Jerry Kamhi continues to expand in his home town of Chicago.
The retail veteran and chief executive officer of Haberdash will open a third unit in that city later this month — a 4,000-square-foot flagship in the South Loop at the Roosevelt Collection, a new development of retail and residences in an up-and-coming part of the city.
Haberdash currently operates two smaller locations: a 1,100-square-foot shop at 607 North State Street under the Haberdash Bespoke name that focuses on soft tailored clothing, luxury sportswear and dressy footwear, and Haberdash EDC, a 1,900-square-foot boutique at 611 North State Street that sells casual sportswear, accessories and apothecary items.
Kamhi, whose retail background includes Bigsby & Kruthers, Ringolevio, Urban American Club and Knot Shop, said the new store will strive to offer “the ultimate haberdashery men’s wear experience in the South Loop.”
The store will offer tailored clothing from L.B.M. 1911 and Southwick Clothing, and sportswear from Gitman Vintage, Filson, New England Shirt Company, Reigning Champ, Hertling Trousers, Baldwin Denim, and Wolverine 1000 Mile. Furnishings, accessories and an assortment of apothecary items from Aesop, Malin + Goetz and Baxter of California will also be sold.
The store will also feature a La Colombe café for customers to sip cappuccinos in the store’s “H Lounge.” A barber shop will also be located on the premises.
Kamhi said McCaffery Interests Inc., the real estate company for the Roosevelt Collection, approached Haberdash around 18 months ago as it was looking for tenants for the development. “They liked our two stores on State Street and were trying to get a blend of national and local retailers” for the project. “We looked at it as a fabulous opportunity to capture a much larger audience.” Kamhi said that although the State Street stores do $1,300 to $1,400 a square foot in sales, most of the customers are tourists. “The men in Chicago don’t want to pay $30 to park so they can go shopping,” he said. In addition, most of downtown has been taken over by large national retailers, with local stores unable to survive.
“So when we were offered the opportunity to open a store, we thought it would be a good way to showcase what we do and build the Haberdash brand,” he said. “This is the first time we’re going to be able to put everything under one roof.” Kamhi also expects that the free parking will appeal to local shoppers.
The store is slated for a soft opening on Sept. 19, and a grand-opening celebration is set for Oct. 10. The store is partnering with the Chicago History Museum to create a video celebrating the heritage of Chicago’s South Side. “We’re excited to associate ourselves with the city, since our style sense was born here,” he said.
Also in October, the store will introduce a new private-label collection of suit separates called Haberdash Bespoke No. 607 that will retail for $398 to $498 for jackets, $198 for bottoms and $178 for vests. There will also be a made-to-measure component that will be produced in Montreal and delivered within three weeks.
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