By  on August 4, 2011

Agnès Troublé (better known as agnès b.) has had a fondness for Barneys New York for decades, and that only made her decision to design an exclusive men’s wear collection for the upscale New York retailer all the easier.

This week’s debut of the agnès b. homme capsule collection is a homecoming of sorts for the Paris-based designer, who used to sell her label to the Madison Avenue flagship years ago. Shortly after she opened a signature Prince Street boutique, Troublé was invited by Phyllis and Fred Pressman, Barneys’ former owners, to have dinner at their Manhattan apartment. In what was then the high-flying Eighties, they whisked her over in a chauffeured limousine and that memory has yet to fade. The trio became fast friends and the designer started selling her clothing at the store. Now with 10 subsidiaries, 282 freestanding stores and 2,000 employees, Troublé finds herself selling again to Barneys after a long absence.

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