Ask an expert: where a fashion designer shops in New York

New York Fashion Week has just wrapped up, and if you’re anything like us you’re now in the mood to shop. So we asked New York-based Malaysian fashion designer Jasmine Chong, who just showed her third presentation at NYFW, to share her five favourite independent boutiques, bookstores and homewares stores in the city. Add these credit card sinkholes to your hitlist for the next time you’re in the Big Apple.

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Gucci at Dover Street Market New York

Dover Street Market

“Art museum meets luxury fashion. Brands like Molly Goddard, Prada and Comme des Garcons come together in this multi-level fashion and art playground (which is a spin-off of the London original). The best way to experience DSMNY is to start from the top and slowly trickle your way down.”

Dover Street Market New York, 160 Lexington Avenue, New York, 10016

Maison 10

Maison 10

“An intimate and chic concept store centred around the number 10. Ten curated categories, 10 products, benefitting 10 charities. I love their selection of books and candles in particular, and their art gallery events.”

Maison 10, 4 West 29th Street, New York, 10001 

Three Lives bookstore

Three Lives & Company

“This corner bookstore is tucked on a quiet street in West Village. They always seem to have a good selection of Pablo Neruda, my favourite poet.”

Three Lives & Company, 154 West 10th Street, New York, 10014

Malone Souliers shoes at Fivestory


“An Upper East Side townhouse converted into a luxe yet relaxed boutique. I love the skylight and the different levels, and feeling like I’m shopping in someone’s beautiful home.”

18 East 69th Street, New York, 10065

ABC Carpet & Home’s Brooklyn outpost

ABC Carpet & Home

“A carpet store doesn’t sound very interesting, but ABC is anything but just a carpet store. It’s an interior design and lifestyle Mecca, an Anthropologie home section on steroids. Everything is so beautifully merchandised, in an old, beautiful building with high ceilings.”

ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway, New York, 10003 (Manhattan flagship)

Wolf & Badger New York

Wolf & Badger

“This London transplant carries a curated array of independent designers, including my own line, Jasmine Chong! Located on Grand Street, in the heart of the cobblestone-paths of Soho.”

Wolf & Badger, 95 Grand Street, New York, 10013

The Wing, Soho 

The Wing Soho 

“This women’s social club just happens to have the cutest little store ever, tucked within their sprawling Soho location. Pick up cute Rei Kawakubo pins, T-shirts that say “internet HERstory” and other cool items that make wonderful gifts.”

The Wing, 55 Mercer Street, New York, 10013

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Kate Guest

Australian-born journalist Kate has spent the past 20 years travelling and working for some of the world's best publications in Australia, the UK and Malaysia. The former editor-in-chief of ELLE Malaysia, she recently swapped her stilettos for sandals and is now enjoying the freedom of her new freelance life. She's had a severe case of wanderlust since the age of 10, when her parents pulled her out of school to spend a year travelling around Australia in a 4WD and caravan, although these days she prefers #thatvillalife.

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