New York tops list of best cities for shopping in the U.S. – but Indianapolis, Portland and Charlotte also get a look in
A new top 25 list pitches America's shopping hubs against one another, with New York claiming number one spot for the best U.S. shopping city.
The brainchild of the team at Lucky, the list has turned the lifestyle magazine's fashion-hunting prowess to geography, creating a league of America's best cities for shopping.
The magazine says the results are 'totally editorial' and includes cities that the team loves – and which happen to be spread across the U.S.
Meatpacking District: New York wins the gong for best city for shopping in the U.S., according to Lucky magazine's criteria
The top 25 is not based upon subjectivity alone, however.
Using data that pin-points rates of empty stores and cross-referencing it to the cities that are most talked about online when it comes to shopping, the magazine has used a set of variables that also takes into account the number of stores of all kinds, from discount outlets to high-end boutiques.
Crowning glory is New York City – or, more specifically, according to its description, Manhattan.
'Because it has mega-flagships, department stores and adorable boutiques all stacked on a tiny island that's incredibly easily to navigate,' writes the magazine's site.
The team recommend Opening Ceremony a 'cult favorite boutique' and Barneys 'for home goods, clothing and food all in one spot' as well as 'pretty much everywhere else.'
Hot on the American shopping mecca's heels is LA, where Angelinos are treated to 'ultra-fancy Rodeo Drive and sunny, surf culture boutiques, too'.
Bay-side shopping: Coming in third place is San Francsico, ahead of Miami, Chicago and Atlanta. The list may give a boost to flat-lining shopping centres
In third place is San Francisco, the 'personality and offbeat appeal' of which is brought alive in stores Bell Jar, Candy Store Collective and Union Square.
The link between fashion and the cities that make it onto the list is not lost – Chicago, Miami, Austin and Portland feature, as do regional centres such as Charlotte, NC, and Minneapolis, MN, that cater to weekend crowds.
The magazine applaud Indianapolis for the 'relaxed affair' of its shopping, picking out Sage, N. Rue & Co., Redemption and Circle Center in this year's Super Bowl city.
Minneapolis' 'designer re-sale pieces (like Chanel boots) go for a fraction of what they would in a bigger metropolis,' while Charlotte delivers 'hard-to-find , grittier labels' such as Rick Owens and Alexander Wang to North Carolina women.
'Minneapolis' designer re-sale pieces (like Chanel boots) go for a fraction of what they would in a bigger metropolis'
Baltimore, MD, has DC's shopping clout without the crowds and Kansas stores are made more 'pleasant' by its grid system and parks.
They rate Nashville's 'serious discounts on designer goods, as well as its emerging [Tennessee] fashion scene' – special mentions to UAL, H Audrey and Local Honey.
Bouncing back from Katrina, New Orleans, LA, at number 19, is busting with 'eccentric, one-off shops' and 'charming stores.'
More prosaic are Orlando, Florida's 'AMAZING outlets' and Denver, CO, gets a mention for surprising the Lucky team by going beyond its outdoor pursuit fashions.
Las Vegas has a glut of designer stores for those who can pry themselves away from Blackjack tables and Dallas is saluted, unsurprisingly, for being the home of the mall as well as to a variety of smaller independents. Phoenix earns a place simply because 'it's flat'.
The list is bound to ruffle the feathers of some die-hard advocates of cities that have not made the cut – but may be a welcome boost to some flagging shopping hubs. As Lucky puts it: 'We love these cities and think that if you live nearby one of them, you should spend Saturday exploring the shopping scene.'
TOP 25 U.S. CITIES FOR SHOPPING
#1 New York City, NY
#2 Los Angeles, CA
#3 San Francisco, CA
#4 Miami, FL
#5 Chicago, IL
#6 Atlanta, GA
#7 Portland, OR
#8 Seattle, WA
#9 Phoenix, AZ
#10 Las Vegas, NV
#11 Washington DC
#12 Austin, TX
#13 Boston, MA
#14 Philadelphia, PA
#15 Houston, TX
#16 Dallas, TX
#17 Denver, CO
#18 Orlando, FL
#19 New Orleans, LA
#20 Nashville, TN
#21 Kansas, KS
#22 Baltimore, MD
#23 Charlotte, NC
#24 Minneapolis, MN
#25 Indianapolis, IN