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"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." —Coco Chanel
When it comes to shopping, New York City is king, with everything from iconic department stores to small speciality boutiques. The sheer number of retail options to spend your hard-earned cash can be dizzying, but we’ve narrowed down a few of our favorite picks, including high-end shops with curated collections, tailor-made suits for the distinguished gentleman, and one of the world’s best vintage stores offering avant-garde treasures.
So, grab your wallet and get ready to splurge , because nowhere in the world does the shopping experience like New York City.
Taking up an entire city block in Midtown, Bloomingdale’s flagship store has become one of the world’s most famous shopping destinations and a global pop culture icon. The store’s signature brown bag and nickname “Bloomie’s” have become synonymous with designer luxury, extravagant shopping, spectacular window displays, and New York City itself. The shopping mecca has been the setting of numerous Hollywood films, making the connection between the brand and its home city even stronger. As part of a partnership with the Row NYC, you can book their exclusive package with Bloomingdale’s for your upcoming New York Stay. The Bloomingdale’s Shop & Stay Package comes with a $50 Bloomingdale's Gift Card, duffle bag, VIP leather wallet, key chain and special in-store offers.
Address: 1000 Third Avenue, 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022
For the Ladies
According to Amy McCabe, Editor-in-Chief of Modeliste Magazine, a huge trend this year will be zip boots. “What I am loving most from the Fall '18 runways are the zip boot trend. I need a pair of these immediately! They are incredibly chic and versatile, work with everything from party dresses to more casual pieces, and transition seamlessly from day to night looks. Definitely a must-have for the season.” To find your perfect pair we recommend checking out Five Story, a media darling and a favorite of true fashionistas. Opened by Claire Distenfeld, the Upper East Side boutique offers shoppers a boutique filled to the brim with the latest trends and top designers. NY Magazine made this shop one of their critics’ picks, noting, “...the boutique has only two floors, but each is packed with brightly colored clothes, home furnishings, distinctive jewelry, and shoes. Men can find seasonal attire, much of it with a preppy twist, such as DelToro’s famous mustachioed velvet slippers, patterned and classic suits and dress shirts, straw hats and limited edition Nike sneakers. For women there are brightly colored party dresses, stacked platform heels with daring designs, and an ornate collection of jewelry. A range of bold accessories are displayed together—vintage Hermès, Maison Michel and then jewelry from newer designers like Dannijo are all featured side by side.”
Address: 18 E 69th St, New York, NY 10021
For Gentlemen and Rogues
Where "Savile Row Meets Rock 'n Roll," according to GQ Magazine, this NoLita hidden gem opened in 2003 with a mission to “better dress the gentlemen and rogues of New York City and beyond. To create a club of characters. And give them reasons to dress up.” The atelier is known for their bespoke suits, clothing, and accessories, which are all hand cut, stitched, and finished in their workshop in New York City. The man behind the shop, Duncan Quinn, of the renowned rosé wine, is a lover of the good life. Known for his globe-trotting, extravagant tastes, and impeccable style, his influence can be felt in every inch of his Kenmare location.
Address: 70-80 Kenmare Street New York, NY 10012
For Lovers of All Things Vintage
What Goes Around Comes Around has garnered a reputation as one of the best vintage boutiques in the country. Housing authentic luxury vintage, they employ an experienced buying team that travels internationally to hand-select rare and unrivaled pieces. They have a stringent standard for quality that has made them a favorite of celebrities and shoppers and a bucket list destination for travelers from around the world.
Address: 351 West Broadway (between Broome and Grand Streets), New York, NY 10013
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