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Racked Recap 2008: Best Salesfloor Clusterf*cks

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With only a few days left in 2008, it is time to look back at a year of dizzying highs and crushing lows, of one major economic collapse and many minor shopping frenzies. Folks, it's the annual (two years running!) Racked Recap. This week, we'll be reliving our biggest and brightest (and saddest and darkest) moments. Take a deep breath of the sweet, sweet nostalgia.

Wow, you guys; allow us to declare 2008 as the year for crazy shiz on salesfloor. From sample sales to collaboration releases and even the dreaded liquidation, we've really ridden the ripcord through a jungle of discounts these past twelve months. For all of you who took long lunches, called out sick or left work early in pursuit of the perfect wardrobe, we present: The Best Salesfloor Clusterf*cks of 2008.

1. Comme des Garçons for H&M releases in Midtown, commniptions ensue. The Japanese avant-garde giant's collab with mass retailer H&M exceeded all expectations for ridiculous shopping behavior worldwide.

2. Diane von Furstenberg's humongous sales emptied lunchrooms twice this year, in June and December. These sales satisfied the annual ration of colorful patterns New York women are allowed to add to their closets of black.

3. The "sweaty insanity" of April's Mayle sale even preceded August's announcement of the company's closure. As Mayle's stock of frocks dwindled, so did shoppers' enthusiasm, and so Mayle has seen her last "Above the Fray."

4. Jimmy Choo's December one-day-event improved on his sucky sale try earlier in the year and made everyone Choo-choo-choose expensive shoes. Entering the pocket-size space on the 14th floor, we actually did a quick sweep for the emergency exits.

5. The sale of sales, Barneys Warehouse, was a nail-biter in both February and August. Although each two-week extravaganza governs our waking hours, the sale has slowly declined over the years into something of a tourist attraction and freak show.

6. The sleeper hit of the season was obviously July's Diptyque sale, with Woody Allen's wife in attendance along with a slew of fellow candle fiends. We have a sneaky feeling that the success of this sale helped Diptyque to decide on opening their new boutique on Bleecker in December.

7. Looking way back to March's Paul Smith sale, we can see that salesfloor clusterf*cks do not discriminate between genders. Spiffy men checked their Lambertson Truex bags and put their Blackberries on vibrate as they settled in to dig through elbow-deep piles of dress shirts and bomber jackets.

8. Marc Mania on Mercer caused anger and frustration amongst patient devotees while magazine editors pondered their own mortality. Where are the grief counselors when you really need them?

9. Much-copied line Foley & Corinna busted out with bundles of bags for their September sale, suffering many to buy Christmas gifts in the dwindling summer heat.

10. Botkier's December and June bag jamborees were hardly the biggest news from the brand this year. Their Target collaboration and the Soho pop-up shop-turned-flagship continue to attract more converts, meaning larger crowds at the sales next year.

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