655 Fifth Ave.
Well-dressed New Yorkers and wannabes in need of retail therapy should rush to Salvatore Ferragamo, stat. The two-story flagship store boasts a lobby full of sharp heels and glove-soft leather loafers, plus ready-to-wear collections for men (upstairs) and women (downstairs); a slew of clutches, hobos, totes and briefcases are also scattered around the space. Way before Vuitton snagged Uma, Salvatore Ferragamo set up a Hollywood shop and became the official shoemaker to the stars. The designer himself died in 1960, but his namesake house is now known for sophisticated color palettes, extraordinary craft, and luxurious materials—values proudly upheld by this store's bright displays. Throughout the high-ceilinged, glass-paneled space, mannequins sport swank, Euro-style garb, from simple suits with richly colored silk cravats to little black dresses and crazy gold heels. The label's famous silk ties, made in Italy and imported monthly, are proudly displayed on easily accessible shelves.