By Faith Hope Consolo
New York City luxury retail remains resilient, with new entries and expansions paving the way for a phenomenal fall. On Madison Avenue, we welcome Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli to 683 Madison Avenue previously Ghurka. Marni expanded from its Soho outpost to Madison and 67th, next to Isaac Mizrahi’s upcoming Big Apple entry, his first. L’Etoile Royale to Pilar Rossi’s former space at 784 Madison just steps from where Paul DuMont Estate Jewelry will be in the former Soho Gem, number 780. Hervé Léger is poised to take space at 804 Madison Avenue. Another example of ever changing stores on the Avenue is Stubbs & Wootton, which replaced Sigerson Morrison in the Carlyle Hotel (987 Madison), while Sigerson Morrison is moving to 71st Street. Crewcuts, whose upscale children’s apparel is favored by the Obama girls, has a new outpost at 1190 Madison Avenue. Christopher Fischer Cashmere is coming to 1225 Madison Avenue, while Buck House moves into a new and expanded space at 1318 Madison Avenue.
Expansion also continues on Fifth Avenue: de Grisogono, Swiss jeweler and watchmaker will have an atelier in the Pierre Hotel at 61st Street. Versace now has a ‘shop in shop’ at Bergdorf Goodman. Fashion Week witnessed the debut of the Tommy Hilfiger flagship at 681 Fifth Avenue. Gap partners with the Paris boutique Merci for a concept store at 54th Street. Brooks Brothers landed its first Rockefeller Center boutique at 51st Street. LittleMissMatched, the New York-based legwear label, is opening at 565 Fifth Avenue next to Build-A-Bear.
On the Upper East Side, Spring Flowers at 1050 Third Avenue is now alongside Italian Monnalisa for the tots that are “oh so chic.” Lemonade introduces a new children’s apparel concept to 1038 Lexington Avenue. Arthur & Company previewed its collection of leather goods and accessories at 63rd and Lexington. On the department store side, one legend is emulating another: Bloomingdale’s has installed a Harrod’s-like collection of in-store boutiques -- Louis Vuitton at the corner, joined by Ralph Lauren, British cosmetics nirvana Space NK locating in a renovated interior and the first Bb Styling from Bumble and Bumble. Men’s shirtmakers s.kulhman arrives at 989 Third Avenue.
Across Central Park on the Upper West Side, Stuart Weitzman is opening next door to Barney’s Co-Op, on Broadway between 75th and 76th. Malin + Goetz offers personal care extraordinaire at 82nd St. and Amsterdam Avenue. Gas Bijoux imports jewel creations made in Gas’ atelier in Marseille to 189B Columbus Avenue. Midtown certainly will be getting lovelier— Sephora Times Square has bowed at 7th and 43rd Street, while JC Penney boasts another full-size Sephora at its new Manhattan Mall location. Herald Square will see a new Esprit, West 34th Street at number 23. In the Meatpacking District, Kimberly Taylor boutique has opened at 400 West 14th Street on the corner of Ninth Avenue. Generra will debut its first freestanding store at 823 Washington Street.
Continuing South: In Union Square, Rehoboth Spa Lounge is expanding to a second Manhattan location at 126 University Place. At long last, Nordstrom Rack has settled on a space – One Union Square South — bringing better goods at even better prices to the City. Perhaps the most interesting news, particularly as we start to think about the holidays: holy shopping (literally). The 19th Century church that once housed the notorious nightclub Limelight, on Sixth Avenue at 20th St will next become a cathedral of commerce, as it becomes a mini-mall by Christmas. Dubbed Limelight Marketplace, the building is slated to have 80 exclusive shops, according to published reports. We really can’t wait to see this one.
In the West Village, Il Cantuccio, a bakery from Florence, Italy, is entering the U.S. at 91 Christopher Street. All- American basics shop Save Khaki just added a third NYC location, 112 Greenwich Avenue.
In Soho, The Calypso outlet at 426 Broome Street was reborn as Calypso St. Barth au Marché. Guess’ Soho flagship has reopened at 537 Broadway after an extensive renovation. Hollister has surfed into a four-level emporium on Broadway and Houston. Brazilian jeweler Sobral recently signed for 412 West Broadway, not far from where Onesole will bring their new custom shoe concept to 438 West Broadway. Spanish retailer Custo Barcelona purchased 145 Spring Street. Rachel Roy unveiled her long awaited entry at 111 Spring Street and Julie Haus’s 93 Mercer Street unit is just down the block from the new Rag & Bone at 119 Mercer Street. Boutique Lolita Jaca is coming to 246 Mott Street. Born in the Midwest, Original Penguin has come to 103 Greene Street. Dune brings contemporary home furnishings
to 156 Wooster Street, while in Flatiron, Restoration Hardware Baby & Child is debuting at 935 Broadway.
Nolita continues its history of innovation: Korean designer JaeYoon Jeong now ventures into retail with his first boutique, at 29 Spring Street at Mott. Babel Fair brings en vogue apparel and accessories
from around the world to 260 Elizabeth Street. Eco-friendly shoe boutique Terra Plana has arrived at 254 Elizabeth.
In Tribeca, Brooklyn-bred Otte brings its unique collection of young and independent designers to a third
Manhattan location at 35 N. Moore Street. Avant-garde designer Gary Graham strikes out on his own with a boutique at 176 Franklin Street.
On the Lower East Side, San Francisco based denim haven Self Edge ventures eastward at 157 Orchard Street. You will also find milliner Victor Osborne, of Eugenia Kim fame, at 160 Orchard Street. Bag recently moved its fine leather handbags from Nolita to 94 Orchard Street. Change of season in the City that has it all adds up to the new, the fresh, and the fabulous! Shop the chic streets!
Happy Fall and Happy Shopping