New York Shopping Guide

Big Chains and Single Labels

Searle

It started out making timelessly chic coats and has since expanded into a full-fledged chainlet selling everything from Walter dresses to Magaschoni tops. This Madison Avenue shop is its flagship—it has a slick black-and-white color scheme and two sprawling floors connected by a sweeping circular staircase.
635 Madison Ave. (between 59th and 60th Sts.), 212-750-5153, searlenyc.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Yves Saint Laurent

There are two Manhattan locations of this ultra-glam French line to choose from, but we prefer the Upper East Side outpost. It's smaller (it doesn't sell menswear), and lots of attention is focused on the things we're most concerned with: namely, bags and shoes.
855 Madison Ave. (at 71st St.), 212-988-3821, yvessaintlaurent.com for more information

Products: Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Montmartre

The most under-the-radar of the New York City chainlets is Montmartre, which is named for the hilly, scenic Parisian neighborhood. We're especially fond of the Columbus Circle shop, which stocks winning selections from Nanette Lepore, Milly, and Alice + Olivia. 10 Columbus Cir. (at W. 58th St.), 212-823-9821, montmartreny.com

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

Wink

Now with three locations across the city, this accessories powerhouse serves up playful, reasonably priced pieces, from bright enameled bangles to acrylic-gem-studded headbands.
188 Columbus Ave. (at 69th St.), 212-877-7727, winknyc.com

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Bebe

For the largest Bebe selection, head to the dramatic, sprawling Columbus Circle location (in the Time Warner Center). Here you'll uncover more of its signature modern-bombshell pieces—liquid satin halter dresses, body-skimming trenches—than anywhere else in the city.
10 Columbus Cir. (at W. 58th St.), 212-262-2690, bebe.com

Products: Denim, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Intermix

Not only does this Intermix location have the most diverse, upscale range of labels and a modern, streamlined look, it's also the largest.
1003 Madison Ave. (between 77th and 78th Sts.), 212-249-7858, intermixonline.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Big Drop

This is the biggest and best location of this Manhattan chainlet; look for the latest from Ya-Ya, Development by Erica Davies, and LaRok in a space accented with backlit candy-colored panels.
1321 Third Ave. (between 75th and 76th Sts.), 212-988-3344, bigdropnyc.com

Products: Denim, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Burberry

The service is friendly and pressure-free and the selection outstanding at this venerable Brit brand's biggest stateside outpost.
9 E. 57th St. (between Fifth and Madison Aves.), 212-407-7100, burberry.com

Products: Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Chloé

Chloé's renovated flagship stocks the beloved label's full range of clothing, shoes, bags, and sunglasses. 850 Madison Ave. (at 70th St.), 212-717-8220, chloe.com for more information

Products: Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Christian Louboutin

Louboutin's entire selection of ravishing, feminine shoes is as wickedly sexy as it is wildly chic.
965 Madison Ave. (between 75th and 76th Sts.), 212-396-1884, christianlouboutin.com for more information

Products: Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique
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