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50 posts tagged "Barneys New York"

WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Debuts Its First Women’s Collection


WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

For Dexter and Byron Peart, form and function have never been mutually exclusive. Since launching WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie back in 2006, the Montreal-based twins have quickly gained a following for their luxuriously minimalist men’s accessories, which are particularly conducive to traveling in style. The multitasking brothers are constantly in the air, and have packing down to a science. (In addition to running their brand, the duo also operates WANT Agency, which represents North American sales for brands including Maison Kitsuné and Filippa K.) Now, after years of fielding requests from girls who borrow and covet their boyfriends’ bags, the designers are finally introducing their first-ever women’s line. “Our female fans have been egging us on to unleash this for a long time. There was definitely a pent-up demand for it,” Byron told at a preview yesterday. WANT Les Essentiels partnered exclusively with Barneys (a longtime supporter) to debut the new collection boasting three classic styles, which hits stores today.

WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

“Regardless of gender, we treat bag design like architecture or interiors. The ultimate goal is to create a product that is timeless and simple—never tied to a specific moment or trend. If we’ve done our job right, our customers’ kids will be inheriting these pieces one day,” said Byron. Similar to their guys’ range, the women’s bags are perfectly practical (with plenty of pockets to organize all your daily essentials), cut from quality Italian calfskin leather, and feature understated metal hardware. The City is the consummate, compact cross-body, and comes in three neutral colorways—the burgundy-hued style comes with cool suede accents. For those ladies with a bit more baggage is the terrific Douglas duffel (in both medium and large sizes), as well as WANT’s signature O’Hare tote—a subtle update to its best-selling men’s style, which easily fits up to a 17-inch laptop. The best part about these beautiful, utilitarian bags? They’re reasonably priced ($595 to $1,495), versatile, and built to last.

The premiere WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie women’s collection is now available at Barneys New York. For more information, visit

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Juergen Teller’s Vivienne Westwood Nude Now Available as a Rug



The greatest photograph of a designer ever taken, Juergen Teller’s 2009 portrait of a nude Vivienne Westwood, is now available as a massive rug. Tomorrow, Barneys is launching a collection of limited-edition art rugs, including works by Scott Campbell, Helmut Lang, Marilyn Minter, Richard Prince, and more, rendered in hand-knotted Himalayan wool and silk. Here’s your exclusive first look at the high-art floor covering and the teaser video. All of the rugs will be on display at Barneys New York until June 9—excluding the Teller rug, which won’t be shown due to nudity. Nice to know Dame Viv is still too punk rock for Madison Avenue.

Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York 

Marina’s Must-Haves: Atlantique Ascoli’s Victorian Blouses


Marina's Must-Haves

When it comes to spring dressing, there’s nothing better than a crisp white shirt. My friend and Barneys senior fashion director, Tomoko Ogura, recently introduced me to French line Atlantique Ascoli, which Barneys picked up for spring, and I fell in love immediately. Inspired by Victorian blouses, the brand’s premiere collection is comprised of the perfect white tops, one for each day of the week. Its oversized designs are meant to be worn like sweaters, and it’s easy to dress the shirts up or down. I’m in love with the voluminous sleeves, and I want to add each style to my wardrobe so I can wear the shirts as my new work uniform.

Atlantique Ascoli Ballet Russe blouse, $740. Available at Barneys New York.

Photo: Courtesy of Atlantique Ascoli

In Four Years, You Won’t Have to Go Uptown to Shop at Barneys


Barneys in 1975

That’s right! According to WWD, the downtown girl’s favorite luxury UES retail experience is heading, well, downtown. In 2017, Barneys New York, whose current flagship is located at Madison Avenue and 61st Street, will open a 57,000-square-foot outpost on 16th Street and Seventh Avenue. What’s really sweet about this news is that the new shopping destination will actually occupy the same building in which Barney Pressman originally bowed his business ninety years ago. The department store only moved to its Madison location in 1993. Don’t worry, though, uptown girls and boys—you won’t need to hail a cab to shop the shoe sale or grab a Bloody Mary at Freds (yup, there’s going to be a downtown Freds!). As per Barneys’ CEO, Mark Lee, “We’re having two flagships in New York. Uptown is staying put.”

Photo: via WWD

Red Suits You


Red suits from Thom Browne and Haider Ackermann, and LeBron James

From the runway to the street to the closets of sports stars, the color red has found its way onto the current sartorial playlist, especially—and excitingly—across men’s suiting.

“Red has great energy and signifies a decadence other colors can’t,” Barneys New York’s general merchandise manager and executive vice president Tom Kalenderian told “Remember Diana Vreeland’s famous red chinoiserie walls—didn’t she once say, ‘I want this place to look like a garden, but a garden in hell?’” After hearing Vreeland’s take on the hue, who wouldn’t want to wrap himself up in Haider Ackermann‘s ruby-toned sleeveless Spring ’14 waistcoat, Roberto Cavalli‘s oxblood shawl-collared stunner, or Thom Browne‘s cherry-red generalissimo uniforms?

Just off the runway, our intrepid Tommy Ton lensed red peaked-lapel blazers from Firenze to Paris. One fellow stood out in particular, pairing his vermilion jacket with a medium-grade chambray shirt-and-tie combo underneath. And finally, at last week’s ESPY Awards, a number of athletes hot-stepped it down the red carpet in matching wares: Chicago Bears’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall in a Hugh Hefner-esque burgundy smoking jacket; San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a simple scarlet sport jacket; and the King himself, the NBA’s LeBron James, in a muted carmine tux whipped up by L.A.-based tailor Waraire Boswell. As Kalenderian keenly noted, “Making a statement is the new normal.”

Photos: Go (Thom Browne and Haider Ackermann); Getty Images (LeBron James)