Exclusive | New York City: Where to Shop

6.5.2008

By Joe Okonkwo | AN OUTTRAVELER.COM EXCLUSIVE

New York is a shopper's paradise, especially for gay travelers. Whether you're interested in spending a lot or saving even more, you've got a myriad of options. From high-end boutiques to vibrant street markets and funky stores, the city is world-renowned for its diverse and trend-setting shopping opportunities -- and rightly so.

BEST 4: CLOTHING SUPERSTORES
King of the New York style mountain is Barney's flagship store (660 Madison Ave., at 61st St.; 212-826-8900), where you'll find nine glorious floors of the latest looks, at prices not meant for the faint of funds.

Smaller, but arguably hotter still, is Jeffrey (449 W. 14th St., btwn Ninth & Tenth Aves.; 212-206-1272), a superexpensive store offering high-end designer duds.

Though their rapidly spreading tentacles have rendered New York less of a stateside anomaly, the city still boasts the most U.S. branches of Swedish cheap-style powerhouse H&M, with eight in Manhattan alone.

Far more unique to New York (for now) is Uniqlo (546 Broadway, btwn Prince & Spring Sts.; 917-237-8800), the Japanese bargain trendsetter whose slick SoHo outlet is the growing chain's global flagship.

BEST 4: HIP CLOTHING BOUTIQUES
Suits with style dress up at Seize Sur Vingt (243 Elizabeth St., btwn Houston & Prince Sts.; 212-343-0476), with its perfectly posh and sublimely rendered array of white-collar workwear.

Like the Norse god with which it shares its name, Odin (328 E. 11th St., btwn First & Second Aves.; 212-475-0666) is ultimately about fiery wisdom; the shop's deft assembly of far-flung fashion-forward labels renders it a globe-trotting modern dandy's utopia.

The dandier still will cherish BBlessing (181 Orchard St., at Stanton St.; 212-378-8005), a Lower East Side boutique dedicated to the full-on lifestyle depeche mode-r.

Few shops outside Paris can match the barely-politely-over-you vibe of A.P.C. (131 Mercer St., btwn Prince & Spring Sts., 212-966-9685), but if you can wade through the attiude to the rear for their incredible line of jeans, it's all worth it.

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New York City: Where to Stay
New York City: Where to Eat
New York City: Where to Play/Meet
New York City: What to See and Do
New York City: Neighborhoods
New York City: Resources

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