It’s prime shopping season in NYC. To celebrate -- and help narrow down where to head for all your holiday shopping needs -- we’ve teamed up with style editor Bobbie Thomas, who is part of the Style Squad on NBC’s "Today" show, to share our favorite stores around the city.
"Here in New York City, I feel we’re so lucky," Thomas told amNY’s Meredith Deliso on a joint shopping trip. “We live in a fishbowl of fashion and, most importantly, accessible fashion. I think you can find anything you’re looking for -- any style, any price point, it’s a perfect city to express yourself.”
Here are five of Alexander's favorites, followed by a handful of Thomas' go-tos.
One of Alexander's favorite jewelry stores in the city, Catbird offers unique items from an array of jewelers local and beyond. Shop the Catbird line for something special made in Brooklyn. (219 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, catbirdnyc.com)(Credit: Jacquelyne Pierson)
If cool is something you could catch, here's where you'd find get it. While Opening Ceremony has sprouted outposts from Los Angeles to Tokyo, the OG OC offers an experience that can be compared to stepping into the most fashionably curated Instagram account imaginable. Staying true to its roots, the store nurtures up-and-coming designers, while also stocking international labels and its own line. (35 Howard St., openingceremony.com)(Credit: Opening Ceremony)
Since 1888 women have been flocking to this Upper West Side lingerie store that stocks the world's best bras, and for every budget. It's the fitters here that make the store famous: visit once and never wear the wrong size lingerie again. (2270 Broadway, townshop.com)(Credit: Town Shop)
Head uptown to this boutique associated with celebrity-favored 5001 Flavors custom apparel. The store is housed in a brownstone building that's said to have once been lived in by Malcolm X. (245 Lenox Ave., harlemhaberdashery.com)(Credit: Linda Rosier)
This skincare brand is loved the world over, but did you know it started out as a 19th century apothecary shop in the East Village? Kiehl's flagship store has remained on the very same corner of Third Avenue and 13th Street since 1851. Head here for specialized skincare concoctions for men and women, hair care, gifts and a whole lot more. (109 Third Ave., kiehls.com)(Credit: Kiehl's)
When Thomas is looking for a designer bargain, she'll often stop here first. On a recent shopping trip with Deliso, labels like Pucci, Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent and Hermes were all on sale. (21 Dey St. and 1972 Broadway; C21stores.com)(Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang)
Thomas likes this children's clothing store because it offers practical items for the little ones that are designed with a cool edge. The brand started out in Japan in the '80s and has found its way to NYC and around the world. (275 Greenwich St.; 410 Columbus Ave.; 73 W. Houston St.; bitzkidsnyc.com.(Credit: Bitz Kids)
One of the city's best-known places to head for sample sales offers a frequent rotation of designer labels with deals that are sometimes 80 percent or more off. Expect lines! (four locations; 260samplesale.com)(Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang)
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This unassuming store is perfect for finding the sort of on-trend jewelry that may not stay "in" forever. "If you want to get a bunch of great fashion accessories and fun trinkets and gifts that are going to be in and out, go and get a really great bargain in the wholesale district," Thomas suggests. (1204 Broadway)(Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang)
This Canadian label prides itself on quality materials. Its designs exude effortless, everyday chic. (524 Broadway and 89 Fifth Ave; aritzia.com)(Credit: Aritzia)