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Compared to the shoes and womenswear upstairs, the menswear at our Barneys Warehouse Sale preview yesterday was even more chaotic. As we made our way through the very compressed racks of shirting, we even overheard the staffers huddle for an impromptu pep talk. It's like 2010 again: All the menswear—suits, designer, ready-to-wear, and shoes—is located in the basement level.
Upon entering, the shirting, polos and tees are located to the right. The shirts are packed in like sardines, but we managed to pull out a black-and-white plaid Paul Smith ($119), a short sleeve floral Paul Smith (also $119 from $205), a denim Burkman Bros. ($79 from $190), a distressed raglan-sleeved 3.1 Phillip Lim ($69 from $175), a flannel Steven Alan ($109), a candy striped Michael Bastian pullover button-down ($289 from $245) and a lean fitting black and white flannel Dolce & Gabbana ($219).
There are also rows of tees and polos: A James Perse slouchy polo ($39), a Varvatos pocket tee (in multiple colors, $29 from $60-ish), a Gant striped polo ($50 from $115) and a Thom Browne patriotically striped number ($79 from $190).
Around the corner from the shirting looks to be where the knits will reside. (Don't quote us on that, though). We found a Jil Sander Euro Cosby-ish finely-knit scoop neck ($239 from $695), a Rag & Bone grey and brown color-blocked cardie ($209 from $415), a Theory nubby zip-up cardie ($169) and a super soft Vince cashmere knit sweatshirt ($150 from $265).
The outerwear takes up an entire back section and the staffers really made the most of every millimeter of rack space. As we tried to extricate some items, we may have even snapped a hanger or two in the process (sorry about that). The pieces we managed to wedge out included a Relwen checked field jacket ($99 from $250), a Stone Island Shadow Project puffy windbreaker ($149 from $365), a Theory leather and wool coat ($299 from $595), a John Varvatos blazer jacket with epaulets ($627 from $699), and a Nigel Cabourne bright yellow Paddington-esque raincoat ($449 from $895).
The suits, ties, and banker button-downs are located in the same place as usual. A quick sampling of the suit pricing: A Hugo Boss basic set is $579 from $1095, a Hugo Boss linen two-button is $497 from $1095, a Kiton two-button number is $1999 from $5990-ish, and a John Varvatos pin-striped one is $499 from $990-ish. As for the grown-up outerwear: An Aquascutum short trench is now $399 (from $695) and a Barneys label long trench is $279. Also, the men's and women's imperfect items (which are usually really imperfect) are located near the ties and button-downs.
Sadly, the men's shoes still remained in sealed boxes as we finished up. Not to worry though—we'll be sure to give you the full report via our liveblog on Thursday morning.
· All Barneys Warehouse Sale Coverage [Racked NY]
· Barneys New York [Official Site]