The J. Mendel sample sale is where the one-percent find bargains on exquisite furs. Even marked down, sale prices will be pricey for most shoppers. If you do plan on attending the public sale tomorrow, be prepared to shell out some serious cash.
The highlights of this sale are the furs… sables, minks and chinchillas. From full-length mink coats at around $7,000 (orig. $28,000) to gloves with fur trim at $400. The large basement space on the west side of Union Square (Union Square ballroom) held racks of different styles of fur. There were conservative mink coats (perfectly suited for my mother) to more contemporary pieces such as a sable cropped 50s-style piece that caught my eye (now $6,000, orig. $24,000). I also noticed another nice piece – a full-length chinchilla in grey hue for $25,000 (orig. $100,000). Needless to say, that particular piece (no matter how lovely) was way beyond my budget.
There were also non-fur items, including long flowing evening gowns found as you entered the room. Most of them were around $800. There were also separates such as classic leather pants for $800 and cocktail dresses going for just over $500. On a table were an assortment of scarves and shawls starting at $200 (for fox pieces) to under $1,000 (for mink).
Near the dressing rooms (yes, there is a communal dressing room), are the couple of racks of samples starting at $50. When I got there late Wednesday, the pieces looked very picked over and somewhat damaged (in my opinion, not really worth a look). Other accessories such as shoes and jewelry were pretty much gone, apart from a couple of heels and a necklace.
If you didn’t get an invite, tomorrow (Thursday) is your chance at checking out the sale when they’re expected to open the doors to the general public. We hear that they’ll be replenishing. I did notice a number of pieces hanging on racks in the back. Perhaps, they’ll be bringing those out tomorrow.
Where/When: Union Square Ballroom, 27 Union Square West, NY, NY; Mar 7; Thurs (9am-5pm). Open to the public.