Where to Shop on New York City's Iconic Madison Avenue

From accessories to statement pieces, the stores to visit—and what's on offer now.

If New York City is the country’s capital of shopping, its epicenter is this famous avenue on the Upper East Side, offering a retail experience unlike any other.

Shoes, Bags, Gloves

GHURKA
In addition to the American brand’s core collection of handmade bags and accessories, Ghurka’s uptown boutique currently (and exclusively) stocks men’s bags and luggage honoring its military heritage. ghurka.com

ROGER VIVIER
Roger Vivier’s uptown store carries a range of women’s slip-on sneakers, vibrant ankle booties, embellished Mary Janes, and handbags that are available only at this location. rogervivier.com

JIMMY CHOO
Get made-to-order (perhaps Sex and the City–inspired) stilettos, boots, ballet slippers, and more at the famous shoemaker’s New York outpost. jimmychoo.com

SMYTHSON
This British brand’s flagship boutique stocks sophisticated stationery, diaries, and leather pouches, with the option for customization by hand. smythson.com

SERMONETA GLOVES
One of two U.S. locations (the other is in Boston), the Rome-based glove maker’s Manhattan store may be modest in size, but its range of Italian leather and suede mitts for both men and women—quilted, fur-trimmed, spotted, and more, in every perceivable color—lacks for nothing. sermonetagloves.com

MOYNAT
Parisian brand Moynat excels in stately handmade leather goods. Exclusively on Madison now: a crocodile bag inspired by Belle Époque actress Gabrielle Réjane. moynat.com

FIVESTORY
This local, one-off multilabel boutique carries accessories, fine jewelry, and home decor (currently a collaboration with Italian shoemaker Sergio Rossi) alongside clothing, inside a historic townhouse on 69th Street. fivestoryny.com

EDIE PARKER
New Yorkers love to make a statement. Enter Edie Parker’s customizable—and declarative—acrylic clutches, available at the Manhattan- based company’s only U.S. boutique. edie-parker.com

CHANEL
The French house’s Madison Avenue boutique (only a few 14 blocks north from its 57th Street flagship) now offers a collector’s-tem clutch. chanel.com

HERMÈS
The Parisian brand’s men’s-only boutique, directly across from its national flagship store, carries silk ties, leather bracelets, and new sheepskin-lined tote bags, alongside clothing. hermes.com


Clockwise from top left: courtesy Moynat; Chanel; Hermes; Tom Ford

Suits, Shirts, Boots

TOMAS MAIER
Find the 20-year-old brand’s best-selling camo city tote at its uptown location. tomasmaier.com

RALPH LAUREN
Across the avenue from the all-American company’s women’s flagship, the men’s store carries the RL classics—including the exclusive Dumont topcoat. ralphlauren.com

ISAIA
Isaia’s trilevel uptown shop offers vibrant shirts, suits, sweaters, and topcoats, along with a piano, a bar, and a pool table. isaia.it

TOM FORD
Just opened this summer, Tom Ford’s New York flagship carries the brand’s classic menswear collection. tomford.com

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI
While Brunello Cucinelli has two other locations downtown, only the uptown boutique stocks exclusive suede carry-all styles and corduroy outerwear. Stop by on Saturday for wine tastings. brunellocucinelli.com

BOTTEGA VENETA
Opened two years ago, the massive flagship offers all of the Italian leather maker’s luxury accessories as well as refined suits. bottegaveneta.com

CANALI
Canali’s only location in New York has a discreet VIP room for private consultations and made-to-measure fittings, as well as a fully stocked cocktail bar. canali.com

BURBERRY
Burberry’s 57th Street shop (with another location on 50th and Madison) brings a British sensibility to Midtown with classic— and exclusive—trenches. burberry.com


Courtesy Oleg Albinsky / Getty Images

Watches

VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Touted as the oldest manufacturer of fine watches, the Swiss brand’s sole Manhattan boutique has a permanent in-house watchmaker. vacheron-constantin.com

F.P. JOURNE
In addition to the Swiss brand’s core collection, F.P. Journe’s Manhattan boutique features a salon, a bar, and a watch library. fpjourne.com

PANERAI
As its lone New York location, Panerai’s Madison Avenue boutique brings a range of its bold, masculine timepieces (look for the Luminor 1950 Tourbillon and Radiomir Tourbillon GMT) to the East Coast. panerai.com

TOURNEAU
The façade of watch retailer Tourneau’s 20-year-old flagship (with its signature oversize clocks) has become a city landmark. Never mind the collection of new, used, and vintage watches within (like Breitling’s exclusive Navitimer). tourneau.com


Courtesy Burberry; Breitling; Lucas Visser

Coats, Dresses, Clutches

CAROLINA HERRERA
Along with the designer’s signature white shirts, the 26 boutique offers suits, evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and a full bridal boutique. carolinaherrera.com

STELLA McCARTNEY
London-based Stella McCartney’s new flagship, accented with locally sourced timber, features signature pieces such as vegan- leather Falabella bags. stellamccartney.com

CÉLINE
Céline’s two-story boutique, perhaps inspired by neighboring museums, presents minimalist ready-to- \wear and accessories in a gallerylike display. celine.com

PRADA
Prada’s uptown mecca brings Milanese artisanship to the corner of 70th Street with a full range of all the latest clothing, as well as handbags, shoes, eyewear, and fragrance. prada.com

YVES SALOMON
The brand’s Upper East Side shop is the only place to get luxe fur and shearling ready-to-wear. yves-salomon.fr

LORO PIANA
Loro Piana’s Madison Avenue boutique stocks four floors of cashmere. loropiana.com

LOUIS VUITTON
Louis Vuitton’s two-story pop-up carries only the French brand’s latest accessories collaboration with artist Jeff Koons. louisvuitton.com

FENDI
Fendi’s uptown store mimics its Rome headquarters, with Italian marble, grand columns, modern arches, and, of course, lots of It bags. fendi.com


Courtesy Buccellati; Nirav Modi; Cartier

Fine Jewelry

CARTIER
The French house’s understated boutique carries its classic tank watch (celebrating 100 years), engagement rings, and wedding bands—and newer pieces like the instant classic Juste un Clou choker. cartier.com

FRED LEIGHTON
Find a curation of one-of-a-kind vintage and collectible jewelry at Fred Leighton’s only location in New York. fredleighton.com

NIRAV MODI
The India-based haut diamantaire’s U.S. flagship features a range of diamond pieces (the jasmine flower ring exclusive, at right), paired with emeralds, rubies, and more. niravmodi.com

BUCCELLATI
The wide selection of gem-embellished earrings and necklaces makes Buccellati’s intimate NYC boutique (one of 13 worldwide) the company’s most popular. buccellati.com

GRAFF
Find multicarat diamonds (from 1 to 100) at the London-based jeweler’s Manhattan store. graffdiamonds.com

CHOPARD
The Swiss brand’s NYC outpost is a go-to for wedding rings, with a signature style that conceals the metal fully. chopard.com

Pit Stop: Sant Ambroeus

After you’ve hit Ralph Lauren’s block of stores, Fred Leighton’s sole New York location, and one (or both) of Carolina Herrera’s Madison Avenue boutiques, you’ll need a pick-me-up. Sant Ambroeus, a Milanese import named for the patron saint of Milan, has been the Madison Avenue shopper’s café of choice for 35 years. The drink of choice? A classic dark roast coffee, served in a silver pot with an almond croissant on the side. The café’s spacious benches are welcoming for a shopping bag (or two), while the eclectic crew of regulars (fashion and Hollywood luminaries) provides in-dining entertainment. There are also seasonal gift boxes of butter cookies and panettone (for yourself or others). Call ahead—they sell out. santambroeus.com