It’s not the biggest photo or the best quality, but the picture (right) of Barneys New York’s storefront depicts an homage of sorts to the great Alice Waters. Aside from an innate adoration of her general brilliance (we’re guessing), the real reason for the sign is the newfound partnership/synergy between Chez Panisse/the Water Empire and Barneys.
Barneys recently hosted a summer solstice dinner at their Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan to “raise awareness of the work of the Chez Panisse Foundation and to celebrate the launch of [Chez Panisse] partners and collaborators, dosa and Heath Ceramics.” Both dosa and Heath products will now be sold at Barneys stores. For those of you unfamiliar with the CP partners, it is well-worth perusing the websites of dosa (clothes) and Heath (ceramic tableware, tiles). Both companies follow the Chez Panisse model of handcrafted techiniques, socially/environmentally responsible business practices and above all, excellent products.