Signature Shopping Tours in New York City

Columbus Circle, as seen on a private NYC tour
Introducing Signature Tours! This series of special tours is ideal for guests who are looking for a one-of-a-kind New York City experience. Each of our licensed guides has created a very unique, very personal itinerary to introduce you to their own neighborhood or area of expertise.

Signature tours are only given by the guide who has designed the tour, and are available based on guide availability. Since each of our guides is also an actively working designer, we suggest booking your signature tour
at least one month prior to your visit to New York City.


Scroll below to learn more about each of our licensed guides and their signature tours, or click on the tour that interests you most:


Enjoy a Queens shopping tour or a New York sample sale shopping tour with Elizabeth

Queens Shopping, Art,
and History Tour
Explore the most diverse borough in NYC

Shop for saris and visit multicultural neighborhoods on the Queens shopping tour
Queens is considered the most diverse borough in New York City and the world. Explore the many multi-cultural neighborhoods with visits to local shops and art galleries, while learning about the history of the borough. Let Elizabeth, a Queens resident, introduce you to her favorite neighborhood spots for a truly “real New Yorker” experience.

Possible shopping stops on this one-of-a-kind tour include sari shops, local designers’ stores and workrooms, “mom & pop” shops, and much more. This tour also visits local art galleries to help bridge the connection between art and fashion. Explore the best of Queens as you travel to Asia, Latin America, the Mediterranean, and beyond, without ever leaving NYC!

Recommended tour length: 3-4 hours, depending on the number of neighborhoods you’d like to explore

Note: This is a walking tour which visits multiple neighborhoods and utilizes the city’s public transit system. You will meet your guide in Queens (directions provided). Transportation costs are not included.

New York Sample
Sale Shopping Tour
Score great deals on designer duds

New York Sample Sale Shopping Tour with Seek
One of the best-kept secrets of the fashion industry, sample sales are a way for designers to get rid of overstock and overrun merchandise, and a great way for fashion fans to save up to 75% on retail prices! A working fashion designer, Liz will help you to discover the city’s best sample sales while providing insight into how the industry works.

During this shopping tour, scope out good deals at all of the sample sales NYC has to offer. The perfect tour for people who like to hunt for bargains & love the rush of a good sale! Possible sample sales include clothing, accessories, home goods, and much more. Please note that actual clothing samples are usually sizes 2 - 6; overstock may come in more sizes.**

Recommended tour length: 2-3 hours, depending on how many sample sales you’d like to visit during the tour

Note: This is a walking tour of sample sales located primarily in the Garment District; public transit or taxi may be required for out-of-neighborhood sales. Transportation costs are not included.

**Sample Sale Tour Notes: Come prepared with cash and credit card; some sales may take one or the other but not both. Wear a cami for try-on purposes, as fitting rooms may not be available. Tour itinerary dependent on sample sales scheduled for the date of your visit.

Elizabeth
About Elizabeth
Elizabeth is a native New Yorker and Queens resident with 15+ years experience in the Fashion Industry, starting as an intern and working up to Sr. Designer. Her design experience includes working for such classic American fashion houses as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Perry Ellis International. She has designed Childrenswear, Menswear, Womenswear, Pet Apparel, and Accessories - a self professed "Jack of all trades." In addition to being a fashion designer, she is also a print designer, having created prints for Original Penguin, Mavi, and Sean John Boys. As a stylist and personal shopper, she has been able to work with a a vast clientele from all walks of life, sizes, budgets, and taste levels.

Elizabeth holds an A.A.S. as well as a B.F.A. in Childrenswear and Womenswear from The Fashion Institute of Technology.



Tour the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick on a Brooklyn NYC shopping tour
Tour the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick on a Brooklyn NYC shopping tour
North Brooklyn
Shopping Tour

Covering the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick

Are the typical Manhattan tourist neighborhoods like SoHo and Fifth Avenue feeling a bit “been there, done that?” It's time to explore Brooklyn! Discover the local designers, handmade goods, and one of a kind pieces that have gained this quickly evolving borough its artisanal reputation. From housewares to jewelry to vintage clothes, this guided shopping tour is the perfect opportunity to shop like a true Brooklynite.

Amalya, an emerging womenswear designer and Williamsburg dweller, will show you all the best spots and secret haunts in the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. Cafe, bar, and restaurant suggestions included!

Recommended tour length: 2 hours (if interested in one specific neighborhood); 3-4 hours for those looking to cover more ground or visit multiple Brooklyn neighborhoods during the tour

Note: This is a walking tour which visits multiple neighborhoods and utilizes the city’s public transit system. You will meet your guide in Brooklyn (easy-to-follow directions provided!) Transportation costs are not included.

Guided Brooklyn shopping tour for clothing and accessories. Tour the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick on a Brooklyn NYC shopping tour

Search for great curated vintage finds during a North Brooklyn shopping tour
Enjoy shopping for accessories during a guided tour of Brooklyn NY

Experience Brooklyn shops and boutiques during this unique Brooklyn NYC shopping tour.

Amayla will lead guests on a guided shopping tour of the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick, Williamsburg and Greenpoint
About Amalya
Amalya is a young designer who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

She has created costumes for the original performance
The Secret Paris Project, as well as Chapter Of Understanding at the El Barrio Theater in New York City. In her womenswear, Amalya strives to create eco-friendly pieces that are not only handmade and one-of-a-kind, but also made from recycled materials and constructed in a zero waste manner. These original pieces can be found for sale in Soho's Paracelso, and East Williamsburg's Nouveau Vieux

Amalya holds a Foundation Degree in Textile Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and a dual B.F.A. and B.A. from Parsons The New School for Design and Eugene Lang College.



Enjoy costume and dancewear tours with tour guide Rebecca Frey

Costume
Creation Tour
Make your costume design idea come to life!

On the costume creation tour, shop alongside a professional designer to create your dream costume.
Make your Halloween, dance recital, ComicCon, or Renaissance costume idea a reality by shopping alongside a professional costume designer to purchase fabrics, supplies, and other costume necessities. s in New York City. From basic pieces to finishing touches, we'll help you to secure all of the tools and materials necessary to successfully execute your costume design.

A professional costume designer, Rebecca will accompany you to popular Halloween and clothing stores, vintage boutiques, and lesser-known shops frequented by professional costume designers. Shop for costume pieces, masks, wigs, makeup, clothing, accessories, art supplies, fabric, ribbons, jewelry, beads, buttons--whatever you need to make your vision a reality.

Along the way, Rebecca will offer advice on the best way to wear your costume and the techniques necessary to execute your vision. Client is responsible for cost of materials.

Costume research and rendering services may also be available for an additional fee (to be determined based on project requirements). At least three weeks’ advance notice required.

Recommended tour length: 2-3 hours

Note: This is a walking tour which visits multiple neighborhoods and utilizes taxis and/or the city’s public transit system. Transportation costs are not included.
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Showbiz Insider
Dancewear Tour
Shop for leotards, dance shoes & more

Shop for dance clothing, shoes, and accessories on this dancewear tour of NYC
Shop for dance shoes, leotards, tights, and dancewear accessories, as well as theatrical makeup and costume supplies. Visit flagships of major dance and athletic wear retailers, as well as local dance boutiques.

Along the way, peruse Broadway gift shops, explore the Theatre District (and discover bits of entertainment history hidden smack dab in the middle of Times Square!) and learn where the major dance studios are located. See where actors buy their scripts, where dancers get their shoes fixed, and where stars hang out after a performance. As a dancewear designer, former dancer, and working member of the entertainment community, Rebecca will provide "insider" showbiz information while telling stories about what it's
really like to live in New York City and work in the entertainment industry. Tour can be tailored to your specific area of interest and, if desired, can also include a visit to Lincoln Center, home of The Metropolitan Opera, Juilliard, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York Philharmonic.

An avid theatergoer, Rebecca is also happy to offer recommendations and advice on which Broadway shows to see (and how to score cheap tickets!)

Recommended tour length: 3 hours

Note: This is a walking tour which visits multiple neighborhoods and utilizes taxis and/or the city’s public transit system. Transportation costs are not included.
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Rebecca

Rebecca is a professional costume designer living and working in NYC
About Rebecca
Rebecca is a costume designer and wardrobe stylist working primarily in the entertainment industry. Her television credits include Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, and Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars. She also spent several seasons in the costume department at the Metropolitan Opera, and has had her work featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

A former dance student and teacher, Rebecca has designed dance costumes and gymnastics apparel for
Tighe Industries/Curtain Call Costumes (now Perform Group LLC) including several recital costume designs which became top sellers. More recently, her dancewear and burlesque designs have been seen at Broadway Bares, an annual benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS produced Jerry Mitchell.

Rebecca holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Towson University and an M.F.A. in Costume Design from the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University.


Signature guided shopping and fashion tours with Seek NYC