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    We Pioneered Off-Price

    In 1961, co-founders Al and Sonny Gindi opened the first off-price retailer in Downtown Manhattan. Inspired by an upcoming World’s Fair exhibit “Century 21,
    The World of Tomorrow,” the name represents the owners’ mission to revamp the traditional retail model, allowing shoppers to access designer brands at amazing prices.

    What started as a small, discount department store has evolved into a must-see shopping destination for locals, tourists and celebrities alike. Now, the flagship store spans six buildings, up from a mere three floors from when it first opened, and there are 14 locations spanning the east coast.

    Real Deals, Direct From The Designer

    You can be sure that all Century 21 Stores product is 100% guaranteed authentic. Since the early ’80s, our buyers have scoured the globe for great merchandise and worked with trusted vendors to negotiate our amazing prices. We have established longstanding relationships with top designers and are committed to confirming the authenticity of every item we sell.

    “Century 21, the downtown discount store, was THE best part of jury duty.” –Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City

    Paige DeSorbo

    Celebrities Love Us

    Not even celebrities can resist our legendary discounts. Kim Kardashian, Ed Norton, rapper Cardi B, Extra host Mario Lopez, The Hills alum Kristin Cavallari, Bravo’s Paige DeSorbo and Sonja Morgan and The Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler have all shopped with us—and the list keeps growing. We even got a shout-out from THE Carrie Bradshaw on HBO’s hit show Sex and the City.

    The Buzz About Town

    Everyone Has A Century Story

    We all live for the moments we find It—the piece we want to show and tell everyone about. For Richard Martin, curator of the Costume Institute, it was a John Galliano dress. “Absolutely off the rack,” he said. “In fact, falling off the rack.” The dress would later be showcased in The Met show, “Our New Clothes: Acquisitions of the 1990’s.”

    “My name is D.M.C., used to rhyme with Run & the place to shop at, Century 21.”–Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels

    Telfar Clemens

    Century Does Fashion Week

    Our flagship has been front row for a lineup of NYFW events. Office magazine took over Next Century and half of the first floor to host their legendary NYFW party—one of the most attended parties of the entire week. Telfar, the menswear line of fashion prodigy and international celebrity Telfar Clemens, showcased their Fall/Winter collection, allowing the public to get a sneak peek the same time as the insiders.

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    Our History



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