New York City's first-ever Bloomingdale's Outlet finally arrived over the weekend, right in time for the holidays. If you're looking for Christmas gifts like designer clothing and accessories — and appreciate a good deal — you might want add this to your Black Friday "stores to shop" list. The actual Black Friday deals haven't yet been released, but discounts already range from 25% to 75% off retail prices, and the current stock includes some really great finds (more on that later).
Situated in the heart of the Upper West Side, the store that formerly housed Urban Outfitters takes up 25,000 square feet across three floors that are fully stocked with men's, women's, and children's clothing and accessories. They've also conveniently placed a 40 Carrots yogurt bar on the third floor, right by the women's shoe department — heavy duty shoe shopping always leaves us craving a snack.
The main floor is where you'll find women's contemporary clothing with brands that include Seven, Tory Burch, Alice & Olivia, Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, Dolce & Gabbana, and The Kooples. Handbags, watches, sunglasses, and cold weather accessories are also situated here, and we found some really amazing pieces, like a Balenciaga orange Arena bag on sale for $1,619 (marked down from $2,025), and a pair of Gucci sunglasses for $129.
As you make your way upstairs, be sure to check out the beauty department — it's the first time a Bloomingdale's Outlet will carry cosmetics, and it's where you'll find everything from lip gloss and perfume to soaps and body lotions.
The third floor is where to find women's outerwear, evening wear, and a pretty massive shoe department. Currently, they have stacks of boots by Frye and UGG, pumps by Roger Vivier, and a sizable number of shoes by Coach. The selection of coats is also rather large, with puffers and wool coats by Andrew Marc, Michael Kors, and Ellen Tracy.
Down on the lower level is where to find menswear and children's clothing — this is also the first outlet to carry kid's apparel. Men can find everything from suits, ties, and dress shirts to casual denim, shoes, and outerwear. There's a huge True Religion denim display, as well as an outerwear department that has coats and jackets by Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, and a selection of pieces from the Bloomingdale's men's private label like cashmere sweaters and accessories.
New shipments will arrive almost daily, so you can expect to see new merchandise all the time. The store is also currently running a grand opening promotion where shoppers receive scratch off cards when they enter the store to get a percentage off of their total purchase. This will run until they're out of cards, which hopefully isn't before Black Friday comes along. If you're planning on finding out for yourself, the doors open at 7am that morning.