Fifth Avenue Shopping
by Christina Parrella, 01/28/2014
Photo: Will Steacy
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725 Fifth Ave., 212-826-2600
With its grand gold-and-glass edifice, the Gucci flagship looks intimidating. (In truth, it sort of is.) The three-story, 46,000-square-foot store is the label's largest and possibly most elegant. Designed by architect James Carpenter and Gucci's creative director, Frida Giannini, the space is laid out in a neutral palette with architectural vitrines that hold the Florentine fashion house's opulent products. Along with Gucci's signature horsebit handbags, accessories and leather loafers, shoppers will find shrugs, sunglasses, women's wear, formal wear and even home furnishings. The brand's fine jewelry collection, which includes diamond necklaces, cocktail rings and pieces priced in the six-figure range, is also for sale here.