Fifth Avenue Shopping
by Christina Parrella, 01/29/2014
Photo: Will Steacy
1 E. 57th St. (at Fifth Ave.), 212-758-8877
Even if it didn't bear one of most recognizable logos in the world, you couldn't miss the Louis Vuitton flagship on Fifth Avenue—the store's facade is a sight to behold. Founded in 1854, the global fashion house got its start selling stackable travel trunks, and over the past two decades has transformed into purveyor of some of the most-wanted handbags on the market. The French label's Fifth Avenue store provides an appropriate setting to showcase its lauded collections of handbags, eyewear, shoes, jewelry and ready-to-wear apparel for men and women. Featuring a ceramic-coated glass exterior and frosted-glass walls, the four-story edifice is nothing if not au courant. The store's window installations, which have featured polka-dot, checkered and cherry-blossom designs, showcase the brand's cutting-edge special collections inside.