New York’s top shopping neighbourhoods — and where to shop

Gary Kingsnorth
09 September 2013

Forget Fifth Avenue, these designer stores and neighbourhoods are where you'll find the fashionistas, says ‘The Style King‘ blogger Gary Kingsnorth



Jeffrey, 449 West 14th Street

With each salesperson also a trained personal shopper, expect the best service and advice from this wonderful boutique. Stocking some if the coolest labels, including Junya Watanabe, Proenza Schouler, Haider Ackermann, Erdem and Dries Van Noten, this store has one of the best selections of clothing in New York.

Owen, 809 Washington Street
Owen has over 50 designers with a focus on new and emerging labels, many of which are hard to track down elsewhere. It's an inviting store stocking some of the best names in fashion including Acne, Lou Dalton and Rag and Bone.

Alexander McQueen, 417 West 14th Street 
A cool, futuristic branch of the directional designer brand, which is going from strength to strength under new creative director Sarah Burton.


Patron of the New, 151 Franklin Street

Tribeca became a retail destination when this elegant new lifestyle boutique opened, and has quickly established itself as a place for those with a discerning eye, where the clothes hang as works of art. Expect edgy labels Balmain, Mugler and Boudicca. The owner also has plans for unique dinner parties and art openings in this cool space.

Steven Alan, 103 Franklin Street
A store selling menswear, women's fashion and accessories, including cult labels Band of Outsiders and Rag and Bone. The store also has an apothecary and unique accessories for your dog, garden and home, all inspired by Steve Alan's American roots.

Nili Lotan, 252 West 37th Street
A New York-based designer who previously worked at Ralph Lauren, Lotan's sophisticated, understated designs have become a hit with the modern, professional working woman.


In God we Trust, 129 Bedford Avenue (between 10th and 9th)
IGWT sells clothing, jewellery and interior designs. Everything is designed and manufactured in the USA, while the store embraces a New England sense of humour. +1 718 384 0700

Brooklyn Denim Co, 85 North 3rd Street
Brooklyn Denim stocks a large selection of men's and women's casual gear and accessories at affordable prices. A great alternative to the more established brands, this is where you will also find hard to find labels such as Alternative Apparel, James and Society for Rational Dress.


Odd, 164 Ludlow Street
A thought-provoking store, this is where you will find designers with a strong vision. Odd's eccentric collections for men and women include Gareth Pugh, Jean Pierre Braganza and many other interesting and contemporary designers. Go just to see some of the wonderful window displays.

The Dressing Room, 75a Orchard Street
A unique space that comprises cocktail bar, independent boutique and a vintage exchange area. The store also sells books, art and music, and often hosts live music events.


Amarcord Vintage, 252 Lafayette Street (Between Prince and Spring)
One of the best vintage stores in New York, Amarcord primarily sells European labels from the 1940s to 1980s. Expect to see cool celebs such as Chloë Sevigny, designers from Marc Jacobs to Dolce and Gabbana and famous stylists such as Patricia Field of Sex and the City acclaim.

Marc Jacobs, 163 Mercer Street
Home to the collections of one of the coolest American designers, who is renowned for his popularity with A listers like Sarah Jessica Parker and Madonna as well as for his sense of humour. This is where you will find the full main collections and accessories. Beware: this store is seriously hip.

Atelier, New York. 210 11th Avenue, Suite 1003
A 'by appointment only' store where you will find the most exclusive designers in New York including Carol Christian Poell, Julius and Alexandre Plokhov. Only for the most dedicated followers of fashion.

J.Press York Street, 304 Bleecker Street
This is the place to find cool, preppy, old school but contemporary style for men. Recently voted one of the coolest new stores in New York this is a must visit for anybody looking for American style for guys.

This article was originally published in September 2013