Monday, October 23, 2017

Big News: Manolo Sample Sale

We love Fall in New York-- the changing leaves, the Park Avenue mums, and yes, the Manolo Blahnik sample sale. Our sources tell us that this year's Fall sample sale will open to the public on Wednesday, October 25th. As is tradition, the second floor salon of the Warwick Hotel will be the site of the event.






This sample sale is a bi-annual highlight for shoe lovers. As you can imagine, the wait time can be worse than a passport agency. We usually prefer the boutique sales even if prices are a bit more expensive. You can read the full report from last season over here. (Those who can't make it to the sale can shop an assortment of brand new Manolos starting at just $75 from the scroll above.)

Shoppers who are up for the Manolo sample sale challenge, should expect to take a number and wait, and wait, and wait. The really nice thing about this sale is that you can leave and come back once you get your lucky numbered ticket. Take note, that the sale opens at 11am and will close when inventory begins to run low. In past years, that was at about 3pm to 4pm, which does't leave a big window for shopping.

We expect that prices will run along the same lines as last season. Plain shoes, including leather, suede satin, and printed fabric start at $125 ($136 with tax) and go up to $150. Shoes with embellishments like glitter and studs were priced $175. Boots started at $200 for basic versions and went up to $400 for over-the-knee styles.

Over the past few seasons the assortment has been dwindling. Manolo Blahnik & Co. recently added a fundraising component to their overstock strategy. A sale to benefit Arethusa Farm Scholarship Fund for University of Connecticut Agricultural Studies. A good amount of stock that would show up at the bi-annual sample sale has gone to the, so called, farm.

At the last sale, by 10am the crowds of VIPs had thinned and the shopping environment was very civilized. Sizes 37.5 to size 39 were already running very thin. The best selection was for sizes 40.5 and up or 36 and below. Doors opened to the public at 11am sharp and the room filled with many more shoppers-- many seemed like resellers.

Remember, the sale is open to the public for only one day. That's a good indication that there will not be much merchandise. If you attend the sale, please keep us all posted in the comment section below.

Manolo Sale Sample Sale
Wednesday, October 25th
Sale opens: 11am and closes when the inventory dwindles (usually 3pm - 4pm)
The Warwick Hotel, 54th Street and 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Cash only!

27 comments:

Heather @ bizewife said...

I arrived once around 8AM in the days before tickets and there was a substantial line. What time do you suggest arriving and what time will they hand out tickets.

Lila Delilah said...

Hi Heather. from what I hear, if you get there too early you need to wait outside. It becomes a free for all out there until they distribute tickets. I wish I had a better answer. Xxoo

Anonymous said...

Lila, you seems to know nothing. I am done following you.

Anonymous said...

Heather@bizewife has no idea what she's talking about. There is NEVER a line outside the hotel days before the MB sample sale. The hotel will not allow that. Anyone interested in this sale MUST show up on the day of the sale. Anyone who has been to this sale frequently knows this!

Lila Delilah said...

I'm pretty sure that Heather was not saying she waiting on line for days. She is saying ''in the days before tickets' or back in the day or years ago. Try not to be so critical please.

Anonymous said...

During previous sales do they give out tickets before they open the doors? Just want to know if I should head around 8am to get a ticket before I go to work!

Lila Delilah said...

Last season, they didn't start to give out the tickets until 8am and VIP doors didn't open until 8:20. You can read the comments in the post from last season to get a lot of insight to how things usually unfold. Xx

Helen L. said...

Lila, thank you for the info!!! You're the best!

P.S. Please ignore the rudeness from random anon posters, who have no idea how to research things themselves. I apologize about asshokes like that.

Lila Delilah said...

Thanks Helen 😉
Enjoy the sale. Xxoo

Anonymous said...

No need to apologize Helen L. -since you can't spell words correctly. Lol. However, asterisks would have suffice.

Anonymous said...

Open to public ? Or everyone has to have a ticket?

Lila Delilah said...

The sale opens to the public at 11am. When you come, get a ticket and ask how long it will be. Xx

Lila Delilah said...

9:39- last group of VIPs waiting to go in. I think they will open to the public before 11 but can’t promise.

Lila Delilah said...

The tables sizes from 37 to 39 are basically empty. We wouldn’t suggest waiting.

Lila Delilah said...

There are only four pairs of 38.5

Lila Delilah said...

THere are three tables of size 37s. They are true samples.

Brielle said...

Do they have a lot of shoes at the tables for 39.5 and 40?

Lila Delilah said...

No. Nothing. Maybe 6 pairs.

Brielle said...

How about size 41? Is it worth taking the trip up?

Anonymous said...

Anyone know how many folks they are letting in at a time and how long the wait is between groups? Thanks in advance!

Yeri said...

Anything below size 36? Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

any update on if public is open yet?

Anonymous said...

Anyone knows which number is in now?

Anonymous said...

Anyone see any hangisi pumps? Any feedback on the selection?

Lila Delilah said...

I didn't see an Hangisi pumps or flats.

Anonymous said...

I am on the VIP list so I walked straight in. The problem is that there were a few people taking the entire collection of shoes. Obviously, they are reselling them. I couldn’t find anything in a size 36 or 35. There was a large selection of size 37 for everyone including "resellers". I would really recommend for MB to have a limit as to how many pairs you can buy at once. Like I said before, I was able to get in right away and I was also there very early and it’s not fair for one person to take every shoe pair that’s on the table.

RLC25 said...

Manolo knows that this sale is no longer a sale to the customers who come there and make the purchases in person--it’s a sale to their unofficial distributors. It's so disappointing that they condone this.

The staff sees and marvels at the women (and men) hoarding armfuls of shoes into big plastic containers and bags—not even looking at what shoes they’re taking. They see them crouched along the walls taking photos next to big piles of shoes for their auctions (and the "reminders" against photography do nothing). They complete purchases for 40+ shoes. And they even help the resellers carry containers to the register that are too heavy for them to carry themselves. My friend was dedicated to the idea of getting a pair of Manolos, so got there early enough to be in Group 2 last year. She wears size 38 though, and couldn't compete with the aggression; she was shoved out of the way. (I was luckier as a size 41).

I wish Manolo would be more honest. If you’re selling to distributors of your product, then treat them that way, and let the personal “end purchasers” have a shot.