The Spring collections are starting to ship and The Blonde & The Brunette will be updating you as things happen. Prada Spring/Summer is starting to arrive at retail stores (like Neiman’s) and Prada Boutiques this week. The sad news is Barneys New York will only carry Prada shoes. Ready-to-wear and handbags have already been replaced. Barney’s has a new CEO, Mark Lee, and the Prada exit was apparently planned before he arrived and “stemmed from the unwillingness of Barneys to consider leased departments”.
Barneys has a “no-vendor-leased-space” policy which they feel “enables them to retain their point of view”. I have to say, I kind of agree. Barneys has always been great at editing collections and brings in some of the most unique elements. This time, I think everyone loses — the consumer, Barneys and Prada.
– NJ, The Brunette