Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

How to shop


The Bag Snobs show how it's done

The weather is a bit dreary but the friendliness of the people here is enough to warm my spirits. Remember my disappointment of missing the sales next week in Paris? Well the SAs in Paris didn't agree to pre-sale anything to me, (sniff sniff) but the lovely British more than made up for it! I arrived and immediately went to Harvey Nicks, where I was told everything would be on sale on Wednesday (I'll be home by then). I noticed a woman who looked like a person of authority near the Dries van Noten bay and I asked her if she would kindly consider pre-selling to me or shipping items to me in the States. Not only did she agree, she assigned two Brand Specialists to show me around! After trying on countless amazing items from Balenciaga, Dries, Alexander McQueen, Burberry Prorsum, Stella McCartney, etc. I found a few pieces that I loved and guess what, she let me have them right then and there at the discount! A big thank you to Heather, the sales manager of Harvey Nicks and Suzanne and Tom-- Brand specialists for Dries and Balenciaga. I love the UK! If you live near London, run over to Harvey Nicks this Wednesday, June 25th and ask for Suzanne (Dries) or Tom (Balenciaga)!

3 comments:

Rosaria said...

Linda, remind me to take you along as my handbag next time I want to do the sales. You would be a thoroughly useful accessory!

Badaude said...

The credit crunch hits Harvey Nicks?
The French sales period is strictly controlled by the government (see this helpful article: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/12618/french_retailing_a_comparable_look.html) and they would be 'très épates' to hear any suggestion of regulation relaxation!
You might be interested in my take on one part of the French luxury industry this week on www.badaude.typepad.com.

Toby Wollin said...

Well, this is a trick I have never tried; I'll have to remember it.