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Confirmed: The Hermes Sample Sale Is an Expensive Bust

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The scene a half hour before opening this morning. Soiffer Haskin has a strict <b>no-photo policy</b> inside of sales.
The scene a half hour before opening this morning. Soiffer Haskin has a strict no-photo policy inside of sales.

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We decided to check out the Hermes sample sale bright and early this morning, despite reports warning of the disappointing selection. Our verdict: unless you have a ton of money and are a die hard fan, you should probably skip this sale.

Once you get in, you'll see a lot of merchandise, and it's priced at 50% off retail. Considering the luxury brand's high price tags, this doesn't make for much of a bargain. Shoppers took note: people who were in the first group to enter the sale (having lined up before 6am) left within 15 minutes, empty-handed and complaining.

Men's takes up about a fourth of the sale space. The small shoe selection had men's sizes 7 through 13. On the casual side there were sandals for $385, sneakers for $430, and chukka boots for $420. Dressier options included leather penny loafers for $480, monk straps for $512.50, and a pair of detailed brogues were $600.

Men's casual knits offered sizes XS-XXL. There were linen tanks for $490, silk graphic button-ups for $365 and a leathers tee for $1,512.50. There are tables and tables of sweaters that ran from size S-XL. We spotted cardigans for $763, silk and wool blends for $1,000, and cashmere styles with leather detailing for $1,350.

Dress shirts for guys ran from size 15 through 18.5. We found a black striped shirt for $410, black and white graphic shirts for $537.50, a zip-up dress shirt was $712.50, and silk shirts were $1,287.50. Pants and shorts had sizes 28 through 40. We found a pair of super short red seersucker shorts for $335, moleskin trousers for $365, black jeans for $410, and some track pants going for $475.

Sport coats and blazers had sizes 34 through 48. Green corduroy blazers with knit shawl collars were $1,575, red velvet coats were $1,350 and brown neoprene sport coats were $1,500. Outerwear and leathers had sizes XS through XXXL. We found leather quilted vests for $4,225, lightweight leather motorcycle jackets for $5,850, and the leather hoodies with lambskin lining were $6,250. There was also a unique all-leather men's jumpsuit which will cost you $8,050.

In terms of men's accessories, almost all the gloves were wiped out and there were no ties. They did have a lot of hats, including baseball caps with leather detailing for $207.50, wool fedoras for $302.50. and leather fedoras for $425.

At this point, staffers recognized us as a reporter from the Mulberry sale last week, which made checking out the women's goods difficult. There are a ton of shoes and ready to wear for the ladies. Shoe sizes were 35.5 through 41. Mizhattan reports leather ballerina flats were $305, sandals were $370, leather sneakers were $430, suede lace-up booties were $700, and knee-high boot prices ranged from $875 to $2,335.

The women's accessory selection is extremely spare. There were no scarves, a lone bikini, a few hats, and a few pairs of gloves. Additionally, we didn't notice any home goods at the sale, despite reports of home merch from the VIP day.

There are fitting rooms and mirrors on the sales floor. Everything is final sale and as-is. Check your garments as some of the men's items had tears or large snags in them. They are taking credit cards but not debit cards. No word on if items will be marked down further.—Mickey Sery
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