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Great Places to Shop in New York City
Going to New York to shop? These nine places are favorites packed with cool, sometimes unique finds.
Good for Guys
Ernest Alexander. This urban-rugged menswear label feels like a J. Crew upstart—only slightly less neat. Designed to resemble a contemporary trading post, the shop stocks enough leather weekenders, skinny plaid ties, and selvedge denim to outfit an entire tech start-up. 98 Thompson St.; 212-775-1199.
High-Fashion Fantasy Land
Kirna Zabête. At this SoHo boutique, two floors of white walls and red-lacquered shelves showcase color-laden Céline bags, Lanvin evening gowns, and sparkling Tom Binns jewelry that looks like decadent treats in a candy shop. Net-A-Porter fans will swoon. 96 Greene St.; 212-941-9656.
Tops for Street Style
Topshop. The only East Coast outpost of Britain’s favorite fast-fashion line is a trend-chaser’s dream. A step above H&M and Forever 21, the three-story Topshop delivers of-the-moment blazers, rompers, and accessories—most with a pinch of London’s signature glam grunge. 478 Broadway; 212-966-9555.
Shop for a Cause
Treasure & Bond. Nordstrom’s experiment with not-for-profit retail—100 percent of proceeds are donated to a rotating list of New York children’s charities—is a great resource for unusual gifts and arty, Anthropologie-esque fashions. Hard-to-find labels such as Spain’s Hoss Intropia mingle with baubles from funky lines such as Noir jewelry in a spare, loft-style space. 350 W. Broadway; 646-669-9049.
Getting the Scoop
Scoop NYC. The original SoHo location of the trend-conscious Scoop can’t be rivaled for its contemporary selection. A rainbow display of Rag & Bone skinny jeans, rack upon rack of patterned Equipment and Tucker blouses, sexy Wren cocktail dresses—more than 100 women’s-wear brands fill the massive shop (there’s also a sizable men’s section), and the wannabe-stylist sales staff will happily guide you through. 473-475 Broadway; 212-925-3539.
Opening Ceremony. This packed SoHo emporium sits somewhere between a fashion World’s Fair and a high-concept art gallery—and many feel it’s emerging as the new leader in global style. Each year, owners Carol Lim and Humberto Leon highlight international designers alongside next-big-thing American labels. They also design an in-house label and work with fashion insiders such as actress Chloë Sevigny and the sisters behind the avant-garde collection Rodarte on highly coveted, limited-run collaborations. 35 Howard St.; 212-219-2688.
Kinokuniya. The inventory isn’t strictly Japanese at this massive book and media store, but that’s why you want to shop here—we could spend hours browsing the outlandish fashion magazines alone. Upstairs, a small cafe serves bento-box lunches; in the basement are notebooks and office supplies unlike anything you’ll find at Staples. 1073 Sixth Ave.; 212-869-1700.
Upper East Side Elegance
Five Story. Touted by some as New York’s answer to Paris’s Colette, this gallery-style shop eases visitors through avant-garde men’s and women’s labels, hold-your-breath-expensive home accessories, and a miniature shoe oasis with the help of a delightfully unsnobby sales staff. 18 E. 69th St.; 212-288-1338.
Lap of Luxury
Bergdorf Goodman. A New York shopping trip isn’t complete without a visit to this opulent department store. A fixture in film and TV since the early 1950s, Bergdorf’s boasts eight levels of high-end shoes, accessories, ready-to-wear fashions, makeup, and home goods, plus a penthouse hair salon as well as prime people-watching—not to mention dainty tea sandwiches and a view of Central Park—in the seventh-floor BG restaurant. A men’s store is across the street. 754 Fifth Ave.; 212-753-7300.