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“Soho tour was the highlight of our Trip!”

April 20th, 2015
As a small and local New York business, Shop Gotham truly values feedback from our guests. A very special thank you to Harriet from the UK for sharing her Soho and Nolita Shopping Tour experience on TripAdvisor and giving us a 5 Star Review. We hope to shop with you next time you visit NYC!

Reviewed April 3, 2015

“Guide was FABULOUS! Even with 6 other guests along, she Catered to our interests and was very knowledgeable about the area. We were given a great map and it was suggested we use it to mark places we wanted to return to, which turned out to be an excellent tip. A couple of English stores have just arrived to NYC and we especially enjoyed those. The time goes very fast, so plan to stick around after and make time to go back to the street vendor selling one of kind, beautiful things on Prince and Mulberry. Great program.”

Harriet M, Visited March 2015

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Sample Sale of the Week

March 31st, 2015

If you love bright colored, eccentric and embellished costume jewelry, the sample sale of your dreams has commenced!

This week, the 260 Fifth Avenue sample sale venue (at 29th St) is hosting one of our favorite jewelry designers, Bauble Bar. Located a flew blocks east of the Garment District, 260 Fifth is a short walk from the end point of our Wholesale Garment Center Shopping Tours-which makes this a super convenient stop after your tour finishes!


Shop earrings, rings and the famous, oh so popular, statement necklaces at huge discounts at the Bauble Bar Sample Sale. Word on the street is that stock is being replenished each evening, so there will be a fresh assortment each day. The best part, nothing is priced over $25 (which is basically unheard of at well known and public sample sales).

3/31-4/3 Tue 1pm—8pm; Wed—Thu 10am—8pm; Fri 10am—7pm

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Shopping in New York City

March 4th, 2015
TripAdvisor’s new category, “Shopping in New York City“, recently launched and Shop Gotham is the leader within this new category! Take it from our shoppers, SG shopping tours take you behind the scenes of the fashion industry and yield the best shopping that NYC has to offer.

A review recommending our Garment Center Shopping Tour and guide Keve, from a recent Australian visitor, Kerrie W:
“New York Garment Centre Shopping Tour”
5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
If you love fashion and your are holidaying in NYC then book this tour. I did it today and it was great, great shopping opportunities away from street shopping. Great tour guide Keve. Thank you shop Gotham


Not To Miss This Weekend in NYC

January 20th, 2015

New York’s ultimate Snow Day is this weekend, are you ready? Snow is being pumped as we speak to prep the “slopes” of Central Park for Winter Jam NYC. The best part about this lovely little afternoon of snow or shine? It’s FREE! Just bring your snow gear and a smile. Jan 24th 11-3, enter at 72nd and Fifth.

If you are visiting New York this weekend, a little sample sale to brighten up your day and get you ready for Spring fashion: Yumi Kim at Chelsea Market. Purchase delicate and colorful silk dresses, rompers, tops, bottoms, jewelry and other accessories for under $75.

New York City Broadway Week starts today and runs through Feb 5, offering select shows and performances at buy one get one FREE prices! We wait for this sale every year because these shows are never on sale and Broadway Week offers the least expensive tickets that are offered year-round. Take advantage and purchase tickets to a show you’ve always wanted to see and save your cash for shopping.

A homespun hidden gem of a NYC restaurant at the end of a hidden alley way on Rivington St, Freeman’s offers specialty cocktails, delicious classic American/Anglo brunch, a unique ambiance all at an extremely affordable price. Reservations are also available for groups of 6 or more!

Made possible by Cartier, The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection. The decadent and luxurious jewel collection of Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani is on display in the MET Islamic art galleries. Both glamorous and fascinating, these adornments offer a peek into jewelry styles in India dating all the way from the Mughal period until the early 20th century. This exhibit ends on Sunday the 25th so catch it this weekend before it’s gone, at Fifth Ave & 82nd St.

NYC Parks are now offering free daily fitness classes offered within all of the 5 boroughs. Shape up and take advantage of these free fitness training classes which are taught by expert fitness trainers!

Treat yourself to a hot spa, bath house, sauna, or you know, what we like to call the “anti-freeze”. Take a mini (spa) type vacation this weekend and book yourself a defrosting sesh! Take a look at the 11 best NYC spa options recommended for 2015.

4 New Partner Showrooms

November 10th, 2014

Just in time for holidays 2014, we have added 4 new showrooms for our dedicated shopping fashionista’s. Whether you are in your 20’s, 70’s or somewhere between, you will get to shop for gorgeous quality apparel and accessories at wholesale and then can proudly say you bought them in NYC, in the heart of the legendary Garment Center. Shop Gotham wholesale “insider” shopping tours will run until December 19th this year.

And don’t forget, sample sale season is finally here! The only time us girls can get the chance to purchase one of a kind main stream designer apparel and accessories at 80-90% off of the retail price that you would find in a store. We make 1-2 sample sale stops in addition to our private showroom stops on each Garment District tours, depending on the day/location of current sales. A few big designer sales to look for this month:

Alexis Bittar, Tibi, Vivienne Tam, Botkier, Helmut Lang, Haute Hippie, Rebecca Minkoff, Shoshanna, Lulu Frost


Garment Center-shopping NY locals even enjoy!

October 20th, 2014

TripAdvisor posted a recent review that we would like to share with potential shoppers! This came from a women who recently moved to New York and attended our Garment Center Wholesale Shopping Tour. Not only are our shopping experiences intended for tourists and visitors, but we also love to host tri-state women and native New Yorkers. Every women enjoys VIP wholesale shopping, try us!

“Garment Center tour Recommended”

“I am a newly transplanted New Yorker, with the goal of doing everything that looks interesting to me before I begin my all consuming new career. I took this shopping tour just this week, with no great intention of buying much but rather for the experience of seeing this part of town and inside of some showroom.. Fortunately or not, I managed to drop some money in 4 of the 6 showrooms. First of all, it’s fun. There were 9 people women and 1 man tagging along in our group. We represented 3 countries and every age, myself being the youngest in the group. Everyone was in such a good mood, that it was enjoyable just spending time with all these strangers, something one never does in their daily life. The showrooms were extremely diverse, clearly chosen to suit diverse groups like ours, and I felt the prices were terrific. Will be recommending to my visiting friends and relatives.”

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 10, 2014

 

Save on Holiday Shopping with Shop Gotham

October 8th, 2014

Christmas Season/Hanukkah season sample sales will be in the works by mid October/early November. This years sample sale “season” (the prime time for Holiday shopping) commences with designers such as: Elizabeth and James, Loro Piana, DKNY, Phillip Lim, Escada, Scoop, Alexander McQueen and the ever famous Hanky Panky yearly sale. In other words, the Garment District is about to be in full bloom!

Designers sales for November are still pending but we will be sure to update you as soon as we hear what is coming up!

In addition to the well known designer realm of sample sales offered on our Garment Center Tours, all of our partner designer showrooms that are visited on a tour are the real highlight. Currently selling their Fall/Winter 2014 collections exclusively to our shoppers at wholesale price now!

Purchase tailored fashion apparel, dresses and outerwear, fabulous furs (real and FO), accessories and jewelry that is made for private label brands (shh we can’t tell you who!) and quality leather handbags entirely on trend (totes and purses for every style). All for less than a third of what you would find in a department or retail store.

Another perk-you won’t have to wait in lines or deal with any chaos of traditional Holiday Shopping! Our tours max at 12 guests and our tour guides are extremely personable and accommodating. Get the chance to talk one on one with designers and showroom sales reps that can teach you about the collections, make personal recommendations and help you to select the “perfect gift”.

Find out why all the ladies love us and can’t wait to shop wholesale with us each time they visit NYC! Join a shopping tour this Fall 2014 and shop with Shop Gotham, exclusively wholesale.

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Featured in Travel Blog SuitcaseReady July 2014

July 16th, 2014

“For fashion lovers, people who want to be stylish, or ahead of the trends, Shop Gotham gives incredible access rarely available to anyone but the most connected among us”

NYC Tour Review: Shop Gotham Garment Center Insider Tour

Shop Gotham provides Insider Access to New York City’s Emerging and Brand Name Designers

After New Yorkers attain the more necessary goals of financial stability, amazing real estate, and a loving significant other, the next measurement of success is access.

Access to the hottest restaurants, the most exclusive parties, private showings, advance screenings – and yes, access to designer showrooms to  preview and buy upcoming season items, often before they’re available to the general public. Typically, you have to be well connected: a star, heiress or socialite to have pre-season access to “better” fashion collections.

For those who don’t want to spend years cultivating connections in one of the world’s most unaccessible cities, there is Shop Gotham.

Shop Gotham’s Garment Center Insider Tour brings a small group of visitors on an appointment-only circuit of  several known and emerging designers in NYC’s Garment Center. The fast paced tour gives attendees such variety of options and styles, at excellent prices, that this should be a must-do for any fashion enthusiast.

NYC residents – I’m talking to you – this isn’t your typical sample sale stuff.

Misty, our guide, met us on West 38th – a street renowned for its trimming stores. One of the women on the tour later admitted to me she was worried the entire tour would be this sort of stuff – trimmings and fabrics. In fact, there was none of it, but the list of tour stops and resources Misty gave us lists Pacific Trim and Mood for the designers, Project Runway, and sewing enthusiasts who wanted to visit them at another time.

There were 10 women in our group, mostly attentive and enthusiastic. A good mix of people from around the country with some humorous Texans and Southern women. I was the only local. A mother with a daughter with a killer body; this tour was made for her, and she was laden with bags by the end. Most of us were long past the stage of ever being able to fit sample sizes, but some of the designers did offer larger sizing. And, the shoes, bags, scarves and jewelry always fit!

Misty gave us an overview of the plan for the morning and explained we had appointments at each showroom, making it necessary to keep to a schedule. We would have about 20 minutes at each stop, and she would give a 10 minute warning when it was time to finish up. This worked out well, except for when some women felt we were spending too much time to accommodate others and less time to accommodate them. Moving 10 people used to different paces through the crowded garment center is a challenge. Misty was careful to keep a count and managed the group diplomatically.

Unfortunately, the designers who offer this access don’t necessarily want their department store clients to know it is available and so none of their names will be mentioned here. Two of the showrooms allowed me to take photos.

Our first stop was an outerwear showroom – I’ve seen their raincoats at Saks and in my mother’s closet. The brand features gorgeous fur pieces that I wouldn’t buy, but appreciate for the style, creativity and work. Many of my favorite pieces were trimmed in long haired Mongolian or Tibetan lamb. Prices seemed good for this type of product. Unfortunately their raincoat selection was limited. The showroom was also offering a sample sale of shoes I was not familiar with – most of them invisible to me (my eye passes over shoes with 4-6″ heels – unless they’re in Manolo’s window) but the women were raving about a lame’ trimmed espadrille that were cuter on top of the box than on my foot.

Next we visited a showroom of colorful silk or cotton caftans and intricately embroidered cover ups and tunics. With my January St. Barth trip in mind, I tried a pale turquoise cover up with white and silver beading. It fit and was well priced for what it was at $54, but I could picture myself spilling rose’ or suntan lotion on it the first time I wore it. This same shirt would have been 4 times the price, at least, at Calypso and would only come in a 0-2! This designer also offered a lot of fragile, contemporary jewelry.

Completely incongruous with the gem-encrusted pastel chiffon gowns lining 37th Street below was the showroom of an emerging luxury designer of chic women’s separates who excels in classic tailored pieces. I would have paid whatever the price of the black or burgundy riding jacket, had it been available in a 12.

In the same building, we visited a very creative, outspoken designer with a variety of clothing and very cool vegan handbags. After I missed my chance at the black tote, I grabbed the tan one – and wouldn’t put it down. Other than what she was wearing, the clothes were not my style, but her bags were gorgeous. I will plagiarize her outfit, in my own way. The daughter was the only one fitting into the really great $50 dresses.

Next, we followed Misty to West 36th Street and a colorful scarf designer showroom. The very friendly sales and marketing manager Nicholas showed us how to fold their scarf into a very cute vest – I was so busy looking among the gorgeous scarf patterns I missed it. The scarves come in a variety of materials and sizes – I plan to wear mine as both a shawl and a pareo. I’ve collected shawls and scarves for years – these are very unique and it was hard to choose between them.

We finished in a large showroom full of handbags! Shelves and racks full of them – in all colors, shapes and sizes. The very popular long strapped boxy bags for Spring and Summer 2014 were only $30. A few of the bags resembled major designer bags but there was no blatant attempt to copy brands. Since I had already bought a vegan bag, and recently returned from Guatemala with 2 embroidered and woven ones, I made a quick escape before my will-power did.

For fashion lovers, people who want to be stylish, or ahead of the trends, Shop Gotham gives incredible access rarely available to anyone but the most connected among us.

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