NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with nyc instances Chief Fashion Critic Vanessa Friedman concerning the closing of Barneys stores

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with nyc instances Chief Fashion Critic Vanessa Friedman concerning the closing of Barneys stores


Barneys, the blissful luxury division string, could see its doorways closed once and for all. Since filing for bankruptcy, Barneys shops have already been shutting through the nation, and, in a blow that is further its many iconic storefront can be in peril. The Barneys ny on Madison Avenue in Manhattan had been a tourist spot and a popular for the ladies in HBO's "Intercourse And the populous city."


UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As character) So which region do you really vote in?

SARAH JESSICA PARKER: (As Carrie Bradshaw) Whichever a person is near Barneys.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Fashion's cool children and music artists had been frequently showcased waiting for you activities. It defined luxury for the generation. Vanessa Friedman is the principle fashion critic when it comes to nyc instances, and she joins me personally now. Welcome.

VANESSA FRIEDMAN: sweet to keep in touch with you.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Barneys is sorts of woven to the material of New York in a fashion that i do believe few other outlets that are retail. We already talked about "Intercourse additionally the City," but there are some other films and television shows, particularly "Will Grace that is&, in which the character, Jack, wound up obtaining a task at Barneys.


SEAN HAYES: (As Jack McFarland) Where are the cashmere V-neck sweaters? From the floor that is second. And just how do i am aware? Because i obtained work at Barneys.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: the facts concerning the store that managed to get area of the zeitgeist by doing so?

FRIEDMAN: once the Barneys on Madison Avenue launched, it had been just like the ultimate symbol of the specific sorts of ny design at that time, that was, you realize, kind of cutting-edge, type of elitist, type of inaccessible but additionally profoundly glamorous and extremely aspirational to everybody else.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Why don't we speak about Barneys ny on Madison Avenue for many who might not have been here simply because they're afraid they might already have to cover the costs. It really is a touchstone that is cultural right? That which was it prefer to step in?

FRIEDMAN: It broke all of the guidelines of retail once they first created it. Barneys had been among the first malls to essentially act such as for instance a specialty boutique, to own a really particular viewpoint, making it a kind of destination you found feel just like you had been an element of the crowd that is cool. And they achieved it extremely efficiently.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: What Exactly occurred?

FRIEDMAN: you understand, times change. Customer tastes change. And then they start becoming - they start to feel irrelevant, you know if stores don't keep up with that? Barneys on Madison had been an exceptional emporium, however it is additionally a really high priced emporium. It really forced the grouped family members into bankruptcy. And, you understand, for the reason that procedure, it lost a complete great deal of its character, plus it destroyed plenty of just what managed to make it unique. And therefore, combined with a few extremely bad estate that is real, led us to where we have been today.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: just What perform some those who would go shopping at Barneys want now?

FRIEDMAN: Well, i do believe this is the question that is magic any store, you realize? Just exactly exactly What Barneys did, which really few stores now do, is the fact that rather of taking a look at whatever they had offered the summer season before and saying, OK, you realize, blackjack caps had been actually popular, particularly when that they had a type of peplum at the end. Therefore we are likely to have more of these. They stated, exactly what do we do this's various? They thought in leading instead of after the customer. Plus it intended which you couldn't predict what you were going to get that you were always surprised, that you couldn't second-guess them. And that managed to get exciting. In addition managed to get high-risk.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: So rest in comfort, Barneys.

FRIEDMAN: i am hoping perhaps perhaps not.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Did you want it?

FRIEDMAN: we accustomed visit Barneys nearly as research, you realize? I might head to Barneys to see just what they certainly were purchasing, to see just what developers they'd found, to observe they place things together, you understand? One of many actually interesting things once they first exposed on Madison had been I think it was Kazuko in the front, you know that they had jewelry by? at that time whilst still being now, many wisdom that is retail you place small leather-based items right in front for the reason that it could be the sort of entry way to many buying, you understand? They place this type of strange, esoteric jewelry that is expensive. And it also was just as much a statement of whom these people were as one thing buying. Plus it ended up being like if you can get this, you're unique. You're smart. You recognize one thing. You've got a kind that is different of value system. And thus, you realize, we visit learn, like, what that value system meant. And I will miss that.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: that has been ny days chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman. Thank you plenty.

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FRIEDMAN: Nice to speak to you.

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