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101 Top New York City Retail Companies and Startups of 2021

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This article showcases our top picks for the best New York City based Retail companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Retail industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top New York City Retail Startups

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Authentic Brands Group

Authentic Brands Group

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Authentic Brands Group is a brand development, marketing, and entertainment company that manages the value of global brands.

Warby Parker

Warby Parker

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Warby Parker is a lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear while being a socially conscious business.

Warby Parker

Capsule

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Capsule is a healthcare technology business rebuilding the pharmacy from the inside out

Warby Parker

Casper

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Casper is a sleep startup that launches a comfortable mattress sold directly to consumers, eliminating commission ­driven, inflated prices.

Warby Parker

JOKR

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JOKR is a grocery and delivery platform that provides hyper-local product delivery services.

Warby Parker

Rent the Runway

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Rent the Runway is an online e-commerce website that allows women to rent designer apparel and accessories.

Warby Parker

JOOR

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JOOR is an online global fashion marketplace, connecting brands and retailers.

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Hungryroot

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Hungryroot is a provider of an artificial intelligence-powered personalized grocery service.

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Katapult

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Katapult is an omnichannel point-of-sale payment platform for retailers and consumers.

Warby Parker

ShopShops

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ShopShops is a livestream, interactive cross-border shopping marketplace that connects retail stores globally with Chinese consumers.

Warby Parker

Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue was the vision of Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel.

Warby Parker

Away

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Away is a modern travel and lifestyle brand designed with thoughtful features that solve real travel problems

Warby Parker

Material Bank

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World’s largest architectural and design-focused material resource library

Warby Parker

Ephemeral Tattoos

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Ephemeral Tattoos is a made-to-fade tattoo creating a world of limitless self-expression, where everybody is a canvas.

Warby Parker

Supreme

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Supreme is a streetwear brand that produces and manufactures fashionable clothing and accessories.

Warby Parker

Bombas

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Bombas is a comfort-focused apparel brand with a mission to help those in need. One Purchased = One Donated.

Warby Parker

Rowing Blazers

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Rowing Blazers is a youthful, irreverent menswear label dedicated to the idea that the classics can be cool.

Warby Parker

Pattern

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Pattern is a family of brands that inspire to learn, explore, and lay the foundation for a more present life.

Warby Parker

Obsess

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Obsess is a platform for immersive mobile commerce.

Warby Parker

Grailed

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Grailed is a NYC-based peer-to-peer marketplace company.

Warby Parker

TVTY

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TVTY measures and strengthens TV’s impact on digital and offline outcomes in real-time to unlock advertisers’ full business potential.

Warby Parker

SevenFifty

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SevenFifty helps importers, producers, distributors, and retail buyers connect with each other and do business in a modern world.

Warby Parker

Moda Operandi

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Moda Operandi is a platform for emerging fashion designers and retailers.

Warby Parker

ShopKeep

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ShopKeep® is a cloud-based iPad point of sale system for restaurants and retail stores.

Warby Parker

Narrativ

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Narrativ is a subscription technology platform for brands to acquire new customers through trusted creators, not sponsored content or ads.

Warby Parker

Dia&Co

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Dia&Co sells plus size clothing and accessories via a try at home model.

Warby Parker

KeyMe

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KeyMe is a mobile app that allows users to store, share, and duplicate their physical keys based on a digital image.

Warby Parker

Lightspeed

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Lightspeed offers clients access to our proprietary order execution system, Lightspeed Trader, real time risk and margin management

Warby Parker

Perch

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Perch’s retail engagement marketing platform detects products customers touch via computer vision to respond with dynamic product content

Warby Parker

Bonobos

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Bonobos is an e-commerce driven clothing brand focused on delivering great fit and excellent customer service.

Warby Parker

Acquco

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Acquco is an e-commerce platform that focuses on acquiring and growing Amazon Marketplace businesses.

Warby Parker

Bulletin

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Bulletin operates as a wholesale marketplace and community that connects premium brands and retailers.

Warby Parker

Queen of Raw

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Marketplace for fashion brands and retailers to buy/sell unused textiles, keeping them out of landfills and turning pollution into profit

Warby Parker

Public Goods

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Making healthy products affordable

Warby Parker

Marquee Brands

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Marquee Brands is a brand acquisition, licensing and development company

Warby Parker

Rockets of Awesome

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Rockets of Awesome is a direct-to-consumer kids’ apparel brand, designing and selling over-the-top clothes.

Warby Parker

CUUP

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CUUP is a direct to consumer startup focused on providing the essential bra for women.

Warby Parker

Spring

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Spring is a retail company that sells a wide range of items from apparel to home and garden items.

Warby Parker

Perfitly

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Perfitly is the only accurate, end-to-end solution that bridges the online divide between a customer and the fitting room experience.

Warby Parker

Pair Eyewear

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Pair Eyewear is an eyewear brand designed and made specifically for children.

Warby Parker

Andie

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Andie is a designer and manufacturer of one-piece women’s swimsuits and sells them to consumers through its e-commerce platform.

Warby Parker

Paloma

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Paloma helps ecommerce businesses sell directly to customers in messaging channels, with automated personal shopping conversations.

Warby Parker

ArtSugar

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ArtSugar is the curated e-commerce platform selling eye-catching artwork & home decor objects at an accessible price point.

Warby Parker

Fraud.net

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The Future of Fraud Prevention – fraud detection, intelligence augmentation, and live-streaming visualizations.

Warby Parker

DWS Holdings, Inc.

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E-commerce/Biotech/Fintech/AI

Warby Parker

Primary

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Primary is making better clothes for kids and building a better experience for busy parents to shop for them.

Warby Parker

Gilt Groupe

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Gilt Groupe provides a shopping website that includes fashion for women, men, and children; home decor and unique activities.

Warby Parker

Camp

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CAMP is a retail chain built to engage and inspire young families.

Warby Parker

Tamara Mellon

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Tamara Mellon offers apparel and accessories for women.

Warby Parker

Naadam

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Naadam is an American clothing company specializing in affordable, luxury cashmere products.

Warby Parker

New Stand

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New Stand is a convenience and engagement platform that blends physical touchpoints with digital perks and location-based media

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Singuli

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Singuli is an inventory optimization platform that offers spreadsheet tools for retailers.

Warby Parker

Nestig

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Nestig provides modern nursery essentials such as cribs and mattresses.

Warby Parker

Happiest Community

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Global Community + Lifestyle Brand on a mission to ‘Make Humanity Happy’™. Our Community and Products sow & grow happiness

Warby Parker

CB4

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CB4 is the easiest, fastest, and most rewarding way for stores to sell more product and satisfy shoppers.

Warby Parker

James Allen

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JamesAllen.com has pioneered the way consumers shop for fine jewelry online.

Warby Parker

Coterie

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Coterie creates smart, innovative baby care products that make parents’ lives easier, starting with its high-performing diaper.

Warby Parker

Olivela

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Olivela is an online luxury retail platform with a philanthropic business model.

Warby Parker

Bombfell

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Bombfell is an online clothing retail store providing personalized clothes for men.

Warby Parker

Eloquii

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Eloquii offers an online plus size clothing store featuring women’s plus size fashion, clothes, and accessories.

Warby Parker

kencko

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kencko is a smart food company reinventing organic fruit and vegetable products.

Warby Parker

Weezmo

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Physical Market Intelligence Platform

Warby Parker

Helix Sleep

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Bringing customization to the sleep category by offering personalized, made to order mattresses at value driven prices.

Warby Parker

SHOWFIELDS

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The most interesting store in the world

Warby Parker

Hill House Home

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A lifestyle brand for the bed and the home

Warby Parker

Aeropostale

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Aéropostale, Inc. is a mall-based company.

Warby Parker

buywith

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Buywith is an online shopping Livestream platform for brands, retailers, influencers & experts to host live shopping events.

Warby Parker

RADAR

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RADAR is an RFID and computer vision platform that automates inventory management, analytics and checkout in physical stores.

Warby Parker

BarnesandNoble.com

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Barnes & Noble, Inc., is a Fortune 500 company, the largest retail bookseller in the United States

Warby Parker

Stylitics

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Stylitics is a cloud-based SaaS platform for retailers to automate and distribute visual content at scale.

Warby Parker

Wandering Bear Coffee

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Wandering Bear makes extra strong organic coffee in multiple formats, including cold brew “coffee on tap” boxes, k-cup pods and grounds

Warby Parker

The Lightstone Group

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Lightstone Group is a real-estate investment company that develops, manages and invests in all sectors of the real estate market.

Warby Parker

Shoppable

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Shoppable specializes in patented checkout technology and distributed commerce solutions for advertisers, publishers, and merchants.

Warby Parker

Wardrobe

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Wardrobe is a peer-to-peer luxury clothing rental app focused on sustainability.

Warby Parker

Fluz

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Reinventing cashback to give you more. Get paid when you shop + when your friends shop. Earn Cashback Forever.

Warby Parker

CitiXsys

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CitiXsys is a leading provider of software solutions for Retail and Hospitality.

Warby Parker

KIDBOX

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KIDBOX delivers personalized experiences through curated premiere brands with an easy and fun way for parents and kids to shop from home.

Warby Parker

Sequential Brands Group

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Sequential Brands Group owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion and lifestyle categories.

Warby Parker

FINDMINE

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FINDMINE specializes in using machine learning to automate manual and tedious tasks in the retail industry.

Warby Parker

CrowdTwist

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CrowdTwist is an industry-leading provider of comprehensive multichannel loyalty and analytics solutions.

Warby Parker

Studs

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Studs is a piercing studio meant to appeal to a conscious millennial and Gen-Z customer.

Warby Parker

Flieber

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Multi-channel inventory optimization for online retailers

Warby Parker

Custora

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Custora is the leader in advanced customer analytics for the retail industry.

Warby Parker

ByondXR

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Byond transforms eCommerce through immersive experiences that increase engagement, conversion and ROI

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The Inside

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The Inside is a home furnishings brand that unlocks your shortcut to a chic home, for every style and budget.

Warby Parker

HookLogic

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HookLogic provides closed-loop marketing for brand advertisers through its partnerships with leading retailers and travel companies.

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Pepper

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Pepper makes bras in AA to B cups with band sizes starting at 30 and going to 38 for small-chested women.

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Tire Agent

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Tire Agent is an online tire retailer that makes the tire shopping experience more personalized, accessible, and affordable.

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Blutag

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Blutag enables a voice based experience for your store. Delight your customers and increase customer engagement.

Warby Parker

People10 Technologies

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People10 Technologies Inc. provide Software Services like., Agile and Lean Product development, QA , Application management & many more.

Warby Parker

Draper James

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Draper James is an online shopping site selling apparels and home accessories.

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Qvalon

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Qvalon – SaaS service for managing company standards, business processes and personnel

Warby Parker

R2Net

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R2Net is the product of over 30 years experience within the diamond industry

Warby Parker

Localised

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Localised is local-first ecommerce. We are what brands expanding globally do next.

Warby Parker

Trendalytics Innovation Labs

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Trendalytics Innovation Labs is a product intelligence engine that surfaces what consumers want today and tomorrow.

Warby Parker

Giggle

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Giggle operates as an online multichannel retailer of baby care products.

Warby Parker

Saks.com

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Saks.com offers a shopping destination for all-channel luxury.

Warby Parker

Allure Systems

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Allure Systems uses AI to produce apparel images for eCommerce.

Warby Parker

GPShopper

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GPShopper is a mobile commerce platform and app developer for retailers. Loyalty and eComm integrations, mobile CMS and real-time analytics.

Warby Parker

Nomi

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Nomi is an omni-channel marketing platform that helps retailers better engage with their customers.

Warby Parker

Uppercase

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Uppercase offers modern retail solution that helps brands to launch stores from the ground up.

Written by Mark Smith

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