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A little more privacy at Barneys sale?

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LUXURY-SUMMIT/BARNEYS-DEALBashful New York bargain hunters may finally be able to guard their modesty at one of the city’s biggest annual retail events, as luxury chain Barney’s is considering adding dressing rooms at its mobbed New York warehouse sale.   

While well-educated and well-heeled professionals don’t think twice about unleashing their animal instincts to grab the best designer merchandise at 75 percent off, many are reticent about stripping down in public to make sure they have the right size before ringing up a final sale.

 San Francisco and Los Angeles shoppers have already enjoyed the relative privacy of dressing rooms at the Barneys events in their cities.    

“We’re experimenting with it right now,” Barney’s director of stores Michael Celestino told the Reuters Global Luxury Summit. “We’re a little space constrained right now in in New York, but it’s something we’re considering.”

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