New York City may be almost synonymous with luxury and fashion. The world’s most renowned designer brands have long found homes in the sumptuous streets of New York City’s best districts, from Madison Avenue to SoHo. The city’s department stores in particular are perfect for shopping trips, especially on Black Friday: opulent cosmetics, the latest fashions, and everything from purses to decor vies for shoppers’ attention.
Here are the five best luxury department stores in New York City, if you’re in town for shopping season.
Bergdorf Goodman—Bergdorf’s to the initiated—may be one of the most iconic department stores in New York City. It is a hub of old-New York glamour and the hottest designer brands. At its 5th Avenue store, heralded by a stately stone facade and the classic Bergdorf’s Goodman, you will find brands ranging from The Row, Prada, Christian Louboutin and Moncler to newer arrivals like Kenzo, 7 For All Mankind, and Tanaka. Any luxury brand you can think of probably has a place here; in addition, Bergdorf’s has a salon, bridal atelier, and a Central Park-facing restaurant.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue rivals Bergdorf’s in its renown factor. This luxurious department store, which occupies an entire city block, is home to an extensive collection of designer brands, many of whom have their own dedicated boutique spaces. Shoppers can spend a whole day perusing Saks’ ten floors, which include everything from a full-service café to clothing, shoes, bags, cosmetics, menswear, and accessories. The Saks building is located across from the Rockefeller Center, a space it has occupied since it opened to much fanfare in 1924.
Bloomingdale’s has three locations in New York City, but the best by far is its flagship store on 59th and Lexington. Bloomingdale’s is where you’ll find those iconic little brown bags, a classic for almost 150 years. It is a favorite destination among high-end shoppers looking for the latest trends. Like Bergdorf’s and Saks, this department store has no shortage of luxury brands; it is also home to a Magnolia Bakery, a veritable New York City institution, Daikanyama, an elegant Japanese restaurant, and Studio 59, a bar/restaurant/content space.
Kirna Zabête is not a department store per se, but it sells an elegantly edited collection of women’s luxury fashion. Each piece at Kirna Zabête is carefully selected by a buying team led by Beth Buccini, the store’s founder. The store’s SoHo location was a pioneer of the downtown shopping revitalization, and they are planning to open another New York City location, on Madison Avenue, in the coming year. The selection of womenswear at Kirna Zabête is sure to offer the crème de la crème of each season.
Shops at The Plaza
The Shops at The Plaza are the perfect place to buy gifts during the shopping season, with their wide selection of accessories, books, toys, and apparel. Located on the ground floor of The Plaza Hotel on Central Park South, the Shops are a collection of high-end boutiques. The boutiques include Kligler, a fragrance brand, Maurice Fine Jewelry, Assouline Books, and an Eloise pop-up for young fans of the children’s series.
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