Paul Stuart Celebrates the Grand Opening of it’s Washington DC Store
Paul Stuart marked the opening of it’s all new Washington DC outpost June 2nd with a grand opening party that attracted the best—and the best-dressed—of the nation’s capital.
The party began with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for more than 300 guests who were greeted by Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner as he graciously welcomed Paul Stuart to the city. This was followed by a brief ceremony featuring Paul Stuart President and CEO Michael Ostrove, and Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History John Gray, commemorating a new partnership between the museum and Paul Stuart. This relationship will, in part, support the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the big band in residence at the museum, and see an ongoing series of rotating installations of displays within the store. The first of which, ‘Saluting Smithsonian Jazz’ features a reproduction of Leroy Neiman’s large scale painting, ‘Big Band’ (recently added to the museum’s permanent collection).
In keeping with the Jazz theme of the event, the evening also featured an exclusive performance by the world-renowned guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli.
Paul Stuart has long considered Washington, D.C. a logical location for expansion. In his welcoming remarks company President and CEO Michael Ostrove observed that:
“We have long considered opening here in Washington DC. Twenty-five years ago we looked at this city very closely but decided that a more patient approach might better serve our needs. Well, I can tell you, in this case, that patience has finally, and quite unequivocally, paid off. D.C. today makes perfect sense for us; it is a city that values style, refinement, and sophistication over the constantly shifting vagaries of fashion. We believe that our unique and definitive approach to American menswear—and the fact that we value quality and substance in every aspect of our business—will be particularly well received in the District. We’re very happy to be here and at your service.”
The new store occupies a prominent location in the heart of the District at the new CityCenterDC project, the 2.5 million square foot neighborhood development enlivened with a vibrant mix of condominiums, apartments, offices, public spaces, hotels, restaurants, and shops. The new store joins the Madison Avenue flagship and two outposts in Chicago as the fourth destination for the company within the U.S. market.
The nearly 10,000 square foot space was designed by Charles Sparks + Company, which created both Paul Stuart locations in Chicago. The firm boasts a client list that includes Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, the MOMA Design Store and The Art Institute of Chicago. The new space is executed in a clean, contemporary vernacular with an abundance of open space, glass, bronze, marble, and zebrano wood.
The primary focus of Paul Stuart’s product mix in the new store will encompass the company’s long-standing affinity for classic British-inspired fabrics and silhouettes—but viewed through a decidedly Paul Stuart prism.