Cheryl shops...Barneys New York Copley Place
As regular Cheryl Shops readers know, Barneys is quite possibly my favorite place on Earth, er, place to shop. While the Madison Avenue store is the best (and the larget), I always enjoy checking the store out in other cities--especially the Oak Street store in Chicago, where I've scored many items that are still in my regular wardrobe rotation. And while there's technically a Barneys at the Chestnut Hill mall outside of Boston, I have no idea where that is, nor have I ever been there. So I was really excited to see, when I was there last Thanksgiving, that a Barneys would be moving into the former movie theatre in Copley Place, right in the heart of downtown Boston. The store opened in March, but last weekend was my first visit, and let me say, it was quite pleasant. First of all, the salespeople are lovely, which is really a compliment, because I think, for the most part, the ones in New York are quite good. The first floor has shoes, handbags, cosmetics, and women's designer clothing, and I spotted everything from Chloe wooden-sole wedges (yes, in stock!) to up-and-coming designers like Doo-Ri and Derek Lam. If you like Frederic Malle perfums, they have a huge counter. And, oh yes, there are fireplaces for ambience. Another nice thing is that unlike the New York store, there is plenty of room to move around--the racks don't feel crammed or cramped at all. The second floor features menswear and both Co-op departments--and has a huge skylight and a spacious sitting area. The denim selection in the Co-op department was a bit sparse, but they made up for it with a bunch of stuff on sale--which surprised me considering the store's newness and the early time of the year (although Barneys' 40% sale is now in effect, presumably here too). Now, the question is, who's going to shop here? The store was quite empty for a Sunday afternoon, and as much as I love Boston, Bostonians are more of the rugby-and-cargo-pants persuasion, rather than the Prada-and-Jimmy-Choo contingent. Then again, there's a lot of Eurotrash in Boston. Either way, I'm curious to see what's left at the end-of-the-season sales. Hmm, maybe I should put another Boston trip on my summer itinerary...

6 comments

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl, I've been enjoying your blog since I moved to NYC (I'm a native Chicagoan, by way of Boston). This post made me a little homesick for Boston. Anyway, I thought you might like to know about the Wendy Mink sample sale: Fri (6/2) from 4-7pm, Sat (6/3) from noon-5pm; cash and credit cards; at 10 Morton St, (212) 367-9137. Enjoy! - another MW

Nikki said...

I am living in Boston now by way of NYC. We're finally getting some great shops up here. Great post!

Sarah said...

I'm in Boston too, just moved here from NYC. Thanks for your Barneys post! I haven't been yet, but will be sure to go this weekend.

Cheryl said...

Wow, who knew I had so many Bostonian readers? Thanks for your comments, ladies!

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Anonymous said...

I don't think your going to see the majority wearing rugby and khakis! thats mostly the college kids, but many professional men and women dress very fashionably. Louis Boston is New York's version of Barney's and is always packed with people purchasing numerous pairs of clothing from prada and other high end fashionable designers.
i live in boston, and wear chloe and dolce and gabbana all the time, and so do many other people i know.
im so glad a barneys flagship is in beantown!