As the weather starts to swelter, shopping from the City to the Shore gains momentum. I’m happy to report that the first half of 2006 has been strong for retail with wonderful new shops opening on every sunny corner. This rings true for shopping along the splendid sidewalks of Manhattan to the sand sprinkled Hamptons. Come with me on a tour of what is new and exciting for this most wonderful of seasons.
On Fifth Avenue, Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre joins the elite in the former A. Testoni store at 52nd Street. Frederic Fekkai’s magnificent salon, nestled inside Henri Bendel at 712 Fifth Avenue, is finally ready to dazzle. Inside famed Takashima, 693 Fifth Avenue, Aspen Fitness nyc will sculpt bodies of the elite with one-on-one training. Manhattan’s second Apple store is an architecturally spectacular large glass cube on street level with a mega tech shop below. It is now open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at 767 Fifth Avenue for round the-clock enjoyment.
On Madison Avenue, Porsche Design store has opened its sleek doors at 624 Madison Avenue with everything for the male, high-tech, car-loving shopper. British apparel and accessories superstar Mulberry has plans to open at 605 Madison Avenue. Honora pearl creations will come to number 575. Asprey of London has finally confirmed the move from 673 Fifth Avenue to a more intimate space in the former Holland & Holland space, at 50 East 57th Street. Bridal couture designer Miriam Rigler is opening this fall at 60th Street. The former TSE Cashmere space will be home to Dolce & Gabbana, 827 Madison Avenue.
In the prestigious Plaza Area, a Midtown move brings Hong Kong-based shirt maker Ascot Chang to 110 Central Park South.
On the East Side, the dapper Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers comes to 56th Street, near Lexington Avenue, to give men the complete spa and salon experience. Golfsmith will open a putting emporium at 641 Lexington Avenue, at 54th Street. Between 57th and 58th Street will be the latest installation of cosmetic superstar Sephora, just in time to glam up Bloomberg Tower. Le Sabon and Baby Too at 834 Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street is a mommy’s paradise showcasing a full range of natural bath products from party favors to toys. Ann Taylor Loft, with its professional work wear, will debut at 7 Times Square. Orlando, Florida-based Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Has taken the massive 15,000-square-foot space that was formerly home to the Easy Internet Café, at 234 West 42nd Street.
The Upper West Side will welcome the newest location of trendy casual label American Apparel to 2831 Broadway and another in the Flatiron District at 19th Street and Fifth Avenue. Kidville has opened a second location at 466 Columbus Avenue near 82nd Street where children can frolic in indoor and outdoor playgrounds, development classes and even a designer tot boutique.
In Soho, 117 Greene Street is now home to Los Angeles-based designer Tarina Tarantino, which carries jewelry, accessories and baby goods. Oilily, upscale and unusual children’s and women’s apparel, will open a U.S. flagship at 465 West Broadway. 495 Broadway will be turned into the city’s first golf gym Drive 495 and will be a 15,000 square foot two story gym. Molton Brown from London will open its new New York City boutique at 128 Spring Street. Theory’s new Soho space is exclusive for women’s clothes and accessories at 151 Spring Street. Clutch! at 219 Mott Street is a pocketbook shop featuring mint condition bags from the turn of the century to the 80s. A celebrity home designer favorite, CITE, will move to 131 Greene Street. The Italian M Missoni flagship has debuted at 426 West Broadway. 282 Lafayette Street is home to Swedish We Are the Superlative Conspiracy (WESC), featuring minimalist luxury skater style. New Era has opened its first retail flagship ever, at East 4th Street between Broadway and Lafayette, boasting hip fashion, sport and heritage caps. French Longchamp unveils its upscale downtown flagship store to great applause at 132 Spring Street with ready-to-wear, handbags, small leather goods and shoes. Soho is losing a longtime favorite gourmet haunt to Greenwich Village; Broadway Panhandler will travel from 477 Broome Street to 65-67 East Eighth Street, which was previously a Wet Seal Store. Spanish fashion forward chain Mango will at long last open a boutique at 561 Broadway taking the space occupied by Kate’s Paperie, who have, in turn, taken space at Spring Street, between Lafayette and Cosby Street. Parasuco’s first flagship has opened in the former bank building at 60 Spring Street and the Canadian denim firm offers spectacular shopping in a space that features a former bank vault. Parisian women’s clothing designer Lulu Castagnette will open its first American boutique at 244 Mulberry Street, between Prince and Spring Streets.
Union Square’s new Jivamukti Yoga Center, at 841 Broadway, is a “zen super shop” featuring a large boutique with apparel and products made mostly of organic, environmentally conscious materials. The store sells books, beauty products, yoga gear, vegan dog food and tea, among other novelty items.
Flatiron welcomes a third installation of Waterworks and their luxury bath emporium to 7 E. 20th Street.
Tribeca welcomes celeb fave and upscale barbershop John Allen Meing to 418 Washington Street.
Nolita is pleased to be the neighborhood for newcomer United Nude, founded by a Dutch architect and an English shoemaker, at 260 Elizabeth Street. The new boutique features modern design-inspired shoes.
In Rockefeller Center, Anthropologie unveiled a three-level emporium in the Plaza to great acclaim, offering retro home and design, as well as unique apparel with a touch of whimsy.
In the Meatpacking District, Maria Cornejo from Paris opened a second boutique and atelier for her label Zero, at 807 Greenwich Street. New concept Scoop Street debuted on the corner of Washington and West 14th Street, offering rock and roll style, vintage street fashion for men. Esthete by Atrium buyer Christine Lee brings industrial chic to 416 West 14th Street. 112 Hudson Street will be future home for Rachel Roy’s first shop showcasing
her feminine modern creations.
The Lower East Side will be home to a new Timberland concept store, at 15 Rivington Street. BBlessing is a men’s boutique with sought after designers in a chic space, 181 Orchard Street.
In the Financial District, a third outpost of Michelle Lam’s Spring Thyme at 75 Nassau Street is a soothing little spa completely luxurious and the list of services is extensive.
Of course it wouldn’t be summer without some news from the happening Hamptons. Elie Tahari has bought the landmark building at One Main Street in East Hampton, at the corner of Main Street and Newtown Lane. It will
open Spring 2007 and feature the Elie Tahari collection and the new men’s collection and accessories. For Summer 2006, we happily still have 48 Main Street. Devi Kroell has launched her new boutique at 2 Main Street
with her exotic accessories and has plans for a Manhattan shop very soon. Tracy Feith is opening in Southampton, on Job’s Lane, and will include everything and anything beach — from surfboards and swimwear to coffee. Scoop has added another hip shop next to its men’s store to focus on beachwear and casual women’s wear. BCBG will take the former Bookhampton store on Main Street, and the bookshop will move across the street. J. Crew has expanded and moved around the corner to a bigger store on 20 Newtown Lane; after all, beachwear is their forte. Gucci, newly opened at 46 Main Street, is certain to be one of the hottest spots in town. New York designer Cynthia Rowley has relocated, taking up residence at 79 Main Street, giving Hamptonites a beautiful boutique with a relaxed beach vibe.
After six months of exciting retail moves, we have even more options when it comes to splendid summer shopping. With such a stellar first half, combined with the potential of things to come, the retail landscape will continue to upgrade and change. Happy Summer and Happy Shopping!