First Joseph Abboud Store to Open in Manhattan

by Harry Sheff

Men’s Wearhouse will open its first Joseph Abboud store at Madison Avenue and 49th Street in Manhattan early next year. The retailer first announced its intention to open brick-and-mortar Joseph Abboud stores last month as it launched its e-commerce site.

Designer Joseph Abboud 2014“I am very excited about the launch of Joseph Abboud retail,” said chief creative director Joseph Abboud. “The store will be a great laboratory for new retail concepts, enhancing the visibility of the brand that I launched in 1987 and bringing compelling design and product to the consumer, especially with our custom tailored clothing, made right here in America.”

“When we launched with an exclusive collection only available online, we knew it would only be a matter of time before we introduced that merchandise in store,” said Men’s Wearhouse CEO Doug Ewert in a statement. “Bringing together the design talent of Joseph Abboud and the quality craftsmanship from our tailored clothing facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Joseph Abboud retail store will showcase the full collection of the product in an engaging and accessible environment. It is the next evolution of the brand, furthering our commitment to wardrobe men in the finest quality designer menswear in America.”

Details—like the size of the new store—are scant, but the retailer said it had hired Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates, an architecture firm that specializes in fashion retail. Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates has designed several Barneys stores in the U.S. and abroad. Designer Joseph Abboud worked with the firm when he was chief creative officer at HMX on the Streets of Georgetown store and the HMX showrooms.

Joseph Abboud Collection FW2014
Joseph Abboud Collection FW2014

Designer Joseph Abboud joined Men’s Wearhouse as chief creative director in December 2012. He was reunited with his namesake brand when Men’s Wearhouse acquired it from J.W. Childs in July 2013 for $97.5 million in cash. The brand became exclusive to Men’s Wearhouse upon the acquisition.