The oldest continuously operating bootmaker in the United States, The Frye Company utilized wire mesh from Banker Wire to ensure its newly opened 6,000 square foot flagship store in New York projected an upscale, stylish image. The store opened in a century-old cast iron factory, where the goal was to complement the existing space while reflecting the high craftsmanship of Frye boots and the company’s 148 year legacy.
Banker Wire’s P-286 brass-finish mesh was chosen for the project because it offered a unique industrial quality, as well as a bright luster and glow from interwoven brass. Merchandise can be seen through the mesh which allows sight lines to remain open throughout the room.
“We thought this was the kind of space a skilled craftsperson would have built over 100 years ago, around the time the Frye Boot Company was created,” said Greg Bradshaw, partner at New York-based architectural firm, AvroKO, which oversaw the project. “We chose Banker Wire because the quality of the mesh was quite good and we liked the selection of mesh sizes. The client was very happy with the final product and the mesh looks lovely in the space.”
“Wire mesh adds a unique aesthetic appeal,” said Harrison Horan, Vice President of Banker Wire. “Because the opacity of the mesh changes with the viewer’s angle of sight, wire mesh can provide both a feeling of separation and openness at the same time, which is exactly the goal in so many architectural projects.”
AvroKO makes use of woven mesh on a regular basis. “It provides a great geometric pattern, while maintaining a light presence in the room,” Mr. Bradshaw said. “Layering of various patterns can create an interesting effect.”
Banker Wire was established in 1896 by Charles Banker as C.I. Banker Wire & Iron Works. Located in Milwaukee’s 5th Ward, the company originally built wrought iron and wire products used for fire escapes and bank teller cages. Today, Banker Wire employs nearly 100 people and is the world’s leading manufacturer of woven and welded wire mesh for industrial and architectural applications.