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Welcome to Racked's first annual Travel Week. Over the next five days, roughly half of our content will be devoted to everything you need to know about traveling to and from New York City—whether you're entertaining out-of-towners, killing time at the airport, or planning the ultimate staycation.


Photo courtesty of Chloé.

Can't swing a ticket out of town? That's where our Staycation Shopping guides come in: each day this week we'll profile a different country with details on where you can shop that nation's best without leaving the five boroughs.

First up is France, which has steadily infiltrated the city's retail scene. We last visited the French store-splosion in honor of Bastille Day, culling all of the old school maisons (Lanvin, Louis, etc.) alongside the younger, contemporary brands (Equipment and A.P.C. among them). The list has ballooned again, with the exciting Carven opening coming Thursday and a Bloomingdale's shop-in-shop from Claudie Pierlot, now totaling a whopping 30 French fashion imports.


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1. Maje

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This sister brand to Sandro opened this location at the end of April, in addition to its downtown locations on Spring, Prince, and Bleecker streets. The endlessly cool Alexa Chung is currently the face of their ad campaigns.

2. Zadig & Voltaire

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992 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075
(212) 396-3800
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This is the fourth and most recent store for Zadig & Voltaire, which previously only had downtown locations. They're also opening another store on Broome Street later this year, so stay tuned for that.

3. Diptyque

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971 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 879-3330
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Diptyque is the closest you'll get to fitting Paris in a bottle. The store that offers perfumes, colognes, and candles even has a collection named after their first location, 34 Boulevard St. Germain. [Photo]

4. Christian Louboutin

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965 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 396-1884
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Of course, the iconic red sole would originate in the iconic City of Lights. The famous designer of the celeb-favored heels also has a men's-only store in the Meatpacking District—because "les hommes" appreciate good shoes too. [Photo]

5. Céline

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870 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 535-3703
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Though the label is currently at the helm of Brit Phoebe Philo, Céline hasn't lost any of its French flair. This multi-level flagship location just opened last year.

6. LANVIN

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815 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065
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Brand founder Jeanne Lanvin started with a modest boutique des chapeaus (that's hats for you non-French speakers) in Paris way back in 1889. Fast forward to today, and you've got NY Giants football star Victor Cruz in a turquoise Lanvin tux at the Met Ball. [Photo]

7. Roger Vivier

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750 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 861-5371
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Roger Vivier is a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it—he's the inventor of the sexy, often painful stiletto heel. At least the boutique on Madison Avenue has comfy seats for trying them on. [Photo: Driely S]

8. Longchamp

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713 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 223-1500
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We know that every girl has the same Longchamp tote, but you can't deny their functionality—plus, they look cute in every color. Check out the rainbow-hued wall of totes in the flagship location. [Photo]

9. Hermès

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691 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 751-3181
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The unmistakable icon of a horse-drawn carriage against an orange background just screams French luxury. For the gentlemen, there's the men's store across the street.

10. Claudie Pierlot at Bloomingdale's

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1000 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022
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Claudie Pierlot, little sister brand to Sandro and Maje, is testing the U.S. waters with a shop inside Bloomingdale's 59th Street flagship. Like its sibling brands, Claudie does mean mixed-material outerwear complemented by sweet prints. [Photo]

11. Louis Vuitton

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1 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 758-8877
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You can always count on Louis Vuitton for elaborate window displays, and sometimes works of art that cover the building. Case in point: the brand's collaboration with polka-dot artist Yayoi Kusama. [Photo]

12. Christian Dior

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21 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 931-2950
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This Dior flagship underwent a major renovation back in 2010, and covered its facade with a giant purse to hide the construction mess. If that's not the epitome of French luxury, we don't know what is. [Photo]

13. Maison Kitsuné

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1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 481-6010
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This boutique inside the NoMad hotel, which offers an excellent selection of music from the Kitsuné record label in addition to classic pieces for both men and women, recently feted its one-year anniversary. Its not-so-French neighbor? Opening Ceremony. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

14. Pierre Hardy

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30 Jane St
New York, NY 10014
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The Jane Street shop was the designer's first standalone store in the USA. Open since 2010, we'd say its dramatic stilettos, wedges, and sandals are the height of Parisian chic—literally. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

15. Jean-Michel Cazabat

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350 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10014
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Shop the shoe designer's entire range for men and women at his West Village boutique. [Photo]

16. Balenciaga

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138 Wooster St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 206-0872
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While we eagerly await the two new stores on Mercer Street (men's and women's stores across from each other are slated for a November opening), we'll have to make do with this location. Though it was originally set up as a seasonal store last year, it's still going strong. [Photo]

17. Equipment

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110 Wooster St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 277-6496
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Though the brand was originally founded in 1976, Equipment experienced a revival in 2010 under the leadership of Serge Azria (of Joie and Current/Elliot) and opened this location last year. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

18. Chloé

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93 Greene St
New York, NY
Chloés's new Greene Street boutique opened in February, and if you can believe it, we think it's even more luxurious than the Madison Avenue outpost. The cream walls and gilded shelving are modeled after the Paris shop—trés jolie, non?

19. A.P.C.

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131 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-9685
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Nothing says laid-back French cool quite like A.P.C., who's signature denim and collaborations with designers like Vanessa Seward are staples in hip closets here and abroad. [Photo]

20. Comptoir Des Cotonniers

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155 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-0830
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The Soho spot was Comptoir Des Cotonniers' first in the country and it's still a Spring Street staple. Fun fact: Their name translates to "counters of the cotton plants."

21. Sandro

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150 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
This location, the fourth for the brand in the city, opened earlier this year down the street from sister line Maje. Painted-brick walls and blond wood flooring bring Soho loft style to the contemporary Parisian brand.

22. CHANEL

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139 Spring St
New York City, NY 10012
(212) 334-0055
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The pearls, the tweed, the suits—Chanel might just be the most iconic French brand there is. This Soho store, with its industrial-like columns, marries classic Parisian chic with New York downtown cool. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

23. Saint Laurent

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80 Greene Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 431-3240
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It may have taken forever, but the Saint Laurent store on Greene Street (designed by Hedi Slimane himself) finally opened last month, joining the East 57th Street flagship. The sleek shop displays bags and shoes along the walls like the works of art they are.

24. Anne Et Valentin

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2 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-2343
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See things the French way at this stylish Nolita optical shop. Frames are bold in color and silhouette, with standard optical and sun styles available. [Photo]

25. Carven (Opens 11/14/2013)

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83 Mercer Street
New York, NY
Come Thursday, November 14th, this French favorite will open its first NYC boutique. Come for the separates, stay for the outerwear. [Photo]

26. Jerome Dreyfuss

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This bag designer (and husband of Isabel Marant) kicked off the French invasion in Soho when this store opened in 2010. Aside from finding great leather carryalls and cross-body bags here, you can also count on finding great displays.

27. Isabel Marant

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469 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-2284
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The woman basically responsible for the wedged sneaker phenomenon opened her first US store in Soho just a couple months after husband Jerome Dreyfuss opened his own shop next door. (We'd bet that makes for really cute after-work dates in the neighborhood.) Note that the store was designed by the same architect who created Marant's Paris shops. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

28. Iro

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450 Broome St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-2290
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This is the first US store for the label, which has been experiencing rapid growth in Europe over the past few years. Their pre-fall collection is filled with cozy sweaters, sleek leather jackets, and skinny jeans—perfect for a stroll down the Champs Elysees or 5th Avenue. [Photo]

29. Surface To Air

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27 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 256-0340
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Surface to Air's American flagship was going for dramatic French flair when it opened in the fall of 2011. The space is cloaked in soft lighting that's meant to complement the collections on the floor. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

30. agnès b.

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50 Howard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 431-1335
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The original Soho outpost of agnès b. on Greene Street was open for over two decades on before taking a brief hiatus in 2009. Now, it's back on Howard Street, much to the delight of Francophile everywhere. [Photo]

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1. Maje

1070 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10028
This sister brand to Sandro opened this location at the end of April, in addition to its downtown locations on Spring, Prince, and Bleecker streets. The endlessly cool Alexa Chung is currently the face of their ad campaigns.

2. Zadig & Voltaire

992 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10075
This is the fourth and most recent store for Zadig & Voltaire, which previously only had downtown locations. They're also opening another store on Broome Street later this year, so stay tuned for that.
992 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075

3. Diptyque

971 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021
Diptyque is the closest you'll get to fitting Paris in a bottle. The store that offers perfumes, colognes, and candles even has a collection named after their first location, 34 Boulevard St. Germain. [Photo]
971 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

4. Christian Louboutin

965 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021
Of course, the iconic red sole would originate in the iconic City of Lights. The famous designer of the celeb-favored heels also has a men's-only store in the Meatpacking District—because "les hommes" appreciate good shoes too. [Photo]
965 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

5. Céline

870 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021
Though the label is currently at the helm of Brit Phoebe Philo, Céline hasn't lost any of its French flair. This multi-level flagship location just opened last year.
870 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

6. LANVIN

815 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
Brand founder Jeanne Lanvin started with a modest boutique des chapeaus (that's hats for you non-French speakers) in Paris way back in 1889. Fast forward to today, and you've got NY Giants football star Victor Cruz in a turquoise Lanvin tux at the Met Ball. [Photo]
815 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

7. Roger Vivier

750 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065
Roger Vivier is a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it—he's the inventor of the sexy, often painful stiletto heel. At least the boutique on Madison Avenue has comfy seats for trying them on. [Photo: Driely S]
750 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065

8. Longchamp

713 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065
We know that every girl has the same Longchamp tote, but you can't deny their functionality—plus, they look cute in every color. Check out the rainbow-hued wall of totes in the flagship location. [Photo]
713 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065

9. Hermès

691 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
The unmistakable icon of a horse-drawn carriage against an orange background just screams French luxury. For the gentlemen, there's the men's store across the street.
691 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

10. Claudie Pierlot at Bloomingdale's

1000 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
Claudie Pierlot, little sister brand to Sandro and Maje, is testing the U.S. waters with a shop inside Bloomingdale's 59th Street flagship. Like its sibling brands, Claudie does mean mixed-material outerwear complemented by sweet prints. [Photo]
1000 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022

11. Louis Vuitton

1 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022
You can always count on Louis Vuitton for elaborate window displays, and sometimes works of art that cover the building. Case in point: the brand's collaboration with polka-dot artist Yayoi Kusama. [Photo]
1 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022

12. Christian Dior

21 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022
This Dior flagship underwent a major renovation back in 2010, and covered its facade with a giant purse to hide the construction mess. If that's not the epitome of French luxury, we don't know what is. [Photo]
21 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022

13. Maison Kitsuné

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
This boutique inside the NoMad hotel, which offers an excellent selection of music from the Kitsuné record label in addition to classic pieces for both men and women, recently feted its one-year anniversary. Its not-so-French neighbor? Opening Ceremony. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

14. Pierre Hardy

30 Jane St, New York, NY 10014
The Jane Street shop was the designer's first standalone store in the USA. Open since 2010, we'd say its dramatic stilettos, wedges, and sandals are the height of Parisian chic—literally. [Photo by Brian Harkin]
30 Jane St
New York, NY 10014

15. Jean-Michel Cazabat

350 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014
Shop the shoe designer's entire range for men and women at his West Village boutique. [Photo]
350 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10014

16. Balenciaga

138 Wooster St, New York, NY 10012