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We lined up early this morning to check out Hugo Boss's bi-annual sample sale held inside the label's corporate office at 601 W. 26th Street. This sale usually draws a large crowd, and today was no exception—the line stretched all the way down to the corridor half an hour before the doors opened to the public at 9:30am sharp. The sale is known to carry a large amount of men's merchandise, therefore it wasn't a surprise to see mostly men waiting patiently in line.
Veterans of this sale know exactly what they want. As soon as the doors opened, a couple of men swooped an armful of leather and nylons bags straight into a large plastic bags provided to shoppers near the entrance. There were no limits set, and some shoppers were definitely hoarding—leaving not one bag left for the rest of the shoppers. At this point, you need to act fast.
Small accessories such as cufflinks ($30); money clips, jewelry and keychains ($10) and wallets ($30) were first to go. There was practically nothing left by the time we left the sale, which was in less than an hour. Ties ($30), scarves ($20), and belts ($30) were being picked over. There was a box of silk pocket squares ($20) which was hardly touched. The shoe stock was also depleting quickly. Prices for sandals are $20, sneakers are $45, dress shoes are $60 and boots are $75.
A small price increase hit a couple of styles compared to past sales, but mostly everything is the same. The cheapest items we spotted at the sale are socks and boxers/briefs for $5. Prices for outerwear are: $195 for sports coats, nylon or wool coats are $185; leather/suede jackets are $275, vests are $100, light jackets are also $100.
Bottoms include sweatpants for $25, shorts are $30, and trousers/jeans are $30. Tops include dress shirts for $55, knitwear for $60, and polo and t-shirts for $40. Others items include PJ sets and robes for $30, PJ tanks, tops, pants, and shorts all for $15, hoodies and zip-ups for $50 and suits for $350. There's three boxes of swim trunks to pick from for $30. Finally, hats and caps are $15
The women's section is smaller and just a little bit less crazy—however, there were also no more bags to be had by the time we got to here. (Just for your information, prices were $50 for small bags, $100 for medium, and $150 for large bags).
A table of shoes is set in back of the room, mostly in sizes 37 or 40 and a couple in between. Shoes start at $30 for flats (we didn't spot any), $60 for heels, $75 for booties and $110 for boots. There's a section of women's belts ($30) and scarves ($20), which were also already picked over.
A quick price breakdown for womenswear: Dresses are $120, gowns are $150, and jersey and knit dresses are $80. There are definitely some nice blazers and jackets for $100. Leather pants are $250 and leather skirts are $200. Trousers, jeans and skirts are $45, and shorts are $25.
Tops include blouses and jersey tanks for $40 and knitwear for $60. For outerwear, you've got leather/shearling coats and jackets for $300, leather and fur jackets for $275, wool coats and down jackets for $185, and wool coats with fur for $200.
If you're wondering if it is still worth going today, we would say yes for the boys, since there should still be plenty of men's dress shirts, sports coats, suits, trousers, and a ton of polos and tees to shop from. Ties for $30 aren't a bad idea for gifts, and $5 for underwear and socks seems like a pretty good deal to us—guys, you can never have too many pairs of underwear.
The sale is credit card only. There are dressing rooms for both men and women, and this year, they require you to check your bag and coat. The sale runs through Friday April 4th; see the Dealfeed below for more details.—Hsini
· Dealfeed: Hugo Boss [Racked NY]
· Thirty-One Sample Sales to Shop Before the End of April! [Racked NY]