It's only appropriate that my first shopping guide highlights my favorite city with which I'm in a serious long-term relationship. Like any urban destination, it's hard to see and do everything in a short amount of time, which unfortunately leaves little room for shopping. But if you're interested in a truly unique shopping experience, then skip Barneys and Bergdorfs (maybe don't skip BG's 5th floor shoe department), and read on for a list of my favorite shops, starting from uptown to downtown, that you must visit if you are lucky enough to find yourself in NYC.
Fivestory - 18 East 69th Street (& Madison Avenue)
Arguably my favorite shopping destination in all of NYC, I still remember walking into the pop-up shop before Fivestory officially came to life during fashion week back in 2012. Fivestory is a luxury design concept store for both the uptown and downtown girls alike, and despite the name, comprised of two floors, not five, in a beautiful Upper East Side townhouse. In good company with chill music and a warm, yet intimate layout, the store gives off more boudoir vibes than retail vibes, which makes this popular shopping spot so special. You'll be sure to walk away with something that no one has, or something that everyone wants.
Dover Street Market - 160 Lexington (& 30th Street)
No longer just a London and Tokyo based destination, this one-of-a-kind space is where retail meets gallery wonderland. I'll admit Dover Street Market is more for browsing than for shopping, but regardless, all seven floors offer a carefully curated selection of displayed goods offering something for just about everyone — featuring high-end luxury, middle market streetwear and a variety of emerging designers found by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons herself. Ultimately, be prepared to enter what Balenciaga, Céline and Gucci dreams are made of.
INA - (multiple locations) 207 West 18th Street (& 7th Avenue)
To each their own, but I love high-end designer consignment stores. The thrill of finding something unique at a discounted price excites me. INA is one of those places in NYC where you will always find an incredible selection of designer handbags, clothing and jewelry. INA has multiple locations in the city but after years of research, I think the Chelsea location is the best due to limited foot traffic and its neighborhood consignment clientele.
The Apartment by The Line - 76 Green Street (& Spring Street, 3rd Floor)
This unique concept boutique is set up to look like the most dreamy, laid-back meets luxe apartment in Soho. It's serious #goals and highly inspirational for the minimalist like myself. The "Apartment" acts as a retail space that highlights and embodies the company's super-chic and minimal brand, hosting an edited collection of goods beyond just clothing, shoes and accessories — including home goods, beauty and gifts, and now their very own collection, Khaite. Just be careful, you will probabaly want to take everything home with you. Or move in.
La Garçonne - 465 Greenwich Street (& Watts Street)
La Garçonne, best known for being the understated Francophile e-tailer, opened their first retail store in TriBeCa a fews years back. Perhaps what I have always loved most about the brand is their allergy to color, much like myself, and being able to remain fresh with a palette rich in white, black, grey and navy. For the girl who loves A.P.C. but has since graduated to A Détacher, this is the place for you. In the airy, loft-like space, no doubt you will be able to find a well-curated selection of hard to find, IRL brands, copies for sale of 'The Gentlewoman,' as well as a unique assortment of on-brand interiors.