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15-04-2005
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Barneys Coming To Boston
From the Boston Globe:

Barneys New York made it official yesterday: The luxury retailer is opening a 46,000-square-foot, two-story flagship store at Copley Place in the spring of 2006.

The newest addition to Copley's lineup, Barneys cements the Back Bay mall's transformation into an ultraupscale destination.

''Gone are the days of Boston being conservative or provincial," said Allen Kaplan, senior vice president of leasing for Simon Property Group Inc., the owner of Copley Place.

Since taking over the mall in 2002, Simon has set its sights on luring the creme de la creme of retail to establish itself as the city's top shopping destination for luxury and haute couture. From newcomers like Gretta Luxe to mainstays like Tiffany & Co., the mall is a veritable who's who of luxury brands. For several of them, Louis Vuitton and Gucci included, their Copley stores are their only locations in the state. Others like Kenneth Cole, Coach, and Christian Dior have plans to expand their Copley Place stores.

Barneys has had a store at The Mall at Chestnut Hill for more than a decade, and said yesterday it is extending its lease there. More than two years ago, it began talking to Simon about the possibility of opening a second store at Copley. At first, the New York retailer was considering a store similar in size to the 6,200-square-foot Chestnut Hill location.

But in the end, it decided Boston was ready for a bigger store that could showcase Barneys' full complement of products. Barneys is occupying a vacancy left by the Loews theater.

''The Boston flagship signifies our belief in the considerable untapped potential of the Barneys New York brand," said Peter Boneparth, the president and chief executive of Jones Apparel Group Inc., which owns Barneys.

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I wonder a) if Barneys will try to retail more interesting designers in Boston, and b) what the Dior expansion means (most likely women's apparel, but...)

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Sweet!!!!!!

It would be very interesting to see if Dior expands and includes menswear, but most likely not. They'll probably just add the Galliano designed women's line to the store since it currently only sells bags/shoes/accessories.

Hopefully the Barney's here will carry some more interesting items. The Neimans and the Saks are really quite boring. It will be a feat for Barney's to bring some new style and fashion to the Boston scene as it is so very conservative.

Excitiiiiiinnnnngggggggg! It's just a few blocks down the street from me!

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thanks for the thread klm...good news for our members in beantown...

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Yay Boston! In other news, Barneys is carrying NDC men's shoes for the Fall, but I spoke with the NDC rep and they said they would not be getting the interesting metallic looks.

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Sweet!!!!!!

It would be very interesting to see if Dior expands and includes menswear, but most likely not. They'll probably just add the Galliano designed women's line to the store since it currently only sells bags/shoes/accessories.

Hopefully the Barney's here will carry some more interesting items. The Neimans and the Saks are really quite boring. It will be a feat for Barney's to bring some new style and fashion to the Boston scene as it is so very conservative.

Excitiiiiiinnnnngggggggg! It's just a few blocks down the street from me!
I agree re: Dior, probably no Dior Homme--but it is nice to dream right?

I know that the more avant stuff Neiman's has tried to introduce has flopped. Then again, they tried stuff like Issey Miyake that Stanford Blatch wouldn't have worn. The Saks here is just horrendous, period.

I don't know what the market can bear here. Can you see people in Boston dropping tons of money on stuff from Libertine? I can't. I guess we'll just have to see what happens.

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Yay Boston! In other news, Barneys is carrying NDC men's shoes for the Fall, but I spoke with the NDC rep and they said they would not be getting the interesting metallic looks.
I tried PM'ing you before I went down to NY (clean out yer damn inbox! , I didn't get any NDC, but I also never made it to Barney's. They were out of my size at Rafe. I did end up getting shoes from Munoz Vrandecic at IF. I should post about them somewhere else, they are completely handmade and my cobbler freaked.

I don't actually care what Barney's carries for apparel as long as they at least have a good men's shoe selection.

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I tried PM'ing you before I went down to NY (clean out yer damn inbox! , I didn't get any NDC, but I also never made it to Barney's. They were out of my size at Rafe. I did end up getting shoes from Munoz Vrandecic at IF. I should post about them somewhere else, they are completely handmade and my cobbler freaked.

I don't actually care what Barney's carries for apparel as long as they at least have a good men's shoe selection.
Sounds great! I'm ordering my NDCs from a store in Europe (I've been on the phone all week - I'm obsessed!) as the landed cost will still be less than what Japan is selling them for before shipping and taxes. Unfortunately, when I called NDC in Paris, they confirmed that Barneys will only be carryinf the more conservative washed styles. Which I understand. Despite its rep, male New Yorkers in general are more conservative in some ways than their European counterparts. I assume the same (or moreso) of most Bostonians.

Oh, my PM box is clean now.

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interesting. hope it does better than the barneys that inexplicably opened in cleveland years ago (and prompty closed).

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That is great news! ^^ I love that he goes out of his way to dispel Boston's conservative rep... Now if only someone would come down here and fight for the DC Metro area's sty-lo...

Is Louis Boston still as exciting as it once was? I remember going there at the height of Daryl K stovepipe black pants mania and drooling over 'em... Sigh. Their website quotes e.e. cummings and people that like e.e. cummings party hard, right?

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That is great news! ^^ I love that he goes out of his way to dispel Boston's conservative rep... Now if only someone would come down here and fight for the DC Metro area's sty-lo...
I think that he might be wishfully thinking out loud there. Fashion is a hard sell in this town, and Barneys execs can say all the want about the disappearance of Boston austerity, but it isn't true.

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Is Louis Boston still as exciting as it once was? I remember going there at the height of Daryl K stovepipe black pants mania and drooling over 'em... Sigh. Their website quotes e.e. cummings and people that like e.e. cummings party hard, right? ;)
Hmm, exciting? Interesting would be the word, I guess; it isn't the kind of place where you go to be 'wow'ed any more. Well, occasionally you will be, but I'm not really looking to be awed by a $8000 pure cashmere suit from Kiton; there seems to be more and more of a gentlemanly flavor there, heavy on the suits and luxe items. But, all things considered, it is the best place in Boston and would fall in my top 5 between Boston and NY. So I guess I'm setting the bar pretty high :)

Also, in the fall, they had Dr. Romanelli stuff, and I just thought that was a weird for them, and they are heavy right now on stuff like Nice Collective, which I am NOT into. So I'm feeling biased and peeved at their buying ;)


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Sounds great! I'm ordering my NDCs from a store in Europe (I've been on the phone all week - I'm obsessed!) as the landed cost will still be less than what Japan is selling them for before shipping and taxes.
Do you mind sharing cost / shipping / store info? I'm pretty interested in getting some still. I posted the shoes that I got in the designers and collections area, in case anyone else was interested in / had information about that designer. That was the first time I had been to IF; they were, indeed, frosty salespeople (although I drew a compliment on my Cloak leather jacket when I walked in, which tempered my opinion somewhat), but their selection was superb (and stratospherically priced).

Also, they forgot (!) to ship my shoes to me (avoiding paying tax). I was bummed but they expressed them to me earlier this week.

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I think that he might be wishfully thinking out loud there. Fashion is a hard sell in this town, and Barneys execs can say all the want about the disappearance of Boston austerity, but it isn't true.
Exactly. I wouldn't get excited until the store actually opens and you can see what's inside. Something tells me that it will mostly be the co-op crap, and very few interesting things. I hope I'm wrong, though .

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Also, in the fall, they had Dr. Romanelli stuff, and I just thought that was a weird for them, and they are heavy right now on stuff like Nice Collective, which I am NOT into. So I'm feeling biased and peeved at their buying
Yeah, I hate it when a store just poots out on you for a season or two. I really like the idea of Dr Romanelli, reconstructed tracksuits and sneakerhead stuff.... It's just so frickin' ugly. :p As for Nice Collective.. Sigh. Yeah, they're based out of SF, but they're stuff isn't particularly arresting. I'm all for Louis of B being interesting-exciting, as long as, like you said, they keep the bar high! <g>

It sounds like your bar is well set + at the very least, Barney's may provide some competition for Louis, so they'd shape up in return? It's definitely worth crossing fingers over.

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That is great news! ^^ I love that he goes out of his way to dispel Boston's conservative rep... Now if only someone would come down here and fight for the DC Metro area's sty-lo...

Is Louis Boston still as exciting as it once was? I remember going there at the height of Daryl K stovepipe <a style='text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 3px double;' href="http://www.serverlogic3.com/lm/rtl3.asp?si=24&k=black%20pants" onmouseover="window.status='black pants'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">black pants</a> mania and drooling over 'em... Sigh. Their website quotes e.e. cummings and people that like e.e. cummings party hard, right?
Louis Boston? Exciting? Well, that's a matter of opinion. I always seems to find something cute there. They were the first store I ever saw that carried the Balenciaga menswear line, and that was even before I even know they had a menswear line.

But Louis Boston? SHADY? Hell yeah!!! I mean, c'mon--last time I went in there (a few weeks ago), I saw that they were selling items from Cloak, SPRING 2004...and still charging FULL-PRICE! (Is this common in the retail industry? I mean, I know I havent worked retail in over 3 years, but I dont recall this as standard practice).

Either which way, I cant wait! And just like the other posters, I certainly hope it's not as boring as the Saks & Neimans here.

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Well the space that Barney's will be taking over is quite large so it will be as big if not bigger than the Sak's at the very least. With that amount of space, one can hope that they'll find some areas to carry neat things that this city doesn't have.

Louis Boston never really "did it" for me. I just really don't like their organization of the mens dept. Old-men suits and then all the various brands are mixed together forcing me to dig through Nice Collective crap, various weird reworked nike related crap, and other blah items (often brands I've never heard of and don't care to investigate), just to see a few Neil Barrett or Cloak items.

I'm not surprised that they just carried over some Cloak, I mean what's stopping them? Someone is bound to buy it eventually.

I really dislike their shoe selection too. It's like they just picked 2 shoes from one brand, and then 4 from another, and the 1 from one more (they literally bought ONE balenciaga shoe style a couple seasons back). Very blah.

Although I have to say that their music guru is quite cool. I've had some neat conversations with him and his music selections are very eclectic and amazing.

Hopefully Barney's in Boston will allow me to do more of my shopping in my own town instead of traveling to NYC, although it may not really keep me away from the awesome stores of SoHo and Madison Ave!

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