Barneys has a new home in Chicago.

The specialty retailer officially opens in its new 91,500-sq.-foot space tomorrow at the intersection of Oak and Rush Streets. Until now, the retailer had been occupying a 45,000-sq.-foot store across the street since 1992.

“Chicago is a great fashion city and has been an excellent partner for Barneys over the years,” explains Jeffrey Hutchison of Jeffrey Hutchison and Associates (JHA), the New York-based firm that was commissioned to design the new space. “This building reflects the taste and luxury of Chicago, while staying true to the elegance that is synonymous with Barneys.”

The new six-story building, designed in collaboration with Gensler Architects, also references key architectural structures throughout Chicago such as Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott store. The classic design is enhanced through the use of Indiana limestone and bronze-framed windows. The corner of Oak and Rush streets is also marked by a five-story curved glass “curtainwall.”

Other notable store features include windows softened by a scrim with a decorative motif designed in collaboration with John Paul Philippe, a limestone staircase from the second to fifth floor clad in glass and “blackened” steel, and terraces on the sixth and fifth floors providing views of Lake Michigan.

Additional special touches include a special “Lanvin wall,” echoing the origami-like folds of the garments and created with rich, contrasting wood grains in a kaleidoscopic pattern, and large steel ribbons transformed into sculptural hanging systems, designed by JHA, on the second floor to house collections of womenswear. A new interpretation of the “slat wall” has been created to showcase men’s designer product on the fourth floor resembling stacked wood on a large scale. And there’s even a 1,400-sq.-foot personal shopping area on the third floor. It features two private suites, off from a central lounge area, accented by limestone, cerused teak and silver leaf plaster.

Overall, there are seven floors, each conveying a distinct feel and experience. The grand first floor is devoted to women’s accessories and jewelry. For fragrance and cosmetic fans, there is The Foundation, located in the lower level, down a geometric, sculptural staircase with sweeping vistas. The floor features beautiful white marble floor in a geometric pattern accented by backlit decorative murals, highlighting the product and conveying a clean, fresh sensibility. Up an angular floating staircase is “Women’s World,” home to 3,500-sq.-foot shoe salon replete with variegated acrylic shelving so shoes appear to float. Women’s designer apparel fills the remaining gallery-like space highlighted by a contrasting gray limestone floor designed in a graphic triangular pattern. The third floor, Women’s CO-OP, features an industrial-inspired design scheme, while the fourth floor, showcasing men’s designer clothing and sportswear, has a roughly hewn “end grain” wood floor and sports rich materials such as white lacquer, bronze, oak and mahogany. Classic menswear is located on the fifth floor and Barneys’ signature eatery, Fred’s, on the sixth, where one can also peruse luxurious home and giftware.

—Tim Yap with files from Christopher Blomquist