The Body Shop

420 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10170 Directions
Today 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Closed All Hours
+12126823502
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To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?

Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.

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In New York City, walking past the shops along Madison or Broadway can feel like strutting down the catwalk. Chic women click their Louboutins from shop to shop, their perfect hair unaffected by the summer heat. Because of the city’s enormous range of high-end stores, New York City shopping can be overwhelming. However, it doesn’t have to be expensive; knowing where to find affordable items can turn an afternoon of retail pain into fashion gain.

To browse a variety of items, from handmade jewelry to re-purposed clothing, head to the Dekalb Market in Downtown Brooklyn. Housed in a series of salvaged shipping containers, this one-of-a-kind flea market provides a multi-purpose venue for shoppers in New York City to buy wares of all kinds from retailers, grab a bite, and then enjoy some live music.

A stroll along 9th Street in the East Village is a worthwhile way to spend a Saturday afternoon, especially with a stop at Cloak & Dagger. With a second location in South Brooklyn, this boutique embodies what’s best about New York City shops, offering timeless fashions that outlast the latest fleeting pop-culture trend. In addition to selling flattering summer dresses by designers such as Lauren Moffatt, Cloak & Dagger offers the latest accessories, shoes, and handcrafted soaps.

For more casual threads, visit one of the three locations of Uniqlo, a boutique that offers men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. This Japanese company features their own line as well as items by designers such as Lulu Guinness and Orla Kiely. With a commitment to social responsibility and a clothing recycling program, Uniqlo ensures that, by buying their clothing, you’ll build up karma points in exchange for a bag full of affordable, fashionable items.

With so many places to shop in New York City, the toughest decision may be where to start. The first step is to just step outside and start exploring what the city has to offer.

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