So there's been a lot of controversy over at Barneys with Jay-Z, and to be honest, most of the press around the collaboration has been wrapped up in said controversy. Not too much has been said about the collection itself, which has now hit the department store. Just to quickly recap what it is we are talking about here, this is the description of the collection itself:
A New York Holiday—the creative collaboration between Shawn “JAY Z” Carter and Barneys New York—brings together the art, the fashion, the industry…the very energy New York was built on, to support an important cause. In the spirit of the holiday season, Barneys New York will donate 100% of sales from A New York Holiday items to the Shawn Carter Foundation.
There you have it. Now, onto the collection.
First of all, if you're hoping to find a nice entry level point here, prices begin at $365 for a pair of jeans from Acne Studios. If money is no object, and you want a piece of the Jay-Z & Barneys pie, go for gold and buy the 18K gold Hublot watch for $33,900. However, it should be said that the watch is not the most expensive item in the collection. No, that honour goes to the Rick Owens Crocodile Skin jacket with a price tag of $58,000. Of course that isn't the final price as you have to add on sales tax. And just in case you weren't sure about the jacket after purchasing, you are out of luck as all sales are final. Looking at the sizes, there is only a medium and an XL left. So either they only came in two sizes, or all other sizes have already sold out. If that's the case... wowsers.
Other items in the collection include a $4,500 cashmere throw, a $1,275 hoodie and a $560 tie.
Our only true let down here, besides the price, is the distinct lack of holiday feel. It's Christmas... everything is black. Seems more like doomsday than a holiday, no?