New and NotableMay 1, 2008 By: Marianne Dougherty, Carrie Watson, Natalie Gonzalez American Salon
NEW YORK MINUTE
Noted trend expert Tom Julian has started his own company, The Tom Julian Group, which combines global vision and strategy to create innovative branding solutions for a variety of clients. This month, he takes a look at the Upper West Side.
Manhattan's Upper West Side is a historic neighborhood with roots dating back to the 1700s. Known for its architectural landmarks and tree-lined residential streets, the community is also a retail destination, especially since the unveiling of the Time Warner Center in 2004. To explore the retail offerings, begin at 59th Street and Columbus Circle and proceed north along Broadway and Columbus Avenue.
Time Warner Center. More than a mall, this destination combines seven levels of retail with food experiences and more than 40 shops in a 500,000-square-foot space. It houses the head office of CNN, the luxurious hotel accommodations of the Mandarin Oriental, the stylized Jazz at Lincoln Center, the exclusive fitness facility Equinox, and two 80-story towers of deluxe condominiums with breathtaking views of Central Park. Major retailers in The Shops at Columbus Circle include Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma, Hugo Boss, Cole Haan, A/X Armani Exchange, Sephora, J.Crew, Coach, Eileen Fisher, Face Stockholm and Thomas Pink. The center also hosts such renowned chefs as Thomas Keller at Per Se, Masayoshi Takayama at Masa, Michael Lomonaco at Porter House and Gray Kunz at Café Gray, to name a few. theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com
Barneys CO-OP. The venerable specialty retailer entered this neighborhood in 2004 in a loftlike 6,000-square-foot space, carrying apparel, accessories and footwear, with labels ranging from Marc Jacobs to Juicy Couture. barneys.com
Theory. The Upper West Side location is focused on women's offerings from tailored separates to stylish accessories. theory.com
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Brooks Brothers. This is the store's fourth location in New York City. The 11,000-square-foot shop showcases two levels of classic American apparel for both men and women. brooksbrothers.com
Lululemon Athletica. "Creating components for people to live longer, healthier, more fun lives" is the mantra of this Canadian brand known for its signature stylized "A" logo. Products include an endless assortment of running, cycling and yoga gear. lululemon.com
North Face. An outdoor brand for the whole family, North Face's two-level showcase is located in the historic Ansonia building and is designed to celebrate the outdoor attitude. thenorthface.com
Kiehl's. The old-world apothecary concept blends right into this urbane neighborhood. Skincare and haircare products are displayed in a dynamic, brand-conscious setting. kiehls.com