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Share Your Favorite Summer Fashion Trends

May 28th, 2015

What are the current go-to’s in your closet? Are you a dress/romper kind of girl or more of a cutoff short and t shirt kind of girl in the Spring and Summer in NYC? Do you rock low top sneakers or slip on sporty sandals this season? Prefer to carry your essentials around in an oversized leather handbag or a chic backpack? Now is your opportunity to tell us all about it!

Share your favorite fashion forward ensembles for summer 2015 with Shop Gotham bloggers. Send us a photo in your favorite Spring/Summer outfit and include your first name, city and one line about why you selected this look to be considered! We will post it and blog about the photos that we receive. Submit all fab photos to: info@shopgotham.com

Looking forward to hearing from you, fashionistas! xoxo #shopgotham

Spring Trends to Shop

February 9th, 2015

Good news to report regarding Spring, sunshine and warm weather- the groundhog spotted his shadow. Predicative of early onset Spring and an end in sight for snow, rain (pure gloom) and cold, which we couldn’t be more grateful for! What we are really looking forward to, however, is new Spring 2015 fashion and trends. Here are a few of our favorite Spring trends to incorporate while shopping and when packing for your visit to NYC in the upcoming months:

  • Sporty Minimalism

  • Fringe and Bohemian


  • High Necklines and Statement Earrings

  • Gingham and “Blooming” Prints

  • 1970’s Nostalgia

  • Exposed Shoulders

Fall 2014 Merchandise now available!

July 21st, 2014

Shop new Fall 2014 designer merchandise at wholesale on our Garment Center Shopping Tour. Indulge yourselves this August, in fashion that the stores haven’t even seen yet! 

In addition, we are proud to introduce *4 NEW* partner showrooms to our Garment Center Shopping Tours. Shop dresses, separates, outerwear, handbags, scarves, fur, jewelry, shoes-you name it-all at wholesale prices! If you want to shop in New York and get unique, high quality pieces at extremely reasonable prices, please join us!

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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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Spring 2014 Trends Report

March 12th, 2014

Day dreaming of warmer weather? These Spring trends will push your dreams into reality!

Some of our favorites include: floral prints, cropped tops, flowy sheer fabrics, knee to floor length hemlines and color variety: from bright solids to pastel colors of blue, pink and green.

It’s time to update your wardrobe for the changing seasons and our designer showrooms are now selling Spring collections. The Garment Center tour is a a perfect chance to purchase “up to the minute” NYC fashion at 70-80% off the price you would find in a retail store. The exact merchandise that you would find at Bloomingdales, Neimans, Saks etc. is available exclusively to our shoppers at wholesale price in designer showrooms in the Garment District. Our programs are led by fashionable guides that can help you understand NY fashion trends and purchase chic apparel and accessories. Spring ahead!
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These boots were made for walking…NYC

November 8th, 2013

No matter what your outfit, boots are an essential trend in these city streets! Pair low ankle boots with skinny jeans, over the knee boots with tights, ankle bootie heels with your favorite dress, low heel boots with winter shorts/skirts, calf high riding boots with leggings, and the list goes on! This is one of the easiest trends to transform into your wardrobe, and a one stop way to totally alter the look of your style and make a statement. Boots are not only super comfortable, but they keep your feet warm and in style when walking in New York. Some of our favorite boot stores in the city:

  • Baci-Nolita
  • Frye-SoHo
  • Fiorentini + Baker– SoHo
  • Shoe Market– Brooklyn
  • Steve Madden– numerous locations throughout Manhattan

We know trends, and we know the best places to shop! Shop Gotham can create a shopping program no matter what you are looking to shop. Some of our Custom NYC Shopping Programs include: Educational Student Tours, Industry Focused Tours, Client Entertainment, Bachelorette Shopping Parties, Sweet 16 Shopping Parties, etc.


What to expect: Garment Center tour in August

July 30th, 2013

Are  you looking for end of summer blow out sale items and sample pieces? Perhaps you’d like to gain a sneak peek at upcoming fall trends and shop these items at wholesale? Either way, the Garment Center tour has got you covered! If you are looking for something fun to do in NYC this summer, August is a wonderful time to take a shopping tour with Shop Gotham. Seasonal transition means lots of merchandise for a variety of shopping.