Best Fashion Shopping for 2014

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To shop or not to shop.  This is the question of the day.  Actually, this is the question for "every day".  If you woke up this morning wondering, "should I do some shopping today?".  The obvious correct answer is yes.  As with every other day of the week, now is a perfect time to shop.  The real question is not, "when" should we shop for clothing?  The question should be, "where will we shop?".

Loro Piana Triangular Shawl - Flamenco Duo Loro Piana

Flamenco Duo - Baby Cashmere Double Jersey & Lynx Cat

Triangular shawl in two-tone baby cashmere jersey with different sides in complementary nuances.  Embellished with a cat lynx fur collar and hand-knotted plongé leather fringing.  The perfect day to evening accessory which compliments both casual daytime looks and more elegant outfits for formal and evening events.
Prada Saffiano Leather Wallet with Print
Prada

Saffiano leather wallet with print.  The exquisite piece of art from Prada has ten credit card slots and one coin compartment with a zipper and two bill compartments.  The wallet also has four document pockets and a snap closure.  The length is 18.7 and height is 9 cm.  Gold-plated hardware.  Metal lettering Prada logo.

Celine Sunglasses Summer 2014 Céline

Mask sunglasses in acetate mirror green for summer 2014 and beyond.

Ref # 41075CPLB.30GM
Pucci Classic Gold Chain Belt Emilio Pucci

A Pucci classic: gold chain belt, threaded through with printed turquoise fabric and tipped in a long silk tassel. 41GC62-41480-004

Made in Italy
Metal, Textile fibers
Width:  42.9  Inches

This belt is once size fits all.  We suggest you visit the store to try it on for size.

This luxurious accessory was available in a few color options.
Marcello De Cartier Satchel Bag 2014
REF: L1001531
Cartier

Marcello de Cartier Satchel Bag

Red calfskin and red suede sheepskin

This satchel bag was inspired by the timeless shape of a school bag yet features a chic twist. It has deliberately asymmetrical lines and is made of the finest materials, the signature of the Marcello de Cartier line. Asserting unique style, it boasts feminine, surprising and contemporary allure with a subtle retro feel.

Satchel bag with a red calfskin body and red suede sheepskin sides. Non-removable 78 cm shoulder strap. Marcello corners, perforated logo on the reverse side of the flap. Palladium-plated "clou de Paris" clasp and palladium-finish double C logo charm. Large back zipped pocket. 

Ready to visit the stores.

Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales – Although they are two different companies, we have selected both Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales to top off our guide because these two fine retailers provide luxury as well as accessibility.  In the world of online purchases, we are accustomed to ordering clothes via a computer or mobile device.  However, there is something to be said for being able to walk into a store so that you can soak in the experience.  As of January 2014, these stores have a nice combined total of locations.   In regard to Bloomies, they have 37 Bloomingdale's stores and 13 Bloomingdale's, The Outlet Stores in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, California, and Texas. In addition, Bloomingdale's has an international presence with a location in Dubai.  Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment and the Online segment. The Specialty Retail Stores segment consists primarily of Neiman Marcus, Last Call and Bergdorf Goodman stores. The Online segment conducts direct to consumer operations under the Neiman Marcus, Horchow, Last Call and Bergdorf Goodman brand names.  The Neiman Marcus Group is comprised of the Specialty Retail Stores segment - which includes Neiman Marcus, Last Call and Bergdorf Goodman stores - and the Online segment. The Company operates 41 Neiman Marcus Stores across the United States and two Bergdorf Goodman stores in Manhattan. The Company also operates thirty six Last Call clearance centers.  When combining the luxurious feel of these two companies, shoppers have the opportunity to enjoy a consistently pleasurable experience from multiple locations.

Etsy - if you are not already familiar with this site, it is a place to find unique goods from the artistically inclined.  You know how sometimes you get tired of seeing the same old brands in department stores.  Etsy seems to have a nice and continuous flow of product.  Much of which comes from small scale designers and crafters.  This helps remove that mass production sort of feel when shopping.  On their site you can get to know shops and items by using reviews from their community. If you select designers wisely, you can buy from creative people who care about quality and craftsmanship.  If you have not already done so, we suggest you browse what they have to offer.

Nordstrom , Macy's, and Dillard's – three separate companies, but in regard to department stores, these three will have you covered.  If you are looking for middle market fashion you will find that these guys have a large selection of apparel for your consumption.

Kohl's - is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl's operates 1,158 stores in 49 states.

Google Shopping and Amazon – truth be told we are not thrilled about adding Google Shopping nor Amazon to our list.  It is not that we dislike their services or hold anything against these company.  Our hesitation is in regard to the fact that they are such behemoths and are already awarded so much credit in other areas.  We would prefer to select a smaller entity that specializes in fashion night and day.  With that said, the fact of the matter is that Google and Amazon provide a fantastic shopping experience.  We would be remiss if we left either of them off the best of 2014 list.  It is also important to note that Amazon owns Zappos.com, and 6pm.com, Fabric.com, and ShopBop.  Google previously attempted to take a more specific stab at fashion with their Boutiques.com website which they closed down and now point directly to the Google Shopping service.  It is important to point out that Google is more of a shopping service and Amazon is more of an actual retailer.  Amazon provides "services", but they also own and sell actual apparel, shoes, beauty products, and accessories.

Top Fashion Shopping Destinations

Top 25 New York Boutiques (from New York Magazine)

Famous world class brands with retail boutiques:

Prada
Roberto Cavalli
Dolce & Gabbana
Loro Piana
Christian Dior
Luisa Spagnoli
Gucci
Bulgari
Armani
Emilio Pucci
Céline

What is your favorite shopping destination?  It is OK, if you shop online retailers from your couch on a mobile device.  We would also love to learn about your shopping adventures on the trendy streets of Milan, Paris, Florence, New York, etc.

Please share your thoughts regarding the product, brands, and stores we have listed above or let us know other suggestions regarding companies that could have been added to this page. 
 
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It is difficult for us to narrow the field of retailers to only a few destinations.  Fortunately, we do not limit ourselves in regard to the number of companies to list in this section.   As a reminder, if you do not agree with our selections, you are welcome to make your suggestions in the comments area below.  It is very possible that you will convince us to make adjustments to our guide.

Please understand that we are not promoting that you spend more money than you can afford. You should only shop fanatically if you have discretionary funds. 

If you happen to have money burning a hole in your pocket, you may as well shop for a new handbag, jewelry, or a trendy pair of new shoes. 




Clearly we each have our own favorite places to shop.  Regardless if the destination is online or off, we typically have our own go to location.  Each of us have our own unique taste as well as possible size requirements.  For example, if you are shopping for petite sizes, you may have an entirely different thought process on selecting a retailer.  The reality is the certain boutiques or department stores are better than others at maintaining a wide range of sizes.  With that said, in this section we are looking at the broad picture and suggesting clothing stores that typically would cater to a general average of sizes and taste levels.  Will this list make every single shopper happy?  Probably not.  But we hope to provide options that will make the majority of you pleased.

Don't forget to visit our fashion streets & destinations section to find additional information.

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