Barneys is back. Downtown in our original home, that is. And to mark the occasion, we’re taking a page from our past and reimagining it in a new way. In celebration of our new downtown store, we’re thrilled to announce The Black Leather Jacket. The project pays homage to an iconic 1986 event in our original store entitled Decorated Denim—in which customized denim jackets designed by prominent designers and artists were auctioned off to benefit an AIDS organization—and we’ve tapped some of today’s top designers and most noted artists to create their own version of the quintessential black leather jacket.
For the occasion, Barneys has partnered with White Columns, New York’s oldest non-profit art space specializing in emerging artists, as well as with The Center, New York City’s LGBT community center, for an art-meets-fashion collaboration. Designers including Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, and Isabel Marant, along with artists like Helmut Lang, Marilyn Minter, and Rob Pruitt, have all put their own spin on the wardrobe staple, some for men and others for women, and each with phenomenal results. From the edgy to the refined, from wild to elegant, each of these jackets is a true expression of its creator’s vision.
All jackets are currently available for purchase in an online auction being hosted by international auction house, Christie’s. With bidding beginning today and running through March 22, 2016, all proceeds from the sales of The Black Leather Jacket will benefit both White Columns and The Center.
Scroll on for a closer look at each of the pieces, then head over to Christie’s to make a bid for your favorite. To see them in person, stop by our downtown store beginning March 5, 2016. And stay tuned for more excitement to come as the jackets take to the runway later this month.