Chicago: Allsaints Spitalfields 2011/09/17

Allsaints Spitalfields established in 1994 as a menswear brand wholesaling to the likes of Harvey Nichols, Harrods, and Barneys New York, solidifying a name for it among style conscious shoppers. Nearly 20 years after its founding, AllSaints Spitalfields (700 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-283-0400, has opened its first stand-alone store in Chicago (one of 11 stand-alone stores in the US). Although the British brand’s vintage-inspired looks first became available in the city last year at Bloomingdale’s, the new 11,000 square-feet store, which opened June 23, gives locals a much larger selection of accessories and clothing, including key pieces like fine knitwear, signature washed leathers and denim.

AllSaints Spitalfields is a feast for the eyes. Your unique shopping experience begins even before you step foot into this spectacular store. Floor-to-ceiling glass atrium grace the store’s exterior, displaying 800 vintage Singer sewing machines.

Mid-way through the store, below one of the metal archways and iron black steel trusses, you’ll experience the first AllSaints Spitalfields store to install projectors displaying moving abstract imagery, “look books” models wearing AllSaints Spitalfields clothing, and fixtures made from reclaimed artifacts under a towering 42’ ceiling.

Inside the store, the interior has a multitude of vintage-inspired cinema spotlights filling the ceilings, worn wood paneled and steel beamed floors, whitewashed exposed brick walls, vintage furniture fixtures and ram skulls (the brand’s logo) adding to the funky contemporary décor.

The whole space of AllSaints Spitalfields Chicago flagship store is inspired by19th century British civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s designs seen in London’s Paddington and Victoria railway stations, truly unlike anything else on Michigan Avenue.

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