One night, Barneys SVP of Designer Menswear Jay Bell was scrolling through Instagram—as one does—when he came across colorful, hand-painted clothing that stopped him in his tracks. “I thought, ‘Wow I’d love to see this in the store, but I’m not finding it in any showrooms’. So, I reached out to the designer on DM, and he responded!” The designer was Bronx-based Daren Chambers from Resurrect by Night, and by simply replying to Bell’s Instagram Direct Message, his career took an incredible turn.
“I love this idea of discovery,” Bell tells The Window. “You can choose to ignore social media, but if you do, it’ll show. I consider Barneys our blank canvas to tell a story, and it behooves us to seek out interesting people. All of these designers are a different hue in the painting, and they make a gorgeous tapestry that’s rich with unique beauty. I love, love, love it—it truly makes me tick.”
The entire men’s buying team shares Bell’s genuine passion, and it’s reflected in the exciting and diverse offerings the team curates in-store and online. Here, we share a window into 10 of the designers whose unique points of view make them right at home at Barneys New York.
Founded in 2014 by former Yohji Yamamoto pattern-maker Teppei Fujita, Sulvam focuses on expertly cut garments that play with proportion and minimalism.
Central Saint Martins alum Craig Green embraces the irreverent and creative spirit of London’s fashion scene. His innovative designs often play with the concept of utility and workwear.
Cali-born, Copenhagen-based Willy Chavarria puts meaning and messaging into his Chicano-influenced designs that explore oppression and identity.
Ksubi got its start selling at markets around Sydney. Its signature unfussy and irreverent vibe has made it both distinct and iconic, and it’s never lost its connection to Australian urban-beach culture.
London-based Martine Rose is a niche name in menswear—both underground and highly influential. Her polished-yet-edgy designs always have an element of the unexpected.
Samuel Ross refers to himself as a multi-disciplinary designer, and like his mentor Virgil Abloh, has his hand in lots of creative projects, especially his buzzy menswear line A-COLD-WALL*.
Former Supreme designer Luke Meier founded OAMC in 2013 along with Carhartt’s creative director Arnaud Faeh. The line is super-personal rather than conceptual and blends traditional silhouettes with modern construction and detailing.
L.A.-based designer Henry Levy has referenced “nihilist couture” when descirbing his label Enfants Riches Deprimes. The punk-influenced, unisex apparel line is focused on authenticity and provocation.