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.