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Gilt Trip

July 19, 2016

Heels, handbags and watches, oh my! Sunnies, satchels and stylish apparel, yes please! There’s simply no need for guilt when it comes to serious shopping in the Big Apple, with Gilt promising an indulgent private retail experience for in-the-know fashionistas… because elbowing other shoppers aside is so 2015.

Fans of Gilt’s chic online edit of accessories, women’s and menswear can now explore its brands in a bricks-and-mortar boutique, albeit one cannily converted from a former conference room at the e-store’s Park Avenue pad.

At this hidden, multi-label, by-appointment-only, luxury showroom, deal-seekers can book an hour-long private session with a stylist. Alongside a shoppable dream closet for gals or guys, you’ll be pampered with gratis chocs and bubbles. It’s not totally free – you’ll need to put down a deposit when booking an appointment, which goes towards future purchases – but at just $50 for an hour (or $20 for a shared session) it’s an affordable treat. Why not gang up with a posse of girlfriends to book together?

Top tips include specifying your size and budget limit in advance, as well as honing your shopping list to focus on bags, shoes, eveningwear, or whatever, to make the best use of your time. The sessions are particularly handy for checking out luxe accessories like handbags, before committing to a big purchase. Log on at 9pm Sundays to catch the next batch of real-world appointments. They’re hotter than Hansel.

Gilt / 5/F / 2 Park Ave / Midtown / +1 929 287 5786 / by appt /