Fifth Avenue Shopping
by Christina Parrella, 01/27/2014
693 Fifth Ave., 212-772-6969
Set in an airy, palazzo-style atmosphere, the Valentino flagship exudes every bit of Italian elegance the brand is known for. The 20,000-square-foot space boasts Venetian terrazzo marble; mosaic floors done in a gray palette; brass, leather and wood fixtures; and a 27-foot-high atrium and sculptural staircase that scales the store’s three floors. As far as stock goes, the first two floors carry women’s clothing and accessories, which of course means plenty of rockstud gear, while the third floor showcases men’s clothing, couture outerwear and accessories. The outpost is not only the sole Valentino store on the East Coast to carry men’s stock; it’s also the label’s largest flagship in the world. Not to be outdone by its uptown location, the Fifth Avenue spot offers made-to-measure denim and select outerwear for men, which are drafted, fitted and customized by Valentino's couture atelier.