Wednesday, October 19, 2011

West 34th Street is My New Favorite Shopping Hub

Uniqlo opens on W. 34th Street this Friday. Yay! (photo from Uniqlo)

Ok, so you already know this part of New York City is the best place in the world to shop for fabrics, notions and trims. But did you know the perimeter of the Garment District also features some of the best clothes shopping around? West 34th Street is the destination if you're looking up-to-the-minute fashions at wallet-friendly prices. Cool Japanese retailer Uniqlo opens this Friday at 31 W. 34th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, and I'll be picking up some of their fantastic cashmere sweaters. If you're looking for chic but affordable clothes that look great on women of all ages, try Mango, Zara, H&M and Macy's Impulse (second floor). And a DSW shoe store is currently under construction at Seventh and 34th. Be still my heart.

My itinerary for a great day of shopping: Spend the morning buying fabric and trim in the Garment District. Break for lunch; indulge yourself in some macarons or mini cupcakes. Devote the afternoon to shopping on W. 34th Street, buying stylish pieces to go with the clothes you're planning to sew.

For the very latest news on sales, trends and great deals in the 200+ stores in the 34th Street District, check out the fun and clever blog Fashion Herald.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

7th Annual Fashion District Arts Festival: October 13-15

And you thought the Garment District was just about fabric and fashion!

"The Fashion Center Business Improvement District will host its 7th annual Fashion District Arts Festival, a district-wide celebration of the artists, crafters, galleries, and theatres that contribute to the creative energy that fuels America’s fashion capital. Don’t miss local open artist studios, concerts, gallery receptions, and performances. All events are open to the public, almost all are free." Click here for a complete program guide.

I hope to catch a live performance or two on my lunch hour. Hope to see you there!