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.
Every year literally hundreds of new stores open in New York… and close within the year. The cutthroat fashion industry, mixed with the competitive nature of New York’s retail scene, makes it difficult for new stores to attract and retain customers. However, the challenges New York presents make our city the most exciting place for emerging trends and amazing finds. At Shop Gotham, we vet as many new stores as possible to bring our guests to the best New York City has to offer. Here are some of our favorite new stores. Go on a Shop Gotham shopping tour, and we’ll take you to some of these– and more!
This Gap-owned e-department store switches up the format: Across 4,000 lime-painted square feet, all of the merchandise is organized by trend—Girl on a Budget, for instance, or First Look at Spring—rather than by brand. That makes shopping it more democratic (not to mention fun) than your average Soho stroll! Shoes are separate, but there are hundreds to choose from.
2. Personnel of New York
We were so bummed when Zachary’s Smile closed last March. It was a standout in a city chock full of vintage boutiques. So we were thrilled to hear that its former co-owner Kristi Paras is opening a boutique featuring her favorite East Coast/West Coast indie designers. Even though it’s not a vintage store, we hope it will retain some of Zachary Smile’s unique flair.
3. Goods for the Study
Nolita bookstore McNally Jackson is a beloved institution in a very literary city. Owner Sarah McNally opened a new store May 5th dedicated to what she calls “the life of the mind.” Goods for the Study features new and vintage furniture and office supplies dedicated giving work spaces more character. It’s right around the corner from McNally Jackson, located on Mulberry Street, so literary New York will be able to find it easily. We predict that it will become very trendy very fast…
Keep it light! That is- your fabrics, silhouettes and colors this summer. Sheer tops, printed silk trousers, summer sundresses and anything from white to champagne! Simplicity is key, the classic white T shirt never goes out of style. Don’t forget to pack a layering piece, such as a colorful blazer or tailored denim vest. Even on the hottest day of July the stores in Soho can get chilly! If your summer wardrobe is weighing you down do not hesitate to book a Shop Gotham shopping tour to lighten it up! Our guides are chic and can help you capitalize on your best looks this summer.
In July in New York, temperatures soar to the mid-90s on most days. Be sure to pack tank tops and flip flops, but don’t forget your number one NYC-must have: a sweater!
“In New York, you’re always freezing,” says one of our tour guides. “Either you’re cold because it’s cold out or you’re cold because the air conditioning is going full blast.”
So when you come to the City, be sure to include a wrap or cardigan just in case you find yourself shivering in a theatre. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one on a Shop Gotham shopping tour!
While in Mood Fabric, students ran into Tim Gunn from Project Runway. Only in nyc folks! 36 happy teens.