As Barneys’ Destiny Remains Uncertain, Nanushka Celebrates Joining the Retailer

Signs reading “Not Closed” and “Barneys Til I’m Dead” were posted on the doors of Barneys New York’s Beverly Hills flagship, which has always had a sense of humor, even about itself. While the future for the bankrupt retailer may still be unclear, Nanushka — the Budapest-based brand designed by Sandra Sandor — was celebrating its arrival at the store Thursday night in Los Angeles.
“Nanushka has been at least two times almost bankrupt,” shared Sandor of the influencer-loved sustainable brand with vegan leather basics that’s been worn by Gigi Hadid, Drew Barrymore and Charlize Theron, among others. “We said, ‘We’re going to close the business.’ But I never believed in closing the business. I knew it would go on. And I see Barneys in a similar way.…I feel that they will solve it. I don’t think it’s going to close down.”
“We heard the rumors and the news,” chimed in co-owner and chief executive officer of the brand Peter Baldaszti. He’s also Sandor’s fiancé. “But Barneys has its place in the retail landscape, despite the struggles.”
Things took a turn for the better for Nanushka after it received an investment from a Hungarian private equity firm. Sandor, who started the label in

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Barneys New York Asserts Itself in New Campaign

Barneys New York is approaching its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Wit, drollery and irony are much more in the retailer’s wheelhouse, and on display in a new national campaign, “Dear Shopper,” featured in the window displays and interiors of its flagships.
The concept, which was launched to coincide with New York Fashion Week, was created in partnership with Thom Bettridge and Richard Turley to communicate directly to customers that it’s business-as-usual while Barneys wends its way through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.
“In the nearly 100 years that we’ve been in business, Barneys New York has always been vocal, using its witty and provocative spirit to define the cultural significance of fashion,” said Matthew Mazzucca, creative director of Barneys New York. “This campaign shows our customers that the Barneys New York they know and love is here to stay, along with the fashion they expect in all of our stores.”
The campaign is dominated by windows featuring sayings such as “Not Closed,” “The Emperor Has Clothes,” “Give Me Some” and “Attention Shoppers,” in fonts inspired by sensational headlines. Fall styles are pressed in glass slides “to signify transparency and radical honesty,” the retailer said. Shadow boxes inside

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Barneys Bankruptcy Has Social Media Buzzing

Barneys New York has officially filed for bankruptcy.
The 96-year-old luxury retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the early hours Tuesday — the second time in its history — after scrambling to find financing last month. The retailer, which is planning on closing 15 of its 22 doors, has more than 5,000 creditors, including The Row, Celine Inc., Yves Saint Laurent America Inc., Gucci, Prada and more.
After news broke, the retailer shared a photo of a Barneys shopping bag, captioning it with: “trends come and go, but institutions are timeless.”

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Others have also taken to social media to share their reactions to Barneys’ bankruptcy, with most hopeful for an upcoming blowout sale at the retailer.
Read on to see some of the best social media reactions.

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Me shopping at Barneys when everything goes on sale and I can finally afford it: pic.twitter.com/JudbZt6SB5
— Wine and Tea (@Krazykarenn) August 6, 2019

Lmao me adding shit to my barneys cart waiting for this liquidation sale pic.twitter.com/uRONQqOLXL
— greg (@0127999_) August 5, 2019

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Tom Kalenderian Celebrates 40 Years at Barneys

There aren’t many retail executives who can say they’ve worked for one company for 40 years. But Tom Kalenderian is not just any retailer.
Kalenderian, the executive vice president and general merchandise of men’s, children and home for Barneys New York, is one of the most respected merchants in the luxury men’s business.
He’s survived a bankruptcy filing, five ownership changes and a similar number of chief executive officers. He’s seen the business shift its focus from downtown to uptown and lived through its expansions and contractions — all without losing focus on making Barneys’ men’s business the best it can be.
What sets Kalenderian apart is not only his passion for the industry and his deep knowledge of the business, but also his ability to unearth little-known brands that Barneys can incubate and help build into powerhouse brands, whether that’s Boglioli, Isaia or Ovadia.
But something else sets him apart as well: his humility.
In an industry where self-promotion has become a career objective and egos can fill an auditorium, Kalenderian is the opposite. Ask him, for example, why he’s been so successful and he always answers the same way: it’s because of Barneys, not him.
And although he’s undoubtedly received other job offers through

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ExKite Limited-Edition Capsule Lands at Barneys New York

Renzo Mancini is proving that you don’t have to be based in a fashion capital to have your products sold by a luxury retailer. Of course, Mancini is a little more remote than most — some would even say, off the grid. Still, he managed to get the attention of Barneys New York buyers in Sardinia, where he lives and operates ExKite with his wife, stylist Eirinn Skrede.
The eco-friendly ExKite creates jackets from kite-surfing kites that are decommissioned and upcycled.
Mancini, a former professional kite surfer, found his calling when he was test-piloting a kite surfing brand. Testing the kites in the water, Mancini realized they could no longer be used for kite surfing, but he didn’t want to throw them away. Each kite was associated with a memory — of a beautiful day or a nice moment on the beach. With Skrede, he designed jackets, each a one-of-a-kind article.
Mancini said he didn’t “want to take a corner at Barneys because we are not yet known.” He had an idea, which sounds quite ambitious, but was second nature for the kite-surfing pro. “‘Why don’t we take two kites and put the logo of Barneys on one and the ExKite logo on

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The Very Warm Partnering With Barneys

The Very Warm, a New York-based outerwear brand, has teamed with Barneys New York once again for an exclusive capsule that will launch next month.
Called the City Series, the brand has created three styles that will be sold in the retailer’s stores in three different cities: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The styles — a coach’s jacket, which will retail for $ 215, a bomber for $ 295 and a parka for $ 400 — will feature localized, custom artwork that represents the city in which they will be sold. The jackets for each market will only be sold in that city.
The back of the jackets sport the name of the city while the inside features collage art by Gil Goren that speaks to the distinct character of each city. The New York version, for example, features Wall Street, JFK International Airport, and other graphics.
 

The interior artwork in The Very Warm’s jacket for Barneys. 

The capsule will be available beginning in the middle of October, and if successful, The Very Warm hopes to roll out the program to other locations.
The Very Warm was founded last fall by cousins Shai and David Peyser, whose family owns Weatherproof, in order to break into the contemporary outerwear market. For

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Barneys Taps John Vizzone to Create Millennial-Skewed Line

Barneys New York is heightening its focus on the Millennial shopper and has tapped Cifonelli creative director John Vizzone to create a more-moderately priced collection of tailored clothing targeted to this younger customer.
The collection, John Vizzone x Barneys New York, is exclusive to Barneys for at least the next year, said Vizzone, who served as creative director for Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label collection for more than 25 years before signing on with Cifonelli in 2014.
Tom Kalenderian, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s wear for Barneys, said Vizzone and the retailer’s merchandising team were brainstorming about how best to attract a younger customer where they saw a void in the assortment. “It was the missing link in our business,” he said.
The younger guy will come to Barneys for his limited-edition sneakers, jewelry or other items, but with the average suit selling for more than $ 3,000 and shirts in the high $ 300 range and above, he often shops elsewhere for his more-tailored pieces, Kalenderian said.
So Vizzone agreed to create a line of Italian-made suits, sport coats and trousers that will retail for $ 995, $ 695 and $ 250 to $ 265, respectively. The collection will also include woven shirts made in Spain for

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Fila and Barneys Just Gave Some ’90s Classics a Serious Upgrade

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Vitale’s Girl Power Message at Barneys

The day after Barneys New York named Daniella Vitale its first-ever female chief executive officer, the store launched a new campaign devoted to women’s empowerment. Titled “We Will Be,” the initiative is done through the Barneys New York Foundation, the retailer’s charitable arm that was founded in 2016 as a way for the store to advocate for human rights, the arts and education. For the campaign, Barneys commissioned videos done in partnership with the High School of Fashion Industries and MAKERS, a women’s media platform, that highlight strong women. They were installed Feb. 3 in Barneys’ Madison Avenue and downtown New York windows to coincide with New York Fashion Week.
The timing could not be more apt, considering the heightened cultural focus on the protection of women’s rights under the Trump administration and the arrival of Vitale as the store’s first female ceo. The initiative was her idea.
“Back in November, with such a negative and divisive tone in the world we felt we needed to kick off the year with a message of inclusion, diversity and women’s empowerment,” Vitale said. “With a group of us sitting around talking about how women in general had been treated so poorly during the campaign

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Atea Oceanie: The Best Boyfriend Button-Downs, Now at Barneys

Laura Myers quietly launched her contemporary collection Atea Oceanie for fall 2013 out of London, gaining traction with celebrities like Kristen Stewart and Sarah Jessica Parker, who favor the line’s fluid minimalist tailoring and Italian cotton button-down shirts. The collection is carried by Selfridges in London, on theline.com and, as of next week, Barneys New York.
As is the case with many designers, Myers’ concept sprung from “things that were missing from my own wardrobe,” she said earlier this week as she showed her resort lineup and a preview of spring in a suite at the Mercer Hotel in New York. These days, with so much stuff on the market, it’s almost laughable to think that decent shirting, suiting and slip dresses could be elusive, but Atea Oceanie’s are good-looking and especially well-priced ($ 130 for modal cashmere T-shirts, $ 250 for shirts $ 300 to $ 600 for dresses and suiting) for European fabrics and production. The shirts are made in Portugal; tailoring is done in France and London.
“The market today is full of the minimalist look, but we were particularly drawn to Atea Oceanie for its nonchalance,” said Tomoko Ogura, Barneys’ senior fashion director. “It’s both nonchalantly elegant and cool. That attitude is

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Burberry Creates Capsule Collection for Barneys

A look from Burberry XO Barneys New York.

The brand has created a capsule collection — Burberry XO Barneys New York — inspired by its Prorsum collection.

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