For luxury wares, there’s one street in Midtown that tops the rest
Two blocks below Central Park, 57th Street has been drawing attention upward as of late with its new crop of skyline-changing skyscrapers. But at ground level, the street is equally resplendent, planted with a host of luxury designer stores. Here’s where to shop.
Sizing more than 20,000-square-feet at the bottom of the New York One building, Louis Vuitton’s flagship is not only the its largest store in the city but also among its largest in the world. There’s certainly every type of LV monogrammed leather parcel imaginable, but the real appeal here is the rest of Louis Vuitton’s apparel, which Nicolas Ghesquière has been reinventing into some of each season’s most coveted new looks—globally-inspired, glamorous, and wearable. It’s quite a trip to make your way through this travel-loving fashion house’s four-floor store, with the latest lines of womenswear available in full alongside Vuitton’s other signature strengths: mens suits, exotic-leather watches, and fine jewelry. (57th St. at Fifth Ave.)
Of the things that get better with time, luxury watches are naturally among them, becoming valuable antiques the more their hands turn around. With what might well be the most extensive selection of watches in the city, Tourneau’s home on 57th is testament to just how versatile these accessories can be. For those looking for an investment piece, there are pared-down Jaeger-LeCoultre chronographs, mechanical skeleton Vacheron Constantins, bejeweled Rolex Cillinis, and Tourneau’s own wide-ranging line; for the everyday, there are preppy Tissots, stylized Citizens, and sports watches from Luminox. For those in want of something truly unique, there’s also a department of certified pre-owned vintage watches from brands such as Cartier and Patek Philippe, kept in ship-shape by the store’s extensive service and repair department. (57th St. nr. Fifth Ave.)
Not far from its national headquarters, Burberry’s flagship proves that the brand is about much more than trench coats and plaid. Although its design is classically British with hardwood floors, brass fixtures, and a dramatic grand staircase, the wares from Christopher Bailey’s latest Burberry Prorsum collections prove that the line has moved in more imaginative directions with bohemian frocks, cashmere ponchos, and fringed bucket bags. Whereas the SoHo outlet of Burberry stocks a sampling of the house’s wares, the six floors here carry the full selection, including the more traditional Burberry London line, a bespoke tuxedo department, children’s clothing, and a made-to-order trench coat service. (57th St. nr. Fifth Ave.)
From Clark Gable to Donald Trump to Daniel Craig’s James Bond, the number of modern history’s male powerplayers who suit themselves in Brioni is innumerable. First opened in Rome in 1945, Brioni’s made-to-measure suits are bold status symbol, each handmade in one of the most laborious suit-making processes on the planet. Each suit takes more than 200 people nearly one day to make, with thousands of hand-stitches and hundreds of ironing, resulting in complete impeccability. But it’s not just formalwear that has made Brioni one of the foremost men’s luxury brands in the world; the brand also offers ready-to-wear collections, handmade leather goods, shoes, and eyewear, all sporting Brioni’s signature style of rich colors, strong silhouettes, and utter sophistication. (57th St. nr. Madison Ave.)