July 15th, 2013
byLois Anzelowitz Levine
New York City shopping can be intimidating, especially when your destination sits on a chic cobblestoned street in SoHo, with neighbors such as Rag & Bone and Ivanka Trump. But Roundabout, the discount and consignment retail store for the financially-conscious fashionista in you, only conjures up a sense of delight (and fiscal relief) once inside. The store is actually 25 years old, founded by Laurie Perren, and started in Greenwich, Connecticut (there are a total of four stores: one on the Upper East Side, the Soho locale, and two in Connecticut). Once inside, the plush blue carpeting and well-spaced racks, along with unique, square class cutouts on the floor that allow you to look through to the lower level, truly give you the feel of luxury shopping, with one-of-a-kind, blouses, coats, jackets and dresses (not to mention shoes, purses and accessories). A stunner of a Carolina Herrera black-and white jeweled gown stands alone on a wall hook, retailing for over $5000, here for $1495. Items are separated by high end designers and lower, more contemporary lines, with most of the shops merchandise coming from the closets of fashion magazines and end-of-the-season buy-outs. As a reluctant shopper who winces at retail prices, Roundabout, with it two easy-to-walk around levels, was a bit of nirvana to me. Through most of the summer, the store is having a 50% off sale that applies to all merchandise older than a week. If you’re running around New York today–or even if you’re not—get thee to a Roundabout!
» Roundabout, 115 Mercer St., 212.966.9166 and 31 E. 72nd St., 646.755.8009