The Manolo Blahnik sample sale is a hot mess. I remember when I went a few years ago and it was a horrible experience. I traveled from Brooklyn to the Upper East Side at 6am and I was grouped with the Maire Antioniettes of sample sales. A certain group of ladies sucked the fun right out of the sale by one, being annoyingly self-righteous and two, acting as if they held stock in Manolos.
I just remember one VIP took it upon herself to start making a list of those who arrived to the sale, this is before the Manolo staff even set up their efficient system. When shoppers arrived she would tell them to sign the list, she even stated that everyone should sit in the order that they arrived.
The same VIP found herself a friend and they went on to engage in probably one of the snootiest conversations I have ever overheard. Self- righteous number one and self -righteous number two, just went on and on about their disappointment in the sale leaking to the public and how they hate when other fashionistas try to swindle their way into sample sales, all typical sample sale behavior.
They were speaking as if non-press or non-VIPs weren’t worthy of attending the sale. There, I was, not a press or VIP listening and thinking to myself, is this how the women of the press and editors of fashion publications really think? That the same women they are writing for aren’t even allowed to partake in a sale?
It’s bad enough that some designers don’t like certain people wearing their clothing, but here, we had women who are seemingly “setting the trends” for the masses expressing their disdain about the “masses” being allowed at various sample sales. F.Y.I. It’s always been the masses that have set the trends, i.e. the Youthquake movement where teenagers dominated the fashion and music scene.
These women were acting as if they were entitled to this sale. All I could think was, sis, you’re getting discounted past season shoes that come in plastic tubs -get over yourself. We’re all here at the crack of dawn to shuffle through shoes; you are no better than me.
If you’re down to fight your way to some Manolos, the sample sale deets are below.
Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale
Thursday, October 11th 2018, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Warwick New York Hotel, 65 W 54th Street, New York, 10019