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Recap: The Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale

12 Nov

courtesy of the Feast

We entered the fray at the Manolo Blahnik sample sale this morning, where frustration ran high, and quantities in popular sizes, low.

Let’s just say that if you’re not there yet—or, at the very least, don’t have a minion holding your spot—the chances you’ll get inside while there are still shoes left is nil. Most disappointingly was the glaring absence of Andre Leon Talley, who was hosting the event.

When we arrived around 11 o’clock, group B was just being let in, and the waiting room, cushy as it is, held antsy shoppers up to group R (we polled a few gals from group H and I, who’d arrived at 9 a.m.). Then, while we eavesdropped on the constant parade of arrivals hissing various forms of “what do you meeeeeeean, it’s a long wait?” at check-in staff, there was an announcement: size 38 was running very low, as was 37 and, oh—wait, so was 36.

Eyes rolled and feet were stomped, while pairs of women chattered with resentment over the morning’s VIP list. We managed to snag one of the lucky ones as she exited the inner sanctum with two pairs of $100 heels, but she wasn’t enthused, telling us, “it’s mostly big sizes, there’s not much for middle range. It really wasn’t as good as it has been in the past.” 

It seems as if the best bet for Mano-luck is an early arrival or, even better, a spot on the VIP list.

as reported by Kelly O’Reilly for the Thread NY

Sample Sale Alert: Manolo and Louboutin

10 Nov

Though unconfirmed, we think you’ll agree that these Madison Avenue Spy Sample Sale rumors are too good (and likely, too credible) not to spread.

According to reports, Metropolitan Pavilion’s private Christian Louboutin sample sale is this week. (By private, we mean that last year, invitees had to R.S.V.P. via e-mail and confirm a time to shop. Chances are, joining their e-alerts mailing list won’t help you score a coveted invite.)

Meanwhile, Manolo Blahnik’s public sale — twice hosted this year by Andre Leon Talley himself — is reportedly slated for Thursday [as in November 11, 2010], too. Unlike Louboutin, the Warwick Hotel event doesn’t require an invite. Shoes are restocked mid-day and we’ve always been keen on the size, style, and price ranges, too. (Note: Sale hours are listed at 9 a.m., but past experience leads us to believe that public doors won’t open until 11 a.m.)

Either way, here are the details, just as we read them:

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
306 West 38th Street 14th Floor (Between 8th & 9th Streets): Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday,  9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale
Warwick Hotel, 65 West 54th Street (at 6th Avenue): Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cash only.

Fab! dish provided by Tiffany Davis for NBC New York