Barneys New York is celebrating the recent opening of its new downtown flagship store with “The Black Leather Jacket” auction in partnership with Christie’s with a special in-store-event will take place on Thursday, March 17 from 7 pm to 10 pm. Proceeds from the evening will benefit White Columns, a non-profit art space, and The LGBT Center. The jackets can be seen online, and are available for bidding, through March 22 at Christies.com/TheBlackLeatherJacket.
For this event, Barneys has taken its inspiration from its iconic 1986 “Denim Jacket” event, when it partnered with prominent designers and artists including Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Yves Saint Laurent to put their spin on deconstructed denim jackets, which were auctioned off for an AIDS charity. This year, Barneys is partnering with such top artists and designers as Azzedine Alaia, Helmut Lang, Dries van Noten, and Alexander Wang, to create these one-of-a-kind leather motorcycle jackets.
Notable guests who are expected to be in attendance at the March 17 event will include Barneys New York CEO Mark Lee and EVP/GMM of Men’s Tom Kalenderian, designers Joseph Altuzarra and Tim Coppens, as well as Fern Mallis, Kate Foley and Michael Avedon.