The Best of Downtown Shopping

Whether you find yourself in the heart of the Village or in FiDi’s latest shopping marvel, Brookfield Place, we’ve picked the hottest retailers to visit below 14th Street. From playful accessories to high-end luxury goods, New York continues to offer the best of the best.

Mulberry

134 Spring Street

646.669.8380 / mulberry.com/us

Mulberry has been making leather goods in Somerset, England, since 1971. In fact, it all started at a kitchen table, where the brand’s founder, Roger Saul, made the first Mulberry leather belts. But the brand has evolved over the decades, opening one factory and then a second. Mulberry’s two British factories are called The Rookery, based in Chilcompton, and The Willows, in nearby Bridgwater. The Rookery was opened in 1989 with 100 employees, and the Willows opened in 2013, named after the nearby Willow Man sculpture. You can shop all for Mulberry’s accessories at its SoHo location.

Ralph Lauren

109 Prince Street

212.625.1660 / ralphlauren.com

Here’s a store in SoHo that you won’t want to miss. Boasting a towering entrance that leads to one of New York’s most impressive selections of quality products, this retail wonder welcomes you to the world of Ralph Lauren. New Yorkers flock here to outfit themselves in the latest offerings from America’s favorite designer. From short-sleeved polos for the golf and tennis courts to elegant evening wear for nights on the town, you’ll find it all at this beautiful boutique. For fall, look out for great double-breasted blazers and embroidered gowns.

 

Saks Fifth Avenue Downtown

225 Liberty Street

646.344.6300 / saksfifthavenue.com

He’s the man who created the million-dollar shoe. But that’s just one of Stuart Weitzman’s many achievements. After 30 years of designing footwear and being honored with a lifetime achievement award by Footwear News, it’s no wonder Stuart Weitzman is embraced by the shoppers of New York. From flats to pumps to wedges, the brand is known for breathing new life into classic looks. (This season, we’re big fans of the Vanland Boot in stretch suede and the Shorty Bootie.) So when you find yourself at Brookfield Place in FiDi, be sure to stop by Saks Fifth Avenue Downtown, a showcase for several Stuart Weitzman products, and for the very best designer handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, and gifts the world has to offer.

Acne Studios

33 Greene Street

212.334.8345 / acnestudios.com

Acne Studios is a Stockholm-based fashion house with a multidisciplinary approach. Through founder and creative director Jonny Johansson’s interest in photography, art, architecture, and contemporary culture, the brand carved an alternative fashion path, turning Acne Studios into a well-respected creator of ready-to-wear clothing, magazines, furniture, books, and artistic exhibitions. The collections are defined by Johansson’s attention to detail, with an emphasis on tailoring and an eclectic use of materials and custom-developed fabrics.

J. Press

304 Bleecker Street

212.255.6151 / jpressonline.com

J. Press began on the grounds of Yale University over 100 years ago and has been a fixture of the campus ever since. When the company started making its first pieces of clothing, founder Jacobi Press believed in quality above all else. It’s a belief that earned him the esteem of U.S. presidents, statesmen, scholars, and captains of industry who selected J. Press items for their wardrobe. Today, like their fathers and grandfathers before them, gentlemen step into J. Press stores to be expertly fitted in hand-crafted clothing that holds true to a classic American ideal that is simultaneously suited to a contemporary lifestyle. The brand’s downtown location is a joy to browse. (Rumor has it: the uptown one is coming back soon, too.)

Lacoste

541 Broadway

212.219.9203 / lacoste.com

There are many reasons to visit Lacoste’s SoHo boutique: stock up on the brand’s classic piqué polos, test the latest fragrances, check out items from the latest runway collection, try on some new shoes. But alternatively—if faced, say, with a sudden urge to take a trip to the country—you can also find great outerwear (for men and women), along with a colorful selection of bags for packing everything you may want to bring along. And if you need a new pair of sunglasses for the fall, Lacoste has you covered.

Louis Vuitton

116 Greene Street

212.274.9090 / us.louisvuitton.com

In 1837, a 16-year-old Louis Vuitton arrived in Paris and started apprenticing for Monsieur Maréchal, a successful box-maker. At the time, horse-drawn carriages, boats, and trains were the main modes of transportation. Baggage was handled roughly. Travelers called upon craftsmen to pack and protect their individual objects. Vuitton quickly became a valued craftsman at the Parisian atelier of Monsieur Maréchal. These were the roots of his highly specialized trade, the beginning of his career in an industry that called upon skills to design boxes and, later, trunks according to clients’ wishes. Today, Louis Vuitton still upholds the same high standards of craftsmanship for all its products.

Proenza Schouler

121 Greene Street

212.420.7300 / proenzaschouler.com

Proenza Schouler, a New York–based womenswear and accessories brand founded in 2002 by designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, offers some of the most unique silhouettes and shapes. In fact, the brand helped define “downtown cool” with the launch of its PS1 bag. McCollough and Hernadez met while studying at Parson’s School of Design, eventually collaborating on their senior thesis, which became their first collection as Proenza Schouler. The first Proenza Schouler store opened in New York in September 2012, located at 822 Madison Avenue. In October 2013, Proenza Schouler opened its second store (now the flagship), located in SoHo, at 121 Greene Street.

Salvatore Ferragamo

200 Vesey Street, Space 114

212.267.2720 / ferragamo.com

Salvatore Ferragamo dedicated his life to crafting the perfect shoe. When he studied human anatomy in the United States, he spent a large amount of time examining the distribution of the body’s weight over the many joints of the foot. “I discovered,” he once wrote, “that the weight of our bodies when we are standing erect drops straight down on the arch of the foot. I constructed my revolutionary lasts, which supporting the arch.” Ferragamo is now in its third generation. Today, footwear remains the brand’s core business, but also be sure to stop by the Brookfield Place location downtown to see all the clothing and accessories (espeically the classic Double Gancio belts) they have in store.

Kirna Zabête

477 Broome Street

212.9411.9656 / kirnazabete.com

Kirna Zabête is an essential fashion destination in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood and is shopped globally at kirnazabete.com. Founded by two best friends in 1999, Kirna Zabête is currently owned by Beth Buccini, who perosnally selects each item sold at the boutique with the intention of impressing every client who walks through the door. Through Buccini’s smart selections, Kirna Zabête offers one of the best edits of the most exciting designers of today and tomorrow in a warm and welcoming environment. Stop in and see for yourself.

Lululemon

250 Vesey Street, Space 115

212.786.0315 / lululemon.com

Athletic wear is everywhere today, and Lululemon—with its vast selection of tops, yoga pants, swimsuits, accessories, and “gear to sweat in”—has helped pioneer the movement. Grab outfits for the gym, for a workout class, for a long run…or even for just running errands. This stuff is the best, and it lasts. Doesn’t shrink. Doesn’t crinkle. Plus, it’s super comfortable. Offering clothing and accessories for both sexes, Lululemon prides itself on garment construction. Most pants and tops, for example, feature hidden pockets so your phone doesn’t hobble around or fall out. Some jackets even have little cuffs to keep your hands warm on a cool night.

Gucci

200 Vesey St, Space 119

212.634.8500 / gucci.com

Influential, innovative and progressive, Gucci is reinventing a wholly modern approach to fashion and accessories. Under the vision of creative director Alessandro Michele, the house has redefined luxury for the 21st century, further reinforcing its position as one of the world’s most desirable fashion houses. Eclectic, contemporary, and romantic, Gucci products represent the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship and are unsurpassed for their quality and attention to detail.

Warby Parker

121 Greene Street

646.568.3720 / warbyparker.com

Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. Warby Parker believes that the experience of buying glasses should leave you happy and looking good—and with money in your pocket. They also believe that everyone has the right to see. According to their data, almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses. Which means that 15 percent of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

Moncler

90 Prince Street

646.350.3620 / moncler.com

Founded in 1952 in Monestier-de-Clermont, France, Moncler’s headquarters are now located in Italy. Over the course of the years, the brand has merged style with technological research, harnessing the knowledge of mountaineering experts. Moncler collections combine extreme needs with day-to-day city life. Beginning in 2003, when Remo Ruffini entered the Moncler Group, he began repositioning of the brand. Now, Moncler products take on a more distinctive and exclusive aspect, putting the pursuit of quality at the heart of its work.

Opening Ceremony

35 Howard Street

212.219.2688 / openingceremony.com

Opening Ceremony was founded in 2002 by two college friends, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, as a place to share their passions for travel, art, and fashion. Inspired by a trip to Hong Kong, the two decided to leave their jobs in corporate fashion to realize their unique dream. What began as a single store on a quiet street in downtown New York is now a global community with outposts in New York and Los Angeles, a department store in Tokyo, a wholesale showroom, an in-house clothing line, a blog, and an e-commerce site. Taking its name and mission statement from the modern Olympic Games, founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, Opening Ceremony adopts a multinational approach to retail.