Most of the international and national clothing brands have a presence in New York City. These brands have outlets scattered all throughout the city and in order to find a store located close to you, click on the store locator tab which can be found on all the websites of these stores. Additionally most of these stores also offer online shopping which is a big shopping trend in New York City.
- The Gap (http://www.gap.com) – Jeans, work wear and other basics suitable for all the family.
- Old Navy (http://www.oldnavy.com) – The Old Navy brand belongs to the Gap group of stores and offers similar merchandise at lower price points.
- Banana Republic (http://www.bananarepublic.com) – Another member of the Gap family which offers higher end apparel and accessories for men and women.
- Ann Taylor (http://www.anntaylor.com) and Ann Taylor Loft (http://anntaylorloft.com) stores – Stylish work wear and casual clothes for women.
- Victoria’s Secret (http://www.victoriasecret.com) – Lingerie and apparel for women.
- The Children’s Place (http://www.thechildrensplace.com) – Reasonably priced clothing for children of all ages from babies to toddlers and pre-teens.
- H&M (http://www.hm.com) – Cheap affordable fashion from the Swedish retailer.
- Payless Shoe Source (http://www.payless.com) – Affordable footwear for all the family.
- Forever21 (http://www.forever21.com) – Fashion forward apparel for teens and twentysomethings.
- J Crew ( http://www.jcrew.com) – Stylish classic apparel for men, women and children. The brand has been enjoying a resurgence lately as it is a favored brand of the President’s wife, Michelle Obama.
Discount stores are a popular feature that feature on New York City’s retail scene. Some of the popular chain discount retailers located here are:
- Daffys (http://www.daffys.com) – Apparel and lifestyle products for all the family.
- Filenes Basement Stores – (http://www.filenesbasement.com) – Discounted apparel for Men and Women as well as accessories and fragrances.
- DSW (http://www.dsw.com) – Discounted footwear for Men and Women.
Sample Sales, Designer Resale and Charity Shops
Yet another source for bargain shopping in New York City are the many designer sample sales which take place weekly at several locations all over the city. A listing of these sales is always available in the latest issue of New York Magazine (http://nymag.com/shopping/articles/sb/). Other websites like the Daily Candy (http://www.dailycandy.com), which requires a registration, also provide these sample sales listings. The only downside of shopping at these sample sales is that you have to know your correct size in the brand that is advertising its sample sale as often there are no fitting room facilities at the sales. Another point to bear in mind is that these sales often don’t have a return policy and prefer cash only transactions.
Designer Resale is also big business in New York City and many of the city’s main designer resale stores are located in the Upper East Side. Stores like Tatianas (http://tatianas.com/) and Designer Resale Consignment (http://www.designerresaleconsignment.com/) are extremely popular with shoppers who want designer apparel at bargain prices.
Charity shops like the Housing Works Stores (http://www.housingworks.org/social-enterprise/thrift-shops/) and the Spence Chapin thrift stores (http://www.spence-chapin.org/support-spence-chapin/f3_SC_thrift_shops.php) are also popular with bargain hunters who use them to shop for apparel and even furniture and lifestyle products.
Further, New Yorkers also shop at the many independant boutiques that are to be found all over the city but are too numerous to list here.
Tailoring and alteration services are available at all dry cleaner’s outlets in New York City. These services can be quite expensive and range from $10 upwards for a simple hem.
If you need major alterations on a garment you could save yourself major expense by heading to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This area, which was once the city’s original bargain district, was also home to the city’s first immigrants though now is undergoing rapid gentrification. However, some establishments of the old neighborhood have managed to resist this gentrification and continue to survive until today. These establishments are the tailoring shops which offer on the spot alterations at reasonable rates. Listed below are some of these tailor’s shops which are run largely by immigrants that continue to offer reasonable tailoring services in New York City.
- Felix Tailor Shop – 97, Rivington Street, Phone:+ 1 212 420 9775
- Stanton Tailor Shop – 90 Stanton Street, Phone:+1 212 353 9753
- Express Tailor Shop – 92 Rivington Street, Phone:+1 212 674 7341