1000 3rd Ave
Style: Department Store
Known For: The Fashion-Forward Department Store
We did a feature on what we called “The Big Three”, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks. One could have gotten the impression that we were calling these the three best department stores, but that’s not what we were going for. They are the three super high-end department store, but Bloomindales is definitely a more wallet-friendly option. Bloomies has two stores in Manhattan: one on the Upper East Side and one in SoHo. Here is our store profile on the former.
As we said, Bloomingdales is a more affordable option than The Big Three. That’s not to say that you can’t find a $3,000 suit, but you won’t find stuff by guys like Brioni and Oxxford here. Depending on what side you enter, you’ll either be struck by men’s dress shirts or jewelry. The dress shirting is nice, of course, and has all of the usual suspects. Dress shirt departments don’t really change much in high-end department sections, with the one exception being Bergdorf. Head down the stairs to get to the serious menswear.
The Lower level is all menswear that starts with classic mainstays and transitions to trendier designer collections. When you first get down the stairs you’ll have Boss suiting behind you, Armani Collezioni to your left and shoes to the right. They have a very solid footwear selection that you should check out with stuff like Band of Outsiders for Sperry that keeps with their youthful appeal. In this area you’ll be able to get your classic Italian Fix as they have sizable collections of Salvatore Ferragamo, Canali, Zegna, and Corneliani.
Continue walking back and you’ll cross a large Ralph Lauren section to your left that houses the Black Label, some Purple Label, and Polo Ralph Lauren. This is to be expected from a good department store, as is their solid collection of Burberry. Once you get through this you’ll start running into brands like Billy Reid, Umit Benan, Victor & Rolf, Acne, and A.P.C. This is really where Bloomies makes its mark. They are leading the charge in the department store world when it comes to picking up modern designers.
Walk down the stairs to what they call the M level (2 floors underground) and you’re into a full section of modern design. You’ll find stuff from guys like Bespoken, Robert Geller, Woolrich Woolen Mills, and Paul Smith Jeans. They do a really good job of mixing fashion-forward design and more classic pieces to make sure that there’s something for everyone. There’s a sale rack occupying the back right of this section, but we urge you to head back left this season. Bloomies has picked up a great collection of suits from the british brand Aquascutum that are some of our favorite pieces of the season.
When it comes to service, Bloomingdales is what you would expect from a department store. As it is often packed, you can wander around relatively freely without having to worry about guys hounding you. That being said, if you’re looking for help there are usually a couple guys around. They also offer a personal shopper service that will help you if you’re not really sure what you’re looking for. So don’t be shy, they know what they’re doing.
Stores Like It: Barneys and Saks Fifth Ave.
What to Get Here: Sport Shirts, Outerwear, and Suits by Aquascutum
What Not to Get Here: High-End Suits, Dress Shirts, and Shoes
Price Range: Ties $80-$200, Dress Shirts $80-$400, Sport Shirts $100-$300, Sweaters $75-$500, Jeans $120-$350, Shoes $125-$500, Sport Coats $500-$2,000, Suits $800-$3,000
Overall: Great Clothing, Not Overly Expensive, Solid Service, 9/10