The Best and Next of Design: Inspiration from The Milan Furniture Show

JHA: Inspiration from the Milan Furniture Fair

Staying on the pulse of what’s next, looking to the future and being inspired are things we always like to do here at JHA. The Milan Furniture Show (Salone del Mobile) provided a big dose of just that: 2,400 exhibitors from around the world coming together in Milan, one of the fashion hubs of the world. The show was a maze of design energy. It’s powerful to experience the whimsy and excitement of “what’s next” while innovating on our new projects. It helps provide the vision that allows us to be a leader in the industry and continue to create award-winning retail architecture for our clients.

JHA: Inspiration from the Milan Furniture Fair
“Lumieres out of the box” Not just your average chandeliers by Marcel Wanders Le Roi Chandeliers and New Antique tables, Fuorisalone Milan 2016

JHA: Inspiration from the Milan Furniture Fair
“Open Borders” exhibit at Universita degli Studi di Milano, Fuorisalone Milan 2016. Glass Pavillion by Parisotto and Formenton Architects

JHA: Inspiration from the Milan Furniture Fair
“Amorphous” presented by AGC Asahi Glass at Superstudio Piu Gallery, Via Tortona, Fuorisalone Milan 2016

JHA: Inspiration from the Milan Furniture Fair
A rainbow of Clay chairs by Maarten Baas at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Fuorisalone Milan 2016

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JHA wins A.R.E. Award for Joseph Abboud's Madison Avenue Flagship Store

Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates are proud to announce their A.R.E. Award for the Joseph Abboud Madison Avenue store.

Joseph Abboud Flagship Store by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates

Design Highlights:

  • Rich wall coverings in grey Manila hemp, cream herringbone and taupe raw silk paired with gray washed oak and bronze metal
  • Hammered steel and stitched leather table tops
  • Stone brown building exterior with grey tweed fabric awnings and bronze metal storefront
  • 15-foot tall Venetian plaster vaulted ceiling lit with brass and hand blown glass chandeliers
  • Large brass pendant lights illuminating an iron staircase
  • Mezzanine floor hosting the Joseph Abboud Custom clothing experience featuring a wall of over 250 of the finest Italian fabrics on oversized swatches displayed on specially-made bronze hooks
  • Residential touches including area rugs, limestone busts and round decorative mirrors.
  • Framed pieces of hand-drawn charcoal artwork with a vintage feel by Bill Rancitelli of Joseph Abboud designs

Joseph Abboud Flagship Store by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates JHA wins A.R.E. Award for Joseph Abboud's Madison Avenue Flagship Store Joseph Abboud Flagship Store by Jeffrey Hutchison & AssociatesJoseph Abboud Flagship Store by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates Joseph Abboud Flagship Store by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates Joseph Abboud Flagship Store by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates

It was a pleasure and an honor to work with Joseph Abboud on this flagship store.

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Jeffrey Hutchison named one of the “Retail Design Influencers” of the year at the distinguished design:retail Portfolio Awards

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About the award: design:retail is the industry’s leading resource for tracking trends, products and projects that are crafting tomorrow’s most innovative retail environments. The “Retail Design Influencers” award celebrates the creatives, directors, principals and founders who are reshaping retail through their passion and creativity.

The Fifth Avenue Man, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chicago, IL
The Fifth Avenue Man, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chicago, IL

Joseph Abboud, New York City, NY
Joseph Abboud, New York City, NY

JHA’s Vision:
“First and foremost, create a dynamic design that draws the customer to the store. Secondly, continually surprise them with different experiences, and lastly, create an environment that acknowledges and supports the digital age we live in.”

Shinsegae Gangnam Women's Designer, Seoul, South Korea
Shinsegae Gangnam Women’s Designer, Seoul, South Korea

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JHA Designs Joseph Abboud’s Inaugural Flagship New York City Store

JHA Designs Joseph Abboud’s Inaugural Flagship New York City Store

Iconic menswear designer Joseph Abboud enlisted award-winning luxury retail designer Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates to create his first free-standing retail store in New York City. Located at 424 Madison Avenue, the 4,300 square foot space will be a modern, American interpretation of a classic Savile Row shop, staying true to Joseph Abboud’s sophisticated brand and design aesthetic. The store was launched with a special night in celebration of fashion, art and design on April 14th from 6-9PM. Thanks to all who attended.

JHA Designs Joseph Abboud’s Inaugural Flagship New York City Store JHA Designs Joseph Abboud’s Inaugural Flagship New York City Store

JHA’s Vision: “Joseph’s designs are rooted in a classic approach, but with modern updates and surprises. The longer you study his clothes the more you become aware of the thought and craft he has invested into them. We wanted to design a store that felt the same way.”

JHA Designs Joseph Abboud’s Inaugural Flagship New York City Store JHA Designs Joseph Abboud’s Inaugural Flagship New York City Store

Design Highlights:

  • Rich wall coverings in grey Manila hemp, cream herringbone and taupe raw silk paired with gray washed oak and bronze metal
  • Hammered steel and stitched leather table tops
  • Stone brown building exterior with grey tweed fabric awnings and bronze metal storefront
  • 15-foot tall Venetian plaster vaulted ceiling lit with brass and hand blown glass chandeliers
  • Large brass pendant lights illuminating an iron staircase
  • Mezzanine floor hosting the Joseph Abboud Custom clothing experience featuring a wall of over 250 of the finest Italian fabrics on oversized swatches displayed on specially-made bronze hooks
  • Residential touches including area rugs, limestone busts and round decorative mirrors
  • Framed pieces of hand-drawn charcoal artwork with a vintage feel by Bill Rancitelli of Joseph Abboud designs

JHA Designs Joseph Abboud’s Inaugural Flagship New York City Store

“In considering an architect for the launch of Joseph Abboud retail, Jeffrey was the natural choice given his track record in creating successful luxury menswear retail locations that have a sense of place. It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with him on reintroducing the Joseph Abboud brand, showcasing the full collection in an engaging environment.”

– Joseph Abboud

JHA Designs Joseph Abboud’s Inaugural Flagship New York City Store JHA Designs Joseph Abboud’s Inaugural Flagship New York City Store

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JHA’s Saks Fifth Avenue Project Named “Best Store Design of the Year”

The Fifth Avenue Man by JHA Wins Best Store Design of the Year

Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates’ creation of The Fifth Avenue Man at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago was recently named one of the “Best Store Designs of the Year” at the prestigious design:retail Portfolio Awards.

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About the Project: Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates was commissioned to reinvigorate the 40,000 square foot men’s fashion emporium The Fifth Avenue Man within Saks Fifth Avenue’s Chicago flagship at 700 North Michigan Avenue. Appealing to a fashion-forward consumer market, JHA designed each floor with its own identity.

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: JHA WINS BEST STORE DESIGN OF THE YEAR SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: JHA WINS BEST STORE DESIGN OF THE YEAR

JHA’s Vision: “The goal of the project was to create a new shopping experience for the modern fashion-focused man, while building a strong Saks Fifth Avenue identity,” says Hutchison. “We decided to move away from the typical department store arrangement and create a unique, open shopping environment, which is different than anything in the marketplace. Essentially, these two floors are designed as a specialty store within a larger department store.”

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: JHA WINS BEST STORE DESIGN OF THE YEAR

“To re-launch the menswear space, we needed a team with a fresh approach to the iconic Saks Fifth Avenue brand. Jeffrey and his team pushed boundaries of staid department store practices, with a true sense of creativity and understanding of The Fifth Avenue Man. The result is an exciting new lifestyle shopping experience all under one roof.”

– Harry Cunningham, SVP Store Planning & Design, Saks Fifth Avenue

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: JHA WINS BEST STORE DESIGN OF THE YEAR SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: JHA WINS BEST STORE DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Design Highlights:

  • Revolving art installations
  • Custom bronze and steel sculpture cutting through both levels
  • Oak flooring sourced from the Netherlands
  • Mid-century modern architectural touches
  • Eclectic collection of classic and contemporary furniture
  • Nine large-scale floor-to ceiling vitrine

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Sharing Insight on Maximizing Retail Design: Jeffrey Hutchison in Boutique Magazine, UK

Fashion Retail Architect Jeffrey Hutchison Shares Insight on Maximizing Retail Design

In the June 2014 issue of UK-based Boutique Magazine, fashion retail architect Jeffrey Hutchison shares his expert insight in the article “Interior Motives” (pages 50-51). Drawing from his extensive career in the design world, Hutchison advises retailers in apparel and luxury goods on the most critical business practice they can implement — creative and well thought out retail design. Hutchison highlights the benefits to retailers utilizing inspiring interior elements, including differentiating brands from their competitors, increasing bottom line sales and engaging consumers in a more meaningful way.

“[Retail design] has become one of the most creative areas of the interior design world. In fact, I see retail design’s influence in hotels restaurants and even residences.”

Façonnable store on the Rue Paradis in Nice, France by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates

Façonnable store on the Rue Paradis in Nice, France by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates

“It is critical for retailers to tell a good story — creating a visual link between the message of the store and the space, and how the products or brands fit into a customer’s lifestyle… this means allowing more space within the store to be allocated to the storytelling experience, balanced with showcasing product.”

“We connected [Streets of Georgetown — men’s specialty boutique JHA designed in Washington, DC] with its heritage but at the same time wanted it to feel modern and relevant to today. We were inspired by the blend of old spaces with modern elements found in Brooklyn, New York, but we knew we had to design the interior to fit with its local area and building.”

Streets of Georgetown by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates

Streets of Georgetown by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates

“[Design] elements, while taking away valuable space for products, can do an equally important job of providing an emotional connection to the product.”

Commissioned art piece at Barneys Tokyo by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates

Commissioned art piece at Barneys Tokyo by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates

“The integration of commissioned art pieces [to retail spaces] is now becoming almost commonplace… It adds smoother visual dimension to the store and allows for a deeper narrative to exist between the product and the consumer.”

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JHA in the News: Spring 2014

JHA in the News: Spring 2014

With the launch of the image-driven monograph, Tailored Retail — a book covering 13 years of Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates work — the award-winning architecture firm has piqued the interest of numerous prestigious publications this spring.

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Tailored Retail made the roundup of nine new design books compiled by the “CNN of the Design World.” With a dedicated readership of designers, manufacturers, editors, publicists, and trend-setters, Editor at Large writes that the debut tome celebrates Hutchison’s design concepts for “the most iconic names in the fashion industry,” such as Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, Narciso Rodriguez, and Ralph Lauren. Hutchison’s name appeared next to new titles from industry icons such as Kelly Hoppen, and Adam Tihany.

JHA in the News: WWDWWD
The voice of authority for the fashion, beauty, and retail industries, international “fashion bible” Women’s Wear Daily covered the launch of Jeffrey Hutchison & Associate’s Tailored Retail at Atelier Courbet in New York City on January 29, 2014. WWD reports that ten percent of sales of the book will benefit Architecture for Humanity, which teams architects and designers with communities in need.

JHA in the News: CreemCREEM magazine
Boasting an audience of visionaries and trailblazers, CREEM magazine features a visually stimulating and informative approach to tell stories about art, fashion, and music. The quarterly publication picked Hutchison’s brain to unveil his inspirations, most beloved projects, and the future of Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates.

JHA in the News: d+ad+a (design and architecture)
The Singapore-based magazine talked with Hutchison about the evolution of his career, design elements that keep customers in the store (and coming back for more), and how to create the recipe for successful retail.

Elle Décor Names IPPOLITA Boutique One of “Best New Stores”

Elle Decor December 2012 Cover

Elle Décor Magazine named luxury jewelry designer IPPOLITA’s flagship store on Madison Avenue one of New York City’s “Best New Stores” in their December 2012 issue. Jeffrey Hutchison designed the first stand-alone store to reflect the brand’s organic yet feminine appeal. The Madison Avenue boutique marks an exciting new chapter in JHA’s partnership with IPPOLITA, which includes multiple store-in-store projects at luxury department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and others.

Through the course of these projects, JHA created a striking visual language for the brand, so when it came time to create her flagship store, IPPOLITA once again turned to JHA to interpret the designer’s aesthetic in a 3-dimensional space. The showroom reflects the fundamentals of IPPOLITA’s work: the intersection of sculptural designs and elements found in nature.

“When choosing an architect to design IPPOLITA’s flagship store, Jeffrey Hutchison was the natural choice,” says Joe Cavalcante, CEO for IPPOLITA. “Jeffrey’s capabilities perfectly compliment our focus on beauty in sculptural design.”

The decidedly modern space is balanced with artisanal elements, which include a combination of warm tones and inspired pops of color. The carved dark bronze tubing, hammered light bronze accents, cerused oak wide-plank wood floor laid in a herringbone pattern, steel-blue rug, and a unique chandelier by artist Jess LaRotanda comprised of hand-gilded flowers in porcelain come together in a space that uniquely mirrors IPPOLITA’s commitment to craftsmanship, beauty, and artistry.

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JHA Creates Multi-Brand Menswear Stores for HMX

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HMX Group sought out architect Jeffrey Hutchison, President of Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates (JHA), to create a unique multi-brand retail concept for their men’s wear labels (including Hickey Freeman, Hart Schaffner Marx, Bobby Jones and Coppley). The most recent location to bow, “The Streets of Georgetown,” opened their doors at 1254 Wisconsin Avenue.

While the “Streets” idea represents a novel departure in fashion retail — housing multiple brands from the same parent company under one roof — its roots are in the heritage of fine American menswear. “The store concept harkens back to traditional American haberdasheries, and pays homage to that shopping experience,” says architect Jeffrey Hutchison. “We interpreted and translated history in creating the new main street specialty men’s store.”

“It is one thing to have great vision, but more importantly, it is extraordinary to have a partner like Jeffrey Hutchison who helped us take the Streets retail concept to a completely new level,” says Joseph Abboud, Chief Creative Officer, HMX.

Residing in a Federal-style Georgetown carriage house, the details throughout the space that Hutchison mindfully preserved creates a narrative connection to the history of the area, while updating the overall feel with modern elements. The 6,000 square foot retail space is divided into two floors, with an additional 2,000 square foot floor for storage. Notable elements of the design include:

An eclectic mix of “heritage” elements such as restored existing brick walls and oak floors, new decorative “vintage” light fixtures, graphics, rugs and tables juxtaposed against more modern industrial elements such as wood and steel hanging racks and shelving fixtures, which create a more masculine vocabulary.

Hutchison “dressed” the space with an eclectic mix of aged materials (distressed oak, aged brass and blackened steel) and antiques (vintage vitrine cases, deer antlers, artwork, etc.) using refined materials (such as fine grass cloth wall-coverings as well as curtains and furniture covered in Hickey Freeman suiting fabrics) as counterpoints.
A “made-to-measure” section is designed to feel like a tailor’s studio, and continues to reinforce the tailoring aspects of the HMX brands.

The first “Streets” location, Streets of Beverly Hills, opened in August 2011. Both stores were designed by fashion retail architect Jeffrey Hutchison.

Jeffrey Hutchison on Building the Ultimate Retail Environment

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Fashion retail architect Jeffrey Hutchison of Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates spoke recently at the AFINGO Fashion Forum during MAGIC in Las Vegas on the topic of maximizing retail sales. Joined by industry experts from Lucky Magazine, Zappos, CreateThe Group and Community Collection, Hutchison addressed how to build the ultimate retail environment and offered tips for brand space perfection.

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Stay Focused. When referencing stores who often tackle too many things at once Hutchison quipped, “their eyes are bigger than their stomach, focus, smaller can be better.” Ideally, you want a total brand experience, but don’t allow delusions-of-space-grandeur to cloud the visual path to your product.

Mind Your Manners. “Customer service is important, service should be tailored to what you sell,” Hutchison advised. To those who are still apprehensive about investing in physical retail space, Hutchison presented Apple as a brand that has achieved a great number of sales both on and offline.

Pop-Up Exhaustion. Hutchison drew attention to the advent of pop-up shops, which he deemed a by-product of the increasing number of empty retail space, due to economic downtown. “There is an opportunity there [pop-up shops], but not every opportunity is going to be the right strategy for your brand.”

For more information on the event, visit the AFINGO site for the “Las Vegas: Get it Sold Recap”

Jeffrey Hutchison Launches “The Haberdashery Collection”

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Fashion retail architect Jeffrey Hutchison has created The Haberdashery Collection, a trio of unique, sculptural display elements to highlight men’s accessories. Handmade in feel and inspired by the work of Alexander Calder, the collection is constructed of bent metal wire and shaped to reflect an aspect of the human form, giving merchandise scale and context.

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Designed for tabletop use, the whimsy of each piece allows products – such as eyewear, neckties, cufflinks, etc. — to become approachable to the customer. Unlike fixtures, the mobility of the pieces intentionally provides retailers with multiple uses and flexibility. The Haberdashery Collection helps to tell a story about the items they showcase while enhancing their luxury with minimal effort for retailers.

New Showroom for HMX Menswear Brands

Menswear group HMX sought out veteran fashion retail architect Jeffrey Hutchison, President of Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates, to design a showcase for the brands under their umbrella. Hutchison retrofitted an existing space in midtown creating a flexible combination showroom-workspace.

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HMX Showroom Reception Hall

Working closely with Chief Creative Officer Joseph Abboud, Jeffrey Hutchison balanced the rich heritage of Hickey Freeman and Hart Shaffner Marx with a modern architectural vocabulary of clean forms and simple lines.

“Jeffrey Hutchison has both the talent and taste to interpret our labels’ legacies while simultaneously balancing it with our creative vision for the future of the company” says Joseph Abboud. “He designed a masculine and refined space for us that is both highly functional and quietly luxurious. We’re delighted with the outcome.”

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Responsible the interior design of the space, Hutchison oversaw all aspects of the project:

The rich but simple interior was enhanced through the use and strategic placement of historic oil paintings and original prints, which were framed with modern details but with mattes covered in suiting fabrics.

The centerpiece of the space iconic Hickey Freeman Crest which had been saved from its original home in Chicago. This copper artisan relief is treated like a sculpture in its burl wood shadowbox with a backdrop of a Hickey Freeman herringbone suit fabric.

Hutchison incorporated a palate that balances the warmth and richness of Walnut wood paneling with the sleekness of a gray “driftwood” floor and silver taupe grass cloth wall covering.
Layered within these spaces are upholstered pieces of furniture covered in leather and suiting fabrics of pin-stripes, herringbones and plaids. To anchor the each of these seating areas are hand-made rugs woven in muted colors to accent the fabric choices in the upholstery.

Accessories and rich details throughout reinforce the luxury that these brands represent.
“This project is a rare opportunity to visually merge past and present, while anticipating the company’s needs in the future,” says Jeffrey Hutchison. “We created a visual language that respects the brands’ history, while translating and updating it for today — and tomorrow.”