"Shop the Best & Skip the Rest!" Discover New York boutiques that make SoHo and NoLita special. ZTrend's knowledgeable guides will lead you through SoHo and NoLIta to shop independent boutiques and artists on a 3 hour walking shopping day. If you are shopping for something that screams, "I got this in New York City!" a ZTrend Shopping day is for you! ZTrend Shopping unveils the better boutiques New York City has to offer. Our goal is to help you allocate your time in the city wisely, whether you are a New York native or first-time visitor. A shopping day trip is a wonderful way to become acquainted with the many city neighborhoods, and ZTrend's shopping experiences are great for those looking to sample the area's culture, while being memorable and unique.
All experiences focus on a select area of the city. Each participant receives a complementary detailed map and card holder to further explore the area independently. tour section on ZTrend.com for complete details on all our tours.
ZTrend has developed a series of intimate shopping tours allowing all participants to embrace the areas of New York City. A wonderful way to become acquainted with New York City.
You will experience a softer pace when walking down the city streets. Take in the neighborhood with an emphasis on discovering the charming city boutiques that make New York a special place. Embrace the city’s glamorous and unusual one-of-a-kind stores where shopkeepers thrive on sharing the art of their business. You will visit areas that are unique to New York, and shops that will awaken your curiosities.
I visited New York from Berkeley, California in the beginning of June to blog about vintage and consignment shops in the city. My blog is called Toni’s Vintage Trips and you can find it at tonisvintagetrips.blogspot.com. I had an agenda before I arrived, but the ZTrend vintage shopping tour was a delightful surprise. My sister and I met Suzanne at a very cute cupcake shop/café in SoHo and spent the first 45 minutes or so planning out our shopping adventure and getting to know each other over wonderful coffee and pastery. Then we headed through the teeming shopping district to our first stop, Allan & Suzi home of retro and modern fashion (237 Center St., New York, NY, www.allanandsuzi.net). Since it was morning and the store was just opening, we had a chance to chat with Allan who is a most interesting person. His store was large and full of vintage and modern clothing on the outrageous level, including a hand-painted wedding dress hanging from the ceiling.
After our visit to Allan & Suzi, we stopped by Amarcord Vintage Fashion (252 Lafayette St., between Price & Spring, New York, NY, amarcordvintagefashion.com). The sales rep behind the counter used to work at Labels in Walnut Creek, so I had a Bay Area connection with this store. Traveling down Prince Street, we stopped in at Ina (21 Prince St., New York, NY, www.inanyc.com), a small boutique with some beautiful designer clothes and shoes. It was too expensive for me, but I enjoyed photographing individual items. Next stop was Housing Works (130 Crosby St., New York, NY) a vintage clothes and thrift shop that had a little bit of everything, including furniture and books. Proceeds from this store go towards fighting HIV/AIDS and homelessness, so I felt good buying something here. I bought a beautiful vintage fur muff for only $15.
We also visited an amazing perfume shop and I am still enjoying mine (Acqua Di Colonia) as well as several other shops. One was up some stairs and very hidden from the street. If it hadn’t been for ZTrend, I never would have had noticed it or had such an intimate shopping experience in SoHo. I would definitely book another shopping tour with ZTrend and plan to have Suzanne take me to the East Village the next time I visit New York, which I hope is soon.