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Chic Boohoo Pop-Up in Soho


Check out this new amazing SoHo Pop-up @boohoo !! Boohoo.com opened their pop-up shop (462 W Broadway between Prince and Houston Sts) in SoHo until Nov 14. The sale consists of 2 floors, both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, prices ranging between $20 – $60. Super chic items & extremely affordable prices-exactly what SoHo is lacking.

Boohoo will be hosting a number of music events & blogger meet-and-greets over the next few weeks as well! (you can see the schedule here).

Open 11-7 every day until Nov 14 @ 462 W Broadway, New York NY
Find out more information here: BooHoo Pop Up!

Sweater Weather


Sweaters are a huge trend this season, major score!

All pros, no cons:
1. They are the most comfortable thing on the planet
2. Fashionable item that will actually keep you warm
3. Easy to layer-stick to basic colors and neutral shades

Not even close to a sweater dress, this fitted long length number with side slits is a must have from Zara’s fall collection! Throw it over anything and call it a day.

Layering inspiration-keep it simple and stick to similar hues/colors within your layers. Always remember to balance a big sweater with a slim bottom silhouettes (like a skinny jean).

Turtleneck sweater-we give it the go ahead as long is it has some variation from the ones you used to wear skiing. For example, the cowl neckline adds a chic element in addition to layering over a floral dress.

Oversized knits-the cardigan with bulk, the thick sweater that subs as a jacket. This look is totally in right now, and totally doable on all women. Give your leather jacket a day of rest and enjoy the fall weather while you can in a chunky knit!

Fall 2014 Merchandise now available!


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


“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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Stilettos to the Wayside, Hello Comfort!


Ladies, we are loving the trend of comfortable footwear more than ever right now. Seriously, it is the best thing that could have happened within the cycle of recent fashion. From pointy flats and high top sneaks to oxfords, slip ons and printed espadrilles..it’s all about the FLATS! Effortlessly chic, simple and easy to wear.
This is good news to those aiming to look stylish on their visit to New York, because as we all know, New York=lots of walking. Join any of our Shop Gotham tours- whether it be 3 hours of shopping in private designer wholesale showrooms in the Garment District or 2 1/2 hours of shopping in Soho/Nolita within downtown Manhattan-we deliver the ultimate shopping “experience” to all of our clients and tours are conducted entirely on foot! Looking fashionable doesn’t have to kill your feet; dress comfortable and fashion forward for your trip to NYC. Summertime tip- slip on a printed dress and sneakers-you’re good to go!

Summertime looks, runway shots, inspiration and styling ideas:




Summer Scarves, Boho Chic


The weather is starting to warm up…finally!!…and summer is on it’s way. One of our favorite trends, year-round, but especially in the summer, are scarves. There are so many fabulous ways to rock a scarf besides around your neck. For an ultra chic boho look, try tying a bright scarf around your head and tying it underneath. Like this! Big shades also encouraged. It’s an effortless look and when used as a hair wrap you don’t even have to do your hair that morning.

A scarf can also double as a beach wrap in the summertime. Throw one in your tote and use as a cover up at the beach or wrap it around you when the sun sets. Summer scarf fabrics that work best are: silk, linen, cotton or a very thin cashmere. Try accenting bright prints over neutral tops-keep it simple.

Although the summer temps tend to sky rocket during summer in the city, the nights can always get cool..and so can the air conditioners!! If you are coming to New York City to visit make sure to pack a summer scarf. It is small enough to throw in your bag and you never know when you will need it. If you do not already own this summer essential, purchase a few on one our weekly wholesale shopping programs!


One of the most popular showroom visits on the Garment Center tour is to a designer showroom which creates gorgeous custom dyed scarves and wraps. Not only do Shop Gotham Garment Center tours grant you access into the private world of designer fashion but they also offer the most remarkable deals on current fashion that exists in NYC. View our tour schedule and plan a girls day out today.


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Memorial Day Deals


Pre-Memorial Day deals are blossoming all over New York starting now. Sample sale season is upon us for the first time this year, as well as multiple retail sales in stores & boutiques throughout the city! This month designers are selling through their spring/summer merchandise at half the price.

Whether you are scoring a unique designer piece at a sample sale for 80% off or getting a retail sale price of 15-50% off in stores, stock up on fashionable pieces for your 2014 Spring and Summer wardrobes. Our fashionable guides will give you the low down on this seasons trends and chic NYC “looks” to help you along the way.

If you are coming to NYC, join a Shop Gotham shopping tour so that you get the most out of your dollar for Memorial Day Shopping. Our shopping tours will entertain family and friends and is a fun activity to share together! Tours will also be running Memorial Day Weekend, so if you are visiting New York City that weekend, make sure to sign up now as tickets do sell out. We look forward to shopping with you.

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Spring 2014 Trends Report


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


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


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.