At once indispensable and unattainable, Barneys is a veritable temple to good taste.
For the well-heeled woman, thereas jewelry, beauty essentials, a museum-like shoe department and a selection of clothes from the big-timers a Gucci, Prada, Armani a as well as up-and-coming labels and smaller, more experimental designers.
Barneys stocks everything the sharp dressed man could need (ties, handkerchiefs, cufflinks) and some things (cashmere socks, custom suits) that he might just want.
Both men and women have a Coop floor, where you can secure a weekend wardrobe of designer jeans and overpriced t-shirts. The store also boasts a sought-after bridal atelier and Fredas, perhaps the best department store restaurant in town. Skip the hideous house wares in the Chelsea Passage and beware the occasionally surly sales staff (they tend to be assigned to the Coop, where prices are lower and customers less discerning). If itas all just too rich for your blood, Barneys also offers some of the best people-watching in New York.