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The first two-thirds of the year has brought some major shopping changes to New York City, like two crazy Urban Outfitters in Williamsburg and Herald Square, a mega H&M on Fifth Avenue that's just down the street from the new Valentino, and the first-ever Rachel Comey store in Soho. But the city's retail scene isn't slowing down—in fact, it's just getting started with 2014.
Ahead, we've got 21 stores that we're looking forward to seeing before the end of the year. Some of them are coming pretty soon (as in tomorrow), while others have a chance of not seeing the light of day before New Year's Eve. Read on to see where you'll be shopping next.
↑ 3.1 Phillip Lim
You won't have to wait long for this one—the Great Jones Street store that was officially announced just over a year ago confirmed to us that it'll be opening tomorrow, September 10th. The brand memorably installed peepholes in the scaffolding last year that showed a film with the fall 2013 collection—though some viewers required heels to watch it.
The outdoorsy brand—which chose its new home at 125 Wooster Street for its proximity to like-minded retailers—will open next Wednesday, September 17th, according to New York magazine's fall store preview. The address formerly belonged to the Chris Burch-backed Monika Chiang.
Owner Kai Avent-Deleon wants to expand the Bed-Stuy shopping scene by stocking her boutique—housed in the first floor of a brownstone that was originally purchased by her grandmother—with apparel and home goods from international brands, New York writes. Her 1,000-square-foot shop should be open by September 20th.
↑ J. Crew 9/24
The rumors (or nightmares, for some Brooklynites) of the omnipresent brand heading to the borough were confirmed this summer—and preceded by the telltale graffiti above. Their website lists an opening date of September 24th.
The brand that has mastered the art of ring stacking set lovebirds' hearts aflutter when it proposed a weddings-focused annex just down the street from its main store. Slated for a September 26th opening, expect a "more intimate environment" for engagement ring shopping, according to owner Rony Vardi.
Ramy Brook 9/26
The contemporary designer that's available in boutiques across the New York City area is setting up her first standalone shop in a tiny Prince Street storefront that should be open for business on September 26th. Owner Ramy Sharp is very excited about the neighborhood and its foot traffic: "It's like a mall on the weekends, it's packed."
The Nolita store; photo by Rebecca Dale
↑ Babel Fair
A third addition to Williamsburg this month alone is the second outpost of Erica Kiang's boutique of affordably-priced pieces from international indie labels at 294 Bedford Avenue—despite telling us that she "won't be on Bedford anytime soon" just last year.
Update: Babel Fair quietly opened this week!
Castor & Pollux, the West Village boutique that focused on apparel and accessories decided to change course earlier this year and rebrand as an all-natural beauty store. Along with its late September opening will come in-store spa treatments like facials and acupuncture.
Photo by Brian Harkin
As the little sister of J. Crew has done in the past, Madewell is setting up shop near the brand's newest location on Wythe Avenue. They're aiming for an October 28th opening on an increasingly chain-heavy stretch of North Sixth Street.
& Other Stories
And while we're on the topic of little sister brands, it's important to note that & Other Stories was announced after the more famous COS, but will be opening on Broadway before it—though there's no word on an exact date yet.
Image courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff
↑ Rebecca Minkoff
The cult designer first used 96 Greene Street—the former home of Kirna Zabete—as a denim pop-up shop, and then a sample sale venue. Now, almost two years after the store was first announced, it'll finally see its opening day on November 12th, according to WWD. In the meantime, shop by appointment in her Flatiron headquarters.
Neiman Marcus Last Call
Since New York won't have the real thing for another four years, we'll make do with the much lower-priced outlet that's hitting Downtown Brooklyn on November 21st, according to its website. Be on the lookout for opening day deals as the date nears.
Derek Lam 10 Crosby
Though Lam's office is no longer on 10 Crosby Street, the designer's contemporary label will open its first brick-and-mortar store nearby at 115 Mercer Street this fall. It'll feature the debut of the brand's handbag line, and it'll also be "dedicating a lot of space to showcasing ... gorgeous knits as well," Lam told New York magazine.
The Soho store; photo by Brian Harkin
The British stronghold established plans for an uptown flagship back in February, intending to cater to "the upper end of the market" with touches like personal shopping. Aside from reaching new customers, they'll be across the street from fellow European competitor H&M and its new flagship.
The American designer has a store in nearly every major Manhattan neighborhood already—but why stop at just one? The brand's second Soho store will arrive this fall with three floors, 22,000 square feet, and the first offering of menswear outside a department store, according to New York mag. Also, have you seen their signage lately? It's just massive.
And finally, here are a few stores that we may or may not see before the end of 2014:
↑ Image via HK Magazine
We're coming up on the one-year mark of the H&M sister brand's announcement about its New York City store, but why doesn't it feel like it's any closer to opening? That's because its debut, first listed as spring and then pushed back to fall, is now listed as winter.
They announced a fall 2014 opening on the corner of West Broadway and Spring Street back in January, but have been mum since then.
Image via Instagram/@jshi809
Though their Meatpacking District store just opened in August, a second store in Soho is on the horizon—first reports indicated October, but New York magazine now says that it'll debut in early winter.
We'll likely be seeing fans of the logo backpacks clamoring to the Soho store before year's end, as they recently said that they're looking to open this fall.
The charitable shoe brand has chosen Elizabeth Street as the home for its third store, but timing details have not been released.