Did Gwyneth Paltrow spend $100,000 on Jay-Z’s Barneys ‘holiday collection’?


This week’s Goop-letter from Gwyneth Paltrow is a “mix tape” which… totally dates her. Kids today don’t know what a “mix tape” is! Anyway, Gwyneth’s “mix tape” is just her fancy Goop-ism for “not having a real theme or concentration.” She just threw together a bunch of links and made it look fancy. What was interesting to me is that she’s promoting Beyonce’s album (or as Gwyneth writes, “B’s Visual Album. So good.”). I had actually been wondering about the state of Gwyneth’s friendship with her dear friend Beyonce, because Gwyneth hadn’t dropped Bey’s name in casual conversation in quite a while. I suspected that Goop and Bey might have had a falling out, or that Gwyneth might have phased Beyonce out just like Madonna. I think something happened between Goop and Beyonce at the Met Gala, because that’s when the friendship seemed to noticeably cool off.

But… since Gwyneth recommends Beyonce’s album, that must mean their friends, right? And even though Jay-Z appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair even after Gwyneth had emailed all of her close celebrity friends warning them about VF, maybe Jay and Goop are still tight too? Well, Gwyneth wants us to know that she still considers Jay and Bey her friends. She’s making the first move, a move of forgiveness. She FORGIVES Beyonce for whatever Beyonce did (wore Givenchy?) and she forgives Jay-Z too. And now Goop wants us to know that she’ll even put some money down on it:

Gwyneth Paltrow is proving to be a one-woman stimulus package for her pal Jay-Z! The actress is so obsessed with the rapper’s holiday gift collection for Barneys New York, she dropped nearly $100,000 on the goods during one shopping trip alone!

“Gwyneth loves Jay-Z, and she loves his taste,” a friend says. “She’s giving lots of people on her holiday list something from the collection.”

And those lucky pals are sure to have a very chic Christmas: Jay’s collection features $5000 cashmere blankets, $4000 leather bags and $1000 leather-accented t-shirts.

“The proceeds are going to charity, so this was a win-win for Gwyneth,” her pal says. “She gets to support her friend and a good cause – and of course, give wonderful gifts.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

I don’t think that I realized that Jay-Z had a holiday collection at Barneys. I knew he had some kind of deal with them, but I thought it might have been a Rocawear thing or whatever. I didn’t know that Jay was all about the “exclusive holiday line” at Barneys featuring cashmere blankets and supple leather bags. And what charity is this for… let me look… oh, the proceeds go to The Shawn Carter Foundation. Makes sense. I hope Goop isn’t planning on giving Stella McCartney any of that leather stuff!



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  1. Kiddo says:

    As celebrity collections go, his isn’t bad, pretty minimalistic.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree. It’s a nice collection, and I love that all of the money goes to charity. Good for him.

      I think I’d throw up if I spent that much in one day.

  2. Patricia says:

    I know people like to say “it’s her money she can choose how she spends it” but I have to wonder what is WRONG with individuals who spend $5000 on a blanket. Are you unaware that there are people with no beds at all, children who go hungry every day? Do you really need a blanket that costs that much? Could you not think of anything better to do with that money, especially during the holidays? Super rich people spending a gross amount of money on other super rich people… I know some very rich people and they are not one bit happy, always looking for the next material thing that will maybe MAKE them feel happy and it’s a losing battle. Donate that money to charity and maybe you will actually feel some real Joy!

    • Spooks says:

      I never got the “it’s her money she can choose how she spends it” as a way of saying that we shouldn’t comment on it. I know a guy who has a tattoo on his forehead. It’s his body. He’s still a moron.

    • Danskins says:

      It’s funny how this argument is being brought up but no one mentioned it during the Leo/Ben/Tobey post regarding the $500k bet on Leo’s romantic future, which is just as gross, if not more so.

      At least the money that Goop spends on Jay’s collection is going to charity so I don’t understand how anyone can fault that and why different standards are being applied in this situation.

      • Spooks says:

        I haven’t read the article on Leo, so. As for Goop, if it’s for charity, great. But she would buy a 5000$ blanket anyway, don’t you think? But I always had a soft spot for her.

      • Kat says:

        Never understand people being taken in by this. If she wants to donate to charity and she has five grand, let her spend 100 in an excellent blanket and donate the rest.

        JZed makes tonnes from this stuff. The shop gets its cut too. Typically, charities get next to nothing. It’s not good enough to abuse charity to give a veneer of respectability to this disgusting and unconscionable excess.

    • Moore says:

      The article said it goes for charity.

  3. brionne says:

    Mixtapes are still very popular. Hip-hop artists and aspiring DJ types are alwAys putting them out.

  4. Neffie says:

    Where have you been? there was a huge uproar ,people wanted jay z to part ways with Barneys after a few racial profiling incidents.

    • Kiddo says:

      Yeah, the racial profiling incident. It was big news. I never understood what the defense was. It sounded like Barney’s was insisting that it was all on the police officer, so do police officers just hang out in Barney’s all day? I was confused. Or was the police officer outside?

      • V4Real says:

        Barneys is trying to say that it was all the cops and they had no idea this was going on. Sure they didn’t. NYPD wouldn’t even say if these cops were a task force working at Barneys. The young Black man was stopped after he purchased a belt that caused a few hundred dollars. Kayla Phillips who is also Black was stopped in the subway after she purchased a Celine bag. Cops took her credit card and started inspecting it to see if it was legit. They asked her why was she in Manhattan and how could she afford a purse that cost over two thousand dollars.

        It is Phillips lawyer’s belief that the sales clerk have been trained to report to them when Blacks make large purchases. She is suing Barney and the police and I’m glad she is. I give props to the young man who returned the belt to Barneys and told them he doesn’t want to do business with them.

        The Urban community was a bit outraged at Jay Z for continuing to do business with Barney. His collection is nothing special BTW.

      • Kiddo says:

        Yeah, like I said, the defense seemed weak. If the NYPD was on a task force, why are they spending citizen tax money to protect a private store? Don’t stores usually hire their own security? The entire thing is crazy. It was so humiliating for the shoppers. And I’m glad the man returned the belt too. F* ‘em.

        As to the collection, the bags are really simple, but posh looking. I wouldn’t spend money on them myself,
        but I will give him his due for the design quality.

    • Luca26 says:

      She is doing Jay-Z a huge favor because he was called out for his involvement and hasn’t done much press. It’s knocked him down quite a few pegs in the black community.

      • Nick says:

        Ugh I hate when people say things like the black community as if it’s an actual place where all black people live like The Smurfs. If there’s a black community, is there a white community too? Is this black community somewhere I can find on Google maps? There’s areas where the majority population is black but there’s no such thing as a “black community”.

        Also plenty of black people agreed with Jay’s decision. He waited it out and now ALL of his and Barney’s proceeds will go to his foundation.

  5. FingerBinger says:

    I have no problem believing Goop spent $1000,000.00 on Jay Z’s collection at Barney’s. buying overpriced items is her thing. One T-shirt is $995. A baseball cap is $875. And my personal favorite leather boxing shorts are $2,590 http://www.barneys.com/En-Noir-Embroidered-Leather-Boxing-Shorts/503137377,default,pd.html?gclid=CKqU_q7zvrsCFSHNOgodWBsA-g

    • Kiddo says:

      I think the leather bags are very attractive, but based on that, I guess they have no real intentions of going vegan. Which I don’t care about, to each, his own, but I wonder why they never just called themselves experimental vegetarians.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Thank you for posting the leather shorts! You’re supposed to “complete the look” by layering them over black sweatpants.

      Does anyone know anything about the Shawn Carter Foundation? It is run by his mother? There’s plenty of hype online but no stories about people actually benefiting from it. In one article, it was not included in the top 15 celebrity foundations. I hope the money is getting distributed.

  6. AB says:

    Man, I wish I was rich

  7. DailyNightly says:

    I don’t think it’s a situation where Goop is forgiving them for something. I think she is trying to get back in favor with them. She probably pissed Bey off (maybe by getting too flirty with Jay-Z) and they have been keeping their distance from her. So, now she will drop $100K to get back in their good graces.

  8. Lexi says:

    Doesn’t all the money from the collection go to charity? And it’s a nice collection, I’d buy something from it if I was in America.

    Btw Gwyneth, Chris, Jay Z and Beyoncé were spotted out to dinner a few weeks ago.

    • V4Real says:

      Not all the money. Barney and J gets a piece of the pie as well.

      Speaking of Beyonce I bet she had a light chuckle at Target’s expense. Target said they wouldn’t carry her new CD and the next day Target had to report that about 40 million customers credit cards might be at risk after thieves possibly used software to hack the credit card machines…….. Don’t mess with Queen B. She’ll curse the heavens and make hell rain down on you. :)

      • Danskins says:


      • Leigh says:

        Yeah I’m one of the 40 million people who might lose credit card information to thieves so this comment is a little insensitive. Regardless of what happened with the beyonce album, in this situation target’s expense is the consumer’s expense.

      • CaribbeanLaura says:

        @Leigh I’m pretty sure V4real was just being a little snarky and not trying to be personal. It sucks having that happen and I hope that it’s cleared up soon/

      • V4Real says:

        Bey also caused the blackout at the Mercedes Benz- Superdome during the Super bowl. She wanted the 49ers’ to win and they were getting their butts handed to them by the Ravens. She said I just gave the best Super Bowl halftime performances ever and I refuse to let my team lose becasue of thier inability to work as hard as me. So she did some of her illuminati magic and poof went the lights. She wanted to give the 49er’s time to regroup while she sprinkled a little fairy dust on them and it worked because they made one hell of a comeback after the lights came back on. They almost won until Jay whispered in Beys ear and said honey we are actually rooting for the other team. Bey quickly snapped her fingers right at the two minute warning and the 49ers turned the ball over. The Ravens went on to win the game. Even Ray Lewis said the lights going out was no accident, it was a higher power by the name of Beyoncé. Soon the commentators, the media and the players were all like damn Bey made the lights go out. She is Queen B.

        Of course that was snark and there was nothing personal in that comment. The only one I was being insenitive towards was Target because it happened on their watch, not the consumers.

  9. mkyarwood says:

    That means… ‘they’re’ (?) friends?

  10. Penny says:

    Wow, some of that stuff is hideous.

    Who on earth would pay almost $700 for this: http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=00505031928687

    Or over $3000 for this: http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=503137354&cgid=nycholiday&index=0

    Or almost $700 for a ski mask!!!: http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=00505030304543&cgid=nycholiday&index=10

    The only decent looking things come from established designers like Lanvin, and they’ve just slightly updated their own previously released designs. Everything else is hideously tacky, dated and cheap looking. Say what you want about GOOP, she has better taste than this, so I’d buy she’s trying to get back in their good graces by buying this crap.

  11. Neffie says:

    But are they REALLY friends? Beyonce doesn’t seem to be friends with anyone other than her mother and sisters,just my opinion think this is more from Jay Z’s side and as his wife she just goes along with it.

    • V4Real says:

      In her documentary she did say to what I thought were her friends “you guys are important to Jay, so you’re important to me.” It seemed like she’s indirectly saying if you weren’t friends with my husband you wouldn’t be friends with me.

  12. Helvetica says:

    How rich would it be if G and Jay hooked up? Amazing gossip.