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Chelsea Girl - vintage loving one-of-a-kind gallery gal. Brunch please!
Designer Resale

Shop with ZTrend for new designer labels and top drawer designer resale hand-picked from the closets of the rich and famous. Visit boutiques specializing in high-end labels from runways, showrooms, overstock as well as gently pre-owned items. Expect prices to reflect 50% to 75% off original resale labels. When it comes to luxury staples such as Hermes and Chanel, discounts vary. Every shop offers women's clothing while only few stores offer men's: garments, purses, shoes, hats, belts and outerwear.

This shopping day is for you, if you are a pro when it comes to shopping for women's designer apparel and better brands, or perhaps just slightly curious about designer consignment shops. Keep in mind that while most garments have been previously worn, they are in excellent condition. If you love your designer labels you will love this shopping day! We visit bakeries for snacks and refreshments on the run. Expect a day of amazing finds while shopping during a three hour period.

Labels include: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga Blumarine, Bottega Veneta, Brunello Cucinelli Burberry, Chanel, Chloe, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Ermanno Scervino, Etro, Fendi, Gaultier, Gianni-Versace, Gucci, Hermes, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Manolo Blahnik, Missoni, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, YSL,and more!

This day is a high-end designer resale shopping day. While prices are not cheap, they are bargains when compared to designer retail prices.

This shopping day is available through private bookings only.

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NoLIta


NoLIta & SoHo Boutiques
People from all around make SoHo their weekend destination and so can you. Artists continue to sell their paintings on the streets, propped up against buildings along with local designers and craftsmen.

We will begin our day at a local cafe in the heart of NoLIta (North of Little Italy) where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a bite to eat or a morning beverage. Casually shop the boutiques through the neighborhood where the City's first Cathedral Church, St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, still stands. Visit up to a dozen upscale independent boutiques which will include, beauty, jewelry, shoes, purses, clothing, designer consignment boutiques (optional), accessories, gifts and novelty shops.

SoHo has become a prestigious neighborhood and popular tourist destination with many high-end boutiques and restaurants. The gentrification of this neighborhood has led to pricy retail rents creating an environment for chain stores to thrive. This influx of chain stores has made shopping artisanal boutiques in SoHo just that more of a challenge to find. Relax with ZTrend's guided shopping tour and avoid the stress of an unfamiliar area. ZTrend will optimize your day and allow you and your guests to explore the unique boutiques of SoHo. Come shop with us for a day of leisure and intrigue.

ZTrend's guided shopping days are for the sophisticated shopper interested in high-quality product from independent merchants, New York artists and designers, many who produced garments and one-of-a-kind items locally.

Shop quality - buy once and in the long run you will save more. When shopping independent merchants, you can count on better customer service, products with fantastic workmanship, and store owners you can trust. Get in touch with the things you have and learn about the people who are involved in their creation. Every person and material product has a compelling story waiting to be told.

Allow our guides to take you off the beaten path and bring you to some of New York's most wonderful boutiques that most people don't know about. No chain stores or mass-market retailers. This shopping day will cater to people who are looking to shop for artisanal items that are uncommon to big box stores.

- Must be 12 years of age or older.
- Maximum of 8 people on this tour.
- You are invited to meet your guide before the tour begins.
- Each shopper receives a complimentary map of NoLIta & SoHo.
- No lunch stop, but refreshments are accessible during the tour or at the cafe meeting location.
- 3 hours of guided shopping.

Make this a private SoHo & NoLIta shopping day with friends for as little as $250!

ZTrend is proud to present our SoHo & NoLIta shopping day on the first Friday of each month through Free Tours By Foot. To shop SoHo & NoLIta on all other Fridays please book with us here. Before booking one of ZTrend Shopping Days through Free Tours By Foot please read our booking guidelines. Free Tours By Foot offers a variety of tours on a "pay what you think it's worth" basis throughout eight U.S. cities as well as Canada, Berlin and London.

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Vintage & Thrift Shopping Day

Gramercy Thrift & Vintage
Shop a New Yorker's favorite thrift and vintage hot spots and score a fabulous find.

Join ZTrend as we hit the down-and-dirty second-hand clothiers in a 2 to 2 1/2 hour shopping day. We begin at 10:00 a.m. and break around 12:30 p.m.

This Thrift & Vintage shopping day is for the woman who has an eye for style, understands the value of thrifting, and doesn't rely on a label to tell her how to dress. She has a look of her own, enjoys vintage, and loves the thrill of the hunt. The majority of stores are true thrift shops as well as better consignment shops, charity shops and vintage boutiques.

Some stores showcase "pristine" vintage items carrying a higher price tag where clothing has been dry cleaned and ready to wear. Others may not be as tidy, but then again, the price will be a lower -- it's all about the kind of shopper you are.

Please take a moment to read our thrifting & vintage tips.

ZTrend is proud to present our Gramercy Thrift & Vintage Shopping Day every Wednesday and Thursday with Free Tours By Foot. Before booking one of ZTrend Shopping Days through Free Tours By Foot please read our booking guidelines. Free Tours By Foot offers a variety of tours on a "pay what you think it's worth" basis throughout eight U.S. cities as well as Canada, Berlin and London.

 

 

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Chelsea Thrift, Vintage & Antique

Chelsea, Vintage, Thrift & Antique Shopping Day

Get ready to explore the second-hand thrift and charity shops; vintage shops and antique shops as well as the last remaining outdoor antique market of New York's Chelsea district. Back in the 80s and 90s eight parking lots would transform into vintage-antique markets overnight, showcasing over 800 dealers from New York and neighboring states. Dealers would arrive by 4 a.m. to set up their space for the weekend crowd to browse their rare finds. While those days are long gone, Free Tours By Foot will reveal to you the remaining places for you to shop and browse for the unusual, the bizarre and the unique.

Let's make a deal! Today expect to visit a cornucopia of charity, vintage and consignment shops, as well as taking a trip through the last antique parking lot of the area where the remaining dealers still arrive in the early hours to sell their wares ($1 antique lot fee). Most shops offer vintage, antique items, clothing and shoes. Some offer similar contemporary items.

You will want to seek old things, and be a vintage/antique enthusiast to enjoy this tour. This shopping day is for the curious, looking for the obscure, the antique, as well as being in it for the browse.

Please take a moment to read our thrifting & vintage tips.

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Chelsea Girl - vintage loving one-of-a-kind gallery gal. Brunch please!
Chelsea

Chelsea Landmarks and History:Chelsea’s origins date back to 1750 and the neighborhood has seen a lot of change since its days as a family farm. Before WWI, Chelsea was the center of the motion picture industry and in the 1920’s and 1930’s, it was the City’s first theater district and fashionable shopping district. Today Chelsea is primarily residential and is known for boutique shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and nightclubs. Residential areas have tenements, apartment blocks, rehabilitated warehousing, and brick and brownstone townhouses.


On your own you may explore Chelsea’s past by visiting landmarks such as the Chelsea Historic District (20th to 22nd Street between 8th and 10th Avenues), where you will see beautiful architecture from the 1800’s. Don’t miss the Chelsea Hotel, bohemian landmark and former home of writers and artists such as William S. Burroughs and Bob Dylan – though now probably better known as the place where Sid killed Nancy.

Far West Chelsea Gallery Art Scene:
This is a wonderful area to plan a carefree day. Chelsea is the art capital of New York with more than 200 galleries. Galleries dot the Far West Chelsea streets from 21st through 27th Streets, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Some of the most famous include the Gagosian Gallery on West 24th, the Matthew Marks Gallery on West 22nd, and the Sonnabend on West 22nd. Consider visiting the Chelsea Art Museum for a small fee while strolling the galleries.

Recommended Restaurants:
Cookshop, American Traditional cuisine (same owners as "Five Points" and "1,000 Acres"), located among the West Chelsea galleries serving tasty plates daily. Another favorite is Trestle on Tenth, clean Swiss inspired nourishment with a quaint backyard patio offering a sweet view of 1800's architecture above the porch fence line. The perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing brunch or to recharge your battery while taking in the galleries. You may also want to venture to The Half King Restaurant for a draft beer and burger - a very casual pub with sidewalk and small backyard seating. Très chic, Comme des Garcon and Balenciaga, two distinct couture boutiques positioned among the galleries.

Places to visit in Chelsea include:

  • Theology Seminary
  • The High Line Park (an elevated rail line ~ now an elevated park)
  • Chelsea Piers
  • Far West Chelsea (Gallery area)
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • The Hotel Chelsea
  • Hudson River Park
  • Chelsea Market 1905 - 1912: Located between 9th and 10th Avenues, between 15th and 16th streets: Formally the NaBisCo (National Biscuit Company), which was originally comprised of several bakeries who later formed one company. In 1959 NaBisCo factories moved its bakeries to Fair Lawn, NJ where they reside today. The Chelsea Market completed renovations in 1997, broadcasting Oxygen Network and Food Network from the upper-floor studios. Today the old National Biscuit Company is home to many savory businesses that one can only appreciate by sampling. A must see for young people and families.

    Chelsea Market Favorites: Ninth Street Espresso brews up smooth joe with a second location in the East Village; Eleni's New York, designer cookies + cupcakes that taste better than they look, and they look spectacular!; Fat Witch Bakery, freshly baked chocolate brownies + blondies; Sarabeth’s Kitchen, fresh baked goods + tea + coffee + hot chocolate; Buddakan underground Asian fusion restaurant and lounge; Green Table Restaurant, snacks + meals + desserts; Lobster Place, freshly prepared seafoods + sushi for take out or fresh caught fish to prepare at home; Amy’s Bread, fresh baked bread + sandwiches. Zoom to Chelsea Market in a cab, or get there by subway: 1 or 9 Subway ~ exit at 23rd Street and 8th Avenue.

 

Chelsea Galleries: The majority of the Chelsea Galleries are located between 21st and 27th Streets, from 10th and 11th Avenues. This is a wonderful area to plan a carefree day. Consider visiting the Chelsea Art Museum for a small fee while strolling the galleries.

Recommended Restaurants: Cookshop, American Traditional cuisine (same owners as "Five Points" and "1,000 Acres"), located among the West Chelsea galleries serving tasty plates daily. Another favorite is Trestle on Tenth, clean Swiss inspired nourishment with a quaint backyard patio offering a sweet view of 1800's architecture above the porch fence line. The perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing brunch or to recharge your battery while taking in the galleries. You may also want to venture to The Half King Restaurant for a draft beer and burger - a very casual pub with sidewalk and small backyard seating. Très chic . . . Comme des Garcon and Balenciaga, two distinct couture boutiques positioned among the galleries.

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East Village Chick
East Village
Today the East Village continues to be packed with little surprises, a young person's neighborhood with its experimental music clubs, theaters and progressive fashion. Low-rise buildings on tree-lined streets are rich with small eateries and designer boutiques. The East Village is home to the first store of fashion designer, Eileen Fisher - 314 East 9th Street, and now serves as the clearance location offering bargains on samples starting at 20% off. To name a few other less known designer boutiques: Jewelry designer Greg Wolf and Lisa Lindhart; fashion designers such as Jill Anderson, Meg and An Ren.


In addition to fashion and art, the East Village neighborhood reputedly contains a most varied assortment of ethnic restaurants in New York City, from the surplus of Indian eateries on the south side of East 6th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, perfect for a bite to eat after a long day of shopping.


The East Village's performance and art scene has declined since its height in the 1970s and 1980s. It is still known for its diverse community, vibrant nightlife and artistic sensibility, although in recent decades gentrification has changed the complexion of the neighborhood. While small glimpses into the East Village's past can still be seen, the days of intellectuals walking the littered lined streets and colorful bazaar storefronts selling affordable merchandise are long gone. The continual increase of expensive rents in the East Village has made housing unattainable to the nonconformist creative types, who were the inspiration behind the scene giving the neighborhood it's esthetic edge.

Music Scene: Some of the music venues in the East Village include Bowery Ballroom; CBGBs (closed October 16, 2006); the Continental Divide; the Mercury Lounge; Rue B Lounge.

Places to visit in the East Village include:

  • St. Mark's Place: the street has long hosted alternative retailers that sell sunglasses and silver jewelry, appealing in recent years particularly to suburban teenagers. Today the street includes chain stores and eateries.
  • Public Theater: founded as The Shakespeare Workshop in 1954 by Joseph Papp operates in the building that was former home of the Astor Library opened in 1967 has been the opening venue for many now-famous plays with it's first production of the musical Hair.
  • Joe's Pub: a cabaret-style setting used for new work, musical performances, spoken-word artists and soloists.
  • McSorley's Old Ale House: a saloon that appears unchanged since it first opened in 1854.

History: At one time the neighborhood of the East Village was considered the northern part of the Lower East Side (LES). In the 1960s the neighborhood began to develop its own culture and became known as "The East Village". The East Village includes the neighborhoods of Alphabet City and The Bowery.


Scores of artists and hippies began to move into the area, attracted by the base of Beatniks that had lived there since the 1950s. It has been the site of counterculture, protests and riots.


Over the last 100 years, the East Village/Lower East Side neighborhood has been considered one of the strongest contributors to American arts and culture in New York. The neighborhood is known as the birthplace and historical home of many artistic movements, including punk rock and the Nuyorican literary movement. A charming New York destination with a restless past.

 

ZTrend is proud to present our East Village Thrift & Vintage Shopping Day through Free Tours By Foot. Before booking one of ZTrend Shopping Days through Free Tours By Foot please read our booking guidelines. Free Tours By Foot offers a variety of tours on a "pay what you think it's worth" basis throughout eight U.S. cities as well as Canada, Berlin and London.

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Flatiron Fantisy Girl
Flatiron District
The Flatiron District adjoins the New York Life Building (site of the original Madison Square Garden) and of course the famous Ladies' Mile. This is where over 100 years ago a decent woman of class would be allowed to freely browse the shops without the usual chaperone - walking arm and arm with a lady friend along Fifth Avenue without fear of gossip by other ladies. Back in the days when high culture was valued and historically the greatest earning gap existed between the rich and the poor, the Ladies' Mile was the premier stretch of Manhattan for a lady wanting to shop and to be seen.
Today we find a superbly manicured Madison Square Park where people read the morning paper on park benches or bask in the sun's afternoon rays on the green lawn. The city has created a boulevard atmosphere along Broadway, decorated with seating and umbrella tables. Here you can relax and chat, or enjoy an afternoon lunch while gazing at the beautifully restored Flatiron building.
Many hidden gems await shoppers in this area. The modern Flatiron has numerous quality restaurants; a couple of bakeries; Breecher's Cheese Shop; interior decorating shops( many to-the-trade only); various retail chains, and of course those lovely one-of-a-kind boutiques are scattered throughout the district. When shopping with ZTrend, you will discover these beautiful boutiques offering unique merchandise you would not have discovered on your own.

Places to visit in the Flatiron District include:

  • Birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt
  • Metropolitan Life Tower
  • New York Supreme Court (Beaux-Arts architecture)
  • The very first Western Union building
  • The First Lord & Taylor Shop
  • New York's stunning Flatiron Building
  • New York Life Building

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She is an edgy kind of women and won't take no for an answer.
Lower East Side (LES)
The Lower East Side is the farthest east of all the New York City's shopping areas and continues to be observed as an edgy neighborhood that has undergone the least amount of gentrification, next to the East Village. While gentrification has its upsides it also has a tendency to remove the history and strip the character from a neighborhood. For many years people have looked toward the "new" as better, quick to say bye-bye to the "old" and discard past beauty.


Due to the "Green" movement and high living costs sweeping the nation, people are rediscovering a new respect for the past - repurposing the "old" into "chic". While this conservative thinking has always been a life-style among artists, it is a new way of thinking for corporate retailers who want to compete with the latest trends of these appealing boutiques.


With new business constantly opening on the LES, it is without exception one of the most refreshing neighborhoods to visit. The neighborhood streets buzz with long-time residents and energetic youth; tucked away upcoming fashion designers and tiny eating nooks. New York City neighborhoods are peppered with some of New York's finest boutiques. Because these darling boutiques are not easily found, there is no better investment of your time than to join ZTrend on a guided shopping experience where we highlight to you the better boutique shopping of Manhattan.


Before you waste your limited time wandering aimlessly down streets, plan your day the ZTrend way and receive four to five hours of pure shopping pleasure you will never forget.

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Money is no object and she knows how to spend it.
Meatpacking
The Meatpacking district, also know to some as MePa (pronounced Mee - paw), is rich in history dating prior to when ships would dock, and rail would continue the transportation of cattle and grain over the West Side Highway, traveling directly through the warehouses to unload.


Today's Meatpacking district is a fashionable microcosm of exclusive prevailing designers serving the ultra luxurious consumer. Designers rise like cream among the still existing meatpacking industry that lingers today where it is not uncommon to catch a whiff of slaughter while walking in the back alleys. For some it is a refreshing sign that one of Manhattan's nitty-gritty neighborhoods has escaped the death of gentrification, in a city once craved as a destination by misfits who so badly wanted to belong.


In vogue with its rustic streets paved in historical granite cobblestone, the Meatpacking district to most is an indescribably charming scene. It is the perfect place for a photo shoot or to lunch at one of the many sidewalk cafes.


Experience top fashion designer boutiques such as Yigal Azrouel, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Diane von Furstenberg, Tina Turk, Charles Nolan and Christian Louboutin, to name just a few.

Spas and activities: Our West Side Highway has been transformed. Enjoy the Hudson River Park like never before, an oasis for picnicking, sunbathing, biking, rollerblading or a breezy stroll by the water. This and the High-Line is a definite must see for everyone who loves a view. If you’re up for a real adventure rent a bike for day at Chelsea's Zen Bikes and take a ride down the Hudson River Park to Battery Park for a picturesque view of the Statue of Liberty. Purchase a spa treatment for $75 or greater at the Chelsea Piers Spa and enjoy a day pass to sunbathe, swim and experience classes and sports activities at no extra charge. View a full spa menu purchase spa certificates online Chelsea Piers.Com. Located at Pier 60 at 23rd street. Take the elevators up to the sports center.

Chelsea Market 1905 - 1912: Located between 9th and 10th Avenues, bet 15th and 16th streets: Formally the NaBisCo (National Biscuit Company), which was originally comprised of several bakeries who later formed one company. In 1959 NaBisCo factories moved its bakeries to Fair Lawn, NJ where they reside today. The Chelsea Market completed renovations in 1997, broadcasting Oxygen Network and Food Network from the upper-floor studios. Today the old National Biscuit Company is home to many savory businesses that one can only appreciate by sampling. A must see for young people and families.

Chelsea Market Favorites: Ninth Street Espresso brews up smooth joe with a second location in the East Village; Eleni's New York, designer cookies + cupcakes that taste better than they look, and they look spectacular!; Fat Witch Bakery, freshly baked chocolate brownies + blondies; Sarabeth’s Kitchen, fresh baked goods + tea + coffee + hot chocolate; Buddakan underground Asian fusion restaurant and lounge; Green Table Restaurant, snacks + meals + desserts; Lobster Place, freshly prepared seafoods + sushi for take out or fresh caught fish to prepare at home; Amy’s Bread, fresh baked bread + sandwiches. Zoom to Chelsea Market in a cab, or get there by subway: 1 or 9 Subway ~ exit at 23rd Street and 8th Avenue.

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She will try anything once.
NoLIta
Home to many attractive boutiques and stylish bistros, NoLIta's modest neighborhood is the perfect area to spend a day strolling the cobblestone streets, weaving in and out of the inviting manicured boutiques. An assortment of cutting-edge boutiques are concentrated in the small area of NoLIta providing uninterrupted shopping experience unparalleled to any other area in Manhattan.

History: The neighborhood was long regarded as part of Little Italy. The area, however, lost much of its recognizable Italian character in recent decades because of the migration of Italian-Americans out of Manhattan.

In the late 1990s, the neighborhood saw an influx of yuppies and an explosion of expensive retail boutiques, appealing restaurants and bars. After unsuccessful attempts to pitch the neighborhood as part of SoHo, real estate promoters came up with NoLIta (North of Little Itay) for the fresh upscale neighborhood.

Places to visit in NoLIta include: The Puck Building; Old St. Patrick's Old Cathedral built in 1815; New Museum of Contemporary Art, exhibits new work by American and international artists; White House Hotel: four-story red-brick building at 338 Bowery, between East 2nd and East 3rd Streets (old "Skid Row") - one of the last remaining flophouse on The Bowery in NoHo's historic district; Cafe'tal Social Club - the last remaining Italian social club for GI's to gather after the war.

 

ZTrend is proud to present our NoLIta Boutique Shopping Day the first Saturday of each month through Free Tours By Foot. Before booking one of ZTrend Shopping Days through Free Tours By Foot please read our booking guidelines. Free Tours By Foot offers a variety of tours on a "pay what you think it's worth" basis throughout eight U.S. cities as well as Canada, Berlin and London.

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Fashion Savy - she knows a good thing when she sees it
SoHo
SoHo derives its name from its location, South of Houston Street, once known as the Cast Iron District because of its large industrial buildings and cast-iron architecture. The area became an artists colony for its unique architecture and large spaces within the buildings.
SoHo is the area in New York City where most visitors think to shop the small boutiques. Once known for its cheep spacial living lofts it was one of the first neighborhoods to be dramatically transformed in the 1970s into a trendy shopping area where boutique fronts occupied the gorgeous buildings in the famous cast iron section of New York City.


Today due to the economy manageable rents are a thing of the past — SoHo has become home to many chain stores found globally making it more difficult for shoppers to find the small trendy boutiques. ZTrend will guide you and your friends to the remaining wonderful small business today.


History of SoHo: Approximately 250 cast iron buildings were constructed during the period from 1840 to 1880. The majority of these buildings are in SoHo. Cast iron was initially used as a decorative front over a pre-existing building. With the addition of modern, decorative facades, older industrial buildings were able to attract new commercial clients. In addition to revitalizing older structures, buildings in SoHo were later designed to feature the cast iron.

Places to visit in NoHo include: The Bayard-Condict Building, the first terracotta building designed by Louis Sullivan -- 65 Bleecker Street, between Broadway and Lafayette Street.

Places to visit in SoHo include: E.V. Haughwout Building (pronounced "HOW-out" ), a five-story cast-iron facade commercial loft building in the SoHo section of New York City, at 490 Broadway, NE corner of Broome Street built in 1857. Architecturally inspired by the Sansovino Library in Venice and featured the first safe manual operated passenger elevator, by Otis that continues to be operated manually today.

The Singer Loft Building -- 561 Broadway;

109 Prince Street
-- Built in 1882 by architectural iron works, Cheney and Hewlett. Designed in the French Renaissance style by J. Morgan Slade it remains of the most striking gems of the 19th century cast iron architecture in history.

The Little Singer Building (561-563 Broadway and 88 Prince Street), once a showroom for the Singer Manufacturing Company. Referenced as "little" because a much larger Singer Building (tallest building in the world from 1908 to 1909) was built a few years later. The big Singer was torn down in 1968 to raise One Liberty Plaza.

 

 
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About ZTrend Tours

Why Shop with ZTrend?
New York City has the most amazing shopping and because our fashionable shopping advisors love to shop and show off beautiful New York boutiques, there is no comparison to the shopping experiences ZTrend provides. Our prices are affordable, our routes are extensive and exciting. Everyone receives a full color map and card holder to collect cards from boutiques to revisit once your day of shopping has adjourned.

Be Smart with Your Time: "Plan Your Day the ZTrend Way" and receive a memorable, three to four hours of pure shopping pleasure. If you have a group to host, you will want to learn about our private and custom Shopping Experiences. Perfect entertainment for women's groups, bridal events, sweet 16 parties, and more.

At ZTrend we like to think of boutiques as living entities sprinkled about this wonderful city. Some businesses open and close so quickly, leaving little trace of their existence. Depending upon unattended blogs and stale web sites can leave you high-and-dry when traveling out-of-the-way to a boutique to discover it has closed. With ZTrend you can rest assured knowing that our boutique listings are freshly picked - never leaving you disappointed with an expired venue.

New York City is forever changing and is full of proprietors who love what they do, allow us to introduce these special stores to you. Our Shopping Experiences are designed by a New Yorker for New Yorkers and visitors alike who are interested in shopping better boutiques and experiencing areas of New York they otherwise would not have found on their own. ZTrend's Shopping Experiences are a great opportunity to explore a neighborhood, especially for those who are considering moving to Manhattan.

Our Guided Experiences are about taking in the local surroundings 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. Experience New York City at a relaxing pace known by people who live here.

Shopping Venues: Shopping Venues: gift shops, specialty shops, women's apparel and accessories, jewelry, novelty, one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, body care, cultural shops, chocolate shops, home accessories, and more.

Optional Venues: Children's clothing, lingerie, vintage clothing, milliners, men's apparel (upscale and casual), high-end second-hand stores, sample sales, consignment shops, and pet boutiques.

While we may have time to visit more than ten boutiques on a 3 to 4 hour shopping day, more than 50 boutiques in each area are showcased on our shopping days, including great places to relax and eat once your day of shopping has concluded. ZTrend has highlighted rooftop bars, trendy lounges and relaxing cafes to dine in after a full day of shopping.

 

About ZTrend's Founder

Who is ZTrend?
Personal shopper extraordinaire and founder of ZTrend.com: a boutique shopping guide highlighting better high-end independent boutiques. ZTrend's founder has an extreme knowledge of downtown Manhattan, specializing in SoHo, NoLITa, LES, and both the East and the West Villages. At ZTrend we provide a unique blending experience working with designer labels, local artisans and independent boutiques, many who produced garments and one-of-a-kind items locally. In addition to her personal shopping services, she offers guided walking shopping experiences (private, custom or group), and custom designed self-guided shopping maps for those who want to take their time and shop at their own pace.

ZTrend Shopping Tour Menu
New York City Shopping Tours


$75 per person (Only $35 when booking with concierge code: save40)
When purchasing an individual ticket you can expect to join a group of shoppers (limited to 8 shoppers).

 

ZTrend Private Shopping Tours
Arrange a “private” shopping day and invite your friends.
ZTrend will guarantee that you and your guests will be the only shoppers in the group!
1 to 5 shoppers: $250.
A $25 fee will apply for each additional shopper over 5.
Contact ZTrend to arrange a private day.
Request a private driver: add $275 (includes up to 6 persons)

 

ZTrend Shopping Tour Itinerary
12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. meet & mingle at a local cafe 30 minutes prior to start time (optional)
When shopping SoHo & NoLIta, each shopper will receive a complimentary map of SoHo & NoLIta along with a card holder to organize boutique business cards collected throughout the day. We will even dot your map, making it simple for you to located a favorite boutique to revisit at a later time.

Start times may vary. Please refer to the details of the shopping day you have requested.

SoHo New York Shopping Tours


Custom Shopping Tours
We will customize a guided shopping experience just for your group
with an itinerary tailored to your groups desires.
Select the shopping hours; duration; boutique venues and places you would like to eat.
30 day advance notice | Contact ZTrend for pricing.

Custom Self-Guided Shopping Day
$49 per Itinerary (introductory offer)
Designed for the beauty on a budget. Tell us about your shopping interests
and we will design a 3 to 4 hour shopping map just for you.
This is perfect for those who don't want to shop in a group
or spend the money on a personal guided shopping experience,
but they still want to have access to ZTrend's insider information
while shopping with their friends at their own pace.
7 to 14 day advance notice | More Information

 

ZTrend's New York City Shopping Tours

 

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Individual Tickets: Shop with a group

Cost: $75 per person (Only $35 when using concierge code: save40)

Duration: 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Itinerary Start Time and Meeting Times:
This is a guided "walking" shopping day. Be prepared to walk. You will receive your meeting location once you confirm your attendance. Please be sure to provide ZTrend with your correct contact information (email and telephone when possible).

Meet Your Shopping Advisor: Meet your shopping advisor and mingle at a local New York cafe, 30 minutes before start time. (optional)

Start Time
will vary depending upon the venue you have selected (11 a.m. or noon).

Travel: You will be expected to travel to the meeting location to meet your shopping advisor. Your method of travel will be up to you. Yellow cabs are everywhere, however, subway is the fastest and least expensive way to get around New York City.

Group Size: When purchasing an individual ticket you can expect to join a group of shoppers. Groups are limited between 8 and 15 shoppers.

Age: 12+ | Language: English

Learn More: For more information, please read our "FAQs", "Fine Print" and "About" sections.

Contact: Please reserve online or by calling 1 (646) 267 1228.

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Private & Custom Shopping Groups

Private Shopping Day: In lieu of our custom shopping days, you may privatize any of our set shopping days. We can guarantee that your party is private - no other shoppers in your party. Please call for pricing.

Request a Private Driver: Groups are limited to 6 persons when booking a shopping day with private driver. Not only will you be able to shop more stores, you will be able to shop different areas of the city as well, and your packages will be safely kept in the car while you shop.

Custom Shopping Day (7 to 30 day advance notice required)
Cost: Please call for pricing.
Food and travel is not included | additional arranged costs are to be paid in advance by the groups coordinator.

Estimated Duration: 3 to 4 hours. Hours may be reduced or increased. Additional time may be included depending upon group dining arrangements. Start times are at your request.

Dates: custom shopping days are offered Tuesdays through Sunday; holidays may be arranged. However, if planning to shop we discourage Sundays and Mondays - shops open later in the day on Sundays, and many boutiques are closed on Mondays.

Plan Ahead: Depending upon the group size we advise 30 days advance arrangement for groups larger than 12 shoppers| groups up to 12 guests may be arranged in a few as 7 days depending upon details. The more advance planning, the greater your options. All Private Shopping Experiences are required to be booked a minimum of 7 days in advance. Start times are at your request. Please contact ZTrend for pricing.

Note: All shopping days are given in English, unless otherwise requested at the time of booking. Pricing is subject to change.

Brunch | Breakfast | Dinner: Arrangements may be made to meet your shopping advisor before the start time for breakfast or brunch. A plan for an afternoon snack or dinner may also be arranged. While we are happy to assist your group in locating a restaurant or cafe, food is not included in our Shopping Experiences and will be paid by the customer.

Shopping Venues for Custom Shopping Days: ZTrend will go over details with the group organizer about the shopping venues and to design a personalized itinerary.

Personal Attention: Whether you are spending the day with a group of co-workers, friends, or treating your significant other to a day in the City, ZTrend offers exciting custom "insider" itineraries for a perfect cosmopolitan experience. Each experience comes complete with a business card holder and custom map designed especially for you!

Travel Arrangements: When arranging a custom shopping day, your shopping advisor will be happy to meet you at your hotel to begin your day!

Group Size: 1 to 10 persons. For groups larger than 10 guests, a split day of shopping can be arranged where groups will come together to dine. All itineraries are customized to perfection.

Age: 12+ | Language: While shopping days are given in English, a translator may be arranged when booking your event.

Contact: Please contact ZTrend to arrange a meeting to discuss your group's desires by calling 1 (646) 267 1228 or use our online contact form.

Private Shopping Experience dates and hours are to be arranged between the groups host and ZTrend. Breakfast or brunch location for your guests may be chosen from a suggested selection of many wonderful New York restaurants. While we are happy to assist your group in locating a restaurant or cafe, food is not included in our Shopping Experiences and will be paid by the customer. To specify a date, time and a shopping venue, please contact ZTrend via our online contact form or call 1 (646) 267 1228 to arrange itinerary details. All Shopping Experiences are to be purchased in advance without exception.

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Self-Guided Shopping Day

Plan your day the ZTrend way! Tell ZTrend about your SoHo shopping interests and we will design a shopping day just for you! This is perfect for those who don't want to shop with a group of others, or spend their money on one of our private guided shopping experiences, but still want to have access to ZTrend's insider information while shopping with friends at their own pace.

Self-Guided Shopping Day (3 to 5 day advance notice required)

Cost: $49 per itinerary (introductory price)

Brunch | Breakfast | Dinner? At your request, ZTrend will include suggestions for breakfast, places to stop for a sweet treat, afternoon snack, lunch or dinner options. While we are happy to assist your group in locating a restaurant or cafe, reservations are not included in our self-guided shopping experiences and are to be arranged by the customer.

Venues: Shopping Venues: gift shops, specialty shops, women's apparel and accessories, jewelry, novelty, one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, body care, cultural shops, chocolate shops, home accessories, children's clothing, lingerie, vintage clothing, milliners, men's apparel (upscale and casual), high-end second-hand stores, sample sales, consignment shops, and pet boutiques.

Personal Attention: Whether you are spending the day with a group of co-workers, friends, or treating your significant other to a day in the City, ZTrend offers exciting custom "insider" itineraries for a perfect cosmopolitan experience. The more we know about your expectations the more personalized your day will be.

Subway Travel: When arranging a self-guided shopping day, ZTrend will provide you with the nearest Subway station to start your shopping day.

Language: Our Self-Guided Shopping Itineraries are created in English.

Initial Contact: Please contact ZTrend to arrange a meeting to discuss your shopping desires by using our online contact form.

Defining Your Itinerary:
To assist you with your shopping expectations, once you have purchased your self-guided shopping experience you will receive an email from ZTrend requesting to arrange a 15 minute phone call. Once we identify your interests are ZTrend will design a custom mapped listing just for you. To make sure we are right on point, ZTrend will arrange a second 15 minute follow-up phone call with you before releasing the final version.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is MePa (Mee Pah)? Originally called the Gansevoort Market, today known as the Meat Packing District, and was the center of New York City's meat packing industry. In the late 90's, this area had been transformed into one of the city's chic hot spots for today's trendsetters. A display of upscale couture clothing stores unlike any other area in the city. Rustic cobblestone streets and trendy cafes where the young and free-spirited strike a pose. New York Magazine called the Meat Packing district "New York's most fashionable neighborhood". Today, the High-Line Park is the latest attraction. Over one mile of railroad has been transformed into an elevated urban park.

With ZTrend you get what you pay for. We have an eye for beauty and have taken the time to research the city for you. We have also found that it is impossible to shop the upscale stores within a two-hour period as most suggest that you do. We want you to enjoy yourself and experience the neighborhood the way a denizen of New York would. Because we care about your experience, ZTrend also provides additional literature that our competitors do not provide. We have taken great care to hand-pick a top quality boutiques just for you.

How much time will I spend shopping? ZTrend Shopping Experiences are designed to show off the better boutiques for your venue in the selected area. Our day trips will familiarize you with the neighborhoods and the latest shopping the areas have to offer. Most of the day is spent shopping and soaking in the New York culture. Since you will be going to choice places, you will be given a comprehensive map and card holder to organize business cards from your favorite boutiques, to revisit at a later time once your day trip ends.

What is the latest I may book a ticket?

  • Shopping days are to be arranged in advance.
    Last minute bookings: Individual guests may book tickets up to one hour prior to start time by calling (646) 267-1228 and confirming availability..
  • All private experiences are required to be booked a minimum of 7 days in advance.
  • Custom start times are at the request of the requesting hostess.
  • A $25 set base fee for each additional guest will apply for custom and private shopping experiences greater than 5 participants. Please consult with ZTrend.

Are there additional hidden fees? No hidden fees on our end. The price we quote is the price you pay.

Is transportation included? No, this is a guided walking shopping day, so there is no transportation provided. You will be required to set up your own transportation to meet your shopping advisor. This shopping day requires a significant amount of walking, so please dress appropriately in comfortable clothing.

What stores will we be shopping in? We will visit 15 + boutiques which will include gift shops, shoes, purses, dress shops, clothing and accessories. Shops will vary in price range. Your experience will be determined by your shopping advisor. If you have particular interests, it may be advantageous to make it a party and book a private shopping day for as little as $250 (includes up to 5 shoppers)..

Will we stop and rest along the way? You are welcome to stop in a deli or cafe for a refreshment to go. Expect an active afternoon!

May I take pictures of the stores interiors? Photographing outside the shop is permitted. No interior photographs are to be taken during the shopping day without requesting permission from the shop owner.

GRATUITY:
Should I tip my guide?
It is customary to tip your guide at the end of the shopping day. Tips are a nice gesture to show your appreciated to your guide, however it is not required.

If there are two shopping advisors, should I tip both of them? No. When being accompanied by two advisors, you may assume that they are together. Therefore, they are sharing their tips as well.

How many people will be coming along? As a graceful gesture to the stores on our shopping experiences, a maximum of * 8 shoppers will be in the group. Small groups ensure a personalized quality experience. *complimentary weekly events and private or customized Shopping Days may include more than 8 persons.

What if I want to bring my child? Sorry, absolutely no children are allowed. ZTrend shopping experiences are designed for adults and are unsuitable for children under 12 years of age.

May I bring my little dog? Unfortunately no animals are allowed on ZTrend's shopping experiences. While many boutiques in New York City are pet friendly, restaurants and other venues do not allow animals due to health laws.

I am considering meeting my guide for breakfast. How expensive is the meal? We select meeting places that are interesting and easy on the wallet.

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About ZTrend Tours

Itinerary, Start Time and Meeting Times:
You will receive your meeting location once you book your shopping Day. Please be sure to provide ZTrend with the correct contact information (email and telephone when possible.)

Age: 12+

Launguage: English.
While English is the primary language, for Custom and Private Shopping Experiences, an alternate languages may be requested in advance. We will do our very best to accomodate your request.

Be Comfortable: Please wear appropriate walking shoes and bring whatever will keep you comfortable for the day. Carry some cash ~ most stores accept major credit cards but there may be exceptions with some delicatessens, restaurants, and refreshment spots.

Availability: Day trips are available Tuesday through Sunday; holidays on special request ~ please inquire. Custom private day trips are available with proper advance notice. Individual guests may be reserved up to 1 hour prior to the start time. Call for availability.

Brunch or Breakfast: You are invited to join your shopping advisor one hour before your start time for breakfast or brunch. *Brunch; breakfast and refreshments is a la carte and are not included in the price.

Purchase: Reserve online or You may email your reservation to us through our online contact form and include the following information below: Please be sure to provide at least one way for us to contact you - we will confrirm your shopping day the day prior to your reserved date.

CONCIERGE CODE: (if available)
NAME:
PHONE:
CONTACT EMAIL:
NUMBER OF PEOPLE:
DAY AND DATE OF DESIRED SHOPPING:

Payments Accepted: We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express and cash payments. You may reserve online by using our "Buy It Now" link. You may book up to 2 hours prior to start time: Individual tickets will be accepted when telephoning to confirm availability - credit cards and cash will be accepted prior to the "shopping day" start time.

We ask that all ticket holders provide us with a valid email and telephone number when reserving their shopping day. Reserved customers will be contacted the day before the shopping tour to confirm ticket holder's attendance. Please be courteous and respond in advance, by confirming or canceling your shopping day.

Cancellations and No-shows:
Guided shopping days are given rain or shine.

Individual Ticket Reservations : A $25 fee will be kept from the advance payment for each ticket (shopper) reserved.

Custom and Private Shopping Experiences:
Because we have taken the time to plan your day and have reserved the calendar day just for you, $250 from the deposit/payment is non-refundable.

Promotional and Special Offers: ZTrend promotional and special offers may not be combined with any other ZTrend offer or promotion.

Refunds and Credits: All refunds and credits will be applied in the same manner they were originally paid.


*All private and custom dates must be arranged in advance; Translators for "custom" shopping days may be arranged; It is best to purchase our shopping experiences in advance as they do sell out. 1 (646) 267-1228

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How to reserve: You may reserve one of our set shopping days by:

1) ONLINE BOOKING - Book an online reservation using our "Buy it Now" and entering your concierge code when paying with a credit card.

2) CONTACT FORM - You may email your reservation to us through our online contact form and include the following information below: Please be sure to provide at least one way for us to contact you - we will confrirm your shopping day the day prior to your reserved date.

CONCIERGE or PROMOTIONAL CODE:
NAME:
PHONE:
CONTACT EMAIL:
NUMBER OF PEOPLE:
DAY AND DATE OF DESIRED SHOPPING:

Confirmation: Once we receive your request you will receive an email confirmation from us.

Payment for emailed reservations: Please pay in advance online through our website: reserve here. We ask that you show up at the cafe 30 minutes prior to handle transactions. We accept all major credit cards and cash - sorry, no personal checks or travelers checks.

Payments Accepted: We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express and cash payments. You may reserve online by using our "Buy It Now" link to on or call with your credit card. You may book up to 2 hours prior to start time: Individual tickets will be accepted when telephoning to confirm availability - credit cards and cash will be accepted prior to the start time.

Meeting location: The time and meeting location is on our online reservation page. In addition we will email you a confirmation the day prior to you shopping day.

Concierge code conditions: You may use one concierge code toward each full priced ticket. This is not valid when purchasing one of our $49.00 self-guided shopping day. This offer may not be combind with any other ZTrend offers or specials.

Groupon Ticket holders: We ask that individual Groupon ticket holders provide a valid email and telephone number (where they may be reached) when reserving their shopping day either through out online contact form or calling us. Using our online contact form is the fastest way to reach us when wanting to reserve a shopping spot. Groupon customers will be contacted the day before the shopping tour to confirm ticket holder's attendance. Please be curtious and respond to our confirmation email, by confirming or canceling your shopping day.

*Please read the fine print.
*All private and custom dates must be arranged in advance.
*Translators for "custom" shopping days may be arranged.
*It is best to purchase our shopping experiences in advance as they do sell out. 1 (646) 267-1228

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