Barneys Books a Million

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Simon Doonan
Thursday, November 3, 2016

“I hope they include one of those Goyard bags as a thanks-for-attending gift,” an attendee says walking past a display towards the elevator. Instead they were asked to buy a book that is a time capsule of one of New York’s most luxurious department stores: Barneys New York.

“I purchased my bar mitzvah suit at Barneys,” another attendee says as he sips white wine. All the waiters here look like people who moved to New York to become actors and models, and pass drinks to pay the rent.

The room filled with guests. It seemed like everyone from Barney’s buying team was there.  But so, it seemed, were some who have been shopping at Barneys since they started carrying men’s clothes from Europe. (In 1958, to be exact.)

Barneys arty debut book, which would make the perfect coffee table gift,  takes fans of the store from the day Barney Pressman opened the doors downtown and it was still Barney’s (apostrophe s) to today’s multiple stores around the U.S. Barneys has also become a station of the cross of Upper East Side shopping, one of the places Madison Avenue’s most stylish women must go to add to their collection of Manolo Blahnik shoes and Fendi bags.

Attendees at the event included Richard and Lisa Perry, Brooke Garber Neidich, Monique Pean, Sarah Flint, Sharon Khazzam, Judy Geib, Ali Grace, Garrett Leight, Thierry Lasry, Lola Ehrlich, Maud Heline, Brendan Fallis, Ian Mellencamp, Junglepussy, Janice Alida, Nick Wooster, Genevieve Jones, Alexander and Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Deborah Watson, Genevieve Jones, Logan Horne, Bonnie Pressman, David Kamp, Christopher Bollen, Patricia Bosworth, Jenny Capitain, Simon Doonan, Mark Lee, Daniella Vitale, Dennis Freedman, Tom Kalenderian and Charlotte Blechman.

The book, titled Barneys New York, was designed by Sagmeister & Walsh, and features over 300 pages on Barneys New York’s ninety-three year history, including iconic advertisements, campaigns, events, and window displays. Barneys New York is edited by author and Interview Magazine editor-at-large Christopher Bollen, with an introduction by Vanity Fair contributing editor David Kamp, and is published by Rizzoli New York.

The book will be printed in two versions: a trade edition and a limited edition. The cloth-covered trade edition adorned with an iridescent silver “B” will be available at, all Barneys New York stores, and wherever luxury books are sold for $85, while the limited edition version with a three-dimensional molded “B” will be exclusively available at and select Barneys New York stores for $295.

Visit Barney’s website where you can also purchase the book at


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