Seen Around Town…

March 31st, 2011
Betsey Johnson sees our Shop Gotham guests!

At Shop Gotham we may act cool when we see a celebrity, but on the inside we’re jumping up and down like a cheerleader from Glee!  This past weekend we saw none other than Betsey Johnson herself coming out of her namesake store on Wooster Street.  Her exuberant, over the top fashion is available to Shop Gotham guests at a terrific discount.  Come take our Soho fashion tour today!  You never know who you might meet…

How to Shop Bloomies, and avoid the mad perfume sprayers!

March 24th, 2011

As a long time New Yorker, this owner of Shop Gotham NYC shopping tours has spent plenty of time in Bloomingdales. While I generally do love the store, a visitor is now more than ever, under siege by perfume sprayers and cosmetic product purveyors. So part tongue in cheek, part real advise, here is the visitors guide to avoiding this madness: Enter at the northern most corner of the Third Avenue side (@60th St). This the Men’s accessories dept, where the sprayers are safely not positioned. Step forward a few feet, look left and spot the UP escalator. Walk towards it without making eye contact with anyone, les a sprayer is possibly lurking in the wrong spot. Once on this escalator you are free to calmly roam the 7 other glorious floors. If however, you do need a handbag, cosmetics or costume jewelry – all which lie on that 1st floor, be ready to buck up and enjoy the scents. For more info on shopping in nyc, visit. www.shopgotham.com

What Real New Yorkers are Wearing This Spring: Men and Women’s Edition!

March 24th, 2011

What to Wear:  Spring 2011

If you’re heading to New York this spring, you may be staring at your suitcase unsure of what to pack.  After all, the weather here changes just about every five minutes.  Don’t worry– you can always pick up what you need on a New York City fashion and shopping tour.  Read on for some key spring staples at affordable prices….

Spring 2011 Women’s

1.  Platform Shoes

Inspired by Lady Gaga’s over-the-top footwear, heels this season are drag-queen high platforms.  We’re in love with these nude pumps by Steve Madden with a cute slingback:  another hot trend this season.  And these peep-toe slingbacks by Madewell  put a twist on the classic Oxford.  You can’t go wrong with either of these picks!   These shoes are perfect for a sweet 16 outing or for a night on the town.

2.  White Jeans

Pair your cute platform heels with a stylish pair of white jeans.  This trend has re-emerged hotter than ever after the popularity of white jeans last summer.  This season they’re as blindingly white as possible and come in a variety of cuts and sizes.  Check out this funky take on classic cargo pants by Alice and Olivia:

2.  Tailored Blazer

This bookish, smart blazer by Brooklyn Industries dresses up or down and is the ideal travel accessory.  It doesn’t wrinkle, and be thrown on when the temperature fluctuates, which in New York City is every five minutes.  Purchase it at 15% off on your next Shop Gotham Soho tour!

But for those with the guts to wear it, orange is the hot new shade this season, as evidenced by the orange blazers on socialite Olivia Palermo and  Rachel Bilson.  Ease into this trend with this gorgeous orange cardigan by Tory Burch:

Spring 2011 Men’s

Given that Shop Gotham is now offering a brand-new men’s tour, we want to be sure to update everybody on men’s fashion as well.  Read on for some startling trends in men’s fashion!

1.  Sun-Faded Denim

For those not quite willing to sport floral patterned shorts, no matter who designed them, stick with classic denim.  While a good pair of jeans is essential no matter where you live, here in New York, sun-faded denim is making its way back into the mainstream.

Levi’s has paired up with Opening Ceremony to create this gorgeous, high-quality chambray line:

2. Military, Military, Military

Even if you’re not the type who ever harbored fantasies of becoming a soldier, chances are you will be embracing military-themed clothing this season!

This ultra-sexy leather military jacket from John Varvatos is worth every penny.  Varvatos puts his signature rock and roll twist on a classic jacket in butter-soft leather.  John Varvatos’ Bowery flagship store is among the stops on the newly launched men’s tour.  PIck one up at 20% off on one of our tours this spring.  It’s a must-have for a cool evening.

Orlando Bloom is sporting  sexy skinny cargo pants for men in the Uniqlo ads featured on the subway and billboards of Manhattan.  Here at Shop Gotham, we’ll take one of each:  Bloom and his pants!  Pick up a pair for the guy in your life (also available for girls!) on a Soho tour today.

3. Comfy Slip-On Shoes

We love our heels at Shop Gotham, but we can’t help feeling a little envious of how easy men have it this season.  Slip-on shoes have long been a staple of summer, but this year the uber-casual footwear has caught the eye of one of our favorite designers, John Varvatos.  (Again!  We love him.  We’re shameless.)

This time we’re really excited by his collaboration with Converse for a classic, All-American look that dresses up or down.  On our most recent men’s tour, the employees were quick to point out this top seller:

This urban twist on an American classic is very New York.  For this and other trends, take your man on an NYC fashion and shopping tour today!

Best Shoe Shopping NYC

March 23rd, 2011

Unless your feet won’t touch anything less than Jimmy Choos, one of the most overlooked stores with the broadest selection of shoes you will find in NYC is in none other than Lord and Taylor .  Yep.. it’s not your grandmother’s shop anymore.  Featuring about 100 different brands, half of the 2nd floor is devoted to mid-level brand names and they seem to carry nearly the full line of each: Kate Spade, Cole Haan, Frye, Jessica Simpson,Michael Kors and umpteen more. Best thing is  that there seems to always be a sale! Even a shoe snob will find some satisfaction here.

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New Stores Soho NYC

March 15th, 2011

Each Season 20 new stores open in Soho and Nolita nyc. (which means of course, many have gone bye bye as well) How is a visitor to know where to shop? what’s new and worthwhile? what stores one has researched which is now gone? May be suggest a Shop Gotham Soho & Nolita Chic Boutiques shopping tour?  We know whats what, including where the coveted Sample Sales live. Spring break to NYC in your future? Bringing your family to NYC for a little fun jaunt. All good reasons. www.shopgotham.com

Spring Break in New York City!!

March 14th, 2011

In New York City the snow has melted and people can once again roam the streets without risking frostbite.  We are getting busy here at Shop Gotham with more tourists than ever coming to our wonderful city.   If you’re coming to New York and you want to a.) get your shopping fix, b.) escape the crowds, c.) explore some of New York’s most best neighborhoods on foot, consider signing up for a Shop Gotham shopping tour!  Take advantage of our exclusive discounts to get the newest spring fashion.  Book your tour in April and take advantage of sample sales galore.  What could be better?  It’s spring, it’s fashion, it’s New York!

Another Reason NYC Rocks

March 8th, 2011

Shop Gotham aims to impart all ways NYC Rocks, not just fashion and shopping.   Today:  NYC Hotels. While we may not have the space here for ample gardens, pools and even oversized guest rooms, our hotels are soooo uber cool that locals want to go there for a drink, a hang or even just to take in the architecture. Example A: The brand new James Hotel on the western edge of Soho. Definitely for the hipster and urban appreciator, with an outdoor dining floor right above a main avenue, a worthwhile destination rootop bar (and elevators just big enough for 3). Check out the wall one encounters upon entrance. keyboard tiles for miles! in case you ever wondered where these went…

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What to Wear When Visiting NYC: Spring 2011 Edition

March 8th, 2011

What to Wear:  Spring 2011

When the clocks change this weekend, the ladies at Shop Gotham know how we’ll spend our extra hour of daylight:  shopping!  As temperatures rise and the sun peeps out, the urge to dress in pastels and soft cotton overwhelms even the most hardened New Yorkers.  This spring we’re trading in our signature black for soft whites, neutral tones and… citrus orange?   Read on for tips on what to wear in New York this season..

1.  Platform Shoes

Inspired by Lady Gaga’s over-the-top footwear, heels this season are drag-queen high platforms.  We’re in love with these nude pumps by Steve Madden with a cute slingback:  another hot trend this season.  And these peep-toe slingbacks by Madewell  put a twist on the classic Oxford.  You can’t go wrong with either of these picks!

2.  White Jeans

Pair your cute platform heels with a stylish pair of white jeans.  This trend has re-emerged hotter than ever after the popularity of white jeans last summer.  This season they’re as blindingly white as possible and come in a variety of cuts and sizes, from these white cotton cropped trousers from the +J line at Uniqlo to this funky take on classic cargo pants by Alice and Olivia:


3.  Tailored Blazer

But for those with the guts to wear it, orange is the hot new shade this season, as evidenced by the orange blazers on socialite Olivia Palermo and stylist Rachel Bilson.  If you dare, pick up this gorgeous orange blazer by Max Mara.

For the young hipster traveler, this bookish, smart blazer by Brooklyn Industries dresses up or down and is the ideal travel accessory.  It doesn’t wrinkle, and be thrown on when the temperature fluctuates, which in New York City is every five minutes.  Purchase it at 15% off on your next Shop Gotham Soho tour!

4.  Long Bohemian Dresses

This sienna-colored sleeveless dress from T by Alexander Wang is comfortable, stylish, and short enough to allow you to show off your heels.  Shop Gotham is uber-excited about the opening of Wang’s new boutique, which figures conveniently into our Soho/Nolita Chic Boutiques tour route.

Note the predominance of neutral tones this season.  And it would look great styled with a fitted blazer! Too been there, done that for you?.. visit: www.shopgotham.com for mens and women’s New York City shopping tours to find these and even more suitable and fabulous spring apparel!