Saks Fifth Avenue Shopping Guide

New York's Iconic Luxury Retailer

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Saks Fifth Avenue has been providing New Yorkers with quality clothing and services since 1924. Located across the street from Rockefeller Center, Saks Fifth Avenue attracts plenty of tourists, especially on the ground floor.

Saks Fifth Avenue Details

  • Address: 611 Fifth Avenue (at 50th Street)
  • Closest Subway Stations: B/D/F/M at 47-50/Rockefeller Center; E/M at 5th Avenue to 53rd Street; E/6 to 51st Street/Lexington Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue Beginnings

Two prominent merchant families in New York City at the turn of the 19th century combined their retail operations to create the city's first specialty store dedicated to fashionable living. Horace Saks and Bernard Gimble opened Saks Fifth Avenue on September 15, 1924.

Adam Gimble, a cousin of Bernard's, took over as president after Horace died suddenly just a couple of years after opening the flagship store. The young Gimble, just 32 years old at the time, took Saks Fifth Avenue from coast to coast and continued to build the luxury brand until his retirement in 1969.

Saks Fifth Avenue Recent Past to Present

Ownership of Saks Fifth Avenue changed several times during the next few decades. Each group of fresh leadership pursued new initiatives that launched a factory outlet brand called Off 5th, took the company public, and launched an online store at saks.com.

In 2013, Hudson's Bay Company, North America's longest continually operated company, acquired Saks Incorporated. The iconic brand continues to dominate the luxury lifestyles market.

Saks Fifth Avenue Shopping Services

SERVICE FIRS provides these services:

  • Coat and package check
  • Gift cards
  • Complimentary package delivery to local NYC hotels
  • Hotel, theater, airline, and restaurant reservations
  • Local messenger service
  • Taxi and limo service

Saks Fifth Avenue also features:

  • Wardrobe consultations (for men and women)
  • Studio services
  • The Salon & Spa, John Allan's Premier Men's Grooming Club, and The Wellery

Cafe SFA on the eighth floor serves brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea. Simple yet well-executed cafe fare includes soups, salads, and sandwiches, served with impressive views of Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. 

Saks Fifth Avenue Highlights

Bridal and Formal Wear

Brides-to-be can make an appointment to choose a designer gown for their big day. With a robust selection of bridal shoes and lingerie, plus attire for the entire wedding party, including all of the appropriate accessories right down to the cuff links and wedding rings, Saks Fifth Avenue covers the details.

Men's and Women's Clothing

Known for its luxury in-store boutiques displaying lines from top American and European designers, Saks Fifth Avenue also carries mainstream labels from designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, and Tommy Hilfiger. Women through size 24 can find something that fits in the Plus and Extended Size department, while parents can get everything they need to outfit their children from birth through the teenage years.

The men's department carries everything from casual weekend wear to coats to golf attire and office staples.

Luxury Goods

A true department store that lives up to the classic description, Saks Fifth Avenue stocks everything from fur to furnishings, accessories to art, and gifts to gourmet foods. The home department carries upscale kitchen brands such as Le Creuset and Vitamix, and luxurious bedding from Kate Spade, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren, among other deluxe brands.