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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Nanushka Pre-Fall 2019

“Effortless femininity that reflects the brand’s signature, modern nomadic aesthetic infused by Seventies interior design inspiration. I’m really attracted to the Seventies interiors and also the Seventies architecture,” Budapest-based Nanushka designer Sandra Sandor said of her vast pre-fall collection, pointing to Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill and Mexican artist Javier Senosiain. The collection leaned more Bofill than Senosiain with clean lines and an earth tone palette but the largest inspiration came from Seventies-inspired interiors and upholstery. For instance, velvet puffed bags and vegan leather garments such as a quilted, updated version of its Hude puffer jacket embodied a comfortable yet clean upholstery. Prints were also inspired by vintage duvets: a washed floral tank top and underlayer set or new snake print on a button-up shirt and skirt combination and updated puffer jacket.
The nomadic aesthetic — “the essence of the Nanushka philosophy” — that is rooted in the brand’s Hungarian roots flowed through in relaxed, elongated silhouettes such as long sweaters piled over skirts or daydresses with Western hints on their pockets and collars. Sandor also used tonal, fabric covered rope and tie-techniques to emphasize the female figure. There were wrapped silk dresses as well as front-tie napa leather offerings. Accessories included a

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Nanushka Resort 2018

This season, Sandra Sandor created a collection mixing the mutual language of Far East Asia with the wild Western Americana. Nanushka is a Budapest-based brand that’s rooted, and continually inspired, by a “traveler’s mind-set.” That mind-set embodies leaving behind preconceptions of style and dress and experimenting and liberating your concept of style while away. Designing versatile items for easy care and packability plays into this as well.
Resort displayed a light palette of mostly light pink, Champagne and neutral separates. This color scheme played nicely to the details, all of which helped to lightly communicate the inspiration. “All the fringe and statement hardware, the denim and leather all refer to western root while the tassels, satins and silk fabrics, and the silk scarf inspired shapes refer to the oriental heritage,” Sandor explained. Overall the collection was effortlessly chic with highlights including: a lightweight, quilted jacket, a vegan leather dress with front button details waist tie, a utility trenchcoat with detachable cotton hood and matching crisp satin sets.
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