The measure of a good Manhattan menswear store is whether a fellow approaches it consumed with fear—fear that he won’t leave without spending (pick a number) $1,000, $2,000, $10,000. Whatever is much too much.
By this metric, the new Todd Snyder New York Flagship at 25 Madison Square North is a huge success. Having received a tour from the designer himself earlier in the week, I entered on the store’s opening day abjectly nervous. I knew the place would be thoroughly stocked with attractive items high and low—evening suits and sweatsuits, vintage Rolexes and fresh Timexes, fancy shampoos and spiffy shoeshine kits. I was confident in the quality and selection. What filled me with worry was how to explain to my children we were going to have to skip Christmas.