It's finally 2015, and this year promises to be a spectacular one for New Yorkers and visitors who love to shop! Among top news, the first stores will open at Brookfield Place and the World Trade Center - and I'll have more on those in the future. But not everything is happening downtown - following are some of the stores I'm most looking forward to seeing and shopping as this year progresses!
Bluemercury - 1200 Madison Avenue
Is it a spa? A beauty boutique? Bluemercury is both, offering innovative products, expert advice and services that will give you the best skin of your life. And it's finally coming to Manhattan!
Boardriders - 408 West 14th Street
Yes, it is possible to surf in the New York City area, and this division of Quiksilver will offer the gear and apparel to ride the waves - as well as everything you'll need for skating and snowboarding. I feel summer coming on already!
Bottega Veneta - 740 Madison Avenue
With quality and craftsmanship for nearly 50 years, Bottega Veneta lets you express your own style, whether you're looking for a handbag, accessories or home furnishings. Now where it belongs on Madison Avenue.
Tory Burch - 151 Mercer Street
This year will be the year of the flagship, and Tory Burch will open one of the most anticipated, a shrine to all things preppy chic. I can't wait!
Charming Charlie - 445 Fifth Avenue
Want something fun and affordable? Soon New Yorkers will have a secret that suburban fashionistas have known for years - bags, jewelry and more.
Jitrois - 959 Madison Avenue
The pioneer of stretch leather, Jitrois will debut a Madison Avenue shop, a perfect space for its entire collection of apparel, handbags and accessories. Be prepared to reconsider how you think you can wear leather!
Michael Kors - 520 Broadway
I know, I know, he's everywhere. But this flagship, two years in the making, will show the world of Kors to the world at large.
Microsoft - 677 Fifth Avenue
I've visited some of Microsoft's stores in other parts of the country, and can't wait to see how they will expand that vision among Fifth Avenue's other flagships (and to compete with archrival Apple, just a few blocks up the street).
Rizzoli - 1133 Broadway
It's coming back! All of us who love books mourned Rizzoli's shuttering, and are thrilled that it's returning (with many of its iconic fixtures). Buy a physical book and support this New York legend.
Trunk Club - Villard Houses - 457 Madison Avenue
A click to brick, and yet another example of haberdashery coming to the city. I'm excited to see how the designers have used the landmark building to create a new retail destination.
Keep checking to see when these stores will open. Happy New Year and Happy Shopping!