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
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 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.
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
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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