There is no other store in the world like Barneys New York. Known for stocking the most stylish and some of the most expensive menswear available, you might be surprised to find out the store actually started out as a discount retailer (gasp!) in 1923. The original Barneys sold closeouts, overstocks, and samples. In the 1970s, it went upscale. Barneys was even the first store in the U.S. to carry Giorgio Armani’s entire line. Today, Barneys has 15 locations in addition to outlet stores (Barneys Warehouse) and smaller boutiques (Barneys Co-Op). While Barneys is the kind of place where you want to buy everything, you should probably start with these six items.
1. Common Projects BNY Sole Series: Men’s Perforated Achilles Sneakers
Barneys is known for its exclusive merchandise and designer collaborations. Common Projects BNY Sole Series’ Men’s Perforated Achilles Sneakers are part of a collection for 2015. Made in Italy, these limited edition low-top sneakers are available in a bold black/red and a slightly tamer white/black. While still casual, these shoes are just more polished than traditional kicks are.
2. Barneys New York Leather Belt
While most private label lines are basic and boring, Barneys is anything but. If that doesn’t sound good enough, while certainly not inexpensive, most of the items in the private label line are less pricey than their couture counterparts. From clothing to accessories and shoes, Barneys’s private label has it all.
One accessory every man needs is a good belt. Ideally, you should have many. The Barneys New York leather belt is a rich green color and a great step away from basic black. Made in Italy, the brass buckle is a polished silvertone. This belt can really pull together any kind of look from casual to corporate.
3. Thom Browne Block Striped Sweatpants
One thing that sets Barneys apart from other stores is its uncanny ability to stock unique clothing that is cool and different, but yet actually wearable. One example of this is Thom Browne’s Block Striped Sweatpants. Made in Japan, these navy blue sweatpants with three white stripes are great to wear to yoga or just to Netflix and chill. They easily add style to casual and readily impress.
4. Paul Smith Voile Shirt
Solid dress shirts can get boring and after a while, even patterned ones can start to all look the same. Yet, this Paul Smith Voile Shirt, which is exclusive to Barneys, really bucks the trends. Made in Italy of 100% linen, this point collar shirt is sure to turn heads. This top is a great way to modernize a classic navy blue or grey suit, for example.
5. Balenciaga Phileas N/S Tote
If you find an old-school briefcase or even a messenger bag to be a little blah, then change it up a little with Balenciaga’s Phileas N/S Tote. The tote shape is not typical for a man’s accessory, which makes this all the more interesting and incredibly functional. Another functional feature is the detachable shoulder strap. Made in Italy, the black grained leather features polished silvertone hardware. Fabric lined, this bag also features a zip pocket and two interior slip pockets.
6. Cifonelli Velvet Single-Button Marbeuf Sportcoat
Barneys is known for having bold items in colors you cannot find any place else and Cifonelli’s Velvet Single-Button Marbeuf Sportcoat is no exception to the rule. Made in Italy of 100% cotton, this punchy pink velvet sport coat is so much fun and incredibly vibrant. Wear it with black dress pants to a formal event to make your ensemble more exciting. And while it cannot be verified, this jacket is a dream for filtered Instagram selfies.