Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue imaginatively interprets the work of Sophie Gimbel, a fashion designer and tastemaker at Saks for four decades. Her work is recognized for achieving subdued elegance in luxurious materials, as well as for exemplary construction techniques and incorporating contemporary ornamentation in her design. We embraced the opportunity to showcase and translate Sophie's distinctive sculptural forms and refined sense of materiality, as well as the attention with which she nuanced geometries, patterns and textures, in a sophisticated tectonic venue of 2,300 square feet and 100 seats. The design features digitally-formed optical glass, state-of-the-art engineered fabrics, hand-selected sustainable walnut millwork, recycled glass counter tops, shimmering custom metal accents and crystalline sparkle to reinterpret the volumetric draping of embellished fabric into architecture, and in doing so capturing the intangible essence of fashion. A linen-clad open kitchen prominently integrates the restaurant within a fashion-forward retail experience, while sweeping panoramic views of Chicago's Magnificent Mile connect patrons to the city's historic center. Celebrating this iconic fashion designer, the space achieves an elegant and dynamic fusion of fashion and design that is unique in retail dining venues. Sophie's is also thoughtful of its place within the store, history and the city itself.

Architect of record

Mark Johnson
Johnson Design Group
1000 N. Hadsted, Suite 204
Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Phone: 312-649-1650

General contractor

Kelli McLeod
Shawmut Design and Construction
560 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118, USA
Phone: 617-622-7000


Peter Aaron
222 Valley Place
Mamaroneck, NY 10543, USA
Phone: 917-678-5900