I decided to skip Wednesday’s monster Hermesline that snaked around the block in Chelsea. Many shoppers had to wait two-and-a-half hours to get in, as Racked reported. Thursday after work was a breeze. There was a short line outside the Metropolitan Pavilion. Security guards were handing out yellow cards with numbers, as one guard said “to keep order.” That precaution after Wednesday’s catfight where a shouting match reportedly broke out after a pregnant woman tried to cut the line.
Inside was quite busy. The scarves section was mobbed as well as the small leather goods, jewelry and gift sets sections. There was an abundance of scarves in all sorts of prints and colors ($200 to $250). A large selection of ties ($98) were also on offer. The handbags were still quite pricey; $2,000 for a small leather handbag, a large tote was going for $4,000. I found some small leather goods, including wallets for $300. The SilkyPop bag, going for $288 (was $1,070) with a leather case and signature Herme’s printed fabric caught my eye. As for shoes, I spotted python strappy 5-inch heel sandals for $1,400; platform heels were going for $700 and boots were around $800. Like the other shoppers, I didn’t waste my time on the clothing, which wasn’t very inspiring. The gift sets and cologne, starting at $13.95, were going fast.
Where/When: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-463-0200). Thru March 28. Fri – Sun (9-6pm).