850 Madison Ave.
Upper East Side
The women’s clothing, shoes, and bags at Chloé’s Upper East Side boutique have remained highly coveted since its opening in 1999, despite a revolving door in the company’s creative director’s office. Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, and Paulo Melim Andersson have all designed for the French label, yet no matter who is in charge, the line has maintained its quirky yet sophisticated aesthetic. The ready-to-wear collection relies on a mixture of menswear-inspired designs—like wide-leg trousers and vests softened by earth tones—and girlish details like Peter Pan collars and jeweled and lacy bibs. Everything from the casual T-shirts to the metallic party dresses, and from the demure jumpers to the buckled, round-toe high heels possesses an unassuming elegance. True to the neighborhood, these mature, well-tailored garments are priced on par with nearby upscale boutiques—which explains why the label’s more youthful and less expensive See by Chloé line is not to be found here.