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Welcome to Racked's first annual Travel Week. Over the next five days, roughly half of our content will be devoted to everything you need to know about traveling to and from New York City—whether you're entertaining out-of-towners, killing time at the airport, or planning the ultimate staycation.


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Next up in our retail trek around the globe five boroughs is Germany (check out France here and Australia here). From major brands like Escada to Berlin Fashion Week breakouts like Augustin Teboul, we've rounded up the thirteen best NYC stores for shopping German designers.


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1. Escada

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747 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 755-2200
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This Munich-born luxury brand runs the brand-extension gamut from gowns to fragrance to a lesser-priced Sport line, all housed under one Madison Avenue roof. [Photo]

2. MCM at The Plaza

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768 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 832-2626
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An acronym for Mode Creation Munich, this Deutsch prestige line is known for its luggage and ubiquitous logo repeat. [Photo]

3. Van Laack

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340 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10173
(212) 867-4041
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Splurge on made-to-measure shirting—for men and women—at this German brand's first US outpost. The handiwork completed in the motherland herself. [Photo]

4. Odin

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328 E 11th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-0666
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Odin carries a wearable edit of Hamburg-born, RISD-educated designer Robert Geller's menswear collection. [Photo]

5. CURVE

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57 Bond St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-3626
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Curve carries Augustin Teboul, a line designed by German-born Annelie Augustin and French-born Odély Teboul. The duo launched in 2009, earning Germany's highest priced fashion award in 2011. [Photo]

6. Mykita

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109 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 343-9100
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It didn't take long for statement optical brand Mykita, which is designed and produced in Germany, to find fans on U.S. soil. [Photo]

7. Hugo Boss

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555 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-9001
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This Metzingen-born company has grown to more color-coded brand extensions than a pack of Crayolas (slight exaggeration). Shop everything from premium suits to diffusion eyewear at their Soho flagship. [Photo]

8. International Playground

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13 Stanton St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 228-2323
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As the name suggests, there are a host of worldwide brands housed at this boutique. Unisex brand Starstyling (pictured) and drapey eveningwear line Don't Shoot the Messenger are among the German offerings at the moment. [Photo]

9. Assembly New York

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170 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-5393
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Bulgarian designer Vladmir Karaleev studied in and designs from Berlin, turning out womens and menswear influenced by contemporary art. Translation: lots of color and texture blocking, but within a wearable palette. [Photo]

10. Maryam Nassir Zadeh

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123 Norfolk St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 673-6405
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Ulm-born Bernhard Willhelm designs mens and womenswear for those with a "more is more" approach to color, pattern, existence. [Photo]

11. Jil Sander

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30 Howard St.
New York, NY
(212) 925-2345
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She's in, she's out, she's in, she's out once again. While the Wesselburen-born designer has once again resigned from designing her namesake line, we've got to give it up for the "Queen of Less." [Photo]

12. Project No. 8

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38 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 925-5599
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Project No. 8 recently became the exclusive retailer for Germany's CLOSED, which was originally founded in Italy. The clothes—just menswear at this location—are unfussy staples with clever, functional details. [Photo]

13. SWORDS-SMITH

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98C South 4th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 599-2969
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Eschew the "cold" German stereotype with warm and fuzzy brand Maiami. The Berlin-based line hand-knits ultracozy sweaters and accessories. [Photo]

1. Escada

747 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
This Munich-born luxury brand runs the brand-extension gamut from gowns to fragrance to a lesser-priced Sport line, all housed under one Madison Avenue roof. [Photo]
747 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

2. MCM at The Plaza

768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
An acronym for Mode Creation Munich, this Deutsch prestige line is known for its luggage and ubiquitous logo repeat. [Photo]
768 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

3. Van Laack

340 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10173
Splurge on made-to-measure shirting—for men and women—at this German brand's first US outpost. The handiwork completed in the motherland herself. [Photo]
340 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10173

4. Odin

328 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
Odin carries a wearable edit of Hamburg-born, RISD-educated designer Robert Geller's menswear collection. [Photo]
328 E 11th St
New York, NY 10003

5. CURVE

57 Bond St, New York, NY 10012
Curve carries Augustin Teboul, a line designed by German-born Annelie Augustin and French-born Odély Teboul. The duo launched in 2009, earning Germany's highest priced fashion award in 2011. [Photo]
57 Bond St
New York, NY 10012

6. Mykita

109 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012
It didn't take long for statement optical brand Mykita, which is designed and produced in Germany, to find fans on U.S. soil. [Photo]
109 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

7. Hugo Boss

555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
This Metzingen-born company has grown to more color-coded brand extensions than a pack of Crayolas (slight exaggeration). Shop everything from premium suits to diffusion eyewear at their Soho flagship. [Photo]
555 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

8. International Playground

13 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002
As the name suggests, there are a host of worldwide brands housed at this boutique. Unisex brand Starstyling (pictured) and drapey eveningwear line Don't Shoot the Messenger are among the German offerings at the moment. [Photo]
13 Stanton St
New York, NY 10002

9. Assembly New York

170 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002
Bulgarian designer Vladmir Karaleev studied in and designs from Berlin, turning out womens and menswear influenced by contemporary art. Translation: lots of color and texture blocking, but within a wearable palette. [Photo]
170 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002

10. Maryam Nassir Zadeh

123 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002
Ulm-born Bernhard Willhelm designs mens and womenswear for those with a "more is more" approach to color, pattern, existence. [Photo]
123 Norfolk St
New York, NY 10002

11. Jil Sander

30 Howard St., New York, NY
She's in, she's out, she's in, she's out once again. While the Wesselburen-born designer has once again resigned from designing her namesake line, we've got to give it up for the "Queen of Less." [Photo]
30 Howard St.
New York, NY

12. Project No. 8

38 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Project No. 8 recently became the exclusive retailer for Germany's CLOSED, which was originally founded in Italy. The clothes—just menswear at this location—are unfussy staples with clever, functional details. [Photo]
38 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

13. SWORDS-SMITH

98C South 4th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Eschew the "cold" German stereotype with warm and fuzzy brand Maiami. The Berlin-based line hand-knits ultracozy sweaters and accessories. [Photo]
98C South 4th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211