Macy's is boring
ABC is too expensive...
Gracious Home is too matronly
Buy them online. You can find luxury towels at great prices at sites like gilt.com and hautelook.com.
I steal mine from the Everard.
Bed Bath and Beyond or Bloomingdales. I like to feel towels before I buy them, so I don't buy online.
I used to get towels, and everything for the home, at the now-closed Conrans. Selections were limited but everything was great and modern. Pricy, but not as expensive as ABC. It's ridiculous that in a place like NYC there are no fabulously stylish modern home stores
I only buy the French brand D. Porthault at 470 Park Avenue. 65-gram Egyptian cotton with double-rolled, hand-sewn scalloped edges. A steal at 400 dollars.
[quote]I like to feel towels before I buy them, so I don't buy online.
Agreed, R5. But Bloomingdale's gets awfully weird about taking them into the fitting rooms.
Bed Bath Beyond
Linens n Things
Heaven forbid you buy your bath towels at a boring department store, Mary!
829 Madison Ave., at 69th St.
Totally disagree with you about Macy's. You can great amazing deals on really nice towels and sheets.
There is one on the upper east side, one on the upper west side, one in Forest Hills, Queens and one in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Agree on Restoration Hardware, Century 21 or Loehmanns.I got beautiful Natori bath towels at Bed Bath as well, and a wonferful plush bathmat there as well.
It's towels. Not a car or a house, Mary.
Just bring a few home from the bathhouse next time you visit.
I actually was at the tubs last night and the towels were really great. Must have been new or the fact that I tip everyone when I go in.
I know they are just towels but I like some style that is more than a Macy's plush pile solid color Britex crap.
I saw some great ones at ABC yesterday...but $100 for a bath towel is not my budget.
Thanks for the suggestions everyone
I air dry. It's cheaper and better for my skin
Ikea. Seriously. They're the only towels I've owned that don't shed after washing them, they have handy loops sewn in for hanging onto a hook, the design is simple and basic, they come (came) in multiple sizes and colors, and they were affordable (when compared to other brands).
L.L. Bean made me re-think buying towels online. Bought a set years ago and they're still luxurious, despite being the only towels I use daily. If they ever start deteriorating, I will go back again.
Damn, don't they have a Wal-Mart in NYC?
Target? Dollar General???????
Penneys. Good value for the $.
I tend to buy stuff at Macy's only because it's what my mother did and I lack the imagination to do any different. I hate shopping from crap like towels. I wish I were more of a housefrau because my house looks like shit.
Costco. Two to three star hotel quality. What more do you really need? Get a package of six. They're white. There are Costcos in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.
I second Ikea. I really prefer a less plush towel and like the hanging loops on them. And the fact that they're like $5 each seals the deal.
If you never over-detergent your laundry and if your towels never see the inside of a dryer:
1) They will not get stiff when you air dry them,
2) They will last MUCH LONGER because the short lint fibers will not get knocked off in the tumble dryer,
3) They will smell great naturally, or especially if you add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil in the rinse water.
Even crummy towels seem nicer when they get this treatment.
I vote for Century 21 too. (At least the one near the WTC). The one at Lincoln Center seems more expensive.