3 E. 57th St. (bet. Fifth and Madison Aves.)
Manhattan, NY 10022
In 1962, Algerian-born French designer Yves Saint Laurent (and partner Pierre Bergé) launched the label that is today credited with the creation of such fashion staples as Le Smoking suit (the first women's tux), the safari jacket and the shirtdress. Yves designed until his retirement in 2002; the brand’s former creative directors include Tom Ford and Stefano Pilati. Today, Hedi Slimane, who dropped the “Yves” from the label’s name in an effort to rebrand the line, designs ready-to-wear collections for the label. The posh and polished 57th Street flagship store echoes the label's sleek sophistication, furnished in all things black, white and mirrored. Within the two floors, find handbags, heels, costume jewelry and apparel in luxurious fabrics for men and women.