When it comes to showing your love of the Big Apple, yes, you always have those “I ❤NY” t-shirts, but we here at Barneys envisioned a chicer option. Today, we’re thrilled to announce the release of Made in New York, a special collection created in collaboration with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and a few of the select group of designers from the Barneys family. That’s right—an entire collection made here in New York, by New York-based designers and manufacturers, exclusively for Barneys New York.
The limited edition black, white, gray, and red collection features women’s clothing and accessories from a few of our favorite hometown heroes—Altuzarra, Narciso Rodriguez, Proenza Schouler, and The Row—in addition to the designers who did both men’s and women’s pieces—R13, Rag & Bone, and Thom Browne. A portion of the proceeds from Made in New York also benefit the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, a program of the CFDA in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
“We are a New York-based company, and the rich history of this city is deeply ingrained in our DNA. We feel a certain sense of pride in highlighting an industry that is still very much alive in New York,” said Barneys COO Daniella Vitale. “We have an obligation to the City of New York and to our design community to support the revival of local production and manufacturing. We also understand the positive impact that this will have on job creation for people wishing to enter into this field”
Along with Barneys, the CFDA paired designers with local manufacturers in a variety of disciplines to help bring global awareness to the capability and knowledge of the industry here in New York. “By partnering with Barneys and New York designers, we are making an important design statement here and to the world—that high-quality fashion can be made in New York City,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA.
To hear more of what Kolb has to say about Made in New York and to see more of the pieces, watch his chat with Fashion Director Tomoko Ogura above, then head to Barneys before the pieces are gone in a New York minute.