Written by Amanda Lavergne
Amid the history, architecture, food, nightlife, parks, culture and sports, trying to fit everything New York City has to offer in one trip can be a bit daunting. Yet, three-day weekends are the perfect chances to go on specialized trips to the city. One such trip idea focuses on one of America’s favourite past times- shopping.
This itinerary won’t take you to the famous fashion houses, like Chanel, Valentino and Dolce and Gabbana. Instead, you’ll go to unique and trendy shops and boutiques that are on the fringe of the major fashion scene in New York that offer great shopping. Below are categories spanning a wide range of styles. So mix-and-match to personalize your shopping trip to make it a perfect weekend out in the Big Apple.
Located on 1 Horatio Street, near Eighth Avenue, Darling is owned by former Broadway costume designer Ann French Emonts. Her store is full of funky cool designs from asymmetrical skirts to plaid pleated mini-skirts along with classic tweed jackets and even lingerie. The stores offers a mix of Emonts own designs as well as other designers. Prices range from $55 for a skirt to $278 for a jacket.
In 1993, brothers Khajak and Haro Keledjian opened Intermix as a way for shoppers to be able to browse all that high-end fashion has to offer. Located on 1003 Madison Avenue, near 77th Street, Intermix showcases a wide range of the latest European and American fashion and accessories. It also features smaller fashion-forward labels such as LaRok and Mint. Although it can be a bit pricey, there is no harm in taking a look, and you never know when you might find something sale!
Feeling a bit girly lately? Flirt is the perfect store for you, located in Brooklyn on 93 5th Avenue. Started by Heather Falcone, Patti Gilstrap, and Seryn Potter in the summer of 2000, the Flirt label itself was originally a small collection that was designed and handmade in Brooklyn. Over time, Flirt began accepting other designers work to sell in the shop and it is now known for its unique and eclectic mix of clothing and accessories. Not only do they sell super cute and ultra-feminine clothing, but you can also bring in your own pieces to be jazzed up. You can even start from scratch at the store designing your own skirt or sign up for their Build-A-Bag Workshop. No matter what you do, you are sure to find great pieces here that you will not find anywhere else.
Founded in 2004 by Joanna Leigh Mazzella, Mint has recently branched out to NYC with a store on 448 Columbus Avenue after starting out on Long Island. This unique boutique offers classic pieces with small details and a light feminine touch that will add a fresh spark to any woman’s wardrobe. Mint also offers a wide range of jewellery and accessories with the merchandise always changing to be up to date.
Found on 115-117 Wooster Street, Barbara Bui is a must for every woman looking for classic pieces to add to their wardrobe. Although it can be a bit pricey, this is one of those cases where paying the extra money is well worth it. Bui’s effortless pieces can be worn season after season, such as tailored jackets and blazers as well as silk dresses. They also have a minimalist look yet at the same time ultrachic. It’s the perfect stop for a no-fuss woman.
Anik, located on 1122 Madison Avenue near 83rd Street, is known for having a basic clean look. It offers a wide selection of casual wear including suit separates, plain and beaded tank tops and even tunics. It also includes high end denim such as 7 For All Mankind and stacks of classic tees in every colour imaginable. In addition, Anik has beaded necklaces and other trendy fashion accessories near the back of the shop.
For ladies who are still looking for that classic look combined with a bit more edge, then Etro is a must. Located at 720 Madison Avenue near 63rd Street, founder Giacomo Etro has spent years perfecting textiles. Etro’s clothes are in your face with bright and even daring colours yet they are well-tailored with excellent craftsmanship. It is a real find for anyone who wants pieces with classic lines, but want a bit more fun, with the cool patterns and shocking colours.
Jutta Neumann, located on 158 Allen Street near Rivington Street, is known for hand-crafted leather bags, sandals and bracelets. Most of her products are in bright colours or patterned leathers but maintain an earthy and sturdy appeal. Either way, making a stop here on a shopping journey will be a sure way to add a funky unique piece to your closet.
Found in Brooklyn on 362 Atlantic Avenue near Hoyt Street, Legacy has always been a place known for showcasing talented new designers and finding one-of-a-kind pieces. The clothes found at Legacy ranges from vintage to contemporary as well as accessories such as statement jewellery and shoes. Much of the apparel is from European and Japanese designers with a wide selection of merchandise from cocktail dresses, tops, coats and more.
Century 21 claims to be “New York’s Best Kept Secret” but it is hardly a secret. The store is usually packed with people but if you make the effort to fight through the crowds, the deals are very worth it. Located on 22 Cortlandt Street between Church Street and Broadway the store offers discounts on a wide range of designer merchandise. If you’re not sure what the latest trends are, you can check out their website which lists them in detail.
Gabay’s Out on 225 First Avenue, between 13th and 14th Street, offers great deals as well as a unique background. The founder Sam Gabay came to America from Turkey in 1905 and began to sell extra items from garment factory floors in a push cart around the Lower East Side. By 1940, he opened his first store and today his two grandchildren run the business. The store sells designer overstock items for women and men at 50-80% off the retail price. Some designers they feature include, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren and many more. Merchandise ranges from shoes, eveningwear, suits, casual wear and even swimwear and lingerie.
Even though it is quite extensive, this list is not even a quarter of the fabulous stores you can find throughout the sprawls of NYC. However, this will definitely get you started and in many different ways these stores combined can breathe new life into any wardrobe. Happy shopping!