Barneys New York evaluating restructuring options

Barneys New York evaluating its options including a potential bankruptcy

ByANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer
July 16, 2019, 4:20 PM
FILE - In a Jan. 11, 1996 file photo, pedestrians pass by upscale clothier Barneyís, Inc., in Beverly Hills, Calif. Luxury retailer Barneys New York may soon join the ever lengthening list of retailers seeking protection in bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Nick
FILE - In a Jan. 11, 1996 file photo, pedestrians pass by upscale clothier Barneyís, Inc., in Beverly Hills, Calif. Luxury retailer Barneys New York may soon join the ever lengthening list of retailers seeking protection in bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Barneys New York may soon join the ever lengthening list of retail stores seeking protection in bankruptcy.

The luxury clothing company, faced with high rents and a shifting consumer landscape, is evaluating options that may include a bankruptcy filing. That's according to a source close to the matter who asked to remain anonymous because the discussions are confidential.

The company has nearly a dozen locations, mostly in the swankier districts of cities like Boston, Beverly Hills, California, and New York.

High-rent retailers like Barneys now compete with online luxury players like Net- a-Porter and the RealReal.com, which don't have need to maintain flagship stores.

Reuters first reported that Barneys was evaluating bankruptcy options.

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