Our intrepid sale reviewer, Larry Label Whore, made it to the Barneys Warehouse Sale to check out the offerings for men, which – as usual – can be found downstairs. Larry left disappointed and empty handed. Here’s his report:
With this being the first year the Barneys Warehouse Sale went online, I was curious to see how it would affect the brick & mortar sale downtown. I was pleasantly surprised by the online merchandise, which included Mugler clothes and Ferragamo shoes for 70-80% off retail. Those of you looking for the same in person will be very disappointed.
I made my way first to the shoe section to check out the variety of designers and the markdowns. Believe me, neither was worthwhile. There were one-off pairs from high-end designers, but that’s it and most of the shoes looked beaten down or worn. On top of that, all of the shoes were only 50% or 60% off, which is not much of a discount for very expensive shoes. Even the imperfect shoes were only 50% off!!
I spotted a pair of ugly bejeweled Prada shoes that were not worth their $700 price tag, only one pair of WORN Ferragamo shoes for over $500, and a ton of Officine Creative oxfords that looked like any other cheap basic oxfords. I was surprised that I didn’t spot any Gucci shoes. The one saving grace of the shoe section was a pair of beautiful Balenciaga black dress oxfords for $325 (from $650).
In the next room were piles of denim jeans in boxes next to racks of pants. There were lots to choose from, but both the denims and trousers were in the 50-60% off range. Same goes for knits, belts, and buttoned down shirts; not much of a selection or much of a discount.
As I was walking out feeling very disappointed by the selection and prices, I stumbled on the steal of the sale! In a small glass box by one of the cashiers were boxes of beautiful Made in Italy men’s leather wallets by Maison Martin Margiela. They were originally $380 and now marked down to $129! It’s almost impossible to find accessories by high-end designers for as much as 70% off. Even though the wallets were beautiful, they were likely marked down so much because the slot for a driver’s license was too small for an actual American license (I tried to shove my own license in there, no luck). While this may be an issue for some, it’s not really a big deal since you can put your license in one of the slots for credit cards – problem solved! I’m pretty sure, by now, the wallets are gone.
All in all, I would wait until the end of the sale when prices will drop (in the past it’s gone up to an additional 70-75% off). The only reason to make it to the sale for the first few days is for one of those great Margiela wallets. Other than that, the online sale really was the way to go.
-Larry Label Whore
Where/When:255 W. 17th Street. Aug 23-Sep 3. Thurs-Fri (8-9p), Sat-Sun (9-8p), Mon-Wed (10-9p), Thurs Aug 30 (9-9p), Sept 1-2 (9-8p), Sept 3 (9-7p).