Grzegorz Layer creates a menswear store inside a former sewing factory

Grzegorz Layer creates a menswear store inside a former sewing factory

A concrete staircase ascends to a mezzanine office at this menswear showroom inside a former sewing factory in the Polish city of Katowice, which was renovated by architect Grzegorz Layer (+ slideshow).

Old sewing factory renovation by Grzegorz Layer

Grzegorz Layer renovated a two-storey space in the abandoned factory building to create a permanent showroom, sales office and workshop for mens accessories label Poszetka.

The building is located on a street that is home to other creative businesses and shops, including a boutique with stripped-back plaster walls that sells products by local designers.

Old sewing factory renovation by Grzegorz Layer

"Good company helped to take up the challenge which proved to be the revitalisation of a sewing factory neglected for years, although its potential could be felt from the very beginning," said owner Joanna Krajewska Godziek.

Old sewing factory renovation by Grzegorz Layer

Having previously operated the business from home, with sales limited to an online store, Krajewska Godziek decided to move manufacturing and sales to the new premises.

Old sewing factory renovation by Grzegorz Layer

The main space was previously divided into five smaller rooms but has been opened up to create a bright showroom with a shopfront at one end and large windows behind the sales point at the other, filling it with natural light.

Old sewing factory renovation by Grzegorz Layer

An original mezzanine crossing this space has been converted into an office, which is reached by a simple concrete staircase supported by metal beams.

Old sewing factory renovation by Grzegorz Layer

The textured wooden floorboards and beams on the underside of the mezzanine are left exposed and create a feature in the showroom below.

Old sewing factory renovation by Grzegorz Layer

Original details including metal doors, hooks, clothes hangers and lamps were retained and used within the interior to create a link with the building's history as a place of manufacturing.

Old sewing factory renovation by Grzegorz Layer

A sales desk installed towards the rear of the ground floor space is also used as a work space where customers can see the products being created.

Old sewing factory renovation by Grzegorz Layer

A doorway next to the sales point flanked by raw unpainted brick walls leads to a tailoring workshop containing storage for fabric and equipment for transforming it into ties, pocket squares, bow ties and scarves.

"The workplace is not isolated, it is a part of the sales area," said Krajewska Godziek. "This allows the clients to have contact with the process of product development and to learn about the company from the inside."

Old sewing factory renovation by Grzegorz Layer

Original brick walls have been whitewashed to provide a neutral backdrop for products displayed on vintage furniture and shelving.

Photography is by Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska.