Queuing for fashion is a peculiar business but it’s also a great leveller. For once, money can’t guarantee access to the best stuff. You have to wait in line, in the cold, with a hangover.
Sometimes – like at the Angels Vintage Sale – a three hour wait can result in nothing better than you’d find in the local thrift store. But sometimes getting up a little early can be worth it. At the Comme des Garcons for H&M launch a 8:30am arrival meant I had some choice out what was on offer. But it wasn’t completely civilized.
When shopping at events like these, the fact is you need to grab. But grab politely and with digity. Whilst others were elbowing each other violently to find the prize pieces I went about calmly picking up any of the jackets in a smallish size then editing it down later. And before long I had a armful of stuff and was met with a much quieter shop floor. Most people seemed to get in and out extremely quickly, presumably heading off to work afterwards after as I did myself.
Walking away with two jackets and a shirt, I was happy that the die-hards and eBay sellers had prevented me from even catching a glimpse of the Â£199 frock coat. I spent that money in a sample sale the following week.
Did anyone else strike it lucky at CDGxH&M? I’d love to see…