Where the runway meets the street

When COMME des GARCONS holds a sample sale, you go. While many of us sit in Berlin, a number of the Highsnobiety staff holds it down in New York. This time around, three members of the international Highsnobiety team hit up the famous, once-every-three-years sample sale to take part in some serious shopping and get caught up in the consumer madness first hand. Luckily, we were able to skip the line thanks to early press access, but those that aren’t fortunate enough to be in our position had to wait upwards of three long hours.

After taking a look inside, as well as highlighting some of the best (and most bizarre) outfits, we provide a quick recap of our purchases. Find quotes and price comparisons below, while you wait for the next mega sale… Three years from now.

Pete Williams, Editor-in-Chief, Print Magazine

“This was my first time at a CdG/DSM sample sale and it was a cool experience, digging through the racks to discover a handful of solid pieces I’d been eyeing in the past, as well as a bunch of great gifts for my girlfriend (including an UNDERCOVER wallet for only $26.) Although there was over an hour wait to check out and pay in the end – and up to a three-hour wait to get in – where/when else can you get a pair of Common Projects for $97?”

Richardson x Bella Freud Wool Sweater: $84 ($420)
Gosha Rubchinskiy Mohair Glitter Sweat: $141 ($705)
CDG Girl 100mL KAWS Bottle: $30 ($135)
Common Projects Ball Low:  $97 ($485)

Jian DeLeon, Editor-at-Large

“I had the advantage of scouting a bit early, but I had to wait to buy like everyone else. I saw a pair of UNDERCOVER Psychocandy slip-ons and knew that was the first thing I’d grab. Shouts to the Jesus and Mary Chain. I tried on a few Gosha things but unfortunately they were too small. I had to do a ton of digging, but in the end I was able to nab a full UNDERCOVER fit. I found a tee, hoodie and a pair of the Carhartt collab work pants. They have a sick side seam that sticks out and a middle finger print lining on the pockets.

“I picked up Pharrell’s scent, which actually smells pretty nice, and a pair of Common Projects B-Ball Lows in white suede with a gum sole, and a CdG natural tan leather card holder. I stopped by on the last day and managed to snag a pair of pants and a pair of CdG Homme Plus reptile-print loafers, too.”

UNDERCOVER No Sir hoodie: $96 ($480 retail)
UNDERCOVER x Carhartt Pants: $96 ($480 retail)
UNDERCOVER Ū T-shirt: $33 ($165 retail)
UNDERCOVER Psychocandy Slip-Ons: $66 ($330 retail)
Pharrell Williams Girl Fragrance: $15 ($200 retail)
Common Projects B-ball Lows: $97 ($485 retail)

Thomas Welch, Head Photographer

“I missed the sale last time around because I couldn’t get out of work (#internlife). Seeing that this is the only time COMME des GARCONS is in the realm of copping, I sort of went crazy. Homme Deux, CdG Shirt and Homme Plus made it into my bag along with perfume and small leather goods. COMMES runs extra small, so I’m an XL across the board…just for the record, I typically wear a size medium. Thank you.”

CdG SHIRT Striped Shirt: $117 ($390 retail)
CdG Homme Plus Shirt: $117 ($390 retail)
CdG Homme Plus Pants: $50 ($700 retail)
CdG Zip Pouches: $50 ($270 retail)
Eytys Canvas Sneaker: $17 ($153 retail)
Amazingreen Perfume: $30 ($103 retail)

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