A 1,500 s.f. new retail store for Peruvian Connection in Lincoln Park. The space was a complete gut renovation and features a new floating block near the rear that houses two dressing rooms and space for an office, storage and kitchenette. The storefront display was carefully considered with a platform adjacent to the window and pergola structure of reclaimed timber. Other fixtures followed the heavy timber frame theme, along with a number of found object tables and cabinets provided by the owner. The restroom also was remodeled with antique fixtures and vintage wallcoverings.
This company features high quality alpaca and pima cottons from Peru, predominantly for women’s clothing. They have been in business for 36 years, originally focused on catalogue and online sales. During the past 6 years, Annie Hurlbut-Zander, founder and president of Peruvian Connection, has been opening stores around the country and the UK. Chicago’s store is the sixth location.
Annie’s approach to the stores is to create an environment that feels more like shopping in your home. Thus, the decor is not commercial, but residential in feel, with old furniture, rugs and found objects sourced mainly from Kansas (the home of Peruvian Connection) and Peru.
|Location:||Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL|
|Design Principal:||Ann Clark|
|Project Architect:||Marcus Powell|
|General Contractor:||CPC Construction|
|Mechanical Engineer:||Quest Design Group|