As much as he loves what he does, for Patrick Huang, people come before business every time. “For most of my clients, we keep the relationship as friends first,” the personal shopper at our Downtown Flagship tells us. “We talk about their lives, where they’re going, or what events they have coming up. We follow our clients through many milestones of their lives—from graduating from school to their first job, getting married, and having kids—so we see their lives unfolding and we strive to match products to their needs, wherever they are at in that moment.”

It’s the kind of personal touch that comes standard with his service, and that connection only helps him to do his job better over time. “As I get to know a client’s wardrobe and the pieces they already have, it gets to be easier to know what will serve to enhance that and play off what they already have in their closet.”

We recently caught up with Patrick and his assistant Yan Wang at their office in our Downtown store, where we asked them to pull a rack of the new arrivals they’re most excited about dressing their clients in this season. “For our example, we did a pull for a real client of ours who’s going on vacation,” Patrick says of the process he and Yan went through in making their picks. “She’s going to visit her parents in Canada, and then continuing on to Hawaii, so she needs a variety of pieces.”

This wide-ranging wardrobe is fairly typical for Patrick’s clients, who he collectively describes as, “loving fashion and loving to dress for right now by wearing something that speaks to the moment. Our clients are very fashion-forward and aren’t afraid to take a risk. What makes Barneys special is that our selection is different than what they’ll find anywhere else.”

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Barneys Downtown Personal Shopper, Patrick Huang, and his assistant, Yan Wang.

As Patrick and Yan walked us through the rack of pieces they pulled for both their female client and her husband, they showed pieces that would carry their client from day to night, city to beach, and across a range of temperatures. Scroll on for a closer look at their favorites, then head to Barneys to see all the season’s new arrivals and give your own wardrobe a seasonal update.

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VALENTINO Floral-Embroidered Dress and Suit

“We have outfits prepared both for the client and her husband, as she often shops with him in mind and looks for outfits that they’ll wear together. In general, our female clients do think about their husband or boyfriend and how they coordinate. Here, what ties these two Valentino looks together is the floral embroidery. We picked these for their upcoming trip, in case they want to go have a nice dinner. You know, they’re out of town, the kids are with the nanny, and they can have a night to themselves.”

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BALENCIAGA Pinched-Collar Striped Poplin Blouse / BEN TAVERNITI UNRAVEL PROJECT Tulle-Trimmed Denim Miniskirt / Similar: DELVAUX Brillant MM Sellier Satchel

Patrick: “This client’s style is very flirty and fun. For example, she’ll mix this tutu-style denim with this oversized Balenciaga oxford shirt that I know she already has in her closet. But she’d also wear it with a T-shirt or something more casual.”
Yan: “She would also wear the shirt by itself as a dress, as opposed to tucking it into a bottom.”
Patrick: “A lot of people do it with just one side tucked in and exposed to give it sort of a casual feel.”

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THE ELDER STATESMAN Star Cashmere Sweater / OFF WHITE C/O VIRGIL ABLOH Pleated Checked Satin & Mesh Skirt

“We love this skirt by Off-White. It’s a new arrival for the summer, and we imagined it paired with this Elder Statesman sweater in cashmere for when she’s traveling. This is a look that can be warm in case she’s on a chilly plane. The skirt is an ideal length for when she doesn’t want to show off a lot of leg but still wants to have a long appearance, as it hits just above the ankle. Plus it has the sheer detail, so it’s very comfortable and lightweight.”

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ACNE STUDIOS “Mock” Grained Leather Moto Jacket / ACNE STUDIOS Tie-Dyed Slip Dress

“We picked this Acne Studios dress because the color and fabric are perfect for transitioning into summer. She can wear it on the beach as a cover-up, or for a cool night or when she’s traveling, she can pair it with the Acne leather jacket. This dark green color is definitely doing well across handbags, shoes, and clothes for the season. A lot of clients may already have the Acne leather jacket, but this color update is a great take on it for spring.”

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VETEMENTS Cotton “Antwerpen” Hoodie

“This Vetements hoodie is a piece the client would buy for her husband, and then sometimes wear herself!”

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PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Leaf Jacquard Off-The-Shoulder Dress / MANOLO BLAHNIK Hangisi Pumps

“Our clients are loving an off-the-shoulder look, so we selected this Philosophy dress that gives the option to wear it two ways, with the shoulders either covered or bare. We’d likely pair it with the Manolo Hangisi Pumps, as they’re in a new color for this year in this metallic fabric. We have clients who’ll wear these pumps to class, if they’re still in school. They love their fashion, and they want to wear it all the time, not just for special occasions.”

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MIKOH Floripa Bikini Top / MIKOH Tamarindo Bikini Bottom / LOLA HATS Windsock Raffia Hat

“We did pick a few bikinis, since she’ll be hitting the beach when she’s in Hawaii. This one from Mikoh is fun and casual.”

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FENDI Kan I Shoulder Bag

“We’ve been loving Fendi’s Kan I bag because of both the scalloped shape and the neutral color.”

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BALENCIAGA Uplift Silk-Blend Peplum Blouse / Similar: MAISON MAYLE Gauze Wide-Leg Pants / COMMON PROJECTS Women’s Original Achilles Sneakers

Patrick: “Since this is a client who isn’t afraid of color, we love the Valentino red pants with the yellow Balenciaga blouse. Right now, Balenciaga has been doing their shirts and tops with a U-shaped drape detail at the back, leaving the neck very exposed, which we love. The pant is a great shape, since it’s both cropped and wide-legged, and it’s been crafted in a beautiful material.”
Yan: “The shape of the pant is very fun to wear with a casual shoe, like the Common Projects sneaker.”

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BALENCIAGA Uplift Silk-Blend Peplum Blouse / GUCCI Striped Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt

“While she’s wearing the Balenciaga blouse, we see her husband matching the vibe in something yellow and easy, like this Gucci t-shirt. They can coordinate, or she can borrow it for herself.”

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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Follies Strass Mesh & Leather Flats

“Clients have been clamoring for Louboutin’s Follies mesh flats.”

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SAINT LAURENT “Love” Patch Satin Bomber Jacket

“Bomber jackets were shown on almost every runway this season, but one of our favorites is the Saint Laurent with the ‘Love’ sequin detail on the back. Clients are used to seeing this shape, but they want something more special. This is a lot of fashion and is such a great color.”

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CHLOE Faye Medium Shoulder Bag / FENDI “Strap You” Shoulder Strap / Similar: GIVENCHY Rottweiler-Graphic Shawl

“This is actually a Chloe bag paired with a Fendi strap and a scarf. It makes her bag even more special to do something custom like this. It’s also a way to update a bag you might already have.”

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MAISON MAYLE Floral-Jacquard Silk Crepe Jumpsuit

“We love the idea of something that’s pajama-inspired, but more elevated. This Maison Mayle jumpsuit is a great alternative to a dress for an event or dinner out.”

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BALENCIAGA Oversized-Neckline Denim Jacket / MANSUR GAVRIEL Mini Bucket Bag / GIVENCHY Signature-Print Silk Twill Scarf

Patrick: “Again, this oversized Balenciaga denim jacket has the U-shaped detail in the back that leaves the neck exposed. Women have been wearing it draped over the shoulders, sort of off the body as an additional layer.”
Yan: “Paired with the Mansur bag with the Givenchy scarf added, it’s a casual but chic everyday look. The scarf is so versatile, in that it can be used as an accessory on the bag, but very easily be taken and worn around the neck or draped over the shoulders if an evening turns cool.”

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GIVENCHY Signature-Print Silk Twill Scarf

“At lot of our clients have scarves, but don’t necessarily know how to wear them. So we like to teach them a few different options to make sure they can get as much use out of them as they want to.”

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MANSUR GAVRIEL Mini Bucket Bag / GIVENCHY Signature-Print Silk Twill Scarf / OFF-WHITE C/O VIRGIL ABLOH Striped Small Crossbody Bag / Similar: VALEXTRA Iside Mini-Satchel
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GIVENCHY BEAUTY Le Rouge Lipstick – Couture Edition

“Our clients trust us with their whole lifestyle, which extends to cosmetics and skincare. This color has been a big hit—it’s the exclusive Givenchy Couture Edition in Framboise. What makes it so special is the graphic cross-printed leather packaging. It’s a gorgeous case and can be used with any other Givenchy lipstick once you’ve used all of this tube. Our clients also love Bellatora skincare, and it’s only available at Barneys.”

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To book an appointment with Patrick Huang, please call our Downtown flagship at 646.264.6400, or you can book online.

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