Jay Z for Barneys
Iconic luxury department store Barneys teams with hip-hop behemoth Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter for a new Christmas collection entitled ‘A New York Holiday’. The collaboration sees the entrepreneur working with designers from the world of high fashion and cult indie brands to create an array of limited edition products in time for the holiday season.
Designers who have contributed to the project include Lanvin, Balenciaga, Balmain, Proenza Schouler, Rick Owens and Stutterheim Raincoats – all of whom help bring to life Carter’s creations in a sophisticated palette of white, black, silver and gold.
“With this project, Barneys New York and I were able to take the slickness, energy and innovation of New York City and translate that into quality, timeless pieces,” says Carter, going on to state that the collection “represents a perfect example of a unique and groundbreaking collection that I hope demonstrates how inspiring New York has been to me.”
A highlight of the collection is the Stutterheim x Jay Z raincoat, a perfect seasonal piece with the stylishness one would expect from the pioneering producer.
Featuring gold snap buttons, the raincoat was originally intended as a solo project for Stutterheim creative director and founder Alexander Stutterheim. However, a sense of admiration for Jay Z convinced him otherwise, as did Carter’s more recent reinvention as a dedicated family man – values which Stutterheim holds dear.
“I have been working on this coat in my small wooden cabin in Stockholm,” Stutterheim explained, “I came up with a few ideas that I sent to Jay Z, and he had a great response to them. After a couple of prototypes, we got it just the way we wanted it. Thankfully, Barneys also gave us the freedom to create the coat as we liked and it has truly been a beautiful collaboration.”
The exclusive designs in the collection, which also include a black leather backpack by Alexander Wang for Balenciaga, a cashmere blanket by the Elder Statesman, a men’s bag by Proenza Schouler and a Hublot watch, are available for purchase from November 20th through January 3rd at the Barneys flagship stores in New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago, as well as on barneys.com.