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From the Front: A Report on HERMES
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We should have put this Hermès "sample" sale up a few days ago, when we listed the Million Dollar Babe night, and for that matter, we should have listed the sale for Intermix, too -- all of them at the Metropolitan Pavilion. For all you label-conscious competitive shoppers, though, the first stop would have been the fourth floor gallery, for the Hermès sale, on Thursday, continuing through today. Now, we're not saying that you'd have walked out with the proverbial kitchen sink, but there were plenty of scarves, ties ($89 instead of the retail of $145), shoes, clothes, and a smattering of leathergoods, home goods, and assorted tschotschkes. The scarves were the doggie ones--the ones that they just don't really move in the store, but we suppose if you are stuck giving a gift to your great-aunt's sister (and you didn't really need a box for it), then snagging a scarf here would have been o.k. (After all, $195 sure beats $325 or is it $345?) There were none of our favorites, none of the top-sellers, no luscious florals, no popular patterns (like "Les Clefs," oldies and goodies that we collect, like "Les Rubans"), and so on. But, so be it. There were amazing shoes for men and clothes galore....real finds, at a fraction of their retails--but even then, they were thousands and thousands. So, if you have money to burn, and are a fan of the esteemed saddlemaker, we promise that next year, we'll give you a heads-up really early. Be prepared, though, to stand in a queue for a long time.

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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.

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