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Almost anything from around the globe can be found in New York's high-end boutiques, jewelry stores, department stores and designer shops. From the latest trendy items to luxury collections and world brands, Manhattan prides itself on unique shopping areas that surpass all expectations. There are even districts devoted to specialty stores and malls such as the Fashion Center. Simply put, shopping in New York is irresistible. The abundance, diversity and distinctiveness of retailers can keep shoppers busy for days.

DESIGNER BRANDS

Almost every prominent world designer has a store or a tie to New York. In many cases, designer boutiques are found in upscale department stores such as Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Barneys. Shoppers desiring one-to-one fashion or cosmetics consultation and prefer exclusive cocktail dresses, wedding and evening gowns can visit the elite designer stores situated along Madison Avenue. Brand-name fans can also find exclusive shoes, accessories, cosmetics, fragrances and jewelry in scores of fashion and accessories stores on the famed Fifth Avenue. Classic and cutting-edge styles from designers and labels like Gucci, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Christian Dior, Betsey Johnson, Valentino and Versace are located in New York's upscale department stores and hundreds of boutiques.

CRYSTAL & JEWELRY STORES

The Crystal District is a stretch of five blocks along Madison Avenue between 58th and 63rd streets, encompassing a rich concentration of crystal and jewelry shops. The French crystal boutique Baccarat Crystal is one of the area's highlights, boasting gold, silver and precious stones with showcases devoted to dazzling chandeliers, vases, stemware and china. Swarovski is another high-end store located in the same area. The jewelry collection varies from rhodium-plated brooches to drop-pierced earrings with colored crystal beads. Swarovski's collection also extends to home décor crystals inspired by nature's flora and fauna.


The whole area at 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues is the Diamond District, providing an opportunity for visitors to explore a diamond haven where anything can be custom made. One cannot miss the classic sparkling treasures of Tiffany & Co., featuring Swiss watches and diamond rings for all occasions and anniversaries. Tiffany's was founded in 1837 in downtown Manhattan and today more than 100 Tiffany & Co. stores and boutiques are located around the world. The Manhattan location is one of the biggest and most popular stores in the chain.

Established in 1878 and located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, Wempe is home to traditional watches and jewelry. The refined German and Swiss watches, classic Akoya pearls and Santa-Maria-Africana—a particularly fine quality of aquamarine—are all found in Wempe's collections. Another must-see store is Fortunoff, offering diamond chandelier earrings, freshwater-cultured pearls and pear-shaped amethysts. Fortunoff is conveniently located at Fifth Avenue and 54th Street near the Diamond District.

DEPARTMENT STORES

New York's department stores are a whole other world to discover and explore. There is an irresistible variety of products in these stores, some of which date back to the late 1800s and have become engrained in American culture.

Macy's
Founded in 1851 by Rowland Hussey Macy, Macy's flagship store is located in Herald Square at 34th Street and Broadway. Famous for its mid-range prices, visitors flock to its 10 floors of merchandise. Macy's two-floor shoe department is huge on its own, providing a wide variety of designer shoes and sports footwear. Beauty products, men's and women's fashions and designer dresses are also found in the store's trendy boutiques. Every November for over 75 years, Macy's has maintained a true New York experience, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a tradition celebrating America that also prepares shoppers for Christmas.

Saks Fifth Avenue
Established in 1924, Saks Fifth Avenue is one of the most lively retail stores in New York. Out of 61 branches, the largest and most popular Saks Fifth is located in the heart of Manhattan at Fifth Avenue and 50th Street, covering almost the entire block across from the Rockefeller Center. The 10-floor building is a vast retail extravaganza but an information booth is available on the 50th Street side. Each floor includes a specialty department; the eighth floor's bridal section features gowns from around the world, while the ground floor positively buzzes with alluring scents and the energy of the salespeople in the cosmetics and perfume departments. Other floors contain genteel and elegant boutiques from Escada, Chanel and other designers.

Barneys & Bergdorf Goodman
Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman are two luxury department stores located on Fifth Avenue at 60th and 57th streets respectively. Barneys is often called the younger version of Bergdorf Goodman, however both have similar elegance and class. Barneys has gained more fame since actress Sarah Jessica Parker admitted her obsession with this store. Fashion fanatics shop at these stores for almost anything. Clothing brands for women and men run from Ralph Lauren to DKNY and Earl Jean.

Bloomingdale's
Another iconic Manhattan department store is Bloomingdale's. Affectionately nicknamed Bloomie's, this retail store offers a wide selection of women's clothing, designer shoes and handbags, bridal collections and swimsuits. Located on Third Avenue between 59th and 60th streets, Bloomie's includes a men's department with all types of suits, from trendy to conservative styles, as well as designer brands and Bloomingdale's own label. The children's department also offers upscale brands and the toy collection includes Bloomie's Barbie, made exclusively by Mattel for Bloomingdale's.

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