sunglasses are normally priced between $430 and $510 and range from about $150 to $200 after the discount.
There is nothing to be found of the newly launched shoe line. (Disappointment #2) There are also no leather pants. (Disappointment #3)
Most of the accessories and clothing seem to be from last winter's collection. We found a few items that are in stores now, like this shearling lined leather jacket that comes to about $2700 from $5590. The sale also included lots of sweaters and blouses. The Row's sweaters normally run from $850 to $1100 and blouses are usually priced between $750 and $1100. So prices are almost semi-affordable after you account for the discount.
Despite some disappointments there is still a large enough assortment to keep a fan of the brand satisfied. We are especially looking forward to the new Madison Avenue store's end-of-season sale. We heard that last season, the West Coast store offered discounts of 70% and we hope to we can take advantage of a similar discount opportunity.
The Row Sample Sale
Thursday, October 27th through Saturday, October 29th
Thurs 12pm-7pm, Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am~5pm
123 W. 18th St., 5th FL (btw 6th & 7th)