For me, the Barneys Warehouse Sale has been a bust so far! I stopped into the Chelsea space again last night after a friend wanted me to accompany her. We headed first to the women’s designer section since I already surveyed and reviewed shoes on the first day. Just two days into the sale… and already the selection was seriously depleted and lacking. We spent a few minutes digging through and saw nothing really special. I’m not surprised since my findings on the first day were pretty disappointing.
What’s left now are pieces that are on sale for a reason (no one wanted them!). A lot of the merchandise looked well-worn such as a crumpled camel blazer from The Row (now at $469, was $1,890), a Lanvin gold-sequined cardigan that has seen its day for $1,079 and a uninspiring Christopher Kane mini leather skirt for $419 (was $1,675), which looked like awful upholstery. There was even a couple of those Nina Ricci dresses (on sale for $639) from seasons ago. Important note: you can tell if an item is from previous season by looking for a red star on the tag.
On the first day, I did spot a few notables (which are now gone) such as a cashmere chunky camel-colored pullover sweater from The Row priced at $299 (was $1,190) and matching camel wool pants for $269 (was $639) and even the Lanvin tweed full-length winter coat with fur collar (on sale for $3,219, was $8,050) is now gone. That one surprised me, considering the price tag!
Another surprise is the large number of shoppers who were actually going through the “imperfects” section. There appeared to be more damaged merchandise on offer this time around – quite a number of racks. Is this what’s become of the Barneys Warehouse Sale? Selling damaged goods for outrageous prices?!
While the women’s designer merchandise was disappointing, there were actually some great pieces for little girls. Since I do have a couple of nieces, I thought I’d take a look. Worth pointing out were three dresses: a cute 60s style Milly shift in coral/green combo for $198 (was $396) and another Milly red/cream dress for $120 ($240) as well as a Dior for $228 (was $456). But seriously, I wasn’t going to pay these prices. They were only 50% off the retail price!
As for accessories, such as handbags. I spotted what would have been a nice Lanvin handbag (now at $539, was $2,160) had it not been badly scuffed and marked up. After seeing that, I decided not the waste my time. Sale ends on Labor Day. If you must go to this sale, don’t bother coming by until the last few days of the sale when the discounts will, we hope, be better.
Where/When:255 W. 17th Street. Thru Sept 3rd. Sat-Sun (9-8p), Mon-Wed (10-9p), Thurs Aug 30 (9-9p), Sept 1-2 (9-8p), Sept 3 (9-7p).