Barkers No.1 High street

Barkers No.1 High street

Fashion + Health
Apparel division

Designer:AND Ltd

Shopfitter:Senior Contruction, Brian Harris Quality Woodwork

Retailer:Barkers Menswear Ltd

Design
Description

Barkers new flagship store at 430m2 is the biggest retail space the company has undertaken and it’s located in one of the central city’s most beautiful heritage structures.

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Barkers new flagship store at 430m2 is the biggest retail space the company has undertaken and it’s located in one of the central city’s most beautiful heritage structures.

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Our clients brief was to create something of an international standard, and be committed to experiential retailing. 

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The success of the design is down to the quality of the building’s bones, it’s arguably the most impressive interiors in the city – its most attractive and well-preserved art deco space, and the most prominent part of the category one heritage listed South British Insurance Building.

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Recently the location has been a bar or restaurant, we retained some of that speakeasy feeling in the concept. The deco detailing has been restored to its original glories, with gleaming marble pillars, intricate ceiling detail, offset by crafted furniture and lighting. The store harks back to the city’s heritage.

Due to the generous footprint we’re able to introduce collaborative brands and complementary offers- the first of these as you enter is an espresso bar, on the mezzanine a barbers– there is also made-to-measure suiting.

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The design solution was an exercise in restraint and respect for existing interior surfaces and geometries. Up lighting is subtly concealed to show off the handsome ceiling and details. Fixtures are arranged to sit within the structural grid. New elements don’t touch any of the existing fabric. Our goal was that everything that was new should look and feel as if it was always meant to be there, a marriage of the old and new.

The new store reflects the timeless style of Barkers, providing a unique and resonant shopping environment customers will be compelled to return to time and again. This majestic space has been given a new lease on life to be appreciated by all. For Barkers, it’s a major milestone

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