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Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.
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Paneled in white marble and lit with glimmering overhead bulbs, this multi-story shop would feel more like a stylish Greek temple than a retail outpost if it weren’t for the racks of clothes and rows of godlike white mannequins proudly draped with Kamali’s latest creations. Walking through the sleek, open space can feel like putting yourself on display, especially since the smooth walls and ceiling practically flash your reflection as you peruse the well-curated selection of eveningwear, languid jersey knits and tailored suits. A fashion icon, Kamali opened this shop in 1978, though her famous sleeping bag coats, pull bikinis, and one-piece swimsuits had been flying off the racks since a decade earlier. By the millennium, the brand had grown to encompass makeup, olive oil-based wellness/home products and even fizzy drinks and flower-based snacks. And because everyone should feel like a celebrity, the store offers a Try Before You Buy service: Customers can have items sent to their home, where they can try pieces on at leisure and return whatever doesn’t work.