Mon-Wed and Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Thu, 10am-7pm; Sun, noon-5pm
N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
With its leather-upholstered walls, well-heeled sales associates, and modern seating, the Tod's boutique reflects an air of high-end serenity. Founded by Italian designer-turned-LVMH-mogul Diego Della Valle, the brand has become synonymous with high-end leather goods. Tod's shoppers are serious about their shoes and accessories; select styles inspire frenzied waiting lists, but the overall aesthetic is less about the whims of fashion than enduring quality and in-bred sophistication. Best known for their oft-imitated pebble-soled driving moccasins, Tod's offerings include seasonal shoe collections for men, women, and children, as well as totes, luggage and handbags. That means kitten-heel slingbacks in crocodile, elegant leather bomber jackets in coral and turquoise, and sporty men's sandals and loafers; don't miss the of-the-moment stainless steel cuff bracelets covered in python, alligator, or lizard. As for handbags, numerous sizes and shapes tempt perusal; current must-haves can usually be spotted on the arms of stylish celebs, as seen in tabloid paparazzi photos.