You came to shop; we can’t blame you. The Knickerbocker Hotel is conveniently located to give you access to some of the best shopping in the world—from Louis Vuitton, to Prada, to Saks. If you’re looking to branch out from your usual retail therapy rotation, check out one or more of these new-to-the-neighborhood spots.
L’Occitane en Provence
If you’ve been affected by the polar vortex, chances are, your skin needs a little TLC. Lucky for you, a new L’Occitane en Provence just moved into Midtown on 5th Avenue. Pick up all of your skincare essentials, and trust that Spring is on its way. L’Occitane en Provence: 555 5th Ave; 646-307-8788
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Iranian empress Farah Pahlavi are both said to have been frequent patrons of this high end, Italian fashion brand. The new Midtown location is just a block east of Central Park, on Madison Avenue. Bottega Veneta: 740 Madison Ave; 212-371-5511
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After famously shutting the doors of its flagship Fifth Avenue store in 2015, FAO Schwarz recently opened a 20,000-square-foot new shop at 30 Rock. Whether you have children or not, you’ll likely want to dance around the shop’s iconic floor keyboard, hit up the Build-A-Bear workshop, or check out the candy shop. Being a grown up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Enjoy feeling like a kid again. FAO Schwarz: 30 Rockefeller Plaza; 800-326-8638
Nordstrom Men’s Store
Seattle-based Nordstrom is hoping to have a big impact on New York, opening a huge new flagship for its women’s clothing in Midtown later this year. In advance of the women’s boutique, though, they’ve opened a similarly impressive men’s store on 57th. Expect a range of designers, including Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Comme des Garçons and Puma, in the sleek, multi-tiered store.