Flip up those collars and brush up on those haute society anecdotes. Ralph Lauren’s first NYC restaurant is matchless mash up of the worlds of fashion and old money, in same space that once held original La Cote Basque. Come for classics: roasted butternut squash soup, BLT salad, herb-crusted veal chops and big, juicy New York strips, avec peppercorn sauce, of course. Dashingly distinguished, unapologetically equestrian atmospherics, including Henry Koehler’s exterior polo-match mural. Tally ho!
Curiously still using “speakeasy” tag. Second Raines Law Room location “hidden” in William Hotel (accessed through Shakespeare pub). Another cagily devised take on old school cocktailing, lots of dramatic curtains and dark-paneled library vibes. Drinks are top notch, to be sure—but also giving in to “make your own” trend with DIY Old Fashioned menu.
Signature eatery of DSMs worldwide, feeding fashion elite. Appropriately, lots of menu items like assiette de legumes and smoked salmon with soft scrambled eggs. But sweet tooths indulged with plum almond tartlettes and pecan brownies. Well curated tea and coffee selection, but wine and beer available. Simple but sexy style. Come dressed.
Ray Kelvin brings his Ted Baker line to the shadow of St. Patrick’s. Glasgow-born ready-to-wear retailer hot to expand, bringing sophisticated quirk for the gents and classy sass for ladies. Fifth Avenue flagship covers a lot of ground, stocks Mainline, Endurance, and Langley collections. One-time shirt specialist now targets wide range (dresses, blazers, jackets, leggings), all long on designer quality, with a touch of eccentricity.
NYC outpost of UK brand inspired by Japanese graphics and vintage Americana. Ah, globalism. Big store rocking industrial vibe, showcasing Abercrombiesque looks, with abundant use of brand logos. Quality cotton, premium denim, hand-drawn graphic T’s. Retro vintage hooded cropped bomber leather jackets, as seen on Zac Efron. Huge back home, making steady inroads among the young Americans.
Seventies-era auction find of ancient Ghurka gear inspired this Connecticut lux leather house. Sherry Netherland flagship shop will have your man weekending in style. Hand-buffed leather employs long-lost techniques, augmented by classic plaid and twill. SLR-shaped cufflinks nod to adventurous globetrotting angle. Vintage carryovers from the brand’s early days show off durability of both craft and style.
90,000 square feet of retail delight plopped down on Fifth Avenue. It’s Uniqlo’s biggest store in the entire world–which makes the company’s theme, “Made For All”, a rather literal statement. A sensory wonderland, with a monumental battalion of custom mod mannequins and more than 300 LED screens. There’s also a single three-story escalator, for those untroubled by a fear of heights. Basics will be on offer, along with Heattech, Ultra Light Down, Cashmere, and the wildly successful Jil Sander collaboration +J. Look for pop-up shops to be, um, popping up around the city.
Mass-produced individuality as only UO can deliver it. One-stop shopping for newly minted hipsters to fill out gaps in their wardrobes and décor. Silence & Noise drapey T’s keep the ladies looking cool in school; boys snatch up BDG skinny chinos for band practice. Faux vintage T’s, shoes, jewelry. Izola, Kidrobot, and Crosley’s retro goods help you fill out that first post-dorm pad. Mostly focused on kitsch, but recent high-profile collabs (Sea of Shoes, Reformed by The Reformation) point toward evolution of the brand.