Saks Downtown Men’s 2 Romer Pedron for Saks Fifth Avenue
SAKS 5TH AVE OPENS DOWNTOWN MEN’S STORE
Saks Downtown Men’s (250 Versey Street) recently opened with an inaugural cocktail party in partnership with GQ, and hosted by Saks president Marc Metrick. Spotted among the mingling crowd of designers, models and celebrities were Jake Lacy (HBO’s Girls), Justin Hartley (NBC’s This Is Us), Omari Hardwick (Starz’s Power). The opening kicked off “World of Sneakers”, the debut edition of an ongoing monthly series of pop-ups featuring rotating designer collaborations, exclusive collections and unique displays. It features forty styles exclusive to the store in over two hundred designs from leading brands such as Alexander McQueen, Maison Margiela, Fendi, and Givenchy.
This is the third Saks store in the city, joining the Fifth Avenue original, and a women’s store on Liberty Street. Conceived to focus on men’s categories, it boasts a range of bespoke services and offerings, with more than a hundred fashion, grooming, and electronic brands as well as an expansive selection of footwear and accessories. The 16,000 square-foot space frames an eclectic mix of found and custom furniture and fixtures, Chevron-patterned porcelain flooring, and Phillip Jeffries hand-crafted woven wallcoverings. Natural light washes in from windows along the southern wall that fully leverages its lower Manhattan location with a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty. The artsy vibe is underpinned by a subtle palette of neutrals and taupes to articulate the store’s hallowed history of luxury.
In 1924, the ten-storey Saks Fifth Avenue flagship was built by architects Starrett & van Vleck for Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel as a Renaissance-style palazzo turned retail establishment. It very quickly became an unparalleled bastion of genteel shopping where women huddled on Art Moderne sofas to watch private fashion shows, get new hairstyles, or have their dresses hand sewn within the premises. It’s been said that the very first package sent out was a silk top hat delivered to President Calvin Coolidge. Today, it is part of Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay, which seems intent on preserving its legacy. The Fifth Avenue Club at Saks Downtown Men’s will offer private styling consultations, made-to-measure suiting and custom shirts, and express grooming services at Sharps Barber Shop’s in-store facility. According to Mr. Metrick, the store fuses the “in-store and digital experiences geared to the lifestyle needs of the downtown man and the way he shops.”
Store Images by Romer Pedron for Saks Fifth Avenue/Event Images by BFA for Saks Fifth Avenue