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How to shop Scottsdale Fashion Square

To call the luxury behemoth that is Scottsdale Fashion Square “overwhelming” may be an understatement, to say the least. If you have ever set foot in this mall three things probably come to mind:

1. Wow, it’s huge.

2. It’s pretty!

3. Where do I even begin?!

Scotsdale Fashion Square

Scottsdale Fashion Square

To be honest, there was a point where if I knew I was shopping for just a few things, I’d try and avoid Scottsdale Fashion Square. The potential for chaos frightened me. But once you know how to shop this mall, and how to shop it just right, it’s perfect. After all, no other mall in town houses luxury names like Barney’s, Neiman Marcus, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and a soon-to-open Prada, all under one roof.

If luxury shopping isn’t your thing, there are plenty of budget-friendly trendy shops too. Think: Forever 21, H&M, Francesca’s Collections, bebe, Ann Taylor and more.

Still a little intimidated? Don’t worry. Here’s your quick guide to be coming a Scottsdale Fashion Square shopping Pro.


1. Parking

I’ll be honest: Parking here can be aggressive. Especially during the holidays. And especially on weekends. But there are three fail-safe lots I can just about guarantee you’ll find a spot at.

Scottsdale Fashion Square store directory

First, try the underground parking lot on the East side of the mall, right under E4 where there’s a big X drawn. (The reason for the X is above-ground, this parking lot that sits across H&M and Modern Steak is total madness. But underneath the lot is totally brimming with spots.)

You can also try the lot underneath and on the opposite side of Barneys New York marked 1B and P3 for easy access to parking spots and all the shops in Tip 2, below.

2. High/Low shopping

The secret to any successful shopping mission is having a strategy in place.  If you’re in a pinch for time and want to get the best high-low shopping in a two-hour visit or less, stick to the recently renovated East side of the mall.

Start upstairs and hit the Barney’s co-op for your luxury treats. Next door, you’ll find an awesome Forever 21 and an H&M. These are great stores for stocking up on budget-friendly wardrobe basics. For a cheap accessories thrill, load up at Charming Charlie’s, next door to H&M.

Banana Republic Concept Store Scottsdale Fashion Square

Banana Republic's new concept store

On your way out, exit the mall downstairs. You’ll find a boutique-style Banana Republic unlike any other in the Valley with accessories that believe me, you won’t want to miss. Next door is the Valley’s first and only Ted Baker stocked with plenty of cute and trendy pieces. End your trip by hitting the Barneys shoe department because, well, is there any better way to end a shopping trip?

3. People watching

Modern Steak Scottsdale Fashion Square

Modern Steak, Scottsdale Fashion Square

If you aren’t much of a shopper or all are shopped out, one thing you can always count on at Scottsdale Fashion Square is the people watching. But where are your best bets?

For cougars on the prowl and the trendy set, station yourself at Modern Steak. Tip: Order the truffle fries and some Champagne. It’s a magical combination. Trust.

Maybe you’re more of the “ladies who lunch” set; if so, you’ll be among your own at Fred’s (located in Barneys).

Beer lovers and the casual crew can be found at Yard House where there is a ridiculous amount of beer on tap.

And Happy Hour fanatics are all about Kona Grill and Z Tejas. The latter at which, they cut you off after just three margaritas. But hey, at least you’re already at the mall. Is there anything better than a good buzz followed by some shopping? I think not.


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Tory Burch opening @ Scottsdale Fashion Square

For those of you dissappointed to learn today that H&M at Scottsdale Fashion Square has delayed its opening from spring to fall, there’s still good news! SFS also announced that AZ’s very first Tory Burch store will be opening this spring.

The first-to-market shop will be housed on the lower level next to Neiman Marcus and is just in time for us to stock up on spring fashions.

Tory Burch Spring 2010 Collection

7 for all Mankind opening @ Scottsdale Fashion Square

With the flurry of all that’s new at Scottsdale Fashion Square, it’s enough to make our heads spin! This Friday, October 30th, comes another newbie to SFS’s remodeled wing, and it’s a 7 for all Mankind store. Just the second in the state (the first location recently opened at Kierland Commons) this 7 store will offer plenty of luxury goodies for men and women including tops, dresses, accessories and, of course, jeans galore. The 3,000 -sq. -ft. boutique also carries sunglasses, a kid’s collection and footwear too.


The Mannequin is our Muse @ Scottsdale Fashion Square

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for Barney’s New York (finally!) opening up its doors at Scottsdale Fashion Square this week, not to mention all the other retailers and restaurants too. The 100,000 -sq. -ft. expansion kicks off this Wednesday, October 15th, and as part of the celebration, local artists and celebrities have designed mannequins showing their interpretation of style, 100 of which will be on display in the new wing.

The top five winners will be displayed at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts later this month. You can vote for your favorite mannequin here.

Here’s a sneak peek at a few:

Carolina Herrera


Simon Doonan

Optical Shop of Aspen


Only three days left until the opening–can’t wait!