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Saks Fifth Avenue Unveils THE FIFTH MAN, the Newly Renovated Men’s Store in Chicago

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–THE FIFTH MAN is officially coming to the second city. Saks Fifth

Avenue announces a newly renovated men’s store within its historic

Chicago flagship on Michigan Avenue, opening in January 2014. Named THE

FIFTH MAN, the store will offer a one-of-a-kind shopping experience

highlighted by new designer presentations, one of the largest men’s shoe

shops in the Midwest and the debut of a new restaurant, Sophie’s at

Saks Fifth Avenue.

The renovation’s focus is a total redesign of floors Six and Seven,

creating an open environment devoted to the modern man. THE FIFTH MAN

will be easily accessed by a new express elevator that will swiftly

guide passengers directly to the men’s floors.

“Saks is thrilled to offer our customers exciting new lifestyle shopping

experiences all under one roof,” says Tom Ott, Senior Vice president and

GMM for Men’s, Home and Gifts at Saks Fifth Avenue. “The greatly

expanded men’s shoe salon, the deeper focus on designer and denim and

the open shopping environment are sure to make Chicago’s Fifth Man a

unique shopping destination.”

On Six: A Modern Haberdashery

Inspired by the Library of Congress rotunda with its strong circular

form and reading tables, Six will be a classic and clubby environment

with a warm, rich material pallet of brass and bronze metals, cerused

oak and handmade wall coverings inspired by men’s suiting fabrics.

A radial layout on Six will feature an ever-evolving assortment of

luxury brands such as Kiton, Isaia, Brioni, Ermenegildo Zegna and

Brunello Cucinelli as well as the new addition of Salvatore Ferragamo.

The floor will also house the latest prototype shop for the exclusive

Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection. A new Customized area will house

Made-to-Measure Suiting.

Spotlight on Shoes

Centrally positioned in the rotunda of Six, customers will discover an

expansive new shoe shop that extends through an open ceiling linking

floors Six and Seven. The new shop will feature more than 500 unique

styles. Newly added brands will include Brioni, Gravati, Pierre Cathay,

Adidas’ collaboration with Raf Simons, Y3 and Opening Ceremony.

On Seven: Designer + Denim

Seven will be a contemporary environment inspired by the great modern

architecture pioneers of Chicago such as Mies Van der Rohe and Gordon

Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with materials and details that

allude to industrial media. Raw and blackened steel, gray cerused oak

and wall coverings feel inspired by the machine age.

On Seven, customers will find new offerings from Givenchy, Dior, Y3,

Carven and Ami, making THE FIFTH MAN an unequaled destination for

advanced designer sportswear in Chicago. Brands such as Alexander

McQueen, Burberry London, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Versace and Z Zegna

will receive elevated exposure. The space on Seven will also include a

revamped denim offering with brands such as AG Adriano Goldschmied,

DL1961, Hudson, J Brand, Nudie, Raleigh Denim, Rag and Bone and Willis &

Walker. Sophie’s, an innovative new restaurant and bar, will

boast expansive views of the Magnificent Mile.

The Environment

THE FIFTH MAN—short for “The Saks Fifth Avenue Man”—is dedicated

to men who are not only interested in clothing but a distinctive

lifestyle. THE FIFTH MAN is designed by Saks Fifth Avenue with

award-winning luxury retail designers Jeffery Hutchison & Associates and

will be home to commissioned, revolving art installations, high-end

amenities and more. The floor opening, uniting Six with Seven, features

a custom bronze and steel sculpture cutting through both levels.Nine

large floor-to ceiling-vitrines are strategically placed on both floors,

spotlighting collection highlights, much like the effect of exterior

windows on the street. Both floors are softened with residential-style

touches including mixed-oak plank flooring from the Netherlands,

mid-century modern architectural touches, and an eclectic collection of

classic and contemporary furniture.

The Restaurant

Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue, a new signature restaurant, will

debut in the Chicago store. Sophie’s is inspired by American

fashion designer Sophie Gimbel, the iconic arbiter of style at Saks for

nearly 40 years. Award-winning architect Andre Kikoski was selected to

create the sleek, contemporary design that will define the Sophie’s

aesthetic. Barcelona-born chef Alexandro Reyes created the Sophie’s menu,

which will offer an array of globally influenced yet decidedly American

cuisine and libations. Sophie’s is slated to open January 2014 in

Chicago.

About Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent specialty retailers,

is renowned for its superlative American and international designer

collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry,

cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary

client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 41 full-line

stores in 20 states, five international licensed stores, 71 Saks Fifth

Avenue OFF 5TH stores and saks.com, the company’s online store.

Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012

Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named.

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