I have to admit MP was a lot friendlier and helpful to me, but their merchandise was terribly limited. They were no helpful or nice at the Wall Street Location and Madison it was crazy just to find ONE SA to assist. I do believe that IG plays a big role in their popularity and sales. I see Michael Coste always posting photos with reality stars or other asian starlets or just plain crazy rich asians - and I have no doubt it's because of their IG following - and I'm sure they get tons of perks being VIP at Hermes, too.Created an account just to reply to this thread.
I've been shopping at meatpacking for a few years, almost since their opening. It's been very frustrating how arbitrary they are with the offers.
I think MP tries to cultivate the youngish Instagram influencer set as its customer base. This is reflected by their choice of inventory, which is heavy on lower-priced pieces that would be easy to recognize in photos: logo-heavy RTW t shirts/knits, trinket-type jewelry pieces, sneakers and Orans. More recently, they've hosted several promotional events for the makeup launches and invited mostly minor local Instagrammers, but they no longer hold showings or events for the dedicated clientele.
I've had a lot of trouble purchasing more "serious" RTW pieces and jewelry because they simply don't order it for the store. Needless to say, the bag offers haven't come as easily as for this woman either.