Four places to see you ringing in the new season with a fresh look
For some, cleaning out the closet comes with the territory of a comprehensive, annual spring cleaning. For others, the change in the weather is just an excuse to shop. Either way, there’s no better reason than the new season to add some sparkling new additions to any wardrobe. From shoes and handbags to suits and ties, here are four spots to do just that.
No bags quite embody playful elegance as well as Kate Spade’s—even the name sounds punchy and rhythmic. The brand was founded in 1993, and it didn’t take long for the little rectangular appliqué bearing its name to spread like wildfire, carried on the arms of women everywhere. It’s easy to see why: Affordable and well made—those heavy snaps and zippers scream quality—the range of bags has a style for every woman and every occasion, from the retro, round-cornered Cedar Street carry-alls to the ladylike gold-chained Emerson Place line and capacious tote bags illustrated with flirty sketches. The flagship store on the Upper East Side is as eternally bright and bold as its offerings, with big hanging orb lights and floor-to-ceiling wood panels of geometric cutouts that look straight out of the 1950s. (Madison Ave. at 67th St.)
Many would argue that an accessory can make an entire look; it’s hard to argue against this when that scene-stealing piece comes from Salvatore Ferragamo. The fashion house—whose foundation is firm in butter-soft leathers and bespoke-quality shoes—is now headed by creative director Massimiliano Giornetti, who likes to take its heritage looks and update them for modern sybarites, such as the gorgeous throwback wedges from his Spring 2015 collection fashioned from suede. The two-story Midtown store feels straight out of Milan with high ceilings and lots of glass and is filled with enough gorgeous odds and ends to make an Agnelli go weak at the knees: Italian silk ties and exotic skinned belts, gentlemanly cufflinks and starlet shades, gala-ready heels and those famous driving shoes of the thickest leather. (Fifth Ave. at 52nd St.)
Massimo Dutti is like a secret weapon for the sartorially inclined modern man. Launched in 1985 with menswear only, the Spanish brand added womenswear a decade later, but the former is still the strong point; technically complex tailoring and fine fabrics go into Dutti’s intelligent, European-tinged designs, happily sold at a price-range lower than what you’ll find on the racks of any nice department store. For spring, jackets come in structured silhouettes and blends like cotton and linen, light sweaters are delicately stitched with small embroideries, button-ups are fitted and patterned (should they bear one) mutedly, so as to not be too loud in any boardrooms. Dutti has more than 500 stores worldwide—an impressive number for a brand launched relatively recently—but its capacious New York flagship in Midtown is one of the more impressive, with the marble-floored feel of a young mogul’s penthouse. What’s more, alterations here are complimentary, ensuring every pair of chinos will fall at that perfect ankle-grazing length. (Fifth Ave. at 54th St.)
Breezy fabrics, brilliant colors, tropical patterns…does anything sound more fun for a new spring look? Nothing about Escada’s womenswear shies away from the spotlight, be it sleek work attire from the sportswear line or glitzy gowns from the couture collection. In the brand’s Fifth Avenue outpost, three floors—made of limestone and basked in soft light—are filled with Escada’s cultishly-beloved pantsuits, swishy knitwear, and embellished party frocks, all doused in unapologetic femininity. For this spring’s collection, Escada’s fashion director Daniel Wingate focused on “floriculture,” with everything from pencil skirts to jumpsuits colored and patterned with botanical romanticism. (Fifth Ave. nr. 56th St.)