Italian footwear king Cesare Paciotti reopened his 2,000-square-foot Madison Avenue boutique last week after closing the flagship for renovations way back in December, the second of his 28 boutiques to receive a design overhaul (London was first in line, and L.A. will follow). The ornate new digs are designed to evoke the interior of a jewel case, with a color palette of red, white, and black. The bi-level space includes white crystalline marble flooring, white clay Baroque-framed mirrors, and white-and-black leather couches decked with buttons bearing Paciotti’s signature dagger. Although the stock includes handbags, small leather goods, sunglasses, men’s shoes, and jewelry, the main event is, of course, the towering collection of heels, perched on a spanking new backlit glass display resembling carved ice. New styles from the fall collection are trickling in from Italy, says a spokeswoman for the brand, but the full line won’t be presented on the craggy ice shelf in all its glory until the end of August. Stay tuned for details about the (re)opening party, tentatively scheduled for Fashion Week. See more photos after the jump. —Lauren Murrow
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