19 E 57th St., New York, NY (5th & Madison Aves.)
White, stark and sleek, Christian Dior’s lustrous establishment on Fifty-Seventh Street is the work of go-to luxury retail architect Peter Marino, who spent 18 months making the space feel like a private Parisian townhouse set in New York City. According to Marino, the re-imagined space “combines 18th century details blended with modern elements to achieve a feminine and glamorous aesthetic,” inspired by the timeless yet modern fashions at Dior. And speaking of such fashions, it is here that you’ll find Dior’s opulent calfskin handbags, shoes, sunglasses, the latest ready-to-wear, glitzy jewels, platform pumps and French couture are the focal points in this simplistic uptown boutique. Directly next-door sits Dior Homme, a black, glossy take on French Baroque. This menswear haven is quintessential for tailored denim, streamlined blazers, luxe outerwear, belts, watches, cologne, and the ultimate reminder of our existence in the 21st century: the Christian Dior iPod case.