The Fifth Avenue Man

Submitted by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates

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Client

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Completion date: 2014

Project Team

Architect

Jeffrey Hutchison

Architect

Jeffrey Hutchison

Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates, LLC

Overview

Located in Saks Fifth Avenue’s Chicago flagship store on Michigan Avenue, “The Fifth Avenue Man” is a 40,000-square foot menswear concept store. Spanning two floors, Hutchison created distinct identities for each level—floor six, “classic,” and floor seven, “contemporary”—to appeal to a wider, fashion-forward consumer market. Both floors contain nine floor-to-ceiling vitrines, displaying luxury items, and have an “at home feel” with rotating art installations and an eclectic collection of classic and contemporary furniture. Cutting through the levels, a custom bronze and steel sculpture synergizes the store-within-a-store.

Additional Information

Inspired by the Library of Congress rotunda, floor six has a warm, rich palette of brass and bronze, natural cerused oak flooring, and handmade wall coverings reminiscent of classic men’s fabric, like tweeds and herringbone. In the center of the open-air space, Hutchison designed one of the largest men’s shoe salons in the Midwest, featuring over 500 styles. On floor seven, customers experience a contemporary environment inspired by the great modern architectural pioneers of Chicago. Raw and blackened steel, porcelain tiles, and silver cerused oak give the space an industrial air.