Did somebody say free Broadway?? Plus a sexy sample sale for the guys and an even sexier restaurant choice!
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If anyone knows how to re-open a store, it seems to be Armani Exchange. For the premiere, the Miami Beach’s Vice Mayor named it the “Official Armani Exchange” day and Hollywood stars traveled 3000 miles to celebrate and try on some of Armani’s sexy shades.
The new South Beach flagship is bigger and sleeker with futuristic steel accents and clean lines, while still keeping the art deco feel of Miami. The brand, which was created in 1991 to dress the urban, street-chic customers, still captures that fun, young, and sexy energy today. With the Miami essentials of tiny party dresses, smoky shades, and tight t-shirts, the new Armani Exchange is bigger in size and sex appeal.
The new made to measure experience. Manuel Racim offers the latest trends in custom suit tailoring. Just walk in—no appointment necessary—for a stylist-led tour of the high-tech space: Remote-controlled panels rotate with some 200 Italian-milled fabrics and a magical wall mirror converts into a digital touch-screen, letting customers swipe through options for everything from the type of fit, collar, and cuffs to the color of monogram, buttons, and threading. The shirts, which start at $125, are sewn in a century-old French atelier and arrive within two weeks; your measurements, meanwhile, are saved to an online account for future bespoke shopping
With worldwide recognition, Stanley Korshak is a department store like none other. Boasting an exciting and unique selection of both runway designs and wardrobe basics, Stanley Korshak showcases the work of established designers and fresh talent- something unique for most department stores. Soon-to-be brides will revel at the bridal boutique’s exquisite selection and the professional and unparalleled service will make your shopping excursion a quality experience.
Sometimes a suit or dress shirt off the rack just won’t do. The fit isn’t always what it should be, and if it’s something you plan on getting a lot of mileage out of, then fit is key. That’s where Hadleigh’s in Highland Park Village steps in.
An atelier for those who have a hankering for custom fit and undeniable style, Hadleigh’s creates everything to be cut and sewn by hand in Italy to your specific measurements. The owners know a thing or two about meeting client’s needs as owners Ed and Gable Shaikh were buyers for Stanley Korshak, and Ed was one of the top Ralph Lauren salesmen in the country.
Besides the custom tailoring, handcrafted personal timepieces and style consulting are also available. They can even arrange worldwide shopping excursions to see the behind the scenes world of ateliers all over. These luxuries don’t come cheaply; Hadleigh’s suits range in the thousands. But, when it comes to looking dapper in that suit or crisp new shirt 24/7, you will never second guess that you look as great as you feel.
Abbot Kinney Boulevard makes high end shopping beach chic in Venice Beach. The boutiques rule in Venice and big name brands are out, but don’t be fooled, style is less flip-flop mess and more artist casual. Here you can pick up summer dress ups and dress downs, a new favorite flannel at Steven Alan Annex, or dress your man in Stronghold jeans. Jewelry finds are always a little offbeat ranging from diamonds to antique typewriter keys. For home décor fanatics, Abbot Kinney shops like Floral and Plantation are frequent features in top design magazines.
And for those who work up an appetite from carrying around all those bags, Abbot Kinney has plenty of food options to finish off a successful day, but dining is anything but beachy. Options are fine and plentiful for any craving from Gjelina’s truffle pizza, Wabi-Sabi crazy rolls and Lilly’s French flavors to Hal’s famous cantaloupe martini. If hunger still strikes, LA’s most notable food trucks usually wander Abbot Kinney late night.
Insider’s Tip: This is not to miss! First Friday of each month is where you can shop late, sample every truck in town and party the packed street all night.
For the stylish New York shopper only one stop is necessary: Bloomingdale’s. They are on top of every trend and have more brands than you’re even aware exist. In the denim department you’ll find J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, and 7 For All Mankind for miles; Rebecca Minkoff totes, and COMME des GARCONS wallets in the handbag department; Marc by Marc Jacobs ballet flats, Diane von Furstenberg clogs, and Stuart Weitzman heels of all types in shoes, and then there’s still more. For men, Bloomingdale’s has Theory, Converse, Paul Smith, and John Varvatos shoes, clothes and outerwear. They have funky home goods, they have luxury jewelry finds, they even have celeb skin secret La Mer. This is, after all, a department store- New York style.
The old world charm of the Flagship Bloomingdale’s on Lexington is enchanting, but to get down to shopping business the younger (and more European) clientele tend towards the Bloomingdale’s in SoHo. Either way, floors upon floors of designer and hard-to-find boutique brands await. And when you are done shopping for yourself, you can repent for your shopping sins by buying something for mom in the Home department – Le Creuset is available in ten colors – or for your niece in the Kid’s department – Ralph Lauren Polos for little ones come in all sorts of colors.
“Where did you find that- and for what price?” will soon be familiar words if you put Russian Hill’s Thread Lounge into your shopping rotation. Opened by fashion industry veteran Colleen Smith, the Polk Street shop sells high-end sample pieces and excess stock from both independent designers and sartorial titans at greatly discounted prices. With 300 labels in the loft-like space and apparel and accessories for men, women and children, it’s a one-stop shop for all seasons and occasions. From chic yoga gear to statement-making evening wear, Thread Lounge Designer Sample Sales has you covered.
You’ll certainly be charmed by the price tags on designs by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Trina Turk, and Joe’s Jeans, but this boutique’s biggest asset is the attire from lesser-known, up-and-coming designers, like Julie Brown and Nougat of London. Smith’s extensive stable of local and international labels makes for a wardrobe of seemingly one-of-a-kind wears that will no doubt become a talking point. Whether you pick up the most becoming blue jeans or a head-turning party dress, you’ll spur curiosity and envy in all who pass you by.
Clothes may make the man (or woman), but accessories make the clothes—which means Fancy Tiger may just make your day. This extra-funky, staunchly indie Baker District boutique does sell plenty of frocks—many using recycled or organic materials—but it specializes in the small stuff, from suspenders and fedoras to combination handlebar/shoulder bags, laser-cut jewelry, and even handmade stationery; its adjacent craft-supply outlet also offers classes in needlefelting, embroidery, and more.
Cooler still, as part of the citywide First Friday Art Walk, it hosts Denver Made, an evening trunk show featuring local designers and libations to the tunes of live DJs.
One of the most popular and innovative male fashion designers of our time, John Varvatos, is rock ‘n roll meets high fashion. Taking over the infamous CBGB’s music club- that launched the careers of Blondie and The Ramones- John Varvatos is one of very few that could do the legendary music venue justice.
Most may know John Varvatos for his killer take on Converses, with the madly popular Jack Purcell and One Star styles, but his clothing makes men look effortlessly stylish. Every man can’t help but look two notches cooler in one of the distressed blazers, edgy leather jackets or skull cufflinks. All these cool clothes are hanging next to vintage album covers in a store where punk-rock music is always playing.
Known to throw concerts there from time to time- with free admission and free drinks- it’s no wonder John Varvatos is known as the rock star of fashion.
In the heart of the Design District is the splashy Art Deco meets Space Age boutique, Marni. The Italian fashion label has a cult following that love the Marni philosophy: designed pieces that intermingle effortlessly with any of the other collections so fashionistas can hold onto favorite items for more than one season.
The Miami store is designed specifically for the crowd it serves: chic, modern and with Art Deco touches. The signature fashions feature tribal influences as well as geometric patterns, long and flowy skirts, short and loose dresses, and chunky belts. Marni also has an enviable collection of oversized glasses, jewelry, handbags, and sandals to platform heels.
Recently, many have been acquainted with Kandi Burress from Bravo’s TV hit Real Housewives of Atlanta or as a Grammy winning singer and songwriter. Now, add fashion store retailer to her repertoire. As co-owner of Tags ATL, a women’s and men’s boutique located in the cozy West Village Vinings area of Atlanta, Burress has the opportunity to express herself fiercely and fashionably.
Since opening in October, Tags Atl has already made a name as the fashionista’s one-stop shop for the hottest deals and carries some of the area’s most trendy designs, including some of her RHOA co-star’s lines. On any day of the week patrons may bump into celebrity giants including Clean House host Niecy Nash, rapper Yung Joc and many other entertainers that reside in the Atlanta area.
Insider Tip: An online store is on the way for shoppers that aren’t in the city often, but for those who are, it’s the perfect posh spot. Click here for more information.
“Get the London Look” may be Kate Moss’ Rimmel tagline, but it doesn’t apply more aptly than for the much buzzed about Topshop. As the face/designer of Kate Moss for Topshop and its highly anticipated U.S. debut in SoHo, Topshop puts the likes of other trendy, discount stores like H&M and Zara to shame. It’s colorful, crazy celebrified, and seriously stylish; there’s a massive shoe boutique, accessories section, vintage galore, and a floor dedicated to men. Other stores may have guest designers, but Topshop has a resident Supermodel, Kate Moss, and an entire floor designated to high-end designers giving fierce fashions specifically for the fashionista Topshop crowd.
And the shoe selection! Ahhh! If this was around during the SATC era you know SJP would be digging through discount heaven at the Christian Louboutin inspired sky-high stilettos and ultra designed Prada inspired heels. You can find more unique, colorful, and designed shoes at Topshop’s shoe boutique than at Saks Fifth Avenue- and that’s a guarantee.
Let’s not forget about the boys. Topman is dedicated to all things men. From Fedora wearing playboys to laid-back model glam to suits and ties, Topman has everything a stylish city guy could want. This is very smart as it allows the boyfriends/husbands some time to shop for themselves while their other (better) half peruses the other floors of goodness.
If you walk anywhere in London (including red carpets), chances are the hot girl or man is wearing something from Topshop or Topman. That’s because it embodies the London street look of tons of colors, boho vintage, and maybe one too many nods to the neon 80’s. But hey, it’s super fun and seriously fashion forward and- just wait- it will be invading the rest of America soon.
Film star and native New Yorker Mizuo Peck loves to shop at one of New York’s coolest insider stores, INA.
Opening their flagship in 1994, they are now five stores strong in some of Manhattan’s most prized shopping real estate: NoHo, SoHo, Nolita, and Uptown.
INA is not your average consignment store where one most purge through racks of outdated and moth-ball smelling clothes to find the designer gem in the pile, it instead chooses the best of the best in fashion of yesterday and today. INA consistently fills its racks with beautiful, well-maintained, and luxurious items at discounted prices that make both fashionistas and recessionistas come back for more. They have everything from barely used Chanel wallets to Christian Louboutin heels to Tory Burch skirts. Some items are truly vintage while others are simply last season’s castaways, but all are absolutely devine.
And if this store doesn’t seem like it could get any better, it also has an amazing blog that keeps you up to date on new inventory, sale items, and INA employee’s picks for all its stores.
INA consignment stores are a shopper’s dream and unlike most “chains”, every INA store is completely unique from each other and from each day.
**Mizuo Peck is most famous for her role as Sacajawea in both “Night at the Museum” films starring Ben Stiller. Peck has worked closely with respected photographer Bruce Weber for the cover of L’uomo Vogue and appeared with Angelina Jolie in the Rolling Stones’ music video, “Anybody Seen My Baby?” Peck, a native New Yorker, still lives a block from her childhood TriBeCa home.
For the oldest vintage clothing store in Atlanta, Stefan’s Vintage Clothing features a collection that is anything but outdated. Some of Atlanta’s best dressed and the world’s biggest fashion icons have come here to get their one of a kind finds like Twiggy, James Dean, Carol Lombard, and even a young Elvis!
Since 1977, this store has been bursting at the seams with unique looks from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1970’s. Stefan’s Vintage has everything you would dream about from a vintage store, like elegant evening gowns from the 1920s and 1930s, men’s and women’s suits from the 1960s, funky bowling shirts, tuxedos, and fabulous costume jewelry.
Coastal living is a breeze with one trip to Sherman Pickey, a little piece of preppy perfection in the center of appropriately conservative Georgetown. Specializing in classic, yet modern men’s and women’s wear, Sherman Pickey gives pastels a punch with looks from designers like Lilly Pulitzer, Tory Burch, Pink Tartan and Vineyard Vines. With an impressive array of classic outerwear (think cute, quilted jackets), colorful shift dresses and great accessories, ladies looking for Palm Beach chic will be ready for that weekend getaway in no time! Sherman Pickey also lends that authentically New England touch to a great selection of menswear, including sharp collared shirts, critter-embroidered corduroys and brightly colored bowties, perfect for that sophisticated prepster looking for the ultimate Nantucket look. So go grab those pearls and penny loafers and get ready for a little Sherman Pickey yuppification.
Insider Tip: Named after the owners’ pets, Sherman and Pickey, the boutique also offers waspy accessories for furry friends, so bring your pup along and grab a matching collar or two to complete your whole look!