After travelling so much, I'm wondering what everyones favorite/best city for shopping is. Make you selection based on variety of stores, availibility of merchandise, prices, overall feel of the shopping district, service, size of stores, specialized areas (Naples for suits, etc...), and quality of products. I chose New York, with London as a close second. Nothing beats the experience of walking down Madison and 5th avenues and having the wide variety of brand names so close to each other. You really can't beat the size and number of great department stores there either; Barney's, Sak's, Bergdorf Goodman, and Bloomingdales. The customer service is always exquisite and the stock is always current. Contrast the high brow, upper east side experience with the edgy downtown feel of SoHo. There you will find the worlds best designer boutiques on narrow cobblestone streets, in small shops beautifully decorated. Look for the shops of lesser know and hard to find designers. Also in New York, one of the best discount designer stores in the world; Century 21. While most of the stock there is unwearable junk, you will find a few gems that will be the deal of a lifetime. Almost everytime I go, I'll find at least one item at an unbelievable low price. This place is HUGE. The one thing I can't stand about NYC is the lack of european trends/fashions. I'm very skinny, so most of the clothes cut for americans dosn't fit me that well. In Europe I'll have no problem finding a proper fitting suit or shirt.
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8/4/03 at 10:45am