Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates

Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates

New York, NY


The Fifth Avenue Man

Located in Saks Fifth Avenue’s Chicago flagship store on Michigan Avenue, “The Fifth Avenue Man” (a shortened version of “The Saks 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.

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 like Mies Van der Rohe and Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore and Owings & Merrill. Raw and blackened steel, porcelain tiles, and silver cerused oak give the space an industrial air.

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Status: Built
Location: 700 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611