Some people like to chase twisters. I like to chase clothes. Yesterday I was on a mission to find a piece of Lanvin's limited collection for H&M to call my own. Although I wasn't serious about purchasing a cocktail dress for $200, I was at least hoping to snag one of the coveted line's t-shirts or accessories. But no such luck. Those items were sold out and the only accessory I could find was a Lanvin tote bag for $3.95.
In fact, some shoppers were so serious that they camped out before the New York City stores carrying the merchandise opened.
My compulsion curiosity led me to four H&M stores and each only had a couple racks of dresses left (the flagship store on Fifth Avenue also had plenty of men's items). If I'd been thinking more like an eBay reseller, I would have purchased at least one to flip later.
En route to my final H&M of the day in Soho, I spotted a young woman on the F train touting four fully loaded Lanvin for H&M bags.
Her name is Cassandra and she works in fashion. She said she scored 12 dresses from the store on 34th Street across from Penn Station -- some she'll keep and the rest she picked up for her boss and friends. I admire her resourcefulness.
Maybe I'll be better prepared for H&M's next big designer collaboration. Either way, I had a fun afternoon chasing "discounted" designer rags.