Barneys New York

The department store is known for its forward-thinking edit, celebration of creativity and support for emerging designers.

Vital statistics

  • 1923 Established
  • Private Type
  • 1,001 - 5,000 Number of employees
  • 40 Stores
  • New York, United States HQ

Key people

  • Karl Hermanns Executive Vice President
  • Steven Feldman Chief Financial Officer

Menswear Q&A

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Barneys: Based in New York, with Eyes on the World

Barneys: Based in New York, with Eyes on the World

NEW YORK, United States — Though established by Barney Pressman in 1923, the foundations of the Barneys New York we know today were put in place by his son Fred, who turned the store into a powerful luxury retail brand during the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he began to focus attention on developing the store’s menswear offering, launching Giorgio Armani in the United States in the process. Today, through a retail experience built around its famously forward-thinking edit, bastion for big brands, and celebration of emerging designers, Barneys has become one of the world’s leading forces in luxury menswear.

BoF spoke to Barneys’ menswear guru Tom Kalenderian to learn more.

BoF: In a competitive menswear market, what does Barneys stand for?

TK: There has always been a strong understanding of the DNA of Barneys. Regardless of who has managed the company, or owned the company, there has always been a deep respect for identifying what is iconically Barneys and staying true to the perception of that brand image. All aspects of the customer experience and merchandising and the fashion statements and the style trends surround this experience, because ultimately this is a retail experience.

I think that the secret to the magic mix is really having creative merchants who have an instinct and are themselves well-informed about

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