About Barneys New York
Barneys New York has been one of the most talked about luxury stores since 1923. The original store, which was opened in Manhattan, along with other flagship stores in other cities have continued the tradition of providing well made, higher end goods usually from the top labels and brands in the world. There are no knock-offs or “cheap” items to be found here, something also keeping in with the Barneys tradition. The store also pioneered the use of available media for advertising including being the first to use radio ads to lure shoppers in to their doors. Of course, the store is also famous for many, many other things that have created loyal shoppers the world over.
The Barneys Window: Then and Now
The display window at Barneys has been a fixture of the Christmas holiday season for as long as the store has been opened. Every year there is a new theme with different designers, including celebrities coming in to build and decorate their window. Holiday shoppers, some traveling from many miles, other states or other countries, make a point of stopping by to get a glimpse of the window for themselves. Peace and Love: Have a Hippie Holiday was the theme for the Barneys window in 2008, while the window celebrated 35 year of Saturday Night Live the following year. A foodie holiday was the theme in 2010. Barneys New York collaborated with avant garde pop singer Lady Gaga in 2011.
Recently, Barneys has added something new, calling it the “Window” too. This new Window is the social media experience of the store, a part of the website itself. On it, there is a blog that describes upcoming events, talks about important things in the world of fashion and even offers interesting suggestions for creating your own look.
What You Might Find at Barneys Stores
When you are shopping at Barneys, be prepared to be reading a head spinning array of the top names of fashion, fragrance and shoes. For men, one of the top selling lines is the Ralph Lauren Black Label line. For women, things such as Nina Ricci handbags, Manolo Blahnix pumps and dresses by Dolce and Gabbana are the leaders. Fragrances by Frederic Malle and Le Labo, Bobbie Brown Cosmetics and La Mer skin care lines are also top sellers. Nearly every high end designer is featured here with the exception of Prada. Barneys and Prada ended their long standing relationship because of a slight dispute over control.
For women, Manolo Blahnic shoes are coveted, dreamed of, fought for and saved for. Two styles are featured on the “Window” as part of the Night Out campaign. Those are a black pump made of all black lace and a white leather pump with an edgy, hardcore metallic cuff. The Night Out campaign also highlighted a dusky blue Nina Ricci evening bag.
Barneys also has section of designer kid's wear. Featured is a dress by Anthem of the Ants, which is long sleeve for winter in black lace with a wide red sash that finishes with a pretty bow at the waist.
Saving Money Even on Super High Fashion
Everyone knows that if you find an Armani dress at a “bargain” price at nearly any other store it is either defective or worse, a knock-off. Faked goods are a big business, and it is sometimes hard for the average person to tell one from the other. No one wants to buy something that is not what it claims to be, and no one wants to have to buy something that is less than first class but shopping at Barneys is a luxury that many people will just never be able to afford. There are ways to get the Barneys experience without the Barneys price tag, however. For instance, Barneys Warehouse offers items at up to 75% off the retail prices. In addition, there are several outlet stores that offer these same items at deep discounts. There are Barneys outlet stores in California, Florida, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts and Texas.
What to Look for at the Outlets
Because outlet shopping is different than shopping at stores, it is important to know a few key tips before you go. First, set and stick to a budget that you can work with but still be happy about. Plan to be at the outlet store for quite a while because you will want to try on items to be sure they are right. Remember: some outlets do not allow returns while others might. If you are traveling any distance to get to an outlet, consider how much you can safely haul back with you or make other arrangements to get your items home. Vacationers who sometimes add outlet shopping to their travel plans frequently have items sent to their homes directly from the stores so that they have less to carry when they travel back.
Carefully inspect items so that you are aware of any small imperfections before purchase. Some designers require damaged, soiled or returned items to be sent back to them directly, while others will allow these items to be sold at outlet stores with special markings that sets them apart from first run or perfect items.