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Diana Bitting | Photo: Courtesy of The Fifth Avenue Man | January 2, 2014
Saks Fifth Avenue unveils a luxury menswear oasis.
Chicago men, it’s your time in the sartorial spotlight. Saks Fifth Avenue recently closed its longtime Michigan Avenue stand-alone men’s store in order to debut The Fifth Avenue Man. Opening this month on the sixth and seventh floors of Saks’ Michigan Avenue flagship, the in-store shop offers the kind of unique, indulgent retail experience women have long enjoyed. One enters the glamorously gilded boutique entrance at Michigan and Superior, takes a ride in the new express elevator and steps out into a wholly refreshed sixth-floor space. Inspired aesthetically by the Library of Congress’ circular form, the modern haberdashery features garments from such labels as Kiton, Isaia, Brioni, Ermenegildo Zegna, Brunello Cucinelli and Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as a new made-to-measure suiting salon.
Head to the centrally located rotunda for one of the Midwest’s most comprehensive men’s shoe shops, offering more than 500 styles from such labels as Gravati, Pierre Cathay and Opening Ceremony. Up the escalator, the seventh floor pays design homage to midcentury architects such as Mies van der Rohe and Gordon Bunshaft with details that nod to industrial media. In these rarefied environs, look for new sportswear offerings from Givenchy, Dior, Y3, Carven and Ami, as well as a revamped denim section with jeans from AG Adriano Goldschmied, DL1961, Hudson and Willis & Walker.
It would be difficult to end one’s shopping trip on a better note than heading to the new signature restaurant, Sophie’s. Inspired by American fashion designer Sophie Gimbel (Saks’ style icon for nearly 40 years), the sleek, contemporary seventh-floor destination was crafted by lauded I.M. Pei-alum Andre Kikoski, while Barcelona-born chef Alexandro Reyes has dreamed up a menu of globally inspired American cuisine.
For the coup de grace, sit down, order a perfect martini and take in the restaurant’s expansive Mag Mile views from its stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. Hey, who says retail therapy is only for the ladies? The Fifth Avenue Man, Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312.944.6500