Once through the doors of this unbearably chic mother of all department stores, you’ll be presented with an excellent selection of accessories: Givenchy jewelry, Missoni scarves and Isabel Marant belts. Journey through 15 floors of runway styles from luxury brands, including women’s dresses from Balmain and Jil Sander, along with men’s Isaia tuxedos and suits, A.P.C. sweaters and Rick Owens outerwear. Ascend to heaven, also known as the shoe floor, on the fifth level. Gleefully eye hundreds of designs ($24–$4,645), including heels, pumps, boots, loafers, oxfords, sandals and sneakers.
You may think department stores in NYC are intimidating based on the common fear that you’ll spend hours of your life cringing at scary price tags and feeling overwhelmed by all the options. Well, it’s time to stop writing them off. New York is home to world-class stores that are not only great for window shopping (especially during the Christmas window season), but offer killer bargains and sales too. You’ll also find goods that rival the best beauty supply stores and home decor stores. Think of it as the most efficient way to shop (aside from online shopping sites, of course).
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