New York’s streets this morning were rife with Election Day activity. But at the Warwick Hotel on West 54th Street, a different sense of anxiety unfolded — this one shopping-related. Hundreds of New Yorkers had gathered to rummage and shop at Manolo Blahnik’s semiannual sample sale — many attendees forgoing the morning polls in favor of purchasing discounted shoes.
“The polls are open until 9 [tonight], and I could only have the babysitter so long — you can take the kids to the polls, but not so much to the Manolo sale,” said Jennifer, a child-life specialist.
“Shoes first and voting later. I have until 9, so as long as I do it as some point,” Joann, a finance professional, said of her day’s schedule.
Shoes at the sale retailed for upward of $125 — 70 or so percent off their retail price. Boots were priced at $200 and up.
The event’s well-appointed waiting room appeared to be split half-and-half between eligible voters, and foreign residents and tourists.
For the room’s American contingency, the event was a pleasant remedy for Election Day jitters.
Said Lea, a marketing manager: “It’s definitely a form of therapy for today.”