11am Friday, Nov 8th found me camped out at 304 Hudson street for my first ever sample sale experience. While waiting in line, I took the time to ponder why in-the-name-of-fashion I had never gone to a single sample sale despite being around NYC for a very long minute. Never mind; I came up with no logical justification.
First up were Philip Lim and Rachel Zoe. I had no shopping strategy or expectations because my goal was just to lurk and get a feel for how the sample sale works. Philip Lim had a strict no-photo policy but to me that read “Please photograph discreetly”, which I did. The Philip Lim sale had been totally scavenged (a reason to go early and the day the sale opens) but still very crowded. Rachel Zoe was much quieter with more selections.