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Garment District Special Access Shopping Tour

New York, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Go behind-the-scenes in one of the world’s fashion capitals with a guided “special access” shopping tour. Follow your trendsetting guide through New York City’s Garment District to private designer wholesale showrooms where you will receive substantial discounts on women’s wear. This shopping/fashion experience includes: meeting 1-2 designers in their showroom; learning about New York fashion history: and see where some of the world’s top designers create next season’s styles. Group numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized shopping experience.
  • Access private showrooms not open to the general public
  • Discover this season's designer good at discounts below wholesale prices
  • Receive a list of public sample sales for after-tour shopping
  • Numbers are limited to 12, ensuring a personalized experience
3-hour guided walking tour
Special access to wholesale showroom shopping
Courtesy list of all New York City sample sales
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

220 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Step into the realm of New York high fashion on this small-group Special Access shopping program in one of the city’s last true wholesale districts. Make your way to Midtown Manhattan and meet your guide near Seventh Avenue, also known as ‘Fashion Avenue’ for its prominence in the heart of New York City’s famed Garment District. All guests must be 18 years of age or older. 

Visit six wholesale designer showrooms not open to the public to shop women’s apparel and accessories at the remarkable opportunity of up to 70% off retail prices. Meet a designer or two in their showroom and glimpse how they bring their collection to life.

As you walk from building to building, your fashionable guide will point out hangouts and shops beloved by the local design scene, the buildings where some of the world’s most famous names in fashion create their collections, and famous icons such as Mood Fabrics and the residence for Project Runway contestants.

At the end of your program, you’ll receive a guide to the current designer Sample Sales around the city so you can continue your NYC shopping extravaganza on your own.
Stop At:  
Shop Gotham NYC Shopping Tours
Visit 6 Designer Showrooms where guests will be afforded the exclusive opportunity to purchase at Wholesale prices. Meet a designer or 2 in their showroom, learn about this fascinating industry and depart with a complimentary list of NYC Sample Sales for post-tour independent shopping.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Garment District
Guided walking tour of New York's famous Garment District
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 17 years
  • Tour maximum: 12 people
  • It is recommend that wheelchair bound guests have an assistant
  • Stores carry traditional US women's sizes 0-12 (and comparable for other countries) and a wide selection of accessories
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • There ARE places to try on Apparel
  • You will walk approximately 8-10 blocks in all. Not recommended for those with Walking issues
  • Best for Women ages 17- 70.
  • This is a SHOPPING Program. NOT a sightseeing Program. NOT a Fabric tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Shop Gotham

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Garment District Special Access Shopping Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "This tour is definitely not your typical couples tour, but if you are looking to do a way to do some very cool and one of kind shopping, this is your bag." See review
  • "Come prepared to buy yourself something “special.” I hope to get to NYC and do the Garment District tour for a 3rd time." See review
  • "We had a phenomenal morning and would recommend this Garment District tour for a shopping spree." See review


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Garment Center Shopping Tour is worth it!!
, Feb 2020
My daughter in law and I did the Garment District tour just this week and we already trying to figure out when we can do it again. We really really enjoyed this program! The showrooms offered quality and stylish items at genuinely irresistible prices. Our guide Sarah was more like a lovely, knowledgeable and entertaining friend and the designers were warm and welcoming, exerting zero pressure on us to buy. Excited by our new items and at the prospect of coming back in another season. Nicely done Shop Gotham. We recommend you!
Engaging and Fun!
, Dec 2019
We enjoyed Camber’s style and how she made sure all of our family’s interests were included. Meeting the designers and special shopping tips were incredible! We did have to buy an extra suitcase to come home. 🙂Thank you for an enjoyable tour!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Susan, many thanks for taking the time to write and post this lovely review. Most importantly, we are so glad you enjoyed yourself. We never tire of hearing that. many thanks again and happy holidays to you Marla
2nd time. Terrific and unique!
, Sep 2019
This is the 2nd time I have done this program as the first time was more than 4 years ago, I was happy that we shopped in all new showrooms. This is a very different way of shopping, which is why I personally enjoyed it. Showrooms are not stores. Most are on the small side, which does make the browsing easier and on both my programs, I have found some wonderful pieces which I have been excited by. I think the company does a terrific job of planning itineraries which have a very varied selection of shopping choices. Note to others: the prices are excellent, but this is not bargain basement or off price shopping. Come prepared to buy yourself something “special.” I hope to get to NYC and do the Garment District tour for a 3rd time. Thanks, Shop Gotham
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you Tracey, We love and appreciate our repeat guests. And .. we are so grateful to you for taking the time to write and post this review. Most importantly, we are so glad you enjoy our program. all kind regards, Marla
Fun but expensive
, Jul 2018
We were really excited for our tour, but did not get exactly what we expected. Our tour guide was great and gave great information about the area. We were taken to small rooms to make purchases directly from designers, which was interesting. It was cool to hear each designers history and their take on their designs. However, the cost of the items after the first stop were outrageous. We were not expecting such high end costs, even after the discounts. These styles were also very high end, not for your everyday person. Takeaway: if you are really into high fashion with a lot of cash to burn, this is for you!
, Jun 2018
Expected more for the money - only second rate fashion houses on offer, very disappointing. The bag shop we went to was very disappointing, would not recommend this tour to anyone. Would like a refund.
I dont generally speak for my wife...
Wesley H
, May 2018
I dont generally speak for my wife as she is more than capable of speaking for herself but I am writing this review because I bought this tour as part of a 25th wedding anniversary present to her. Since this tour is strictly for womens apparel, I was basically a tag along / bag holder / wallet bearer. In spite of being the only man on the tour, my wife and I both had a blast. We got to go into studios and see a little of the fashion industry behind the scenes, and we got to meet several of the designers first hand. Keeve was a superb tour guide. She kept us entertained and informed and she kept us moving through Garment District. This tour is definitely not your typical couples tour, but if you are looking to do a way to do some very cool and one of kind shopping, this is your bag.
Short on information, long on trying...
Ronnie S
, May 2018
Short on information, long on trying to get the people taking the tour to make purchases at the various places visited. We were not familiar with any of the designers visited. Overpriced for what was offered.
We really enjoyed this tour. The...
Lisa W. D
, Dec 2017
We really enjoyed this tour. The tour guide was held up on the train due to no fault of her own and the company made up for the inconvenience. Highly recommend.
We had a wonderful time and found some...
Elzabeth M
, Dec 2017
We had a wonderful time and found some great bargains
This was a super fun trip. Our tour...
michaelyn t
, Nov 2017
This was a super fun trip. Our tour guide was super fun and did a great job! My only complaint was that a few of the stops were not that great. One place had an amazing showroom, but only let a picture from a VERY small section. It seemed pointless and we saw a bunch of really cute stuff that we could not buy. We also had a stop to a trunk show that was super picked over by the time we got there. The first 2 places were amazing and they basically made the trip worthwhile.

Product code: 3888GAR

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