Saks Fifth Avenue Unveils THE FIFTH MAN, the Newly Renovated Men’s Store in
CHICAGO -- October 11, 2013
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
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 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
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.
XA, The Experiential Agency
Amanda Puck, 312-239-2370
Executive Vice President
Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago
Julie Saunders, 312-799-5317
Saks Fifth Avenue
Caroline McDonald, 212-940-5524
Corporate PR Director
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