Luxury Holiday Shopping at The Shops at Riverside

The holidays only come once a year and, if budgets allow, now’s the perfect time to splurge for the people in your life. After the year we’ve all had, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn’t appreciate being spoiled a little. With a desire to be our very best gift givers to those around us, we tagged along on a shopping trip to The Shops at Riverside® to yield some inspiration. Our guide? None other than Eliana Ladenheim, an impossibly chic fashion and lifestyle blogger, wife, and mom based in New York City. Looking for a luxurious shopping experience, Eliana made the short and easy drive to Hackensack, New Jersey to pick up some noteworthy and sure-to-be memorable gifts for her family (with a little something for herself thrown in there, too!). Read on to hear all about Eliana’s visit and be sure to stop by The Shops at Riverside for a remarkable shopping experience. 

Tell us, are you a frequent shopper at The Shops at Riverside? Why do you enjoy shopping there?
The Shops at Riverside is amazing — they have such a great selection of stores, which is why I love to shop there! For anyone that wants to shop high-end, their latest addition of a luxury wing is gorgeous! The art and architectural features are so well done, when you walk in it’s almost like you’re not sure if you walked into a museum or a shopping mall!

As a New Yorker, sometimes I just need to get out of the city and shop somewhere different — The Shops at Riverside is always my go-to since it’s super close to New York City. In addition, they do a great job of ensuring a clean and safe shopping environment. Hand sanitizer is readily available, social distancing is strictly enforced, and the store employees adhere to all safety protocols.

The holidays are right around the corner — who were you trying to cross off your gifting list today?
>I knew my husband needed a new belt, and I wanted to get something special for my mother that was chic yet timeless. Thankfully, I successfully found gifts for both my husband and mother, and I may have grabbed a little something for myself as well!

When shopping luxury, how do you like to shop?
When shopping for luxury items, I definitely like to shop in-store. First off, because when I’m investing in a high-end piece, I want it immediately. Second, when purchasing a luxury item, store employees make sure you feel you’re being treated to a special experience. Also, I like to know that if there’s ever an issue with an item or I need to educate myself on proper care or maintenance, I can go back to the store and get the help I need.

Tell us about your experience at Max Mara. How was the one-on-one experience and how did it make your visit efficient?
My first stop was Max Mara — it’s one of my favorite stores. Their pieces are usually very neutral and the structure of their items is impeccable — I knew that I’d be able to find something special for my mom here.

My one-on-one experience was amazing — the store manager really educated me on the brand and made me want to own a Max Mara piece even more than ever before. I learned about their craftsmanship and saw firsthand how all of their pieces are so timeless and chic.

I’ve been eyeing Max Mara’s famous teddy coat for quite awhile, but after learning more about it, it’s shot to the top of my must-have list. I ended up purchasing the teddy scarf and belt as a gift for my mother. The teddy scarf is such a great statement piece for winter, and the price point, although not inexpensive, is more accessible than the teddy coat. The teddy scarf adds an element of interest to any winter outfit!

You stopped by Jimmy Choo, too! What caught your eye?
Jimmy Choo is just….Jimmy Choo! Doesn’t every girl want to own a pair?! 

The shoes, the bags, the sunglasses, the perfumes — they have a ton of different gift options. I was eyeing the infamous pearl satin cocktail heels and have added them to my wishlist. I walked away with an incredible little bag that I felt was perfect for when I eventually attend events again or go out to dinner.

Next up: Tiffany & Co. How was your visit?
Tiffany & Co. is a perfect place to shop for anyone of any age. They have gifts for men, women, girls, and even babies! There are also a ton of options that’ll allow you to gift someone their famous turquoise box without breaking the bank. I love their beautiful bangles in silver and gold, their “Please Return to Tiffany” collection of stackable bracelets and rings, their charm bracelets, and cufflinks. There were so many options!

Tell us about your experience at Salvatore Ferragamo.
This is where I found the belt that I can’t wait to give my husband. Salvatore Ferragamo is a store you can walk right into and know that you’ll be able to walk out with gifts for any member of your family. From accessories, to wallets, to shoes ,to belts, they have so much to offer.

How has your visit to The Shops at Riverside made the holiday shopping experience seamless and enjoyable?
Overall, my shopping experience at The Shops at Riverside was exceptional! There were many options in each store for almost everyone in the family. My experience in the newly designed luxury wing was extremely comfortable, safe, and enjoyable. I was really happy to check off two big gifts on my holiday list and find a little something for myself as well!


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