We hear Barneys New York might have some very special visitors this fall: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen! The super twins are in talks with the super store for a PA - that's personal appearance - on behalf of their line, The Row. If they make it, they won't be the first sisters to hold court at a much-hyped store: Sienna and Savannah Miller launched their line, Twenty8Twelve, at Bergdorf Goodman during Fashion Week last year, and Paris and Nicky Hilton teamed up a few years ago to launch some Tinkerbell outfits for Fred Segal. And of course, Laura and Kate Mulleavy have made quite a few appearances on behalf of their own collection, Rodarte. Does this mean Hilary and Hayley Duff will be at Bendels by Spring '09?
Barneys' Amanda Brooks and Simon Doonan On The Row's New $39,000 Bag and the Return of the Backpack
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were on hand at Barneys last night to fete the launch of their new line of luxury handbags for The Row (I'm pretty sure I know which one is which now thanks to our handy guide--Ashley's in the floor length embroidered number, MK's in the blazer, both from the Row). "I think the bags are triple super chic," said Amanda Brooks, Barneys' new-ish fashion director (who, as evidenced by our Textbook post today, is pretty chic herself). The line, she said, fills a void within Barneys highly competitive bags and accessories department--a younger more streamlined Celine-esque sub-in for the Birkins they don't stock. "Obviously we don't carry Hermes bags in the store so we were trying to find something that appeals to that customer who is willing to spend a lot of money on a bag that's going to last a long time and has a classic design." When Brooks mentions a customer willing to spend "a lot of money on a bag" she means up to $39,000 on a bag. That's how much the crocodile backpack in the Olsen's new bag range for the Row will set you back.