Paul Stuart returns to Chicago’s famed Magnificant Mile

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Paul Stuart, North Michigan Ave., Chicago. (Photo: Business Wire)

Paul Stuart has made a strategic move to elevate its presence in Chicago.

The venerable menswear brand has relocated its Oak Street store to the heart of the city’s retail trade, opening a two-level, 5,250-sq.-ft. store at 822 North Michigan Avenue, across the street from the historic Old Water Tower.

The new Paul Stuart store features a ground floor and mezzanine, with an exposed tailor shop on the East Pearson side of the building, allowing passersby to watch its tailors and craftspeople in action.

The ground floor features a spacious, open environment filled with natural light. The store's ambiance is refined and sophisticated but unpretentious, with elegant details such as wood paneling and marble accents.  As customers make their way up the staircase, they can take in a nouveau vintage starburst light fixture and a view of Michigan Avenue and Water Tower Park through a wall of windows.

The second floor is home to Paul Stuart's tailored clothing collection and its made-to-measure and customLAB areas, allowing customers to create custom items to their exact measurements. Customers can also relax and sit back with a cocktail in the on-site Michigan Bar.

“This store represents more than just a retail space; it's a testament to our dedication to providing an unparalleled shopping experience to our valued customers,” said Trevor Shimpfky, president and CEO, Paul Stuart. “We can't wait to showcase Paul Stuart's distinctive blend of craftsmanship, sophistication, and sartorial excellence to the Magnificent Mile."

Founded by Ralph Ostrove and named in honor of his son, Paul Stuart Ostrove, Paul Stuart has occupied its original location on Madison Avenue in New York City  since its inception in 1938.  It also has stores in Southampton, N.Y., Chicago, and Washington, D.C., in addition to an online site. 

The company also operates 80 shops-in-shop and close to 500 corners in Japan, reported WWD. Since 2012, the company has been owned by Mitsui, the company’s longtime Japanese licensee, which purchased it from the founding family, the report said. 

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