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Exclusive first look at Saks Fifth Avenue's new downtown store

By
Will Gleason
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Iconic New York department store Saks Fifth Avenue is branching out from Fifth Ave.

This Friday, the company will open its second New York City store at 225 Liberty Street at the southern end of Brookfield Place. The brand-new outpost will be focused on women's clothing and features a subtle, understated palette with rose gold and brass fixtures throughout.

"Saks Fifth Avenue is transforming, and with Saks Downtown we further cement our brand as the destination for style and luxury in New York City," says Saks Firth Avenue's president Marc Metrick. "Saks Downtown may be our second store in NYC, but it is the first of its kind. The design is open, the edit is unique and it's quite simply fun to shop."

One of the most striking features of the new space is a stepped amphitheater dubbed "The Stadium". The centerpiece extends between the first and second floors and will be used to highlight a rotating selection of designer installations.

But let's cut to the chase: You're probably here to hear about the clothes. The downtown store will feature three levels of shopping. The first floor will house designer ready-to-wear, handbags and fine jewelry. Contemporary and advanced designer brands will be showcased on the second floor, and the third floor will be set aside for private styling consultations. 

Another fun addition is the new "Saks Save Me hotline". Customers will be able to call 646-344-6400 or email sakssaveme@s5a.com to get immediate advice on fashion emergencies like broken heels and ripped seams. (PSA: Probably not the best first point contact for an actual emergency.)

Saks Downtown will officially open its doors to the public this Friday, September 9. It will then be open Monday through Saturday 10am to 8:30pm and on Sundays from 11am to 7pm.

Check out our exclusive photos of the new store below and start planning your route for this weekend.

Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Photograph: Teddy Wolff

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