The Italian Way

Domenico Vacca’s new Manhattan flagship is a one-stop shop for everything la dolce vita

Oa cloudy afternoon in March, on the empty second floor of a building on 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, designer Domenico Vacca stares up toward a rain-dappled skylight, eyes narrowing as he envisions a change. “We want the customer to be able to see the beautiful colors of the glass,” he says, pointing at the stained-glass windows of the adjacent 19th-century church and explaining how he’ll extend the pane down the side of the wall to make them visible. “We want every detail of the entire experience to be perfect.”