Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus have recently opened updated urban department store formats in New York City, and while they are heavily apparel oriented, they have significant, meticulously merchandised housewares assortments with some home furnishings.
Both have a single major housewares-oriented department. In Neiman Marcus, near the Hudson Yards development on the West Side of Manhattan and a few blocks from the Jacob Javits Convention Center, the major home-oriented displays, split with gourmet and giftable food, is the Cook & Merchants Market. It offers designer labels, such as Jonathan Adler, and upscale brand name items ranging from tabletop, where Baccarat is a presence, to electrics, including a major Smeg display, to cookware, where Le Creuset is the main attraction.
Nordstrom features housewares on its lowest level, but the brand assortment is upscale and similar in detail, with Baccarat and Smeg having a presence.
Outside of the main home-oriented departments, seasonal presentations, particularly in Neiman Marcus, and gift displays, especially in Nordstrom, offer noteworthy housewares contributions. They include some home furnishings as well, such as candles and vases.
In both stores, displays of home merchandise, if limited, are elegant and carefully considered but not old fashioned or over the top. Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are demonstrating, in a city that significantly contributed to the development of the department store, whether or not they have the right formula to entice today’s urban shopper.
See below for a store tour of the new Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom in New York City.