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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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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

 

Garment Center Shopping

September 15th, 2014

A recent, glowing review on our Garment Center Shopping Tour with a personal recognition for one of our guides, Jacque.

“Fun and fashionable!”
Reviewed August 17, 2014
Loved this trip: one of the highlights of a week n NYC. Jacque was a bubbly tour guide and knew the showrooms well. It was interesting and informative to see the designer’s rooms and learn a little about the process. Our first stop was the best: what woman doesn’t want a beautiful bag at well under the wholesale cost? Great deals, met some lovely ladies…had a fun time!
Visited August 2014

Thank you to all of our shoppers for your continual feedback on TripAdvisor, it is always appreciated!

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Fall fashion, the time is now!

September 11th, 2014

The 411 on Fall 2014 Fashion: Shop Gotham’s Garment Center Tours are a once and a lifetime private & exclusive shopping opportunity-guiding you through local NYC designer showrooms where you can shop current collections at wholesale. Our designers offer their CURRENT FALL 2014 apparel and accessories at 70% + off of what you would find in retail stores; forget about waiting until the end of fall for deals, the time is now, with Shop Gotham! Our tours are fun and unforgettable; get your discounted fall shopping on now! These shopping trips are also an easy way to gather friends and family for the day for a memorable NYC trip.

#shopgotham #shopwholesale #garmentcentershoppingtour

Fashion Tip for the first week of September: Add a little pop of color into your wardrobe this fall with a statement handbag! It’s an easy way to spice up an ensemble without having to go overboard on your budget. The best part about a statement accessory-it can be worn with multiple outfits as the focus piece (while your neutral outfit plays the easy role of backdrop).

The sneak peek below is from a partner handbag designers photo shoot, Fall 2014:

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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Our Favorite Time, Sample Sale Season!

June 11th, 2014

If you are coming to New York City soon there is something very important you should know: there are already 43 sample sales to shop this month, and it’s only the second week of June!! Sample Sale High Season is upon us and we always recommend to strike while the sales are hot!

This Spring designers are jumping on the ‘sample sale’ trend and amping up our shopping experience with more sales than we’ve ever seen at this time of year before. Some major designer sales for the upcoming month include: Helmut Lang, Alice + Olivia, Tory Burch, Nanette Lepore & La Perla

Sample sales offer more for your money and designer pieces that are one of a kind. Discounts tend to range between 50-85% off retail prices you would find in a store and they are first come first serve so get there early!


Join a Garment Center Shopping Tour this month and be a part of the best showroom and sample sale shopping in New York City. Have the chance to meet a local NYC designer and shop with exclusive Shop Gotham partner designers that sell to Neimans, Bloomingdales and Saks. Garment Center Wholesale Shopping Tours run weekly on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. See the tour schedule here: http://www.zerve.com/ShopGotham/Public/calendar

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Thursday Garment Center tour joins the roster!

March 18th, 2014

Due to high demand, Shop Gotham now offers
Thursday Garment Center Tours
(in addition to our Wed & Fri tours!)

Our designers open their private showroom doors and allow you to purchase their Spring/Summer 2014 collections, at wholesale price, like a buyer! Although the weather in New York continues to freeze us every day, these Spring colors should warm you up in preparation for sunny days.

Our showrooms specialize in a variety of: apparel, outerwear, accessories, handbags and shoes. Each tour is designed to provide 3 accessory focused & 3 apparel focused partner showrooms in addition to the best sample sales happening in the area each day.

The new Spring schedule here:
http://www.zerve.com/ShopGotham/calendar

These shopping tours are open to the public and can be booked through the link below or by calling 917.599.6650