No need to wait for our thorough accounting of the Gant Sample Sale on Tuesday morning. Here’s a ton of instructive feedback, and this guerrilla-style investigation by contributor — and Eating Everywhere editor-in-chief — Sam Jacobs:
Gant holds its sample sales twice a year— semi-annual events held nearly as close to my heart as Thanksgiving and my wedding anniversary. This Fall there was even more anticipation by many who also covet this sale, expecting Michael Bastian merchandise at a fraction of the cost. If you were one of the lucky few to be invited to the VIP day of the sale — or just one of us who decided to show up — then you were in luck….
By the time I arrived, however, (around 1:00 this afternoon) the only remaining pieces were a few random t-shirts, button-downs, a pair of orange jeans, and cord shorts. This was not a disappointment to me as I had tried on some of the MB merch at the store, and could barely get a leg into it.
I moved on happily to the regular collection and Rugger items. As usual, there was a wide array of sport shirts ($29), sweaters ($35 for cotton/wool, $45 for cashmere), fleece ($29), tees ($15), sport jackets ($95), jeans and chinos ($25), outerwear ($50 – $95), leather ($195), bags (from $15 – $75 for a nice leather brief case), and other accessories including ties ($19), socks ($7 or 3 for $20), scarves ($15), hats ($15), gloves ($15 – $25), cufflinks ($18), boxers ($10), and belts ($15 – $25.)
I picked up a wool zip sweater, a medium duffle in navy wool with brown leather trim, six pair of socks (seriously, this was sock porn for me), a pair of boxers, 2 pocket squares (considered scarves), and a Rugger oxford shirt. For those of you unfamiliar with the fit at GANT, Rugger also fits considerably smaller than the regular collection.
Hence, I now have a Rugger oxford shirt that is too small – I can wear a medium in collection, and this was a large in Rugger – HUGE difference. The selection of sport jackets was not as wide as it has been in the past. I saw a caramel colored moleskin number that I liked, but I managed to hold back fearing death via angry wife. Don’t get too excited though unless you wear a size 50 (40 American). All sport jackets are size 50, and most pants seemed to be 34/34. Shirts, sweaters, and outerwear are more diverse in sizes.
Gant Showroom – 20 W 55th St between 5th & 6th – 11 fl – Mon 8:30am-6:30pm (for VIPs), Wed-Thur 8:30am-6:30pm, Fri 8:30am-5pm – 212-230-1949 – Map