Major fashion houses are migrating uptown.
Tom Ford’s new two-story Madison Avenue boutique exudes discreet luxury.
Stella McCartney’s second New York store carries over the designer’s embrace of sustainability with décor in handmade and organic materials— fluted ceramic tiles, reclaimed timber, and textural cast concrete. The expansive 4,340- square-foot space features a sky-lit lounge and grand staircase, as well as McCartney’s women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, and swimwear. 929 Madison Ave., 212-320-8350; stellamccartney.com
The sparseness of Balenciaga’s new outpost, the first US location opened under Creative Director Demna Gvasalia, contrasts deeply with the brand’s two Soho locations. Carrying Balenciaga’s women’s and men’s collections and accessories, the 1,800-square-foot shop is done up in concrete, glass, aluminum, and leather and features the logopatterned carpet that made such a splash at the 2017 Fall/Winter show. Three statues by artist Mark Jenkins wear pieces from the collection. 840 Madison Ave., 212-328- 1671; balenciaga.com
A HOME FOR LUXURY
Replacing Tom Ford’s former flagship is a new space on Madison at 61st Street, on the ground floor of the famed Carlton House. Architect William Sofield worked with Ford to create the luxe, twostory space that includes everything from ready-towear and shoes to luggage and a men’s perfumery. A discreet second-floor VIP salon caters to clients looking for made-to-measure service and a more personalized experience. 672 Madison Ave., 212-359-0300; tomford.com
Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TOM FORD