As far as championing young brands is concerned, Barneys are doing pretty well. So with that in mind it was business as usual last night at their New York store where they celebrated the launch of their exclusive partnership with Costello Tagliapietra on the launch of their new diffusion line on their newly redecorated 8th floor.
The line, called C&T, will stay true to the spirit of the mainline but is aimed at appealing to a wider audience. 'Our collection is really a creative outlet for us, and its customer is primarily custom-order,' Robert Tagliapietra told Fashionista. 'This forces you to think in a way that’s more accessible, it makes you find a way to reach a broader audience, but our essence is still at the core of it.'
The host of the night, model Anne Vyalitsyna was impressed by how the duo had managed to keep the feeling of the mainline but at such an accessible price point. 'From what I’ve seen, it’s really not that different, but that’s why I think it’s so amazing. People who weren’t able to afford their collection are now able to buy this,' she said. 'I saw them put their heart and soul into the whole thing, so you are getting the best of the best at a lower price.'