The original home of Tessuti and one of Britain’s best preserved medieval cities, Chester was the natural choice for the launch of latest Tessuti concept store – housed within an original grade II listed building on the iconic shopping promenade of Bridge Street and the home of Northern Barber Company Chester.
Featuring a number of our finest menswear brands, the new concept design spans over four light and airy floors, preserving a number of the buildings original features. The store’s exterior boasts elegant traditional black timber frames and white panels, a wooden balustrade at second floor level which forms part of Chester’s unique “Row”, where we can be found, as well as a footbridge over Commonhall street.
At ground level, you can find some of most contemporary offerings, including designer menswear from Missoni, Stone Island and Moncler. Traditional Jacobean oak has been utilised throughout with brass accents, including brand names such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Neil Barratt and MCM. Brass and marble accents feature throughout, adding a modern touch to otherwise naturally historic environment.
Adjacent to mirrored walls is another short flight of stairs, leading to our in-house barbers The Northern Barber Company and the store’s raised entrance from the Row. Quintessential oak dressing tables display product from discernible menswear brands such as C.P.Company, Billionaire Boys Club and more. Unique historical features such as the curved oriel window looking out onto Commonhall Street have been left open, creating an elegant seated lifestyle space. The view from this window can be seen in a nineteenth-century painting by Thomas Walshaw, creating an uncommonly idyllic place to sit and while away the time whilst waiting for a cut or waiting for your friends or family whilst they shop. The barber shop space is equally as aesthetic, featuring traditional white tiled walls, oak features and classic large men’s barber chairs.
From here, you can exit to the row or follow a charming spiral staircase down to Commonhall but why would you do that when you can continue to explore to the uppermost floor instead. Housing expansive luxury kidswear ranges from KENZO and Lanvin, as well as the ultimate in performance outerwear from Canada Goose. Another set of luxurious marble and brass changing rooms are also available.
Originally erected in the 1700’s and housing a section of the iconic Chester Rows, 30 Bridge Street was rebuilt in 1899 by Cheshire architecture firm Douglas and Minshull. Previous to being rebuilt the building had been a public house named “The Harp and Crown”, before being renamed to “The Grotto” after 1899. During the rebuild, it was also discovered that the building housed a Roman column underneath. The building remained a pub until 1974, when the store became part of the Liberty department store group, with the entrance of the store preserving the original white and gold art-deco paved branding, before closing down in 1996.