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Barneys Gourmet Holiday Windows
November 2, 2010, 1:11 pm
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Simon Doonan, Creative Director for Barneys New York, has just unveiled designs for one of the first holiday window displays of the season… With the tagline, “Have a foodie holiday” and paying respect to icons of gastronomy like Jean-Georges, Jaime Oliver and Julia Child, the first glimpse includes a scene created from Illy coffee packaging and accessories.  Looking forward to lunch… I mean, the holiday season!

“I’m interested in the dissonance between fashion and food,” said Doonan. “Whenever we do an event, the fashion people say, ‘No food please. Let’s just serve vodka.’ But our customers are much more interested in Bobby Flay and Keith McNally than in Lindsay Lohan or the Kardashians. Chefs are definitely the new celebrities.” (via The Moment)

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SartoriaLUST pop up in Barneys
September 10, 2009, 11:02 am
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Riding his wave of success from the Sartorialist book, Scott Schuman has put together a mini pop up in Barneys based on a few of his favorite looks.  “The SartoriaLUST, the temporary retail space will offer a variety of items ranging from clothing to accessories and everything in between. Expected brands include Dries Van Noten, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, and Jil Sander as well as smaller brands such as Duckie Brown, Lidfort and Fairfax. Stay tuned for further information as it arrives.” (hypebeast)

the sartorialust pop up shop barneys new york 1 The SartoriaLUST Pop Up Shop at Barneys New York

the sartorialust pop up shop barneys new york 2 The SartoriaLUST Pop Up Shop at Barneys New York

“Luxury in the Tank” means a bankrupt Barneys?
September 2, 2009, 11:17 am
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According to reports, Barneys (the NY-based luxe department store) could be making its second trip to bankrupcty court in the near future.  Their other option would be a buy out from Canadian department store chain Holt and Renfrew.  Daily Finance reports, “A spokeswoman said the Toronto-based chain would not comment on the report, which claimed that Holt & Renfrew had approached the hedge fund Perry Capital LLC about a deal. Perry Capital put together the $942 million deal in which Barney’s was sold in 2007. Holt & Refrew, a upscale chain akin to Bloomingdale’s, could be a good fit for Barney’s, which has struggled in the recession, like other high-priced stores with large apparel inventories.

“The bottom line is luxury is in the tank,” said Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, a New York-based retail consulting and investment banking firm.

“We’re in the biggest trade down effect in the history of retailing,” he said. The results posted this year by retailers including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and others all point to a steep fall in luxury retail due to the recession. “Barney’s is in a state of collapse, along with all the luxury retailers,” he said.”

Barneys, bloody Barneys
August 12, 2009, 11:09 am
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Though a few weeks old, these window dressings at Barneys seem to continue to earn comments from related industries.   LA-based window designer, Chad Michael Christian Morisette brought up the frightening similarities between his recent work for LA shop The Los Angeles Sporting Club, and Simon Doonan´s windows in NYC.  Maybe it is just Halloween approaching that brings out the bloodlust in all of us.

Los Angeles Sporting Club




Men.Style.Com Buyers Club F/W 2009
August 3, 2009, 10:13 am
Filed under: Fashion, Market Info, Stores | Tags: , , , , , published on Friday their guide for the coming season´s biggest hits as suggested by owners and buyers of some of the US´s coolest stores including Barneys, Odin, and Blackbird.  My favorite item in the list is the tartan Moncler jacket recommended by Barneys.

Click here to see the whole list.

Scenes from a store window: Barneys NY
July 13, 2009, 9:37 am
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Racked was all on top of the latest window treatment at Barneys…  We love Mr. Potato Head also.

Barneys in Trouble?
February 24, 2009, 3:02 pm
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One of the most venerable department stores in the US has apparently been making waves in the American retail market with rumblings of financial problems. Though all payments have been made on time, and a source at Versace claims that there have been no problems, others fear that as result of the departure of former CEO Howard Socol, the new bosses are making the buying season more difficult. Additionally, though new owner Istithmar has been fishing for buyers for the chain, there have been no bites as of yet. This comes after a significant expansion into the Boston, Dallas, and San Francisco markets.