Mad. About Shopping
by Christina Parrella, 09/11/2013
Photo: Alexander Thompson
870 Madison Ave., 212-535-3703
When Phoebe Philo became Céline's creative director in 2008, she revived the struggling French brand by reinvigorating the less-is-more trend—simple shapes, color blocking and minimalism define her runway shows. Upon entering the two-story Madison Avenue flagship, the first outpost of the brand in the US, you'll see Philo's vision come to life. The store is stocked with different styles of the much-sought-after "Luggage Tote" as well additional leather handbags, accessories, shoes and clothing from the women's ready-to-wear collection, all of which are neatly displayed. Céline is one of the only luxury brands without an e-commerce site, so a purchase from this polished brick-and-mortar location puts you in undeniably exclusive company.