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Earlier this week, we learned that the Barneys Co-op on the Upper West Side is going through some major life changes. They're eliminating all menswear from that location, and relabeling the store Barneys New York. This leaves the fate of the two remaining Co-ops in New York City (the Soho and Brooklyn location) a little up in the air.
But more importantly, it raises an extremely pressing question: Where on earth are guys going to shop for menswear on the Upper West Side?
Basically, the UWS is a menswear wasteland; it's a neighborhood devoid of haberdashery, with few replacements for Barney's mid-range contemporary brands. As one of our commenters pointed out, many of the labels Barneys carries, like Rag & Bone and Theory, have Upper West Side locations, but none of them carry menswear. We're curious if any of those retailers will pounce on the opportunity to fill the Co-op void.
Regardless, we'll be interested to see whether more menswear moves to the UWS, or whether UWS men will (continue to) travel downtown in the pursuit of decent menswear. So we ask: Which labels would you like to see move into the neighborhood? Weigh in below in the comments—Becca Endicott.
The Barneys UWS Co-op is Getting a Major Overhaul [Racked NY]