Retail therapy at Simon Shopping Destinations
With dozens of world-class shopping locations across the USA, Simon Shopping Destinations offers an experience for every style and itinerary. Here are our recommendations for Australian travellers looking for a five-star Stateside retail experience.
San Diego, California
The Golden State is one of the most popular destinations for Australian travellers and is a natural first stop, with many airlines flying direct to LAX and San Francisco. California is a promise of sunshine, Hollywood glamour, exceptional culinary experiences and, of course, fabulous shopping.
Fashion Valley is one of the largest shopping malls in California, located in San Diego, a vibrant beach community two hours south of Los Angeles. Within this coastal-chic complex, you’ll find more than 200 boutiques, including international fashion houses like Hermès, Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, alongside leading high-end department stores. If the sheer amount of choice seems overwhelming, take advantage of Fashion Valley’s two-hour complimentary personal shopping service. Simply email in advance to make an appointment and benefit from Fashion Valley’s expert styling advice.
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Central Valley, New York area, New York
Australians flock to the Big Apple to feel the pulse of its lifestyle, punctuated with cutting-edge design, Michelin-starred restaurants and inimitable street style. NYC is America’s undisputed fashion capital, home to famous brands and host to one of the world’s biggest fashion weeks. You can find many of its iconic brands, alongside international favourites, under the roof of Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, located one hour north of New York City. It’s renowned as the largest collection of designer outlets in the world, featuring more than 240 stores, including Armani, Burberry, Gucci and Prada.
The centre has just completed a three-year multimillion-dollar redevelopment project. New luxury brands have joined the existing boutiques, including Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Dsquared2.
The Forum Shops at Caesars
Las Vegas, Nevada
Lavish hotels, vibrant casinos and legendary entertainment… Vegas is everything visitors want and more. What you might not realise is that amid its pulsating lights, fabulous shopping opportunities await. The Forum Shops is found in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, connected to Caesars Palace hotel and casino. Its Romanesque decor will transport you to a different era as you peruse over 160 specialty shops and restaurants. The world’s most exclusive brands feature throughout, including Cartier, Dior Beauty, Giorgio Armani, Jimmy Choo and Versace. Las Vegas visitors and locals alike flock to the complex’s dining options; Wolfgang Puck’s Spago is a favourite, offering refined American cuisine, or join the thousands who have loved the steak and lobster served up by The Palm since 1926.
This article appeared in volume 26 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.