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A Fashion Lover's Guide to New York City

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Fashion Editor
Updated: 13 February 2018

New York is one of the world’s fashion capitals, hosting two fashion weeks annually that highlight some of the industry’s leading designers. But fashion week is not the only time of year New York becomes a haven for those who love all things fashion; the city is eternally posh. This guide is the essential fashion lover’s guide to New York.

Find luxe retailers, the best vintage spots, off-the-grid fashion secrets, stylish eateries and clubs. Nail art, discount designer duds, cult pharmacies, a fashion museum, and the Sex and the City stoop all made the cut for this fashionista’s guide to New York.

1. Tiffany and Co.


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“Nothing bad can ever happen at Tiffany’s,” coos Audrey Hepburn as quintessential New York party girl and fashion maven Holly Golightly in the 1961 film adapted from Truman Capote’s novella, Breakfast At Tiffany’s. And now, with the 2017 opening of The Blue Box Café on the fourth floor of the flagship store, you can literally have breakfast at Tiffany’s.

727 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA

2. Fifth Avenue, Manhattan


You might not be able to afford much along the sprawl that is the Upper East Side’s Fifth Avenue, but a visit to Henri Bendel or Bergdorf Goodman is worth the trip. Also along the famed avenue find Louis Vuitton, Prada, Armani Exchange, Mikimoto, and more.

3. Dover Street Market

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This multi-level concept mall features designers like Gucci, Balenciaga, Supreme, Maison Margiela, and Comme des Garçons, as well as emerging designers who present innovative designs at the intersection of art and fashion. Collections are always changing, so be sure to check the floor guide for the exclusive product drops. The brainchild of Rei Kawakubo, Dover Street is an international concept mall, with locations in the most fashionable cities.

160 Lexington Avenue

4. Chinatown


A good place to explore New York’s Chinatown is anywhere along Canal Street; wander wherever your heart desires. From kimonos to slippers and the best street bling, find gems that will set you apart from every other fashionista in New York City.

South of Broome Street and east of Lafayette Street. 

5. The Brooklyn Flea


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The Brooklyn Flea is one of the city’s top vintage destinations, with locations in Fort Greene, Williamsburg, Prospect Park, and DUMBO. What can’t you find at the Brooklyn Flea, host to some of the hottest vintage vendors in the world? Also, in the summertime, find the Smorgasburg, a giant all-food market, that turns treasure-hunting into a full-day activity.

Locations throughout Brooklyn.

6. Century 21

With multiple locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, (as well as an Instagram account you can shop) Century 21 is packed with designer discounts from your favorite ready-to-wear brands. From Helmut Lang to Hood by Air, the labels here are off the hook—and the prices are slashed up to 90 percent.

Locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

7. Ricky’s NYC


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Find everything from specialty and international beauty products to sex toys and wigs at Ricky’s, a New York institution that’s much more than a funky upscale pharmacy.

Locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

8. Carrie Bradshaw’s stoop


Sex and the City fans line up daily to see the infamous stoop where fictional sex columnist and New York fashionista Carrie Bradshaw smoked many a cigarette, while always managing to pull a look. Although Bradshaw’s apartment is supposed to be on the Upper East Side, (in walking distance of Barneys) the brick and mortar stoop is in the West Village—in the same neighborhood that Sarah Jessica Parker calls home.

66 Perry Street



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Beyoncé’s jeweler sees mere mortals as well as Queen Bey, which means you can actually wear Bey’s baubles. From the designer’s signature bar ring to gold floss (Erykah Badu is a fan) to her custom line of engagement rings, Jules Kim of Bijules works individually with all her clients to create a custom experience. Watch Jules Kim on The Art of Style.

114 Bowery.

10. Innisfree Korean Beauty

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Find skincare, beauty products, and makeup from the leading Korean line Innisfree. At their flagship Union Square location, find a wall of lush greenery reminiscent of Jeju Island, which inspired the line. Starting in January 2018, some locations offer beauty classes.

Flagship at 862 Broadway.

11. Paintbox

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Not your ordinary mani-pedi spot, Paintbox is one of New York’s hottest nail art salons. Choose from books of chic designs, or bring in your own art for a truly unique manicure.

17 Crosby Street.

12. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology


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Dubbed New York’s most fashionable museum, and helmed by fashion historian Dr. Valerie Steele, the Museum at FIT is a must for New York fashion lovers. Located on the campus of the university, FIT, the museum has several high-profile rotating exhibitions as well as a permanent collection and archives. Photography is allowed, and entrance is free.

27th Street and 7th Avenue.

13. Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa


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This salon/spa has the nostalgic charm of the Upper East Side, as well as aestheticians, masseurs, and a full-service hair salon. From the finest French products to the friendly staff, this spa will leave you feeling pampered without all the fuss. Two locations give you options when booking a visit.

171 East 65th Street and  66 East 55th Street

14. Ludlow Blunt

This British invasion is one of the city’s best salon and barbershops in New York, with top-notch stylists and posh decor. Walk-ins are encouraged, especially during the week.

85 North 3rd Street

15. By Chloe

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This vegan eatery is packed with models who devour the air-puffed fries, vegan taco salad, and coconut water straight out of coconuts. A stylish cafeteria-style casual restaurant with Instagramable decor, the scene is as delicious as the food.

Locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

16. Joe & the Juice

Another fashionable eatery is this juice bar, that also offers smoothies, sandwiches, and their famous ginger latte. Baristas are as gorgeous as are the patrons, and with the bass of techno music pulsing throughout, you might just think you’re at a model casting.

Locations throughout Manhattan.

17. Le Bain

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Atop the Standard Hotel in the bustling Meatpacking District you will find Le Bain, which, true to its name, has a jacuzzi as well as rooftop views. A favorite spot for the fashion set, dress to impress and take the gold-plated elevators all the way up to the top.

The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington Street