Your Personal Concierge
Top Three High-End Retailers in NYC
For the past eight years, Richard Michael Meegan has worked as a concierge at the venerable Peninsula New York hotel—a historically landmarked, five-star and five-Diamond property, which rests within walking distance of the Theater District, Central Park, and, most importantly, some of the most luxurious retailers in town. Here, Meegan recommends his top three high-end stores to check out.
“What’s not to love at Saks Fifth Avenue—starting with the spectacular window displays year round, especially during the holidays, which just lure you in for more,” Meegan says of the mainstay retailer, which opened up shop in NYC more than 100 years ago. “Once inside, you are surrounded by pleasant and extremely helpful staff, who are not pushy or just trying to make a sale but actually seem like they genuinely want to help you find what you desire. I love that they have such a wonderful array of high-end designer brands to choose from under one roof—from international skincare lines or fragrances to designer couture or ready-to-wear fashions, all well organized and available for you.”
Hugging East 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton offers “modern yet classic designs that are displayed both in their products and accessories, as well as the building’s window displays and architecture,” Meegan says of why he loves the French fashion house’s Midtown shop. “Inside, the space is immaculate and the staff is very professional as well as knowledgeable about their products and can tell you anything you wish to know. I have always been a huge fan of Louis Vuitton because of its craftsmanship and quality as well as its classic and innovative pieces, which are timeless and an investment that will last for years to come.”
Also nestled in the area of Fifth Avenue teeming with both national and international shops, Italian retailer Salvatore Ferragamo is “one of my favorite boutiques for both men and women alike looking for great quality items, including clothing, shoes and accessories,” Meegan says. “I love the stylish look and sleek feel of all of the high-quality fashionable products. The staff is also very stylish, as well as knowledgeable and friendly. The men’s shoes and belts are some of my personal favorites, as they are both stylish and durable.”