If shoes make the man, Chicago guys are about to be made. On Monday, Saks Fifth Avenue (700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-799-5211) debuts two newly renovated floors dedicated solely to menswear. The space is called The Fifth Avenue Man, and it’s the second such concept Saks has opened in the country (Beverly Hills being the first).
With more than 500 styles, The Fifth Avenue Man bills itself as one of the largest men’s shoe shops in the Midwest. In addition to labels familiar to shoppers, new-to-Saks brands include Brioni, Gravati, Pierre Cathay, Adidas’ collaboration with Raf Simons, Y3, and Opening Ceremony.
Along with the expanded shoe department, The Fifth Avenue Man significantly bolstered its guys’ designer apparel and denim selection. The sixth floor has been transformed into a modern haberdashery, housing luxury brands such as Kiton, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Brunello Cucinelli, and a made-to-measure suiting area for the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection.
The seventh level is dedicated to designer and denim, spotlighting labels like Alexander McQueen, Burberry London, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Versace, and Z Zegna. And expect lots of denim: AG Adriano Goldschmied, DL1961, Hudson, J Brand, Nudie, Raleigh Denim, Rag & Bone, and Willis & Walker, to name a few.
If you visit, use the new express elevator to be whisked directly up to The Fifth Avenue Man, and plan to stay for lunch. Saks is also opening its first in-store restaurant, Sophie’s, which will serve up globally influenced American cuisine and libations.