Maybe its association with menswear keeps this a local secret, but Syms has a great selection of interesting, fresh women’s designer labels. On a recent visit to the fifth floor, there were scores of Missoni parkas ($99 to $159), Pucci scarves, Krizia tops, and other pieces that would look right at home at Spice Market; pieces from Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass show up regularly. For designer goods (particularly European names), the best online option is yoox.com.
400 Park Ave., at 54th St.; 212-317-8200
With patience and a good eye, guys can find overstock from top New York specialty stores like Loro Piana (an outerwear vest is $225), Tod’s, and Gucci discounted by 60 percent. If there’s any trouble in identifying which season those Lambertson Truex loafers ($125) or Davide Cenci wool blazers ($295) are from, the owners will gladly help you.
225 First Ave., nr. 13th St.; 212-254-3180
For women, boys’ name-brand sneakers are a significant cost saving, and there’s the added bonus of scoring different colors and styles. At Sprint Sports, boys’ gray-and-red Nike Air Force I mids cost as little as $40 (as opposed to $80 for women’s at regular price), and Nike Dunk lows in silver-and-red are only $44.99. Ask for a size and a half smaller than usual.
2511 Broadway, nr. 93rd St.; 212-866-8077
Basic 100 percent wrinkle-resistant cotton khakis are no cheaper here than anywhere else—in fact, they’re slightly more, at $59.50. But they hold a crisp pressed edge and keep cuffs intact twice as long as equivalents from J.Crew or the Gap family, so in the long run you save money. Wait for the January and July sales, when they’re offered at a twofer price.
346 Madison Ave., at 44th St. 212-682-8800
The store’s private-label Sutton Studio line has women’s turtlenecks ranging from $129 to $149 at full price (around $69 on sale). You’ll get the best selection in June and July when the new crop hits the floor, but the best prices are now, during the post-holiday price slash.
1000 Third Ave., at 59th St.; 212-705-2000
MEN’S DESIGNER JEANS
The ever-changing inventory at this new resaler benefits from Williamsburg hipsters’ exchanging clothes for cash or store credit. A pair of men’s Original Penguin jeans could be hidden in the racks for $75 instead of $140; perfectly worn True Religions and Evisus were in stock at $70 to $100 (as much as a 70 percent savings) when we called, but don’t expect them to last till you read this. You can find labels like Japanese-style G-Star Raw Denim, organic Loomstate, and the ubiquitous Diesel for $30 to $60 (if you don’t mind last year’s wash). Abercrombie & Fitch goes as low as $15.
504 Driggs Ave., at N. 9th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-384-6901
The classic 501 (no fancy fashion washes or distressed treatments) is as low as $29, $15 less than at Levi’s retail stores.
428 Broadway, nr. Canal St.; 212-925-5190
A basic mink at department-store furriers will run about $4,000. It’s a little pricier at Alexandros, but the coat is made on the premises, to your specs, from top-quality American-ranch-raised female mink—for around $5,000, and that’s a bargain.
5 E. 59th St., at Fifth Ave.; 212-868-1043
It might not be chic, but it does have the best retail prices: You can get a certified two-carat round diamond of IJ color and I2 clarity for $9,999.99. While there are still deals to be found on 47th Street, prices are not always transparent, since most vendors willingly negotiate. One reliable source is the Diamond Co. (62 W. 47th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-819-0336; by appointment), an upstairs wholesaler without the overhead of a storefront. It has two-carat round diamonds of VS2 and SI1 clarity for about $18,000; half-carat stones of similar quality start at $1,000.
142 W. 34th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 646-473-0727
Ira Moskovitz Co.
Tucked away in the back of the building is one of New York’s best-kept secrets: Ira Moskovitz, a 40-year industry veteran with some of the prettiest and best-priced antique jewelry around. The bulk of his inventory sells from $1,000 to $6,000. One great bargain right now is an Edwardian diamond set in a white-gold filigree pendant for $1,100.
10 W. 47th St., at Fifth Ave., Ste. 16; 212-921-7759
This store fixes up vintage tickers in house and then sells them for less than anywhere else, whether you’re looking for a starter $450 pink-gold Elgin or a collection-crowning $125,000 platinum Patek Philippe minute-repeater. True watch fiends can’t overlook eBay, but Murreys woos in-the-flesh shoppers with expert wait staff and excellent guarantees.
1395 Third Ave., nr. 79th St.; 212-879-3690