There are tons of sample sales around town right now, but the big shopping event this weekend is the Comme des Garçons New York Market Market 2 (its official title). This every-now-and-then archive sale started today, and even by midday, the line stretched nearly to the end of a long crosstown block on West 30th Street. In fairness, it looked like it was moving, but this was just the sidewalk line, and it appeared to snake around even more once you were inside the building. Clearly, this is a worthwhile time investment if you are a big Comme fan since this sale appears to be a biennial event at best. The last one was in 2011. It looks like there will be no point at which one will be able to casually drop into this sale (maybe on Monday, the last day, but don't hold your breath)
No, The Shophound did not go inside. While we admire designer Rei Kawakubo immensely, we have discovered that the cut of even her most conservative men's clothes are profoundly unflattering on us, and we do not wish to resemble a box with legs regardless of her unimpeachable artistic intentions. However, there is certainly no shortage of people who are willing to wait in line to get inside, and for them and you, our friends at Racked have a breathless preview report that essentially says the sale is everything you could have hoped for and more. Apparently, every Comme des Garçons produced collection from several past seasons is included at 70% off retail except for the BLACK line which is 50% off. Make of all this what you will, but be warned that it's supposed to rain tomorrow, so best of luck to all Comme shoppers.
Before the Fray: The Comme des Garçons Archival Sale Will Blow Your Mind (Racked)
Comme des Garçons New York Market Market 2 through Monday, May 13th 127 W. 30th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, Midtown