Shopping among the most bustling cities around the world can seem daunting initially. After all, it is hard to find out where to begin in one of fashions largest capitals when there seems to be a luxury department store or chic boutique on each street corner. We have narrowed down our treasured favorites and suggest you use it as your NYC shopping roadmap, armed with credit cards in hand. Our favourite areas to score the best garments, shoes, and much more in NYC.
Bergdorf Goodman is a milestone in Manhattan, not only for its dramatic, show-stopping windows or its enormous range of accessories, fine jewelry or the hottest collections but because of its tradition and ability to merge classic collections such as Dior, Valentino, and Prada using an array of new talents worth noticing. This one-of-a-kind place is well worth popping into even when you are not in the market for anything other than a fun token, bite to eat or some quick retail therapy.
Girls that tend to shop uptown, but with an edge, locate their own sole-mates and so much more in Barneys. And, due to the Caribbean vibes, the uptown flagship has been exuding for decades, the new downtown shop in Chelsea is offering a slightly different, even more avant-garde offering to appease the It girl set. Head here if you’re looking for an accessories edit that’s tough to conquer and something a little outside the box.
Those who prefer to shop in a boutique Instead of in a large-scale department store head straight to Kirna Zabête for a well-curated edit of the newest collection’s greatest looks. When surfing the racks here, expect top names such as Gucci and Saint Laurent, but also names which have more recently entered the fashion world, like Sies Marjan, Monse and Magda Butrym. If you are after a gift, this may be the ideal spot to find the great unconventional token, as it stocks pieces and decorative accessories you likely won’t find elsewhere.
Saks Fifth Avenue
A NYC institution, Saks Fifth Avenue is yet another of the city’s historic department stores, known for its designer wares, wide range of departments and noteworthy window layout. Our favourite elements of this must-stop store is their shoe section, 10022 shoes, which is arguably among the best in the world showcasing some of the best in womens pumps.
The Apartment by the Line
Created to inspire and give a more personalized approach to retail, The Line is a totally curated selection of fashion, home and beauty products placed throughout what seems like a living room, giving you the capability to do precisely what you always dream of doing when you walk into a department store, shop it. Their editorial method of living, shopping and personal style are enviable and, through their flagship place in New York, accessible.
Claire Distenfeld, a native New Yorker and also an enthusiastic collector, will be translating her love of art, fashion and the finer things to a multi-level shopping experience on Manhattan’s Upper East Sid -but not at the big-box retail kind space the place is famous for. Aimed at being a veritable treasure trove of all Distenfeld’s favorite items and discoveries rather than a hub of the fashion world whos-who, Fivestory offers an exceptional edit, exclusive goods and capsule collections and a wide assortment of party heels at a luxury, intimate space.
This location has a trendy, low-key vibe that isn’t trying too hard; it aims at capturing a feeling of gypsy-level whimsy, with goods sourced from the proprietor’s trips around the Earth, instead of a posh, prim pretention. Head here if you’re looking for a gift for a friend, or a hand-sourced embroidered top from Mexico for your next adventure.
A modern, minimalist aesthetic is felt throughout Totokaelo, another NoLita shopping must. Shopping here usually comprises of a fitting room full of Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, Haider Ackermann and much more, all with an easy yet quality appearance and feel. Heels sold here are not too high, and no shape is ever too form-fitting. Come here expecting to spend big at a luxury price point, but instead buy pieces which are thought to be lived in and enjoyed.
While most believe Manhattan to be the heart or all things key from the New York fashion scene, owner Jen Mankins needed a vision for Brooklyn. Her four boutiques located across the city’s trendiest borough are made up of a curation of designers that are famous for quality however cool wearable staples (Rachel Comey, Ulla Johnson and Acne Studios). Head to bird for a laidback feel of comfort shoes that does not skimp on luxury.
Being a fashion hub has its own perks, one of which is an incredible supply of vintage wears. Think about a woman’s purchase cycle. She first purchases some of the most recent runway’s best at Bergdorf Goodman and is bound to run out of space inside her cupboard soon enough, fall out of love with an old piece, or inevitably encounter a situation of buyer’s remorse. That is where our favourite classic hubs, like New York Vintage, Resurrection, Stella Dallas, What Comes Around Goes Around, Ina NYC and many others come in and attribute a few of the best second-hand designer duds in town showcasing mens and womens shoes.