Barneys New York Drops Prada Handbags and Women’s Ready-to-Wear


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The devil may wear Prada, but she'll have a hell of a time finding it at Barneys New York. That's because the retailer will no longer carry the luxe label’s handbags and women’s ready-to-wear in its stores, reports Fashionista.

The Valextra line—a Barneys exclusive that ranges from wallets to totes to trolleys—will take over for Prada in the handbags section, and though Prada womenswear may have been sacked, the store will continue to stock other Miuccia merchandise, including men’s ready-to-wear and shoes for both sexes.

A Barneys New York spokesperson tells FashionEtc:

“Prada has been and continues to be an important vendor for Barneys New York. We will continue to carry footwear for both men and women as well as men’s ready-to-wear.

“Prada’s exit in the categories of women’s leather goods and women’s ready-to-wear was planned prior to Mark Lee’s arrival as CEO of Barneys and stemmed from the unwillingness of Barneys to consider leased departments.

“Barneys stands by the no-vendor-leased-space still today enabling us to retain our point of view in our stores.”

The announcement marks the latest in a series of makeovers for Barneys. In January, Simon Doonan was replaced by Dennis Freedman as creative director, and Amanda Brooks took over for Julie Gilhart as fashion director.

Are there more alterations in store for the future? Stay tuned!

Get the full story at Fashionista.

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