Around Town Guide To Holiday Shopping
The holidays are an unequaled time for shopping and New York is the place to do it. Here, you can find everything you need, everything you want, and everything you didn’t know you wanted. This is the town to dazzle everyone on your list, so let thoughtful glamor take the lead this year as you consider what’ll go under the tree. Your loved ones will thank you for it.
In order to make sure you nab what you’re after, it’s a good idea to map out some kind of a plan, as the city’s bevy of options can be quite overwhelming. Between the juggernaut department stores and the quaint boutiques, the choices are never ending. But not to worry! The journey doesn’t have to be daunting, frustrating, or even a burden on your wallet. We’ve got you covered with a rundown of some Big Apple shopping hotspots. This holiday season, check out these trendy new spots, as well as some tried and true favorites.
A fashion centrifuge, SoHo (or South of Houston street) has two personas. On the one hand, there
is the length of Broadway, from Canal up to Houston, which is as explosive as any of the busiest parts of New York. On the other are the cobblestone side streets, which spotlight a bit more character, as well as some über trendy retailers.
Barbour (123 Wooster St.)
Luxury clothier Barbour is a British-based, worldwide brand for the active consumer. Think quilted and waxed cotton jackets. Their cozy SoHo locale is easy to navigate and rarely crowded. The friendly staff are well-versed in the history of the company and are quick to regale customers with its origin. Your inner anglophile will be tickled by the shop’s quaint elegance as you feast your eyes on their dapper pieces.
& Other Stories (575 Broadway)
H&M’s off shoot company, & Other Stories, appeared in Europe not too long ago and is all about companionship. The name itself is meant to be a prefix for collaboration with other brands. J.Crew & Other Stories. Banana Republic & Other Stories. The idea is that their chic items would go with pretty much everything. The downtown location on Broadway and Prince mirrors that ideology, as you can easily shop around the neighborhood to find other womenswear to pair with what you find.
La Perla (434 W. Broadway)
La Perla’s upscale lingerie and loungewear is perhaps the epitome of SoHo style. Simple design concepts, friendly employees, and well-made pieces are available in this intimate location. The boutique focuses on quality over quantity, as their spare offerings all exquisite constructions built to last.
KITH (644 Broadway)
With their wood paneling and mirrors touting a modern aesthetic, Kith is a must-see for sneaker-heads. While they offer clothing as well, their primary draw is footwear. A celebrated feature is the snack bar, which offers sugary treats while you peruse the shop’s wares. Sometimes this place can get a bit crowded with out-of-towners, but it’s the whimsical nature of the brand that really makes it worth a visit.
When it comes to quintessential New York shopping, there’s nothing quite like Fifth Avenue. This expanse of shops has some pretty nifty history, stretching from 39th to 60th streets. Catering to every budget, there’s a lot to see. Carrie Bradshaw and Holly Golightly have both notoriously stalked the pavement in this neighborhood, and if you’re in town looking to pick up some holiday must-haves, Fifth Avenue is calling you.
Apple (767 Fifth Ave.)
Encased in a glimmering glass box, Apple’s popular Fifth Avenue location is a technological epicenter for everyone. A steep spiral staircase leads down to a spacious floor below. If stairs are tough for you, definitely take advantage of the magnificent glass elevator that leads down to where all the action is. Tourists and native New Yorkers alike frequent this flagship store, taking advantage of its incredibly knowledgeable staff.
Furla (645 Fifth Ave.)
Recently re-establishing itself as a prominent fixture in the world of accessories, Italian brand Furla opened its location on 51st Street in 2015. With soft, cream-colored walls and beautiful glass displays all around, the elegant bags, wallets, and scarves are all brilliantly lit and ripe for the gifting. Repair services are also available for returning customers.
Penhaligon’s (620 Fifth Ave.)
A top British perfumery, Penhaligon’s was established in the 1800’s and also carries bath & body products, candles, and grooming items for the gents. On your way to visit Rockefeller Center, stop off at this quaint boutique and take in these expertly concocted fragrances. The design of every vial is as much a treat for the eyes as the colognes are for even the most discerning nose.
Tiffany & Co. (727 Fifth Ave.)
Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store is a place of legend. With museum-like appeal, this shop has been the home away from home for many a New York consumer. The jewelry displayed in the windows have become as big a draw as any of the holiday window decorations in the Big Apple. Inside, you’ll find displays draped with some of the most exquisite diamonds, shimmering gold, and gleaming silver.
Constructed in 2011 and originally known as the World Financial Center, Brookfield Place was rebranded in 2014 and stands today as a hub for some mighty fine shopping. With elegant features like the greenery of The Winter Garden Atrium, as well as César Pelli’s gorgeous architecture, this downtown complex is a dynamite place to hunt down holiday gifts this season. Be sure to check out the magnificent view of the Hudson while you’re in the area.
Cos Bar (230 Vesey St.)
Founded in Aspen in 1976, Cos Bar has been a force in multi-brand beauty products. The Brookfield Place location is a sophisticated boutique for the astute customer, with shelves fully stocked with everything from makeup to haircare products to men’s grooming necessities. All of the brands you love are generously represented and the knowledgeable staff are on hand to assist you with all of your shopping needs.
Davidoff of Geneva (230 Vesey St.)
For the cigar aficionado on your list, be sure to check out the luxurious ambience of Davidoff of Geneva. Complete with a huge variety of urbane accessories like lighters, ashtrays, and cutters, the downtown venue has also hosted masterclasses on rolling your own cigars. The superb decor, an opulent lounge, and the spectacular walk-in Humidor will make for a sumptuous experience. For the indulgent shopper, there are lockers available to keep the smoke away from your belongings.
Lululemon (230 Vesey St.)
A giant in the world of athletica, Lululemon’s Brookfield Place location is not just a treasure trove of stylish workout gear. Sure, you can absolutely pick up a pair of yoga pants that are guaranteed to make your ass look awesome, but you can also sign up for some pretty sweet in-store classes. Cultivating relationships with Bari Studio, The Financial District’s SoulCycle location, as well as the Lyon’s Den yoga studio, Lululemon has everything you need to keep your body in tip top shape.
Warby Parker (230 Vesey St.)
Warby Parker has long had a mission to keep the cost of sun and reading glasses down. Offering high-end designer specs but with the prices chopped, you’ll be able to nab a chic set of frames. There are also eye exams available on-site, just in case. Definitely have a look at one of their hippest items: a whiskey tortoise monocle crafted by artist Craig Redman (if you want something to go with your top hat and handlebar mustache).
A bustling center for name brand shopping, Herald Square offers much more than just Macy’s. While the enormous, block-long superstore has literally everything, there are some other storefronts that are worth checking out. If you know where to go, you can walk away with some fantastic finds from some of your favorite retailers.
GAP (60 W. 34th St.)
GAP has been a reliable source for clothing since 1969 (yeah, that’s why that year is printed inside your jeans). The 34th Street shop can get pretty full around the holidays, but the selection is vast. With multiple floors and a large fleet of customer service clerks, you’ll be able to snag workout wear as well as a great outfit for a Christmas party. The company prides itself on its production of sturdy construction of on-trend pieces, so you’ll definitely walk away happy.
Hour Passion (112 W. 34th St.)
A concept store by the Swatch Group, Hour Passion specializes in watches and jewelry. The Herald Square store features a sleek, streamlined interior and a wide variety of timepieces. Their knowledgeable staff is also available if you need help finding something, as well as offering top-notch repair services.
Uniqlo (31 W. 34th St.)
With casual wear for men, women, and children, Uniqlo constantly provides a clean, well-presented shopping experience for its clientele. Fashionable and affordable, the three-floor retail space has something for everyone. Because of the heavy foot traffic in this area, there can sometimes be long lines for the fitting rooms, but the selection is extensive and easy on your wallet.
Sam Ash (333 W. 34th St.)
Unleash your inner rock star at Sam Ash’s 34th Street store. A bit further west where some of the tourist action thins out, you’ll be able to duck in with less crowding than some of the other businesses in Herald Square. A huge selection of guitars, amps, and tools are on offer here, as well as a staff of musicians who can help you find anything you need. You can also drop o your axe for repair if it needs some TLC, as well as maintenance options for a wide array of other instruments.
Westfield World Trade Center is the new kid on the block for shopping this season. Roughly 365,000 square feet, it is the largest mall in Manhattan and is home to some excellent shops.
Kit and Ace (185 Greenwich St.)
Located in the balcony level of Calatrava’s Oculus in the Westfield Mall, Kit and Ace’s downtown destination is home to solid simple pieces, which are perfectly showcased by the awe-inspiring architecture of the newly established FiDi. With a line that features pieces for men and women, the interior is bright modern posh with a healthy dose of Tribeca flair.
Reiss (185 Greenwich St.)
A prominent fixture on the worldwide fashion market, Reiss boasts an expansive location at Westfield. The floor-to-ceiling glass entranceway bears a serene invitation to all who pass by. Because the Oculus was designed with nods to the sleek and trendsetting nature of New York, the reputable luxury design that Reiss has heralded for years is a heavenly match with the sublime environs of their new home at The World Trade Center.
Ugg (185 Greenwich St.)
Boots! Boots! Boots! Uggs have become a must-have for the masses, particularly around the holiday season. The Australian bootery has ensconced itself in The Westfield Mall, and just in time to stock their stylish shelves with those oh-so-comfy sheepskins that we just can’t seem to get enough of. Be sure to check out their gorgeous handbags, gloves, and hats. Winter might be coming, but there’s no reason to catch a chill.
Bose (185 Greenwich St.)
Bose has been a leader in high-end sound systems since 1964. Founded by Amar Bose, a sound engineer, the company is on the cutting edge of producing impeccable home audio systems and speakers. The new branch has the best of what the brand has to offer, blending opulent design with flawless manufacturing. Stop in for a demonstration by their exemplary staff or test out their epic noise-cancelling headphones.