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Fourteen Luxury Stores for the Ultimate Shopping Spree

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Welcome to Whale Week, our celebration of the city's biggest spenders.


Prada in Soho. Photo by Brian Harkin

Imagine for a second that you stumbled upon a giant pile of money. Where would you spend it? Fortunately for some New Yorkers, that's not a hypothetical question. For the rest of us, blowing a few grand in one afternoon at McQueen and Chanel is the stuff of dreams.

In the map below, we've rounded up fourteen stores you could literally spend an entire fortune at. We've left out the big-name department stores, and instead, decided to focus on those over-the-top, luxe designer flagships—most of which reside above East 60th Street.


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Céline

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Now that New York City has its very own Céline, well-heeled European tourists and filthy rich Manhattan women alike have a new place to splurge.

Tom Ford

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Thanks to the brand's womenswear debut in 2011, Tom Ford is no longer just for the Justin Timberlakes of the world. Sure, up until then you could blow three or four bills on the lablel's iconic sunglasses, but now, you can revamp your entire wardrobe.
Chloé on Madison Avenue is truly for the woman who can afford to fill her closet with $1,000+ basics. A two-piece outfit, consisting of just one top and just one bottom, can easily set you back three or four grand—and that's if you shop conservatively.

Proenza Schouler

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The Proenza Schouler boutique on Madison Avenue has so much cash to play with, they actually submerged a PS1 bag in a block of ice for the opening window display. You can buy plenty of your own, drier versions, though, inside.
Lanvin's first New York City store debuted in the summer of 2010, and has been keeping Upper East Side shoppers clad in elegant gowns and whimsical party dresses ever since. But be prepared to spend more than a month's rent on any given one.

Oscar de la Renta

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According to this survery, Oscar de la Renta is actually the most expensive store in entire country, let alone just New York. On average, shoppers spend $3,217 per trip—which wouldn't even cover a third of the price of this gown.

Hermès

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Believe it or not, there are some people who don't need to queue up outside Soiffer Haskin for the Hermès sample sale. And unlike the sale, you can buy as many $820 scarves as you want.

Louis Vuitton

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Why spend all you money on a luxurious shopping spree when you could spend part of that on an even more luxurious trip? For that, you're going to need some flashy, monogrammed luggage—and LV on East 57th Street is the right place for that.

Saint Laurent

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You might still be calling it YSL to your friends, but the East 57th Street flagship is now officially a Saint Laurent. But don't worry—it's still as impeccably refined and just as inexplicably unattainable as before.
You know it, your mother knows it, and your grandmother knows it: Chanel has long been the place to spend an inheritance's worth of cash.

Cartier

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With unlimited funds, there'd be no legitimate reason to stop at just one Cartier Love Bracelet. At the brand's Fifth Avenue flagship, one watch could easily set you back the cost of college tuition, in addition to the cufflinks and engagement rings that are dripping in diamonds.

Alexander McQueen

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$5,395 for this chiffon gown? Sure. $4,645 for this leather jacket? Why not! At McQueen in Meatpacking, anything is possible—including going dangerously close to broke by browsing alone.

Versace

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Versace's new Soho boutique is just as elaborate and opulent as the uptown spot. Donatella herself described the marble mosaic floors as "deeply Italian," and the brand's flashy ready-to-wear hangs on suspended, chic gilded fixtures—almost as if they were gifts from the gods.
Art-y whales can rack up the cool points in Prada's future forward Soho den, designed by Dutch modernist Rem Koolhaas and built on what was once the site of Guggenheim Soho. Must-have accessories and statement making duds line the impeccable space, which includes a sloping zebrawood "wave" and circular glass elevator.

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Céline

Now that New York City has its very own Céline, well-heeled European tourists and filthy rich Manhattan women alike have a new place to splurge.

Tom Ford

Thanks to the brand's womenswear debut in 2011, Tom Ford is no longer just for the Justin Timberlakes of the world. Sure, up until then you could blow three or four bills on the lablel's iconic sunglasses, but now, you can revamp your entire wardrobe.

Chloé

Chloé on Madison Avenue is truly for the woman who can afford to fill her closet with $1,000+ basics. A two-piece outfit, consisting of just one top and just one bottom, can easily set you back three or four grand—and that's if you shop conservatively.

Proenza Schouler

The Proenza Schouler boutique on Madison Avenue has so much cash to play with, they actually submerged a PS1 bag in a block of ice for the opening window display. You can buy plenty of your own, drier versions, though, inside.

Lanvin

Lanvin's first New York City store debuted in the summer of 2010, and has been keeping Upper East Side shoppers clad in elegant gowns and whimsical party dresses ever since. But be prepared to spend more than a month's rent on any given one.

Oscar de la Renta

According to this survery, Oscar de la Renta is actually the most expensive store in entire country, let alone just New York. On average, shoppers spend $3,217 per trip—which wouldn't even cover a third of the price of this gown.

Hermès

Believe it or not, there are some people who don't need to queue up outside Soiffer Haskin for the Hermès sample sale. And unlike the sale, you can buy as many $820 scarves as you want.

Louis Vuitton

Why spend all you money on a luxurious shopping spree when you could spend part of that on an even more luxurious trip? For that, you're going to need some flashy, monogrammed luggage—and LV on East 57th Street is the right place for that.

Saint Laurent

You might still be calling it YSL to your friends, but the East 57th Street flagship is now officially a Saint Laurent. But don't worry—it's still as impeccably refined and just as inexplicably unattainable as before.

Chanel

You know it, your mother knows it, and your grandmother knows it: Chanel has long been the place to spend an inheritance's worth of cash.

Cartier

With unlimited funds, there'd be no legitimate reason to stop at just one Cartier Love Bracelet. At the brand's Fifth Avenue flagship, one watch could easily set you back the cost of college tuition, in addition to the cufflinks and engagement rings that are dripping in diamonds.

Alexander McQueen

$5,395 for this chiffon gown? Sure. $4,645 for this leather jacket? Why not! At McQueen in Meatpacking, anything is possible—including going dangerously close to broke by browsing alone.

Versace

Versace's new Soho boutique is just as elaborate and opulent as the uptown spot. Donatella herself described the marble mosaic floors as "deeply Italian," and the brand's flashy ready-to-wear hangs on suspended, chic gilded fixtures—almost as if they were gifts from the gods.

Prada

Art-y whales can rack up the cool points in Prada's future forward Soho den, designed by Dutch modernist Rem Koolhaas and built on what was once the site of Guggenheim Soho. Must-have accessories and statement making duds line the impeccable space, which includes a sloping zebrawood "wave" and circular glass elevator.