The New York fashion and retail landscape is always changing. You see more stores come and go than any other city on the planet, which means that you need a new shopping guide for each season. New York City is one of those cities that thrives on its fashion.
It is home to the iconic New York Fashion Week and attracts celebs from all over the world. It is also home to some of the most popular street style stars on the planet and is one of the best places to come across the top fashion labels. Fashionistas wondering where to shop or shopaholics trying to plan out their post Fashion Week shopping itineraries will find this New York shopping guide particularly useful, as it showcases some of the hottest stores that you should be hitting while in New York.
Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway first came about as a shop that was located in Henri Bendel, but has now emerged as a freestanding store in the Flatiron District. This high-end dress-rental service lets you meet a personal stylist and pick up the perfect designer dress for the next big event for just $25. It presents a collection of dresses from more than 200 designers such as Marchesa, Vera Wang and Opening Ceremony and is particularly famous for wedding party shopping. Not the same as having your own designer dress, but a credit-card-friendly-way to dress for those Fashion Week parties.
Space Ninety 8
Haven’t you dreamt of spending the night in a department store? Space Ninety 8 is just one of those stores that makes these childhood dreams come true. This multi-floor outlet presents moderately priced clothes for men and women, houseware and jewelry and also features a gallery space and an expanded record shop. Grab a cocktail at Gorbals restaurant and bar or simply enjoy the spectacular views that it offers when you’re tired of all that shopping.
This Chelsea jewel shuts down every 4 – 6 weeks and re-opens with an entirely new theme. Each cycle revolves around architects and guests curators and the store literally resembles an editorial style magazine. One of its latest motifs – the Cool Story – showcased Aros, beach bags and more. Other popular themes of the past include Good Story and Love Story. Make sure you visit this unique store while in NYC, provided its open!
With skin care collections for all types of skin and all sorts of skin issues and products that include real 24K gold, OROGOLD Cosmetics is one beauty brand that doesn’t second guess when it comes to your beauty. Their 100+ skin care products have enjoyed phenomenal success in the global market and OROGOLD is about as luxe as it gets. We recommend one of their signature VIP facials, heavenly treats offered at their Madison Avenue Flagship Store or the 57th Street Store. These facials offer instant results and let your re-discover your long lost youthful skin. You’d want to look your beautiful best for Fashion Week, and no one can make you look better.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue really needs no introduction. This iconic retail outlet has been undergoing a tremendous revival over the years and they recently added a beauty bar on their 5th floor and also revamped their fragrance department. Other highlights include a designer sneaker shop and awnings making a comeback.
Dover Street Market
Dover Street Market isn’t exactly friendly on your wallet, but that never stopped you from window shopping, did it? This Murray Hill oasis of high fashion presents seven floors of cutting-edge clothes and accessories by big name designers as well as up-and-coming ones. The merchandise also includes loads of exclusives and graphic tees that cost under $100. The store isn’t just about sleek clothing, it also presents cool art on its walls and a groovy ambiance.
People of 2Morrow
The People of 2Morrow tries to offer something unbelievable to all of its customers. It presents “re-worked vintage” and “previously loved” pieces from all over the world and pairs them with unique clothes and accessories. The sunlit decor also takes shopping to an entirely new level.
Artists & Fleas
Artist & Fleas is considered to be one of the most popular stores in NYC. It sets up shop in a Williamsburg warehouse and presents a rotating selection of 60 vendors each weekend, which includes local craftspeople, artists and designers. The product mix includes everything you can possibly imagine – right from handmade jewelry and home décor items to pet accessories and original t-shirts.
Barneys New York
Another NYC fashion store that really needs no introduction. Barneys offers an unstuffy approach to high-end fashion and presents something for every woman – from those searching for lunch outfits to designs that attract downtown hipsters to style inspirations for street style stars. They’ve revamped their menswear and beauty departments as well.
If you’re searching for Milan labels while in NYC, Amarcord is like a dream come true. This high-end boutique presents an organized selection of vintage designer goodies that have been handpicked by Italian owners during their trips abroad.
The first thing that strikes you about Bergdorf Goodman is its lavish window displays, particularly the ones seen during the holiday season. The 9th floor of the store presents a John Barrett salon and the store itself is famous for offering a world-class shopping experience. With clothes that often cost more than small houses, this is the place to be for those searching for high-end labels or contemporary brands.
Goyard is a mysterious French brand known for its signature trunks, leather goods and purses. It presents a stately two-store outlet and outlandish price tags. It might not always be within your reach, but the funky décor and those fun touches make it a worthwhile addition to your NYC shopping experience.
Leave it to the New Yorkers to make you question everything you know about fashion. No matter how fashion conscious you feel you are, a trip to Big Apple always leaves you mesmerized and helps you learn so much more. So come to New York, enjoy the very best of fashion, become a part of one of the top Fashion Weeks, strike out another must-see from your bucket list and pay your tributes to the Lady in Green as soon as possible.