Words like heritage and artisan get thrown around so often these days it’s easy to forget that they actually mean something. That’s why, this past weekend, Barneys New York hosted an Artisan Day to celebrate the wide range of craftsmen and -women who embrace quality over quantity and uniqueness over ubiquity. Throughout the day on Saturday, customers at the Madison Avenue flagship took advantage of the opportunity to customize everything from sunglasses to shoes and to watch as artisans from as far as Italy and England showcased their work.
In the men’s accessories and furnishings department on the first floor, Marsha Fleisher and Carolann Bernius of Loominus set up a loom where they wove chenille scarves and artist Stephen Gamson presented the holiday watch collection he designed for Brera, available exclusively at Barneys. Nearby, two master artisans from Araldi 1930 were busy demonstrating their hand-coloring techniques on small leather goods. Upstairs, Amedeo Moretti of Alberto Moretti Arfango monogrammed velvet slippers and Julian Imrie hammered nails into a hand-cobbled collection of boots. Guests who got peckish headed up to Chelsea Passage where Fred’s executive chef Mark Strausman was hosting a tasting, and even peckish pups were rewarded with dog biscuits from Creature Comforts.
Below, take a tour through the various departments of Barneys New York, as artisans of every style and stripe showcase their talents. While it may not seem like a tie maker and a chocolate maker have much in common at first glance, it turns out that each and every artisan on hand was united by a shared passion for quality and technique.