New York Shopping Guide

Big Chains and Single Labels

Zara

Its downtown locations seem to get more attention, and that's fine by us: It means the Lexington Avenue shop has less-picked-over merchandise and fewer weekend and after-work shoppers to contend with.
750 Lexington Ave. (at 59th St.), 212-754-1120, zara.com for more information

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Anthropologie

With its two levels, stunning Fez-meets-Florence interior, and seemingly endless amounts of antique-influenced clothing, accessories, and housewares, this is Anthro's most ambitious New York City store yet. It even has the chain's first and only in-store art gallery.
50 Rockefeller Plaza (between Fifth and Sixth Aves.), 212-246-0386, anthropologie.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty, Antique, Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Linens, Outdoor, Tabletop, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Banana Republic

If you want more of Banana Republic, the Rockefeller Center flagship won't disappoint. It's done up with art deco details and has three massive floors with everything from bags to dresses.
626 Fifth Ave. (at 51st St.), 212-974-2350, bananarepublic.com

Products: Denim, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Gap

Smack in the center of the retail action on Fifth Avenue is Gap's most atmospheric NYC branch, and it has a huge stand-alone section for the (Product) Red line.
680 Fifth Ave. (at 54th St.), 212-977-7023, gap.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

J.Crew

It's tough to pick the best J.Crew in town, but after much research, we concluded that this Rockefeller Center space, with its slate floors and mansion-like refinement, is the most elegant and well stocked.
30 Rockefeller Center (between Fifth and Sixth Aves.), 212-765-4227, jcrew.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Chanel

Inspired by the No 5. perfume bottle, this multilevel store is the iconic French brand's retail home base in New York City. It's all here: Bags, footwear, clothing, jewelry, watches, makeup, and perfume.
15 E. 57th St. (between Fifth and Madison Aves.), 212-355-5050, chanel.com for more information

Products: Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Club Monaco

Their latest (and by far best) branch, in a landmark firehouse on Columbus Avenue, features their reliably sleek clothing as well as some chic home goods.
211 Columbus Ave. (at 70th St.), clubmonaco.com for store information

Products: Denim, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Jimmy Choo

This British footwear line made its name turning out razor-sharp stiletto styles but now offers shoes of all types (and heel heights). Its bags are a hit—particularly the oversize "Ramona" handbag.
716 Madison Ave. (between 63rd and 64th Sts.), 212-759-7078, jimmychoo.com

Products: Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

Kenneth Cole

An oasis of calm amid the chaos of Fifth Avenue, this Kenneth Cole store is easily the largest in the city. Shoes dominate downstairs; head to the second floor for clothing.
610 Fifth Ave. (between 49th and 50th Sts.), 212-373-5800, kennethcole.com

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Louis Vuitton

Sheathed in a slick frosted-glass exterior, this giant Louis Vuitton punctuates the city's famously posh 57th Street and Fifth Avenue shopping intersection. It's a giant clubhouse of all things LV, from the "Neverfull" all-purpose monogram leather bag to bright charm bracelets.
1 E. 57th St. (at Fifth Ave.), 212-758-8877, louisvuitton.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique
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