Iconic menswear designer Joseph Abboud enlisted JHA to create his first free-standing retail store in New York City. Opened in March of 2015 at 424 Madison Avenue, the 4,300 square foot space is a modern, American interpretation of a classic Savile Row shop, staying true to Joseph Abboud’s sophisticated brand and design aesthetic. Rich wall coverings in grey Manila hemp, cream herringbone and taupe raw silk paired with gray washed oak and bronze metal line the interior, highlighting crafted details such as hammered steel and stitched leather table tops. The exterior of the building was restored; altering the facade color, adding grey tweed fabric awnings, and refurbishing the pre-existing bronze metal storefronts. On the first floor the customer’s eyes are drawn to a dramatic 15-foot tall Venetian plaster vaulted ceiling lit with brass and hand blown glass chandeliers. Large brass pendant lights hang down, illuminating an iron staircase at the center of the store. The mezzanine floor hosts the Joseph Abboud Custom clothing experience, featuring a wall of over 250 Italian fabrics on oversized swatches displayed on specially-made bronze hooks. The store features thoughtful residential touches throughout such as area rugs, limestone busts, round decorative mirrors, and framed pieces of hand- drawn charcoal artwork of Joseph Abboud designs by Bill Rancitelli.
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.
After partnering on multiple shop-in-shop projects for IPPOLITA within luxury department stores (including Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue), the fashion jewelry brand asked JHA to design its first freestanding shop in the United States. Located on Madison Avenue in New York City, IPPOLITA’s 500 square-foot boutique mirrors the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship and artistry—a perfect fit for the jewelry line founded by Italian artist and sculptor, Ippolita. By carefully selecting materials that underscore the beauty of handcrafted work, JHA subtly saturated the intimate space with a shining sense of understated richness. Wide-plank cerused oak wood floors, laid in a herringbone pattern, complement the warm, hand-applied plaster walls. A display case detailed with a hand-carved, dark bronze framework and natural travertine marble serves as the flagship store’s focal point. And much like a colorful jewel in a bangle, a steel-blue rug punctuates the decidedly modern shop. Cantilevered from the rear wall, a minimal floating glass box supported by opulent hammered light-bronze metalwork provides additional display. Above all these elements, a sculptural chandelier composed of glazed and gilded porcelain flowers (created by artist Jess LaRotundia), floats from the ceiling.
Dooney & Bourke turned to JHA to create a bold, new visual language for the brand while simultaneously maintaining respect for the legacy of the company. JHA drew from Founder Peter Dooney’s passion for sailing to produce the 2,500 square-foot, boutique within the Venetian Macau Resort. By interpreting nautical-inspired details in a modern way, JHA’s design transports customers into a finely wrought “yacht.” In the entryway, cherry-wood curved slatted walls provide a rich setting for the product. Entering the first room of the leather goods store, beautiful lacquered wood cabinetry with lighting details highlight the merchandise. Traveling into the space, the sleek second room is comprised of long, lit wood shelves and a vaulted ceiling. The intimate proportion of this location allows customers to experience the finely detailed product at close proximity. Throughout the boutique, travertine marble floors, Venetian plaster, and antique brass elements underscore the classic luxury of the Dooney & Bourke brand.
Mexico’s major department store group Palacio di Hierro approached JHA to redesign the concept for its home store, Casa Palacio, located in the Centro Santa Fe Mall in Mexico City. The entrance of the 60,000 square-foot, three-floor emporium suggests a grand, traditional market with elements such as terra cotta tile, iron columns, and ceramic tile trim, all topped by a modern lattice canopy. Customers move through this space out into a natural light-filled “street” lined with the façade of multiple faux homes: two modern houses (one paying homage to great Mexican architect, Luis Barrigan), two classic Italianate-style houses, and one classic mansion townhouse showcase furniture and other merchandise. Unlike other home stores, JHA’s Casa Palacio presents brands (the store features over 60, including SubZero, Artemide, and Table Hermès) in the context of a house of a similar style, inciting customers to connect to the product in a more emotional way.
At the corner of Oak and Rush in Chicago’s fashion district, JHA designed a style emporium that stays true to the urbane Barneys New York aesthetic while honoring the Windy City’s great architectural heritage. The 91,500 square-foot, six-story outpost that opened in 2009 evokes iconic Chicago structures, like Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott store, while implementing fresh, clean elements that reflect the Barneys sensibility. A 5-story curved glass “curtain wall” unveiling a dramatic 3-story staircase forms the building’s façade. Indiana limestone and bronze-framed windows enhance its classic design. Inside, geometric murals, sculptural staircases, and sweeping vistas reflect the luxury of Chicago, while gallery-like elements showcase the tantalizing selection of merchandise.