Bell’s Fine Clothing – Winchester, VA

Winchester, VA

Architect: Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.

Interior Wall Cladding:

KUJAKU shou sugi ban charred cypress
Burnt on face only, sealed front and back
Select Grade
13/16″ thick X 4-7/8″ wide X 6′-16′ long
Shiplap with 1/4″ Reveal

Located in the historic district of Winchester, VA, Bell’s Men’s & Ladies’ Fine Clothing was founded in 1931 by Sam Shendow. Now run by Mr. Shendow’s son and grandsons, Bell’s Clothing provides superior quality, hand-picked clothing and accessories. This project involved a complete overhaul of the original store in order to provide modern amenities and space while preserving the history.

Designed by Reader & Swartz Architects, the retail space includes displays of historic artifacts, including sewing machines, clothing presses, cash registers, photographs, newspaper ads, and other memorabilia from this family-owned, 87-year-old business.

A new fire exit stair for the apartments was inserted along the south edge of the storefront. The new stairs were pulled back, in order to maintain the storefront facing the pedestrian mall. The rest of the original entrance and storefront was saved and restored, and the entry terrazzo, with the original Bell’s logo, was saved to celebrate the business’s history. KUJAKU shou sugi ban charred cypress was used to accentuate the addition of the fire exit stairs and incorporated as the backdrop of the store windows, continuing inside the front section of the store.

KUJAKU features CHARRED CYPRESS burnt in the Japanese style of shou sugi ban.  KUJAKU can be used for interior or exterior wall cladding. For exterior cladding, we offer Select Grade.  For interior applications, we offer #2 common and Select Grade. The higher the grade, the better it is felt the wood will perform, especially in exterior applications.

KUJAKU is carefully charred, misted with water, cooled, brushed and then stained/sealed.  The top coat sealer is applied prior to shipping (for exterior applications, we recommend sealing the back side as well as the face).  The burning process accentuates the wood grain and creates varying colors when viewed from different angles and in different light.

KUJAKU is made with cypress sourced from the Southern United States and can be used for interior wall cladding, ceiling cladding and exterior siding.  With its legendary beauty and natural durability, cypress has long been a staple as an exterior wood siding product.  Because cypress generates its own preservative oil, called cypressene, it’s an ideal wood for locations with constant heat, humidity, and torrential rains.

Our charring & sealing process makes for beautifully designed exterior wood siding.  Like any exterior wood siding prefinished or finished in place, these materials will weather naturally over time and will require maintenance.  For interior applications, expect little to no change.

reSAWN’s CHARRED offering features cypress, western red cedar, Accoya, Kebony, black walnut, red oak, white oak and reclaimed hemlock that is burnt in the Japanese tradition of shou sugi ban.  Our award-winning CHARRED products pay homage to the traditional Japanese technique of “shou-sugi-ban” aka “yakisugi” without being literal.  Historically very specific in their definition, “shou-sugi-ban” and “yakisugi” have become common nomenclature for modern charred wood designs in general.  All of reSAWN’s CHARRED products are made in the USA, in our facility in Telford, PA.

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