Apple Store, 1981 Broadway at 67th St
Even if you’re not looking to buy consumer electronics while you’re at Fashion Week, this conveniently located Apple outpost might save your bacon for a couple reasons. Say, the free wireless in the tents is overloaded (as it’s wont to do) and you need to get online without buying a costly coffee. Hi, Apple Store. Or, you have to file a story ASAP and, oopsies, you left your MacBook Pro at home. Head to the Apple Store, kick one of those neighborhood prep school kids off a laptop and start filing away. Best part: It’s free.
Century 21, 1972 Broadway at 66th St.
It’s like two blocks away from the tents. If you have some time to kill between shows, drop in to see what designer goods they have majorly marked down. The last time I was in there, I snagged a Lanvin tote for about 60% off.
The Columbus Avenue Shopping Corridor, Columbus Ave between 66th and 71st Sts
Who says that the Upper West Side is fashion-challenged? Yes, you can hoof it up to Barneys Co-op on Broadway between 75th and 76th streets, but time is of the essence (and you know you’re holding out for the warehouse sale). So take a quick stroll on over to Columbus instead for a plethora of shopping options:
Kiehl’s, 154 Columbus Ave between 66th and 67th
Hands down the best customer service experience ever, plus you never know if you’re going to need an emergency sample of Creme with Silk Groom to tame those winter flyaways.
Burberry Brit, 160 Columbus Ave at 70th St
Made it all the way to Fashion Week and realized you need a trench coat? Head on over to the British label’s mid-range collection.
Rag & Bone, 182 Columbus Ave between 68th and 69th Sts
If you need your fix before (or after) the February 8 runway show, drop into the UWS outpost for your dose of exposed brick, hipster-chic dark wood interiors, and Brit-inflected Americana-cool. Sorry, guys, this location only stocks womenswear though.
Comptoirs des Cottoniers, 184 Columbus Ave between 68th and 69th Sts
One of the brands that started the French invasion of Manhattan, Comptoirs is worth a browse for chic minimalist Parisian pieces.
Wink, 188 Columbus Ave between 68th and 69th
Part of the New York mini-chain of boutiques, this locale is a one-stop-shop for Clare Vivier bags, shoes by Jean Michel Cazabat and Ash, and cute dresses by Madison Marcus.
Helmut Lang, 230 Columbus Ave between 70th and 71st
Did you somehow manage to stain your minimalist fashion black while you’re at the tents? If they don’t have what you’re looking for, try sister store Theory between 69th and 70th.
Tani, 2020 Broadway at 69th and 131 W. 72nd between Columbus and Amsterdam
This shoe store with two locations is kind of a neighborhood institution and it’s, well, cool. The Broadway outpost is closer to the tents and has a good range of affordable contemporary brands like Matt Bernson, Seychelles, and Dolce Vita, while the 72nd St locale is the go-to for downtown designer labels like Coclico and Rachel Comey. Be sure to check out the sale section at back for good deals.