Yes, I can assure you they are wearing mittens in hell this weekend.
Because NEWS FLASH: the CE voluntarily walked into a department store! He walked, in fact, the entire three blocks from our apartment to the new flagship Nordstrom department store on West 57th Street. On opening day, no less!
First impression? It’s seven stories and 320,00 square feet of shiny and new.
Clothes? Oh yes, they have clothes. At first glance, my take was that they are skewing upscale and young. Didn’t see a lot of sensible/frumpy/affordable things, i.e., my style, although that aqua leopard coat did sing out to me…
I liked seeing the West Coast vibe of Jenni Kayne…
And looks like they’ll be doing some interesting partnerships, as with Everlane.
So yes, plenty of clothes, including the mens’ store across the street. Also, plenty of calories. Besides a gluten-free donut bar (singing out to the CE!) and seafood spot Hani Pacific, there is Pacific Northwest leaning Wolf and for Italian, Jeannie’s, which serves pizza and pasta in a minimalist space.
There are even lounges on the upper shopping floors, presumably to capture non-shopping husbands like my own, who zeroed right in on the Bistro Verde sports bar.
So there are clothes. And there is food. But you know what there is most of?
SHOES! SHOES! SHOES!
Nordstrom has always been shoe-forward, and they are celebrating it big here.
Our most favorite moment of the excursion was happening upon the “Shoe Bar”. I mean, seriously, this is everything. A little Pinot Grigio with your Manolo’s? Yes, please!
Too bad the CE doesn’t drink, because you definitely need the Pinot Grigio before you look at the price tag on the Gucci crocs. Guess those won’t be in my stocking this Christmas…
Nordstrom has made a big bet on this store at the same time that brick-and-mortar retail is sagging and stores like Barneys and Lord & Taylor are fading from the scene. But the company says that NYC is historically their biggest source of online sales (I wonder if that correlates with when I’m in town, just saying…) and they have high hopes for the midtown location. Hey, if they can get the CE into Nordstrom, anything could happen!
I’m hoping to be their biggest fan, especially come February when it’s a bitterly cold hike over to Bloomingdales or down to Saks. I’m simply priced out of Neiman Marcus, and Macy’s is a no-go for us with all the tourist hordes. So Nordstrom it is. You’ll find me at the Shoe Bar…