Must-See Upper East Side
by nycgo.com staff , 02/25/2014
Christian Louboutin. Photo: Ty Cole
From designer flagships to classic department stores, the Upper East Side has long been a shopping mecca. Since the mid-1920s Barneys New York has been an NYC institution; in 1993 it moved its flagship from Chelsea to the Upper East Side, where it offers upscale fashion, jewelry, cosmetics and home furnishings. Some of its younger neighbors warrant just as much attention. The edgy label Alexander McQueen and the luxury design house Valentino both set up shop here, as did the eminently wearable Kate Spade. Many shoppers swear allegiance to Tom Ford, Hermès and Céline, all classic designers still at the forefront of fashion. As for a mass-market fashion powerhouse, Ralph Lauren leads the way, with complete ranges of womens- and menswear. One-of-a-kind shoes and accessories can be found nearby at Stuart Weitzman. And shopping on the Upper East Side wouldn't be complete without a stop at the Christian Louboutin boutique. Unassuming from the outside, inside it's stacked with red-soled shoes that range from magnificently over-the-top to understated and chic.