The Barneys Warehouse Sale drew a line of about 100 people or so before 8am this morning, proving a permanent discount website can't slow down the physical sale. We'll be bringing you more detailed reports from inside throughout the day, but first, an early word on whether or not the shoes and women's ready-to-wear are worth the trip.
For the shoes, you're going to want to head straight to the designated orange tag section. There are lots of Rag & Bone Newbury boots, and some Alaïa, Céline, and Phillip Lim shoes for under $200. We have no idea why, because they aren't damaged, though some look like they were used for styling. However, many are of them are in perfect condition and in a range of sizes, but they're extremely limited.
The rest of the regular selection is composed of lots of sandals, and peep-toe summer styles from older seasons. Prices are about 60% off the original tags. There's obviously no additional discount yet, but there is plenty of merchandise in all sizes, colors, and materials.
And now, onto the apparel. There's a ton of stock in denim, with colors, prints, and white dominating. All sizes are readily available. Everything is organized by category (bottoms, dresses, etc.) and size—not by designer. There is a lot of the Barneys house label present, as expected. The orange tag section is cheap, but now limited to $9 Splendid tops, $29 Barneys silk blouses, and $99 Joseph coats. Previously, there were Alexander Wang skirts for just $50.
· Dealfeed: Barneys New York [Racked NY]
· The Line Outside the Barneys Warehouse Sale Is Slowly Building [Racked NY]
· The Barneys Warehouse Sale Survival Guide, February 2013 [Racked NY]