Best of the Best: Fashion Retailers
Bergdorf Goodman Men
Impressive size and selection are only part of the formula that gives Bergdorf Goodman Men its leading edge in menswear retailing. The Manhattan store’s most distinguishing strength is its ability to identify and stock the top international collections before they hit it big. What’s more, Bergdorf’s is one of the few stores that coordinate outfits by lifestyle to make it easier for customers to navigate the floors and identify the looks they want to wear.
Bergdorf Goodman Men
The new Alan Flusser Custom Shop is the retail embodiment of everything the 40-year fashion veteran has spent his life preaching. Flusser wrote the book (actually, four of them) on how to buy and wear fine men’s fashions. His tailored clothing reflects the timeless elegance of menswear in its 1930s heyday, yet the award-winning designer and author is also a genius at putting both his shop and his collection in the context of modern living. As a result, each of his customers walks out the door with the added bonus of genuine fashion know-how in addition to a superior suit.
Alan Flusser Custom Shop
Domenico Vacca not only has a special gift for selling custom suits (he sold more than 400 of them this year), he also possesses the personality and style to teach the finer points of sartorial dressing—Italian-style, of course. Through his tiny shop on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, aptly located next to Cipriani, Vacca found a niche offering handmade Neapolitan clothing, dress shirts, and footwear, much of which has limited distribution in the United States. The formula has been so successful that Vacca recently opened two additional shops: a downtown venue in SoHo and another on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.
For years, Kiton has relied on American gentlemen who are willing to invest handsomely in handmade Neapolitan clothing. So it is somewhat fitting that the Italian suitmaker would convert a late-19th-century neoclassical building—the former Banco di Napoli—to serve as its United States headquarters. The meticulously restored New York City landmark is the first store to stock Kiton’s entire collection of intricately detailed menswear (and women’s wear), including a specially designed room for bespoke clothing, shirts, and neckwear. The palatial six-story, 23,000-square-foot showplace features calacatta golden marble floors, four fireplaces, a multitude of handmade Murano glass chandeliers, and even an espresso bar, all intended to bring an authentic taste of Italy to midtown Manhattan.