Barneys Partners With Luxury Upcycling Brand BYT

SHANGHAI – Barneys New York is partnering with Hong Kong-based sustainable fashion brand BYT on a range of jackets upcycled from luxury industry waste product.
The fashion industry’s annual textile waste stands at an estimated 92 billion tons, a fact that motivated BYT cofounder Christina Dean, who is also the founder of sustainable fashion NGO Redress, to start the brand.
“Getting this exclusive upcycled BYT and Barneys collection, which comes with so much heart and hope for better, into one of the world’s most respected department stores talks loudly about how fashion, which has always been a reflection of our times, is changing. For me, it speaks of big changes that are already happening within consumers’ wants and wardrobes around the world,” she said.
In order to ensure the sustainability credentials of the collection, BYT worked with environmental experts Reset Carbon on a carbon footprint lifecycle analysis, from raw materials to factory, to estimate carbon savings. Results suggest that a typical BYT upcycled jacket has a 60 percent reduced carbon footprint compared with a similar jacket created using virgin materials, which is equivalent to diverting 14,882 plastic bottles from landfill.
Leah Kim, Barneys executive vice president, general merchandising manager, women’s, said the partnership with BYT was

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Bridget Foley’s Diary: Azzedine Alaïa at Barneys: Happy 35th

“You do not give Monsieur Alaïa parameters!”
So exclaimed Barneys New York chief executive officer Daniella Vitale, referring to the exclusive capsule collection Azzedine Alaïa designed for the store in celebration of his long and fruitful presence there — now 35 years and counting.
The collection consists of eight dresses, some inspired by — though not replicas of — looks sold at the store through the years. It debuts at all Barneys doors on Friday and will be heralded with windows at both New York locations — Madison Avenue and downtown — and the Wilshire Boulevard store in Beverly Hills, as well as with in-store “World of Alaïa” vignettes.
Vitale’s proclamation came in response to something of a rhetorical question: Did Alaïa have carte blanche or did you give him parameters? Yet the gusto with which she answered did more than just amuse. It spoke to the core of Alaïa’s long-term staying power, both at Barneys and in general. Alaïa is a genuine creator, famously uncompromising in his adherence to his specific, highly refined aesthetic and disinterested in diluting the message so as to appeal to a broader audience — a position he has maintained through his current partnership with Compagnie Financière Richemont, which obtained a stake in Alaïa’s

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Barneys and Chill: Barneys New York Erects a Winter Wonderland in Its Holiday Windows

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Madison Avenue and 61st Street is probably the last place you’d look for a 4-foot-high ice castle, but leave it to Barneys New York to subvert expectations. A glowing ice sculpture, gleaming in rainbow lights like an Antarctic Gaudí creation, occupies one of the department store’s holiday windows, which are getting their official unveiling tonight. For the berg to survive in the haute environs, Barneys was required to turn its window bay into a life-size freezer set to a temperature between -5 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit. A team from Ice Castles, the Utah-based company specializing in larger-than-life ice environments that created the  living, growing sculpture, will be on hand to tend to it as needed, though as Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman notes, “The risk is that if everything goes haywire, we’ll have a swimming pool in there.” (His solution to that emergency? “If it turns to water, well, maybe we’ll get goldfish!”)

The icy sculpture is one of four window installations—which are united by the theme “Chillin’ Out”—designed to wow the holiday crowds. There’s also a slot-car racetrack with Swarovski-studded miniature Lexuses; a serene installation by glass artist Dale Chihuly with light projections by the digital video company Christie; and another life-size freezer where Moncler Gamme Bleu–clad members of Brooklyn’s Okamoto ice-carving studio will be crafting penguins, dogs, bunnies, and other creatures out of ice.

Four windows, a visual space that spans a Manhattan block, and only one fashion placement? Where other department stores go for baroque installations filled to the brim with stocking stuffers and twinkling gowns, Freedman prefers sparse-yet-surreal environments. “It would be a huge mistake for us to be doing the kind of work we’re doing if it didn’t appeal to our customer, and I do think that the man, woman, or child who is coming to Barneys is expecting, and almost waiting, to see how creative or how original we can be,” he said.

Some initiatives surrounding this year’s installations include the introduction of Penny and Quinn, a stuffed penguin toy and 3-foot-high penguin cutout in leather jackets who will be mailed to famous Barneys fans for selfie sessions. (Barneys launched this concept last year with SQRL, a festive squirrel designed as a part of its “Baz Dazzled” windows with Baz Luhrmann.) There will also be an Instagram contest where fans can compete to have their handles carved in ice and Tidal playlists streaming in front of the windows.

That says nothing of the windows’ second lives online. In the four hours I spent watching the displays going up, the Barneys team had to wrestle phones from onlookers’ hands and physically block passersby who were eager to share the colorful action with friends. “This is a case where social media, the idea of people making their own films, has really inspired us to actually do more interesting work,” Freedman explained. “We now begin with the idea that these windows are, basically, the first iteration of something that is going to live in a very different virtual world, in a far more powerful way.”



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Barneys Hosts U.S. Government Officials for Discussion on Women’s History

POWER ON: Barneys New York welcomed three government officials at its Madison Avenue flagship Monday, who participated in a panel discussion in celebration of the International Day of the Girl. The retailer, in collaboration with women’s empowerment council Girls’ Lounge, has rolled out a national campaign called #GirlPossible in support of the honorary holiday — forging a social media campaign, window displays at 15 stores and specially-created online content.
At Monday’s discussion Rosa “Rosie” Rios, the U.S. Treasurer; Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and Payton Iheme, a senior White House policy adviser for the Office of Science and Technology, were joined by Girls’ Lounge founder Shelley Zalis and filmmaker Dyllan McGee to discuss how women often lose their place in history storytelling, and what can be done to reverse such oversights.
Rios, who has spearheaded the government’s current crowdsourcing campaign to find a woman to front the new $ 10 note, said the only women to be previously featured in U.S. currency notes were Pocahontas and Martha Washington, who were both depicted in group imagery alongside men. Rios, as a result, has repeatedly lobbied for the figures featured on U.S. currency to be more reflective of the country’s overall population. “It’s not a

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Barneys Hosts U.S. Government Officials for Discussion on Women’s History

POWER ON: Barneys New York welcomed three government officials at its Madison Avenue flagship Monday, who participated in a panel discussion in celebration of the International Day of the Girl. The retailer, in collaboration with women’s empowerment council Girls’ Lounge, has rolled out a national campaign called #GirlPossible in support of the honorary holiday — forging a social media campaign, window displays at 15 stores and specially-created online content.
At Monday’s discussion Rosa “Rosie” Rios, the U.S. Treasurer; Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and Payton Iheme, a senior White House policy adviser for the Office of Science and Technology, were joined by Girls’ Lounge founder Shelley Zalis and filmmaker Dyllan McGee to discuss how women often lose their place in history storytelling, and what can be done to reverse such oversights.
Rios, who has spearheaded the government’s current crowdsourcing campaign to find a woman to front the new $ 10 note, said the only women to be previously featured in U.S. currency notes were Pocahontas and Martha Washington, who were both depicted in group imagery alongside men. Rios, as a result, has repeatedly lobbied for the figures featured on U.S. currency to be more reflective of the country’s overall population. “It’s not a

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Designer Madeline Weinrib Showcases Her Worldly Treasures at Barneys New York

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Aptly titled “A World of Influence,” Madeline Weinrib’s pop-up shop at Barneys New York is chock-full of treasures from around the globe. Opening tomorrow through November 27, this store-in-a-store is Weinrib’s pop-up on the Barneys floor, though her career has been nothing short of prolific. She began as a painter, but being the granddaughter of the founder of ABC Carpet & Home, it seemed to be fated that she design beautifully handcrafted, eclectic rugs and fabrics. Her business eventually expanded to travel-inspired textiles and decor.

Barneys is showcasing her creations, as well as other pieces sourced from around the world, many made by independent artisans. The collection includes pillows with her signature ikat prints; bowls from the Gem Palace in Jaipur, India; Moroccan tables; and Uzbeck servingware. Apart from her artful eye for design, Weinrib has a knack for discovering expert craftspeople, and for finding true diamonds in the rough. Below, she divulges where to look for these buried decor treasures near and far.

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Barneys: Made in New York

Made in New York. It’s a simple, elegant phrase that’s becoming a loaded fashion statement as you read this. There’s marketing. There’s co-branding. There’s money, and politics. There are good intentions. But, first, there are clothes.
The hook for this story is a new Barneys New York capsule collection titled Made in New York for which the retailer asked seven of its top designers to produce items completely in New York City to support the beleaguered local manufacturing community. The collection goes in stores next week — all nine flagships and five of the smaller stores — with the full flex of Barneys’ display muscle behind it: It will get all of the Madison Avenue windows during New York Fashion Week, a grand gesture. To illustrate the concept, each window will house a sculptural dis- play of 200 two-foot needles made by the Barneys creative team.
Altuzarra, Thom Browne, The Row, Proenza Schouler, R13, Rag & Bone and Narciso Rodriguez made pieces for the collection, an assembly of reimagined greatest hits from each label. A seductive black Chantilly lace and chiffon dress from Altuzarra; a fitted dress from Proenza Schouler; a lean scuba dress from Rodriguez; a mannish tailored coat from Rag

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Jeremy Zimmer, UTA Fine Arts and Barneys New York Team Up for A Paris Photo Dinner


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Victoria Beckham Celebrates Her Debut Season with Barneys New York

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How to Score the Best, Last Deals of the Season: The Ultimate Guide to the Final Sales at Barneys, Saks, and Bergdorf

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For all the joys of online shopping, sometimes you get tired of tromping to the UPS store, returning all those boxes full of dreams you clicked on with such hope and pathetic anticipation just a day or two before. There are times when you long to shop the old-fashioned way—to touch and try on a glittering prize right before you buy it, to wallow in the pure pleasure of a brick-and-mortar Valhalla.

To that end, and to celebrate the final markdowns of the season, I set out to explore the slashed priced possibilities at three iconic Manhattan department stores—Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Barneys New York. At Saks, my first stop, sale items are a healthy 70 percent off, which means a cherry-infused Nina Ricci slip dress is now a delightful $ 387, and a deliberately huge Givenchy polo with a flowered border and an American rainbow flag patch (bet you don’t already have something like this) is an encouraging $ 267. If I am not citing original prices here, it is because they are not always visible on the tags. In fact, the final price can frequently only be discerned by a helpful salesperson scanning the tag, which is how I learn that a silk Burberry blouse printed with a map of London is now $ 238, a pair of heavily decorated Junya jeans are $ 327, and an incredibly lovely white McQueen cotton dress—perfect for summer!—is $ 598. But there is a thorn in this garden—Saks has a Final Sale policy, which for a serial shopping bulimic myself (I have been known to buy, return, and then rebuy on more than one occasion) is a rather daunting prospect.

Over at Bergdorf Goodman, the liberal return policy we have come to associate with department stores is still in place. There is 75 percent off here, which means a Prada coat in a gray Russian Constructivist print with silver piping—a real statement piece—is now $ 1,779, still fairly hefty, but comparing well to the original price of $ 7,130. A tweedy black and white Proenza Schouler overcoat, to throw over everything you own, is $ 739, down from $ 2,950, and a Céline peacoat with big satiny buttons lifted from a tuxedo is $ 1,289 instead of $ 3,250. If you want to spend far less, there’s a white shift from The Row for $ 299, and at least two variations of silky tropical print trousers—turquoise and maroon from Dries Van Noten for $ 459, and emblazoned with chrysanthemums by Erdem, for $ 299.

At my last stop, Barneys, the tag prices—well, when one can find the tags—are 60 percent off, but a last-minute perusal of its website this morning indicates that many items have just now dropped an additional 15 percent. (However, a deep throat in the store tells me that some things are resting at 70 off.) So by the time you read this, tariffs will surely be at least slightly less than the prices quoted here. In any case, when I visit, an olive cotton knit affair by Isabel Marant, either a long tee or a short dress, is $ 99. (If, despite your best efforts, a T-shirt still makes you look like someone who forgot to get dressed in the morning, you have 30 days to return sale items.) Two Sacai dresses catch the eye—one, an elaborate gray sweater with oddly charming printed chiffon panels, experimental enough for very creative black tie, is now $ 909; another, a short tee-dress in navy with satin trim, is only $ 129. And in the event that merely keeping warm has become your top priority this week, a wooly pinkish sweater from Thakoon Addition, for a very comfortable $ 289, would be ideal for snuggling around the fireplace—or at least the space heater.

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