News: After Jay Z's Dicey Barneys Decision, Mega Retailers Unveil Big NY Plan

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 8:19AM

Written by Biz Jones

With the mixed reactions to Jay Z deciding to stick with Barneys despite multiple racial profiling cases against the high-end retailer still mounting, a handful of popular stores are expected to unite this week in New York.

According to reports, clothing outlets ranging from Lord & Taylor to Barneys New York will meet Friday (November 22) to discuss big topics including racial profiling.

Major retailers will gather Nov. 22 at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 7 West 55th Street here to discuss such topics as racial profiling, loss prevention and store operations. The forum will be cohosted by the Retail Council of New York State and the New York Metropolitan Retailing Association. Retailers such as Macy's Inc., Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus Group, Lord & Taylor, Saks Inc. and Bloomingale's confirmed to WWD they are planning to send representatives to the meeting, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A spokeswoman for Neiman's said Thursday of the upcoming meeting, "People are coming from New York and Dallas. We believe in the goals that they are trying to achieve." (WWD)

Heading into the weekend, Young Hov issued a public statement to the masses regarding his decision to stay with Barneys.

"In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General's office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy's. Those findings are not yet available. While I await the findings of the Attorney General's Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on." (Life & Times)

Jigga also emphasized his collaborative effort would fully go toward supporting the Shawn Carter Foundation.

"As I previously stated, the collaboration with Barneys has always been about giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation. From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys' sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC. Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and Barneys.com on November 20th. - Shawn "JAY Z" Carter" (Life & Times)

After an in-person discussion with civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton, Barneys CEO Mark Lee addressed the racial profiling situation last month.

"No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips," Lee said Tuesday after an hour-long sitdown with the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network. "We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them." Sharpton and his National Action Network demanded a face-to-face with Barneys brass- and threatened to put shopping at the high-end retailer "on hold" -- after Christian and Phillips accused Barneys of sending cops to question and detain them after they made big-ticket buys at the Manhattan flagship. (New York Post)

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