The Meatpacking District Evolves, Loses High Fashion Retailers

Recent trends in style and Real Estate show that The Meatpacking District, still a popular destination for brunch, shopping and clubs, is losing its appeal to the high fashion designers.  Starting with the opening of Jeffery in 1999, then Pastis, a few clubs and swanky lounges like APT, the Meatpacking District had quickly become the talk of the town.  Soon high-end designers like Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Moschino, Matthew Williamson and La Perla were opening large downtown-cool boutiques to cater to downtown chic shoppers.

After nearly 14 years, luxury boutiques are slowly migrating from the neighborhood as tourists and mass retailers begin to populate the area. Most recently, Alexander McQueen announced that they will be opening a 3,300-sq-ft boutique at 747 Madison Ave (near 65th St.) The new boutique will take over the old Valentino store.

What Uptown still lacks is the restaurant and nightlife scenes of downtown, but where the trendsetters go, others follow.

Do you see the Meatpacking District as a shopping destination, or are you more drawn to the options in Soho or the Upper East Side? What do you think of the changes happening in Meatpacking?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Claudia Saez-Fromm

An entrepreneur, innovator, and singularly successful real estate salesperson, fitness fiend, foodie, mommy, and fashion fan.

  1. Meatpacking is an awful place to shop now. Seems to have lost its cool. Not helped by the Ganesvoort Hotel firmly established as a tacky party hotel.

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