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In years past, the Hermès sale has added merchandise after the VIP day. So even though yesterday's private kickoff got mediocre reviews, we got up bright and early this morning to stand in line for the sale's public debut. Sadly, our optimism was not rewarded. The rumors are true: The sale is utterly devoid of ties, scarves, jewelry, belts, small leather goods, perfume, and bags of any kind.
What you will find is a large men's and women's RTW collection, men's and women's shoes, and housewares. That's it, and everything is about 50% off the retail price.
The space is easy to navigate, with shoes on one side of the room, RTW in the center, and housewares on the opposite side of the room. We started in the housewares section and found a set of slightly scratched silver serving spoons for $260 each (originally $520), crystal decanters for $280 (originally $560), and a small selection of china.
The RTW section had plenty of sizes and merchandise available. Sweaters were $1,050 (originally $2,100) and coats were $4,000 (originally $8,000). There was a limited selection of shoes and boots in all sizes, with the smallest sizes being especially hard to find.
One good thing about this sale is the civilized changing area, which is stocked with plenty of Soiffer Haskin staff. The mood of the sale is very somber, unlike the frantic pace of years past. Here's hoping the next sale will bring back the scarves, ties, and jewelry, but until then, we recommend staying home.—Pam Krywy
· Dealfeed: Hermes [Racked NY]
· There Are No Scarves, Ties, Jewelry, or Bags at the Hermès Sale [Racked NY]