Carrara marble paving, steel fixtures and Belgian cotton curtains. The cool, neutral colour palette of Jac + Jack’s newest store, on the first level of the CBD’s Strand Arcade, has an air of elegant simplicity that perfectly reflects the label’s particular take on laid-back, luxury basics. “It is instinctively Jac + Jack,” the store’s interior architect George Livissianis affirms.
Sydney-based Livissianis, who also designed the brand’s boutique at The Intersection in Paddington, saw the new opening as an opportunity to update existing Jac + Jack interior design motifs. The boutique’s cabinets are an evolution of the fluid, extended plinth that Livissianis designed as a central feature of Jac + Jack’s The Intersection store. The geometric-inspired steel fixtures are similar to those that dominate the brand’s Hawksburn store in Melbourne.
If anything, though, the Strand Arcade store feels lighter than Jac + Jack’s other retail outlets. The marble flooring – all ivory background with flecks of grey – and the washed-out colour palette create an atmosphere of supreme calm. Contrasted against the texture-based nature of Jac + Jack’s everyday designs, characterised by tactile materials such as cashmere and organic cotton, the result is an inviting blend of both effortlessness and precision.
Opened at the start of November, the Strand Arcade boutique is the fourth stand-alone retail outlet for Jac + Jack, and the brand’s third store in Sydney. “The Strand Arcade is such a beautiful environment. It’s historically significant and the stores within the space are so carefully curated that it was an obvious choice for our first CBD store,” designers Jacqueline Hunt and Lisa Dempsey tell us, explaining the space suits both the brand’s aesthetic and its retail philosophy. “Our stores are intentionally calm spaces,” they add. “We want them to put you at ease.”
Jac+Jack The Strand
Level 1/ Shop 74-78, The Strand Arcade, 412 - 414 George Street
(02) 8041 8884
Mon-Wed, Fri: 9.30am-5.30pm