Always in Fashion in New York

No matter the season, one of the most exciting parts of any visit to New York is the chance to stop into the city’s unparalleled clothing stores, from Madison Avenue to Midtown, SoHo and beyond. But fall is a particularly exciting time to be a shopper (or browser) here, as the latest fashions are on display, dazzling us with their color, craftsmanship and creativity. Here are some of our favorite places that will allow you the opportunity to not just look like a New Yorker, but look spectacular wherever you are.

The Danes “Daria” ballgown, available at Bergdorf Goodman, has over 200 layers of hand-sewn silk satin organza on the bias. (Olivia Graham @theoriginalgangsta)


BERGDORF GOODMAN

Located in one of NYC’s most ultra-elegant Beaux Arts buildings, this multifloor emporium for women’s fashion is a must-do destination, even if you just want to gape at the always gorgeously decorated windows or simply take in its rarefied atmosphere. Most of the clothes and accessories on display are from such world-famous brands as Gucci, Chanel and Van Cleef & Arpels, but the store also houses lesser-known if equally beautiful brands, such as The Danes.True, just about everything here boasts the kind of prices that if you have to ask, you possibly can’t afford it (much like its sister store Neiman Marcus in Hudson Yards). But those consumers with big budgets—or big dreams—will discover items of beauty that demand to be tried on, if not purchased. |754 Fifth Ave., 212.753.7300. bergdorfgoodman.com

Comme des Garçons at Dover Street Market (Courtesy Adrian Wilson)


DOVER STREET MARKET

This sprawling eight-floor showplace showcases some of the most fashion-forward looks for both men and women to be found anywhere in the Big Apple. Come by and check out the latest creations (and they are indeed creative) by such original thinkers as Raf Simons, Thom Browne and Junya Watanabe; the latest products from must-have brands like streetwear
giant Supreme; and the many lines of the groundbreaking Japanese label Comme des Garçons and its esteemed designer, Rei Kawakubo. Dover Street isn’t a market in the usual sense; it’s an education and a shopping experience.
|160 Lexington Ave., 646.837.7750. doverstreetmarket.com

 

FORTY FIVE TEN

The first New York outpost of the celebrated Dallas-based retailer is actually four mini-shops laid out over 16,000 square feet on the fifth floor of the Shops at Hudson Yards, with each one dedicated to a particular category of fashion and design. Women can find a wide selection of up-to-the-minute looks from such celebrated names as Rodarte, Marc Jacobs and Jacquemus, while men can choose from a curated group of intriguing options by Acne Studios, Sacai, Rick Owens and Officine Générale. At Forty Five Ten, there’s always a 100 percent chance you’ll see something you can’t live without.|20 Hudson Yards, 917.970.4510. fortyfiveten.com

 

JAY KOS

The incredible menswear on display is just part of the attraction of visiting the designer’s eponymous boutique in NoLIta, since you’ll never know which celebrity might just pop in, from rock icon Stevie Nicks to “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” star Sahr Nguajah. But the true star is always Kos’ magnificent creations, which feature explosions of color—this is not the place for “men in black”—and the use of truly high-end materials, including handcrafted leathers, vintage silk and more. It’s a standout shop for standout looks.|293 Mott St., 212.319.2770. jaykos.com

 

JEFFREY NEW YORK

Twenty years after it almost single-handedly transformed the Meatpacking District into a major tourist/shopping destination, Jeffrey remains a favorite haunt of visitors and locals alike, thanks in large part to its legendary friendly service and extensive selection of goods (for both genders) that lean heavily on designer names such as Prada and Saint Laurent. Without question, Jeffrey is a name to remember when you’re seeking something special to wear. |449 W. 14th St., 212.206.1272. jeffreyusa.com

Joseph Abboud Fall 2019 collection (Courtesy Joseph Abboud)


JOSEPH ABBOUD

Long one of America’s most celebrated designers—he received the coveted Menswear Designer of the Year twice in a row from the Council of Fashion Designers of America—Abboud has created the ideal spot to show off his exquisitely tailored suits and sport coats (which can be custom-made here if you prefer), along with a wide selection of dress shirts, shoes and even his signature fragrance. The experience may feel European, but the clothing is all-American craftsmanship at its finest.|424 Madison Ave., 212.872.1340. josephabboud.com

Nordstrom fall fashions (Gus Powell/Nordstrom)


NORDSTROM

True, the Seattle-based retailer has locations in many cities, but its year-old men’s flagship in Manhattan is on a whole new level (or multilevels to be exact). This 47,000-square-foot store not only carries apparel brands of all stripes—from Ted Baker to Canali to Calvin Klein—but also has special areas designated for Christian Louboutin shoes, Levi’s Authorized Vintage, and Nike sportswear and sneakers. Women, take note: You will finally get your very own Nordstrom flagship on Oct. 24.|Men: 235 W. 57th St., 212.843.5100. Women: 225 W. 57th St. shop.nordstrom.com

 

180 THE STORE

It can be disconcertingly easy to pass by this unusual TriBeCa shop, but stop in the name of fashion! Why? Because this minimalist-looking store carries many lines from all over the globe that you can’t find elsewhere, including Chimala, Album di Famiglia, Still by Hand and Ryan Roche—all of which will quickly be added to your fall must-buy list.|180 Duane St., 212.226.5506. 180thestore.com

Paul Stuart customLab (Courtesy Paul Stuart)


PAUL STUART

This Madison Avenue mainstay recently underwent a major renovation (including the addition of a women’s section) but its core commitment to classic styling, first-rate fabrics (love the cashmere socks!) and superb service have never changed. Creative director Ralph Auriemma has added magnificently modern styling and tempting textures to the company’s high-end Phineas Cole collection; its customLab provides a new take on the made-to-measure experience; and we could lounge around all day in the sleepwear and robes from its new “Made on Madison” line. |Madison Ave., at E. 45th St., 800.678.8278. paulstuart.com

 

10 CORSO COMO

The South Street Seaport is home to the only American branch of the famed Milanese department store, a must-go-to for European and visiting fashionistas. While it can require some searching to find the perfect outfit, the hunt is worth it; no other store has such a brilliantly chosen selection of clothing for women and men by Marni, Alaïa, Balenciaga, Martin Margiela and more—not to mention its beautiful in-house line. Ciao bella, indeed.|1 Fulton St., 212.265.9500. 10corsocomo.nyc

 

VK NAGRANI 

At this seemingly unassuming shop, the top-floor features a heavily curated collection of Nagrani’s beautifully designed men’s clothing and accessories, including high-quality socks and underwear, while appointments are usually required for the larger downstairs “clubhouse,” which displays his extraordinary suits, jackets, shirts, trousers and shoes that literally define the word luxury.|87A E. Houston St., 646.476.6795. vknagrani.com