Seven Layer approached us to design their flagship store in Alderley Edge, on the outskirts of Manchester. 7L is a functional-first performance brand fusing fashion with function and performance with style – based upon the 1980’s US military system offering layers for all occasions including wind, rain and snow. Mental wellbeing and sustainability are also a core concern of the founder. The store mirrors these principles in its design which was focused around a central table acting as a communal hub for talks, events or private appointments, a display area for showing fabrics and product, and also for relaxed shoulder-to-shoulder service over a coffee. A mix of technical and raw materials were used along with natural woods and a live tree to create a stylish yet welcoming space.