I was green with envy when Londoners were blogging about the Drake's/Edward Green pop-up sale back in July. We're still going without an EG pop-up on this side of the pond, but Drake's and CHCM have put together one heck of a sale at the latter's brick and mortar shop at 2 Bond Street here in New York City.
I was lucky enough to be let in ahead of the store's 11 am opening, which is a testament to just how cordial and gracious the folks at CHCM are. The owner is actually from Northampton, so in addition to all of the wonderful accessories surrounding us, we also chatted amiably about the various shoe factories located in that part of the UK. The gentleman from Drake's was equally engaging.
Sales like this are usually something a madhouse, so it was a completely different experience to be able to talk to the staff about different offerings, colors, fabrics, and textures. To try things on without being bumped and jostled for mirror time was absolutely sublime.
CHCM has some great brands on display which were forced to make way for the shipment of 28 boxes of Drake's product for the sale. The prices, in a word, are insane. I'll post my booty later this week, but I came away with a button down shirt, a cashmere/silk sports jacket in a lovely dark brown color, 3 ties, a pocket square, and a lambswool throw that might be criminally under priced at $65. In comparison, the scarves, which are really just a portion of the fabric used for the throw, were priced at $95.
In addition, pocket squares were $40, ties were $65, jackets/blazer were $295, I don't recall what the dress shorts were priced at but I want to say $65, and scullies and gloves were $30 each. There were these wonderful lightweight polka-dot scarves that were about $95 - apparently the Sartorialist asked about them (good choice, they looked amazing).
The shop itself looks like a great shop for menswear - I'm looking forward to popping back in sometime after the Drake's sale is over to get a closer look at the rest of the inventory.