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Save on Holiday Shopping with Shop Gotham


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.

#shopgotham #shopwholesale #holidayshopping

Featured in Travel Blog SuitcaseReady July 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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Fashion Bloggers in Our Showrooms


This week we hosted a group of fashion and beauty bloggers from the local New York area on a Garment Center tour. As it happens, we are in the height of sample sale season. Not only did the bloggers love our wholesale showrooms, but the sample sales we chose for the shopping itinerary that day were also booming! Custom group tours are one of our primary services and we especially love to create itineraries for the fashion savvy! #shopgotham

Five Reasons to Love NYC Parks in the Summer!


New Yorkers earn some serious outdoor time after surviving our long, snowy, wet winters.  So the moment the temperature hits 70, we head to the sidewalk cafes, the waterfront, and especially the parks!  Here are five fantastic reasons to love NYC Parks!

1.  Shakespeare in the Park

From late May to mid August free tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis for these star-studded, only-in-NYC performances.  For once the hottest ticket in town can’t be found on Broadway!  This year the Public Theatre presents Comedy of Errors and a musical version of Love’s Labour’s Lost.  These productions have been known to move to Broadway, so see it this summer (for free) so you can say you saw it first!

2.  Summerstage

City Parks Foundation hosts free concerts in over 750 venues citywide.  But the most popular by far is Summerstage, which brings A-list talent like Adele and the Indigo Girls to Rumsey Playfield, off of West 72nd Street.  These concerts get incredibly crowded, and tickets are almost impossible to get, so check out the Summerstage link and plan your summer accordingly!

3.  HBO Bryant Park Summer Films

The lawn at Bryant Park opens at 5:00 PM, the movies start around 9:00.  Not a space can be found by 6:00 PM, so popular is this NYC summer tradition of free classic movies outdoors.  Pack a picnic, invite good company, and prepare to settle down for a night you won’t forget.  This year’s offerings range from Tootsie to ET.  And it’s all free!

4.  Free Yoga in Bryant Park

Offered twice weekly, this free yoga series provides challenging vinyasa flow to literally hundreds of yogis throughout the City.  For the past ten years, Lululemon Athletica has been sponsoring this event, providing instructors and mats for New Yorkers in need of Zen.  Namaste!

5.  Broadway in Bryant Park

Those reading this blog now see why Bryant Park is quickly becoming the favorite park of the locals!  Every summer Bryant Park hosts hundreds of free events, twice a year they host Fashion Week, and once a year they host a spectacular gift bazaar, complete with a free ice skating rink.  But Broadway in Bryant Park holds a special place for Shop Gotham tour guides, most of whom confess an unadulterated love of musical theatre.  Every Thursday throughout July and August, the most popular Broadway shows perform their biggest hit.  The ONLY way to see Broadway for free!

How To Spot a New Yorker


A few of our favorite archetypes to be found on City streets:

1. The Wall Street Commuter

Sexy Banker Biking to Bank

Probably lives: Downtown in a high rise.

Gets to work: Via foldable bike

Shops: J. Crew Men’s Shop at the Liquor Store

2.  Artisan Baker

Probably lives: Brooklyn

Gets to work: By Subway

Shops: Brooklyn Industries

3.  The Model

Probably lives: Soho or Nolita

Gets to work: A taxi, of course!

Shops: Searle, Scoop, Intermix

Why take a NYC Shopping Tour? and with Shop Gotham


NYC is vast and if you love to shop, it is hard to know where to begin. If you dont get here often, we do recommend certain key stops on your own, such as the flagship Bloomingdales on Lexington and 59th or perhaps pop into Century 21 on 64th and Broadway, for bargains. Of course, with loads of time, if you are an “explorer” you can spend an entire day in each neighborhood.
But for those of you who like  a little more handholding, need/wish to get alot out of a shorter amount of time, or want to do things others cannot do, we suggest a Shop Gotham NYC shopping tour. We offer 5 regularly scheduled fascinating programs each a week plus bountiful options for privates (you and a pal or 2) and larger groups.
For details and fees, please visit : www.shopgotham.com 

Spring=Sample Sales


NYC loves this season for a lot of reasons:  the cherry trees blooming at Central Park, the sidewalk cafes re-appearing on the streets, the opportunity to wear peep-toed shoes!  But for those who consider shopping a way of life, spring also means SAMPLE SALES!!

April and May feature some of the best sample sales from some of the hottest designers.  Take a Garment Center Insider Tour to get to some of the following sales.   BUT the highlight of the tour will be going behind the scenes and into  some of New York’s top private designer showrooms.   Sign up today!

April 25-30 Fred Perry

April 27-29 Vivienne Tam

April 27-29 Aeffe USA

April 28-30 Paul Smith

May 3-5 Furla

May 9-27 Charlotte Ronson, Odd Molly, Bloch

May 10-12 Rachel Roy/Pink Tartan

May 18-22 Theory

Also coming this spring:  Tory Burch, J. Crew, Lewis Cho and more!  Stay tuned…



Fall Finds!


Expect to see Boho Chic, eccentric colors, crochet sweaters, and long layering pieces (as well as other great autumn trends) this fall as the Garment Center Sample Sales begin to really heat up for the Holiday season. Of course the REAL bonus to going into the private showrooms include the lack of crowds and the abundance of items that others won’t have the opportunity to get their hands on.  To get more information about our Garment Center Tours please visit http://www.shopgotham.com/daily-new-york-shopping-tours.php and take a look at our EXCLUSIVE Cheap and Chic Tours http://www.shopgotham.com/special-seasonal-tours.php taking place for a limited time only!!

Holiday Season Sample Sales


This Holiday Season enjoy great New York City designer sample sales in the garment center with Shop Gotham. Last year we scored insider shopping tour deals with chic designers such as Nanette Lepore, Oscar De La Renta, Tory Burch, Philip Lim, Derek Lam, Vince, Milly, Tibi, Stuart Weitzman, and Delman Shoes.  Please visit www.shopgotham.com in order to find that great holiday gift for someone special or just spoil yourself during the holiday season! Make sure to check out the extra Monday afternoon tours happening in November and December. Happy Shopping!