The new home for the men’s clothing line at 62 Orchard Street is a homage to New York City’s fashion meccas of the 1980s and 90s, many of which have since shuttered.
“Both De Cárdenas and Baque grew up in New York around the same time, which informed their design direction,” said a joint statement from the duo. “They built upon shared memories of lost landmarks in New York design and youth culture: Canal Jean, Antique Boutique, and Unique — and used them as reference points for the store identity.”
The store retains some of the features leftover from the family-owned suiting business that formerly occupied the space.
Logos of brands carried by the previous tenants are still visible on the glass vitrines on either side of the entrance.
These display cases now carry bright blue carpets and colourful portraits by local artist Alvin Armstrong.
Other remnants from the store’s past include the original exterior signage, which reads “Mens Clothiers”, and carved wooden frames above the clothing racks inside.
New elements include the flooring, sourced from a school gym in Cleveland, and wood shelving affixed to the walls with ratchet straps.
At the back of the boutique, the walls are covered in a checkerboard pattern that is repeated on a display stand closer to the centre.
Some of the industrial-style columns and areas of the metal-panelled ceiling are left exposed, while other structural elements are painted white or wrapped in mirrors.
There are also several large sculptural pieces placed on the shop floor, helping to create a flow for shoppers.
“The store is anchored by a replica of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Unisphere, originally built for the 1964 World’s Fair in Baque’s hometown of Queens, and a floor-to-ceiling Awake NY ‘A’ built from plywood in the centre of the store,” said the design team.
De Cárdenas, who is one of the judges for this year’s Dezeen Awards, has designed a variety of retail projects during his career.
His studio recently completed the Miami store for French shoe brand Nodaleto, with sci-fi-influenced interiors, and previously created a split-level bar in Nordstrom’s flagship store in Midtown Manhattan.
The photography is by Adrian Gaut.