If you look at pictures of the Alexander Wang Fall 2011 show or read our recap of the accessories, you may have noticed something: There weren’t any handbags. Instead, Wang debuted his first collection of small leather goods on his fall catwalk. Starting this Friday at 6 a.m. New York time, that collection is going to be available to the public for one day only, exclusively through a very special partner – eBay.
EBay has shown a particular interest in fashion lately through its Fashion Vault program, which functions similarly to sites like HauteLook and Gilt Groupe – eBay partners up with a brand to offer a selection of items at a deep discount, and the sales run for a limited time only. EBay also occasionally collaborates with brands for special capsule collections to be sold through the site, like a recent mini-line of Derek Lam dresses for under $300.
This partnership strikes me as interesting, though, because these bags weren’t made specifically with eBay in mind, as far as I know. They walked the runway with the rest of the collection, and at $235-$525, they don’t seem to be priced differently than they would have been if they had been shipped to retailers for their debut. Which brings up an important question: Will these bags be sold elsewhere? I’ve had trouble finding a confirmed answer on that, and eBay is calling this sale an “exclusive,” although I’m not sure if that means an exclusive debut or an exclusive, period. What I do know is that even if these wallets are sold elsewhere, this limited-time eBay sale is the only place where you can get them for immediate delivery. So if you want one of these little bags, set your alarm clock for 6 a.m. this Friday and point your browser right here.