We were recently tasked with pulling together our Top 5 ‘shopping havens’ in New York for the girls over at Glossy Pops. My no mean feat, we finally managed to agree on our must-visit places for a haul and here they are:
DOVER STREET MARKET
Even in New York, where you can find any style if you look hard enough, Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market was a gamechanger when it opened in 2013. The seven-floor department store is a must-visit for anyone interested in avant-garde labels (like Kawakubo’s Comme des GarÃ§ons) and of-the-moment names like Vetements and Eckhaus Latta.
A fave of Rachel from Friends! This is the historic brand’s original location. The well-designed space is a pleasure to visit, and the emphasis on digital connection (via an app that sends shoppers push notifications on items that may interest them) is actually pretty helpful. When you’re done admiring the designer clothes, shoes, accessories, and beauty products â€” including many pieces exclusive to this specific location â€” recharge with a drink and snack at Fredâ€™s, Barneysâ€™ storied in-house eatery.
CANAL STREET MARKET
Tucked away in downtown where Soho meets Chinatown, this small-scale marketplace hosts a mix of permanent vendors â€” shops like Office Magazine newsstand and cafÃ©, Mast Brothers, and indie boutique Jill Lindsey â€” as well as a dozen other rotating pop-up shops offering everything from pastel-painted home goods to liquor and fine jewelry (check theÂ vendor listÂ for current shops). There’s a hang-out spot in the back with comfy seats and tables, free wifi, and plenty of outlets.
SAKS 5TH AVE
The much-anticipated downtown outpost of Saks, located within the Financial District’s Brookfield Place mall, has a fittingly younger vibe than its uptown counterpart. The emphasis here is on more cutting-edge labels that aren’t stocked at the original location. Case in point: The store celebrated its opening with a month-long artsy installation by Vetements.
Beacon’s is where Brooklynites go to clean out their closets, though the buyers at this iconic resale shop are notoriously picky. Of the four locations, the Williamsburg warehouse has the best selection. Sure, there are more curated thrift stores out there (if you’re looking for designer-only consignment, hit upÂ INAÂ andÂ Eva Gentry), but none where you can count on snagging buys as satisfying as a $20 Moschino dress, $15 Rag & Bone jeans, or a $30 vintage fur coat with some regularity.