Beneath and around its famous tree, find the perfect gift at Rockefeller Center
With its ice skating rink, decked-out souvenir stalls, and larger-than-life Christmas tree, Rockefeller Center is New York’s heart of the holidays. But beyond Instagram pictures and festive dates, its slew of stores makes it a great place to come gifting—all the easier to do once you’re in the seasonal spirit.
Versatile, durable, classy, and spacious, Longchamp’s bags are as much a closet staple now as jeans and a white tee. New colors and styles debut each season, but largely, the classic French totes—and wallets, luggage, shoes, and leather goods for men and women both—have remained the same since Jean Cassegrain founded the house in 1948, and the brand’s timelessness sees it touted by everyone from grandmothers to Alexa Chung, the face of its latest campaign. French architect Eric Carlson fashioned the brand’s store here warmly with light wood and lots of glass, letting the many colors of its iconic Le Pliage bag do the decorating. (Fifth Ave. nr. 49th St.)
Not far from where Coach began as a small family business of leather goods on 34th street in 1941, the now global brand’s quarters in Rockefeller are as classic as its horse-and-carriage emblem. Handed over to Stuart Vevers earlier this year, Coach was designed for 16 years by Reed Krakoff, who took the brand’s base of well crafted billfolds, wallets, key fobs, and bags and built it up into a full fashion house of exotic materials, funky patterns, and seasonal colors, not to mention all the shoes, jewelry, belts, hats, scarves. With careful makings of double stitching and sturdy skins, gifting here promises something that will be coveted for years to come. (45 Rockefeller Plaza)
From palatial chandeliers to tiny embellishments hand-stitched onto designer dresses, Swarovski has been the ruler of all things glittering for more than a century. Yet for all of its bling factor, the famous Austrian crystal house shows restraint in its calm store, lest its myriad baubles and décor—pendants and rings and chokers, frames and vases and figurines—blind its patrons. It’s not just place for wedding gifts and special occasions, either; paying mind to the times, Swarovski now designs fashion-forward pieces like studded sunglasses, stackable bangles, statement watches, and leather bracelets it describes as rock-chic. (30 Rockefeller Plaza)
Cole Haan has come a long way since its days as the go-to spot for gentlemen to get their shoes (though they still do). The brand’s global flagship is here, austere and concrete on the outside, but inside, the ware imaginatively blends needs and wants. Now, with a full line of everything from umbrellas and galoshes to penny loafers and stacked wedges, the brand still designs all of its pin-sharp styles but infuses them with a fair share of quirkiness as well. Driving loafers come in shades like periwinkle, oxfords have neon soles, outerwear is often rimmed with some kind of fur, suited for scholarly-types still studying in libraries or those long graduated lounging in libraries of their own. (Fifth Ave. nr. 50th St.)