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NYC Self Guided/Self Directed Shopping Itineraries are the Perfect Solution for the Independent Traveler

August 1st, 2019

Guided Shopping Tours liked those provided by Shop Gotham are a unique way to explore specialty shopping when unfamiliar with a new place.

However, for those who prefer to Shop Independently at their own PACE, we have developed a program just for you: Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries.

Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries give you the freedom to shop and explore when YOU want while visiting NYC. Whether you are a “careful” shopper, moving thoroughly through each rack, a speed shopper, seeking to “get the job done”, or simply want to entertain your Teen, these itineraries will provide the direction needed for a fruitful day. In this city of too many options, we will lead you to the “good stuff” targeting boutiques which are worthwhile and which you likely do not have at home, so as to come back with a little NYC in your bag.

Self Guided/Self Directed Itineraries available:
and soon available

And.. check out our Downtown Independent Food Tasting Itinerary

Fall is coming and your closets need to be filled with fabulous new items.

To read further about Shop Gotham’s Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries, check out our details here; Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries

#1 Tip for Summer Heat

July 12th, 2013

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!

What to Wear When Visiting NYC: Fall 2012 Edition

October 26th, 2012

We’ve surveyed our guides, our favorite fashion mags, and the handful of NYC designers we know personally to bring you this list.  If you have a trip to New York coming up, and you want to fit in, here are some suggestions for you.  Bonus tip:  leave your white tennis shoes at home.

Jewelry:  Get a Little Rough and Tumble

Maybe jewelry is the last thing you pack… and therefore most likely to forget!  But here at Shop Gotham we believe accessories, like shoes, can make or break an outfit.  This season fashionistas are wearing rugged, metallic jewelry with just the slightest hint of bling.  Check out this stainless steel bracelet for inspiration.   Yes, the website says it’s for men.  But this trend leans toward the masculine.  Be bold!  This is New York!  You can find the perfect piece on a Shop Gotham Soho Tour.

Faux Leather

The famous red leather jacket

The emergence of veganism coupled with the economic downturn has led fashionable New Yorkers to embrace faux leather.  And it’s so much fun too!  Not since Michael Jackson’s Beat It album has leather been this daring.   So pick up a flashy, fun, fake leather jacket at trendy retailers such as H&M or Forever 21.  You won’t regret it.  And you’ll fit right in in New York!

The “Uniform

Maybe you’re only headed to New York for a quick weekend of theatre and dining.  Maybe you’re checking out a local university, or maybe you’re in town to catch up with old friends.   We did a quick survey of our guides, asking them, “If you had to pack one outfit, what would it be?”  Shop Gotham president Marla Hander put it most succinctly:  “Tight jeans or pants, shortish leather jacket, long cool top, ankle boots.”   This comfortable ensemble dresses up or down, fits easily into a suitcase and won’t wrinkle or rip easily.  New Yorkers wear it for pretty much every occasion.  “On the Upper East Side,” Hander adds, “I’ve even seen it at pre-school pick-ups.”  You can’t go wrong!

The NYC "Uniform"