This morning at around eight o’clock, Barneys flung open its doors to welcome stylish spendthrifts—reportedly over 100 of them—who had lined up to make like locusts at the store’s warehouse sale. Our morning coffee must have been spiked with too much sanity, because we weren’t there to report on the dumpling-line doppelganger. But a New York fashion reporter was, and they got some good stuff … for free!
If the curious magnitude of the sale was ever in question, the two girls from Long Island who apparently boarded a 5:30 a.m. train to the city, can probably speak to its import. Or perhaps the woman wearing “a big furry hood” who got in line at six a.m. could put in her two-cents on the matter. That is, unless she needed to put them toward a $200 pair of Christian Louboutins.
Inside, just beyond the mandatory bag check, things were even kookier. (A sign heralding an added 25 percent off Kate Moss for Topshop threads? Quick—someone give me a paper bag!) Just over an hour into the sale, though, many shoppers’ locust-like behavior reportedly became more sluggish. “It’s taking so long to retrieve full pairs of shoes that a lot of women are giving up,” the reporter wrote in.