Joseph Abboud Opens First Store in New York City

by Katie Lee

New York City — Joseph Abboud has opened its flagship store, located at 424 Madison Ave., in New York City — marking the first under the umbrella of Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. The 4,300-square-foot location was designed and styled collaboratively by Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates and Joseph Abboud.

“It’s our commitment to dress men in the finest quality designer menswear in America so it was only natural to support the Joseph Abboud brand with its own retail store and expand that product offering,” says Doug Ewert, CEO of Men’s Wearhouse. “Joseph Abboud sets a high standard of affordable luxury offering collections that have style, quality and enduring value. We’re excited to open the flagship store in Manhattan and believe customers will appreciate both the environment and the merchandise within it.”    

“The location of the store is in the heart of Midtown, which is quickly becoming a menswear shopping destination,” says Abboud, chief creative director of Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. “Inspired by London’s Savile Row, I wanted to bring an American curated experience for men to Madison Avenue…a place where they cannot only shop but explore.”

The store features architectural details that complement the luxurious quality of the merchandise. Mixtures of menswear textile patterns in shades of sepia have been used throughout the store to complement Abboud’s collections. Decorative elements are eclectic with a mixture of vintage, classic and modern pieces such as original hand-drawn charcoal fashion illustrations by renowned artist Bill Rancitelli and a vintage terracotta bust, found by Abboud in a local antique shop in Connecticut. The store has an impressive 15-foot ivory Venetian plaster vaulted ceiling, lit with brass and hand blown glass chandeliers. Abboud designed custom-made wing chairs; upholstered in his own gray chalk-stripe fabric and leather, trimmed with brass nail heads. Shoes are displayed on a striking Art Deco inspired table made of tapered bronze with a deep chocolate shagreen top.

inside joseph abboudAn iron staircase leads up to the Joseph Abboud Custom clothing experience, one of the highlights of the store. At the top of the mezzanine level, customers encounter a wall of over 250 of the finest Italian fabrics on oversized swatches displayed on specially made bronze hooks. A custom specialist will help customers choose from options including suit silhouette, fabric, lining, pick stitching and functioning button holes. 

Custom and tailored clothing is made in America by dedicated craftspeople at the Joseph Abboud factory in New Bedford, Mass. The factory has over 700 employees, making 1,200 suits per day.

Abboud joined Men’s Wearhouse as its chief creative director in December 2012. Abboud was reunited with his namesake brand in August 2013 when Men’s Wearhouse acquired JA Holding Inc., the parent company of the celebrated American clothing brand, Joseph Abboud. The Joseph Abboud designer collection launched in October 2014 on and is now available at the Joseph Abboud flagship store in New York City. 

SOURCE: Men’s Wearhouse, Inc.

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