Like every desirable shopping district these days, Madison Avenue is once again accumulating its share of empty retail space. A few familiar storefronts on the street's golden stretch from 57th to 72nd Streets have called it quits in recent weeks. While we know that Godiva's corner shop will soon be shoe designer Louis Leeman's first U.S. store, we are still waiting to see what will happen at No. 833 where shoe designer Cesare Paciotti has sold stilettos for several years (above). Renovations appear to be underway for a two-story store. The store next door, once home to the Madison Avenue Bookshop also remains empty and available.
Next out is Soigne K at No. 717 (2nd in the gallery above), which made a splash about four years ago selling contemporary Indian designer clothing, but, apparently, couldn't sustain the momentum. it is one of the few remaining independent, multi-brand boutiques on Madison Avenue proper, and next door, the former Moga boutique space is serving as a temporary Tod's store, and will presumably return to its empty state once its occupant's flagship renovation is completed. Soigne K's website seems to still be open, so perhaps a new location is in the works.
Finally, Swiss luxury watchmaker Girard Perregaux has apparently vacated its boutique at No. 701 (3rd in the gallery above). Madison Avenue has increasingly become home to rarefied watch brands in recent years, so this, Kering owned store would have seemed to be a fairly stable fixture. Only a ghost of its signage remains, however even as Richemont-owned Officine Panerai prepares to open its own splashy shop next door. Hopefully, none of these empty stores will remain so for long, and some may well be preparing for new tenants, so a check back in a couple of months may be in order to see what kind of new neighbors are in store for Madison Avenue.