Kick Pleat is a clothing, shoes, and accessories boutique. The primary request from the client was that the retail space needed to be “on brand”. Her fashion aesthetic is neutral, natural, and subtle. In response, the materials palette includes white stucco, white oak paneling, concrete tiles, blackened steel, marble, and copper and brass accents to complement this aesthetic.
The space was an existing retail building but was completely re-envisioned with an extensive exterior and interior renovation. Transparency was created by installing large expanses of display windows, which draw the attention of pedestrians and cars waiting at the busy intersection. The exterior finish is stucco that is applied with a mix of white-on-white integrated color with smooth, medium and heavy textures that vary across planes, further emphasizing the brand’s rich but neutral palette.
Custom designed fixtures and lighting were fabricated by local craftsmen. Some lean against the perimeter walls and are held in place by heavy, rough, marble blocks. These racks provide a solid, raw counterpoint to the refined finishes throughout the interior. Other tables, racks, seating and lighting incorporates a mix of warm copper tones, live-edge wood slabs or blackened steel.
The sales counter and jewelry displays create strong rectilinear marble volumes that are cantilevered from white oak bases. The shoe displays also form a strong presence with their stepped surfaces of varying heights. With smooth plaster finishes, they are an extension of the adjacent walls.
The introduction of natural light was paramount to the design. The existing building’s length presented the need for new windows and skylights to provide as much natural light on the sales floor as possible while also keeping the lighting balanced to avoid glare.