Several Members of our subscriber family have written to say they will be in New York in December.
Where should they shop?
Editorial Correspondent Carole D’Arconte, and colleague (and a fellow member of t.h.i.n.k., a group Carole and I both belong to in NYC) Lee Golde put the following thoughts together on where your time would be best spent at retail this month. To prioritize, start at the top of this list and work your way down.
- Bergdorfs and Barneys….perhaps Saks.
- Then, the Meat Packing area, and Bleecker Street, which is near the Meat Packing district. Both are very contemporary.
- If you want to know what all the Euro Collections are about, try Madison Ave, between 57th and 79th.
- DO NOT MISS both Ralph Lauren shops on 72nd and Madison. These flagship stores show how you can develop and promote a brand in style and with different emphasis. The men’s store is all antique and warm in brown woods. The women’s store is crisp, clean and white with touches of vintage railings and moldings.
- SoHo, which is very Euro now, is amazing! That said, there are too many shops in general for my liking. It’s like a Giant Mall of Euro and American branded shops.
- Nolita and the Lower East Side and Alphabet City are all good for the small, sometimes handmade retailer…. always interesting.
- Time Warner @ Columbus Circle a giant mall with the likes of J. Crew, Coach, Eileen Fisher, Hugo Boss, Sephora and more volume retailers. A visitor’s site and great for the view of the city and Central Park.
- You can find beautiful, expensive gifts at the Art & Design Museum across the street from Time Warner.
- The booths @ Union Square are great this Xmas season. Forget the ones @ Grand Central– I was there and it was a snooze!!!
- B’dales and Macy’s are purposely left out because I don’t think they are forward any more, but you may still want to visit them. Fashion friends from Europe visit both of them, especially for lingerie.