Published on February 13th, 2016 | by Ozlem Avcioglu0
Barneys Downtown, New York, USA
Just shy of a century after being founded there and two decades since leaving to move up to Madison Avenue, Barneys returned to its original home at Seventh Avenue and 17th Street, where the story began.
Barneys New York has certainly evolved since Barney Pressman founded it as Barney’s Clothes, a humble pipe-rack menswear store, in Chelsea in 1923. In 1993, they moved up to Madison Avenue flagship at 60th Street and bid farewell having one in Chelsea. They returned downtown to the original store’s location and opened the doors to a stunning new flagship that’s full of heritage, yet entirely modern—a natural compliment to the thriving Madison Avenue flagship. The 58,000-square-foot space, which takes up nearly a whole block, was designed by Steven Harris Architects and includes five floors anchored by a signature spiral staircase.
The store will carries men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, footwear, and cosmetics. It will also house a personal shopping suite on the fourth floor, a Freds restaurant (with its own unique menu) on the third floor, and in the basement, a beauty shop, apothecary, and an outpost of Blind Barber.