Amenity Arms Race
One small [fashionable] step for a the transgender community…
Luxury retailer Barneys will feature 17 transgender models in their spring campaign to bring awareness to gender identity issues. Photographed by Bruce Weber, the campaign is titled “Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters,” and showcases models of different races and countries decked in Balenciaga, Derek Read More
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Following in the footsteps of The Mark and Extell’s Carlton House, which kicked off their partnerships with Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys last year, Elad has announced that its latest luxury conversion 22 Central Park South will also feature in-home access to personal shoppers and hair stylists from Bergdorf. The upscale department store is literally right around the corner, as a New York Times article on extreme amenities points out. But why go all the way down the street to find your own personal shopper when the concierge can call one 24/7? (The service will prove especially helpful, of course, for those last minute pre-gala emergencies.)
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New York Times metro editor Wendell Jamieson said he was “surprised they took such a personal swipe” after reading yesterday’s editorial in the Daily News, which slammed the Times for not promptly covering the story of racial profiling at Macy’s and Barneys that the tabloid has been pushing since last week.
Law & Fashion
The Daily News has thrown its editorial weight behind a new cause: racial discrimination of shoppers.
The paper, which strongly defends the NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic also accused by critics as profiling, has taken an unmistakable position of outrage.
Amenity Arms Race
Stop and frisk might be illegal now as a police practice, but inside at least one store on Madison Avenue, racial profiling is still an issue according to a new lawsuit published in the Daily News yesterday. Today, a second customer has come forward to complain about their treatment in Barneys, where they said they were harassed because of the color of their skin.
We thought we’d heard it all: pet spas, rent-a-butlers, concierges who can plan a romantic date or hire a helicopter at the last minute. But apparently there is no end to the things that rich people want to be able to do from the comfort of their own living rooms. Like going to Barneys without actually having to go to Barneys. Because shopping for designer clothes and eating at Fred’s can be so draining!
Extell just announced that it is partnering with Barneys to offer residents of the Carlton House, the old Leona Helmsley hotel to super-luxury condo conversion at 21 East 61st Street, special access to a number of the upscale department store’s services. Carlton House owners will get VIP access to the store, personal stylists and entree to the penthouse suite for private shopping. (Trying on clothing around other people is, you know, kind of low brow.) Residents will also be able to order lunch and dinner delivery from Fred’s and get made-to-measure services, in-home custom suit services and home delivery of any in-store purchase.
Fashion Week Observed
There’s been much to-do over the Barneys holiday windows that were unveiled this week. While last year’s amazing and somewhat controversial Lady Gaga collaboration pushed the envelope, this year, for some baffling reason, the retailer decided to partner with Disney.
Luis Fernandez, senior vice president of creative for Disney Consumer Products, had said that concept behind this collaboration made total sense from a retail perspective. “We thought, ‘A huge force in fashion and a huge force in animation,” he said in a recent interview. “What better than for these two companies to get together and do something for the holidays?’”
Julie Ragolia has seen more stars in their skivvies than you could dream of! After sinking her teeth at MTV and a slew of glossies eons ago, she moved up the nasty and competitive ladder of fashion editorial… These days, she serves as the fashion editor of 7th Man Magazine and styles mega-stars, such as Rihanna and Sean Combs. Despite his Napoleon complex, street photo Scott Schuman even made her the cover girl of his treasured tome, The Satorialist. The Observer tried to find out if she gets to sleep with any celebs and what exactly stylists do aside from playing with clothes and acting bitchy in the Prada showroom…
It’s the great white whale of Manhattan retail.
Aside from Walmart, Nordstrom is the store every retail broker in the city dreams of harpooning and reeling into a new home. One prominent broker familiar with the store, the amount of space it needs and the rents it would probably be willing to pay estimates that the commission for handling its lease would be around $10 million.
But like a leviathan lurking beneath the waves, the department store has offered only fleeting glimpses around the city, most notably at several development sites and a few existing assets with the capacity to accommodate its sprawling footprint.
The scuttlebutt nowadays: Nordstrom is contemplating one of two leases, one at the West Side rail yards with the Related Companies or another at the base of Extell Development’s soaring new residential tower now rising at 157 West 57th Street.
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare before Christmas: Lady Gaga‘s new holiday stocking-stuffer line at Barneys, unveiled on Monday, which is sure to be included on every little monster’s wish list this year. Cookies shaped like meat dresses? Yes. Necklaces that look like exploding disco balls and/or guns? Yes. A chocolate Alexander McQueen shoe styled after Gaga’s own wardrobe? But of course! And all at(relatively) low prices…how could you say no?