Bag Big Name Brands
Plow through the Bway, the aptly named, crowded main-floor arcade that feels like Times Square on Saturday, and hit the second floor for trendy, well-priced American brands. Bloomingdale’s also carries all the requisite big-name designer labels and houses an extensive selection of lingerie. The Soho location caters to a younger, hipper crowd.
1000 Third Ave., at 59th St.; 212-705-2000. 504 Broadway, nr. Spring St.; 212-729-5900; bloomingdales.com.
Because You Can Afford to Look Fabulous
Barneys New York
Anyone worth her Manolos will tell you that Barneys’s Madison Avenue flagship is the final word in edgy designer fashion. The lower floors house sophisticated, expensive items like Prada suits; in the upstairs Co-op department, you’ll find rag & bone jeans, Alexander Wang dresses, and oversize Helmut Lang tees.
660 Madison Ave., nr. 61st St.; 212-826-8900;