Adam Beltzman opened Haberdash in 2005, offering a finely curated collection of denim, directional sportswear and accessories. The store has continued to evolve and Chicago men have come to rely on Haberdash for hard-to-find brands that offer a unique take on everything from tailored jackets to trousers. Prior to launching the boutique, Beltzman spent three years practicing law; he received his J.D. Degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2000. He was born and raised in suburban Detroit.
Beltzman has had a love for clothing since grade school which evolved into a passion for retail and menswear. It was this first love that made him leave the legal world behind to open Haberdash’s first retail location in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. The 1,400 square foot boutique quickly established itself as a stylish source for men’s apparel and designer denim.
In 2009, he partnered with Jerry Kamhi, a highly regarded retail strategist to support the advancement of the business and brand. The mix of Kamhi’s retail know-how and Beltzman’s determination and logic brought a fresh perspective and batch of products to shoppers. The pair saw the need to evolve the merchandising strategy to offer their clientele and opportunity to wardrobe from head to toe. Adam and Jerry transitioned to an “updated classic” aesthetic and filled the store with a host of authentic and heritage brands. Rounding out the new strategy was the introduction of private label product as well as an expanded shoe department. The changes garnered rave reviews from customers and the success of the first location helped Haberdash to quickly launch their second store in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.
In addition to providing overall leadership, Adam oversees Haberdash’s digital strategy and the development of e-Commerce, coordinates the company’s marketing efforts and business partnerships and works closely with fellow members of the buying department to ensure a timely flow of merchandise to achieve sales goals.
This fall, Adam and Jerry will introduce a new retail concept called Haberdash *EDC*. EDC stands for “Every Day Carry,” a military term that describes the items one carries with them on a daily basis in an effort to be prepared for the day’s challenges. The retail store will stock a fashionable assortment of shoes and accessories, in addition to an in-store barber shop and apothecary. They will also launch an e-commerce website, haberdashmen.com to make their products available to all.
When he’s not working, Beltzman enjoys spending time with his wife Rachel of 11 years and three boys – Jaden (nine), Cameron (six) and Miles (three). As a survivor of testicular cancer, Beltzman has been a long supporter of several cancer charities. Never one to hide from the obvious testicular cancer jokes, his strength, resolve and humility are some of the many attributes that makes this entrepreneur a force to be reckoned with.
Jerry Kamhi has been co-owner and partner at Haberdash, Inc. since 2009. Credited with the further development of the company’s brand, his strategic edge and vision have helped take Haberdash, Inc. to the next level.
Kamhi is an entrepreneur and business executive with unparalleled design insight, keen analytical skills and passion for the menswear industry. His imagination, conviction and resilience generate enormous benefits for Haberdash. He first gained national publicity in the mid-eighties as one of the first business retailers to capitalize on lifestyle retailing, a pop-culture trend, which helped launch Tommy Hilfiger’s career and the art and celebrity of Andy Warhol. After working with General Cigar to extend their popular Macanudo and Partagas brands throughout the nineties, the mid-2000s saw Kamhi working with Cornerstone Restaurant Group to create and launch Michael Jordan’s Signature Line of brand steaks and premium sauces.
A retail expert and cultural tourist with an appreciation for all things menswear inspired Kamhi in 2008 to strike up a business relationship with Adam Beltzman, then owner of Haberdash located in Chicago’s Old Town. An initial consulting relationship transformed in 2009 to a joint partnership which enabled Kamhi to use his expertise to further cultivate the Haberdash brand. Together, Kamhi and Beltzman advanced the original concept to incorporate a well-curated selection of men’s apparel, footwear, and accessories. In 2010 Kamhi and Beltzman unveiled a second Haberdash retail store, focused on their modern classical aesthetic and authentic, heritage brands in the historic Tree Studios location. In June 2011 Haberdash received the Uptown Downtown award for being one of the top twelve innovative menswear retailers in the US as well as Chicago Magazine’s “Best Men’s Shoe Store. This Fall Kamhi and Beltzman will launch Haberdash *EDC*… a new men’s retail concept store focused on footwear and every day carry accessories and the company’s e-commerce website: www.haberdashmen.com
Today Kamhi also leads, thinkFAST™ Retail Strategies, a Chicago-based strategic consulting business focused on creating and growing retail brand performance. He uses his game-changing proprietary method and tools, thinkRETAIL™, to help retailers like Hanig’s Footwear, NEXT Stores, Virtua Healthcare “connect the dots” between their creative merchandising strategy and their financial strategy. He uses his skills, expertise and exclusive tools to build a solid and sustainable foundation for retail success by: delivering a new brand concept or revitalizing an existing brand; creating an unexpected client experience; and, generating increased gross profit dollars. He is currently collaborating with Verasoft Worldwide to launch an accessible version of thinkRETAIL™ called retailBrain™ which will be available to the global retail community by 2012.