For more than half a century, the New York City-born Century 21 discount department store has been a mecca for the deal-hunting masses who come in search of designer goods at deeply discounted rates. Merchandise is priced at up to 65 percent off of retail rates, with high-end fashion items leading the charge. Patrons, both deal-dazzled tourists and devout locals alike, flock to shop for clothing (for women, men, and children), footwear, outerwear, lingerie, and fashion accessories (including handbags).
There's also a home goods department. Get the lowdown on maximizing your shopping experience at Century 21's Manhattan stores.
Century 21 has two locations in Manhattan: its Downtown headquarters in the Financial District and a newer Lincoln Square outpost that debuted in 2012. The chain also has other locations in Brooklyn, Long Island, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Florida.
The Downtown store is located across the street from the World Trade Center site at 22 Cortlandt Street, between Broadway and Church Street. The Lincoln Square store, on the Upper West Side, is located at 1972 Broadway, between 66th & 67th streets.
What to Look for at Century 21
In the massive, multi-level Downtown store, which has six selling floors, and smaller Lincoln Square location, which is not too far behind, with five levels of retail, racks of deeply discounted apparel are loaded with options with labels from top American and international designers for men, women, and children. Look for pieces by Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Vera Wang, 7 for All Mankind, True Religion, Joe's Jeans, J Brand, Adrianna Papell, Missoni, and Derek Lam, among many other A-list clothing labels.
Shoes, coats, suits, lingerie, and accessories are also up for grabs—be prepared to dig through discount racks in search of hidden treasure. You should be aware that many of the collections are from last season or earlier. In the Downtown location, housewares are available, too. They include designer bedding from brands like DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, and Vera Wang, among others. Across the department store, new merchandise arrives daily.
Penny-pinching fashionistas rejoice: Some reported finds from top designers have included a Gucci men’s suit for $300, Moschino women’s leather gloves for $75, Stella McCartney sunglasses for $40, and DKNY men’s suede loafers for $80. The store advertises discounts at as much as 65 percent off, though you might find merchandise marked down even further.
Downtown's Next Century, which made its debut in November 2014 as C21 Edition and was reborn as Next Century in November 2017, is a concept store that serves as a premium annex to Century 21's department store. Shoppers can expect an elevated shopping experience here, with luxury designer fashions, pieces from new designers, and vintage haute couture finds. Here you'll see labels like Balenciaga, Gucci, and Dior. Look out for private sales and events, along with special collaborations with designers.
The 3,100-square-foot, three-level space is more boutique than department store and includes a coffee cafe and nail art bar. The shop is located at 21 Dey St., at the corner of Church Street.