SCHMOOZING: BARNEYS DOWNTOWN BLACK LEATHER JACKET EVENT

by Stephen Garner

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On Thursday, March 17, Barneys New York new downtown Chelsea flagship store hosted “The Black Leather Jacket” auction in partnership with Christie’s in support of non-profit art space White Columns and the LGBT Center.

Notable guests who attended include Barneys New York CEO Mark Lee and EVP/GMM of Men’s Tom Kalenderian, designers Joseph Altuzarra and Andrew Rosen, as well as Andy Cohen, Sandra Brant, Matthew Higgs and Simon Doonan.

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 partnered with such top artists and designers as Azzedine Alaia, Tim Coppens, Dries van Noten, and Givenchy, to create one-of-a-kind leather motorcycle jackets.

The jackets can be seen online, and are available for bidding, through March 22 at Christies.com/TheBlackLeatherJacket.