Men! What to Buy at Barneys This Fall

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What to Buy at Barneys (by Way of Europe) This Fall

The future of men’s retail, says Tom Kalenderian, executive vice-president for men’s wear at Barneys New York, began about five years ago. “Young American men started buying American clothes,” he says. “There was suddenly this enthusiasm for Americana — it was all about prep and trad, and we were there selling Thom Browne, Scott Sternberg [of Band of Outsiders], and a lot of smaller American labels.” Then, Kalenderian says, “they started shopping for things like Woolrich buffalo jackets — clothes with idiosyncratic concepts or great histories behind them.”

And now, he says, they’ve taken a leap toward European brands that are similarly idiosyncratic or offbeat. For Kalenderian that means Brits like Nigel Cabourn, Margaret Howell, and Oliver Spencer, and Italians like C. P. Company and Belstaff, and he and his team have overhauled the fourth floor of Barney’s Madison Avenue flagship, once the terrain of tailored clothing, to shine a greater light on this authentic breed of men’s sportswear. “These are brands that have credibility by the ton. It’s not just about reviving vintage but reinventing items like a peacoat that have always belonged in a guy’s wardrobe.”

It’s a new direction for Barneys, or at least the next step for high-end men’s stores, and you can see (and wear) it for yourself with these three brands. 

Nigel Cabourn

Nigel Cabourn Waterproof cotton-and-hand-stuffed-down parka with coyote-fur trim ($2,985), wool turtleneck ($315), and cotton-and-wool trousers with braces ($665) by Nigel Cabourn; leather boots ($435) by Alden.

Waterproof cotton-and-hand-stuffed-down parka with coyote-fur trim, wool turtleneck, and cotton-and-wool trousers with braces by Nigel Cabourn; leather boots by Alden.

Oliver Spencer

Oliver Spencer Wool jacket ($595), wool sweater ($245), cotton shirt ($225), and cotton corduroy trousers ($225) by Oliver Spencer; leather boots ($595) by Tod's.

Wool jacket, wool sweater, cotton shirt, and cotton corduroy trousers by Oliver Spencer; leather boots by Tod’s.

C.P. Company

C.P. Company Wool duffle coat ($1,040), wool-and-cashmere turtleneck ($385), and wool trousers ($315) by C. P. Company; leather boots ($179) by L. L. Bean.

Wool duffle coat, wool-and-cashmere turtleneck, and wool trousers by C. P. Company; leather boots by L. L. Bean.


Photo Credit: F. Martin Ramin/Studio D

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