New York Historical Walking Tours...with a Shopping Twist!

We’re known for our hands-on shopping tours of New York, but did you know that Seek offers historical walking tours as well? Our specialty is NYC walking tours pertaining to the history of the shopping, retail, and garment industries in NYC, and all of our tours are led by professional shoppers and stylists who are also licensed tour guides. A New York history tour with Seek is like taking a New York City shopping tour in another era!

We currently offer five fashion-related historic walking tours of NYC, including:

Ladies’ Mile Historic District Walking Tour
Between the Civil War and World War I, New York’s
Ladies’ Mile thrived with the hustle and bustle of female shoppers. The streets of the shopping district (a stretch of Manhattan below 24th Street) were lined with legendary New York City department stores like Lord & Taylor, B. Altman, Macy’s, and Siegel-Cooper & Company. This NYC walking tour explores the history of shopping along the Ladies’ Mile and the architecture of Ladies’ Mile Historic District, much of which is once again home to big New York retailers.

SoHo Walking Tour
New York’s
SoHo neighborhood is known as the “it” destination for boutique shopping and designer fashions, but did you know that it is also home to the largest conglomeration of c
SoHo Cast Iron Historic District
ast iron buildings in the world? Or that it has a rich history of art, design, and culture? Or that it is the neighborhood where several notable New York City retailers first got their starts? This NYC walking tour combines elements of a SoHo historical walking tour with hands-on shopping, exploring both SoHo history (including the Cast Iron Historic District) and the present-day retailers which now thrive in the neighborhood. See buildings that once housed stores like the Arnold Constable emporium, as well as spots where modern-day designers do business. This tour also visits two neighboring areas--Canal Street and NoLita--and explores both their historical significance and present-day popularity.

Fifth Avenue Historical Tour
When you think “fashion,” you often think “Fifth Avenue.” New York City’s famous street as long been popular with fashion designers, stylists, shoppers, and tourists alike. Seek’s
Fifth Avenue Fashion Tour explores the significance of Fifth Avenue in the development of shopping and fashion in NYC. Learn the evolution of fashion on Fifth Avenue, from garment manufacturing lofts and famous department stores (such as Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Ave. history) to architectural landmarks and famous movie locations. The Fifth Avenue historical tour is a Fifth Avenue walking tour for fashion fans!

Garment District Walking Tour
Seek’s
Garment District walking tour features a blend of Garment District history and hands-on shopping time at the neighborhood’s best fabric, trim, and notions stores. Shop Project Runway locations (such as Mood Fabrics) and explore the history of the garment industry from its earliest beginnings to present-day efforts to revitalize the neighborhood. This tour is ideal for fashion students, aspiring designers, Project Runway fans, and anyone with an interest in the history of the Garment District in New York City.

Upper West Side Tour
In addition to our
Upper West Side Boutiques shopping tour, Seek offers an Upper West Side walking tour that combines clothing and accessory shopping with Upper West Side history and culture. This Upper West Side walking tour includes boutique and discount shopping as well as famous TV/movie locations (from shows like Sex and the City) and cultural landmarks such as Lincoln Center. Food shopping, bookstores, and Central Park highlights can also be included on this guided tour of the Upper West Side. Currently offered as a customized private tour only.

Want to book a historical walking tour for this spring? Visit Seek New York Tours for more information!