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Simon Doonan Talks Barneys & Diana Vreeland

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    On a quest for the next big thing in the food industry, sisters Danielle and Laura Kosann have begun the journey with The New Potato. Profiling chefs, restauranteurs, and celebrities alike with cuisine questionnaires, the world of dining has reached a whole new level of delish.

    It’s hard to imagine waking up in the morning at your absolute favorite store in the world. For Simon Doonan, creative ambassador to Barneys New York, that fantasy can be a reality. We here at The New Potato insisted on being locked in Barneys with Doonan for the day, because is there really a better way to kick off New York Fashion Week? Today also marks the release of Doonan’s new book, The Asylum, a collection of essays reminiscing on his adventures in couture. It’s really not a question of whether or not the delightfully light, quick-witted, and style-savvy Doonan was made for the fashion industry.

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    During our Barneys lockdown, whether he was waking up with Assouline’s latest coffee-table book in the home section, pillaging every possible bag and pair of sunglasses on the first floor, sneaking in a quick nap under a Burberry raincoat, or grabbing a quick breakfast over the Daily News at Fred’s, Doonan seemed born to be living at Barneys (can we make that a bumper sticker?). Enjoy the first half of our day — and our interview with Doonan — and stay tuned for the second half this Saturday…

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