Last week I was in New York to see my niece perform in an Off Broadway Cabaret. I’ve been to the big apple several times, so I did not feel the need to sight see, and instead chose to destination shop. High on my list this time was The Real Real, a high end consignment shop with a great online store, GOOP, Gweneth Paltrows brick and mortar boutique that offers many of her favourite non toxic beauty essentials and clothing showcased on her website of the same name, Uniqlo, a Japanese owned store full of great basics, and finally Ralph Lauren. I managed to get a little something at each store that still fit into my carry on. Although New York is an amazing place to shop, many of the stores have closed. Soaring rents have driven many away and I even bared witness to seeing Barneys of New York closing out.
Sure the biggies, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman are still around, but several for lease signs are posted all over Bleecker Street and the toni upper east side. SoHo on the other hand is brimming with stand alone stores from just about every designer including big skiwear lines like North Face and Rossignol. Here is where I went:
The Real Real – 80 Wooster Street. (SoHo) This location is the best
Uniqlo – 546 Broadway, New York ( SoHo)
GOOP – 25 Bond Street, New York ( NoHo)
Ralph Lauren Men’s – 867 Madison Ave, Ladies across the street 888 Madison Ave, ( Upper east side, by Central Park )
Picked up the Face Glow and natural Goop perfume at GOOP.
The Real Real is THE place to go for high end consignment apparel, handbags and footwear. Also has a men’s section downstairs and a Cafe with a patio that has a tree that was planted by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Ralph Lauren Madison Avenue location, right by Central Park oozes posh casual elegance – I would literally live in the store if I could.