NYC – Shopping in a Fashion Capital

There are four fashion capitals in the world and New York is undoubtedly one of them – alongside London, Milan and Paris.  I can’t lie; shopping gets me excited, more so than average female. Add this to the fact that I’m shopping in NYC and well …. Let’s just say I single handedly made a positive impact on the US economy.

I probably shouldn’t incriminate myself further, but I even had a NYC shopping anthem  – “I need a dollar dollar, a dollar is what I need…hey hey”  – Aleo Blacc.

Below are a list of evil stores that took all my dollars away…

Boutiques:

Scoop NYC: I did some SERIOUS shopping at this NYC boutique. They have a stylish selection of wearable fashion forward clothing for men & women from international and emerging designers. The Meatpacking district store has a sales section (downstairs) with some great bargains. I picked up 3 pairs of shoes for $180 – Bargain!  SOHO Store: 273 – 475 Broadway (between Broome & Grand) NYC.  Meatpacking District: 430 West 14th Street NYC.

Opening Ceremony: A standout store that is known for uncovering new fashion talent before they hit the mainstream. They also stock established designers, vintage pieces, their own brand and collaborations. Between Chinatown & Little Italy: 33 & 35 Howard St, NY. Lobby of Ace Hotel:  20 West 29th Street, New York, NY.

Piperlime: Is fab an online fashion boutique owned by the Gap group. I stumbled across their first store in Soho which ranges a mix of products and brands at affordable prices.  SOHO: 121 Wooster St NY.

IRIS: An Italian company that manufacturers shoes and bags for a number of major designers; Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Michael Kors, Veronique and Jill Sander to name a few. They stock the entire range from each designer, every season. Meatpacking: 827 Washington St, New York

Intermix: A luxury boutique chain with carefully selected and merchandised designer clothing. You’ll find big name designers: Givenchy, Chloe & DVF as well as emerging brands like Mint & Ya Ya. SOHO: 98 Prince Street NY, Meatpacking: 305 Bleeker St New York

Department Stores:

Bloomingdales – Best all-rounder department store. 1000 Third Ave (Lexington Ave & 59th St) NY

Barneys Co-op – Love this store as it stocks a great mix of ‘cheaper’ designers (Vince, Alexander Wang etc) as well as their own Barneys Co-op brand.

Henri Bendel : Accessories, Accessories, Accessories. 712 Fifth Ave (55th & 56th) NY

Bergdorf Goodman: High end labels and ladies lunching. 754 Fifth Ave (57th & 58th) NY

Saks 5th Avenue: Best collection of worldwide designers. 611 Fifth Ave (49th & 50th) NY

Macy’s:  World’s Largest Shoe floor – 39,000 Square feet to be exact. 151 West 34th (Broadway) Street NY

Other Stores to visit: Anthropology, Wink, J Crew, J Brand, Shoe Box, Denim Habit, Rag & Bone, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Forever 21, Kenneth Coles, Footlocker (Sneakers are so much cheaper here), Sephora (makeup), Inglot (makeup).

International Stores: Zara, Topshop, H&M, Uniqlo, Ksubi, Zimmermann.

Other: Brooklyn Flea Markets at Williamsburg, Cheap Jacks Vintage, 1 of a Find NYC.

SHOPPING TIPS:

  1. Be sure to ask department stores if they have visitor’s discounts (between 10 – 15% off) – Macy’s and Bloomingdales definitely do.
  2. Prices do not include the sales tax of 8.9%. Remember tax is waivered on shoes and clothes under $110. Remember that sometimes it may be worth paying for items separately.

Below: Jeans at Urban Outfitters

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