After hitting so many mobbed sample sales lately, the serene scene at Roberto Cavalli’s sample sale Wednesday night seemed strange.  There were half a dozen shoppers there looking through the racks, two of them men.  I expected more customers.  But this was the preview sale.  Maybe it was just the calm before Thursday’s storm?

The bargain:  shoes at $230 a pair.  For women, there were plenty of strappy heels, stilettos and flats. For men, leather lace-ups, loafers, sandals and sneakers.  Sorry guys, but there’s more on offer for women than men.  I spotted a small selection of coats (including leather), blazers, jeans and button downs for men.  The women will find some signature Cavalli pieces, especially multiple racks of gorgeous dresses and gowns tagged at upwards of $700.  A little too pricey for me.  As for the other merchandise, colorful tops and bottoms are starting at $230.  The handbag selection was limited and not very inspiring.  There were bins of belts going for $230+.  Scarves started at $100.

Where/When:  110 W. 19th St. (Metropolitan Pavilion NORTH) b/w 6th & 7th Aves. Th-F (8-8p), Sat (9-6p)