When Barneys Returns To Chelsea, It Will Look Very Different

A lot of veteran New York shoppers were delighted last year when it was revealed that Barneys New York would take over part of the original store on Seventh Avenue in Chelsea where it became a retailing legend. Anyone who thought that the old store (pictured below in a 1989 archival photo) would somehow be recreated, however, is in for a surprise. The new Barneys in Chelsea will be doing more extensive remodeling on the space than the intervening tenant, Loehmann's, ever did before moving in.
Were you hoping that those display windows would once again hold some whimsical Holiday displays? Those windows have been blown out along with the rest of the entire street level façade of the building, which we noted a few weeks ago. Yesterday, we spied a flat rendering of the new store's front elevation (pictured above) posted on the plywood covering the construction site which indicates that the dramatic entrance to the previous store is being completely removed in favor of a more innocuous set of glass doors. A stone wall will bear the store's signage, and it appears that most of the rest of the front will be glass. We are guessing that it will offer a view directly into the store rather than serve as display windows, more like the smaller, former Co-op stores in Brooklyn and on the Upper West Side. This will be a disappointment for anyone who had held out hope that Barneys would give a nod to the old Chelsea store by reproducing or at least restoring part of what remained there. Of course, we should know by now that the current executive team has no interest in nostalgia for classic Barneys. In fact, given the opportunity to preserve or tear down anything that would remind shoppers of the original store, they almost always go with tearing down and replacing with slabs of marble and glass. We have become accustomed to this by now, but shopping nostalgists in New York should be prepared for the likelihood that Barneys' grand return to Chelseas may not be quite as grand as they might have been hoping for.

CONSTRUCTION REPORT: Barneys Will Have A Whole New Storefront In Chelsea



Longchamp, JohnVarvatos, Costume National, Valentino, Lilla P, Le Creuset, M Missoni, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

Mara Hoffman, AG Adriano Goldschmeid, Superfine, Via Spiga, Kaanas, Catherine Malandrino, StriVectin, Vilebrequin, John Varvatos, Ivory + Mason, Costume National, Antonio Maurizi, Oliver Peoples, Longchamp, Splendid, Qi Cashmere, David Yurman Watches, Seychelles, Valentino, Free People, Brooks Brothers, Generic Surplus, S.T. Dupont, Antica Farmacista Home Fragrance, BergHOFF  —join HERE
Lilla P, Donald J Pliner, Philip Stein Watches, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Peacock Alley, ABS by Allen Schwartz, EPIC Shirtmakers, Teabox, Le Creuset, PUMA, Ella Moss, Joe's Jeans, Gotten, Lojel, Clarks, Meira T, iGourmet, Taryn Rose, La Prairie, All-Clad, Badgley Mischka, Rockabye & Boikido Toys, Jean Dubost Cutlery, Deana Dean Kids, UGG Australia —join HERE
M Missoni, Donald J Pliner, Zanzara, Cuisinart, DFI Aging, Adrienne Landau, Completely Cashmere, Jimmy Choo —join HERE
Cole Haan, Max Mara, Tahari, Invicta Watches, Andrea Candela, Autumn Cashmere, Go Software, NYDJ, 525 America, Franco Sarto, Jessica Simpson, J.A. Henckels, GANT, Portolano, Threads for Thought, ELEVENPARIS —join HERE
MICHAEL Michael Kors, Antelope, Julia Jordan Dresses, Capwell & Yochi Jewelry, Joe's Jeans, Original Penguin, Prada, Jared Lang, Bally, Ike Behar, Isaia, John Varatos, Bruno Magli, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna —join HERE


The Herschel Supply Co. Sample Sale Line Is Crazy Long

Last May, The Shophound stopped by a below street-level bar on Chrystie street for the HERSCHEL SUPPLY Co.  Sample sale. There was a modest line, but nothing that seemed like too much of a inconvenience for a Saturday afternoon. There were great bargains inside on products that aren't too expensive to begin with.
Well, things have changed.
Today, we stopped by 250 West 39th Street around noon (doors opened at 11) to check out this season's sale, expecting the same sort of public response, and boy were we surprised. Not really, though. Herschel has only become a more popular brand in the last sixth months outfitting hipsters and school kids alike with well designed, affordable bags and accessories, so it's not that surprising that lots of people would hit the sale. It's just surprising that so many would line up along 39th street all the way to Eighth Avenue, around the corner and halfway to 38th Street (pictured above). We heard that shoppers were being allowed a 15-minute time limit to make their choices, which seemed reasonable, and since the sale was in a street level space, we were able to get a peek inside the dingy windows (pictured below)  to see that there looked like a good selection of merch for shoppers.
No, we did not wait in the line mainly because we had a pretty good idea of what would be there and we really weren't up for waiting in line for a hour for things we didn't have a specific need for.
The sale is supposed to run through tomorrow afternoon, so there may be a chance to stop by more conveniently after the rush subsides. See our SALE ROLL at left for details.


Today Is Balmain x H&M Day
Brace Yourselves


In case you haven't heard, there's this Balmain collaboration with H&M that arrives in stores today.
Well, honestly, if you aren't reading this before lunchtime, it has probably mostly departed H&M stores by now.
In a season that has been marked by some pretty impressive collaborations from the likes of Lemaire, Carine Roitfeld and Adam Lippes to name a few, this one is the grand finale.
From what we have been able to gather, the glitzy/sexy designer collaborations like Versace and Roberto Cavalli have been the fastest sellers for H&M, and Balmain is right in that wheelhouse, so the reasonable expectation is pandemonium when the doors open today. Expectations are high all around which is probably why this collection has some of the chain's strictest return rules. Reports from last nights VIP shopping session tell us that the privileged few ransacked the collections, so we can only imagine what the masses who have been waiting outside the stores since yesterday will do. 
This particular collection seems like it has been promoted more heavily than any previous H&M collaborations, so, honestly, we are a little tired of seeing pictures of it by now, but if you are an eager Balmain fan who has been anticipating this for months, we hope you find all the pieces you wanted to get.


The Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale Is Happening RIGHT NOW

Well, we heard that due to some chaotic behavior at the last one, the Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale might take a different form this year. We know that there will be a benefit sale in Connecticut on the 14th of this month which some thought might supplant the one in New York, but no. The NYC sale is happening RIGHT NOW at its usual Warwick Hotel location on 54th Street and Sixth Avenue on the second floor until 5 PM. There was, obviously, no advance notice, so maybe you won't have to contend with lines of people who got up at the crack of dawn. Prices are promised to be from $125 to $550, approximately 80% off. Cash Only.
Run, run run!
Good luck shoe mavens!


Burberry To Consolidate Brit, London And Prorsum Labels Into A Single Monobrand By Next Year

More than a few eyebrows were discreetly raised several months ago when Marc Jacobs said he would do it, and now Burberry is the next designer  brand to follow suit and combine all of its various sub-labels into a singular, all encompassing Burberry brand. After next Spring, you will say goodbye to the separate Prorsum, Brit and London labels as creative director Christopher Bailey undoes the tiered strategy installed by former CEO Rose Marie Bravo who spearheaded the British brand's reinvention in the late 1990s. In a statement to the press yesterday, Bailey says he is after “a much more consistent experience of the collections. Those categories were created when Burberry sales were 70 percent wholesale and 30 percent retail. Now it’s the opposite, with retail sales that are bigger. The key is to present a cohesive brand experience.”
In doing so, Bailey is adopting the model of European luxury brands like Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton which have generally eschewed diffusion offshoot labels. A few years ago, Dolce & Gabbana closed its lower priced D&G collection which had originally been a more casual licensed jeans and sportswear line that developed into fully fledged sub-brand. Folding it back into the main collection may have lost it a few retail doors, but ultimately, it has left the hugely popular label with a stronger, more focused fashion image. Similarly, Marc Jacobs  announced late last year that his Marc by Marc Jacobs contemporary label will be merged into a more broadly defined main collection for Spring 2016, and now Burberry is following a similar path to strengthen its brand image.
While there are two main Burberry boutiques on East 57th Street and in SoHo, the smaller Brit and London shops on Bleecker Street, Madison Avenue and at Brookfield Place will be rebranded simply as Burberry by next Summer. Bailey has already begun to mix the three labels in his runway shows (including Spring 2016 pictured above) which had previously been restricted to the most luxurious Prorsum label. In case you are wondering if the company is just trying to put a spin on cutting losses, there will reportedly be no jobs eliminated in the brand consolidation. In fact, the company is doing so well that it has announced a plans for a new factory in Leeds, England which will allow it to increaser its iconic trench coats. The new facility will include state of the art technology that will alleviate pressure on the two Yorkshire factories which have been pushed to capacity manufacturing the coveted coats from the weaving of the fabric to the finished product.

Burberry to Merge Brands, Open New Factory (WWD)


Google's SoHo Store Is Canceled

Last year Google landed a lease at 131 Greene Street in SoHo (pictured above) for what was expected to be one of its first freestanding retail stores, not far from rival Apple's first New York store at the corner of Prince and Greene Streets. We would have expected the store to be opening right about now, but after an extensive renovation of the space that reportedly cost $6 million, it looks like Google has hit the delete key on its ambitious retail plan. The 5,442 square-foot space which would have been hawking Android phones and tablets, Chromebooks and any number of other products running Google software is now being marketed for subleasing, so anti-Apple tech enthusiasts will have to entertain themselves with Fifth Avenue's new Microsoft store for the time being.
According to a dedicated website for the space, the store has been dramatically remade and modernized, with historical cast-iron and exposed brick elements preserved and opened up with skylights. It is now a premium space for whatever retailer can swallow the $2.25 million annual rent —about $450 per square foot which is pretty much what one would expect for the block. Let the luxury groups have at it.

Google abandons plan to open first-ever retail store in New York City, but not before spending $6 million to renovate this SoHo space (Crain's)


Todd Snyder On The Hunt For A New York Store Under New Owner American Eagle

Aeo-todd-snyderEarlier this year, designer Todd Snyder (pictured at right) closed his City Gym extended pop-up store in NoLita with a nice big sale and a hint that a new, permanent boutique was in the works, but no news on that front has appeared until today when it was announced that the designer had sold his company to American Eagle Outfitters.
This was a little bit of a surprise.
While both companies share a classic American-based aesthetic, American Eagle is a mall mainstay, while Snyder's own line, a Shophound favorite, has more luxury designer-level positioning. Even his collaboration with sweatshirt-maker Champion has an exclusive, limited distribution. Would the designer collection get downgraded into more of a moderate priced brand?
It turns out that American Eagle was less interested in Snyder's luxe line than they were in the Tailgate Clothing Co. t-shirt brand that Snyder had started with his family in the early 1990s. While The Shophound and most other consumers had no idea that there was any connection between Snyder and the vintage-inspired t-shirt company, it turns out that it has been helping to fund his designer collection which he started in 2011, and has a strong following among the collegiate customers that AE values so highly. Tailgate will be expanded with its own stores, and Snyder himself will become an executive vice-president of American Eagle while continuing to run his own label independently from the larger chain. Its more exclusive designer status will be maintained with more funding to allow it to expand as well, including a search for a freestanding Todd Snyder boutique in New York as confirmed by American Eagle global brand president, Chad Kessler in WWD today. Now, we just have to sit back and with for him to find a space, which is easy, right?

American Eagle Acquires Todd Snyder in $11 Million Deal (WWD)


Another Cavalcade Of Sales From Derek Lam, Moschino, DSquared2, Vince, Adam Lippes & Much More

It's high season, shoppers, and there are more sample sales going on this week than any reasonable person should be expected to attend. We have something at nearly every price level going on between now and the end of the weekend, so lets dive in.

Starting today, the folks at 260 Sample Sale are running a triple header as they launch a second SoHo location for the winter season. Home base at 260 Fifth Avenue is devoted to ASICS athletic wear through Saturday including clothing, shoes and accessories for the entire family at up to 80% off. It's the perfect time to stock up early on workout wear for the inevitable launch of New Years resolutions after the Holiday season.

Down at 151 Wooster Street in SoHo, the premium designer sale of the trio is from DEREK LAM who will be offering savings on all of his collections including clothing, shoes & accessories from both his main collection and the 10 Crosby label. Expect some eager shopping crowds lining up on Wooster Street today through Sunday.

Finally, stroll a few blocks downtown to the group's newest satellite at 43 Wooster Street for a MARIMEKKO clearance offering its boldly printed women's apparel, bags and accessories as well as the Finnish label's famous home decor items including fabrics to put to your own use.

That's not all for Today. Clothingline is opening a 3-day INHABIT sale featuring the label's sumptuous sweaters at its Garment District home including both samples and stock from the Fall collection. Just a couple of blocks uptown, shoppers can find MISHA NONOO's acclaimed contemporary dresses and sportswear from the recent fall collection through Thursday the 5th.

On to Wednesday, which brings us to one of the season's most eagerly awaited sales. Though the designer roster from this manufacturer has changed over the years, the 3-day AEFFE showroom sale on West 56th street has been a sample sale shopper favorite for a couple of decades now. These days the lineup includes mainstay ALBERTA FERRETTI, Jeremy Scott's reinvigorated MOSCHINO, Fausto Puglisi's EMANUEL UNGARO collection as well as PHILOSOPHY di LORENZO SERAFINI, FUZZI, CEDRIC CHARLIER, POLLINI and more.

Anyone looking for more casual fare will be heading down to the Chelsea Market for a big  VINCE sale offering up to 70% off collections for men and women including clothing and accessories through Sunday.

Thursday brings one of the other highly anticipated longstanding showroom sales as the STAFF USA sale opens in Chelsea at  Diesel HQ on West 19th Street. Typically heavy on samples and often pretty pricey, the big draws in this season's mix are the perennial favorite DSQUARED2 and the resurgent, John Galliano designed MAISON MARGIELA collection as well as the more popularly priced MM➅ line.

On a more accessible note, popular backpack purveyor HERSCHEL SUPPLY Co. will be holding a two-day sale in the Garment District featuring its bags and accessories. Last season's edition offered excellent bargains as well as special early-bird deals, so look for more of the same.

Still with us? You may want to save up for Friday. That's when luxury sportswear star ADAM LIPPES will be offering his collection including samples and stock on Bank Street in the West Village through Saturday.

Take a breather on Saturday, then head over to Soiffer Haskin on Sunday morning for the seasonal CHRISTOFLE sale of French silver flatware, gifts and hollowware which is sharing the space with JUDITH LEIBER's renowned luxury handbags.

Finally, luxury lingerie fans will head down to SoHo for a week of LA PERLA's coveted intimate apparel on sale through next Saturday.

If that's not enough of a gamut for you, there are also sales through the week from RAOUL, TUSK leather goods, BEIRN accessories, SHALINI, JAMES JEANS, ANDREW MARC and more. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL at left for complete details, updates and the inevitable late-breaking sale info.

Next week, get ready for ANNA SUI, REBECCA MINKOFF's seasonal extravaganza, ALEXIS BITTAR and two more heavy hitters from local favorite STEVAN ALAN and ALEXANDER McQUEEN.


Jason Wu, TOMS, Cristiano Ronaldo, Furla, Burberry, Montblanc, Kate Spade, Melissa McCarthy, Nanette Lepore, Maison Margiela, Fendi

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

Ava & Aiden, Vintage Hermès Scarves, Jason Wu, Furla, French Sole FS/NY, BCBGeneration, TOMS Eyewear, Aperlaï Shoes, Cristiano Ronaldo Underwear, Generic Man, AVI-8 Watches, Prada, Lust Limited Jewelry, Zenith Watches, Trumaker Sweaters, Hanro, Peanuts Artwork by Tom Everhart, Loloi Rugs & Pillows —join HERE
Burberry, Hale Bob, BEARPAW, Lipault Paris, Bertha Watches, XCVI, Twillory, Andrea Candela, Reebok, The Oliver Gal Artist Co., Stuart Weitzman, T Tahari, Felix & Lola Jewelry by Rivkah Friedman, W118 by Walter Baker, Akribos XXIV Watches, Jane Basch Jewelry, Jaxxwear, Flight 001, True Religion, Lancôme, Montblanc, Gucci, Commando, Legacybox —join HERE
Cole Haan, Franco Sarto, Jessica Simpson, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, CATHERINE Catherine Malandrino, Givenchy, L.A.M.B., MICHAEL Michael Kors, Steve Madden, Gucci, Guess, Kate Spade, Kensie, Melissa McCarthy, Prada, Ray-Ban, T Tahari, Vince Camuto —join HERE
Nanette Lepore, 7 For All Mankind, Saucony, Mason's, Bed|Stu, Ella Moss, TOMS, Original Penguin, Mosman Australia, Toweldry, Cynthia Steffe, Da-Nang, Fillmore —join HERE
French Connection, Prada, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Armani Collezioni, Ike Behar, Fendi, Ben Sherman, Bally, Maison Margiela, Zanzara Socks, Athletic Recon —join HERE