Fitler Club Opens In Philadelphia; First Gem In Collection Of Luxurious Lifestyle Clubs Planned For Cities Nationwide
Now open – 14 Rooms
Founded by David Gutstadt, formerly with Equinox Hotels and a longtime hospitality executive who drew on his global travels for ideas and inspiration, Fitler Club encompasses 136,000 square feet of jaw-dropping design, leading-edge technology, and modern luxury. Under one roof at the club: A stunning 14-room hotel, unparalleled gym and spa, 34,000 square feet of workspace and private office suites, and refined yet relaxed culinary and event venues.
Gutstadt and his A-list team of investors plan to open a collection of private clubs across the country by 2025, each reflecting the soul of its home city. In every city, Fitler Club's iconic door logo will get reshaped by local culture, lore, and history. Each club will also take on a name that reflects its home city. Dynamic cities like Dallas, Boston, Toronto, and Washington, DC. are in the prospective pipeline.
Diverse Membership to Include CEOs and Founders, "Up-and-Comers" and Achievers
Preliminary membership is capped at 2,500 - all of whom will be vetted through an inclusive but meticulous application process.
The club already boasts a long waiting list, Gutstadt said. "Although 80% of our first 500 members were comprised of high-profile founders and CEOs, our membership process is intentional and deliberate to ensure our community is diverse in background, profession and thought, and includes established leaders, emerging leaders, up-and-comers and intriguing, high-achieving people" he said. The membership process starts with an online application and includes an in-person meeting as well as an orientation with other prospective members. As part of their welcome, new members get a limited-edition, custom-designed black tote bag from mission-driven LA cult label Apolis, with the Fitler Club logo.
With A Modernist Ambience, Fitler Club Reinvigorates a Historic Building
Gutstadt - a self-described design obsessive - teamed with Fitler Club design director Amanda Potter and handpicked partners to create Fitler Club's astonishing Modernist ambience. The pair recruited M-Rad, the award-winning Los Angeles architecture and design studio headed by Matthew Rosenberg. The project involved gutting the interior of Philadelphia's former Marketplace Design Center while retaining historic details on the exterior. The result is a bold leap into the future with thoughtful nods to Philadelphia's rich history. Other important collaborations on the club's stunning interiors include partnerships with Studio Frazar out of New York City and local firm Fury Design Inc.
Fitler Club's members-only offerings include The Dining Room, an extraordinary restaurant helmed by legendary Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri; three bars where members can have a drink or hang for an evening; an extravagant, industrial-chic 14-room hotel named The Rooms at Fitler Club; one of the largest and best-equipped urban gyms in the country, called The Field House; a members-only workspace Gutstadt describes as "a business lounge on steroids", The Study; a high-ceilinged, brick-walled, contemporary event space unlike anything else in Philadelphia; and a cinema-quality screening room with 50 seats.
The event space includes an eye-popping game room, with a two-lane bowling alley, billiards, and arcade games. Highlights: A custom, walnut $10,000 ping-pong table by Sean Woolsey and whimsical bowling balls that resemble giant billiard balls.
A spectacular 20,000-square-foot private swim club - with one of the largest roof decks in the world - is slated to open next year on the roof of an adjacent building.
The club will also team with Philadelphia arts organizations and artists. In a 21st-century twist on a precious tradition, the club will offer residencies to artists in exchange for work that will become part of the club's ever-evolving environment. Fitler Club's first artist in residence: King Saladeen, the Philadelphian whose abstract work has been displayed at the New York Stock Exchange, and whose capsule collection for Champion x FootAction was a smash sellout. King Saladeen will create a bespoke mural inside Fitler Club's Field House.
Extraordinary, museum-quality art will surround Fitler Club members, much of it from its founders' collections. Highlights: Joseph Beuys' La rivoluzione siamo Noi; Charles Gaines' Numbers and Trees, Alex Katz's Suite of 3, and Adam Pendleton's 36-piece Our Ideas.
Fitler Club will also work with Philadelphia arts collective, Tiny Room for Elephants to curate a miniature gallery and mural inside a photo-booth room in the club's high-tech event space. The first gallery show will be by Philadelphia artist Flygirrl.