What can I say about the Jimmy Choo sample sale? Only that I walked in… took a good look around and left. I was interested in the footwear but by the time I got there (around 2:30pm – just 30 minutes after they let in the public), the only shoes left (in my size – 36/37) were the dregs. Friends and family who were allowed in hours before already picked through the selection. That said, I did find some appealing handbags and small leather goods such as wallets. The line to the register was ridiculously long – I estimated more than an hour – so I decided the wait wasn’t worth it. There was nothing in there that I had to have! The shoppers in line obviously didn’t feel the same way I did. Many of them hoarded multiple handbags and shoes.
As for pricing, organizers made it simple: Shoes ($75 for worn and $225 for unworn/new). While $75 may be a good deal, many of the worn offerings were so damaged I wouldn’t take them home for free. As for handbags – small bags priced at $250; medium $350; large at $450 (add $200 for bags made of exotic skins). There were also accessories – scarves were $100, sunglasses $50 and small leather goods (wallets) at $75.
If you didn’t make it to the sale today… don’t bother. One of the staffers told me as I walked in this afternoon that they were already running out of stock and that he thought most everything would be gone by the end of the day.
Where/When: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St (b/w 6th & 7th Ave)., 4th Floor. April 12-13; Thurs (2-6p), Fri (9-6p).