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There was no line outside the Barneys Warehouse Sale by 10am; nor was there a hold-up at the bag check. So why on earth was it so crowded in the menswear basement? We don't think it's because the stock was so great. To be honest, selections seemed deeper the last time around. We found a lot of reruns, especially private label pieces, and items from Prada, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen (R.I.P.). And of course prices at the sale right now are probably higher than they were a few weeks ago when it was still marked-down on the sales floor. But no matter—the place was packed; and the shoes? Carnage.
That said, there is certainly no lack of lovely, lovely things. We got caught in the shirting for quite some time: Paul Smith florals were $139 from $250; printed Rogan button downs were under $70; wagon-wheel printed Trovata numbers were only $66, from $170; garish paisleys from Michael Kors were $79, from around $200. We also unearthed plenty of Nom de Guerre, Benjamin Bixby, Gant and Steven Alan. Pair your new shirts with some prime denim selections. We found J Brand jeans for under $100; Levi's for only $69; Nudie jeans for about $120; all sorts of Seven For All Mankind for around $80; plus Naked & Famous, Surface to Air, Prps, and Ralph Lauren.
You could spend a lot of time perusing coats and jackets. For the outdoorsy, check the down vests from Penfield, only $109. We also liked a shearling-lined tartan wool barn jacket by Filson, $213 from $420. A waterproof, glen plaid trench by John Varvatos was $399, a huge reduction from its $1395 retail price. Likewise, a textured canvas blazer with leather trim was $354, from about $1200. Spring-weight sports jackets by Rag & Bone, in gray micro-plaid, were $233 from $580; and a similar piece from Engineered Garments was only $146. Our favorites were a royal blue hooded anorak by Michael Bastian, $379 from $1125; and a checked Phillip Lim boy racer jacket in wool with a detachable collar—only $329 from $550.
Sweaters ran the gamut—we spotted Thom Browne, Etro and tons of Co-op. We loved a striped jersey cardigan by Original Penguin, only $32, as well as a double-breasted Richard Chai with zipper pockets in blue merino for $239. Marc Jacobs Italian wool v-necks were $209, from $695; and a nice assortment of shawl-collared Gant pullovers were $129. Across the aisle, a huge bin of tees awaited. Mr. Marc tees by Marc by Marc Jacobs were only $32, as were printed tees from Rogan. All-over printed jersey from Phillip Lim were about $100 off at $59. John Varvatos ringers, Rogue's Gallery graphic tees, and paneled Paul Smith henleys were priced at about $50. We even spotted a few Lacoste polos for only $40.
Shoes were a little disappointing this time around. Sneakers were mainly boring and mainly by Vans, Converse, Puma and Alife. Shoes were better—olive green leather oxfords and desert boots by Balenciaga were pretty heavenly (they started at about $350). A few pairs of Florsheim by Duckie Brown—mainly blue brogues—were a deal at $180. Dries van Noten white and sage green desert boots were $260; a more traditional version by Generic Man was priced at $160. Standard Paul Smith sneakers were a mere $115—and speaking of Paul Smith, the shoe department is overrun with the line, as well as Co-op branded footwear.
In the next room we found tons of ties, tons of scarves, and hardly any bags, as per usual. A lot of it was Psycho Bunny—hopefully an indication of people no longer wanting that crap. As far as the high-end designer collections: We found tons of Etro and Marc Jacobs (with Marc by Marc mixed in); a good amount of Burberry and Armani; and a few scraps from Dior and Band of Outsiders. We'll delve more deeply into those racks as well as the suiting and ties on our next visit and keep you posted, we promise.
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