By Faith Hope Consolo

New York City continues to enjoy high consumer confi dence, as new top stores are opening all around town. The shopping elite welcome the never-ending luxury face-off, taking place in nearly every neighborhood.  The City that never sleeps is taking “luxe” to the next level – let’s take a tour of some of the most charming landscapes.

On Fabulous Fifth Avenue, number 768 will soon welcome a decadent duo: Caudalie, a super-exclusive French spa, and A. Link & Co. diamonds. Just Cavalli, Roberto Cavalli’s younger diffusion line, is launching its fi rst store at 665 Fifth Avenue. BCBG Max Azria will unveil a tri-level emporium at 461 Fifth Avenue.

Along the luxury-laden 57th Street corridor, Franck Muller opened the doors to a new boutique at 38 East 57th Street, next to Jacob & Co.

On Magnificent Madison, Ermenegildo Zegna Boutique will move into a temporary home at 543 Madison Avenue. Anne Fontaine’s fashion empire will move into retail bliss at 679, the former home of Sherry-Lehmann, who will boast three floors at 505 Park Avenue.  Lambertson Truex, a division of Samsonite, took the Via Spiga store at 692 Madison Avenue. Kwiat will fi nally become a Madison Avenue destination, opening in the former home of Chopard, number 725. Chopard will in turn move to larger space on the southeast corner of 63rd Street, 709 Madison. Italian shoe guru Giuseppe Zanotti has expanded into 808 Madison Avenue. Jeweler Stephen Russell is relocating to 970 Madison Avenue on the southwest corner.

The Upper East Side welcomes a Caravan boutique at 128 East 91st Street, purveying fashion-forward frocks – shoppers will find it impossible to resist the personal in-store stylists and complimentary Moet and Boule chocolates. Baranzelli Home brings chic interior design to 938 Third Avenue.

Union Square, the ultimate urban hotspot, will host Dutch denim superstar G-Star, whose second shop will debut at 843 Broadway at 18th Street. Serenity center Om Mind, Body & Spa by Deepak Chopra and Shobha Tummala came to 888 Broadway.

In Fashionable Flatiron, high-end stationer Papyrus has signed for 940 Broadway.

In Superdeluxe Soho, Vivienne Tam found new digs at 40 Mercer Street and Frederic Fekkai is set to impress at 394 West Broadway. Luceplan, a Milanese lighting company, brightens 49 Greene Street while Campaniello, contemporary Italian furniture, has taken 136 Greene Street. Cotelec, French women’s clothier, will join 92 Greene Street. Furniture designers Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams will have their first City store at 210 Lafayette Street. Couture jeweler Iradj Moini, formerly of Oscar de la Renta, opens at 198 Spring Street.  Michael Kors joins the SoHo scene with a lifestyle store at 101 Prince Street.  Marc Jacobs has added 382 Bleecker Street to his empire; this newest location is rumored to be hosting everything from a home collection and Little Marc childrenswear to Marc by Marc Jacobs men’s designs.  Coach Legacy, the premium division, will impress at 372-374 Bleecker Street.  Tod’s and Lancome are also said to be looking on Bleecker.

Noteworthy Noho’s 39 Bond Street will be the new address of fine furniture store Lobel.

Marvelous Meatpacking will have John Frieda’s tress experts on Washington Street, across from Jeffrey. Hailing from Canada, the feminine and modern Ports 1961 is creating a three-level, freestanding boutique at 3 Ninth Avenue.

In the West Village, Plaza Too will sell fi ne accessories and footwear in the former Constanca Basto site.

Exciting news for Triumphant Tribeca is that Tribbles Home and Garden has planted itself at 217 West Broadway. Baranzelli Home will also have a downtown presence at 32 North Moore Street.

In Greenwich Village, Lush cosmetics is perfectly positioned at 7 East 14th Street.

Luxury in the Financial District will be easy to find, as menswear designer Thomas Pink will be outfitting dapper gentleman at 63 Wall Street and Canali will be at 25 Broad Street, adding to the stellar lineup that includes Tiffany, Armani Casa, Hermes, and BMW.

While Manhattan is rejuvenated by the prospect of spring, devoted shoppers will delight in the most recent additions to Manhattan’s gilded corridors.  From Uptown to Downtown, indulge yourself in the chicest apparel, accessories and jewels.  A new spring wardrobe is just around the corner!

 


Faith Hope Consolo
Chairman, Retail Leasing & Sales Division
Prudential Douglas Elliman

Tel: 212-418-2020 / Fax: 212-418-2005

e-mail: fconsolo@elliman.com
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