Outlets in New York: Shopping for pro’s19 November 2013
Outlets in New York can be a disaster or the best shopping experience ever.
Friends from home always ask me if I don’t get tired of all that shopping. Unfortunately I don’t go shopping a lot. Because, let me get this straight. YES, New York really is a shopping Walhalla. But NO, shopping here is not good for your savings account. Because fact is, that shopping here actually isn’t cheap (although everybody always seems to think that). So I’m going to give you some tips on where to find a good bang for your buck and that designer outfit you’ve been talking about for months now.
RESPECT to those who visit all of these stores and those who are really able to find that magnificent designer piece. We all know it takes courage, persistence and an eye for style to succeed. :)
And please! Share your wonderful (designer) items with us, just to show us how it should be done.
Here is an overview of New York’s best outlets. Plus an important tip at the end…
Century 21 – Outlets in New York
Location 1: 22 Cortlandt street, Financial District
Location 2: 1972 Broadway, Lincoln Square/Central Park West
What: Designer clothes, shoes, accessories. According to many it’s easier to score at the one at Cortlandt st.
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets – Outlets in New York
Location: 498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY
What: The best known brands (Nike, 7 For All Mankind, Chloe, Diesel, G-star, Gucci, Ted Baker) are located here. You have to take a bus (or car) to get here, which will take approximately 1,5 hours. To me this wasn’t the best outlet shopping (very disappointing).
Bus info (check them all, sometimes they offer a discount):
1. CitySights NY Frequent daily bus service: Leaves from Port Authority, New York City (42nd St & Eighth Ave)
2. Grey Line New York: Leaves from New York’s Port Authority
3. Woodbury bus: Leaves from different hotels in Manhattan.
American Apparel outlet – Outlets in New York
Location: 285 Lafayette street, SoHo
What: American Apparel but then way cheaper! Even cheaper than at the outlets like Woodbury. Yes, last season, but hey, lots of outfits are timeless.
Nordstrom Rack Union Square – Outlets in New York
Location: 60 East 14th street, Union Square
What: Clothing, shoes. I bought a dress here once. They sell a lot of junk, but sometimes you’re lucky.
Loehmann’s – Outlets in New York
Location 1, Upper West Side: 2101 Broadway
Location 2, Chelsea: 101 Seventh Avenue
What: Chloe, Diane Von Furstenberg, French Connection, Issey Miyake, Marc By Marc Jacobs and more. Unfortunately when I was there I couldn’t find any of these.
TJ Maxx – Outlets in New York
Location 1: 620 Avenue Of The Americas, Flatiron District
Location 2: 14 Wall street, Financial District:
Location 3: 250 West 57th street, at Central Park
Location 4: 808 Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side
What: Designer brands like Nine West, Zac Posen, Versace, Rachel Zoe.
Gabay´s – Outlets in New York
Location: 225 First Avenue
What: I haven’t checked this one out yet, but check the Instagram page of Gabay’s Outlet @gabaysoutlet for their items of brands like Prada, Gucci, Balenciaga, YSL, Chanel, Guiseppe Ganotti.
Necessary Clothing – Outlets in New York
Location: 676 Broadway, Chinatown
What: Haven’t been here yet, but was on the list I got from a local. It doesn’t look like they sell any well-known brands.
10 Spot – Outlets in New York
Location: 1273 Broadway, Bushwick
What: Haven’t been. Also on the list from that same local.
The tip I was telling you about
Now. These stores are great and all, but here’s some important advice. Subscribe to Racked New York newsletter (or have a look a the fantastic new Racked New York Sample Sale web page !) and The Stylish City newsletter so you’ll be on top of things in fashion like new stores, and most important SAMPLE SALES! I don’t go there often, because I just know I’ll end up wanting something. But what I bought I’m so happy with (beautiful blazers and pants for just a fraction of the price). So that’s definitely worth checking out before you make your trip to New York!
PS: more hotspots are in the New York Little Black Book. A city guide to New York with the best restaurants, shops and things to do. Every week I will post new adventures on Your Little Black Book so stay tuned for the latest gems I spotted!
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