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The Barneys Warehouse Sale has now been going on for a full day and a half. Overall, the general consensus is that the sale is not very good, which was sort of to be expected: the most recent sales haven't been spectacular, the Barneys discount site is now a permanent internet fixture, and soon, the whole thing will relocate and focus primarily on menswear—leaving us to believe that what's present for women at this season's sale is as good as it's going to get.
That being said, yesterday did have one nice, new addition: the mysterious orange tag section, where 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alaïa, Céline and Nina Ricci shoes in good condition were priced considerably cheaper than the rest. However, this was fleeting, as stock here was flying off the shelves. What remained in the regular section wasn't so hot.
Prices in the shoe area were on the high side, and most of it was out-of season summer merchandise. As our reporter noted, think sandals, peep toes, and lots of strappy options. Fellow blogger Mizhattan added in her post that "the aisles were mainly comprised of Barneys Co-Op footwear with only an itty bitty selection of designer names like Prada, Acne, Carven, Tabitha Simmons, and Rochas."
The womenswear area was composed largely of Co-op ready-to-wear instead of designer, with merchandise grouped by category. If you're in the market for colored denim, you can definitely walk out pleased. But if you're hoping for the designer gowns of years past, the sale probably isn't for you. One thing there were plenty of: C&T Costello Tagliapietra wrap dresses, in both prints and solids, priced at $99.
The men arguably fared better than the women, but the downstairs collections weren't much to write home about either. The nicer pieces were still pricey (like an agnès b. x Barneys baseball jacket for $799, and an Alexander McQueen overcoat for $669), and if you were hoping to score on shoes, count this sale out. We spied a few decent pairs, like Pierre Hardy boots for $229, but a lot of the rest of the stock was Barneys private label. The Shophound laments: "In terms of sheer volume, there appears to be about half the amount of merchandise available as we have come to expect from this event, which is why the sale seems strangely spacious. He adds, "the sale that we all knew and looked forward to is now long gone."
One other thing missing was the frenzy. The opening line was about 100 people deep, but the sale remained pretty quiet throughout the morning. It did pick up in the early afternoon, though, with a rush of lunchtime shoppers. But there definitely wasn't the crazy levels of hoarding this sale has been known to bring. Writes WreakHavocNY: "The scene was completely desolate, and it never felt more quiet. It was an overwhelmingly calm experience, despite the fact that we as New Yorkers were saying our final goodbyes to the legendary sale we have all grown to love, before it becomes predominately occupied by menswear."
So, still wondering whether or not it's worth your time this weekend? We'd say that depends on how much free time you have to spare. In short, the sale is a lot like Les Miserables: everyone anticipated it, the reviews weren't great, but everyone's still going to go anyway. If you are planning to make the trip to Chelsea, we can only recommend that you don't set your expectations too high, because the Warehouse Sale of the past is long gone. Then again, it's probably been gone for a while.
· Dealfeed: Barneys Warehouse Sale [Racked NY]
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